Thursday, June 18, 2009

The New Dawn 4: Krishna's First Love

Prem's mother forced him to accompany her to the Hari-Katha in the temple premises (Hari-katha is a type of art form where the artist narrates mythological stories in a high pitched tone inter spread with some devotional songs). Dhanya, Prem's young neighbour decided to accompany him so that he may not be bored to death. That day's Hari Katha was on Lord Krishna and Radha.

The narrator was a young girl of around eighteen years old. With her high pitched voice, she started the story and took the listeners present there to the banks of Yamuna river where Lord Krishna was playing some melodious tunes on his flute and Radha found her legs forcing her to run to her beloved Sri Krishna...
Dhanya had to interrupt with her comment, "And the present generation boys! They only know to play tunes on their cell phone! My Boyfriend Madan always irritates me with that romantic tune on the mobile Agar tum mil jao...Zamaana chod dhenge (If I get you in my life, I am ready to leave this entire society)"
Prem's mother never watches bollywood movies and was confused by the explanation, "Girl!... you have got it completely wrong.. Agar tum mil jao is a devotional song... it means, if my soul captures the essence of God, its the time to leave this material world..."
Prem and Dhanya were silenced by this new spiritual explanation to a song picturised on the serial kisser Emraan Hashmi and thought its better to listen to the artist on the dais.

The young girl on the dais with her mystical smile went on to explain the first fight between the eternal lovers, "Radha once doubted that though both loved each other there was a difference in their love. She loved too much and he that is Lord Krishna loved too many. Lord Krishna cleared her doubt, 'If Gopikas(the girls in the Brindavan) loved me, its not my fault. They feel they deserve it. I can't completely ignore them also... But I love you the most...You should know that!'"
Prem was more interested in knowing Dhanya's reaction rather than Radha's, "If you found your Madan with someone else, what would you do?"
Dhanya gave a angry look, "I did once catch him red handed... in the library... not with one but three cute figures... He gave a lame excuse of group study... Angrily I messaged all his and my friends, 'Koi Pathar se na maare mere Sanam ko...Koi Pathar se na maare mere Sanam ko... 21st century hain... bomb se hi uda diya jayan* (Don't pelt my beloved with stones... Please don't pelt him with stones. This is 21st century! Waste him away with a crude bomb....)"
Prem's mother scolded them, "Gosh! What language! How can you talk like that in the temple. You are polluting the temple environment!"

But the narrator's mind was not polluted... it was still focused on the story as she touched another important aspect, the test of love, "Once Nanda, Lord Krishna's foster father arranged to do tulabharam (Giving in charity wealth equal to the weight of Lord Krishna).
But no matter how much gold and jewelery Nandgopal added, the scale didn't budge. Seeing a worried look on his father's face, Lord Krishna hinted at Radha to hand over a bud from the jasmine flower that adorned her head to his friend. And as the friend slowly placed that bud on the scale... there was equilibrium... This showed how much Radha loved Lord Krishna...**"
Prem had to ask Dhanya this pivotal question, "How will you test Madan's love for you?"
Dhanya smiled and replied coolly, "Its easy to test a boy's love. Tell him, the dress he wears looks good on him and see how many times he wears it in a week!"
Prem's mother turned to her son, "Now I know why you wore that pink dress continuously for a week without getting it washed or ironed..."

As the three were enjoying themselves, The young story teller was nearing the end of the story, "As Lord Krishna prepared to leave Brindhavan to Mathura, Radha knew that her Krishna will never come back. So she took two promises from him, one that he should always remain in her heart and second, before Lord Krishna leaves the planet Earth he should give her one final darshan...and Lord Krishna in turn took one vow from her and that too a very difficult one..that Radha should never allow tears to flow from her eyes...They thus separated. But their love was endless and unconditional and yes... the promises were kept"
Then Prem somehow got the feeling that the narrator was suddenly focussing completely on him as she delivered the message of the story, "Lord Krishna took the human Avtaar (form) and experienced himself many things to teach humans various lessons on dharma, karma and other aspects... But he also had a lesson for all the young lovers of his time as well as for the lovers of this generation... an important one....Never forget your First Love... Sri Krishna ne Premi ka haath choda hoga... magar Prem ka nahi..."

(PS * The Hindi Sanam shayari was a forwarded mobile message
**The Tulabram story is attributed to Krishna Rukmini Satyabama episode. But it does appear in Krishna Radha episode too.)


Hopeless Romantic said...

Thanks for sharing was a great piece of writing..who so ever has written it!

Suresh Kumar said...


That was my writing, Amit! Only the shayari I had taken from a forwarded mobile message.

Hopeless Romantic said...

oops..then all the credit shld goes to u...*applause*

sorry fr the confusion..keep penning!

Priya Joyce said...

loved the way u ended it..Krishna's lesson..yeh we shud never forget our first love watever happens..

and the Dhanya n Prem chit chat between the narration added humour to the whole thing..whic had quite a serious ending..

loved the shayari...and also quotes :)

DPhatsez said...

Your writing is what keeps me hooked. I hate love stories but you have the right mix of intrigue and characters to spice it up!

As I am a fan, I'd like to see more of Suresh on paper. Yes you do reference appropriately but let the the story be entirely you with your own quotes if possible.
Gives it that uniqueness just like your talent :)

Hope you understand what I'm trying to say.No offence intended whatsoever.

ApocalypsE said...

man you listen bollywood oldies...

Sri Krishna ne Premi ka haath choda hoga... magar Prem ka nahi... cool innuendo...

I watched my sassy girl both korean and english... Have to say elisha cuthbert is damn cute...

Keshi said...

**Dhanya, Prem's young neighbour decided to accompany him so that he may not be bored to death


but even the things we assume wud be mega boring, brings abt great lessons of life ha :)

yes we shall never forget our First loves...I still rem mine.

A great narration Suresh. I loved it. u give life to meaning, and meaning to life :)


Dhandal said...

Prem's mother seemed to take a lot of interest in the conversation rather than the kathan..

Meira said... Prem gets his blessings haan :)

Charmed One! said...

I have heard the shri krishna stories before.. but it was still nice hearing it from u again... i gotta lot of old reading to in ur blog i guess :)..

Dev said...

Nice blog and nice article..

Prathima Bhat said...

**Agar tum mil jao is a devotional song... it means, if my soul captures the essence of God, its the time to leave this material world..."**
Ha ha ha!!!! This line made me laugh for quiet a long time :)

**Koi Pathar se na maare mere Sanam ko... 21st century hain... bomb se hi uda diya jayan** - I am just imagining the face of Prem's mom at this line:) lol!!!

Suresh Kumar said...
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Suresh Kumar said...

@ Priya Joyce..
We should never forget our first love nor even the crushes...
In our old age, we need something too tell our grandchildren na :)

@ Arun..
Yups... I agree... I will try not to use quotes in my coming blog and put some more pressure on my grey cells.

@ Nirmal
I thought the korean girl was superb. In the anti climax, when she sends the boy to the opposite mountain and yells her heart out, that was the best scene..
BTW I heard that some of the scenes were used in a tamil movie SMS.

@ Keshi...
Even boring things can hold the greatest secrets... this story idea got developed while i was forced to sit and watch a mythological serial with my mom...

@ Ananditha...
Son important ya sri krishna important ?

@ Meira
His blessings is always there for the loving hearts..

@ Charmed One
Yups! You really have to... You will know why in the next post...

@ Dev
welcome to my blog

@ Prathima Bhat..

Arjun said...

I thought this would be a more emotional blog with some dollops of tears as well. But nice that you brought in Radha-Krishna as no love story is complete without a reference to the ultimate lovers in Hindu Mythology

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