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Of distant past…

June 27, 2014
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1) X is considered as one of the best works in Tamil Islamic literature. History has it that the rich Syed Khader a.k.a. Citakkati invited the author, then a poet in a royal court, and requested him to compose a tale on the life of Prophet Muhammad and his teachings. The author accepted and but before the work could be finished, Citakkati died.  Then, Abdul Kasim Marakkayar financially helped the author to finish his work. As a tribute, at the end of each hundredth verse in X, the author paid a tribute to Citakkati. X has 5027 poems and describes tales related to the life of Prophet Muhammad. X derives its name from the Arabic word ‘Sirat’ meaning ‘biography’. Interestingly, in X, the mentioned flora, fauna and avifauna are actually found in the Tamil country, but not Arabia, the home of Muhammad.  ID the author.

2) In whose praise is this Narastuthi? (FITB)

The golden-limbed woman, yearning for your company, is waiting (for you).
Giver of riches, Son of Tulaja,
__________, Lord of emperors!
The woman asked you to come!

3) Y is a song that has a rather interesting claim to fame since 1989. It seems to have reached the status of a closing song for almost all outdoor activities in China. Many organizations play the music in a loop on their loudspeakers just before closing for the day. Despite not even knowing the name the song or its artist, many Chinese people have the urge to finish what they are doing in a hurry once this song starts playing. ID Y.

4) ID the blacked out portion.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. s m muneer ali permalink
    June 28, 2014 12:22 pm

    1 – seerapuranam.
    rest i don’t know.

    • Qrish permalink*
      June 28, 2014 2:11 pm

      @SMMA, who is the author boss?

  2. Qrish permalink*
    August 6, 2014 12:43 pm

    1. Seerapuranam by Umaru Pulavar
    2. ‘Kanakangi’ in praise of King Sarabhoji
    3. Kenny G’s “Going Home”
    4. Heliodorus

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