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?


BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Arrow-cadabra


Can you change the direction of an arrow drawn on a sheet of paper – without touching the paper or drawing it again! I can. It is like magic!!

Let me show you how to do it. Why don’t you try it also and surprise your friends and family? It is amazing.

Today is the first day of my summer vacation.


arrow cadabra



Fasting is not a mere ritual of traditional India. It is an essential tool for self-development.

  1. Fasting is a tool for training – it helps to develop self-restraint. Self-restraint is the underlying foundation without which achievement in life is not possible.
  2.  Fasting is a simple means for maintaining the physical body. It provides rest to the digestive system and facilitates natural de-toxification.
  3.  Fasting helps to create time by reducing the effort needed in preparation of food. It facilitates the environment to focus on other activities.
  4.  Fasting takes the mind away from food. It gives an opportunity to forgo pleasures of senses and divert the mind to other studies – anything from acquisition of skills, self-realization, or knowledge of God.

DID YOU KNOW?: The English Language


Hello! Enjoy reading this poem by Harry Hamsley.


The English Language

Some words have different meanings,
and yet they’re spelt the same.
A cricket is an insect,
to play it — it’s a game.

On every hand, in every land,
it’s thoroughly agreed,
the English language to explain
is very hard indeed.

Some people say that you’re a dear,
yet dear is far from cheap.
A jumper is a thing you wear,
yet a jumper has to leap.

It’s very clear, it’s very queer,
and pray who is to blame
for different meanings to some words,
pronounced and spelt, the same?

A little journey is a trip,
a trip is when you fall.
It doesn’t mean you have to dance
whene’er you hold a ball.

Now here’s a thing that puzzles me:
musicians of good taste
will very often form a band —
I’ve one around my waist!

You spin a top, go for a spin,
or spin a yarn may be —
yet every spin’s a different spin,
as you can plainly see.

Now here’s a most peculiar thing —
’twas told me as a joke —
a dumb man wouldn’t speak a word,
yet seized a wheel and spoke.

A door may often be ajar,
but give the door a slam,
and then your nerves receive a jar —
and then there’s jars of jam.

You’ve heard, of course, of traffic jams,
and jams you give your thumbs.
And adders, too, one is a snake,
the other adds up sums.

A policeman is a copper,
it’s a nickname (impolite!)
yet a copper in the kitchen
is an article you light.

On every hand, in every land,
it’s thoroughly agreed —
the English language to explain
is very hard indeed!

BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Father of the Nation


I read this in the Nav Bharat Times Newspaper (dated 26.10.12) –  a girl named Aishwarya Parashar, living in Lucknow asked why do we call Mahatma Gandhi the ‘Father of the Nation’? In its response, the Indian Government confirmed that no formal title has been given to Mahatma Gandhi because our constitution allows only educational and military titles to be given to people.

Does this mean that by law we cannot call Mahatma Gandhi the ‘Father of the Nation’?


Believe it or not! The National Anthem


I have a very strange story to share. I was so surprised to read it in the Navabharat Times. I am sure you will be surprised too!!

“It happened 100 years back. Rabindra Nath Tagore wrote a song to honour  King George V and Queen of England. This was sung in the Delhi Court when Delhi became the new capital. The song sang – ‘O King, you are the lord of Punjab, Sindh, Gujrat, Maharashtra, Dravid, Utkal, Bengal. We salute you.’

 Yes, the song is none other than our National Anthem – Jan Gan Man!!!”

Isn’t it surprising that this song was selected as India’s National Anthem? I always thought that our National Anthem was in praise of our motherland, India.

Do you think this anecdote is true?