There is this song in Forrest Gump, which i am sure every single Tom Hanks fan knows by heart. The lyrics goes like.."To everything Turn Turn Turn..there is a season Turn Turn Turn..and a time for every purpose under heaven". I remember having a post on the song. The theme of the song is that, there is always a time for everything. A right time, to be more precise and guess there is a tamil saying too which agrees with this one - "Paruvathay payir sei". I recently experienced something which reminded me of this song.
If you get something for which you were waiting for almost 2 decades..supposed to be a happy occasion right? That too if that thing was something which was/is very dear to you and you were desperate to get your hands on it.
Well,Here is the reason for this post.
The latest release from Lion comics, the collectors edition of the XIII series - "RATHA PADALAM" in tamil. When it was launched around 18 years back, well..that was a time i was so crazy over comics, especially tamil comics. There is a lending library, which is like 20 mins walk from my house. I used to borrow books from that library in my cousin sister's membership and 10 rupees was like a months budget given to me for borrowing books. I would hardly get one or two books for ten rupees at that time. So i used to finish off most of the books in the library itself in the guise of searching and would bring home the heaviest ones. I would walk-read all the way and by the time i reach home half the book would've been over. Since i knew i wouldnt get money for borrowing a new one, i used to re read the same comics multiple times. My mom was wondering how to solve the issue of budget vs my book craze and with my villain English teacher they conspired to shift my focus towards English novels. It was a win win situation for mom. The novels were bigger in size than comics and she felt it would improve my language. I grudgingly took up reading the Archers and Sheldons and soon the novels replaced the comics. But the one series which i sorely missed reading was the XIII. It was close to a dozen episodes when it was released for the first time and i barely managed to get a few of them to read. Such was the craze for that particular series, the copies sold like hot cakes. It was a 2 decade long itch on the back of my mind that i was unable to complete the series.
Few weeks back, in one popular tamil weekly (Kumudham for those who have heard of it) i happened to read in the question answer section (Arasu badilgal) that the person got this collector edition of XIII comics and he was good enough to give the contact details of the publishing house phone number and address. I was feeling like a character right out of Manmohan desai movie. Here is my family song and here are my lyrics. Just had to sing and unite. With trembling hands (konjam over buildup la :) intha situationku novelslalaam ipdi thaan varum sentence..oru flowla vanthirichi manichukunga :)) i called up those guys in sivakasi. Luckily for me stocks were available this time. With the help of my ex-colleague, who happened to be a native of sivakasi, whom i pestered, badgered, nagged into submission, i finally landed up with my own copy.
There is a line in Kamba Ramayanam - "Pirinthavar Koodinaal pesavum thondrumo". When Ram meets Sita after vanquishing Ravan..for first few minutes they simply look at each other not knowing what to talk is the meaning of those lines. Ippo ethuku kamba ramayana bittungareengala..summa scene thaan :) Now that i have my wait fulfilled, the book is lying unopened ever since it came. I was so thrilled to have finally got it but the kid who was longing for that comics when it came,is lost somewhere in the past two decades. I have it with me now, but every attempt of me to rekindle that enthusiasm with which i relished those comics, is proving bit futile.
Winding up with the lyrics from the song again...
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
Because...To everything..There is a season. Turn, turn, turn
P.S: Intha posta padicihi mudikarachay a film by Bharathiraja nu podanumo nu thonichi :D LOL :D
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