Manivannan Magic

12 Mar


Credits: OJ and her new Panasonic Lumix LS 80. Taken in completely natural lighting.

She pressed crimson lips to an inner page, scribbled a message that held much meaning, smiled mysteriously and then it was mine.

To assert that Witchcraft weaves a spell is to state the obvious. But to denude oneself to the obvious, offer one’s vulnerability on a platter as the words tunnel through your onetime resilient spirit, to let them screech into the cubby holes of your gut and torch craters the size of coffee mugs takes a brave reader, one who is amply rewarded by Sharanya Manivannan’s book of magical verbal imagery.

Maybe it was the time, maybe it was the place, maybe it was the situation I chose to be in: a lone woman seeking anonymity and solitude in a seaside town by the blue Bengal bay. Watching waves and people and bougainvillea nuzzling whitewashed villas, happy to be the outsider in a world content without her. It was a day of soul-searching, of excruciating subtleties, of the drama of frothing, unstoppable words. Of walks and self-hugs and avoiding curious passer-by eyes. Of honesty, wildness and liberation. Of knowing it would end and that madness has its price, but trading in sanity for freedom for just one precious day is sometimes infinitely worth it.

Witchcraft is devourable. It may hollow out your heart and hold up a mirror to the real you, but if you survive its brutally enchanting onslaught, you may perhaps have really lived.

15 Responses to “Manivannan Magic”

  1. sukanya March 12, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    ‘happy to be the outsider in a world content without her’….this gave me goosebumps!

    what a beautiful review….you are truly a wordsmith!!!

  2. sukanya March 12, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    and yes, the photo is absolutely is gorgeous!

  3. sukanya March 12, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    i meant..absolutely gorgeous…the ‘is’ was a typo…sorry for flooding you with comments

  4. Mamma Mia! Me a Mamma?!? March 13, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    What a photo! It’s just pulling me in…

  5. Nino's Mum March 13, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    goosebumps galore. You make it sound so attractive, you know?

  6. Shivani March 13, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    All hail OJ the shutterbug!!

    Really, what a picture. I’m most tempted to grab that mug -froth and all & that book.

  7. DewdropDream March 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    LOVE the photo! You’re a photo-whiz AND a word-whiz. I want to be like you when I grow-up 😐 😀

  8. Piper.. March 13, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    a beautiful piece yet again! I love the way you weave words! 🙂

  9. errormsg March 13, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    what a beautiful photograph! i have to deal with imagery all day, yet very few give me so much peace…as also a certain mad thrill of being free and complete and wild…

    very, very curious to know which town. please?

  10. errormsg March 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    oh also, on my blogroll you shall find a link to ‘madelyn’ who is a fantastic photographer (and much more)…each of her blogposts are preceded by a photograph…please visit whenever you can/feel like…she has the most positive, peaceful, vibrant work i have seen! do see 🙂

  11. rajni March 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    Beautiful photo OJ!The colours are so soothing.
    And getting in the newspapers too:)
    Read the Mumbai Mirror today.Good job ,Girl!

  12. Orange Jammies March 17, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    sukanya: If this gave you goosebumps, you should try Witchcraft.

    M4: Yeah, I stayed there a longish while myself.

    Nino’s Mum: No attempt necessary. It is.

    Shivani: *takes a bow* Must admit that latte was dee-lish-us.

    DewdropDream: Now now, child. Careful what you wish for!

    Piper: I may as well. Given that I can’t thread a needle. 😉

    errormsg: The answer’s on the coffee cup. 🙂 Will hop over soon.

    rajni: Thanks.

  13. sanarao September 1, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    Hi, i’m new to your blog, happened to come across it,
    your poignant sense of writing trapped me.

    and then i came to this post. which i’m sure many can relate to, but haven’t iterated in such an enchanting manner….

    Here’s to hoping that you have many many more days of insanity… cause those are the days that make us feel the most alive 🙂

  14. Orange Jammies September 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    sanarao: 🙂 I’d like a stretch of sanity, if you don’t mind terribly. Thank you for stopping by. Do visit again.


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