Sparrow

Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
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Who will love a little Sparrow?
Who’s traveled far and cries for rest?
“Not I,” said the Oak Tree,
“I won’t share my branches with
no sparrow’s nest,
And my blanket of leaves won’t warm
her cold breast.”

Who will love a little Sparrow
And who will speak a kindly word?
“Not I,” said the Swan,
“The entire idea is utterly absurd,
I’d be laughed at and scorned if the
other Swans heard.”

Who will take pity in his heart,
And who will feed a starving sparrow?
“Not I,” said the Golden Wheat,
“I would if I could but I cannot I know,
I need all my grain to prosper and grow.”

Who will love a little Sparrow?
Will no one write her eulogy?
“I will,” said the Earth,
“For all I’ve created returns unto me,
From dust were ye made and dust ye shall be.”

Wilbur Smith

Books I remember reading

  • When the Lion Feeds
  • The Diamond Hunters
  • The Sunbird
  • The Burning Shore
  • Power of the Sword
  • Elephant Song
  • River God
  • The Seventh Scroll
  • Warlock

I Will Always be Right There – Bryan Adams

Artist: Bryan Adams
source: azlyrics.com

I swear to you I will always be there for you
There’s nothin’ I won’t do
I promise you all my life I will live for you
We will make it through
Forever, we will be
Together you and me
Mm, when I hold you nothin’ can compare
With all of my heart you know I’ll always be
Right there
I believe in us, nothin’ else could ever mean so much
You’re the one I trust
Our time has come, we’re not two people
Now we are one, yeah, you’re second to none
Forever, we will be
Together, a family
The more I get to know ya, nothin’ can compare
With all of my heart you know I’ll always be
Right there
Forever we will be
Together, just you and me
The more I get to know ya, the more I really care
With all of my heart you know I’ll always be
And you know I really love ya, nothin’ can compare
For all of my life you know I’ll always be
Right there

Six Honest Serving-Men

Poet: Rudyard Kipling
Poem: I Keep Six Honest Serving Men
source: kiplingsociety.co.uk
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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source: tamilsongslines.blogspot.com
source: lyricaldelights.com

(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

source: azlyrics.com
youtube: 7XNrdRCIzxI

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

source: genius.com
youtube: Winter in
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.