When the colorful Holi
Came sailing with a sweet
Rapturous motion; when it threw
Away the veil from its face
And put forth before the eye
The splendor of her face
All shimmering with bright ornaments;
She set her foot
And the anklets showered a spray
Of sweet and charming music
From her eyes flashed
A succession of coquettish winks
And some passionate sighs
Vibrated in her breast.
- Nazir Akbarabadi
Translation Rafiq Zakaria
The image comes with every book from Sahitya Akademi and always has the note:
The sculpture reproduced on the endpaper depicts a scene where three soothsayers are interpreting to King Suddhodana the dream of Queen Maya, mother of Lord Buddha. Below them is seated a scribe recording the interpretation. This is perhaps the earliest available pictorial record of the art of writing in India.
From Nagarjunakonda, 2nd Century A.D.
Courtesy: National Museum, New Delhi.
Year 1989. This was the first colour TV that I ever saw. It was the pride procession of an Uncle. Every Sunday, I will go over to my cousin's place to watch Ramayan followed by He-Man; all in color on a Tv of this very model. Ah, the Sunday's spent screaming 'I have the power' while holding a stick.
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