Saturday, January 29, 2005

Maxim # 16: சனி நீராடு -- Take a special shower on Saturdays.

ஆத்திச்சூடி # 16: னி நீராடு (sa-ni nEE-rAA-du)

Translation: Take a special shower on Saturdays.

Rumination: The term "சனி" means "Saturday" and "நீராடு" means "take bath." Literally, this maxim underscores the importance of taking special bath on Saturdays. For many, special bath may mean an oil-bath or a head-bath. Auvaiyar's penchant for cleanliness is amply evident in this maxim. A good shower not only relieves stress but can also provide ample opportunities for ruminating new ideas. Quality time at the showers is a luxury during weekdays. Hence the maxim's reference to Saturdays. And celebrate the coincidence of today being a Saturday as well.

It is the height of luxury to sit in a hot bath and read about little birds. -- Lord Alfred Tennyson.

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