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Sibling-ness (LMT Post)

Ram is fiddling with his toys while Hari is minding his business. Out of the blue, Ram says, “I like you anna.” What a sweet surprise, I turn to Hari and ask, “Did you hear that?”. He blushes, feeling very flattered , and tells him, “Thank you Ram. I like you too!”

Not a dramatic “I love you” but an intentional “I like you” expressed unexpectedly, unasked, uttered just like that for no rhyme or reason. A sibling moment that will be etched in my memory forever.

Remember one of my older posts in which I mentioned that Hari likes to read Richard Scarry’s books at bedtime, and how it had a calming effect on him. These days we discuss a different subject – Ram!!! As I tuck Hari, he would ask me, “Tell me stories of rowdy kutti Amma. They calm me down and make my nightmares go away.” “You know what he did today at daycare”, saying so I would start the Ram Leela, the story of our sweet little Ram. And then we would giggle uncontrollably reliving Ram’s childish pranks and antics, and the cuteness of it all.

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A little bundle

She is here. My darling niece is here. Cute as a button, the little bundle was born on August 2nd and has all of us tap dancing to her tunes. Her entry into this world has made me an athai. One who is aspiring to be the world’s best athai ever.

In our family, becoming an athai comes with a set of privileges, the first of which is choosing a name for the little one. Needless to say, I was on the look out for a nice meaningful name right from when I was told that I am going to have a niece. The name found its way to me, it just happened. Ok, enough of the hype, want to know what name I picked for her. Shraddha. Say it a couple of times and you will fall in love with it like I did.

As a matter of fact, it’s not how the name sounds that caught my fancy, that’s a nice bonus, but what really prompted me to pick this name for her is the underlying meaning. I read the following in Eknath’s Easwaran’s Bhagavad Gita, and knew right away that I got what I wanted. Eknath says – “… the concept is Shraddha, and it’s nearest English equivalent is Faith. I have translated it as such, but Shraddha means much more. It is literally “that which is placed in the heart”: all the beliefs that we hold so deeply that we do not question them. It is the set of values, axioms, prejudices, and prepossessions that colors our perceptions, governs our thinking., dictates our responses, and shapes our lives without our ever being aware of its presence and power”, and he further says, “A person is what his Shraddha is”.

This is my own take on the name – Shraddha is your set of core values, the guiding principles that help you meander your way through life, is that one constant that holds you together at all times, everyday. Shraddha is what you choose it to be, and what you will become as a result of.

That being said, here’s wishing, kutty ponnu, our Shraddha, best and only the best that life has to offer forever and ever. God bless my darling.