You and Me!

The classic lines of ‪#‎Bharathidasan‬ are given a fresh lease in the soulful music of ‪#‎Rahman‬ and added pleasantry in the voice of ‪#‎VijayYesudas‬.

The ‪#‎love‬ for each other blooms, spreads cherished and celebrated at each and every word. The togetherness of a couple couldn’t be expressed any better. And the expressions shows the beauty of the language and love itself.

 

Movie: Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada
Lyrics: Bharathidasan
Music: A R Rahman
Singer: Vijay Yesudas
Song Sequence: (1)-(2)-(3)-(4)-(5)-(6)-(7)-(8)-(8)-(9)-(10)-(1)-(2)-(3)-(4)-(5)-(6)-(1)

(1) அவளும் நானும் அமுதும் தமிழும்!
(2) அவளும் நானும் அலையும் கடலும்!

avaLum naanum amudhum thamizhum
avaLum naanum alaiyum kadalum

She and I are like Elixir and Tamil.
She and I are like Waves and Ocean.

(3) அவளும் நானும் தவமும் அருளும்!
 அவளும் நானும் வேரும் மரமும்!

avaLum naanum thavamum aruLum
avaLum naanum vaerum maramum

She and I are like Penance and Boon.
She and I are like Root and Tree.

(4) ஆலும் நிழலும்;
 அசைவும் நடிப்பும்;
 அணியும் பணிவும்;
 அவளும் நானும்!

aalum nizhalum
asaivum nadippum
aNiyum paNivum
avaLum naanum

Banyan Tree and Shadow!
Movement and Act!
Team and Humility!
She and I are like!

(5) அவையும் துணிவும்;
 உழைப்பும் தழைப்பும்;
 அவளும் நானும்
 அளித்தலும் புகழும்!

avaiyum thuNivum
uzhaippum thazhaippum
avaLum naanum
aLithalum pugazhum

Stage and Courage!
Work and Growth!
She and I are like!
Offering and Praise!

(6) மீனும் புனலும்,
 விண்ணும் விரிவும்,
 வெற்பும் தோற்றமும்,
 வேலும் கூரும்;

meenum punalum
viNNum virivum,
veRpum thoatRamum
veelum koorum

Fish and River!
Sky and Vastness! 


Mountain and Magnificence!
Spear and Sharpness!

(7) ஆறும் கரையும்;
 அம்பும் வில்லும்;
 பாட்டும் உரையும்
 நானும் அவளும்!

aaRum karaiyum
ampum villum
paattum uraiyum
naanum avaLum

River and Shore!
Bow and Arrow!
Song and Context!
She and I are like!

(8) நானும் அவளும்
 உயிரும் உடம்பும்,
 நரம்பும் யாழும்,
 பூவும் மணமும்!

naanum avaLum
uyirum udampum
narampum yaazhum
poovum maNamum

She and I are like,
Life and Body!
String and Harp!
Flower and Fragrance!

(9) அவளும் நானும் தேனும் இனிப்பும்
 அவளும் நானும் சிரிப்பும் மகிழ்வும்

avaLum naanum thaenum inippum
avaLum naanum sirippum magizhvum

She and I are like Honey and Sweetness,
She and I are like Smile and Happiness.

(10) அவளும் நானும் திங்களும் குளிரும்!
 அவளும் நானும் கதிரும் ஒளியும்!

avaLum naanum thingaLum kuLirum
avaLum naanum kadhirum oLiyum

She and I are like Moon and Coolness
She and I are like Sun rays and Light.

Nobler than the Noblest!

வறுமை! நம் தேசத்தில்
  அது அறிவின் ஆபரணம்

vaRumai! nam thaesathil
adhu aRivin aabaraNam

Poverty! In our country
it is the ornament of intelligence

புலமைக்கு கிடைக்கும் முதல் விருது

pulamaikku kidaikkum mudhal virudhu

It is the first award given to poetic prowess

என்றும் பசிதான் கவிதையின் ரத்தம

endRum pasidhaan kavidhaiyin rathama

Always, hunger is the lifeblood of a poem

வறுமைக்கு பசிக்கும் போதெல்லாம்
  அது புலவனைத்தான் புசிக்கிறது

vaRumaikku pasikkum poadhellaam
adhu pulavanaithaan pusikkiRadhu

When ever hunger strikes poverty,
It feeds on the scholarly

புலவனின் கவிதையோ 
 பசியே வைக்கும் பந்தி

pulavanin kavidhaiyoa
pasiyae vaikkum pandhdhi

For the poet’s creation,
Hunger itself throws the feast,

கவிஞன் மனித ராசி என்றால் நான்
  மறுதலிப்பேன்

kavinjan manidha raasi endRaal naan
maRudhalippaen

If a poet were to be classified as being human,
I would deny

அவன் உயர்திணையைவிட
  உயர்ந்தவன்

avan uyardhiNaiyaivida
uyarndhdhavan

He is nobler than noblest,

எழுதும்போது
  வெளிச்சம் வேண்டியிருந்தால்
  அவனுக்கு
  விரல் மெழுகுவத்தி

ezhudhumpoadhu
veLichcham vaeNdiyirundhdhaal
avanukku
viRal mezhuguvathi

If there is need for light,
when penning a poem,
then his fingers
become the candle

பெருமூச்சியெல்லாம்
  அவனது
  பேனா புல்லாங்குழல்
  ராகஜாதியாய்
  ரசவாதம் செய்துவிடும்

perumoochchiyellaam
avanadhu
paenaa pullaangguzhal
raagaJaadhiyaay
rasavaadham seydhuvidum

All the deep breathes
turn melodic
due to the flute that is his pen

அவன் கண்ணீர்
  இறுகி .. இறுகி ..
  முத்துக்களாய் முதிர்ந்துவிடும்

avan kaNNeer
iRugi .. iRugi ..
muthukkaLaay mudhirndhdhuvidum

His tears, become denser by the tick,
and eventually trickle down like pearls

தன்னை
  நசுக்கி கொண்டு அவன்
  சிரித்து கொள்வான்

thannai
nasukki koNdu avan
sirithu koLvaan

He crushes himself (for his creation),
but sports a smile nevertheless,

சோகமே அவனது படுக்கை
  கவலையே அவனது தலையணை

soagamae avanadhu padukkai
kavalaiyae avanadhu thalaiyaNai

Suffering is his mattress,
Worry is his pillow,

அவனுக்கு தெரியும்
  விருச்சத்தை சுருட்டி
  விதையாக்கும் வித்தை

avanukku theriyum
viruchchathai surutti
vidhaiyaakkum vithai

He knows the art of
condensing a tree into a seed

பாரதி முதலில் பயந்தான் பிறகு
  பயம் அவனை கண்டு பயந்தது

baaradhi mudhalil payandhdhaan piRagu
payam avanai kaNdu payandhdhadhu

At first, Bharathi was afraid,
later fear was afraid of him,

தன்னை எரிக்க வந்த வறுமையை
  அவன் செரித்து விட்டான்

thannai erikka vandhdha vaRumaiyai
avan serithu vittaan

The poverty that came to burn him
Was (crushed into pieces) and digested by him

அவன்தான் சூரிய சொப்பனங்களில்
  சொக்கி கிடந்தானே
  இருட்டு அவனுக்கென்ன பொருட்டு ?

avandhaan sooriya soppanangaLil
sokki kidandhdhaanae
iruttu avanukkenna poruttu ?

For him, who was enthralled In the celestial dreams,
Would the darkness be of concern?

அவன்தான் நாளைய பூக்களின் மேல்
  நடந்து கொண்டிருந்தான்
  இன்றின் முட்கள் என்செய்யும் ?

avandhaan naaLaiya pookkaLin mael
nadandhdhu koNdirundhdhaan
indRin mutkaL encheyyum ?

For him, who was walking On the flowers of tomorrow,
What harm could today’s thorn bear?

நின்றது இந்தியா வா?
  இல்லை இருதயத்தின் ஒரு பாதியா ?
  சந்தேகத்தில் மனம் சலிந்தது

nindRadhu indhdhiyaa vaa?
illai irudhayathin oru paadhiyaa ?
sandhdhaegathil manam salindhdhadhu

Is it India that stopped?
Isn’t it half his heart?
His mind was weary with the confusion!

 தன் பேனாவை எண்ணியே
  பெரிதும் வருந்தினான்

than paenaavai eNNiyae
peridhum varundhdhinaan

He thought about his pen
and repented a great deal,

எதிரிகள் போர்களத்தையே
  திருடிவிட்டதாய் திகைத்தான்

edhirigaL poarkaLathaiyae
thirudivittadhaay thigaithaan

He was astounded
For he thought that the enemies
Stole the battlefield itself (Rather than waging war)

அவன் இமைப்பதற்கு
  இரண்டு நாள் ஆயிற்று

avan imaippadhaRku
iraNdu naaL aayitRu

It took him two days
to even blink an eye
(due to the shock)

வருமானம் வரும் வழியே
  முட் கதவுகளால் அல்லவா
  மூடிவிட்டார்கள் ?

varumaanam varum vazhiyae
mut kadhavugaLaal allavaa
moodivittaarkaL ?

Didn’t they close the path
That brought income
With doors of thorn?

வறுமை தன் வாசலை
  விசாலமாக விரித்தது

vaRumai than vaasalai
visaalamaaga virithadhu

While poverty opened up
its paths wide open

சுயலோகத்தையும் அவன்
  நாடகத்தில் வரும்
  நவரசம் போல
  நன்றாய் ரசித்தான்

suyaloagathaiyum avan
naadagathil varum
navarasam poala
nandRaay rasithaan

He enjoyed the misery in his
own life,
like the way one would enjoy the
splendid expressions of a drama,

கொடுக்க வேண்டிய வாடகை
  நகராத கூவம் போல
  தேங்கியது

kodukka vaeNdiya vaadagai
nagaraadha koovam poala
thaenggiyadhu

The rent that he needed to give (for his house),
started to became stagnant like a well

வசூலிக்க வரும்
  செட்டியாரோ
  கடன்பட்டார் நெஞ்சம்போல
  கலங்கினார்

vasoolikka varum
chettiyaaroa
kadanpattaar nenjampoala
kalangginaar

The Chettiar who came to collect the rent,
his heart was agitated like the one who was in debt,

கோவில் மாடத்தில்
  கூடுகட்டும் புறாவிடம்
  வாடகை எப்படி வசூலிப்பது

koavil maadathil
koodugattum puRaavidam
vaadagai eppadi vasoolippadhu
at the altar of the temple,
to the pigeon that was making its nest,
how can one ask for rent?

இன்று கட்டாயம்
  கேட்பதென்று கால்கள் விரையும்

indRu kattaayam
kaetpadhendRu kaalkaL viraiyum

“Today I will for sure ask”,
with this thought his feet walk briskly

பாரதியின் வாசலுக்கு வரும்போதோ
  காலணியோடு அந்த
  கருத்தையும்
  வெளியே விட்டுவிட்டு
  வீட்டுக்கு போவார்

paaradhiyin vaasalukku varumpoadhoa
kaalaNiyoadu andhdha
karuthaiyum
veLiyae vittuvittu
veettukku poavaar

But when he hit Bharathi’s doorstep,
with the footwear
even this thought
was left behind,
and the Chettiar would go in,

பாரதி சிரிப்பான்
  ஒரு வெண்கல மணி
  விண்ணில் அதிரும்

paaradhi sirippaan
oru veNkala maNi
viNNil adhirum

Bharathi would laugh,
A bronze gong would
strike in the skies,

வாரும் விளக்கெண்ணெய்வாள்
  வாடகைக்கு அப்படி என்ன அவசரம் ஒய்

vaarum viLakkeNNeyvaaL
vaadagaikku appadi enna avasaram oy

Come in! Oh know it all buddy!
What is the hurry to collect rent now?

இன்னும் பத்து வருஷம்
  சுயராஜ்ய ஜோதி
  தெரிந்துவிடும்

innum pathu varusham
suyaraaJya Joadhi
therindhdhuvidum

In ten years,
The light of Independence (swarajya),
will be lit,

பிறகென்ன ?
  அரசாங்கத்தின் கஜானாவிற்கு
  காசோலை தருவேன்
  போய்வாரும்

piRagenna ?
arasaangathin kaJaanaaviRku
kaasoalai tharuvaen
poayvaarum

Then what?
I’ll draw cheque Even to Government treasury
(For I would be that rich by then)
Come back later than now

மீண்டும்
  வெண்கல சிரிப்பு
  விண்ணை உரசும்

meeNdum
veNkala sirippu
viNNai urasum

Yet again, the bronze gong (his laughter)
will fill up the skies

ரணங்களை எல்லாம்
  ஆபரணங்களாய்
  அணிய பழகிய
  அந்த பொழுதில்
  வங்காளத்து மகான்
  வந்து சேர்ந்தார்

raNangaLai ellaam
aabaraNangaLaay
aNiya pazhagiya
andhdha pozhudhil
vanggaaLathu magaan
vandhdhu saerndhdhaar

He had learnt to wear all his debts (battles)
as his jewels
At that moment the great from Bengal
arrived

Note: An excerpt from Vairamuthu’s book ” Kavirajan kathai” Chapter 27 – உயர்திணையைவிட உயர்ந்தவன் (Greater than the greatest)

PS: Thanks to Sucheendra for the translation of this beautiful Extract.

Communication

Many people
Multiple voices
Total chaos
Amidst that
Two people
Four eyes
One conversation
No words
But
A poetry was created
A symphony was heard
A salsa was performed
Coz all communication
Doesn’t need words!

The merger!

Water, one of the dearest subject for Ripples and for me. Here is another dimension to water.

The water, in most forms, is rarely considered as the final stage and rather used as example to seeking the destiny in next stage. Like a river attaining destiny while reaching the sea, a drop attaining destiny by becoming a pearl, the drop on lotus leaf and so on..

The crust of earth is basically split into two, surface covered by water and land.

Just like the water being omnipresent in many ways, the land / soil could be represented in many many ways. Rocks, boulders, mountains, sand, soil and so on.

When water meets many of those, the water retains its nature as water, just as the other component retains its own nature. Or the reaction happens to one of them while the other remains the same.

Whereas when water meets a certain kind of soil, the water and soil bonds together and becomes mud, where the water attains the color of soil and the soil becomes almost liquid, losing its dry and solid state.

Thus, merged the heart of two, in love, inseparable and into one, by losing itself. And together they could be created into new formations, which isn’t possible to be attained by either water or soil independently.

This is the example given by an anonymous poet to describe love at first sight. And the richness of the thought paved way to name the poet after this example.

யாயும் ஞாயும் யாரா கியரோ,
எந்தையும் நுந்தையும் எம்முறைக் கேளிர்,
யானும் நீயும் எவ்வழி யறிதும்,
செம்புலப் பெயனீர் போல,
அன்புடை நெஞ்சம் தாங்கலந் தனவே.

-செம்புலப் பெயனீரார்.

What is my mother to yours?
How is my father relatednto yours? Although you and I knew not
each other in any way,
just as red earth and pouring rain:
the love-filled hearts merged.

(Kuruntokai – 40)

[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuṟuntokai]

What lies ahead? 

Is it the end,
Where the path of the past
Bids adieu
As it ceased to exist?

Is it the bend,
Where the path takes
A new turn
As it enters new horizons?

Is this the beginning of
Another new month?
Is this the end as
The year comes to a close?

What was in the past?
Few promises were broken!
Few new promises were made!
And in between life did happen!

What lies ahead?
Isn’t that the billion dollar question?
Blushing blooming buds?
Fragrant fluffy flowers?

What’s out there could be
Seen, heard and felt from there…
But not from here, for
Appearances are deceptive!

So step ahead..
Even if it’s towards an end..
For the road bends and there lies
Another new beginning!

Who would be the messenger?

I am asking the breeze that passes through this dais,
In the way you pass by, will you see my God on the way?

‘She is like a bud amidst colourful flowers,
She would be (as sweet as) sugarcane to your heart,
Yet, she is like a small particle afloat the sea..’
Would you say so to him?

‘She wakes up at midnight,
She thinks of your relationship,
She sleeps (only) after dawn’
Would you convey this pain too?

I am asking the breeze that passes through this dais,
She is like the vision to my eyes, Is what she said is right?

‘She searches for her Kannan (her guy),
She conveys her heart’s love,
She has forgotten this elder brother’
Would you convey that too?


[The last stanza is the reply by her brother, who is also the friend of her guy.]

Details of the translated song is available over here!

Favourite Lines #5

உனக்கென என மட்டும் வாழும் இதயமடி
உயிர் உள்ள வரை நான் உன் அடிமையடி

unakkena ena mattum vaazhum idhayamadi
uyir uLLa varai naan un adimaiyadi

This heart beats only for you
I’m yours as long as I live

என் ஆயுள் ரேகை நீயடி
 என் ஆணி வேரடி
 சுமை தாங்கும் எந்தன் கண்மணி
 எனை சுடும் பனி

en aayuL raegai neeyadi
en aaNi vaeradi
sumai thaanggum endhdhan kaNmaNi
enai sudum pani

You are my lifeline,
You are the root (anchor) that holds me,
You shoulder my burden, darling,
You are the mist that burns me..

விழியின் அந்த தேடலும்
 அலையும் உந்தன் நெஞ்சமும்
 புரிந்தாலே போதுமே
 ஏழு ஜென்மம் தாங்குவேன்

vizhiyin andhdha thaedalum
alaiyum undhdhan nenjamum
purindhdhaalae poadhumae
aezhu Jenmam thaangguvaen

If I could just understand,
those searching eyes of yours,
and the wavering heart of yours,
I could live seven more births..

அனல் மேலே வாழ்கிறாய்
 நதி போலே பாய்கிறாய்
 ஒரு காரணம் இல்லையே
 மீசை வைத்த பிள்ளையே

anal maelae vaazhkiRaay
nadhi poalae paaykiRaay
oru kaaraNam illaiyae
meesai vaitha piLLaiyae

Without any reason,
You live upon the scorching ember,
And yet flow like the river,
Oh my dear moustached-baby

(8) இதை காதல் என்று சொல்வதா
 நிழல் காய்ந்து கொள்வதா
 தினம் கொல்லும் இந்த பூமியில்
 நீ வரம் தரும் இடம்

idhai kaadhal endRu solvadhaa
nizhal kaayndhdhu koLvadhaa
thinam kollum indhdha poomiyil
nee varam tharum idam

Should I say this as love?
can I bask in its shades?
On the earth that kills everyday,
You are the place of blessings!

The details of this melody is available here!

Favourite Lines #4

இரு நெஞ்சம் இணைந்து பேசிட உலகில், பாஷைகள் எதுவும் தேவை இல்லை.
சிறு புல்லில் உறங்கும் பனியில் தெரியும், மலையின் அழகோ தாங்கவில்லை.
உந்தன் கைகள் பிடித்து போகும் வழி, அது போதவில்லை இன்னும் வேண்டுமடி.
இந்த மண்ணில் இதுபோல் யாரும் இங்கே, எங்கும் வாழவில்லை என்று தோன்றுதடி.

iru nenjjam iNaindhu paesida ulagil, paashaigaL edhuvum thaevai illai.
chiRu pullil uRanggum paniyil theriyum, malaiyin azhagoa thaanggavillai.
undhan kaigaL pidiththu poagum vazhi, adhu poadhavillai innum vaeNdumadi.
indha maNNil idhuboal yaarum inggae, enggum vaazhavillai endRu thoandRudhadi.

There is no need of any languages, for two hearts to communicate in this world.
The beauty of a mountain reflected on a dew drop that sleeps on a grass blade is exhilarating.
(The beauty potrayed when you sleep on my lap is overwhelming)
The path that I walk holding your hand is never sufficient, and I desire more.
(The happiness that I get walking holding your hand is never sufficient, and I desire more.)
It feels as if no one in this world has ever lived this sort of a life anywhere.

The details of this awesome song is available over here!

You and me!!

You are breeze, I’m tree,
I’ll nod for everything you say..
You are rain, I’m earth,
I’ll hold you wherever you fall..
You are night, I’m stars,
I’ll be there only till you are there..
You are waves, I’m shore,
I’ll bear even when you beat me..
You are body, I’m your shadow,
You don’t have to fall, I’ll fall for you..
You are branch, I’m leaf,
I’ll live only as long as I’m bound with you..
You are eyes, I’m your lashes,
I’ll keep fluttering till I join you..
You are breath, I’m body,
I’ll let you alone to keep me alive..
You are sky, I’m blue,
I’m merged within you..
You are thought, I’m word,
I’ll be uttered only when you command..
You are light, I’m Koel,
I’ll sing only upon seeing you..
You are dress, I’m the waist,
I’ll wear you even when I sleep..
You are day, I’m light,
I’ll always depend only on you..


Details of the translated song is available here!

Beats of Love!

For singing the nomadic song, namthana namthana are the beats..
Coz of love, in all over the places,
In the hearts, there are 1000s of beats..

Is love, what blooms in the twenties?
It’s love that continues till the sixties!
Is love just those laughing along in happiness?
It’s love that gives consolation while crying!

Shall I sing about love?
Isn’t it searching nectar in flowers?!

While gently closing the eyes and leaning on, it should be the lap..
While the steps are faltering with exhaustion, it should be the grip..
By knowing what’s in your heart,
You knowing what’s in my heart,
Living to express, I’m there for you, is indeed the love..

Is hopping from one to another (flower) is love?
Isn’t love being just with and for each other!

The Ganges, the Cauvery et all are feminine forms..
The Earth that holds us all every single day is also feminine..
Even the emperor ruling the kingdom, needs a female to rule the house!
In the sea like life, femininity is indeed the lighthouse, that guides..

It’s enough just to handover the heart to the damsel..
She would bring full moons everyday to the rest of life..