ANAMIKA

'(The Blog) With No Name', perhaps best described as a stream of notes and thoughts - 'remembered, recovered and (sometimes) invented'.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Anamika

Hello World!

Today happens to be A new year's day - as good a day as any other to begin something...

This blog is kicking off after several false starts. For several weeks, finding a suitable name for it was a bother; and then 'Anamika' sort of 'hurled into view'... Literally meaning 'the nameless one' (feminine implied, probably), Anamika is also the proper name for the ring finger in sanskrit.

The finger ring is surely an ornament worn in many if not most cultures all over the world - but one can't be quite as sure whether the finger of choice was universal as well! Even in ancient India, it is not clear if the ring (for instance Shakuntala's fateful 'Abhijnana') was indeed worn on the Anamika - if it indeed were, the ring finger probably would be called something like 'ring finger' and not given such a mysteriously blank name. The names of other fingers in sanskrit are based on their attributes - the index finger is called 'Tarjani' , the threatener. 'Anamika' might well indicate a certain lack of distinguishing attributes,like the ring for instance.

During Vedic ceremonies, I have often seen the 'Pavitram' being worn on the Anamika. But that really is not hard enough evidence that the anamika was indeed the ring finger in ancient India!

From a wider viewpoint, the history of Indian ornaments is not a very well documented subject, at least for a popular audience.

Many of our traditional ornaments are not only antiquated; even 'conceptually', they feel weird. The anklet - 'cilampu' - of Kannagi in the Tamil classic Cilappatikaram was a hollow doughnut-shaped metallic object, filled with pearls (or were they rubies? Confusion about the 'filling' leads to the tragic climax of the story. But that is, well, another story!). A smart way to conceal/store precious gems perhaps; but aesthetically, a colossal waste!

11 Comments:

  • At 12:02 AM, Blogger Sumesh said…

    Good start Nandu! I was expecting a hardcore technical post with a puzzle or two. Anyways, made an interesting read.

     
  • At 3:34 AM, Blogger Anand said…

    That's a great start. Very happy to see you blogging. I'm sure Anamika will cut a name for herself in the blogosphere in the near future. All the best!

     
  • At 4:27 PM, Blogger ഉമേഷ്::Umesh said…

    I came to know about you from Anand's blog. Good work!

    There is a story/slokam about "anaamika" praising the poet Kalidas. Somebody was counting poets. So, they counted Kalidas, the best one, on the first - small - finger. Then there should be somebody who is as good as Kalidas to be counted on the ring finger. There was nobody, so the ring finger's name - anaamika - became meaningful.

    Here is that slokam:

    puraa kaveenaam gaNanaaprasamgE
    kanishThikaadhishThithakaaLidaasaH
    adyaapi thaththulyakavErabhaavaa-
    danaamikaa saaRththhamayee babhoova


    I don't know how to write devnagari unicode (does someone know?), so I am giving the slokam in Malayalam unicode below:

    പുരാ കവീനാം ഗണനാപ്രസംഗേ
    കനിഷ്ഠികാധിഷ്ഠിതകാളിദാസഃ
    അദ്യാപി തത്തുല്യകവേരഭാവാ-
    ദനാമികാ സാര്‍ത്ഥമയീ ബഭൂവ

    I wish you good luck. Hopefully, you'll become "kanishThikaadhishThithaH" in blogging, making "anaamika" more meaningful!

    - Umesh

     
  • At 9:38 PM, Blogger R.Nandakumar said…

    Thank you Umesh - for your kind wishes and for pointing out that sloka.

    I would be happy if this 'Anamika' could be a worthy 'KanishThA' (which I hope means 'younger sister') to those blogs which inspired its startup.

     
  • At 8:23 AM, Blogger VIVEK VEDA said…

    saa kaa dhrutaa angulisobhanaya?
    kaa bhoomiloke prathita sudhanya?
    kim bhootakale bhavateetyato vaa?
    anaamikaa sarthavatee babhoova

     
  • At 5:59 AM, Blogger kevin hill said…

    and look, the new year of 2010 has also passed by...

    Assignment Help | Thesis Help | Essay

     
  • At 5:50 PM, Blogger VIVEK VEDA said…

    HAPPY PONGAL

     
  • At 5:51 PM, Blogger VIVEK VEDA said…

    happy pongal

     
  • At 5:53 PM, Blogger VIVEK VEDA said…

    happy pongal

     
  • At 7:21 PM, Blogger jainendra jha said…

    Fingers Fingers Above Par. How many of you have brood them so far?? http://jainendrajha.blogspot.com/2017/04/finger-finger-above-par.html

     
  • At 7:22 PM, Blogger jainendra jha said…

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