Pale Blue Dot in Tamil
#13
Thanks for this Vijay. This looks solid. I have one suggestion if I may. On the second para where it says "ஆயிரக்கணக்கான நம்பிக்கை மிகுந்த மதங்களும்,", i actually preferred what you originally wrote in the last version - "உண்மையென்று சொல்லிக்கொள்ளும் ஆயிரக்கணக்கான மதங்களும்". Although "confident religions" does translate well into "நம்பிக்கை மிகுந்த மதங்களும்", "உண்மையென்று சொல்லிக்கொள்ளும்..." has much more teeth to it, don't you think?
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#14
yea.. Bala even I was thinking the same. One of my friends suggested "நம்பிக்கை மிகுந்த மதங்களும்" as this would be appropriate translation literally. I think "உண்மையென்று சொல்லிக்கொள்ளும் ஆயிரக்கணக்கான மதங்களும்" sounds better, we can have the later one itself (உண்மையென்று சொல்லிக்கொள்ளும்)!
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#15
Check out my own version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbcsUiwHjyU
It's in English, no doubt. But, I have hard encoded the English subtitles myself. Don't want anyone to miss out on any word! I am working on doing the same in Tamil. Unfortunately, I can't do that myself. I have asked my Appa to translate the English subtitles into Tamil. Once it's done, I shall upload that to Youtube too. Or, if anyone of you can translate the subtitles into Tamil and post it here, I shall be indebted to them & make the videowith Tamil subtitles. Thank you. I am attaching the subtitles here so that translation becomes easy for whoever wishes to help me in this endeavour. Thank you.

1
The spacecraft was a long way from home.

2
I thought it might be a good idea,
just after Saturn,

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to have them take one
last glance homeward.

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From Saturn, the Earth
would appear too small...

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...for Voyager to make out any detail.

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Our planet would be just a point of light,

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a lonely pixel...

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...hardly distinguishable from
the many other points of light

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Voyager would see:

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nearby planets, far off suns.

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But precisely because of the
obscurity of our world thus revealed,

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such a picture might be worth having.

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It had been well understood by the...

14
...scientists and philosophers
of classical antiquity...

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...that the Earth was a mere point...

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...in a vast, encompassing cosmos...

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...but no one had ever seen it as such.

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Here was our first chance,
and perhaps also our last,

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for decades to come.

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So, here they are:

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a mosaic of squares laid down
on top of the planets...

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...in a background smattering
of more distant stars.

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Because of the reflection of
sunlight off the spacecraft,

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the Earth seems to be
sitting in a beam of light,

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as if there were some special
significance to this small world;

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But it's just an accident
of geometry and optics.

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There is no sign of humans in this picture:

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not our reworking of the Earth's surface;

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not our machines; not ourselves.

30
From this vantage point,

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our obsession with nationalism
is nowhere in evidence.

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We are too small.

33
On the scale of worlds,
humans are inconsequential:

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a thin film of life...

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...on an obscure and solitary
lump of rock and metal.

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Consider again that dot.

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That's here. That's home. That's us.

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On it, everyone you love,
everyone you know,

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everyone you've ever heard of,

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every human being who ever was
lived out their lives.

41
The aggregate of our joy and suffering;

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thousands of confident religions,
ideologies and economic doctrines;

43
every hunter and forager;

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every hero and coward;

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every creator and destroyer of civilizations;

46
every king and peasant,
every young couple in love;

47
every mother and father; hopeful child;

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...inventor and explorer;

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every teacher of morals;
every corrupt politician;

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every supreme leader; every superstar;

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every saint and sinner in
the history of our species,

52
lived there...

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...on a mote of dust
suspended in a sunbeam!

54
The Earth is a very small stage
in a vast cosmic arena.

55
Think of the endless cruelties visited...

56
...by the inhabitants of
one corner of this pixel...

57
...on the
scarcely distinguishable inhabitants...

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...of some other corner.

59
How frequent their misunderstandings;

60
how eager they are to kill one another;

61
how fervent their hatreds.

62
Think of the rivers of blood...

63
...spilled by all those
generals and emperors...

64
...so that in glory and triumph...

65
...they could become
the momentary masters...

66
...of a fraction of a dot!

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Our posturings,
our imagined self-importance,

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the delusion...

69
...that we have some
privileged position in the universe,

70
are challenged by this point of pale light.

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Our planet is a lonely speck...

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...in the great enveloping cosmic dark.

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In our obscurity - in all this vastness -...

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...there is no hint...

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...that help will come from elsewhere...

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...to save us from ourselves.

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Like it or not,

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for the moment, the Earth is
where we make our stand.

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It has been said that
astronomy is a humbling and...

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...character-building experience.

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There is perhaps...

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...no better demonstration of
the folly of human conceits...

83
...than this distant image of our tiny world.

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It underscores our responsibility...

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...to deal more kindly with one another,

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and to preserve and cherish...

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...the only home we've ever known:

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THE PALE BLUE DOT.
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