We are on Top of the World Because…

It is that time of the yet again, when things get a bit difficult, for I am lost for words to thank the Divine for the wonderful Gift who was sent down to the earth and to be my fellow passenger with me to celebrate her birthdays with me (this is 35th Birthday spent with me – No I am not going to reveal how many before that – I don’t want anything happening to me on a day like this)

For someone very very special, Dearest Aparna, 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!

When Cakes Come as Gift, You count it as Blessings and cut it at midnight.
Then it was a competition and choice for her to make. Who First! She found this way – Apple of our eyes. One Best gift she gave me apart from herself


The Formality got to be done!


My Share, after the Kids
Return Gift
Kiddo! Who made it special for her, apart from getting the new home in Order
Kiran, a permanent fixture – an invisible hand behind organizing every such celebration
Arun, she had to jump high to reach him!

We missed having Sindhu this year at the midnight, after nearly 13 or so birthdays. She is blissfully settled into her marital home and I am sure she terribly missed the evening too.

Now for my customary tribute! As always I have nothing else to add, year after year and after each birthday and wedding anniversary, except to say that it has only got better, like the wine. It has been an amazing journey for me with her presence. As they say in Mechanical Engineering, a perfect fit. People ask me how does it work, the relationship that kept blossoming, the love that multiplied, family and no of extended family getting larger and larger, yet what clicks and where do you find the time to nurture the relationship. My honest answer was “I don’t know! It is her and all credits to her”  For no rhyme or reason, it is simply working well and Thank Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji of the Art of Living and also the Divine who chose to shower infinite blessings on me, by bringing her into my life.

No blues for anyone, if this woman in blue is around. Ask anyone who knows her

What makes her so special? What is that we all see in her that makes her a fantastic soul? It is the way she lives every moment. A wonderful human being! A great mum to biological and huge number of manasik ones, a lovely friend and wife to me, great sister to her brothers and so on. All the kids could not have asked for a better and no Non-Sense Mum!

What is exemplary is her commitment to fulfil what she has resolved to achieve. Examples galore on the persistence and diligent efforts that she invests, that is worth emulating for anyone. That is the kind of infectious quality she brings to those in her circle of influence.

If I were to emulate and advise anyone else what would be the best she has – her ultimate clarity on the priority – Absolutely unshakeable, selfless loyalty to the family and all her near ones.  I have never seen her frown whenever anyone has sought out for any help. Be it within or outside the family. In a dog eat dog world that is not a quality anyone finds so often. Thank you Aparna for being an example that all the kids and friends and myself can look up to, to try and live!

Happy birthday dear one my darling wife. Someday I hope to match up to what you are! Until then Love you loads and May God and Gurudev bless you with health, peace, happiness in abundance.

To sign off! My usual song dedicated to you – Top of the World

Happy Birthday to the one who is Abhi Tak Haseen :-)

It is that time of the year, where an otherwise verbose me is stuck for words to describe the “other” half of me, that I am extremely proud and privileged to be a part of, the one who makes me feel like a hero, every single day for the past 25 years and more.

As someone said, “To my better half, the one that makes me better, and the one that makes me want to do better.. Happy Birthday” dearest Aparna


She can be quoted as an example of every positive adjective that anyone can think of. Her priorities so clear in her life – one who makes every moment of our lives very special (not just for the biological family) but the huge extended family that we proudly possess.

With her around, we don’t find many instances of this, but everyone who crosses her path would vouch that she is there when we are passing through a bad phase and when we need her the most. As I mentioned earlier, if we were to come back to this world second time, I would pray that she chooses me all over again.

On this special day, 25th Birthday of yours that we are celebrating as a couple, I keep reminding myself of how lucky I am to have you

Thank you for being with me and for just being you. Let every moment of days ahead be filled with unending joy and happiness. May the best that the creation has on offer be bestowed on you . Have a super Birthday!


My gratitude blog for her has to include a customary and mandatory song. Here is my song dedicated to you – this time a heartfelt Popular Hindi Number

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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