Believe it or Not! One Text has Two Different Stories to Tell!


I learnt something very intriguing today!

A Sanskrit poet by name Daivagna Surya Pandita wrote a Sanskrit work by name “Ramakrishna Viloma Kaavyam” in the 14th century (English-equivalent of the word ‘viloma’ is ‘inverse’). This book has forty shlokas. Each shloka makes sense both when read in from the beginning of the shloka to the end as well as from the end to the beginning of the shloka! Essentially, it is a sort of palindrome.

Now comes the best part. When each sloka is read in the forward direction, the book deals with the story of Ramayana and when each sloka is read in the reverse direction, the book deals with the story of Mahabharata.

Let us look at an example.

तां भूसुता मुक्ति मुदारहासं।

वंदेयतो लव्य भवं दयाश्री।।

The same shloka, read in backward direction goes so.

श्री यादवं भव्य लतोय देवं।

संहारदामुक्ति मुता सुभूतां।।

In the first shloka, भूसुता implies Sita and hence, Ramayana. The meaning of the first shloka is, “I pray to Sita, the incarnation of Lakshmi, who is affectionate towards a smiling Lava.”

In the second shloka, श्री यादवं implies Lord Krishna and hence, Mahabharata. The meaning of the second shloka is, “The teachings of Gita, bestowed upon us by Lord Krishna, who draws people towards him with his benevolence, destroy evil and are close to our heart.”

And there are thirty nine more shlokas like this!

Click to access raamakrshhna.pdf

Pretty cool, right?


Fun with Science! The food we eat is full of Acids…

When we think of acids, we think of caustic burns and irritations. But isn’t, it intriguing that the daily foods we eat contain acids – and that too so many different acids.

Tomato, SpinachOxalic acids
Vinegar Acetic acid (also known as Ethanoic acid)
Orange, Lemons (& other citrus fruits)Citric acid
Tamarind, GrapesTartaric arcid
Curd Lactic acid
Vitamin C Nothing but Ascorbic acid (and it is different from critic acid!)
Fizzy drinksCarbonic acid
ColaPhosphoric acid ( Cola is more acidic than lemon juice or vinegar!)
ApplesMalic acid 

Fun with Science! Two Organisms in One, that is a Lichen.

Lichen is not one organism, but two organisms that live together and help each other – a fungus and an algae in a symbiotic relationship.

Interesting, isn’t it. They are found on tree barks, exposed rock, and biological soil crust. Lichens are used by humans as food and as sources of medicine and dye.

For many years, scientists classified them as a single organism – but the association of fungi with algae or cyanobacteria became evident with advent of microscopy. There is still some discussion on how to classify lichens.

Read more about them on

(Nana-ke-Bol) being curious – about everything…


Acute observation, obsessive study and experimentation, indefatigable curiosity, inventive imagination – that’s what sets the scientists apart… and skills we aspire for…


‘दुनिया’ को उत्सुक आँखों से देखो
देखो इसके बदलते रंग
अगर सफलता को पाना है तो
चलना सीखो इसके संग

हर वस्तु में कारण सोचो
ढूँढो उनमें प्रकृति की गुण
इन्ही गुणों को अपना कर के ही
वैज्ञानिक करते अद्भुत ‘अन्वेषण’

‘न्यूटन’ ने फल को गिरते देखा तो
हमें समझाया ‘गुरुत्वाकर्षण’
‘जेम्स-वाट’ ने उबलते पानी से ही
पहचाना ‘भाप-शक्ति’ का गुण
‘बेंजामिन’ ने पतंग के माध्यम से ही ढूँढी थी
बादलों में ‘विद्युत-तरंग’

ऐसे ही मानव-मन की जिज्ञासा से
खुलते हैं प्रकृति के रंग

My Second Book – Sparkle Lives in Delhi

Book #2 in the Adventure Series
Around the World with Sparkle

My second book – Sparkle Lives in Delhi – is now out!

When people think of Delhi, they may automatically associate it with pollution, or perhaps with traffic jams; but I always think of it as a ball of wool with a thousand enthralling stories to unravel.

Don’t miss my launch video  and you can find out more details on my website

INSIGHTS: Sanskrit Speech on making India a World Leader…

It is really quite difficult to express ideas as fluently in Sanskrit – but in the end the challenging process of writing was as much fun as the participation. And, I learnt about some of the new initiatives taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it was quite inspiring.

See if you agree with my viewpoint… here is what I said in my speech in Sanskrit.

I spoke at the inter school event at The Mother’s International School and won the second prize. The topic:

भारतं विश्वगुरुं कर्तुम् अस्माकं प्रधानमंत्रिणः प्रयासः

(The initiatives undertaken by the Prime Minister to make India a World Leader)

INDIAN MUSIC – Classical Orchestra

A self composition based on two Ragas – Raga Bairaagi and Raga Ahir Bhairav – from Hindustani Classical Music.

I played the keyboard in the orchestra at the 2018 Indian Classical Orchestra Nationals, where our team won the 3rd prize.

The Ragas are not just melodious, but capture emotions and mood – hear for yourself, and feel the depth and spirituality of Hindustani Classical Music.

– Vani

(Nana-ke-Bol) 03.11.2018

शनिवार का दिन, फिर से आया

जन्म दिन की ख़ुशियाँ लाया

सब ने मिलकर इसे मनाया

प्रभु चरणों में शीश नवांया ।


प्रभु तुम्हारे सपनों को साकार करे

कष्टों को दूर कर, ख़ुशियों की बौछार करे

सदा हँसते रहो, मुस्कुराते रहो

जीवन में ख़ुशियाँ मनाते रहो ।।


INDIAN MUSIC: Flute Recital

This song by lyricist Rajinder Krishan and music director Hansraj Behl from the Hindi film Sikandar-e-Azam is a classic and reminds us of our rich heritage and fills us with pride for our country.

My flute recital at the Class VII B Assembly at DPS RKP on December 22, 2017.

जहाँ डाल-डाल पर

सोने की चिड़ियां करती है बसेरा

वो भारत देश है मेरा