Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Purdah hai purdah

This is the blogsphere, a planet of cyberspace---we are faceless identities, choosing to be known only by our thoughts and opinions. There may be speculation about what sort of person the blogger is, but let that not cloud the planet with unnecessary complications—God knows our real lives are complicated enough!
Furious debates on topics---yes
Bickering and personal insults—no-no
However, the larger issue is: our tendency in general, to associate one kind of beauty with another. That tendency is only human-----and it is a direct result of the imaginative chip in our brain circuits.
Literature and cinema are full of this kind of lively imagination. There was a V.Shantaram movie in which Sandhya is secretly a radio singer going by the name of Kokila (nightingale/ koel). Her everyday avatar is that of an ugly servant in a big household. (The ugliness is symbolized by a liberal coating of boot polish on her face! That topic is another subject by itself—why is melanin equated with ugliness?) The younger son of the house listens to her songs on the radio, and paints a wonderful picture of her and falls in love with her. She sees the painting and is loath to reveal herself, because she doesn’t want to rudely awaken him from his dreams. Another Shantaram movie, “Navrang” had a similar theme----the poet’s muse is a beautiful woman---it is actually his wife but neither of them realizes it and the wife is tormented by the thought of the poet being totally enslaved by the muse. The husband is disgusted by the ordinary, normal persona of the wife and has no time for her. And of course the much-celebrated-and-ridiculed Satyam Shivam Sundaram, where the hero assumes the heroine is beautiful because her voice is.
In the legend of Udayana and Vasavadatta (read your Amar Chitra Kathas!), Princess Vasavadatta’s father arranges for her to learn a special musical mantra from King Udayana, to charm elephants. Since Udayana is his enemy and he doesn’t want his daughter falling for the enemy, he arranges for a curtain between them, telling Udayana that his student is an old hunchback woman, and telling Vasavadatta that her teacher is a leper. However during the course of a lesson, the princess keeps making mistakes, which provokes the wrath of the royal guru. He reprimands her, and calls her a hunchback. She retaliates by calling him a leper, they part the curtains in anger, and of course the expected happens.
While such a premise is interesting material for literary purposes, all of us would do well to steer clear of such filmi speculations in real-or-blog-life!


Blogger krish said...

Yes Ma'am, Loud and clear!

10/11/05 11:42 PM  
Blogger Premalatha said...


You have a very nice blog.

Thanks for writing your thoughts.


20/11/05 1:32 AM  
Blogger LAK said...

Thanx, prema. Do visit again---hoping to write something meanwhile!

21/11/05 9:21 AM  

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