A Decade with W(L)ife…


Will of a Woman – WoW

Samuel Butler Quotes in his miscellaneous thoughts that

“The souls of women are so small

That some believe they’ve none at all;

Or, if they have, like cripples still,

They’ve but one faculty, the will.”

This is the story of a woman. The Woman was born to typical middle class parents. She enjoyed her life as child growing up in bustling cosmopolitan city. She was a good student and secured decent grades and was not the topper and nerdy type of student. She was very obedient student and had a whole lot of friends. She was an affectionate daughter and a caring sister to her sibling.

She studied well and grew into a fine woman. She enrolled for a college degree and studied well to graduate in computer sciences. There she fell in love with her class mate life was fun running around trees in the park and meeting him often and sharing the good times.

Suddenly he proposed to her and she was taken aback by surprise and yes she was happy. She was also concerned about her family and was wary about how they shall take this. She accepted his love for her and broke the news to her parents. As typical middle class parents they were surprised and were wary about the proposal brought about by her daughter.

The elder girl had to be married first as per their custom before they can marry off the younger one. Though they did not deny or accept their daughters love, their courtship went on. It was well into their relationship and courtship that she found that her lover is a blue blood royal. She is taken by surprise and is happy that he has not displayed any typical royal traits of high handedness, class treatments et al. As far as she was concerned he was his lover and that’s it. He was also smitten by her beauty and by her faith and loyalty in their relationship.

After a lot of discussion and convincing by her, parents agreed for the wedding. The wedding happened in a grand manner befitting a royal. The boy was the cousin of the heir to the throne of the empire and is well known in social circles and a style icon. The wedding was attended by the who’s who of the city’s social elite. It was a fairy tale wedding indeed.

The marriage went on well and they were a happy go lucky couple and were the envy of all their relatives for being such a lovely and loving couple. The love also bore fruit in the form of a baby boy which was a gift from heaven for the couple. The baby was just the happiness that ruled their lives.  The couple loved each other lavishly and they had settled nice and cosy in their married life. The baby was the apple of their eyes. The years rolled by and the baby grew into a lovely child of four years.

Suddenly what happened nobody knows and they separated. There ensued a bitter legal battle, that formally and legally annulled their marriage. They separated and the baby’s custody was given to the father. The mother was a woman of steel. She ploughed on and sought to enhance her career.

She started to work in some start-ups referred by her friends and was living alone. Though her parents were in the same town she did not stay with them. She chose to be independent and made hard decisions in life. She is a workaholic and an indispensable part of the organisation. She wears a cheerful face and was graceful. Nobody knew of her trauma that she had undergone. This immediately reminds of the Jagjit Singh’s gazhal,

tum itna jo muskura rahe ho

kya gham hai jisko chhupa rahe ho

how is it so that you are smiling so much,

what is the sorrow that you are hiding..

aankhon mein nami, hansi labon par

kya haal hai kya dikha rahe ho

there is wetness in your eyes n smile on the lips,

what’s your condition and what are you trying to show it as.(as in, why are you trying to hide your sadness).

The Woman is, a strong willed one and is clear about her needs in life. One day during Christmas time she came to office all glowing and smiling like never before. The secret of the glow was her son’s arrival for a few days with her. The mother in her just glowed seeing and holding her son in her alms. Whats in store for her in life ahead….only the sands of time have to stand testimony….

This is the will of a woman I am seeing, loving and caring, strong willed, opinionated, hardworking, having clear goals and the need to achieve professionally and sustain herself in life.

The Will of a Woman is indeed a WoW.

An Ode to My Life – Wife – Akila Srinivas


Flew into my life as a dove
Off you took me to a world unseen
Of people n thoughts sweet n clean
Make me smile that adds a sheen
Stood by me when chips are down
I fretted fought and shouted down
Your smile and thought am one knee down
Many years in our lives fun n frolic
With you around there is no logic
You make my heart skip a beat
Thanks for being my life’s treat
These years are just seven
You made every moment a heaven
Together with love……

Written On Our Wedding Anniversary On May 16, 2015.

​What is maturity? By AdiShankaracharya

1. Maturity is when you stop trying to change others, …instead focus on changing yourself.

2. Maturity is when you accept people as they are.

3. Maturity is when you understand everyone is right in their own perspective.

4. Maturity is when you learn to “let go”.

5. Maturity is when you are able to drop “expectations” from a relationship and give for the sake of giving.

6. Maturity is when you understand whatever you do, you do for your own peace.

7. Maturity is when you stop proving to the world, how intelligent you are.

8. Maturity is when you don’t seek approval from others.

9. Maturity is when you stop comparing with others.

10. Maturity is when you are at peace with yourself.

11. Maturity is when you are able to differentiate between “need” and “want” and are able to let go of your wants.

& last but most meaningful!

12. You gain Maturity when you stop attaching “happiness” to material things !!

The Scientific SriRudram.

​If Rudram and Chamakam are properly understood, one would know that they are not merely some sounds, syllables and meaningless intonations.

They have everything to do with the Science of human DNA, reproduction and prosperity and a prayer for the well being of all.

The following small clarifications would unfold it:

DNA and Mathematics in Sri Rudram.

In the Chamakam, in anuvakas or sections 1 to10, the devotee prays for almost everything needed for human happiness and specifies each item. But in the 11th anuvaka or 11th section of Chamakam, the devotee prays for the desired things not specifically but in terms of numbers, first in terms of odd numbers from 1 to 33 and later in multiples of 4 from 4 to 48, as follows:

“Eka cha me, thisrascha may, pancha cha may, sapta cha may, Ekadasa cha may, trayodasa cha may, panchadasa cha may, saptadasa cha may, Navadasa cha may, ek trimshatis cha may, trayovimshatis cha may, Panchavimshatis cha may, saptavimshatis cha may, navavimshatis cha may, Ekatrimshatis cha may, trayatrimshatis cha may, panchatrimshatis cha may, Chatasras cha may, ashtou cha may, dwadasa cha may, shodasa cha may, Vimsatis cha may, chaturvimshatis cha may, ashtavimshatis cha may, Dwathrimashatis cha may, shatstrimshas cha may, chatvarimshas cha may, Chatuschatvarimshas cha may, ashtachatvarimshas cha may”

which means:

“Let these be granted to me. One, three, five, seven, nine, eleven, thirteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty one, twenty three, twenty five, twenty seven, twenty nine, thirty one and thirty three as also four, eight, twelve, sixteen, twenty, twenty four, twenty eight, thirty two, thirty six, forty, forty four and forty eight”.

Traditional scholars and pandits explain the significance of these numbers as follows:


1 = Nature or Prakriti

3 = The three gunas, namely sattwa, rajas and tamas

5 = The five mahabhutas, or the five basic elements, that is, prithvi, ap, tejas, vayu and akasha, (earth, water, energy or agni or fire, wind and space).

7 = The five sensory organs and the mind and intellect

9 = The nine openings in the human body, called the navadwaras.

11 = The ten pranas and the Sushumna nadi

13 = Thirteen Devas

15 = The nadis or nerve centres in the human body

17 = The limbs of the human body

19 = Medicinal herbs

21 = Important vulnerable parts of the body

23 = Devas controlling serious diseases

25 = Apsaras in heaven

27 = Gandharvas

29 = Vidyut Devas

31 = Worlds

33 = Devas


4 = The four ideals of human life, namely dharma, artha, kama and moksha,

(righteous way of life, wealth, desire, and salvation)

8 = The four Vedas and the four upavedas

12 = Six vedangas and six shastras.

16 = Knowledge to be obtained from God

20 = The Mahabhutas

24 = The number of letters in the Gayatri mantra. 

28 = The number of letters in the Ushnik mantra.

32 = The number of letters in the Anushtup mantra.

36 = The number of letters in the Brihati mantra.

40 = The number of letters in the Pankti mantra.

44 = The number of letters in the Trushtup mantra 

48 = The number of letters in the Jagati mantra 

According to Dr Sasidharan, these numbers represent a polymer chain of molecules that form apa or water that enables evolution of life and intelligence, and apa is nothing but the nitrogenous base pairs of the DNA. The numbers 1 to 33 represent the 33000 base pairs of mitochondrial base pairs of DNA. The numbers 4 to 48 represent the 48 million nuclear bases of DNA. The two sets of DNA bases combine to provide sustenance of human wellbeing and onward evolution of human life. When the devotee prays for the blessing of these numbers, actually he is praying for bestowing on him all these DNA bases which conduce to sustenance of human wellbeing and happiness.

PS. This is an interesting post I got in a WhatsApp group. I wanted to share the science involved in SriRudram and hence the post.

Trees – Post Vardha !!


Trees, Trees, Oh! My Dear Trees!!
I’ve Enjoyed Your Shade, Fruits And Air
Days I’ve Spent In Your Bosom Linger,
Weathered Many A Storm Did You;
Vardha Gales Took You From Us;
Parks Look Neatly Shaven
All Over Your Arms And Limbs Strewn
Pained At Your Looks Now,
Uprooted Decimated And Cut Off,
I Was Helpless, When The Storm Took You Off,
I Will Plant More Saplings, And Sow Seeds To Bloom,
To See You Again In Glory,
When And Where Do We See You In Full Bloom And Glory!
May Be I Shall, But My Children Will…

Written By Arvind Ram Kumar during the workshop titled – “Metaphors that Move the Mind” by Pradeep Chakravarthy as part of The Hindu’s Litforlife 2017 on 15th January 2016.

The Mother

The Mother

Goddess On Earth Who Bore You
Sheds Tears Of Joy Holding You
Raises And Feeds You
Struggles To Grow You
Fights And Hides Her Hardships
Never Let Her Kids Go Astray
You Fight And Debate with her
Her Love Is constant
You Relax Under Her
She Is A Tree With Deep Roots
Watered By Love Of Her Children

Always Holding You In Her Sway
Never Sends off From Her Bay
She Has Given Her Blood Sweat and Toil
To See You Earn Acclaim
Never Did She Seek Applause
Her Life Was Spent Hearing Your Glories
Even In Her Autumn
She Yearns For You
She Loves You
She Is The Mother.