Yesterday was Saraswati puja. Today is this blog’s happy birthday. It’s just missed sharing a birthday with the goddess of knowledge, art and music (and surviving sexual abuse, given stories inform us that her father Brahma — one of the Big Three of Hinduism — not only spoke “coarsely” to her but also had incestuous relations with her. Although Brahma takes Saraswati as his “wife”, she thankfully finds her way out of that “marriage” and is known for being quite emphatically single. This is good. It does annoy me though that Saraswati is the goddess of learning and not wisdom. You’d think the woman who survives abuse and incest would be described as wise, but no. Wisdom is elephant-headed Ganesha’s domain. But I digress, as usual…).

So yes, this blog could have shared its sixth birthday with Saraswati, goddess of learning, but it missed this possibility by a few hours. I feel like there could be something symbolic in that.


Anyway, I came across this a few days ago and meant to put it up. Now, a few hours after the book-loving Saraswati’s big day, seems as good a time as any.


I’m not entirely sure about this, but I think the above image is by someone called Kevin Carden. Whoever it is that came up with it, it’s a lovely idea. Of course, the first thing I wanted to know was what she was reading. So, after peering at it for a while, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s The Bible.


This may not have been precisely what I had in mind when I told myself I’d manage my time more sensibly this year.


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