How do we Begin… Reflections of a Lovely Day

No words for a lady like you because there is no adjective that can describe a lovely woman like you! But I just want to say that, Amma, you have been such an inspiration and such a support for us throughout.. Just be there for us as always ma, and Im sure and I assure we’ll reach such great heights and make you proud!!

Love you really lots my mummmaaa!!! J J

Many many moooore Happy Returns of the day ma!!

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From Vishnu to Amma with love
Ma n me
From Divya to Amma with love

Well! It is my turn now – When it comes to expressing a few word in appreciation of this Amazing lady…an otherwise verbose me will find words choking at my throat…errr.. fingers. Natural choice  is to head to the latest dictionary. If only, dictionaries or thesaurus could include feeling with those words, I would have had a quick template to finish this piece in a jiffy.  Here I go, digging into the depth of my vocabulary to find an expression and I am sure no word would justify what she really means to each one of us who know her.

So here I go…

Why here? It could have been a very personal letter or even a “careful whisper” into this ear that is always “ready to hear” our woes. Keeping in line with our image as a very social family (and for me to show off 😉 I guess it was worth putting this for the world to see. Only in the fond hope that an expression of an intention is as much needed as the intention for that loved one to visit here and cherish.

At the outset, the greatest reason to appreciate this wonderful soul is that Himalayan patience she has. Remember she has to deal and live with a very difficult husband like me. It would be an understatement if I just say that her love and patience increased proportionally with every passing year as my crankiness increased. No! even exponentially increased would be an understatement – that is Aparna for you.

On a serious note – this post is not really for more hits on my website, nor is it for show-off. It is just for YOU – APARNA. Just for you.


Okay! Let me also confess, it is for me 🙂 As a reminder to myself, that it is not enough to love, but also show that love. As a gentle nudge for myself whenever needed.

You are the best person any person could hope to have around. We (me specifically) feel so blessed and completely grateful to Divine to have you in our lives. It is a visual treat to watch you teach like none else, our kids (and those who come across in our lives) much valuable lessons and virtues. I am not sure I know or even understand everything in this life, but I know Divine got us united to accomplish great things. I have to concede that you indeed and definitely are the better half. I cherish you. FOREVER!

The Gang of Four
The Gang of Four

I am so grateful to His Holiness Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who has blessed me (and us) with happiness that are just dreams for many on this planet. Thank you, Aparna for walking and make me walk that path shown by HIM.

Finally, I am so happy and on top of the world to realize I am so dependent on you and happily so. Today as you turn an year wiser and while deep sea divers try to discover the pearls under the sea, I shout from the roof top that here is “MY precious jewel not deep under the sea to be discovered, but right next to me, every step of my life”

As some wise man said – you proved this adage so true for me.

“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” –

That is YOU for me 🙂 dearest Aparna

From all of us – a lot of them sent me messages to put their names to wish you here) and since it is you, there are so many, far too many that I need a separate piece to just mention them – A very Happy Birthday to you. Have a wonderful day and a great year ahead. We will make sure every day of the year ahead would be as special or better than today.


Signing off… with a lovely verse,  Thanks to Emlyn Tisdale

Day by day, months pass by,
Month by month, years go by.
You’ve always been when I needed you or otherwise,
Today is your birthday and to the occasion I must rise.
To bring a smile to your lips all day,
Is my goal in every possible way.
Happy Birthday 

Fill The Room


A story that I heard from a Senior Acharya of  Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankarji (Follow Him on @SriSri on Twitter)  – combination of imagination, compassion and morals. Enjoy!!!

There lived a businessman in the city. Everything was working for him. A great family – nice wife and three sons. Wife very loyal and caring to the core. Sons were dutiful, good at studies and very good assistants. Business was at its flourishing best. He was very active socially and was an acknowledged Philanthropist. No one went away from his doors without a dose of his hospitality and large-heartedness. There was nothing lacking in his life so to say.

But as the wise men asserted, nothing lasts forever good or bad times. He fell sick and his doctor told him that he was suffering from an incurable disease and the only way left for him was towards the Heaven (of course, that was the way the arrow pointed for his last journey – remember he always did a good turn to the society at large) . He accepted his fate and preapred for this journey. His only reason for worry was his business. He was pensive as to which of his sons could take best care of his business. He then thought of a nice little test

He called all his sons to his room, one day and gave them 100 rupees each. Asked them to go to the marketplace and buy something that could fill this room. The condition was that no money should be added to this and also that they had time only till sunset.

The first son returned by evening with a bundle of hay and spread it out. It covered two walls of the room and the old man was quite happy. Expectantly looked out for the next son to come in. 

The second son dragged in two huge sacks of Cotton, opened it and spread it out. Wow…it covered 3 walls of the room. Old man’s joy knew no bounds.

The last son came in almost empty handed and the old man totally taken aback asked him what he brought. The son replied, “Father, I fed a poor hungry child with a part of the money, a part of it I dropped it as offering in the temple that is being built and I was left with a rupee. I bought a tiny candle and saying so he lit it. 

All the four walls were now covered and the whole room was filled with the light from this tiny candle.

Let’s resolve to make service to the society and compassion a part of our nature and light up our inner walls. Whatever sense of despair we feel at happenings around us, We can be that Candle that can dispel darkness of the society. We can Light up and feel Light. Remember Angels can fly only because they live their lives light

Asatoma Satgamaya
Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya
Mrutyorma Amruthamgamaya
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih