Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Shalini Samuel writes

Triveni Sangam (the confluence of three water bodies)

At the old Cape Comorin, a turn in the coastal line
A well-planned international conference unfolds
The Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean
Brings forth a million tales and tears from afar
The war in Syria, African pain, the howls of rape
Poverty, lavishness, the secrets of warships
Polluted air, the dwindling greenery, nuclear weapons
The silent melting of void land and icebergs
Every hue and cry comes here for the confluence
They come together in unison for a grand gathering
Discussing issues ignored by men and Gods
They argue day and night, their roars heard for miles
Their vendetta marked by their own limits shimmer
They come rushing like a Kingdra for a silent battle
They clash and crash, before going back
Never ever had there been a consensus
The tales from the east, west and the south 
They never had a chance to stay together in peace.



  1. Kingdra is a dual Water/Dragon Stage 2 Pokémon. It was one of 100 new characters introduced in the Neo Genesis expansion in 1999 (the only Dragon-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II) and has been featured on 19 different cards. It can create large whirlpools and sea-born tornadoes, but because of its immense power it generally hibernates in deep, uninhabited areas of the sea to rest and build up its energy. Even the yawn of a sleeping Kingdra is powerful enough to create undercurrents capable of destroying small ships. When a storm arrives, it awakes and wanders about in search of prey. Its appearance is related to the Japanese name for a seahorse (dragon's child).

  2. A "triveni sangam" is a confluence of any 3 rivers. A confluence is sacred to Hindus, and bathing there flushes away one's sins and frees one from the cycle of rebirth. Cape Comorin was the British name for Travancore in Tamil Nadi. All 3 of the chief Hindu gods (Shiva/Stanu, Vishnu/Mal, and Brahma/Ayan) are united as Sthanumalyam and worshiped at a temple in Suchindram; "suchi" is derived from a Sanskrit word for purity because Indra worships there every midnight in remembrance of being relieved of a curse at the site.


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