O poveste indiană: Văduva cu fii de Munshi Premchand


Dragi cititori și vizitatori,

Ați observat, probabil, că am lispit o oarecare perioadă de pe blog; am avut două motive întemeiate: primul, m-am apucat de postat clip-uri cu și despre hindi pe Youtube; al doilea, și cel mai important, m-am apucat să fac ceva la care visez de cel puțin 8-9 ani, și anume, să traduc o poveste/povestire din hindi în limba română.

Iată, vă prezint primul fruct al muncii mele, More

The Literary Corner: ”Broken” by Mimi Apostol (ex. 1)


Writing exercise 1

Write a fragment describing the exact emotions when you (or your character) learned of a happy or calamitous event in your life (or your character’s); now try to condense that fragment into a single searing sentence.

 

BROKEN

She was staring at the phone in her hand as if she saw it for the first time. It used to ring daily, a couple of times at least. Now it was dead silent. A silence she wasn’t accustomed to. A deafening silence. Coming from the grave of a soul stabbed to death by a sudden departure of the only man she ever loved and who had sworn eternal love to her more than a decade ago.

A decade she devoted her life to him, to this divine connection he was the first to acknowledge and speak about in terms of ”organic connection”. A decade in which, even if he disappeared for a few weeks on business trips she not always found out about from him, he would always come back to her apologetic, humble, more passionate, more in love.

She believed in it all with all her might, she belonged to him mind, body and soul. He said he did too. Those precious, almost perfect, days and nights in which they would cuddle, kiss, watch a movie, talk, the whole world would disappear. They were the only ones in their world and she was happy. He was so thankful for her love, so… smitten… More

The Literary Corner: ”And the Skies Wept that Day…” by Hedwig Silver (ex. 1)


Writing exercise 1

Write a fragment describing the exact emotions when you (or your character) learned of a happy or calamitous event in your life (or your character’s); now try to condense that fragment into a single searing sentence.

 

And the Skies Wept that Day…

            Nothing – not my waking up late, not the spilling of my morning coffee, not my poking my eyeball with the mascara wand, not my forgetting to lock the front door and to charge my phone – could announce the inconceivable events that would unfold that very same day. It was another overcast morning, like the previous three, and the weather reporter had pointed out that umbrellas would be “a must”; “what’s new about that, in this city?”, I thought to myself as I opened the car’s door and chucked all my belongings on the backseat. I was furious with my forgetfulness and spent the entire drive scolding Mr. White – yes, it even had a name – and wishing all bad things happen to him. One of my close childhood friends, Clare, had once asked me why I had come up with such a funny name for such a thing – mind you, Mr. White reminded her of our old Chemistry teacher bearing the same name, who would break in a profuse sweat and burst into a nervous stutter whenever a girl asked a question in class – for which I invented the following explanation: “Clare, dearest, each time I feel I have forgotten something, my mind goes as blank as a paper. If that weren’t enough, I get so distraught and angry with myself that everything around me turns a pristine white, as if caught in a snow-storm in the middle of nowhere”. “Oh Sam, you were always the creative one of the pair. No wonder you write for a living.”

            It had already started raining by the time More

Cuvinte cu o poveste: istoria și sensurile lui ”PARIA(H)”


Cu siguranță că, de-a lungul vieții voastre, ați auzit măcar o dată, în diverse contexte, termenul de ”pária” (a nu se confunda cu verbul ”a paria”) – dacă nu s-a întâmplat încă, nu disperați, va sosi momentul negreșit.

Să vedem întâi sensurile sale din limba română: conform DEX-ului, pária este denumită persoana care se află în afara castelor și care este lipsită de drepturi; clasă socială din care face parte persoana respectivă; personană disprețuită, urgisită, căreia nu i recunoaște nici un drept. Este interesant cum înțelesul – termenul din limba română fiind preluat din franceză – înglobează ideea de excomunicare, de ciumă, parazit pentru societate, căci un pária trebuie îndepărtat cu orice preț – vezi ideea purității în societatea hindusă. Mai mult, să nu uităm că a fi/deveni un pária înseamnă să fi săvârșit fie un act ce contravine grav codului de legi morale (= a deveni), ori să fi practicat o meserie blamată de comunitatea respectivă (= a fi; de obicei, una care presupune mizerie cruntă).Cu toate acestea, numărul de pária este foarte mic, raportat la totalul populației Indiei.

Să zăbovim nițel asupra originii acestui cuvânt, așa cum a intrat el în limbile europene: More