25 can be Gold or Diamond too – And It is!

At the risk of sounding repetitive (since nothing has changed but it only got better), I start off this piece with almost same lines I have penned earlier

This is to the one who has colored up our lives for 25 years, a miracle who never ceased to be miraculous 

As it happens every year,  I am experiencing something called Blog-Fear (like Stage-Fear) when I thought of writing a few of my thoughts for this wonderful Angel of our lives – who is “Everything (Akhila)” literally ! It is considered Silver Birthday – but not for us. It is more valuable than Gold or Diamond. Here I go….

On this day 25 years ago, I was handed over a wonderful gift wrapped in woollens, a gift that me as a Father could have ever ask for: I am so proud of the fact that you have become so beautiful within heart and outside it, and you are not just my daughter but also my best friend.

Life was never the same for the entire family. The first Queen of the family after generations of waiting was not only cherished by all, but celebrated. With all those pampering, what I admired in you the ability to keep that head firmly on your shoulders and not getting carried away.

Every moment of the past 25 years has been filled with Joy thanks to whatever you did. Unfair not to mention Vishnu too who enhanced it for the 18 years of them.

What I also love is that love for life that as Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji advised – You “Lived” every moment, not just existed – You grew up, not just aged.  In the process, you ensured that you sprayed this perfume of happiness on everyone around you. If in doubt, ask everyone around who were touched by you and the difference you made in their lives. (Just confirm that it is not a blind love of a father, Was all those due to my genes? YES :-P)

A click that I cherish – 25 years back – Clinging to the treasure like my life dependent on it (Fact)

Here is a birthday Wish from all of us – we been trying to find the right words to say for quite a while now, but we just could not! So let us leave it at –  we love you for whatever you are. We thank the Divine for the wonderful gift we have in our lives. Happy Birthday to the Wonderful Soul, a friend and daughter, sibling, everything.

And both Sindhu Akka and Swathi di  also send their hearty wishes (and gifts in person)

Here is my customary song dedicated to you. Reserved it for your 25th (saw this about 5 years back)

Miracle that never ceases to be miraculous – To My Daughter

To the one who has colored up my life for 23 years, a miracle who never ceased to be miraculous,

Starting off reminding you by rerunning this piece that I wrote => True to the Name – Everything  – every bit of what is in this is still valid and true. Only difference it that the things only got even better.


Vividly remember that warm summer morning, 23 years ago – when I became a father for the first time, the day life changed from super happiness to bliss, When I held the little bundle of unquantifiable bliss so close to my heart and felt that very subtle breath, held it so dearly as if my life depended on it (truth is that it does depend on it), held it like a TROPHY and it indeed was a trophy directly from the Divine!

8:36 am on 3rd April – Wow!ght (no no, it is not a typo) a day it turned out to be in our lives. When I set my eyes first, I knew here is the princess who is going to light up our lives and everyone’s around her. The way you looked at everything around when midwife brought you out of the labour room for the first time and our eyes met – It is like I almost never took it off you.


Your grannies, grandfather and myself – relished that moment of our much longer lives than yours. Here is a picture – being carried by the Doctor and carrying yourself with so much of dignity today, 23 years hence.

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Then and Now! Photos separated by 23 years

This was the bundle, an angel who made me feel worth everything to live for, One who loved us and everything around her. She gave me a reason to love Aparna even more. With Unmatched sense of humor (I am sure it is from my side) and lovely looks (again from my side) 😉 Commitment to love and serve (it would be a lie even for a joke, if I don’t say it was from Amma) – Don’t dismiss this to a father’s blind affection, check with those around her.

When she wore a crown :)
When she wore a crown 🙂

Time flew past and let me tell you, the hug that we gave each other 23 years back has only got tighter and each time it is as exciting as that day. Thanks my darling for being you. Thanks Aparna for bringing her on to the planet and Thanks Divine for the wonderful gift.

You made us proud so many innumerable number of times that I will herald your next birthday if I were to list them. But here are the three that I was really proud of

Navaratri Guru arpane in presence of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji



If you carefully observe I held a far more precious TROPHY than you. What made you different is your need to reach out and make a difference to the under-privileged (financially, physically or mentally) – The work you do for the needy is truly inspiring and many cannot even dream to match. You spread Joy and laughter to the world like an epidemic. A real Seva Warrior, my princess.



For having come into my life – here is my wish on your Birthday! No special wish for a special person like you. Just that as you celebrate your birthday today, I pray that it’s the beginning of the best of all the great things, which are about to come your way. May the year ahead provide you everything that your heart wishes for. Have a great day and year ahead. Happy Birthday my Darling! From a proud father!

With love, with our love
With love, with our love


Here is my selected one for you. A famous Tim McGraw number.

Gotta hold on easy as I let you go
Gonna tell you how much I love you
Though you think you already know

I remember I thought you looked like an angel
Wrapped in pink, so soft and warm
You’ve had me wrapped around your finger
Since the day you were born

You’re beautiful baby from the outside in
Chase your dreams but always know the road
That’ll lead you home again
Go on, take on this whole world
But to me you know you’ll always be, my little girl

When you were in trouble that crooked little smile
Could melt my heart of stone
Now look at you, I’ve turned around
And you’ve almost grown

Sometimes you’re asleep I whisper ‘I love you’
In the moonlight at your door
As I walk away, I hear you say
“Daddy, love you more”

You’re beautiful baby from the outside in
Chase your dreams but always know the road
That’ll lead you home again
Go on, take on this whole world
But to me you know you’ll always be, my little girl

Someday, some boy will come
And ask me for your hand
But I won’t say yes to him unless I know
He’s the half that makes you whole

He has a poet’s soul, and the heart of a man’s man
I know he’ll say that he’s in love
But between you and me
He won’t be good enough

You’re beautiful baby from the outside in
Chase your dreams but always know the road
That’ll lead you home again
Go on, take on this whole world
But to me you know you’ll always be, my little girl


To sign off, Di I love you so much more than the number of selfies you click of yours and both of ours put together – that means Infinite Love

How do we forget this moment when the Divine blessed us all. Ever grateful Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji for making our life so fulfilling and blissful


 Update: At the stroke of midnight a good deal of her friends landed up with a cake and made it even more special for her






True to the Name – Everything

Well! Something that I never did before – to let the world know what I always hid deep in my heart (and soul) and who said it is only on stage we get nervous. I am experiencing something called Blog-Fear (like Stage-Fear) when I thought of writing a few of my thoughts for this wonderful Angel of our lives – who is “Everything” literally!

I vividly remember those precious moments of my life – 3rd April of that year and the place where this amazing journey began in Dharwar. Those gut wrenching and agonizing wait when your Mother was wheeled into the Labour room – eagerly waiting to carry this bundle of joy in my arms – pacing up and down (someone said, I never clocked so much of mileage in my entire life)


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Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (German Hospital), Dharwar


And the unforgettable moment, etched so clearly in my mind arrived, when the midwife comes out to Announce arrival of My Treasure! Delivered Safe and Sound –

My YaY Moment
My YaY Moment – Clinging tight to the Priceless Treasure

Calling her my Loved one, is passe and cliche. So I simply say this treasured one that put the smile (it is me in the picture above) has not been erased ever since. The ladies who made this happen (apart from my Amma’s ever-available shoulder), the doctor, the nurse and of course the Person who made it all happen


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Sister Mercy, Mother Dr Almeida and Aparna (Baby’s Mother)

Long days and nights, all enjoyable ones began – The shrill appeal (not crying) whenever she needed a refill or whenever a change of nappies was called for, was like a routine music for my ears.

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When she turned on to lie on her Stomach!

Every little mundane act became a memorable Himalayan Achievement to Proud me.  Why? Even watching you sleep in the afternoons was an amazingly filling feeling. And by God! how time flies…

Before we realized this baby grew into a little naughty Girl! And then schools. This young treasure was slowly but surely getting an existence (Opinions and thoughts too) of her own.

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All set to leave to School – Chinmaya Vidyalaya

Ah! those moments when we played with along with her – the favourite Songs that she “demanded” as a lullaby (or even when her mood called for)

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Kindergarten Graduation

And the journey continued. When the audience applauded flawless rendition of the entire Guru Stotram on Kindergarten Graduation day. Not just then, every phase of this Amazing journey had a remarkable milestone erected on the way! A loveable Didi to a brother who came along at 7.

Primary School, Middle School and High Schools came by, giving us no reasons to regret ever but only make us swell with pride. This little girl was the proof that “Time indeed flies…” Just watching you reminded me that not being Over-cautious is not a scary proposition after all – it was cool in fact! Not a parachute that fails to open.

A few words about what you are today and what you mean to me

Clicked an hour ago - After being Blessed by Gurudev Sri Sri
Clicked an hour ago – After being Blessed by Gurudev Sri Sri

The indomitable talents’ storehouse that you were, never be compromised for anyone else; followed your own star, Stood up for what you thought right even against me many a times and I remember with pride how right you were in proving me wrong so many times.

You always were an ideal daughter, a unimaginably balanced voice of logic, a promise of achievement still to realize. With a mind that powered your dreams and the ability to see what nobody else could.

Yes, darling Akhila (which means “everything”), You are my greatest source of pride – unfailing one.

The Birthday Girl!
The Birthday Girl!


For someone very very special, May your Birthday be blessed with everything God wants to give you! Not everyone is lucky enough to have someone as special as you in one’s life… I’m one of the lucky few! May beauty and happiness surround you today and beyond. I hope your Birthday is awesome, wonderful, full of love and laughter… just like you!

Have a lovely day Darling Akhila! Proud to be a father of a daughter like you

Being Blessed by His Holiness Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji who has been the guiding force holding all of us together. Ever Grateful to Him for what he has been to us.

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Blessings directly from the Source


Signing off with this one: Just for you


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