Birthdays ….


I have seen many of them, so it is very difficult to remember each and every one. But I vividly remember how I felt about my birthdays when I was young. I was very much excited and was looking forward for that “Big Day” once we entered into the month of June. I always always had new clothes for my birthdays. Sometimes it happened to be two frocks, so I wore one in the morning and the other in the evening. Amma tried to cook all my favorite foods, especially potato in some form –potato boonda was a must. The whole family was going to the movies in the evening. I felt very special the whole day – made sure my middle name (Rani) very true every second the whole day.

When I was in Intermediate and also in Degree, I had few birthday parties at home with all my classmates (only ammayilae even though ours was a CoED college) like in movies and one of my best friends (Madhumathi) is a great singer and she used to sing some songs too  just like in movies ….

I did not want my birthday to end. I wanted the time to stop at that day for ever. I was getting sad when the day approached to a finish. I had the same feeling even when I became old – even in my thirties and forties, even when I was old enough and celebrating my birthdays with my husband. I had celebrated some fabulous birthdays with my husband   no extravaganza gifts or any of that sort of stuff, but just spent the day the way we wanted and we would love to have . We made it a point to celebrate our birthdays just the way we want – very relaxing, just lazy-out, eat whatever we felt like but made sure not to cook much at home especially on my birthdays, but I made sure to make “Bobbattlu” on my husband’s birthday as that was his favorite food – as he so used to affectionately call them as “Bakshyalu” – he loved them.  Usually my birthday falls during Wimbledon time and we made sure to have Breakfast at Wimbledon with coffee and croissants…

Few days in advance to our “Big days”, we started to shop a lot to get the best greeting cards to express our feelings towards each other and we wanted that every word in that greeting card was genuinely expressed our heart’s feelings. I stored all those cards as a big treasure. They truly have become a huge treasure for me today to go back into my sweet memories.

I could not resist myself from posting some of them here.

Now I do not want to give any importance to my birthday  I just want that day to go without notice. I do not want to celebrate it and the only way I look at it as one more year closer to reach my destination – hoping to meet my husband waiting for me somewhere as he was always used to …

Guravayanam by Dr. Gurava Reddy

Dr. Gurava Reddy – I haven’t heard this name until recently. In the first or second week of June 2011, I was looking for some videos at Suddenly I came across this video – Pellipusthkam hosted by renowned danseuse Swathi Somnath whom I saw a few times in the judge seat for ‘Antharmukam’ program on Maa Tv hosted by Yandamoori Veerendranath. Somehow I am very much attracted to her – may be her smile, the way she talks, the pedda bottu, everything about her. So I watched that episode (may be that is the first episode in this series). Of course, I was very much impressed by Dr.Gurava Reddy couple – their simplicity, honesty, their experiences, their independent nature, his sense of humour – everything except for one small thing, he suddenly tried to mention about a song in ‘Badrinath’ (he hasn’t talked much about it, mentioned that they both liked one song from that movie without any connection to whatever he was talking until then), somehow I felt like commercializing the movie (anyways, I’ll leave it at that point).

If anyone is interested to watch that video, here is the youtube link –

Within a few weeks, I saw him again at NATS Telugu Sambaralu. Then I came to know that he is my vadina’s class mate or junior, but she knows him well. During those 3 day events, I attended one side event supposed to be an event related to Mullapudi Venkata Ramana – the great wtiter who is very well known for his hilarious style of writing and we can never forget his Budugu. I’ll definitely write about Budugu in my future blogs.

During that event ‘Guravayanam’ – the book written by Dr. Gurava Reddy has been released and few people talked about him and he also spoke for a while. I was very much impressed by his sense of humor. Immediately I bought 3 books. Literally I laughed loud while I was reading that book. It is a must read book for any one who has an interest in reading. This book is simply ‘Gurthukosthunnai, gurthukosthunnai’ – we would definitely go back into our childhood, college days, ala, al eto vellipoyindi manasu.

I’ll try to post some excerpts from his book in my future blogs. (I promise). I hope I do not violate any copyrights.

He is an Orthopedic surgeon – knee, hip, Joints Surgeon and CEO of Sunshine Hospitals, Hyderabad.

The way he is coming into my life – like a thufan – initially with the video, then prathkshyamga sakshatakaram ittchi, then through his book, inka ela ela kalusthano …

According to Prashanthi – (Guravayanam – Adbhutham) గురవాయణం ఒక అద్భుతం

What next ….

I am really scared now that finally one day (in the near future) may be I’ll end up as his patient. Oh No….