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The Secret Garland Andal S Tiruppavai And Nacciyar Tirumoli

Author : Archana Venkatesan
ISBN : 9789351775775
Genre : Poetry
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Legend tells us of a young girl in the ninth century who swears to marry none but Vishnu. She appropriates a garland meant for him - a transgressive act, yet one of singular devotion.,. Born of her boundless, consuming love for Vishnu are the two exquisite Tamil poems, Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli. These compositions, in which Vishnu is her awesome, mesmerizing and sometimes cruel lover, give expression to Kotai's powerful experiences and her vibrant, bold sensuality. Eventually, the story goes, Kotai wins Vishnu for herself, becoming his bride at the great temple of Srirangam, for which extraordinary feat she earns the title Andal: She Who Rules. The Secret Garland aims to capture the lyricism, beauty and power of the original poems. Archana Venkatesan's detailed notes, based on traditional commentaries, and discussions of the ritual and performative lives of the two poems contextualize the significance and influence of Andal's continuing legacy. An essential addition to the classical library.
Category: Poetry

The Secret Garland

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ISBN : 9780199830947
Genre : Religion
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This book offers new translations of the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli, composed by the ninth-century Tamil mystic and poetess Kotai. Two of the most significant compositions by a female mystic, the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli give expression to her powerful experiences through the use of a vibrant and bold sensuality, in which Visnu is her awesome, mesmerizing, and sometimes cruel lover. Kotai's poetry is characterized by a richness of language in which words are imbued with polyvalence and even the most mundane experiences are infused with the spirit of the divine. Her Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli are garlands of words, redolent with meanings waiting to be discovered. Today Kotai is revered as a goddess, and as a testament to the enduring relevance of her poetry, her Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli continue to be celebrated in South Indian ritual, music, dance, and the visual arts. This book aims to capture the lyricism, beauty, and power of Kotai's original works. In addition, detailed notes based on traditional commentaries, and discussions of the ritual and performative lives of the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli highlight the importance of this ninth-century poet and her two poems over the past one thousand years.
Category: Religion

Judy Garland

Author : David Shipman
ISBN : 0786880260
Genre : Motion picture actors and actresses
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In this highly-acclaimed biography, Shipman tells the whole story of this doomed and deified performer: her days as a child star, the daughter of a gay father; her ascension to teenage stardom; her introduction to drugs by MGM; her years of alcoholism and substance abuse; her relationship with daughter Liza Minelli; and more. Photos.
Category: Motion picture actors and actresses

Celebrate The Season Secret Snowflake

Author : Taylor Garland
ISBN : 9780316472494
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Celebrate that magic of Christmas... This year, Riley Archer's seventh grade class is having an anonymous gift exchange called "Secret Snowflake." Riley is thrilled when she gets to be the Secret Snowflake for the cutest boy in school, Marcus Anderson, who she's had a crush on for two years. To make things even more exciting, there's a rumor going around the school that Marcus is Riley's Secret Snowflake too! Riley puts her heart into making homemade gifts for Marcus to let him know how special he is to her, even though her friends warn her that Marcus might think her homemade gifts are lame. When Riley starts receiving presents that are just as thoughtful as her own, she is sure that Marcus is just the boy she's always believed him to be. Is Riley's Secret Snowflake her secret crush...or will she be crushed when she finds out who it is? ©2017 Hachette Book Group. All rights reserved.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Beach

Author : Alex Garland
ISBN : 9781101657508
Genre : Fiction
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The irresistible novel that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The Khao San Road, Bangkok -- first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard's first night there, in a low-budget guest house, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to "the Beach." The Beach, as Richard has come to learn, is the subject of a legend among young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for a thousand years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled in a communal Eden. Haunted by the figure of Mr. Duck -- the name by which the Thai police have identified the dead man -- and his own obsession with Vietnam movies, Richard sets off with a young French couple to an island hidden away in an archipelago forbidden to tourists. They discover the Beach, and it is as beautiful and idyllic as it is reputed to be. Yet over time it becomes clear that Beach culture, as Richard calls it, has troubling, even deadly, undercurrents. Spellbinding and hallucinogenic, The Beach by Alex Garland -- both a national bestseller and his debut -- is a highly accomplished and suspenseful novel that fixates on a generation in their twenties, who, burdened with the legacy of the preceding generation and saturated by popular culture, long for an unruined landscape, but find it difficult to experience the world firsthand.
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Judy Garland

Author : Anne Edwards
ISBN : 9781589797888
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Edwards’s biography presents a complete picture of the late actress—and not just the boozing, drug-addicted caricature of a woman central to lesser biographies. We learn, for example, that Garland saw it as her duty to provide for her family financially, a generosity that her mother Ethel exploited with disastrous results. Above all, Judy Garland sought to please, whether it was an audience or a studio head, and therein lies her powerful and heartbreaking story.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Garland For The Secret Beloved

Author : E. S. Yao
ISBN : 1484025652
Genre : Poetry
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A Garland for the Secret Beloved is a celebration of the spirit of love in its many guises, moods, and names. It is subtitled Visionary Love Poetry because many of its poems take place in a universe of visions -- of dreams, myths, and the deeper imaginings of the soul's need to touch another soul in intimacy and sharing. Composed between 2008-2013, Garland is spiritual in nature, but is also infused with the erotic as well as the witty aspects of personal love. The dedication, "To the Eternal Feminine and all her children" speaks of the spirit of the Feminine as it informs all of human experience, and that all creatures are her offspring. Here is a small sample of what you will find inside this exquisite collection of poems. (De-formatted for this introduction). Rumi's Ghost: Beloved one, do not close the door on me, /Or turn me away like the beggar/Which, in truth I am, at least in spirit./Ah, if I could tell you in so many words/Or silent gestures, or mimes of the heart/What it means to be close to thee./But please banish all such thoughts./Only now, open your forgiving arms/As if to embrace this old one./Then together we will lie down, /Watch the moon veil itself with clouds, /As the stars continue on their way.
Category: Poetry

The Secret Of Enduring Love

Author : Peter Sklivas
ISBN : 9780989649612
Genre : Fiction
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Seeking divine inspiration? Here’s a tantric love story for the yogi in your life. Peter Sklivas’s spiritual first novel, The Secret of Enduring Love: Yoga Romance of Damayanti and Nala, is a 21st century retelling of an ancient Vedic tale from India. Brimming with romance, this delightful tantric love story offers an engaging introduction to yoga as a powerful tool for transformation and love. When Princess Damayanti embarks on a quest to win the heart of her beloved Prince Nala, the gods don’t make things easy. Damayanti must pass a series of dangerous tests orchestrated by the goddess Shakti, lords Shiva and Indra, and other immortals. The key? With guidance from her guru, Great Swan, the princess learns the secret to opening the seven inner gateways—and awakening the love of God, the divine feminine, and the beloved. Meanwhile, jealous Kala plots to destroy Prince Nala in a deadly game of chance.
Category: Fiction

The Giver Of The Worn Garland Krishnadevaraya S Amuktamalyada

Author : Srinivas Reddy
ISBN : 9788184753059
Genre : Fiction
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And below her hair; she would put on a garland and spend a few minutes just gazing into a pond; seeing her reflection and satisfying her desire before turning away and returning the worn garland to her flower basket The emperor Krishnadevaraya’s epic poem Amuktamalyada (Giver of the Worn Garland) depicts the life of the medieval Vaisnava poet-saint Andal; or Goda Devi as she is also known; and her passionate devotion to Lord Visnu. Krishnadevaraya’s unique poetic imagination brings to life a celestial world filled with wonder; creativity; humour and vibrant natural beauty. The mundane is made divine and the ordinary becomes extraordinary; the routine activities of daily life become expressive metaphors for heavenly actions; while the exalted gods of heaven are re-imagined as living persons. The poet’s ability to see divinity in the most commonplace activities is an extension of his powerful belief that god is everywhere; in everything; at all times.
Category: Fiction

My Judy Garland Life

Author : Susie Boyt
ISBN : 9781608191444
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Judy Garland has been an important figure in Susie Boyt's life since she was three years old, comforting, inspiring, and at times disturbing her. In this unique book Boyt travels deep into the underworld of hero-worship, examining our understanding of rescue, consolation, love, grief, and fame through the prism of Judy. Her journey takes in a duetting breakfast with Mickey Rooney, a munchkin luncheon, a late-night spree at the Minnesota Judy Garland Museum, and a breathless, semi-sacred encounter with Liza Minnelli. Layering key episodes from Garland's life with defining moments from her own, Boyt demands with insight and humor, what it means, exactly, to adore someone you don't know. Does hero worship have to be a pursuit that's low in status or can it be performed with pride and style? Are there similarities that lie at the heart of all fans? Chronicling her obsession, Boyt illuminates her own life and perfectly distills why Judy Garland is such a legend.
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