a wit said that the Ramayana can be abridged into three words, construction,
destruction and restoration i.e., construction of bridge across the sea by Rama
for conveying the vanarasena to Lanka; destruction of Ravana for abduction; and
restoration of Sita to Ayodhya. All the essentials are brought out. A good job
indeed! Merits a bow too !
the story of Buddha can be condensed into three phrases renunciation for
alleviation, illumination for propagation' and foundation for emancipation. The
whole is represented and this was presented by my pen in twin quadruplets long
back. It's origin is odd. Spare me a minute, please.
was 1966. While teaching the twin poems of Milton - LA ALLEGRO & IL
PENSEROSO, to B.A. students, at G.T.N. Arts College Dindigul, Tamil nadu, one
student unable to cope up with foreign terms, blurted out, "Why such
dumping, is it due to the poverty of English?" Whereupon I corrected,
"No, it's not so, but it's due to Milton's infatuation for Latin and Greek,
over which he had complete mastery. Continuing he said, "Tamilian writers
in English would never do it, and such servitude would be resented". I
maintained that it was nothing wrong, and for instance Andhras have a special
preference for Sanskrit-the Mother of languages, which they make a liberal use
of it in writings. To illustrate the point I composed the below and read it, but
it was not received with appreciation due. Anyway, it was published in the
college Magazine, as its merit was given recognition by the Editor (printed
below with slight alterations).