Should We Come To Jantar Mantar Again?

Fellow Citizens, wake up before it gets too late! A proposal has come up in the parliament for increasing an MP’s monthly salary to Rs.2.8 lakhs. I don’t think any MP will walk out or raise any opposition to this. No one minds getting extra pennies, certainly not our selfish and greedy politicians. Common people may please go to Hell!. That’s where they are meant to be. Always. Read on by clicking here.

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star…

The poem, ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’ is 208 years old and so common that we don’t even bother to find out who the original author is. Jane Taylor wrote this poem in 1908 with the title ‘The Star.’ Most of us know the first stanza only, but the actual poem has a lot more to it. Here is the complete poem. For more details, click on the Poemhunter link below.

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-star-11/

The Star – Poem by Jane Taylor

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is set,
And the grass with dew is wet,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveler in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see where to go
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveler in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

 

All Great People Think Alike…

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Rabindranath Tagore (India’s only Nobel Laureate Poet)

 

About 4 years ago, I caught the Rabindra Sangeet bug and ‘Tobu Mone Rekho’ was one of the songs that I learned to sing. I was enthralled and captivated by the great depth and intensity of this song and it remains my favorite till this day. It is widely believed that Tagore wrote this song in 1888 in the memory of his sister-in-law Kadambari who committed suicide in 1884 after his marriage to Mrinalini…

I even made a recording on my mobile phone as I sang this song, just to see where I stood vis-a-vis Sraboni Sen. Click here to hear this recording.

I was rather amused with the results!

I stumbled upon a very exciting discovery today: an uncanny similarity of meaning between Tagore’s song ‘Tobu Mone Rekho’ which means ‘Still remember me” and Christina Georgina Rosetti’s poem “Remember.”
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Christina Georgina Rosetti

Rosetti was also in a very melancholic mood when she wrote this poem. She was seriously ill and in this poem, which was written in 1862, she has expressed her desire to be remembered even after death.

The links to the works in question are given below. Take a look and see for yourself. Perhaps Tagore was influenced by Rosetti, but this does prove that all great people think alike.

Tobu Mone Rekho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5aMrZoOV04

Rosetti’s ‘Remember’: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/remember/