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A friendly quarrel between Lakshmi and Uma
« on: April 15, 2009, 03:21:52 PM »
Once Lakshmi came to the house of Uma and seeing the kitchen,
said:  "O Uma, only this much of rice, your husband had begged today?"  Uma replied:  "O Lakshmi!  Atleast I have got some rice.
Your husband is eating only sand, what can you say?"

Lakshmi teased her further:  "O Uma, your husband has got only
one bull, how can he plough the fields?"  Uma replied: "O Lakshmi,
is it not  better than grazing other people's cows and drinking milk,
stealthily in the forest?"

Lakshmi asked further: "How come your husband went as a messenger* to settle the dispute between a husband and wife?"
Uma replied:  "At least, he as a messenger united the couple. 
Your man went as a messenger and caused a war between cousins!"

Lakshmi then asked:  "Your husband stole a begging bowl from a house?** Do you know that news?"  Uma said:  "It is fine, but my
brother (your husband) stole butter and got caught and tied up in
a pounding stone."

Lakshmi further queried: "O Uma do you know that your husband
is always dancing to the tune of a serpent and a tiger?"*** Uma
replied:  "I know, but your husband also danced on a serpent in
the forest."

Lakshmi then asked:  "O Uma, do you know your husband drank
the poison near the ocean?  Uma replied:  "O Lakshmi, is it not
better than eating the whole world?"

(Source: Stray Tamil Verses.  K. Subramania Pillai.  Shantha
Publishers, Chennai. 14.)

Arunachala Siva.