Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Sunday 24th September 2017
BirthiMane, BhuvaneshwariNagar, Bengaluru

Navratri is 9-day festival dedicated to DeviDurga by Hindus all over India. Nine days represents nine manifestations of Goddess Durga.

Here in BirthiMane, we have special pooja relations are called for lunch prepared at home by mom Nalini Somayaji.

It is more or less get-together and catching up with what has been over the past year.

Few photos are posted.

written Wednesday 27th September 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Doddamma, my Doddamma,  big mother, who had immense love and affection for children of her younger sister.

She lost her husband long ago and she didn't have her own children. Sister Varija's children Nalini, Vijaya and Sujatha were brought up affectionately by Doddamma. The children grew up under her care and guidance of Doddamma.

These very children were with her during her dying moments last Saturday 9th September 2017 at Udyavara, her house. The youngest sister, Sujatha, who looked after doddamma for last several years when she was bed-ridden, taking care with dedicated service, devotion, conscious effort, and love to the core.

Nalini, eldest of the sisters, reached Udyavara from Bengaluru just 30 minutes after doddamma took her last breath at 10.20pm. The binding and affection had pulled her to reach and they were all together with doddamma's soul and the body overnight, expressing feeling that they were with her after taking last breath.

Some years ago when we went with our children Ravi and Rishi, were small, went to their house she had boundless joy of seeing Nalini's children and expressed that too.

"The light of the house has gone" she said when my brother Padmanabha Somayaji passed away in 1997, as she well understood the personality and character of a person.

She lived her life well, loved by all.

Here is "SHRADDHANJALI" for the departed soul. OM SHANTHI....

posted Tuesday 12th September 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Sunday 3rd September 2017
SriKrishna Dhama, Mysuru.

Vignesh is son of Ananath Rao, who is elder brother of Nalini Somayaji.

Very pleasant and likable boy was getting engaged to a pretty girl, Priya Ural from Mysuru, her parents and grandparents settled in Mysuru. The engagement was organized for post lunch session.

Grand lunch was there, after which, parents, relations of both families were invited to the stage for witnessing the occasion. After a brief Ganesh pooja, date and venue for the wedding were finalized and invitations were exchanged.

Exchange of rings by the bride and the groom took place, and program ended with photo session.

We traveled to Mysuru by train in the morning and returned to Bengaluru in the evening.

posted Monday 11th September 2017