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16 October 2010 @ 02:52 pm
3 things...  
...to say I'm still alive, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding.

1) A scholarly exhibit/explanation of Late Antiquity magical material, useful for writers who don't wanna do it Rong and also just cool. Sent to me by elsmi; he says it with awesome web links, wot I like better than flowers.

2) It's the last day of Dasahara (lit. 10 days), more commonly Navaratri (nine nights) where I'm from. Traditionally, every house displays a collection of golu (dolls/idols) on a stepped altar, and the people who can go from house to house in the neighborhood singing (ideally Goddess songs, but really anything in my experience) to the golu displays.

When my dad was a kid, his not-much-older aunt Leela did this, but she only had one Goddess song she was really confident with. So at the 3rd (or 4th or 5th) house, little-kid my dad pipes up, loudly, with "Oh Leela not this one again!"
To her teenage embarrassment and (of course) the family's lasting amusement. My father turned 68 this year, and Leela Chitti passed away... gods, it must have been 30 years ago, but Navaratri is forever associated with this story to me.

If I were well enough to sing, today, I'd pick that song.

3) lutin points out to me that Tamilian rhymes with Chameleon. She's dared me to use that in a poem. I am not sure I'm up for it, but it clearly needs to be a limerick.
 
 
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deliasherman: Magic Mirrordeliasherman on October 16th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
A lovely story about your family, Shweta. It made me smile.

Thank you so much for passing on the link in 1). I'm not sure I'm ever going to write another New York Between novel, but if I do, some of that info is going to be in there for certain-sure.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on October 16th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Ancient ritual magic? In NY Between?

I WANNA SEE HOW
Nathanielelsmi on October 16th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
You are such an enabler.
खेचारि: [draghetto + paroush]lutin on October 16th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Look who's talking!
shweta_narayan: igglesshweta_narayan on October 16th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
+1
deliasherman: Magic Mirrordeliasherman on October 17th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Talismans and protective magic were there to help humans deal with supernaturals, right? So you know they make talismans, from many cultures. Won't be for a while, though. I have to find a publisher willing to buy the third volume of an abandoned trilogy. And write the two books I'm ettling to write in the meantime.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on October 17th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
Well whenever you want to write it, I want to read it, and till then I want to read whatever else you're writing :)
Olna Jenndormouse_in_tea on October 17th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
I WANNA SEE TOO! (hi, random stranger performing Enabler Guild duties here)
deliashermandeliasherman on October 17th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you. This gives me energy.
Sovay: Haruspex: Autumn Warsovay on October 16th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
A scholarly exhibit/explanation of Late Antiquity magical material, useful for writers who don't wanna do it Rong and also just cool.

I love curse tablets. I have written some for friends.

My father turned 68 this year, and Leela Chitti passed away... gods, it must have been 30 years ago, but Navaratri is forever associated with this story to me.

Aw.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on October 18th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I love the fact that curse tablets were mass-produced. It says awful awful things about people, of course, but so narratively great :)

Vincent Pendergastscriitor on October 17th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
Great link, thanks much for it.

And yes, I also got a smile from your family anecdote : )
shweta_narayan: happyshweta_narayan on October 18th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
:)
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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on October 18th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
:)
b_writesb_writes on October 18th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
What a great story.

You're right, limerick is totally the way to go. There once was a handsome Tamilian/Who changed clothes like a natural chameleon....

but what would the last rhyme be?
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on October 18th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
...Pavilion?
Ashniashnistrike on October 25th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Happy holidays, and thank you for sharing the story.

-Nameseeker