Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Dressed up like ANJANEYA, accompanied by two musicians, one singer with harmonium, and other with tabla, going from house to house on streets....... singing bhajans......... you can see this in Bangalore....
The man is holding book on Ramayana..... Imagine how people think of different ways of earning a living......
You call it creative, laziness, or easy going ........
Apparently they expect a handsome amount of money, Rs 10, Rs 50 or sometimes they may get Rs 100 from a very considerate, orthodox people.....  If they visit about 80 to 100 houses in one morning, just one can think how much money they would have made, on the day of their outing on the streets......
That's  a WAY OF LIVING....... at least for some people...... happens only in India......
Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013


The term “Ugadi” has its origin in the Sanskrit word “Yugadi”, that means ‘starting of a new Yuga or period’. It is the beginning of VIJAYA NAMA SAMVATSARA. This traditional festival is usually celebrated in the second half of March or in early April. People from all over Karnataka celebrate this festival with much enthusiasm and gaiety.
Ugadi marks a change in the lunar orbit as well as the beginning of the new Hindu lunar /solar calendar. It also heralds the advent of spring. Mother Nature awakes from her deep slumber to give birth to new plants and cover earth in a blanket of green. As spring accompanies new life on earth, this festival of New Year accompanies a feeling of joy, growth and prosperity. The nine day long spring festival of Vasanta Navratri begins on this day and concludes on Ramnavami.(19 April 2013) 
All the members of the family gather and pray together and seek blessings from the Almighty during Ugadi celebrations. It was on Sunday 21st April, we had get-together in Bengaluru Birthi Mane. 
We had elder brother Seetharama Somayaji, Senior member of the family and his wife, Sunanda, his daughters Usha, Sandhya and their husbands Suresh and Sadaram,  Dinesh Varambally his wife Rekha, daughter Samhitha,  another brother B P Somayaji's daughter Shyla and her husband Prof Uday Kumar and children, Anagha and Adithi, and sisters's grand children, Adarsh and Niranjan and in absentia, daughter Shubha, in-law Raghu and Lahari, and son Ravi and his wife Vidya in UK...... Food, as is the normal trend in all festivals, occupies an important place in this festival too. Special dishes are prepared and enjoyed by the people to mark the festival.
Special grand lunch was prepared by madam of the house  Nalini Somayaji, with oats luddu and Badam burfi as sweets. Every one had good times, Sadaram had good sleep after lunch, Suresh and youngsters enjoyed game of JENGA. where as ladies had their usual topics for discussion.
Monday, 22nd April 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


The book "Life of Pi" written by Yann Martel, took a fairly long time to complete it. It's the winner of the Man Booker Prize award has been made into a 3-D film, directed by Ann Lee.
It's the story of One Boy, One Boat and One Tiger.....  after a tragic shipwreck, a solitary lifeboat is left at the mercy of the wild blue waters of the Pacific. It's story of endurance and survival of a sixteen-year old boy named Pi and a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger, called Richard Parker.
It is also the tale of adventure and friendship and finding courage in the most unexpected places.
The beginning of the book, the author spends lot of time analysing various religions, Hindu, Chrstian, Islam etc and the various food habits of people.
However, when the zoo animals are shipped to be transported Canada and the family also joins. Tragedy strikes in the sea and the ship sinks, except for few animals and Pi, rest perished.
Pi survives for 227 days in the hostile conditions
The books makes an interesting reading and the movie is excellent.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013


Children after completing their year end examinations are very much relived. But they have little discomfort only on the day of announcement of results. However, it's only short lived.  Very soon they are back to enjoying holidays.
To celebrate the end of the year, a party was organised for children coming to BIRTHI MANE  for tuition. There was fun, cake, chips...... music and dance. They enjoyed thoroughly .......
Happy holidays...... till next time......
March 29, 2013