An Ode to Pankaja Ram Bhat
Mrs. Pankaja Ram Bhat is a Retired Assistant Post Master and wife of Mr. Ram Bhat from Mudipu. She is born into a very respectable & a large family in Mudipu.
Early in her life at an young age, she lost her hearing faculty after a bout of typhoid. It resulted in her not being able to hear and also difficulty in speaking. She is able to follow people talking through the lip movement. She cant hear what she speaks.
A deafening silence surrounded her life and for most people would have shattered their dreams and jeopardised their lives to a great extent.
But not for Mrs. Pankaja. She went on to complete here Masters Degree in History and work in the Indian Postal Service for 27 years and even worked as a Cashier handling difficult customers and managing cash.
After her daughters (Shwetha) marriage to my son (Anish Ranjan) in 2015, she took an early retirement and began her second innings. She started exploring her hidden talents – gardening, cooking, stitching designer blouses, clothes, craft work, origami and literature.
She started writing Poems and short stories in her native language – Kannada and used to publish them like a production assembly. Every other day she would publish Poems on her Face Book post.
She has written on various topics like relationship, marriage, devotional, social norms, society, education, selfie, live-in relationship, children, nature (Prakrithi), etc. Through her Poems she has shared her life experiences, her views, pains, frustrations, anguish, joy, gratitude and her emotions. It has created a platform for her to express, showcase her creativity and be able to reach out and influence a larger community.
She has helped us to focus our attention on the almost hidden, and the too often unnoticed incarnations of life and helped us appreciate the larger canvas of life. With her creative verses, she would draw her reader in and then do with her words what no magnet could do. With her Poems, she could thread her camel-like thoughts through the eye of a needle.
Her Poems have been published in various magazines, newspapers and local media. She has been invited to speak and also recite her Poems in Literature Festivals, programmes and honoured by many Literary Associations, media houses etc.
Till date she has written/published/posted over 200 poems and has been posted on her blog http://baalasanje.blogspot.com/.
She received much encouragement from her family, friends and well wishers including renowned literary greats.
She shortlisted 100 of her best Poems and has published a book SAVITRI and released it on 7th July 2019. At a grand function organised at her house Shri Ganesha Kripa at Mudipu.
A galaxy of Literary greats attended the program and released the book.
1. Chair person – Gunaje Ramachandra Bhat – M.A. retired teacher St Aloysius College, BC Mangalore. He has published many including Munnudi to My Savitry kavana sankalana ,kavigalu ankanakaararu etc. He was honoured as a best teacher and also the member of D.K District Chutuku Sahitya Parishattu. He is writer of Chutuku Havana. His articles are widely published in local Kannada media.
Other Guests included :
2. Shri Dr.Vasanthakumara Perla M.A.Phd retired Nirdheshakaru Akashavani Mangalore ,kavigalu, sahitigalu uttama vagmigalu etc. He was a writer of kathe kavana vimarshe vyakti chitra samsodane charana etc He has written many books in English, Kannada and Tulu
3. Shri V.B. Kulamarva .M.A.B Ed. Retired head master shishana tajnaru patyapustaka rachanaa samitiya, adyaksharu kathe kavana chutuku, gamaka kalaavidaru etc. He was honoured Sahitya Chudaamani Kavyshri Karnataka, Horanaada Rathna etc. He has written and published many books and poems including shatpadhi sangatya ragale, tripadi chaupadi etc in Kannada
4. Shri Ganesha Prasada Pandelu – Editor Udayavani Kannada Daily, Manipala Edition. He has written in kavana chutuku hanigavana gajal etc. He has written and published books in Tulu, Kannada etc He was honored Kalaasadhaka kurunada chethana etc. He was a former Chair Person of D.K.District Chutuku Sahitya Parishat
5. Shri Ganapathi Bhat Permukha M.A.B.Ed. He is the Kannada teacher of Bilinele High School, well-known in ghamakist and a good singer . Has passed his gamaka exam in 2nd rank and introduced savitri kavana sankalana by singing some poems in his own way
6. Shri M Subramanya Bhat Purohita and retired Sanskrit teacher. He is well known in jyotishya Shastra and has written hinnudi to my Havana sankalana savitri and made prastavika Bhashana
9. Shri K.Narasimha Bhat a well-known compounder of Puttur
10. Shri Nemu Poojary IRA D K jilla chutuku sahitya Parishad adyaksharu kavigalu
Each one of them are great Literary Pandits and are well renowned in the field of Kannada
Literature and Poetry.
After the release of the Book, a galaxy of Poets presented their Poems and was well received and appreciated by all guests & luminaries that had gathered.
I had the honour of being present on the occasion and was happy and proud to see the release of the Book SAVITRI by Pankaja Ram Bhat. We were very proud to hear so many literary greats speaking so high and heaping praise on her Poems and on Mrs. Pankaja. It surely is a proud achievement for her and the entire family.
This event was widely covered in the local media, press and in the local News. Abbakka TVcovered the entire event and has published the video of the event on their YouTube Channel
Mrs. Pankaja Ram Bhat is an inspiration for many of us. Despite her limitations and serious disabilities she has managed to put her creative talent to great use. She has showed to us that nothing is impossible in life and that with determination, courage and the right attitude we can get over any challenge and surmount even the greatest difficulties.
I guess this is the beginning and the poet has opened her entire treasure-trove of her vast creations for all of us to enjoy, pick and choose from for her creations.
She may not be able to hear but she has ensured through her Poems and her Book that she is HEARD.
And in this journey her family and especially her husband Ram Bhat have been of tremendous encouragement, support and help.
She is challenging me and at the same time inspiring me to write a Book that I have been contemplating for long…… only time will tell….
I have tried to write a Poem
An Ode to Pankaja
ALVIDHA to one of the finest batch of students…….
To the Students of
XIME, Bangalore, MBA-HR, Batch 23
I am lucky to have such a fun loving team that made happy surrounding during the course of Teaching. I miss you Students because I know you all are the best ones I have ever met and am very proud to say that is was one of the best batch of Students that I have taught in the last four years.
Time has gone by so fast… They say time flies when you are having fun. It was true with my experience with you . This has been an incredible association and journey. We have grown and learned so much …
Bringing the world into our classroom has been really powerful and absolutely inspiring, not just for you, but also for me.
Watching each of you put your heart into your studies, projects and everyday work has been very encouraging and motivating for me as Teacher and has helped me realize how meaningful learning can be when connected with passionate Students. I am definitely not the same Teacher that stepped into our classroom in our first session. I have changed and grown too. What I liked the most was that we walked through this together.
Each of you has given their best, each of you has worked really hard throughout this year. I can’t find the words to describe how proud I am of you.
I’m so thankful for all your smiles, thank you for opening your hearts and sharing your warm feedback & kind wishes. I will treasure them for ever.
Our sweet memories will forever remain in our hearts. Days spent with you all have been very memorable. Thank you for your honesty, support, and flexibility. Thank you for being yourselves. Thank you for helping me become a better Teacher. Thank you for making me feel that my job is not a job, but a passion. Thanks to you, I love being a teacher more and more every day. Each of you has made a difference for me. I will never forget you.
There were so many days I came to school stressed about something personal, but spending time with you made me forget about it all.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
As you leave the college, this is a turning point of your career and you are going to enter into your Careers in the Corporate World. There is a new world waiting for you with new success and goals. Hope, you can scale your new heights without much trouble . Expect that some challenges await you, which of course, I strongly believe going by your antecedents and the manner you have conducted yourselves over the year and the skills and knowledge you have acquired, you will surely overcome them. With focus, discipline and sustained effort no matter the challenges, you will have what you need in order to becoming great HR Professionals & Leaders.
I hope that you recognize your greatness, that you have deep self love and confidence in yourself, that you know the only person you should compete with is you.
See yourselves as good ambassadors of this college and always act with passion & integrity, live by the discipline and ethics you are learnt here and always listen to your heart before making any decision.
Be kind and good to people you meet on your way up. Think big thoughts and be optimistic in whatever you are doing. Always do right things, thing positive, stand for justice. The words by you should bring happiness to others and actions should bring hopes.
Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. Believe that, you can do what you want to do in your life.
Make new friends, but do not forget the old ones who always love you.
Our journey with you may stop here, but for you, it is the beginning of your life. Most of you are already placed in top-notch companies so do well there and share your experience with me and stay in touch. Be dedicated to your work.
Whenever you need help, guidance or support, just feel free to reach out to me and I will be more than happy to extend my support to you.
Wish you a great journey for the future and a successful joyfull & fulfilling life.
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Sexual Orientation is a matter of Choice
The hearing gives hope to the community as the bench includes Justice Chandrachud, who as part of the nine-judge bench deciding the fundamental nature of right to privacy had on January 8 said that LGBTQ community members’ sexual orientation had an inseparable relationship with their fundamental right to privacy and accepted that the SC had erred in denying them that right.
Dharma – a path to Righteousness
dharma is the religious and moral law governing individual conduct. It’s a way & principle of righteousness
Dharma is the law that maintains the cosmic order as well as the individual and social order. Dharma sustains human life in harmony with nature.
“What you desire for yourself, you should desire for others. What you do not like others to do to you, you should not do to others.” (Mahãbhãrata, Shãntiparva, 258)
Bhishma says in his instructions to Yudhishthira that whatever creates conflict is Adharma, and whatever puts an end to conflict and brings about unity and harmony is Dharma. Anything that helps to unite all and develop pure divine love and universal brotherhood, is Dharma. Anything that creates discord, split and disharmony and foments hatred, is Adharma.
In order that we fulfill our role in the divine play we must behave within our Dharma. That is, we ought to do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, and for the right reason. By this we attain balance.
Dharma is your purpose.
It’s what you set out to do in life. It’s the end goal, whereas karma is what you do to get to the end goal (or what you do not do). It’s the path of righteousness and living one’s life according to the codes of conduct as described by universal spiritual teachings.
The purpose of dharma is not only to attain a union of the soul with the supreme reality, it also suggests a code of conduct that is intended to secure both worldly joys and supreme happiness.
The 10 Laws of Dharma
- dhriti (Patience) – Staying secure in your own inner peace.
- kshama (forgiveness) – Letting go of things that don’t necessarily serve you.
- Dama (self control) – Knowing that the best things come to those that wait.
- asteya (honesty) – This is really more about non-stealing; don’t take that which does not belong to you.
- shauch (cleanliness/purity) – Cleanliness in mind, body, and soul.
- indraiya-nigrah (control of senses) – Meditation and life force control.
- dhi (reason) – Guiding your life with calm reason leads to great success.
- vidya (knowledge/learning) – Gaining skills that significantly add to your ability to offer value is a huge step towards well-rounded success.
- satya (truth) -Realizing that truthfulness brings about the highest outcome for you and others.
- krodha (anger) – Anger poisons our ability to lead our lives in a positive and powerful way.
Shape Of Your Navel Tells A Lot About Your Personality
A tribute, to a Noble Soul, my Father – Late Dr. K Rajagopal
|Dr K Rajagopal|
He was one of the 11 children of Late C R Krishna Rao and the illustrious Coimbatore Krishna Rao clan.
My grandfather Late CR Krishna Rao, was a very illustrious person. A District Judge, a Philosopher and an Author. His books – Madhva and Brahma Tarka & Madhva, His Life and Doctrine on “Madhwa Philosophy” is even today regarded as an authentic rendering on Madhwacharya and his philosophy.
My father was married to Mrs. Manoranjini Rajagaopal and were popularly known as Raju Dodanna and Manna Vadhani in our family circles.
He studied his MBBS from the Kilpauk Medical College, Madras. He then did his MSc and was a Fellow of the Institute of Chemists. Though he was a doctor by qualification he never really practiced medicine. He was always interested in research.
He was one of the few early Indians who went on a Rockefeller Scholarship to the Dunn Nutrition Laboratory at Cambridge University in Britain, in 1938. He went there to pursue his Research in Vitamins.
|Listed as a Rockefeller Fellow|
|Proud Army Major in World WarII|
I felt that he was never able to live up to his potential in India. The environment, the ecosystem didn’t recognize or encourage the potential in my Father. He had many ideas, wanted to do so much, but being a very straight forward and simple person, he couldn’t survive or navigate through the political environment in the workplace and never was allowed to succeed. Sad that a person who could potentially have been another Noble Laureate from India, had he continued in Cambridge University, couldn’t succeed back in his home country, for which he returned and shunned going abroad again. A sad state of affairs in this country and no wonder there is so much of brain drain.
- never used to charge for poor people (free service),
- never used to charge a fellow Doctor,
- never charge a Relative
- never used to charge for a Followup visit.
If during the course of his investigation he found that some extra tests need to be done to confirm his findings, he never used to charge for the extra tests as he would say that I did it for validating my doubts. Can we ever imagine a Doctor today who lives by these values.
He went on to work till the ripe old age of 82 years and after his cataract operation he finally quit work. He donated his clinic for free to the hospital where he had set it up.
He went on to live a healthy life till 90 years and passed away in 1997.
He was recognized and honored for his distinguished work in the field of Science by the New York Academy of Sciences posthumously in 1998. The New York Academy of Sciences is among the oldest scientific organisations in the United States and the world and for 200 years since 1817 brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery. What a tragedy that he wasn’t alive to receive this great honor.
|The Book Release Program Invite|
Late in their lives, my parents were fortunate to travel to USA in 1988 courtesy my late Uncle Dr. CK Prahalad and other cousins in the USA. They truly enjoyed their trip to the US and treasured the trip memories for the rest of their life. He was particularly happy to have taken his wife to Cambridge University during their visit to United Kingdom and show her the place some 50 years later.
During his trip to the US and UK, my father had maintained a tour diary and jotted down meticulously each day events. I managed to publish a book “Our Journey to the New World” recapturing their memoirs of the wonderful trip. Long after their demise, we organised an Event – Raju Remembre and had my Uncle Dr. CK Prahalad release the book. The event was very well attended and all relatives and friends paid rich tribute to my parents.
An open challenge to Azim Premji
In fact in the picture shown above they are getting exposed. A 400gm Santoor Beauty Talc is sold for Rs.201 with 2 Santoor Beauty Soaps free. Which means that the actual price of 300gm of Santoor Beauty Talc is around Rs.170/- and there fore the actual price of 150 gm of Santoor Beauty Talc is around Rs.85/- So if the are really offering 150gm Can free under the scheme Buy1 Get1 Free, they should be selling at Rs.85/- and not at Rs.170/-.
However we expect a company of WIPRO standards led by Azim Premji to desist from such unfair practices and be a leader in the market.
Its time that WIPRO and Azim Premji take up my challenge of selling 150gm Santoor Beauty Talc without any offers for Rs.170/- or put to end this cheap marketing gimmick or risk being called “Cheats”.
Whatever said and done the mask is off Azim Premji and his WIPRO…………
It’s payback time – Mr Modi
What a golden opportunity wasted.
Time to pause & wake up
Secrets of good relationships…
TRUST is a very important factor for all relationships. When trust is broken, it is the end of the relationship. Lack of trust leads to suspicion, suspicion generates anger, anger causes enmity and enmity may result in separation.
A telephone operator told me that one day she received a phone call. She answered, “Public Utilities Board.” There was silence. She repeated, “PUB.” There was still no answer. When she was going to cut off the line, she Heard a lady’s voice, “Oh, so this is PUB. Sorry, I got the number from my Husband’s pocket but I do not know whose number it is.”
Without mutual trust, just imagine what will happen to the couple if the telephone operator answered with just “hello” instead of “PUB”.
NO POINTING FINGERS
A man asked his father-in-law, “Many people praised you for a successful marriage. Could you please share with me your secret?”
The father-in-law answered in a smile, “Never criticize your wife for her shortcomings or when she does something wrong. Always bear in mind that because of her shortcomings and weaknesses, she could not find a better husband than you.”
We all look forward to being loved and respected. Many people are afraid of losing face. Generally, when a person makes a mistake, he would look around to find a scapegoat to point the finger at. This is the start of a war. We should always remember that when we point one finger at a person, the other four fingers are pointing at ourselves.
If we forgive the others, others will ignore our mistake too.
CREATING PERFECT RELATIONSHIPS?
A person visited the government matchmaker for marriage, SDU, and requested “I am looking for a spouse. Please help me to find a suitable one.” The SDU officer said, “Your requirements, please.” “Oh, good looking, polite, humorous , sporty, knowledgeable, good in singing and dancing. Willing to accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hour, if I don’t go out. Telling me interesting stories when I need companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest.” The officer listened carefully and replied, “I understand you need television.”
There is a saying that a perfect match can only be found between a blind wife and a deaf husband, because the blind wife cannot see the faults of the husband and the deaf husband cannot hear the nagging of the wife. Many couples are blind and deaf at the courting stage and dream of perpetual perfect relationship. Unfortunately, when the excitement of love wears off, they wake up and discover that marriage is not a bed of roses. The nightmare begins.
Many relationships fail because one party tries to overpower another, or demands too much. People in love tend to think that love will conquer all and their spouses will change the bad habits after marriage. Actually, this is not the case. There is a Chinese saying which carries the meaning that “It is easier to reshape a mountain or a river than a person’s character.”
It is not easy to change. Thus, having high expectation on changing the spouse character will cause disappointment and unpleasantness.
It would be less painful to change ourselves and lower our expectations..
There is a Chinese saying which carries the meaning that “A speech will either prosper or ruin a nation.” Many relationships break off because of wrong speech. When a couple is too close with each other, we always forget mutual respect and courtesy. We may say anything without considering if it would hurt the other party.
A friend and her millionaire husband visited their construction site. A worker who wore a helmet saw her and shouted, “Hi, Emily! Remember me? We used to date in the secondary school.” On the way home, her millionaire husband teased her, “Luckily you married me. Otherwise you will be the wife of a construction worker.” She answered,”You should appreciate that you married me. Other wise, he will be the millionaire and not you.”
Frequently exchanging these remarks plants the seed for a bad relationship. It’s like a broken egg – cannot be reversed.
Different people have different perception. One man’s meat could be another man’s poison. A couple bought a donkey from the market. On the way home, a boy commented, “Very stupid. Why neither of them ride on the donkey? “Upon hearing that, the husband let the wife ride on the donkey. He walked besides them. Later, an old man saw it and commented, “The husband is the head of family. How can the wife ride on the donkey while the husband is on foot?” Hearing this, the wife quickly got down and let the husband ride on the donkey.
Further on the way home, they met an old Lady. She commented, “How can the man ride on the donkey but let the wife walk. He is no gentleman.”
The husband thus quickly asked the wife to join him on the donkey. Then, they met a young man. He commented, “Poor donkey, how can you hold up the weight of two persons. They are cruel to you.” Hearing that, the husband and wife immediately climbed down from the donkey and carried it on their shoulders.
It seems to be the only choice left. Later, on a nar row bridge, the donkey was frightened and struggled. They lost their balance and fell into the river. You can never have everyone praise you, nor will everyone condemn you. Never in the past, not at present, and never will be in the future.
Thus, do not be too bothered by others words if our conscience is clear..
This is a true story which happened in the States. A man came out of his home to admire his new truck. To his puzzlement, his three-year-old son was happily hammering dents into the shiny paint of the truck. The man ran to his son, knocked him away, hammered the little boy’s hands into pulp as punishment. When the father calmed down, he rushed his son to the hospital.
Although the doctor tried desperately to save the crushed bones, he finally had to amputate the fingers from both the boy’s hands. When the boy woke up from the surgery & saw his bandaged stubs, he innocently said, “Daddy, I’m sorry about your truck.” Then he asked, “but when are my fingers going to grow back?” The father went home & committed suicide.
Think about this story the next time someone steps on your feet or u wish to take revenge. Think first before u lose your patience with someone u love. Trucks can be repaired.. Broken bones & hurt feelings often can’t. Too often we fail to recognize the difference between the person and the performance. We forget that forgiveness is greater than revenge.
People make mistakes. We are allowed to make mistakes. But the actions we take while in a rage will haunt us forever.
“Good Life starts only when you stop wanting a better One”