The Vedic in Me☺️

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Of course, this is a variation of The Woman in Me, the recent memoir by Britney Spears – that happened to be placed next to Carlo Rovelli’s White Holes 🤔 in the New Non-Fiction table at Penguins Bookshop, in Sewickley, where I pop in every so often, as I did today, driving into the village in my Lucid – who I remember from the movie:

Crossroads is a 2002 American road film based on a screenplay by Shonda Rhimes. It stars Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana and Kim Cattrall. It was a box office success, grossing over $61 million (on a budget of under $12 million).

Yes, Shonda Rhimes: Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Bridgerton.

(I skimmed through the memoir, and decided that it was not worth purchasing.)

As you know – from What I Believe – I have decided to get into Mythology.

Back home after the bookstore closed, I started to read The Book of Imaginary Beings – by Jorge Luis Borges –  and, to my utter shock – and deep disappointment – I found that his chapter The Nagas was way off:

In one of the books of the Mahabharata, Ulupi, the son of a Naga king, forces his affections on Arjuna, though she wishes to keep her vow of chastity.

No, no, no! The Vedic in Me has been awakened!😳

Ulupi – Uloopi, actually – is the daughter of the Naga king who wants Arjuna – a man, a Pandava, the great archer, the person to whom Lord Krishna later schools via Bhagavad Gita – to be her husband, and he is the one who initially refuses!

(This is like writing that Hercules was a woman, or referring to Helen as a man who initiated an abduction.)

Now, of course, I am concerned about the correctness of his other Imaginary Beings, from mythologies of other civilizations, in this book.🤔

You know, from सप्त काव्यानि (plus Two for Tagore), that I have also decided to get into Poetry. So, putting Borges’ book away, I have decided to start Emily Wilson’s The Odyssey, having previously read Simon Armitage’s version, and poured myself a:

Cocktail is a 1988 American romantic comedy-drama film. It stars Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue. The film was a huge box office success, grossing more than $170 million worldwide against a budget of $20 million.

Of course, since it is The Day of the Dead today, I could not resist linking to the opening scene from:

Spectre is a 2015 spy film and the twenty-fourth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. Directed by Sam Mendes, it stars Daniel Craig as Bond, alongside Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, and Ralph Fiennes. The film’s theme song, Writing’s on the Wall, won an Academy Award. The box-office receipts exceeded $880 million (on a budget of under $300 million).


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