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.



An Ode to Fifty Years of Togetherness…

Fifty Years Of Togetherness

Life Spent In Loves Harness

Together Were The Days Many

The Two Always Bright And Sunny

You Bore Children Three

Like A Blessing From Thee

Three Plants You Grew Watering

Grew Big And Your Life’s Gratifying

Your Efforts Start Bearing Fruits

You Share These With All And Water Their Roots

Delved Have You In Misery At Times

You Have Overcome Many A Times

People Look To You For Help

Never Did You Flinch To Help

Out You Came And Helped

On Occasions Happy And Sad

Relaxed In The Life’s Autumn

Look Back And See Your Stratum

Life Has Taught You Both Many A Lesson

You Never Wavered From Mission

You Became A Model For Others

How To Be Fathers N Mothers

How To Be Brothers N Sisters

Keep Adding Life’s Feathers

Generations Shall Take Your Life’s Tethers


Written By Arvind Ram Kumar on the 04th February, 2016 Celebrating the 50th Wedding Day of  His Parents.

25 years of Madras Musings

Thanks to madras musings officianados for their tremendous effort in keeping madras musings alive all these years…. Happy silver jubilee….

Madras Heritage and Carnatic Music

image The first issue of Madras Musings

Time for us to pat ourselves on the back. Madras that is Chennai turned 375 a couple of years ago. Fort St. George attained that venerable age last year. We don’t know how old Mylapore, Tiruvallikeni and Tiruvottriyur are. We do know that the High Court of Madras turned 150 in 2012, the Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry is 180 this year and that the Corporation of Madras completed 325 in 2013. Compared to all that, we are small fry, but when we look below our masthead and discover Madras Musings has completed 25 years, we do feel a particular sense of satisfaction and happiness.

This landmark would not have been possible without the support of all you readers. Your encouragement, feedback, contributions by way of stories, ideas and donations is what has kept us buoyed up all these years. At the same time…

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