CLOUDS THAT FLOOD AND SKY THAT IS UNWET

What do the sky and clouds that we admire above have to do with a lady’s wait for her love? In this article, we rejoice, paraphrasing some puissant lines of the song “Putham Puthu Olai” from the Tamil film “Vedham Pudhithu” directed by Bharathiraja.

“என்னென்ன தடை வந்த போதும் காதல் இறப்பதில்லை மேகங்கள் பொழிகின்ற வெள்ளம் வானத்தை நனைப்பதில்லை”

“No matter what the constraint, love will never die. The flood that clouds gush out will never wet the sky,” a lady sings in sheer confidence. 

Let’s examine this succinct verse’s nuances! Whilst a lady patiently bides her time before she meets her beloved man, she says that despite the deterrents, the love in her heart won’t ever die out, and the clouds-fed flood won’t ever make the sky wet. 

There seems to be some relation between those clouds and her love, doesn’t it? It is time to see what that is! So as to show us how strong her love is, she says that it will survive amidst all the agonising ordeals. And only to prove her point further, she has spoken of the shedding clouds at this juncture. 

For instance, according to science, the moisture in clouds becomes heavy and succumbs to gravity. This way, it returns to our earth’s surface as rain. Even though the celestial sphere(sky) bears these watery phenomena in it, it will never be moistened by the rains that the clouds shed, because after all, the sky has spread above them all. 

Saying these, the lady means that the cloud-like hurdles may rain many drops of distress; however, no misery can ever moisten the sky-high love that has outspread in her heart till now. Yes, it is just to remind us to remain confident that the lyricist of this song has implied the very same things in these two lines. 

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Reshma Selvaraj

Hello, my name is Reshma Selvaraj. I am a graduate with a bachelor's degree in English. I am from a village called Kombadi Thalavaipuram in Tuticorin, a southern district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Tamil is my mother tongue. Though I studied English as a second language during my schooling, I enjoyed reading English poems and essays. As years passed by, I enrolled to study the literature of English in a college. That was when I began to read a lot of books both in Tamil and English. Thus I started to have a dream of becoming a writer. I have already written and published two short stories. The first short story, entitled “I have an interview tomorrow”, depicts the life of a disabled graduate searching for a job, and the second short story, titled “Aval Oru Maram”, defines the deforestation happening in the Western Ghats of India. This blog is to show the world that I am becoming what I wanted to become, and I hope that it will help you to become what you want to become.

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