The Cloud Messenger – A Verse from Meghadootam

I know that you belong to the famous lineage of the greatest of clouds, Pushkara and Avartaka.  I know too that you are Indra’s (the king of the gods) right-hand man and that you are capable of changing your form at will.  That is why I, who have been displaced from my relatives by fate, approach you to ask a favour of you.  It is better that we are refused help by virtuous people than to receive help from lowly persons.

[From Kalidasa’s poem, Meghadootam – The Cloud Messenger.  Follow link on right for transliteration of verse and full story]


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