9 Jan

Who is Venkat?
A dear friend.

Who is his Guru?
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar aka guruji (mine too for the record)

What about him (Venkat)?
This guy gets blatantly pampered by ‘our’ guru every single day in the ashram. Now you have to have done truck loads of good in a lot of your past lives or you have to be in a whirlpool of mess/tragedy to get your cheeks pulled/ get patted lovingly in the back/ tapped with a rose by guruji every other day!

Which category does Venkat fall in?
Clearly the 1st. Cos he smiles so bad, that your jaws hurt; he helps so heartfully, that you will want to hide behind a bush and cry out loud about your laziness; his face shines so bright that it can light up a light house. In essence, he is far from being remotely unhappy and the likes.

Why all this explanation?
7th jan is my birthday. And I got treated like Venkat! Over and over. And it felt so gooood! Basically, in my case, guruji glancing at me is as frequent as a crow singing a lullaby. Yes, I whine. A lot.

What really happened?
My day began at 7 am with a good hour of blissful meditation. Mostly my nights begin like this. I am the taller version of an owl with long hair. 10 am I begin conjuring dahi wada for the very 1st time in 25 yrs praying feverishly cos it is meant for the consumption of the guru in question. you kinda don’t taste when you cook for the divine. and guruji is divine as far as intelligent people are concerned. so the salt and spice was all a wild difficult guess much like the answers to BQC when i was way younger.;) By 12 noon, the dahi wada was ambitiously decorated to conceal its dubious taste.

Being a friday, Devi puja was scheduled with guruji at noon. It was purely mesmerising and my heart was full by the end of it. To help my heart overflow further with gratefulness, Bhanumaa (the guru in question’s sister) put me a garland and kumkum, blessing me on my birthday. The dahi wada’s gallivanted to guruji through her. In the meanwhile, i downed some decent ashram kitchen food following which i did some seva to collect Venkatlike punyaa.

Did guruji eat the dahi wadas’?
We shall discuss that tomorrow. 😉 Same place, same time.



  1. azeem vasaya January 9, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    taller version of owl with long hair.. lol !!

  2. Venkat January 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    blush blush 🙂 🙂 you just made the smile wider..if its possible!! 😉

  3. Akshay Dedhia January 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Belated happieee birthday priya… 🙂
    VENKAT… i just remembered ths name, n how much i hated being called by that name in baroda by u, srividhya n shruti… hehe, i hope to meet your frnd soon…JGDev…

  4. Pushpa July 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    So happy to hear the lovely praises of VENKAT…..

  5. RAJALAXMI July 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Patti loves the way u express.. it was too real for her….

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