Two Friends and a Birthday

Posted: September 4, 2008 in Do Feshtival ma!!
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Namaskaram! Namaskara! Namaskar! Vanakkam!

Bhelcome! This time, I’m back with an ‘elephantine’ bang (pun intended)! Today is the most auspicious (pron. aas-pee-sus) day according to the ‘Chaandramaana Panchaangam’ (Lunar Calendar). It is the day the three-eyed, trident wielding Lord and His divinely beautiful, emerald-hued consort blessed themselves with a son! It is the Haappee budday of one of the gods I am most fond of, also one of the most lovable ones – the remover of obstacles, the chief of the Pramadha ganas, the elephant-headed, the adorable – GANAPATI! This is, wishing Him MONEY HAAPPEE RITTUNS AAF THE DAY! YAYYY!! *pretending to feast on kudumulu, undraallu, pulihora, paayasam*

This reminds me of something that happened this morning. Rather strange, but pleasant. I was strolling through the beautiful, quaint streets of Manoviharapuri, a sleepy town nestled in the lofty mountains of Ooharajya. It is a place I often head off to when I need some time for myself. It is an idyllic place, untouched by the madness that plagues the rest of the world. Tranquil, unspoiled, picturesque – ideal setting for anyone seeking solitude. My mind wandered off as I walked. I was in peace with myself. As I ambled through the town, marveling at its rustic beauty, I ran into an old friend of mine. He recognized me instantly. At first, I couldn’t place him, but it eventually struck me. It was a very pleasant surprise. We hadn’t been in touch for a while, honestly speaking, a long while. I noticed that he hadn’t changed a bit! I knew him really well and for a long time at that. Their house was my second home. His parents are the nicest people I’ve ever known. He has an uber-cool brother too. Wonderful family!

He and I had a lot to talk about, lot to catch up with, but time was a major resource I lacked. How unfortunate. I run into a good friend of mine after an aeon and I don’t have the time for him. Indeed, how unfortunate! Anyway, this is the brief conversation we engaged in, or roughly so:

Him: Hey Karthik! Wassup man? Long time no see!

Me: O MY GOD! Is that really you. I thought I’d never get to see you again. What a pleasant surprise. I’m good. How’ve you been? (A firm hand-shake and a friendly hug)

Him: Fabulous! But you look famished, what’s wrong? Are you on a hunger strike for some lost cause or something?

Me: O come on! It’s not that bad. I’m fine, at least I don’t get laughed at for clumsily tripping over while picking up food, unlike someone here. (tongue-in-cheek)

Him: Yea yea! You only get laughed at when you can’t even pick up the food, coz it’s too heavy for you.

Me: (laughing) You haven’t changed one bit man! Your quips, your dry sense of humor – Everything’s just the same! So, how are mom and dad?

Him: They’re fine. The usual, too much work and all that. My brother’s married now.

Me: Wow!! Congratulations! Where is he? What’s he doing?

Him: He lives with my parents and works with my dad.

Me: Happily married huh? Nice! So……what brings thee hither?

Him: I’m always here dude! I also know that you come here quite often, for the peace and quiet you so crave. In fact, I tried contacting you many a time, but you never respond. Soooo ‘you’! (nodding his head)

Me: Really? I’m sorry man! When I’m here, I’m as good as dead. I’m unreachable. Besides, I’m lost most of the time and you know that.

Him: Out of my reach too? Come on man! There was a time when you and I were inseparable. The best of friends, that made the world go green with envy!

Me: I know, and I’m sorry I didn’t keep in touch. I sooo regret that now. Anyway, I’m glad I ran into you.

Him: Yea, me too. So, what are you up to these days?

Me: (I give him a complete run-down on my status quo.) How ’bout you?

Him: I’m a full-time counselor, consultant.

Me: Business consulting? I thought you headed your dad’s company.

Him: Yea, I do. But part-time. I run a counseling center, where I deal with clients with all kinds of problems, not just business. I counsel everybody – businessmen, troubled kids, engineers, organizations, everyone! I cater to everybody. And it’s all free of charge! I get a lot of generous donations, so no one faces a forced financial burden, neither the client, nor me.

Me: Really? Counseling? And free of charge too? SPLENDID!! Do you take up education, career counseling as well?

Him: Career and Education is an exclusive department. I have a 100% success record. You need help? I’m here.

Me: Wow! Good for you dude. Tum tho chha gaye. So, where are you located? May be I’ll drop by sometime. I need help with a lot of issues.

Him: I’m everywhere. The consultancy is headquartered in Maharashtra though, near Pune. I have eight major centers there. I have one major office in AP, a few in Karnataka and TN and many more across the country. I’ve even gone international. I run centers in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and elsewhere. I have franchisees in Tibet and South East Asia. I go everywhere, not just to the offices. I’ve travelled a lot. I still do and always will. Lot of work you know.

Me: I understand. It’s a lot of work indeed. And yea, I’ll come by sometime.

Him: Sure, any time dude! Here’s my card. You can avail yourself of the tele-service as well. Lines are open 24*7. There’s a toll-free line or you could also call me personally, if things require immediate attention. I can do some counseling right now, if you please. I can tell, you’re stressed out.

Me: Thanks man, this was helpful enough, knowing that there’s someone I could turn to in times of need. I’ll certainly drop by. I can’t promise you a time, but I’ll come. I’ll surely come. Thanks a ton dude! You are God, I tell you!

Him: O Please! You’re embarrassing me. You know my doors are always open to you. Walk in any time, call me any time! Any kind of help, do not hesitate to ask! Ok?

Me: Ok. I’ll call you before I come.

Him: Sure. Anytime! So, what else is new? Love life?

Me: Long story man! Don’t get me started on that now, I’m in no mood to pine and brood. I’ll tell you when you counsel me. How ’bout you?

Him: Happily married!

Me: WHAAAT!! When did that happen?

Him: Long story! Will tell you when I counsel you! (wink)

Me: Clever! And congratulations to you. Anyhow, I gotta run. My vacation’s over and I have to get back to the grind. It was really nice talking to you after so long! I’ll keep in touch and I’ll see you soon. Give my regards to your parents and your brother, of course, the missus. I hope to see them too sometime.

Him: Certainly. Take care! You remember what I told you.

Me: Yea, I will. And by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Him: Thanks! You remember?

Me: Of course, I do. And I run into you on this day? I mean, what are the odds!

Him: Thanks a lot! I’ll see you soon!

Me: Bye!

By now, I’m sure you’ve guessed who my buddy is, to the point of certainty. After that pleasant rendezvous, I’ve been fishing around for a good picture of him and me. I didn’t find any, with the two of us. But, what I did find was this one picture that I made, with this very hand that He gave me! Here it is –

nritya_ganapati001

Thanks dude!! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY once again!

Here’s a little poem in Telugu, that my mom taught me as a kid. This is for you.

తొండమునేకదంతమును తోరపుబొజ్జయు వామహస్తమున్

toMDamunEkadantamunu tOrapubojjayu vaamahastamun

మెండుగమ్రోయుగజ్జెలు మెల్లనిచూపుల మందహాసమున్

menDugamrOyugajjelu mellanichoopula mandahaasamun

కొండొకగొజ్జురూపమును కోరినవిద్యలకెల్లనొజ్జవైయుండెడి

konDokagojjuroopamunu kOrinavidyalakellanojjavaiyunDeDi

పార్వతీతనయా! ఓయి గణాధిపా! నీకు మ్రొక్కెదన్

paarvateetanayaa! Oyi gaNaadhipaa! neeku mrokkedan

Word-to-word meaning: “toMDamunEkadantamunu” splits up as “toMDamunu” + “Ekadantmunu” – With a trunk and one tusk;  “tOrapubojjayu vaamahastamun” – “tOrapubojja” = a large belly, “vaamahastamun” = an assuring hand; “menDugamrOyugajjelu” – “menDuga” = a lot, in plenty, overflowing, “mrOyu” = ring, rattle, sound, “gajjelu” = ankle bells; “mellanichoopula” = squint-eyed; “mandahaasamun” = a perpetual smile; “konDokagojjuroopamunu” – “konDoka” = boy, lad, “gojju” = dwarf, “roopamu” = form, manifestation; “kOrinavidyalakellanojjavaiyunDeDi” – “kOrinavidyalaku” = for all desired knowledge, “ojja” = the foremost authority, “ai” = having become, “unDeDi” = that is, are (depending on the person of the pronoun); “paarvateetanayaa” = son of Parvati; “Oyi gaNaadhipaa” = O leader of the gaNaas; “neeku” = to you; “mrokkedan” = I salute.

Translation: Bearing a trunk and one tusk, a large belly and a reassuring hand, with overwhelming rings of ankle bells, a squint and a perpetual smile. In the form of a boy-dwarf, you are the supreme authority of all desirable knowledge, O Son of Parvati! O Leader of the gaNaas! I salute you!

O, I completely forgot! Here’s how you can contact my friend Kaanipaakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Sastry (K. V. V. Sastry):

Need Help of any kind? Call NOW!!

Toll-Free: OM-GAM-GANAPATAYE-NAMAHA

Landline: vakratuMDa mahaakaaya sooryakOTi samaprabha, nirvighnam kurumEdEva sarvakaaryEshu sarvadaa.

Cell: Om Ekadantaaya vidmahE vakratunDaaya dheemahi, tannO dantih prachOdayaat.

Avail yourself of this service! It costs nothing, but offers a lot in return! A very nice man, Mr. K. V. V. Sastry.

I wish you all A VERY HAPPY VINAYAKA CHATURTHI!!

P. S.: Don’t forget to comment on the picture!

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Comments
  1. rads says:

    Very nicely written 🙂

    Drawing chaala chaala bagundi. Proportions correctga unnayi. You draw more? Ekkadaina load cheyyalekapoyara, memu kooda aanandistamu? 🙂
    I made a clay one too yesterday *shameless plug* :))

    Mee abhimanam! Dhanyavadalu! Inka unnayi, upload chestanu. Mee matti Vinayakudu kooda chaala muchchataga unnadu. Mattito cheyyatam chala kashtam, kani meeru chesaru choosara. Mee kashtam phalinchindi! Adi kaakunda, mottaniki Telugu vallu okallu naa verri raatala meeda comment chesaru ante, pattalenanta anandanga undi. Innallu ikkada comment chesina vallanta Tamilians avvatam to, paraai vaadilaga feel ayyanu. Danito burra vaachinanta panaindi. Chaala Thanks andi, rads garu (if I may call you that)!

  2. Chutneycase says:

    Very well written, loved the head office in M’rashtra bit 😉
    I see you missed the part about his bro’s other girlfriend. 😛

    Manchidi post. 🙂

    Thanku, Thanku! I said His bro is happily married, I didn’t mention how many times. 😛 I hope neither of the Mrs. Subrahmanyams is offended.
    This is out of context, but if you’ve failed to notice, I share the brother’s name. 😀 😉

  3. Man, You are multi-faceted!

    Thank you! You are too kind!

  4. Srividya says:

    Vinyaka chavithi subhaakaankshalu kaka:) Good post 🙂 ! I hope you get to write a whole “trunk”(no pun intended!) load of such wonderful articles! 🙂

    Dhanyavadalu! Meeku kooda VINAYAKA CHAVITI SHUBHAKANKSHALU! I’m sure my friend will help me churn out more such posts!
    Inkoka Telugu comment! Idi nijama? Kala? Nammaleka potunna! Ila Telugu vallu vantulu vaariga vachchi naa blog chadavalani aa Vinayakudini korukuntunna!

  5. buddy says:

    so 2 wives aa? badhiya hai!
    ganpati has 2 too according to some people..
    nice post..a very pleasant read! baga undhi…

    Thanks! And yea, His bro has two wives – Mrs. Srivalli Subrahmanyam and Mrs. Devasena Subrahmanyam. I spoke to Mr. K. V. V. Sastry again today and He told me His wives’ names – Riddhi and Siddhi Sastry. Both brothers turned out to be polygamists apparently! Sahi kaha, badhiya hai! 😛

  6. Adithya says:

    Awesome post dude! And is it only me or you really meant it when you said you are getting in touch after a long time?
    Because, I am too. As Maxu would say, it’s all in the heart and mind and am a firm believer of that.

    I’m trying really hard to vanquish my worst enemy, sloth! Man, I am lazy! I am keeping in touch, though. I hope to visit Him too sometime. And you’re right about the heart and mind and I’m also in the believers’ club!

  7. (Sigh of frustration) Nobody seems to have noticed my sketch! How indifferent! *slinking away*
    If you’re looking for it, then it’s that little link “nritya_ganapati001” under the line “this very hand that He gave me! Here it is -“! Please tell me how it is!! & I can’t believe I’m commenting on my own blog! What times!

  8. Adithya says:

    Hahaha damn I wanted to comment but forgot. Dude, your drawing skills are out of the world. Mine suck! I cannot even draw a perfect circle. Nor a straight line. Seriously. I was so bad in my engineering drawing.

    Thank you! Thank you! Finally! And sorry about the Engg. drawing. 😛

  9. maxdavinci says:

    friggin nice sketch! I loved kamakshi gaaru the most though…

    you wont believe it but i was writin a similar post, just the theme. anyways good one and credit to you since you published it before me.

    Innallu ikkada comment chesina vallanta arava vallu avvatam to, burra vaachinanta panaindi.

    I consider this line highly offensive. I shall translate it and drive away all my kinsmen from this blog! if you wanna use the ‘aravam’ word then be prepared fro the ‘gulti’ onslaught!

    Thank you! Thank you! What telepathy, I say! Unbeleevabull! And sorry, please don’t do such a thing! I edited it! Don’t call me ‘gulti’, please! I implore you! 😛 😀

  10. Ganesha shakes hands? News to me 🙂

    Yup. He does! Try calling Him sometime. Who knows, you might end up bragging about it too. A very nice guy, Ganesha. 😉

  11. crakpot says:

    Hey!!! Once again this is a lovely post. The picture is great too. I am so glad that you have so many hidden talents in you 🙂 In all your sketches though, my fav is the one of Shiva and Parvati. Save that one for me okie??

    Thanks a lot! Hidden talents? Not any more! 😛 And yea, Shiva and Parvati are waiting for you! 🙂

  12. Apple says:

    Chaala baaga raasaaru…naaku last few lines chadive daaka ardham kooda avaledu 😦 dumb me…

    Sketch kooda excellentga vundi…adento nenu eppudu elephant shaped Ganesh ni chetho chedaamanna, pencil/pen tho geeddamanna inkola avatharamethuthaaru 😀 anduke maanesaa 😀

    Nice Blog…inkaa chaala chadavali..Thanks for visiting my blog

    Swagatam! Edo mee lanti valla abhimanam! Thank you to you too! Nenu mee fan ayipoyanandi! Meeru bhale raastaru! Vetakaram, haasyam yokka teeyani mishramam mee blog! Andulo chaaaaaaaaaala rojula taravata oka Telugu blogger kanipinchesariki, tattukoleni aanandam pongukochchindi. Bhesh! mm..ika Vinayakudi vishayaniki vaste, nijam cheppalante nenu pencil pattukunnanta suluvuga matti muddanu pattukolenandi. Oka sari try chesa, aa mudda nu naana vidhaluga himsa petti, nokki, peeki mottaniki oka roopaniki techcha. Chooste adi Vinayakudu takkuva paamu putta ekkuva laga avatarinchindi. nenu, sarele kashta paddanu kada ani danni puja mandapaniki teeskoste, maa amma danni choosi, ee roju Nagula Chaviti kadu nanna Vinayaka Chaviti ani mudduga gaddam nimiri maree cheppindi. Ika emi anamantaru? naa chetullo shilpa kala luptam ani oorukunna ante!

  13. Whoa!! Em raasavanna…ee post lo konni Engleepeesh(English) words arthamavaka dictionary refer chesi mari chadiva…edo nee punyama ani konni English,Telugu words nerchunna…Thank u very much…

    Belated Vinayaka Chavati Subhakhanshalu.

    🙂

    Krishna Kumar

    Swagatam! Thank you! And you’re welcome! 😀 😉 Meeku kooda belated Vinayaka Chaviti Shubhakankshalu! 😀 Malli inko post lo kaluddamu. 😉 Mee blog kooda baavundi. Telugu lo raase vallu chaala arudu.

  14. rads says:

    mottaniki Telugu vallu okallu naa verri raatala meeda comment chesaru ante, pattalenanta anandanga undi. Innallu ikkada comment chesina vallanta Tamilians avvatam to, paraai vaadilaga feel ayyanu. Danito burra vaachinanta panaindi. Chaala Thanks andi, rads garu (if I may call you that)!

    lol, nenu kooda alage anukunedanni. Asalu telugu vallu ekkada kanapadatalledenti ani. s/w, usa ninda mana janale kada, bahusa blogs writing kada, antha glamorous kademonani! Ekkada choosina arava vallu! Which isn’t really an issue, coz am half that 😉

    Mee blog chaduvutunte chala chala bagundi. It’s fun, best of both worlds fun 🙂 Inka oka bhari dialog kottachu gani, ippude parichayam ayyavu, anduku ee sariki vodilesta 😀
    Rads chaalu. ‘gaaru’ annarante, nenu ‘vada’ antanu 😛 I know, PJ. but yea, search “noble king” on my blog and you’ll see why I dont like that term 😀

    Thank you rads! Mee lanti senior bloggers naa lanti new comerski ichche ee protsaham chaala viluvaindi. I’ll treasure it! Meeru cheppindi nijame, Telugu vaallalo bloggers chaala takkuva kanipincharu. Tamilians (‘arava’ ani raaste maa friend okadu bedirinchadu – nuvvu arava ante nenu ninnu gulti antanu ani. Gulti ante naa drishtilo chala avamaanaaspadam, anduke oddule babu ala pilavaku, nenu ‘arava vallu’ anatam maanestanu ani vaadiki haami ichchanu. anducheta ‘Tamilians’ anna gouravapradamaina padam vaadutunna. meeru emi anukokande! 😛 😀 ) seem to have a penchant for writing. I don’t know if we Telugus lack it or don’t like expressing it. Beats me! And LOL @ ‘vada’ – It’s ok. I wouldn’t be offended. I’m neither ego-centric nor as chauvinistic as to insist on being addressed by a lady, with an honorific. 😉

  15. Apple says:

    ROFL @ Paamuputta…nenu indaaka cheppadaaniki konchem mohamaatapaddaanu, mee attempt vinnaaka dhairyam vachindi…actually nenu elephant shape kosam try chesthe Dog vachindi 😦

    “Ayyavaari vigraham tayAaru cheyyabothe pilli ayindani” Saametha gurthochindaa?

    Mare! Ikkada “Ayyavari vigraham cheyyabothe kukka/paamuputta ayyindani” ani manam marpulu cheskundamu.

  16. Sundeep says:

    nice one boss…i got involved in ur article and in the middle i thought that he was some kind of counselling consultant who is having conversation with u…but when u said..happy bday to him…then i thought…who the hell will such a stuff on his bday….that too a married guy…as his wife might really kill him if he does so!

    anyways nice one…i like these kind of posts boss…

    Thanks dude! I’ll try and come up ith more such posts.

  17. Sundeep says:

    forgot to add….nice pic…u drew it well…i didnt know that u can draw good pics…

    Thanks! At least now you know! 😛

  18. Bharathi says:

    Mahaprabhoooo..!!

    aaa kala meeru…ahaaaa…
    tamaki aa kalalo ganapati darsana bhagyam kooda kaliginda mahaprabhooo!!!…
    meeru ila kadhalu rasstune undandi …mevila chadivi taristuiune untam…

    meeku transfer avakunte cheppandi mahaprabhooo… nene transfer cheyincheskuntaa..!! 😛

    finally…kattti anna.. arpinchav..!!

    Kala kadu kaakarakayi kadu! Edo ala ooha jagattulo vihrinchi vachcha….viharistu unte ago ayana kooda ala vachchadu…anthe. LOL @ “aripinchavu” 😀

  19. Enjoyed! HQ in Maharashtra…!

    And very nice picture!

    Shenoyji!! Hum dhanya ho gaye! Welcome to my page! And thanks a lot. I initilally wanted the headquarters in AP but then the eternal Maharashtrian love for Ganapati hit me hard, hence the shift of base. Thanks again! 🙂

  20. Sravya says:

    vinayakudi sketch baagundi.
    Nice post too 🙂

    Thanks Sravya! And welcome to my blog! 🙂

  21. Jyothy says:

    Chala manchi blog.
    enjoyed reading it.

    Krish ashok blog lo mee comments chadidvi mee blog ki vachanu.
    migata blogs anni chadavalani decide chesukunnanu.

    Thanks andi Jyothy garu! Thank you so much!

  22. Vats says:

    Awesome post!! and Awesome pic!!

    Thr…..you owe me a treat for being so nice to ya! ( not to mention…tht… well….in this case….mayb u do deserve the adulation!!)

    I still treasure the pic you gave me while seeing me off to Chennai in 2005!! I laminated and framed it!! Keep the good work going!! 🙂

    Thanks and I’ll take you up on that treat when I come to India next, watsay? 🙂 Thanks again for the concern shown towards my artistic efforts! 😀

  23. Vats says:

    Chaala baga undi! 😀

    Now that I’ve dropped my Telugu one-liner…I also need to be addressed as “garu” henceforth! No!…no exemptions..and No! this is not a negotiation either! 😉

    And yes….”Aravam” is so not done!!

    Bodi! Nuvvu nee ara-Telugu! Abbaaa! Anyway, no requests for being addressed with an honorific will be entertained, esp. by people like you. There is no scope for negotiations here!

  24. Ranjani says:

    What a thought provoking well written piece! really struck a chord with me…

    Thank you and Welcome to my page! I can’t believe I’m making people think! 😛 😀

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  26. shadow says:

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  27. srividya hari says:

    hello andi. meeru modalu pettinappati nunchi naaku telisipoyindi meeru mee ooharajyam lo vinayakudi thoti matladuthunnaru ani! chaala bagundi mee narration kaani nenu munde guess kotteyadam thoti naaku exciting ending kaadu 😦 guess kottadam raakudadu andukane! inka mee bomma vishayaniki vasthe “adbhutham” idi okate mukka cheppa daluchukunnanu. nenu apudapudu paper meeda picchi geethalu geesthanu, monna vinayaka chavithiki chapathi pindi thoti vinayakudini ante accham ga vinayakudi laaga unde vinayakuda and ayana vahanam mushikanni kuda chesesi andari meppu pondesanu. 🙂 kaani mee nataraja vinayakudi bomma mathram naa manasuki hathukupoyindi ante nammandi! good work. keep it up.

    Well, meeru guess cheste emaiyindi, chadivaru, nachchindi adi naaku kaavalsindi! 🙂 Aaha! Shilpa kala! Adokkate luptam manalo! 😛 Oka sari aa sannaham kooda ayyindi lendi, phalitalu intakamundu ‘Apple’ gari comment ki jawabulo raasanu chaduvukondi. Malli valliste paruvu potundi! 😛 Naa chitra kala pai mee abhimananiki naa krutagnyatalu! Chaala protsaham andistundi! 🙂

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