Sunday, August 24, 2014


விண்ணில் பறத்தல்
மண்ணை மறத்தலே

சிறகசைவுகளின் இடையே
மண்ணின் ஈர்ப்பு
தரையிறக்கும் கால்களை

கூரலகை விண் நோக்கி
எழும்பி விட்டாலோ
மண்ணழிந்து போகும்
அடுத்தொரு காற்றலை வரும் வரை

சிறகடர்த்தியை பறித்தாலும்
அலகு விண்ணே நோக்கும்
விசை குறைந்தே பறந்தாலும்
நினைவை சென்றடையும்

சுயமும் இருப்பும்
முயங்கும் வெளியில்
மறத்தலும் பறத்தலும்
மறைந்தே போகும்
இருத்தலும் இறத்தலும்
கரைந்தே தீரும்

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Angst, Kierkegaard, Sartre and My Future Novel's Theme

"Angst means a recurrent state of disquiet or dread caused by human awareness that our  future is not predetermined (by God, society or anything else) but must be freely chosen."

- Soren Kierkegaard

Characteristics of Existentialistic Thoughts According to Jean Paul Sartre in Being and Nothingness
  • Existence precedes essence
  • What is the personal meaning in a traumatized world
  • Absurdity of life
  • Be responsible for one's own actions
  • No God
  • Defy conventions
  • Maintaining human dignity in a societal failure
  • Be concerned with lived experience, not on abstract speculation
  • Founded with human connection of life in the world and not from the subjective, detached views

Brief of my novel to explore existential thought processes

Part I
A military officer
Losing his eyesight
Suspended from service for inability
Waiting for the outcome of the trial
                                   - Psychological angst and ramblings
Dismissed from service
Returns home almost blind and shattered

Part II
Divorce (tensions in married life)

Part III
Now living with seven year old son and a servant maid
Develops a relationship with the maid
Takes son and maid on a long drive
Son dies in an accident
Survives with maid - serious injuries
                                 - Angst and ramblings

Part IV
Leaves to wander in mountains in search of  peace and himself
Meets many people in psychological encounters
New developments
Failures in relationships and realizations

Part V
Returns home
Affair with maid continues amidst dissatisfaction
Emotional dilemma/tensions with himself and the maid
Questioned by parents and friends
Owns his actions
Marries maid
Existential thoughts

The Contrasting Styles of India and China in ‘Colonizing’ Asian Countries

Thanks to Othisaivu Ramasamy's recent blog post, I found George Coedes’ monumental work, ‘The Indianized States of Southeast Asia. ...