3 years. A solo trip to the abode of spirit.
I didn't know more than 'yepidi irukinga', 'nanri', and 'seri' of Tamil. However, I knew the place was a part of #India and on an essential scale a part of this common universe where communication happens in strange ways. In a world where non living objects can communicate on waves, I was not letting language be a #barrier . I was sure people would reciprocate to atleast the waves that I would create if not to the bits of language that I was trying to learn. And they did. We helped each other. Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, and I - we helped each other adapt to the changed environment. We knew we wanted to speak, we we wanted to listen, we knew we wanted to love the culture each represented, we knew we wanted to savour some memories of each other. So we spoke, we conversed and those were some of the most candid dialogues I ever had. I went to get some sugar. I got more than I asked for.
I had become friends with Jeevanayagi Ganapathy in #Chennai by then. Though she wasn't with her parents at #Tirunelveli at that time, her parents were delighted to lend me some sugar. They spoke not my language. I spoke not their language. And the translator services I had used of Jeevanayagi earlier in Chennai weren't there at my disposal to rescue me. Heck, I realized now that we never needed a #translator . I spoke to a #proudfather at times, sometimes to the heart warming mother, sometimes to the curious brother. I spoke with a proud farmer sometimes, at times with the smiles of Jeevanayagi's mother, and many a times with the questions of her brother. We spoke. And we lived a life that was not blemished by the divisions of #language .
I made a promise to Kanyakumari to come back with some sugar of my own. Next year, I did that. I brought my parents to the abode of spirit.
#SriRamakrishna once said - 'You can't describe #God . The moment you describe God through your speech, you make Him limited.' I think that's my fallacy here. I'm, in a way limiting the #joy of that #sojourn . So, I'm going quiet here, to ruminate over a world that has no language. #StoriesOfMyLife#Kanyakumari#TamilNadu#bookgasm#wordporn#literature#travel
I’m going to love you. I’m going to love you in your weakest moments to your strongest ones. I’m going to love you when you’re happy and I’m going to still love you the most when you’re sad. Don’t you understand? I’m here, and I’m not going anywhere. I want to love you, each and every piece of you. I want you with your imperfections as much as I want you for you. And I’m always going to want you, I’m always going to be here loving you with everything.” — im here// (via tullipsink)
You once told me that my love was as if you were re remembering us birthed from the cusp of creation, and l never forgot that because no place and no moment and no string of words or clarified thoughts had ever prepared me for the nature in knowing you. I think about my faults often and I think about how our biggest faults often lie in the sake of our being at one particular instance and being fully present as we swim with near diligence. And then the moment eludes us because things have a way of changing the way the winds change the sky’s direction and lam left to settle the image. I don't want to be unkind and unforgiving. Because when I recall forgiveness, I remember your touch and the way it felt against my skin as you cleansed parts of me you had never yourself tainted yet felt the necessity to fix my blemishes all the same; at times I felt like one of your paintings that wasn't quite right but you loved it even then. I'm sorry I forget your grace sometimes, maybe it is the age, but if I could be unadulteratedly honest without the need to stress, you are by far the best and worst thing to ever to happen to me and I don't know which side of you I've loved less.
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