value of newness

by Jahnabi Barooah

पुराणमित्येव न साधु सर्वं ना चा ‘पि काव्यं नवमित्यवद्यम्।
सन्त: परीक्ष्या ‘न्तराद्भजन्ते मूढा: परप्रत्ययनेयबुद्धि:।।
मालविकाग्निमित्रे १।२

also, from kālidāsa’s play, the mālavikāgnimitram:

just because something is ancient,
does not mean it is perfect.
nor does a play’s newness
make it censurable.
wise ones choose
after scrutinizing carefully,
while fools just follow the crowd.

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