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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 2, April 2014


Kala Ramesh
Pune, Maharashtra, India

The Other Side

Today, according to the English calendar it is 2nd August, but to us, Tamils, it is the day when River Cauvery becomes pregnant.

It's monsoon season now and the rivers are swollen. Our tradition says that since Cauvery is in the family way, we need to pay attention to her delicate condition. The menu at home is light, something easy to digest.

My mother cooks lime flavoured rice and simple pepper rasam, (a soup-like preparation) so that it doesn't cause nausea after the meal, and while we are sitting down to have our lunch, she says, "Had we been at the banks of Cauvery, we could have given her this . . ."

sunset orange
bathing the river—
the mahout
guides the temple elephant
to the water's edge

Tanka previously published in Eucalypt 16, May 2014



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