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The M(D)anavathey Project.

17 Mar

There are projects, and then there are projects. This one doesn’t qualify under either.

Sohumming 35,000 kannada speaking brats, free of cost, under adverse conditions, in 15 days is not a project. It is a tsunami.
But I got through my part of the big jigsaw more or less smoothly. Thanks to all the love that I was filled up to the brim with in manipal. I am convinced I have some karma with that place. I feel so much at home there, more like a spiked pseudo ashram feel. Spike being the PDA, the smoke rings and the drunken stupor.;)

A bundle of us camped with our yoga mats in our minimalistic (mirror free) YES!+ manipal abode. The main course was Danavathey but the mocktails, starters and dessert stole the show.
We watched patanjali yog sutra in the morning, which for me was like a daily dose of red bull. Few of us did a fullon kadak upvaas, minus H2O even, on Shivratri. The group tapa made it fun and thick.
Bawa’s board games were hackneyed followed by tremendous varieties of massages that embodied pleasure and beyond.
World cup in random small hang outs with flat screen tv was super fun too.
Long kriya was performed on the terrace after which a cute candle lit barbecue happened thanks to Sam and Arun. These 2 are like amaron batteries, last long very long;);)Phew, insane energy they are endowed with.
One day, a dip in temple pond was also taken. This pond is situated in an eeriely romantic green place filled with pedicuring fish. We lost ourselves there until an uninvited guest- the water snake chose to share the water body with us.
Desperately tasty south indian home cooked food was consumed (standing ovation to preeti and deepti) and was ravenously consumed by us pondies. Midnight pasta that was manifested was mostly freakking tasty too;)

The daytimes weren’t oh-so-rosy however. I had to unleash my vocal chords in a language alien to the asuras i was teaching in the 4 government colleges i was assigned. With utter lack of electricity, a strong presence of the lord of heat was experienced. Each sweat pore of my surface area cried tears of agony. This is beside my insides which were anyway wailing at my helpless condition.

So the days and nights were long, woefully and gleefully respectively.
Names must be taken, people must be thanked for the gleeful part of the equation.

1] Nikhil; for being the original roomie without even a mirror in the house. he’s enlightened.!

2] Rohit; for being the smartest descendent of meerut.

3] Kulprit; for being there, “waqt se pehle, jarurath se jyada”, like all good things.

4] Aseem; for the nights filled with mindless laughter.

5] Abhinav; for making me feel precious about myself.

6] Arun; for being my guardian angel.

7] Arun’s car for being my non-living guardian angel.

8] The patanjali gang for appearing at 6am (approximately;)) for all of 11 days.

9] Guruji, for getting the above 8 in my life.

I can welcome death this very moment. I feel so full in every way.
Regret free, untouched, happy bird type…
Jai guru dev


office office

25 Oct

Lots of people wonder about my work profile. some loved ones are worried. some jealous. so to confuse them further and entertain others in the bargain, i pen this post. I am employed in a very strange inspiring workplace which is led by a Jayesh Daulatjada aka JD aka Jade(to me).

This boss of mine, dear Jade, hides his enlightened status in his pocket. but he lets go of it daily for a few minutes when he sees anything faintly sweet. gujju che bhai. his springy yet dainty walk, his joyous demenour, his all inclusive nature, only goes on to prove his amazingness, layer upon layer. he was pre-trained by guruji to lead a bunch of zoo elements belonging to the WAYE office. As part of the rigorous training, guruji had him teach in many prisons of india, and Jade can therefore now brush off the utter madness that goes on in WAYE with such elan… as if he is an ice cream. His ways yield max. productivity with min. bitterness and no rules. i know u are now itching to apply.

Be forewarned of the pack of monkeys that rule WAYE within and without. prashant the happy money, eby the mad monkey, gauri(male) the naughty monkey and abhi the monkey monkey. they are the lil guruji’s who by being themselves, destroy any ounce of sadness that might prevail in the hearts of the co-zoo members. the feline creatures are led by rupal and ruchi, who elegantly paw in and out of the office at obscene hours. though they are tigers in their own right, RnR work like donkeys’ to make WAYE’s work more gratifying to our sense of sight. then there is rajiv, the eagle, who has a bike for wings, and has got a vigilant bird’s eye view of the entire ashram upto banshankari. kamaakshi is a pair of conjoint siamese twin baby elephants. desperately happy n cuddley. well, u know, she’s on the chubby side. gauri(female) is the ring master..cos when Jade takes a chill pill, which is more or less always, gauri mothers the lot. super lovingly and strictly albeit.

Tanu- the giraffe that chants, vibhavari- the hearteningly hardworking beaver, shru- the thick skinned rhino with a CA degree, chirag- the bull on the brink of enlightenment, krutika n chaaru- the peaceful pretty parakeets, maketh the rest of our zoo. (if i missed out on any names, u can mentally assume/take shape of the animal u want to be, jgd). well, i am more of dead skin/fallen feathers/tree in this zoo setup. i say this with half the intended embaressment becos i share this post with a dear co-employee. she’s the gorgeous peacock that cruises in and out of the zoo and only dances in the rain, thus rarely. srividya. thanks, u suddenly mean much more to me.;)

For those who dint get my twisted sense of pedestrian humor, i simply meant that i am not an integral part of the zoo cos my work revolves around “not doing any work”;). but this is my blog, so what the hell!! i am going to include myself dammit. i am the rare kuala bear. remember the bear that sleeps 20 hrs a day and goes into hibernation for most of the year? yes thats me, cos w.r.t WAYE office i come alive only twice a year; summer (magic) and winter (break). so waiting to awaken myself with you this winter break! until then, yawn;)

P.S. Next time when u visit ashram and bump into the zoo creatures, do take a moment to applaud their full time commitment to this NGO zoo…..and in here, feeding the animals is permitted.;)

kaay tumche paay, om namah shivay!!

12 Oct

how can i not write about god.no 2 after writing about god no.1 in such detail. please refer earlier post if the bulb hasn’t lit up yet. if u have taken an art of living course, then u must wonder how deceited i am, cos guruji shud ideally fit in no.1 position. honeys, guruji makes gods for a profession. clear? can i continue? i take the silence for a yes;)

god no.2.

if u have ever seen the waves in the ocean, then u have seen dinesh bhaiya; this is wat most yesplussed souls know him to be. but some lucky ones like me know of the multiple personality syndrome he is bestowed with. to put it loosly, that of a bhramin and that of a maratha.

lets deal wit the bhraminical inntonations of his wise existence:
the unfathomable blob of satva that dada is, the moment he glides into an advance course, thousands of hyper youth break into a frenzy. (ur nodding right.?cos u are one of them. he haw haw.) many drool even. i swear! it’s very clear, that he owns the world with great ease, when he walks that walk and talks that talk.
a shloka or two in sanskrit, and a whole bunch of urban youth melt as if amul butter on hot paratha.
a few yoga postures, and madonna can plead for forgiveness in some court.
that one look directly into your eyes among so many, and u know for sure, all the troubles u had housed for years are now homeless.

now for the kshatriya section of his vice exsistance:
as i get stupified ‘punah punah’ while observing all of the above, i know of the packet of rajas which explodes in vishwamitra territories- wild tickleing, biting if need be (male bonding they say!), violent display of football skills, rigorous workout, desperately sad marathi jokes (this post’s title is not any sentence, its dada’s joke), and then few sadder attempts in english, extensive cheating, cos dinesh dada’s aura doesnt permit losing, unless it is to bawa, even then actually, and heavy consumption of junk food;) the SECRET IS OUTTTT.

but then to embrace the ram and ravan within us is the art of living, isn’t it? atleast mani rathnam agrees.

my fattee buddies-Part 5

24 Jul

often, shishyas are proud of their teacher/guru..
but there are some shishyas who the teacher feels so lucky to have..
i am filled with immense pride when i say i know of 2 such cutie pies’ {abt their superb teachers, shipa & srivi; some other time!}
i present to u: abhiram and gauri shankar
their focus sometimes stirs me;
their faith often gives me direction;
their love for the master always mists my eyes..

FYI- this is exactly how they don't look nowadays

here is the work of their genius;

my favourite is the ‘summer magic promo’ which u shud check out right away and praise.

abhi and gaudi, i say this from the bottom of my heart…u guys are worth a million bucks ;););););) (some ugly inside jokes are so killer!! means la’that!!)

god bless you both
jai guru dev
much love

shopping for the winter break upgrade and the guru story there after…

9 Jan

Now for those who dint attend winter break 2009-10, SHAME ON U!! and for those who did,,, ur gonna laugh mad when u read this! on second thoughts, even those who bunked will laugh mad!

So ya, jeetu and i went to buy a longgg list of things that were required for the half day 7-level challenge (upgrade-2). So we went to a whole sale market in jayanagar and the bargaining began. first 5 shops we rattled this, “Saar, enna saar, we from art of living ashramaa saar, pls discount maadi, plis saar” and well, we succeeded in most shops. So shop after shop we wud start of this tape recorder of ours nearly begging for discount. Now for those who participated know that we needed to buy lot of red underwear for one of the tasks. Hehe, so we went to this lingerie shop and began our tape.. saar, plis discount maadi,,, art of….STOP. STOP GIRL! thankfully,i held my tongue. hahaahha. i then made up on the spot that the red under wear was for some christmas party game. hahaha.. just imagine wat he wud think if he knew the art of living ashram required 30 red underwear for an event. hahaha!! the shameless fellow was so curious when i said its a chirtmas party game and asked me where the party was… ofcourse i had to lie all over again,,, with supreme confidence i said, “jayanagar, jayanagar saar”! good lord, who said seva is not fun!

Well as much tiring/challenging it was to organise the 7-level challenge, in hindsight, it was doubly fruitful. Any guesses why?
YESSS, i got praised in front of guruji in ganga kutir (abode of the divine it is)!! cant get any cooler me thinks.

…the guru story follows…. so this meeting with guruji happened on 3rd jan 2010…and on 1st jan i wore the silver sri sri coin that my parents had got. lemme rewind a little bit at this point. my parents, lucky ones, have gotten atleast 6-7 such coins that are safely kept in the cupboard. i have worn n lost 3 such coins including the one i wore on 1st jan. so that day, it pinched me bigtime, especially it being day 1 of new yr.* tear*

so i mentally decided i am not gona wear another one until i get it from guruji himself. and lo behold,, guruji gave me coin after the appreciation on 3rd jan itself!!! SUPER DUPER COOL NO??!i wud rate this among my top 3 personal life guru stories. wat say? hes faster than Blue dart courier service man!!! no sincere prayer/hard work goes unnoticed.
all my jealously for those chilling in ganga kutir turned into admiration. some buckets of sweat has gone behind sitting in ac wit sri sri;)

the best month of my life thus far…

21 Jul

july it is! thou i am still in the middle of it, its just been fully awesome and theres more superbness scheduled.
it started off with the the yes!+ course in koramangala, bangalore that went on till 2nd july.. it was super fun! i then did the guru poornima 7 day long advance course in the ashram which was craziness personified. some 5 days of silence it had. i am quite a chatter box, so it was all the more blissful for me! i was thoroughly blissed out by 12th july. but then i reminded myself of the outside world and aha! it was my dad’s birrday on 13th! how cud i miss that! and my mum n bro as usual had a surprise plan to embarrass dad at work. which worked perfectly as planned. so i surprised them all by flying into mumbai for the birrday! the maddening mumbai rains welcomed me. i chilled and surprised my college buddies and my little niece in the next few days. i got back to ashram on 17th and lo behold, i did the blessings course from 18th!! the most weirdly stunning course, kudos to guruji;s creativity and MASTER plan (pun intended). so today i sit an type as a very content person. and guess wat my mum got here today to become a teacher of the art of living. long pending actually. and day after, the last week of this wonderful july, we begin the next yes!+ in koramangala!!! i knw some of u may be wondering as to why this girl has written her full month ka schedule! but u knw, very few get to do such crazy courses back to back and hv such a powerful month. besides its my blog, so i can darn well write watever i feel like, hehehe. just kidding 😉

my fattee buddies

23 Apr

i hv 2 pals to praise.

srividya, a pal for yrs now, a beauudyy YES!+ teacher, who is unbelievely good at everything she takes up. from topping her university witout attending a day,, to learning and performing bharatnatyam and kathak and jive and salsa. from representing India in the youth UN meet to looking frekking pretty in absoulutely any attire. she has made me experience crazy levels of jealousy! i am learning to go beyond being jealous though and take inspiration from her instead. so she was interviewed for an article on ‘women and voting which featured in the main issue of DNA. Here’s the link. You need to click on ‘2’ when the page opens.

this is wat she has to say about it. “Most of what I said has been cut out(surprise surprise!) but some of it is manipulated very little and still there. But hey, my pic looks great!enjoy..love you all.”

check it out:


Another amazing new pal i made recently is suniti. soon to be YES!+ teacher! this gurlie in just 4 yrs of learning and playing snooker is now Nationally ranked 4th!! guruji sure does his bit- samai se pehle an jarurat se jyaada! she was sharing with me of how she was super busy arranging utsav in kolkota to empower 2000 youth and hence dint hv time to practice at all for her national snooker championship. she said she practiced only for 10 days and was rather tensed. she called dinesh bhaiyaa,, yeah some people have the luck to knw him…and he told her to chant om namah shivaya everyday.. she did just that and stood 8th in the championship.the deal was, every year the top 3 winners get shortlisted to play internationally. but GUESS WAT!!! THIS YEAR THE TOP 8 GOT SELECTED TO REPRESENT INDIA INTERNATIONALLY!!! super crazy right??/ not 5, not 10…JUST 8!…! this guruji no!! so cutie he is!! lou him for all his spcl effects!!

check this out for proof:


i am so glad i m perennially surrounded by highly interesting people. i tell u again, do the yes!+ to knw wat i am talking about!

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