Heart of Gold

It is 10,227 to this day when I carried the best bundle of joy, a precious Gift that I ever carried in my arms – just seemed that the entire family waited for that day for lifetime to see her appearance into the world. The first Girl of the family in generations and how lucky we are to be her parents, uncle, aunt, cousins and most importantly Grandmother. (I so badly want to add Arun into the equation but then let me confirm if he really is :-P)

A lot of what I write here maybe a repeat, because she never ceased to be the great human being she was ever since she came along – it only got better? To write instances will need Terrabytes of webspace, but suffice to say “Trust me, ask anyone who has crossed her path – what I said is truth and nothing but truth”

From that day on 3rd April 1993, to a being a bride last year and first Birthday as a wife, you have grown gracefully into an amazing young (and beautiful – my genes you see) woman. You are that human being that I often wished I could be. You are beautiful, confident, smart, and well-liked by everyone.

This was the journey so far. My Precious one in my Arms at 28 hours and 28 years

Thank you Divine, for this wonderful gift – Akhila a.k.a. Divya – who has been more a friend than a daughter. It is always tough to write my heart out in limited abilities with words – because there is so much to write and to choose some is a challenge when it comes to writing about you. To start with, incredibly proud of you darling for the way you managed our expectations, by and large exceeded meeting it. You made up more than for small little disappointments when in the rare event you did not meet it. Looking back, it was great that you yourself set such a high expectations on yourself, which means you never ever felt you are undeserving of anything great that the creation has on offer.

As I have kept saying, I only pray that you continue to remain as confident and experiment. Best learning we all drew from you is not to be afraid of making mistakes. Many doors opened due to that, a lot of lessons learnt making you even greater person. As some wise man (don’t know why it has to be a man always :-P) said mistakes create the path to the amazing life one can aspire for later.

Isn’t it a great virtue of how you make friends and people are so easily drawn to you – highly magnetic feature that is everyone’s envy. You can go to a God forsaken place, half way across the globe, or into a desert, where you know nobody, yet I am sure you will come back with loads of new friends (and yet a few more of Whatsapp groups, Amma would say this). No adversity has ever dragged you down as we saw over the years. Just shed the moment and keep moving forward. I pray to the Divine that all these characteristics are never lost on you ever.

You are the best daughter, best grand-daughter, niece, sister, cousin, friend and now (assumedly) a great wife too. Keep smiling like you do while you make light of navigating the worst and most choppy seas of challenges. The way you, Arun and Vishnu managed along with everyone in the family those days when a lot of us were down with Covid, was simply unbelievable. Made it so easy for all of us to come out of it unscathed. Those words you wrote after it was over (in a week) was very touching – not showing any worry outside but what you were going through was so evident in that FB/Insta post. WoW Darling – You are unmatchable

Loads and loads of love from all of us here

Happy birthday Di, my beautiful and invaluable Friend! It’s still unbelievable that it is 28 summers ago on this day that we met for the first time – as a few minutes old, 3.1kg lively “staring” bundle. Keep your chin high and stay happy and progress in life retaining all those great traits that you possess. I love you more than you will ever know. Have a lovely day and a great year ahead.


From Grateful Dad

On this special day, here is my pick for you (or rather for me)

LIVE IT UP!Responsibly

Hey Dude Vishnu

WELCOME TO THE CLUB

You can now formally Vote, Drive, Buy yourself a drink and cigarettes and enter into contracts as an individual – and do much more. Happy 18 and a Warm welcome to Adulthood!!! It was a blissful and successful journey so far! And I wish it would only be sweeter and better for the next 18 and beyond. And knowing you I am pretty sure it would just be as good or better than what it can get.

Though I had a big list of Do’s and Don’ts lined up, I save the sermons (and leave it to Amma to do the honors) I rather you be adventurous (just as you always were), make your own mistakes (pray it is never a costly one), take a call on things (hope it is always right). I firstly wish you never got old – As I tell many entrants, ADULTHOOD IS A TRAP! But hell No! It is not a trap. You lived the life so far to get there. It is not what generally everyone hypes you into believing. It is just as sweet or bitter as any other phase of life – just what you make it. It is much like riding a tiger (but a real one). Many have been there and done it. I wonder what the hype was all about.

Time to tell you what you mean to all of us – It wouldn’t not be a birthday cliche to say you are COOL! Literally man, taking it easy – so easy as if you were drinking a glass of water. If anyone can pick a characteristic and copy from you it is this nature of yours – to remain unperturbed, come what may! That was and is a BIG something for a sub-18 and I pray that nature of yours would remain with you forever. Not to forget the love and care that you have in abundance – unexpressed but unabashedly given.

Never forget to spend some time on your music – it adds a lot of pleasant notes to your life.  Make the adulthood a beautiful and lovely one, not just for you but for everyone around you. I still remember the moment on this day 5 years back (28th January 2013) when we saw that you couldn’t be in better hands. Thanks a million and ever grateful to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji who has taken you under His umbrella of Grace very early in your life. I repeat what I said that day, VALUE of this picture would become more evident to you when you find to rewind and reflect on your life and realise that YOU INDEED ARE BLESSED! With His blessings and grace, I am sure the journey is going to smooth and enjoyable – you will be bestowed with enough strength to take the jabs that world takes, on your chin, learn and move on

With Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji of Art of Living

Finally, as I stand shoulder to shoulder, I continue to rely on your sagely advice (yeah, you were never short of that) and for strength that both of you have always been.

Happy Birthday Young Handsome Man. Hope you have a great one

On your birthday and beyond – My song for you dearest young man, friend and SON! (saved this for today, ever since I saw this for the first time)