This week’s kavisamaya verse delicately touches on three conventional aspects of a grown woman’s beauty: the side-glances dark as blue lotuses, or bees, which she casts from eyes that extend right to her ears; the fine line of hair on her belly; and hips so heavy she can barely walk.
नीरात् तीरमुपागता श्रवणयोः सीम्नि स्फुरन्नेत्रयोः
श्रोत्रे लग्नमिदं किमुत्पलमिति ज्ञातुं करं न्यस्यति ।
शैवालाङ्कुरशङ्कया शशिमुखी रोमावलीं प्रोञ्छति
श्रान्तास्मीति मुहुः सखीमविदितश्रोणीभरा पृच्छति ॥
Climbing out of the water
onto the riverbank,
the moon-faced girl
touches the side of her face
where ears are bordered by irridescent eyes
to see if a blue lotus is caught there.
She tries to wipe off the line of hair
rising to her navel,
thinking it is river-weed.
And she keeps asking her friend
why she is so tired,
not realising her hips are growing heavy.
From the description of the nāyikā in Bhānudatta’s Rasamañjarī