six honest serving-men

Poet: Rudyard Kipling
Poem: I Keep Six Honest Serving Men
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curated by: Dr B Damodaran

I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small—
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!

She sends’em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes—
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!

Pattum Naane, Bhavavum Naane

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(1) பாட்டும் நானே பாவமும் நானே
(2) பாடும் உன்னை நான் பாடவைத்தேனே

Paattum naanae Bhaavamum naayae
paadum unnai naan paada vaithaenae

I am the song, I am the expression (that the song brings in)
I am the one who made the singer in you sing.

Continue reading “Pattum Naane, Bhavavum Naane”

Love Lifted Me – Kenny Rogers

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I’ll write myself a simple song
Get the whole world to sing along
I’ll call it a love song for you

And who knows
I’m liable to take a song from the Bible
And then when I’m through, I’ll just sing

Love lifted me, love lifted me
When nothing else would do
You know love lifted me

Everybody’s looking for a way
To say something nobody said
But that’s hard to do

They’re searching their mind
Trying to find the one of a kind way
That they could say something new and I just say

Love lifted me, love lifted me
When I was down and out
You know love lifted me

Love lifted me, love lifted me
When nothing else would do
You know love lifted me

Love lifted me, love lifted me
When nothing else would do
You know love lifted me

Love lifted me, love lifted me
When I was down and out
You know love lifted me

Everybody sing love lifted me
Oh, love lifted me

The Old Kalahari

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youtube: Afrikaans songs of my childhood (98 songs)

This one caught my attention for the reference to God, Heaven and the singer’s hope that it would resemble his “Old Kalahari”

Ver in die Ou Kalahari daar sing die Boere so
Gee ons die Ou Kalahari die Ou Kalahari bo*

*from Afrikaans: Far in the Old Kalahari, the Boers sing so
Give us the Old Kalahari the Old Kalahari above

In misty plains all around me the burning sun and sand
Lovely and peacful surroundings my old Kalahari land

Sonbesies sing in jou bosse die hittige son te versmaai
Rooi Afrikaner-osse sien jy om elke draai
Ver in die Ou Kalahari tot daar in die Molopo
Gee ons die Ou Kalahari die Ou Kalahari bo*

*from Afrikaans: Cicadas sing in your forests to spoil the hot sun
Red Afrikaner oxen see you every turn
Far in the Old Kalahari until there in the Molopo
Give us the Old Kalahari the Old Kalahari above

— Instrumental —

When I am called on safari
By him whom I cannot deny
I pray that the old Kalahari
Will be part of that land in the sky…

The Billionaire and the Devatha

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The Billionaire and the Devatha, is a romantic fiction about Hari, who is tested by fate and forced to face all sorts of difficulties in life. Does he face his troubles boldly, and is he able to come out on top of them?

The value of Indian culture and importance of maintaining good relationships have been projected throughout the story. Hari suffers through several difficult situations one after another, and readers may relate to his plight.

However, it is important to remember that unconditional love and respect for Nature and the Almighty will definitely give us the support necessary to understand that our falls are neither fatal nor permanent.

Hari is only an imaginary example of the lives of many living legends who have fought all their lives to attain great fame. This book is a very interesting read with plenty of surprise twists at unexpected moments.

About the Author

Sivanandan, a retired banker with vast experience in human relationships, has always been interested in literature. He has great passion for writing and has written short stories in the past.

After his retirement, he has embraced writing completely. This is his maiden attempt at a full-fledged novel. The Billionaire and the Devatha is a romantic novel aimed at building confidence and a positive outlook on life. The author himself faced many difficulties in his past but has come out successful after fighting against the odds with confidence and self-discipline.

A great devotee of the Goddess of Samayapuram, he has attributed the success in his life to Her Divine Love and Blessings. The author believes that prayers and belief in the Almighty will help everyone live happily and peacefully.

Long Road out of Eden

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Moon shining down through the palms
Shadows moving on the sand
Somebody whispering the twenty-third psalm
Dusty rifle in his trembling hands

Somebody trying just to stay alive
He got promises to keep
Over the ocean in america
Far away and fast asleep

Silent stars blinking in the blackness of an endless sky
Cold silver satellites, ghostly caravans passing by
Galaxies unfolding, new worlds being born
Pilgrims and prodigals creeping toward the dawn
But it’s a long road out of eden

Music blasting from an suv
On a bright and sunny day
Rolling down the interstate
In the good ol’ usa

Having lunch at the petroleum club
Smokin’ fine cigars and swappin’ lives
He said: “gimme ‘nother slice o’ that barbecued brisket!”
“gimme ‘nother piece o’ that pecan pie!”

Freeways flickering, cell phones chiming a tune
We’re riding to utopia, road map says we’ll be arriving soon
Captains of the old order clinging to the reins
Assuring us these aches inside are only growing pains
But it’s a long road out of eden

Back home i was so certain
The path was very clear
But now i have to wonder: “what are we doing here?”
I’m not counting on tomorrow
And i can’t tell wrong from right
But i’d give anything to be there in your arms tonight

Weaving down the american highway
Through the litter and the wreckage and the cultural junk
Bloated with entitlement, loaded on propaganda
And now we’re driving dazed and drunk

Been down the road to damascus,
The road to mandalay
Met the ghost of caesar on the appian way
He said, “it’s hard to stop this bingeing, once you get a taste.”
“but the road to empire is a bloody stupid waste.”

Behold the bitten apple – the power of the tools
But all the knowledge in the world is of no use to fools
And it’s a long road out of eden….

Whispering Waters – Jimmy Messina

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Well, I’ve been out walkin’ on the banks of the sea
Where the whispering waters run down
I spied a maiden enchanting to me
She sang such a sweet melody
She sang so sweetly where the whispering waters run down down down
Where the whispering waters run down

It was a beautiful mornin’, not a cloud in the sky
And the wind whispered down through the trees
And the tune it was playin’ and the light in her eyes
They sang such a sweet harmony
They sang so sweetly where the whispering waters run down down down
Where the whispering waters run down

And I swear as the mornin’ came a-risin’
An angel stopped out of a dream (out of a dream)
And she stood on the edge where the waves rolled in
And she danced on the sand to the song of the sea

And I swear as the mornin’ came a-risin’
An angel stopped out of a dream (out of a dream)
And she stood on the edge where the waves rolled in (and danced on the sand)

Now I’ve been out walkin’ (now I’ve been out walkin’) on the banks of the sea
Where the whispering waters run down
Where the whispering waters run down down down
Where the whispering waters run down

I Wear My Life – Jo Dee Messina

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Come close, just look at me, can you see
That new England breeze blowin’ through my hair
Stare into my eyes, can’t you see the endless sky
Peakin’ through the cracks of that abandoned barn
Got my first kiss there
My victories, my broken dreams, you don’t have to look too far
Like an old pair of shoes, like a tattoo, sometimes like a scar
I wear my life, right on my sleeve
Who I am ain’t no mystery
Where I’ve been has left a mark on me
No, I’m not one to try and hide
Or keep it all locked up inside
I wear my life
I’m like an old scrapbook, not afraid to let you look
Every day’s a brand new page I can’t wait to cut and paste
This picture that I see, right now of you and me
Two people so in love even time can’t make it fade
My smiling face, gives me away, yeah everybody knows
When you feel something this real, boy, it’s bound to show
You can see right through me. I’m transparent
I don’t just live it

Ruby Jean and Billie Lee

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Oh Ruby Jean, last night I dreamed I was runnin’ somewhere beyond the stars.
I called out to you, and you answered softly.
You are the children’s eyes, and I’m the days gone by.
Oh Ruby Jean, it doesn’t seem like a long, long time, since we were born again.
Into the dazzling light, uniting black and white.
You are the rich brown earth, and I’m the flowers that grow.

We’ll have children (Lua), of the Kingdom (Joshua).
They won’t be torn by war, nor will they
Kill or hate, or hesitate, to love. Justice.

Oh Billie Lee, it’s destiny that we meet again, here on this earthly plain.
I’ll see all the worlds with you, but you’ll have to help me through.
You are the straight and narrow path, and I’m the wayfayer.
Oh Billie Lee, we shall be free in the years to come, to help build the Promised Land.
We’ll go where the day springs run, forever and live as one.
He is the object of our longing, and we’re His creation.

We’ll have children (Lua), of the Kingdom (Joshua).
They won’t be torn by war, nor will they
Kill or hate, or hesitate, to love. Justice.