Constitution Day 2020

November 27, 2020 Friday 🙏 M G Warrier India Constitution Day, 2020 November 26, 2020 (A 2012 article by M G Warrier published @ A Quote for the day: "Letters ... People do not write the truth; they write the things that, they believe, you would like to read." — Henning Mankell B Interaction V Babusenan Wordsworth and Kumaran Asan In the sonnet on Westminster Bridge, Wordsworth, in his poetic way, said that, if at all there was any person who was not touched by the beauty and grandeur of the sight that the bridge offered, he was definitely a dullard. That was in the beginning of the 19th Century. A full 100 years later, the famous Malayalam poet, Kumaran Asan, expressed similar sentiments in a poem 'Veena Poovu' (Fallen Flower) thus: 'Let him be a religious person who has eschewed worldly pleasures, let him be a coward running away from a strong opponent, whoever he might be, if he had eyes, he would certainly have stopped to look at you when you were in your full splendor.' There is an anecdote connected with these lines. In a public meeting on the occasion of the poet's birth anniversary, presided over by a highly placed police officer who was himself a writer of some repute, one of the speakers was a bishop. He said in his speech that he was happy that Asan included in his famous lines the Christian priests (The word used in the lines was 'vaidika') also. This caused a mild laughter in the audience. When his turn came, the police officer said: "Generally the police are believed to be devoid of any sense of beauty. If Asan, as the bishop claimed, included the Christian priests among the admirers of the floral beauty, he shouldn't have left out the police." An elderly person among the audience stood up and said: "Don't despair, Mr.President. Asan meant you folk in the second category." There ensued roaring laughter in which the police officer also heartily participated.


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