Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Oldies and conservation of environment

Oldies  and conservation  of environment

Rewritten    from original English
With deep sense of acknowledgements   to that author

We hear   the need to preserve  enviorment, the need to conserve energy  , eat   ready made food and  to conserve fuel  , whenever we opened a newspaper  or switched our TV. Our little ones  chided us for being careless   to the environment. A recent essay  in English made  me think whether   all that is true . For:-

We used to buy   milk in bottles, wash it and reuse it,
Initially we filled   ink in our pens   and purchased   just a pen,
We used   refills   for our ball pens  and never purchased  new pens,
We bought    just one razor    and used  it for ever   by changing blades,
WE walked    whenever   we needed to nearby places and did not use  petrol,
WE walked   up and down the stairs  and did not use  fuel for the escalator  ,
We used cloth nappies to babies , washed  and reused   them,
WE had just one Tv or one radio  in our home and not in every room,
And that Tv was    size of a   slightly   bigger  hand kerchief  and not a foot ball ground,
WE used   manual grinders  , mortars and pestles    and did not waste   electricity,
WE walked, climbed up and worked hard and did not a gym to excercise,
WE   drank water  from a tumbler washed  and reused it  instead of throwing plastic bottles,
WE knew   that most of the   food was seasonal and did not import or export it,
WE never food that came from a packet  and our grocer packed   everything in old news paper,
WE  washed , cut and cooked our vegetable and did not buy pre cooked ones,
A house at most had   two or three electric sockets,
Each of us knew where a   shop selling a product was and we  did not google for it,
We  bought newspapers  ,  and used to  pack things in that and to cushion   fragile material
WE used manual lawn mowers and not ones   driven by the fuel
WE never used  anything that   was preserved  or which had  preservatives
WE conserved all rain waters  in ponds and lakes

Please tell whether  I am right or it that  they are  right?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The greatest among them all

 The greatest   among them all

Posted   in facebook by
Sri J K  Shivan

Translated  by

(This   small write up by   my great friend who has   given up his entire life   to Lord Krishna  shocked me to tears. How many of us    will  think like my friend.)

There was a great king   and he wanted   to identify,
The best citizen   in his country   and give him or her a great award.
His  ministers  worked   doubly hard , without any rest,
And brought   the four   great citizens  , so that  the king can identify the  best.

The first among them was   not only very rich  but had  spent,
Crores  of money   in charity and also fed millions of people,
The second was   a great doctor who treated  patients   for charity,
And he had   saved thousands  of people   from death and   suffering.

The third was   a great justice  and  all his judgements ,
Were greatly   appreciated   as several criminals were  punished  by him,
And the king   was astounded   to see   the fourth   well chosen great person,
For she was   only a  lady, who wore   tattered cloths   and no ornaments .

The king was surprised , Where   is the very rich   charitable  man,
The doctor  who saved   thousands  of lives  and judge   who prevented crimes,
And this very old   and extremely poor   lady  and he  stared angrily   at his ministers,
And they  saluted him   and told, “She is   the  teacher  of the  other great three.”

The  king stared   at that  poor lady  in tatters   and poverty ,
Once again and told her , “Mother  , do you  not recognize me ,
I too  like these  four greats  was   your student and you had told us ,
I may not become   great but definitely you will, and mother.”You are  greater than all of us.”

Saturday, April 22, 2017

“To cut or not cut “ is the question?

“To cut or not cut “  is the question?

Translated   from  a face book post by A.G.Kesavan   in Tamil

Wife asked “Shall  I  cut my   hair?”
Her husband replied  , “Please   cut.”
She replied ”If I cut  , to again grow  it would take a lot of time”
Her husband   replied “Do not cut”
She replied “Maintaining  less  hair  is  the modern fashion”
Her husband   replied”Do cut”
She replied , If I cut  . my friends  may tease me.”
Her husband  “do not cut”
She said, “My mother says  that for my small  face , it would look good.”
Her husband  “Do cut”
She said, “Suppose  in Beauty saloon, they do not cut it properly?”
Her husband  “Do not cut”
She said , “I feel cutting is better.”
Her husband “do cut”
She said, “If I cut and it is not good  , you only are  responsible”
Her husband “Do not cut”
She said, “If I cut  management of hair would be easy”
Her husband  “Do cut”
She said , “I am scared   it may  look ugly”
Her husband “Do not cut”
She said, “Whatever  it may be , I have decided  to cut”
Her husband  “Do cut”
She said, “ I am not sure   you will like it”
Her husband “Do not cut”
She said, “My throat is  paining , What should I do?”
Her husband “Do cut it”
She said, “What happened? I am talking  about our doctor”
Her husband  “Then do not cut”
She daid, “What nonsense  are  you talking”
Her husband , “Then do cut”
She said “ Oh God”
Her husband  “Then cut”

   This poor husband is now in a lunatic asylum   muttering “Then you cut, Then you   do not cut”
Please decide  to cut or not cut quickly.

Friday, April 21, 2017

God knows what you need

God knows    what you need


(Based on the tamil  post in Face book. My acknowledgements   to whoever  wrote it.)

There was a   young man in a  village ,
Who went on wandering   doing nothing,
And one day he saw   some people chanting ,
The names of Lord Krishna   again and   again.

He approached    the  one who appeared  as their leader,
And asked him, “What is the  use   of chanting    this name,
Again and  again   And I feel   you are   wasting your time .”
And that one replied,”There  is nothing   that cannot be achieved by such chanting.”

Hearing it   that person     who was   very hungry   went    to a nearby  forest,
Climbed on a tree   and  wanting to test  the power  of Chanting God’s name ,
Started again and again chanting   the name   of Lord Krishna  praying for food
And suddenly he saw  a  wayfarer coming to take   rest under the tree.

After some time the wayfarer  left the shade  of the tree  leaving  there,
A huge packet of food and though he wanted   to eat the food ,
He did not  because  God has not given that food  to him  but it was left there by  a stranger,
And again after   some time  a gang  of dacoits    came to take   rest   under the tree.

They had  some wealth stolen by them    and  when they saw   that packet of food,
Since they were  hungry   they felt like   eating it but desisted , feeling the man ,
Who was chanting God’s name must have mixed poison  in that   food to kill them,
And they caught hold of him   and force fed  him so that his  hunger vanished.

When they saw that not only   nothing happened  to him  but   that,
He was also cheerful after being well fed , ate some of the food  themselves  and gave that man,
Lots of money from their loot  and that man realizing   the power of chanting ,
Name of God  , went to the temple   and put all  the money he got in to  the  coffers of temple.

Then that person decided that  he would   forever   chant the name of God,
Not to get anything    nor to achieve   anything  but  to   get  whatever,
God wanted  him to get  ,  as he knew , that God knew   what he wanted,

And eventually  he worked hard   and   became a rich satisfied man.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This room of thousands of mirrors

This room of  thousands   of mirrors


(Idea is copied from   a tamil posting of face book. Thanks to original author)

Once one rich man approached  his scholarly Guru and asked,
“Sir,   this whole world  seems to be   an extremely place,
All  my servants, my relations  , my children and   even my wife,
Seem to be  very  bad people   as they    do  not like me   at all.”

The  Guru roared   with   laughter    and  told the rich man,
“There was  a  room with  one thousand  mirrors placed all round it ,
A  young  smart   , very happy  playful   and smart girl   entered  that room,
And all round her   she saw   smart , happy  , playful and jolly   girls  in that room.”

“She became   happy and   enjoyed    being in that  room   and went there again and again,
But    a mad man who  had a scowling face   who shouted  in anger   at every one   entered there,
And all around him , he saw   angry  , undesirable   people  shouting and scowling at him,
And he decided that he disliked    that room    and would never   go to the room  once again.”

“This society   where we both  live is that room with the room  with one thousand  mirrors,
It only reflects    again  and again  our own emotions    and attitudes towards   all others ,
So if you keep    your  mind like   that of a child  and  enjoy everything   and love every one ,
You would    see that the whole world  is a very nice place   where  every one loves us.”

How did South India cook pungent dishes before Chilly was introduced in India?

How did  South India  cook  pungent dishes before Chilly was  introduced  in India?

  Chilly  or Chilli pepper   was discovered by Christopher  Columbus in the  Norther America.  Since one of his aim was to find a spice to replace  Pepper, he brought it with him to Europe  in 1493  . The first chillies  must have arrived in India  along with Vascoda Gama  in to India in the year 1498. That means   till  1500   all pungent dishes in India   were prepared  using  only pepper. Pepper got replaced  because of huge cost of pepper compared  to red chillies 

    This would mean the sambar that we know  I or even Vettal Kuzhambu   or puli inji   or   other several tamarind based   dishes  were either  prepared  using a pepper  or they did not exist at all. The cooking  in India without chillies   , tomatoes and potatoes has been discussed in detail   in  https://www.quora.com/What-was-Indian-cuisine-all-about-before-potatoes-chilies-and-tomatoes-were-brought-to-India?redirected_qid=793453  .Most of the North Indian dishes even to this day   can be prepared  using  pepper but  when we come to the south the story is different  .WE are 100% dependent  on Chilles   for preparing pungent   and sour  main dishes as on today .Some of these dishes are Pulungari in Kerala, SAmbar /Pitlai  in Tamil Nadu  , Pulusu  in Andhra   and Huli in Karnataka .It is interesting to note   that Chilly(Kappal milagu- pepper which came in a ship  ) is completely avoided by people undergoing  Ayurvedic treatment.

         But on Sradham days  in Tamil  Brahmin homes   chillies   are  not used  but sour pungent   dishes are prepared. The  traditional  Nambudiri cusine  again  depended  only   on pepper  for adding pungency but they preferred   curd or butter milk   for adding sour   taste   when needed. I am giving below   some of the pepper  only based  dishes   from Tamil Nadu  and Kerala 

1.Cook  well needed  green gram dhal   and Bitter gourd in Tamarind water
2.Fry  without oil  Black gram dhal and pepper
3.Grind  the  fried pepper   and Dhal   along with coconut and add  salt
4.Season it   with  Mustard  . coconut and Curry leaves
    I feel all Kuzhambu    was  prepared  this way  .

2.Podi Podicha Pulungari
This is possibly the Kerala substitute for Tamil Nadu Sambhar.Here is the recipe:-
1.Cut into long thin pieces, Brinjal, red Pumpkin, ash gourd or Chow Chow.
2.Cook in pressure cooker in tamarind water.
3.Fry in a dry pan rice and pepper.The colour of the rice should turn ivory.
4.Powder the rice , pepper
5.Add to the vegetables and boil.
6.Season with mustard and garnish with curry leaf

3.Yerisseri (Erisseri)

Needed materials

1.Chena (Elephant food yam)-25 gm
2.Raw Nendran Banana -one
3.One table spoon of pepper powder+ 1 ½ litre water
4.Turmeric powder one teaspoon and necessary salt
5. ½ coconut grated + jerra seds ½ tea spoon
6.One table spoon of coconut oil
7.one tea spoon mustard
8. ½ grated coconut
9. one table spoon ghee
10.Jeera seeds ½ tea spoon


1.Cut yam in to small pieces and put in water
2.Remove skin of banana, split it in to four pieces length wise and cut it in to small pieces
3. Mix pepper powder in water and wash it to remove skin portion .Filter it in a nice cloth
4.Boil yam and items in 4 for some time in the water where pepper powder is added.. When three fourth cooked add cut banana pieces and boil till well cooked
5.Grind items in 5 add it to the boiled vegetables and bring it to boil
6.Take little oil , heat with mustard. When it splutters add grated coconut mentioned (in a low fire) in 8.
7.Add ghee to the frying coconut mixture, When coconut turns brown season it with jeera
8.Add the fried mixture in the boiled vegetables and heat.

(comments by P.R.Ramachander: This preparation could be also done only with yam or carrot or red pumpkin pieces. Though adding ghee would add to the taste , in small scale preparations it is not a must.)

4.Kurukku Kalan

Materials required

1.Sour curd ¾ litre
2.Pepper powder 1 teaspoon
3. Yam (Elephant foot yam) 15 gm
4.Green nendran Banana 1
5,Curry leaves, 3 green chillies, I tea spoon turmeric powder ,salt
6.Ghee –one tea spoon
7. ½ green coconut , one spoon jeera seeds, pepper powder
8.Mentha seeds -1 teaspoon
9.Coconut oil –one table spoon
10.Mustard – ½ teaspoon , red dries chillies 2 , curry leaves


1.Churn the curd well and remove impurities
2.Wash and clean the pepper powder
3.With this pepper add water, cut yam, cut nendran Banana , and items mentioned in s.no.5 and boil
4.After the Yam has cooked well and water has almost disappeared add ghee and stir well
5.Add the churned curd in to this
6,When it becomes very thick , add grinded articles mentioned in S.No.7 and boil
7.Switch off the stove
8.Season with articles mentioned in S.No.10

This is possibly one of the very simple Kerala recipes. It is also called Karingalan by some Here is the method:-
1.Choose either plantains and Chenai(Where Chenai is not available choose carrot instead).Cut into small pieces.
2.Boil till coked with turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt with medium water.
3.Season it either with raw coconut oil or mustard and uzhuttam parippu
6.Mulagu Vellam
This needs very sour buttermilk to prepare. Here is the method
1 Cook pepper powder in water for some time.
2,Add sour butter milk , salt and turmeric powder and boil till it is reduced to half the quantity,
3.Season it with mustard, red chillies and fenugreek.

6.Jeera  Rasam
1.Boil Tamarind water    along   with  Turmeric powder  and salt
2.Fry pepeer and jeeragam (cumin)   and powder it
3.Add to the boiled Tamarind water   and boil it further

4.Season  with mustard   and cumin seeds and add  curry leaves

கண்ணின் மொழி-Language of the eye

                        கண்ணின் மொழி-Language  of the eye

(Possibly before human beings invented the art of talking with the mouth , they talked with each other  using their eyes,. But even after   we invented the art  of talking, we needed   to convey many secret emotions   without  opening our mouth.  Because of this   the art of talking  silently  using the eyes   continued. Poet Kamban , about meeting of Rama   and Sita says, “He saw  and she saw   and then afterwards what is the need of language  of words. I saw  this Tamil write up in Whatsapp. My thanks   to the one who  originally   wrote it.)

1. கண்கள் வலப்புறமாக பார்த்தால் பொய் சொல்கிறது
If  eyes   see   to the right side, that person   is telling a lie
2. கண்கள் இடப்புறமாக பார்த்தால் உண்மை பேசுகிறது
If eyes   see to the left side , that person is telling the   truth
3. கண்கள் மேலே பார்த்தால் ஆளுமை செய்கிறது
If eyes  are seeing to the top  , He is ruling
4. கண்கள் கீழே பார்த்தால் அடிபணிகிறது
If eyes are  seeing to the bottom , he is surrendering 
5. கண்கள் விரிந்தால் ஆச்சர்யப்படுகிறது,ஆசைப்படுகிறது.
If eyes    are   wide open, He is either   wondering   or desiring
6. கண்கள் சுருங்கினால் சந்தேகப்படுகிறது.
If  eyes are slightly folded , He is suspecting
7. கண்கள் கூர்ந்து பார்த்தால் விரும்புகிறது
If eyes   are sharply staring , He is desiring
8. கண்கள் வேறு எங்கோ பார்த்தால் தவிர்க்கிறது
If eyes   are  seeing somewhere   else, he is avoiding
9. கண்கள் வலமும் இடமும் மாறி மாறி ஓடினால் பதட்டத்தில் உள்ளது.
If eyes  speedily move from right to left    and left to right, he is nervous
10. கண்கள் படபடத்தால் விரும்புகிறது, வெட்கப்படுகிறது
If eyes    are beating fast  , he  or she is shy
11. கண்கள் மூக்கைப்பார்த்தால் கோபப்படுகிறது
If eyes are seeing his own nose  , he   is very angry
12. கண்கள் எதை பார்க்கிறதோ அதை விரும்புகிறது.
Eyes desires    those it is seeing  constantly
13. கண்கள் கழுத்துக்கு கீழே பார்த்தால் காமம்
If eyes   look below your neck, it is passion
14. கண்கள் கண்ணுக்குள் பார்த்தால் காதல்
If eyes see   within other’s eyes  it is love
15. கண்கள் இடமாக கீழே பார்த்தால் தனக்குள் பேசிக்கொள்கிறது
If eyes see downleft , he   is talking   with himself
16. கண்கள் இடமாக மேலே பார்த்தால் பழைய நினைவுகளை தேடுகிறது
If eyes see  up left  , he is  reminiscencing  
17. கண்கள் வலமாக கீழே பார்த்தால் விடை தெரியாமல் யோசிக்கிறது
If Eyes are seeing down to the right , He is baffled   and searching for an answer
18. கண்கள் வலமாக மேலே பார்த்தால் பொய் சொல்ல யோசிக்கிறது
If eyes  are seeing up   to the right, he is making up his mind to tell a lie
19. கண்கள் உயர்ந்தும் தலை தாழ்ந்தும் இருந்தால் காம வயப்படுகிறது.
If eyes are raised and hear  is bowed  he is trying to  show his passion
20. கண்கள் ஓரப்பார்வையில் அவ்வப்பொழுது பார்த்தால் விரும்புகிறது.
If Eyes are  throwing side long glances   again and again, he is desiring for some thing
21. கண்கள் மூடித்திறந்தால் உள்ளுக்குள் தேடுகிறது
If eyes are kept on shutting   and opening, he is searching  for something inside
22. கண்களை கைகள் மறைத்தால் எதையோ மறைக்கிறது
If palms are kept over the eyes, he is hiding   some thing
23. கண்களை கைகள் கசக்கினால் தஞ்சம் கேட்கிறது.
If Palms are rubbing the eyes, He is seeking  protection
24. கண்கள் மூடித்திறந்தால் வெறுக்கிறது.
If eyes are closed and them opened, He is hating something
25. கண் புருவங்கள் உயர்ந்தால் பேச விரும்புகிறது
If eye brows are raised   up, he wants to talk  something
26. கண் புருவங்கள் சுருங்கினால் பேச விருப்பமில்லை.
If Eye brows  are stitched together , he does not want to talk
27. கண்களும் புருவங்களும் சுருங்கியிருந்தால் கோபம்

If eyes as well as eye brows are folded, then he is angry

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We met our guardian angel after 42 years

We met our guardian angel after 42 years


The year  was 1972 and I was working in Coimbatore at that time. My wife had presented me with our first son. I got a senior class I gazetted job  in Central tobacco Institute  in Rajamundry and after   despatching   all our household goods by TVS , I arrived   at the new Institute.One of my office people called Nalam   got  me a house  for rent there.My landlady who was  a Ph.D  in Leather biochemistry and who had been unfortunately   widowed   was living in one portion along with her   two kids- a boy and a girl. My  father  , in laws and my wife   with our new son    came and joined  me there. My wife who did not know Telugu and  though a graduate   was not confident enough to converse in English. Within a minute after  we occupied  our house. Our landlady the  three of us under her  protective wings. WE used  to call  her Aunty. My son who had  several health problems   as a baby was her baby right from that time and wife became younger   sister  of Aunty. I became uncle to both  her kids  Rani and Babu. It was   an  extremely miserable  financial   emergency for both of us. Once all  our responsibilities   were fulfilled, the money that  I took home was a pittance .WE used   to struggle to make  both ends meet and there were times during the month end  that We did not have money    to  pay   for Baby food. Being in a new place   and being one of the senior most   officers  of the Institute, I used to feel shy to ask for loan.But Our Goddess, our guardian angel  Aunty  decided   that we were  hers and our problems was hers. About 2 years later  we had a baby girl   who was the pet of Aunty and was 100% of the time with Aunty.I got a transfer    to Bangalore   after 3 years   competing with 85  candidates and tearfully Aunty  bid us farewell.Just before   we left Rani was  requested  by her school  to  write  and act in an English Drama  during the children’s day and It was  the only Drama  that  I wrote in life . Two years later  Rani   got I rank  in Andhra  Pradesh  matriculation examination and she is  now one of the famous opthomologists  in USA and Babu is a lawyer  in Rajhamundry.

    A few days back   we went on a pilgrimage  to few important   temples of Kona seema and met our  Goddess   and protective angel once again with eyes  bathed in tears. Our Aunty  is as cheerful as earlier  and blessed  us. She was  the greatest Goddess  whom we   saluted    during our tour.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The first fierce feud to get control of a kitchen( home)

The first fierce   feud  to get   control of  a kitchen( home)


(I took this theme from  a face book  tamil  post of my friend Sridhar  Ramaswami, thanks to him.)

A family showers tonnes   of affection  in bringing up,
Its great so who  is going be the seed that  would  not allow,
To break   the chain   of the paternal    family in  India,
Not only In India but  wherever  paternal inheritance is practiced.

In  our Country that  is the  bruhat(big) , Bharath, as soon as  son attains,
Twenty five years of age, we  travel all  over the country  ,
To search for a pretty bride for him , from a family   that  is noble,
And after  weighing  her education,   culture and  heredity,
WE bring her   as the  b(p)ride  of our home  with  joy  and celebrations.

It is the mother  of that boy who insists   on  a a regal(royal)  marriage to him,
And she  invites   the new  pretty cultured   bride   of her son   to her home,
Not as a daughter  as per law   but a daughter whom she has carried  for ten months,
Gave birth, cherished    as well as nurtured her and for  a few   days ,
And after  the marriage   she would be   her greatest  f(r)iend and the gift of God.

Slowly the new daughter  of the family would understand  the cultures of her new home,
The likes as well as   dislikes of each and   every one  of all the people  in that home,
Especially    her husband and she would have   also    understood   to enjoy,
The moments of solitude with him,   and  the art giving    him joy    as well as  getting joy from him.

One day   after  all the guests  of the marriage, in the morning  the shy bride ,
Chewing all that  recently happened  at night enters the kitchen   of her new home,
So that she can prepare   a cup  of  degree coffee to her  new darling,
And finds  her new mother there, not at all  happy to see  her that time ,
For right   from the day that mother in law  expired , this was  her  own palace.

The mother in law who   was no more  her mother   becomes   greatly scared,
And tells her in a troubled voice , “I know he likes strong  bitter coffee  with a spoon of sugar,
And I would make it   up   and you can take  it to him and before   you go,
Tell me your likes and I would also  prepare   them for you

Then the new  d(evil)aughter  in law  of the home   starts  serving  her husband breakfast,
Offers him water   to wash his hand  with sweet   silly loving murmurings,
And she  makes it a point  to be always   at three feet distance   from her husband.
Selects dress  for him to wear at office and bids him good bye  to office with a flying kiss.

When his mother   who  was   doing all this as her own monopoly    right ,
Finds that at one stroke, at least to avoid  gossip she has to give  up all of them.
Becomes greatly miserable   because   she feels   that He is Her own,
And all these   are  her duties and the intruder can do it only after she gives them up.

Every moment instead  of thinking   her  in law daughter   as her daughter,
She starts   thinking that  she  is her   fiercest enemy   who has stolen .
All that  is hers  including   her love(affection)   to her own son,
And starts  asking herself “Does he belong to me or to that  teen aged ghost?”

The well educated   daughter  in law    without understanding    that  these signs,
Are   the prime signals  of possessiveness from her monster like mother in law ,.
Tells every one that , she is not allowed to do any work and she is very unhappy  to be there,
And feels jealous on her mother in law and some times   even shouts    at her.
And the mother feels  that this nasty one has stolen her  son from her and becomes miserable.

Possesiveness  is a mental trauma   similar   to a child   with a toy,
And she starts seeing the world is her    greatest enemy   and feels,
That though she can give    every thing this    chit of girl  does,
She  can never , ever  hope   to give her that which she alone can give.

All mothers   are all   alike  and they want  they   only want to love their sons,
All  young women are alike in that  they want to  be the only  source of joy to him,
But if  the mother   is in a good mood to understand   and wife is in a good mood to explain ,
Let the  young one make the elder one understand   that she too was once young and once newly married.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Script writing for a Hindi serial in TV

Script   writing   for a Hindi serial in TV

A Non Hindi  P.R.Ramachander

(I saw a write up in Tamil in Whatsapp about this   and I am not at all   sure  , whether  I can write  a Hindi Serial  for TV)

I went with my   Hindi knowing friend   to a hindi cinema as I went on asking him questions like  “What does it mean?” , “why ?”   etc  and  the  friend got bored    and told me  you do not know  ABCD of Hindi  .Why have   you come to trouble me . I told him , “I keep on seeing Hindi serials  and so I can even write   a script  for a hindi serial.”My friend got very angry   with me   and told ,”How do we do it?”

The serial starts   with  a letter,
“This   is the Chutti  , May be    writing to you,
And friend corrected “Chitti” not  “ chutti”
Ok no problem if it is a  historic serial ,put,
“Muhabbath “  everywhere   and if it  is a modern one,
Put “Pyar”  everywhere, If is puranic   serial,
Put in  lot of “Paranthu”  and :”dhanyavad”   
And if it is  a story, of fifty years  back do use  lots of  “Lekin”
If a king appears  say “maharaj ki jai”
If hero is trouble   make him say “Rab”
If it is a Punjabi story  , make people say “Biradari”
If you are talking of modern life , put lots of “Jindagi”
If it is heroins birthday  , put lots and lots  of “Pyaar”
Let people   say lots of “Suno and DEkho” ,
So that  hero and heroine can talk privately,
That is all
Now I am feeling  “Bookh “ in my   tummy,
Tell  Mataji to prepare “Khana” in “Rasoi”.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Urmilayana -the story of Urmila

Urmilayana  -the story  of Urmila


(Lon long time, when I was about 10 years old   I had read    the story of  Urmila in Kalaimagal  possibly written by great writer Kanchana .  After reading the story only I came to know   about the very strong women characters in  Ramayana.  Recently a post  in tamil referred to that  story. I  then wrote it and later I found   That Sujatha has  written a eleven part story about her in a blog called  kathaa-amrit.blogspot.com. It is extensive and very moving   and had I seen that  I would not have written this. Anyway  having written , I wanted to post it.)

Ramayana   is a great epic famous  for ,
Its great   Women characters and I am sure ,
 All of you know   about  Kausalya , Sumithra,
Kaikeyi  ,Mandhara,  Thadaga, Sabari   and Mandodhari.

But  when some one talks   about   Urmila of Ramayana ,
Many of you   would  definitely ask  “Urmila   who?”
Urmila was   another daughter  of Janaka who married,
Lakshmana the   very dear   younger brother of  Rama.

I do not know   whether   any of you have  noticed ,
That  in the great epic of  Valmiki  Ramayana ,
As soon as a character’s role is over, nothing ,
Is mentioned    about   him or her  till he has a  role to play.

Bharatha   or Kausalya  or Kaikeyi  or Simithrs,
Or Shatrugna or for   that matter  their kula guru  vasishta,
Is not mentioned    in the epic till  Lord Rama   returns,
After  they bid him farewell  in the forest  after Dasaratha’s death.

Nothing is mentioned    about   Janaka  or  Urmila ,
Or Mandavi or   Sruthakirthi    after   the marriage of Sita and Rama,
And based  on other   versions   of Ramayana , I am trying ,
To  describe   the life of Urmila   , the wife of Lakshmana

  When Rama   decided   to go to forest as per  wishes of his father,
Sita convinced Rama  that if Rama wanted  Kausalya  not to come with him,
Because she had to look after  his father , there was   a need ,
For her to go with   Rama so that she can look after  her.

Rama’s  very dear    brother  Lakshmana   also  convinced him,
That he needed to accompany him    so that  Rama and Sita are  well protected,
And then Rama   made  Lakshmana    go to his  palace,
And  take  permission of his wife  Urmila   to go to forest.

But when Rama went to his palace he found   Urmila  ,
Dressed to kill   and living   in very great joy  and she told,
Her husband, “ My father did not   give me as   your bride ,
So that    I would live in poverty in the forest   and so  bye to you.”

Lakshmana   was greatly shocked   and told her  in great anger,
“I hate you and would not   even like to see   your face   from now on.”
But Urmila    who loved him lot    only smiled    and bid him farewell .
The Very angry   short tempered  Lakshmana immediately left her.”

 As soon as he left,  Urmila    who  had great love   and respect for Rama and Sita ,
Changed   her dress   to that  of a  Sanyasini     and started living there  in Ayodhya,
Looking after  well    all the three  mothers    and she told them , “I was harsh to my husband,
Because  I wanted   him to go and look after Rama and Sita    without any distractions.”

Fourteen years  in Ayodhya    was almost eventless   and went away in a jiffy,
And Rama   came back along    with Sita    and Lakshmana   and as per,
The wishes   of the people    Rama was   crowned   as king of Ayodhya.
But Lakshmana  never went back to his palace   and nordid he talk a word  to his wife.

Sita   , who was shrewd and merciful   understood   something was wrong ,
In the life of Urmila    and extracted  out of her   all   that happened   to her.
She then promised her that  she would tell   everything   to Lakshmana and convince him,
But God had    other plans   and Rama   decided   to sent Sita   away to the forest.

While Lakshmana   was taking to her the forest  , Sita told him everything   about Urmila,
Whose self effacing   sacrifice had   no parallel  in any of the stories they have heard.
Lakshmana  with tears in his eyes   due to the order  of his brother   as well as ,
The silly way that  he  tortured Urmila    who was a women nonpareil  Left Sita in the forest.

Lakshmand  as soon as he entered   rushed to his palace   rather   than his brother’s palace ,
And fell flat  sobbing uncontrollably    at the    feet of Urmila   and begged   her pardon,
But   she the one who is humility    and sacrifice personified    just told him  .
That   it was   she who was   solely   responsible   for what happened to her,.

If  Rama   who gave up  the  kingdom that was  due to him has  done great sacrifice,
If Sita   who gave up  the life  of Luxury in Ayodhya to be with Rama has done  great sacrifice,
If Bharatha   who  patiently waited  for his broither’s return worshipping his sandal  has done great sacrifice ,
IF Lakshmana    who did not eat  or sleep   for fourteen years   to guard his brother  has done great sacrifice ,
What of Urmila , who  just for helping  her husband do her duty  , sacrificed   everything that she knew off,
And lived   a  life of a saint   and earned   the   great hate  of her husband?  Is it not a greater sacrifice?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Apply to admission in a monastery with identification

Apply   to  admission in a monastery with identification

Rewritten by


(This is based   on a  tamil posting   in the face book, Thanks to whoever  has posted it there. I searched online for it  but could not find it.  Had the monastery  been in India in 2017, Singlan  would be forced   to apply for aadhar card.)

There was a chinese   soldier   called  Singlan,
Who wanted to know   about   spirituality.  

He wandered all around   in search of a great Guru,
And reached the monastery    in Tibet   at the mountain top.

When he    was trying    to enter  the great monastery ,
One young saint stopped   him  and asked him  what he wanted.

Singlan   said he wanted to know  about    what is spirituality ,
And he heard  that the monastery teaches   just that.

The young saint told   that there  are lot of rules  of admission   in that monastery
A nd so he should  first   write an application   along with  his identity.

The saint  also told   that already ten thousand people had applied.
And the chief   finally proposes     to choose   just twenty students

Singlan laughed    and told  the saint that as he   wanted to learn spirituality,
The first thing   he lost   was all   the identity   about him.

The saint   said   you cannot be admitted  , pushed him out,
And closed   the door and Singlan   slept    below a  tree.

That night   the chief of monastrey  who was all knowing ,
Called   and told the young saint”Don’t you know that we have all lost our identity”

He  also told him, Since Singlan   has lost   all his identity   even before coming there,
He  was the  best student    and  was already selected   as the first student .

The young saint felt ashamed that  he asked    for identity from a person,

Who has already lost it , as he himself   did not have any identity.

God does not forsake any one

God does not forsake    any one

Rewritten by

(This is a very famous story   available in various places on line.  One of them is   written in 2013  http://www.frtommylane.com/stories/God/heart/fern_bamboo.htm  and even there the one who wrote has mentioned that  he does not know who is the author.  But I read it in face book  as  a post in Tamil  by one of my friends   and wrote this.  I thank the  original author of this great story. )

One  day  I decided  to forsake  this   my world,
My  work, My relations   and my belief in God,
I decided   that  I would  live deep   in the forest,
All alone   like sages   who has left the world.

After  entering   the forest  I wanted   to talk to God,
And ask him some questions   and clear   all my  doubts,
I called   him and he  came  immediately  before me ,
And I asked him , “Why I should not leave this world?”

God said , Just  see   all the plants  that grow  in this forest,
Most of them are  thorny  bushes   and ofcourse   some Bamboos
Which have grown taller and firmer   than all plants near it,
I was the one who put the   seeds of  bushes as well as  bamboos.

Ever since I put   the  seeds  I have  been observing   them closely,
I also supplied each plant  all their needs  including water , food and light.
The seeds of bushes germinated   very fast   and  they spread  all over  the forest ,
As if a very pretty   green carpet  is spread   all over    the forest.

But nothing happened   to the bamboo seed but I kept on caring for it,
One year  passed   but still  there  was no progress  in its growth.
But the bushes rose up   and stuck deep roots  and grew further,
But I did not stop   caring   for  the Bamboo seed  that did not grow.

Three years    got over  and soon  five years   were  also  got over,
But nothing   happened to the bamboo seeds but I did not forget about it,
And the fifth year came and the bamboo seed produced   two green leaves,
And the  small  looking bamboo plant   had broken the  strong soil and had come up.

But compared to bushes  it was   simply   insignificant   and a pygmy   so to say ,
But within another six  months  the bamboos grew much taller  than the bushes,
And I understood that  though bamboo seed did   not germinate   and come out ,
In these  five years, it had  produces a very strong root system which has spread  every where.

Only after   it was confident   that its root system   was strong and can support ,
A very tall  bush like   structure  the seed    had germinated and its roots were also strong.
For all my creations   I have given sufficient strength   to meet all  the challenges  it will face,
And  I  was very careful not to give them any challenges   and problems that  they cannot face,.”  Said god

God  continued  , “Did you know son   that   whenever you faced   problems and were sad,
You were growing roots and getting ready     to face  much more   greater problems than that.
I did not forsake   the Bamboo seed  , nor have  I forsaken you    any time   in your life.
Never compare yourself with others, you may be a bamboo  growing slowly  and they only thorny bushes.”

“Both Bamboo and the   thorny bushes   decorate the forest , but they are  very different,
I think the time for you to grow has come” and I asked”how tall   can I grow?”
And he replied  “as much as the bamboo plants”  but   I did not leave   him there  and asked.,
“Hw tall would bamboo grow?” and he said “As much as it  is capable.” And I asked “That much?”
God said  “Yes , you too can grow up  in this life and make progress   , as much as you can”
And he disappeared and  I started  back from the    forest , with very great deal  of confidence,
And   if you and every one who reads the story  can understand  that God provides us  all that we need,
And   without bothering  about shorter growth at times , we all should grow as much as we are capable.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Kali age has come -said Yudhishtra

Parents  being neglected  by children, Bad people   able to  achieve   difficult jobs easily , Government which  is supposed to protect  busily  engaged   in destroying , People wanting to earn dishonestly   and People not bothering about   contractual  obligations  are according to this story  , the symptoms of Kali age .

Kali age   has come  -said  Yudhishtra


(This is a famous folk story regarding coming of Kali age ,Many people have posted in Tamil .Possibly some one has posted in English also. I have written in my own words.)

 It was the ancient time   when Pandavas were ruling the country,
A  horse merchant    brought to the market place of the town,
A very  pretty   and perfect horse  and Sahadeva   the last Pandava,
Wanted to buy that horse but the merchant  said it was  not for sale.

He further added   that   the horse  would be given to that person,.
Who answers his questions correctly    and Sahadeva   told him  ,
“I will try”  and  the  merchant asked ”There was  big well   and also,
There were seven small wells. The water  of big well  filled up
All the  seven small wells  but the seven  small wells were unwilling to fill the big well, why?”

Since Sahadeva    could not answer    this question  , he sat there  thinking,
And Nakula   who came in search of  Sahadeva   wanted to buy that horse,
And Trader   asked Nakula ‘An  black elephant   entered through  ,
The nozzle   I of a needle but its  redtail could not go through it. why?”

Then Arjuna   came in serach of both of them   and wanted   to buy,
That horse   and the trader asked him,  “Rice in  had matured   and ready  to harvest, ,
In a filled     and people put    strong fence    to guard   the rice,
But next day  the fence itself ate   all the crop and   the field was  empty, Why?  ?’

When  all the three   brothers   did not return ,Bhima   came in search of them,
And  he too wanted  the horse   and the   trader   asked him , “ A man purchased,
A vacant plot from another,    two days before  and yesterday the buyer  found a gold mine in the plot,
And he went back to the seller and  wanted to   return the land as he could not afford to buy  the mine,
But Seller told him , “nothing doing  , you have paid for the land  and so the mine is yours,”
But today  the seller wants  the land back    but  the buyer  is not willing to return it , Why?”

Bhima  also sat there   and Yudhishtra  the eldest came and asked   the brothers,
Why they have  not returned   and  all the four   told him the questions  asked  by the trader,
And  Yudhishtra told , “’That   trader   is the Kali age   and he wants us to know  ,
That the Kali age   has come   and so it is time    for us to go to heaven.”

He further told , “Parents would fill up the coffers  of children but  the children,
Would not  bother   to look after  their parentsn the Kali age     and this is  indicated,
By the  water of big well  filling   up  all  the small wells but
The  small wells   not at all   willing   to fill the big well.”

In kali age. “ big dishonest deeds   would happen very easily   but  ,
Even a small good deed  would find  it difficult to happen as indicated,
By question of black  elephant and   in kali age   those whose job  is to protect people,
Would  not protect them  but destroy them as  indicated by question of  fence eating  the crop.”

He continued , “Till yesterday  it was not Kali age   and so   the buyer  did not want,
Money earned dishonestly   and the seller was not bothered about money but,
Was interested  in upholding the   contract  but today  Kali age   has come  ,
The buyer wants to earn dishonestly    and the seller wants  to break the contract”
And Yudhishtra said,” if we live in this age we would suffer a lot    and so let us go to heaven.”

Monday, March 27, 2017

Some plain advice by father to his children

For some time a letter supposed to have been written by   a Hongkong  TV broadcaster to his son   is being   copied and pasted   in various forums   and even in Speaking tree. I try to find out the original   source  , I found it written in April 2007   and published  in  https://www.somersoft.com/threads/beautiful-letter-written-by-a-father-to-his-son.68748/. May be there    are earlier references . The pathos   is that  most of the people  in India   do publish it   even without reading it. For example   the  words of the father   that  he does not depend on his son and he wanted   his son not to depend on him  , Is definitely  not suited  to the Indian context. I have   rewritten the letter in my own words, changing concepts where  I do not agree  with them. I still do not know who is the author.  To him my worshipful salutations

Some  plain advice by father  to his children
Rewritten by

My dear   sons and daughters, because    events in life   cannot be predicted,
Because  no one  would dare   to tell you all  this     , except me    you father.
And  since they  are my personal experiences   which may be useful   to you,
I am writing   this letter   so that  you would remember  them  in your journey of life.

If some one insults    you  and talks   to you   very harshly,
Please   do not mind , as except  , no one   needs  not   to behave like that to you,
If any one else  is good   to you   definitely thank him   but   to ask yourself,
Why he was  so good do to you and do not be hasty in making that person your friend.

NO one in the world  is indispensible and  possession of nothing again is indispensible,
And once you are clear of this   you can   enjoy life wanting none   and wanting nothing,
No one can tell   when this life would   end   but  is   clear  that   it is short,
And so  daily make up your mind  not to waste  that   day   of your life.

Love   towards    any one is a temporary  phase   in your life , though  ,
It may appear  permanent   and never fading  and so do not break  in to pieces  when love ends.
It is true    that   many people without    education  or great wealth   succeed in life ,
That does  not mean, all people can go from rags to riches   wiyjout study or without work.

I thank God    that  I am financially   independent  and  may not need monetary support,
But one day  I may become physically disabled   and I may need    your   support,
I  always    pray God that   you support   yourself  and are not dependent on me,
But   due  to misfortune  , you are sinking in difficult  , till I die  , I would support   you.

You may be honest  , you may be truthful    and you may also  be helpful to others,
But because  of that  do not expect   that people  are always , honest , truthful  and helpful to you,
Without    doing hard work and just by luck    do not expect to succeed in this  world,
And if   some one    succeeds   without them, it is never usual  but  a sheer accident .

Today   any  of us may be   alive    and talking   to others  but   tomorrow,
Any of us   would not be there   to talk , to laugh    and to listen to others,
And so  let us try   to greatly enjoy   the moments    of talk , laugh  and endearment ,
That we   have    as long as    we are together , as I am not sure  that I would meet you in next life.