articles by Kala Krishnan Ramesh

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World Poetry Day 2019: What the Peacock said to Ganesha about his Brother’s Lovesickness

My Lord, your brother’s lovesickness is becoming impossible: ever since he saw Valli, at the archery contest, he’s being most unreasonable. He refuses food, then says he’s hungry and wants to go pick figs on her hill. He claims hot water’s making him weak and wakes at dawn to go bathe in the hill stream. And now he wants grass mats, no doubt woven with grass from her hill, because suddenly ‘soft mattresses are bad for a warrior’s body.’