Paarthadhu Kettadhu Padithadhu...
I was watching the movie “Bharathi kannama” again. The story of Bharathi Kannama is on very sensitive topic of inter caste marriage between rioting castes and was handled delicately. Especially the movie was released when southern districts were rocked by caste related clashes and there was wide spread opposition for screening the movie. However the movie united the people and it was a great success in our part of the world.
The director had made a very original presentation with realistic dialogues. There was a balanced presentation of both sides of the problem and none was blamed. The characters represented were real people and the subject discussed was the need of the hour. I will not say this was a perfect movie in every sense, but it was one of the best movies made in kollywood. However I guess the people, who have lesser awareness about caste issues in our society, may not appreciate the movie as much I did. Being one from madurai, I was able to relate myself to the issues very well.
Once I was coming from “Azhagarkoil” in a LSS town bus. LSS buses are rated as high speed buses and they stop at lesser number of points so it reaches destination faster. The tickets are charged higher than normal busses. I happened to listen to a dialogue between an old lady and the conductor.
Paati: “yeppa oru modern lodgu kudu?”
Conductor: “Modern lodge nikkadhu paati..simmakal irankigka”
Paati: “Simmakale kudu” (hands Rs. 1.50 )
Conductor: “innum nalana kudu pati, idhu LSS”
Paati: “Ennale bussu vidura, naan ketta stoplaium nippata maatenga, kaasu vera kooda kekkuriya? Inganave bussa nippatu, naan irangi kidurein”
Struck by the logic
Conductor: “Aatha onnaar ruvaiku unnai modern lodge la iraki vitturen..aala vidu thayee”
(For non-tamil world wide readers (!!!!), sorry I cannot translate this piece)
I read somewhere, one Sanskrit Poet says to lord Shiva
“I have never uttered your name in my previous births and I will not utter your name in any of my births in future”
The meaning is “uttering your name releases one from birth-death cycle. My very birth shows I have not uttered it before and since I utter it now, I will not have any birth in future to utter”. I don’t remember the poet, probably Barthruhari.