Saturday, January 09, 2010

अहो रूपं अहो ध्वनिः l

उष्ट्राणां च गृहे लग्नं गर्दभाः शान्तिपाठकाः l
परस्परं प्रशंसन्ति अहो रूपं अहो ध्वनिः ll

The wedding (लग्नं) is at the home of the camels (उष्ट्राणां च गृहे) and the donkeys ( गर्दभाः) are reciting the prayer for peace (शान्तिपाठकाः).

They praise each other (परस्परं प्रशंसन्ति)- Ah! What (a charming) appearance! (अहो रूपं) Ah! What (a lovely) sound (voice) (अहो ध्वनिः)!

In reality, neither do the camels possess good looks, not do the donkeys have melodious voices. But the donkeys compliment the camels on their handsomeness, and the camels praises the singing of the donkeys.

Sort of a 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' situation.

If a new movie is to be released we often read interviews where the actors praise the director, saying it was because of his direction that they could give such great performances, and also explain that it was mainly because of the lovely tunes composed by the music director, that the movie has turned out so well.

The director in turn praises the actors and the technical crew. - all in an effort to promote the film.

We notice this kind of 'arrangement' many times between politicians and the media. Also between industrial corporates and the government.

There is benefit to both parties- who cares if the general public is misled?


Vinod_Sharma said...

I think this subhaashit is tailor-made for today's politicians and their media cheerleaders!

Sandhya said...

This is for everyone, I think. Filmy people, politicians are not the only persons who follow this. I see in 'reality shows', the judges praising each other in front of the camera. I wonder what impressions they have of each other behind the camera! It is very funny to imagine!

Apt examples - camels and donkeys!

manju said...

Vinodji- Indeed it is!

Sandhya- Reality show judges praise each other to raise the TRPs- as you say, their real opinions of each other may be very different!