Sri Bhagavad Ramanuja: Life Sketch

March 25, 2016 by

 

 

Sri Bhagavad Ramanuja  :  Life Sketch

Introduction:

 “yo:nithya machyuatha pada:mbuja yugmarukma vya:mo:hatha sthaditharana trunayame:ne: |

 asmadguro: rbhagavatho:sya dayaika sindho:h ra:ma:nujasya chararanou saranam prapaddye” ||

Lord Srimannarayana incarnated in many forms as ‘Avatars’ to uplift the downtrodden lives of all living beings. But, unfortunately, there were not many who could identify him as the Lord. Some of the living beings, considered him as a man and  even some treated him as an enemy.

While reclining on ‘a:dise:sha’, The Lord was regretting and felt unhappy about the ignorance of people  as his efforts were not benefitting them. ‘a:dise:sha’ noticed the Lord’s predicament and wanted that he could be of service to in this regard. He then requested the Lord to give him an opportunity to serve him so as to help him to overcome his dissatisfaction.  The Lord was pleased with his request and gave his consent for Adisesha to appear on earth and help him in the task. ‘a:dise:sha’ appeared himself in the form of none other than Sri Bhagavad Ramanuja.

Birth of Ramanuja:

In  Sriperumbudur, a village near Chennai, a  Vaishanva couple named Keshavacharyulu and Kantimathi Devi were residing and  were descendants of Asuri Family.  Kanthimathi was a pious and  virtuous lady but the couple had no children. They performed a ‘Putra ka:meshti ya:gam’  . Prior to that, they had  a holy dip in the sea on a lunar eclipse day and also prayed at the Lord Parthasarathi temple in Chennai. As a boon granted by the Yagam, the couple were blessed with a boy. The boy was born on an Arudra star in the Vaishaka month in the year 1017 AD that was exactly 4418 years after the beginning of Kaliyuga.

Childhood and Education:

Ramanuja’s father Keshavacharyulu performed all Vedic Samskaras to him  and also performed thread ceremony by the age of 8. He was taught Vedic knowledge and Sanskrit.  By the age of 16, the boy got married to Tanjamamba .  As time passed, Keshavacharyulu  expired . To pursue his further learning in Sastras, he reached Kanchipuram and started tutelage under a scholar named  ‘Yadava Prakashakulu’.

                                                          

             Jealousy of Guru:

At that time, the king’s daughter there was being tormented by a demon. Yadava Prakashakulu could not help the king to make his daughter well. He then took Ramanuja with him and with the touch of Ramanuja’s holy feet there, the demon left the king’s daughter and she was cured. The guru started becoming jealous after the incident. In another incident, Ramanuja gave a new and better pious interpretation to the meaning of “YADHA KA:PASYAM” in Chando:gya Upanishad. His guru used to explain it as the Lord’s eyes resemble as lower part of a monkey,   while Ramanuja cleverly interpreted as eyes compared to Lotus.  Yadava Prakashakulu was afraid of his knowledge and wisdom. So he thought to eliminate him considering  him as an enemy. He planned a method to kill him on the pretext of sending him on Kasi yatra.  When Ramanuja started on this Yatra, his cousin came to know of the plan of his guru and saved him. Sri Varadaraja Perumal with his consort appeared in the forest as ‘Boya’ couple and  took him to Kanchi.  There, Ramanuja offered the Lord ‘Teertha Kainkaryam’  and  “Chamara” Seva.

Efforts to have  glimpse of Yamunacharya

A Great scholar by name  Sri Yamuncaharya used to reside in Srirangam. He came to know about the greatness of Ramanuja and thought he would be his best successor. He deputed his disciple   Periyanambi to Ramanuja.  Ramanuja was impressed by the ‘Slokam’ “Swabhavikena- vadhikatisaya” from the ‘Strotra Ratna Mala’ written by Yamunacharya recited by his disciple.  After knowing  about  the  greatness of Yamunacharyulu ,  Ramanuja wanted to have a glimpse of him. By then, Yamunacharya  had already trained five of his bright disciples  with the inner and profound meaning of the Sashtras. Yamunacharya was unhappy as he could not finish three of his works during his life time. While he left for heavenly abode, his three fingers remained unusually closed.  Ramanuja came to attend his last rituals and announced there that he would:

  1. to get himself “pancha Samskarams” and spread them among masses.
  2. to  author ‘Sri Bhahyam’ on the basis of ‘Brahma sutras’.
  3. to bring glory to the greatness of Parasara Maharshi author of Vishnupuranam and Vedavyas  author of Braham sutras.

With  this announcement, the closed fingers of Yamunacahrya miraculously got released. The scholars there, were surprised and praised him to be  a true disciple  of  Sri Yamuncharya.

 

Ramanuja  gets  *“Pancha Samskaras”:

As he was not able to get a  glimpse  of  Yamuncharya during his  life time and had only seen his ‘partha Sariram ‘, Ramanuja felt unhappy with the grace of Sriranganadha, the presiding deity there. So, he returned to Kanchipuram without having the glimpse of Sriranganadha.

Kanchipurnulu during  ‘Vinjamara Seva’ used to chat with the Lord.  Ramanuja learnt from Kanchipurnulu about six important points as guidelines from God during his chats.

  1. Sri Maha Vishnu is the ultimate reality.
  2. Living beings and God are different.
  3. Saranagati attitude is the only way to Moksham
  4. After ‘Pancha Samskara’ , remembering and uttering the Lord’s name at the last moments of life is not essential to attain salvation.
  5. ‘Moksham’ will definite after death.
  6. Mahapurnulu is the right guru to offer ‘Pancha Samskaras’.

 

As per the above guidelines, he set on to meet Mahapurnulu to get Panachasamskarams*.  At Madhuranthakam, both happened to cross each other  on their ways. He then got ‘Pancha Samskarams   from him . He also learnt Sastras and Alwar Prabahandhalu from him.

 

Ramanuja   Renouncing:

He took  renunciation at Devaraja Sannidhi in Kanchipuuram. Vardaraja Swami himself addressed Ramanuja as “Yatiraja”. His old guru Yadava Parakasakulu now came to know the greatness of Ramanuja through his mother . As per the Lords’ instructions in his dreams, he took ‘Pancha Samskaramas’  from Ramanuja and became known as Govinddas.  Lord Sriranganadha invited Ramanuja to lead the “Transient Manifestation ”(‘Leela Vibhuthi’) and “ Permanent manifestation ” (Nithya Vibhuti’) .  With that authority,   Ramanuja was appropriately  named as “Udayavar”.

 

*Pancha Samskaras means undergoing five transformations Viz. 1. Thapa 2. Pundra 3. Nama 4. Mantra and 5. Yaga , from the right guru.

 

 

To spread the sacred  essence of ‘Mantra Rajam’ far and wide

 

Ramanuja was eager to learn the hidden contexts of ‘Thirumantram’ and ‘Charama slokamu’  from  Sri Goshtipurnulu.  At last, he succeeded in the final attempt, only after making 18 trips patiently, with the grace of Lord Sriranganadha.  Sri Goshtipurnaulu was pleased with him and happy with the affection of Ramanuja on his disciples   Kurueshulu and Modaliyandan and piousness of his dandam.

It was so difficult  even to Sri Bhagvad Ramanuja to learn about the grandeur of the ‘Mantra’ . He thought about this and was so concerned that how difficult it would be for the ordinary people . So one day, he preached the secret of the mantra to all those desirous among the

devotees who thronged for the festival of Nrisimha perumal. By doing so, he broke the promise given to his guru, but as he was not afraid to go to hell while so many people can reach heaven so easily with the power of this Mantra. This was the benevolence and courage shown by him. Sri Goshtipurnulu was impressed by it and gave the title  ’Yembur Mannar’ and embraced him. He ordered that spreading this mantra will be henceforth called “Ramanuja Siddhatnaatam” from that day. Thus his followers, are always  being blessed by Yembur Mannar.

 

Authoring of Sri Bhashyam and other books  :

Sri Bhagvad Ramanuja mastered Sanskrit literature and ‘Thirumayimojhi’  from his  disciple  Yamunaryulu,  in no time. He also listened to 24 different interpretations of Sri Ramayanam with the perspective of ‘Vishishtadwaita’ under his guru Sri Sailapurnulu. He thought reading through “Bhodharayanavritti” would help him to author ‘Sri Bhashyam’ . For that purpose, he went to Sarada Peetham in Kashmir along with his disciple  Sri Kuresulu. But the Jain monks there, were reluctant to part with the book, even for a while.  Sri Kuresulu, with him being a wizard of memory and retention, could grasp the entire content overnight. The magnificent feat of authoring Sribhashyam was completed with the help of Sri Kuresulu. With this, the second wish of Sri Yamunacharyulu was fulfilled. He later authored “Vedanta Sangraham”,  ‘Vedanta Deepam”  ‘Vedanta Saramu” and Gita Bhashyam”. He authored three proses in the presence of Lord Sriranaganadha  named “Sranagati Gadya” Sriranag Gadya” and Sri Vaikuntha Gadys”. He entrusted the work writing commentary on ‘Thiruvayimojhi”  to a competent disciple named Thirukurugaippiran.

 

Successful Tours to spread Ramanuja  Theology :

Ramanuja made reforms in some rituals at the Srirangam Temple. By doing this, he faced the wrath of some priests there and they even tried to eliminate him.  In spite of that, he started to popularize the ‘Vishsishtadvaita’  philosophy with the blessings of Lord Sriranganadha. Many became his followers and disciples.

He then reached Tirumala Tirupathi and found that Sri Venkateswara by that time lent his ‘Sankhu’ and  ‘Chakra’  to help the king Tondaman during his war. So, he brought back them to the Lord and decorated him. He reformed many procedures and stipulated rules and regulations for the temple management. He also prepared good procedures and plans to be followed during pujas and other rituals. Lord Jagannadh, wished Ramanuja to maintain the status quo  for his rituals and practices there at Puri Jagannath. He reformed the temples of Srikurmam and Simhadri with the blessings of presiding lords at these temples. He reached Badari and prayed intensely to Nara Narayana, the presiding deity there.  He established Srivaishnava order far and wide. There by, he offered salvation to millions.

When Kuranga Nagara perumal enquired about the root cause for his charisma, he preached ‘Mantra Ratnam’ in his right ear. He named Perumal as ‘Sri  Vaishnav Nambi’   . Thus, he became acharya of  even ‘ Sriyahpathi ’ .

 

Sri Bhashyakarlu:

Ramanuja reached Saradapeetham in Kashmir while his disciples were chanting Sri Bhashyam enroute.  Sarada Devi expressed her keen interest in listening to the interpretation of “Yadhyakapasyam” from Ramanuja. Sarada Devi, as sign  of respect,  put  Sribhashyam on her head.  She was also delighted with that some wrong interpretations were corrected by Ramanuja  with pious meanings. As a mark of highest respect,  she bestowed and addressed him as “Bhashyakara”. She presented him with Sri Hayagriva idol, which she was personally worshipping,  till then. Thus, Ramanuja was conferred with the title of “Sri Bhashaykara”.  Even now, the  same idol of Hayagriva can be seen  in Sriranagam at Udayvar (Ramanuja’s)  temple.  Sri Kuruththalwar a beloved disciple of Ramanuja was blessed with two sons by the grace of SriRanganadah.  Ramanuja named them after Sri Parasara Bhattar and Sri Vedavyasa, as was promised to Yamunacahryulu . Thus he could fulfill all the three  promises made by him to Yamaunacharyulu at the time of his demise.

Facing Adversities:

There are always some evil forces obstructing  the good work being done in the society.  A Chola king named Krimikanthaka a staunch Shaivite was having deep hatred towards Srivaishnavites. He was burning with jealousy by knowing about  the glory and the good work of Ramanuja. The king wanted to take him to custody and harass him. Sri Mahapurnulu and   Sri Kuresulu came to know about it and volunteered themselves to be present in the court.    Sri Kuresulu disguised himself as Ramanuja and mislead the king. As they were not succumbing to his pressure tactics he ordered torture and removal of the eyes. Sri Kuresulu without waiting for his soldiers to do the job, he himself removed his own eyes and gave them to the king.  After that, while Kuresulu could reach Kancheepuram,  Mahapurnulu succumbed to the torture and left for heavenly abode on the way.

Sri Bhagvad Ramanuja   escaped to the Mysore kingdom wearing white robes .   He then switched over back to saffron clothes and dandam . He reached Thirunarayana puram (Melkote) and restored the glory of Srirama Priya  perumal.  He came to know that idols which were used in regular rituals were taken away by the then  Delhi nawab ruler, as his daughter took fancy to these idols.  Ramanuja went to his court in Delhi and called to him  the idols as “Samapathkumara” .  Surprisingly,  the idols came moving and sat in the lap of Ramanuja.  After returning back, he arranged for a grand festival welcoming them back and consecrating

them again. Till then, Harijans were not permitted inside the temple. Ramanuja  ,as a social reformer, took a bold step to make them enter the temples. While Ramanuja was away from Srirangam, he came to know about the death of Krimikanathaka.  He returned to Srirangam along with his disciples.  To sustain the activity of   the Srivaishanav tradition even after his demise, Ramanuja  appointed 74 ‘Peethadhipathis’  and made a standing committee of 4 members . To assist them he chose 1200 personal staff to them.

 

Installing his personal idol:

The disciples were feeling lost in the absence of Ramanuja, there. With extreme benevolence, he agreed to make three statues to represent him in his absence .  The statues were made to exactly resemble him and  then he  embraced each statue and transferred his divineness and aura in them. These 3 statues were consecrated at Sriranagm,  Sri Perumbudur and Melkote. A statue of Ramanuja  given by himself to Ananthaalwan was consecrated at Tirumala as directed by Lord Venakteswara himself.  As an embodiment and avatar of Adisheshu, Ramanuja completed his earthly mission in 120 years. He assembled all the disciples and preached 82 ‘Divya shuktulu’  to them.

At the end of his earthly journey, he kept his head on the lap of Govindabahattar and feet in the lap of Andhrapurnulu while his heart was filled with reverence to his guru Yamunacharyulu.  While some disciples like Anandavalli, Bhruguvalli were reciting Thiruvaimojhi and celestial music was permeating .

That was in the month of Magha  and thidhi sudhdha dasami , a Saturday afternoon  Ramanuja liberated his body  through his Brahama Nadi to reach ‘paramapadam’ and returned to the service of his Lord Srimannarayana. He is  popular on the earth with different names and titles as ‘SriBhagavad Ramanuja’,’ Illaya Perumal’, ‘ Yatirajulu’, ‘ Yember Mannar’, ‘ Sri Bhashyakarlu’, and ‘Udayavarlu’ .  He popularized and propagated Ramanuja Theology as Srivaishnavism on the earth and thus offering ultimate liberation to all living beings.

 

Sarvam Sri Krishnarpanamastu :

adiyen Addanki Ramakrishna Ramanuja dasudu  (98491-29148)

seen and approved by H H Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji on 24th March 2016

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Fleeing Remembrances

January 13, 2016 by

Most of  English   medication for cold makes one drowsy ; a transient state from wakefulness and dreaming. Now,  being in that state and controversies  over Jallikattu  and Cockfights looming for the Sakranthi, some nostalgic thoughts are making noise in mind. The best way to reduce that noise is only to express it the way one can do it.

As a boy was excited about going to Sankranti fair near my village. As it was taboo that time for my parents, my mother gave me permission to visit along with a senior trust worthy friend . I was so thrilled that now it may be equivalent to visiting Las Vegas or Atlantic city in US.  we started in the morning with a promise to return before sun set. It was just a few Km from my place and remember having gone by bicycle with double riding . Perikeedu Bridge (Vanthena) is steep and double riding is very difficult.  That bridge is still in  the same way as it was about 60 years. I was given a princely sum of three rupees to spend and enjoy the Sankranthi fair.

The highlights were as usual  “Rangula Ratnam”  , and some other rides. Also there was some gambling with cards called teen patta etc., . The highlights were watching cock fights . It was so exciting to watch with out bothering about concern of animal rights etc.,  . Of course during the process of some small gambling , had exceeded the budget of my Rs. 3.00 and borrowed .25 paise from my friend.

After all the excitement, we returned exhausted.  After a thorough bath ,My mom gave me a hot meals and even after going to bed the entire day was still reeling before me.  But the fear of .25 paise loan from my friend haunted me for many days as i requested my friend to keep it secret. After some time, took the courage to inform my mom about the loan.

 

13th Jan 2016

 

 

Poetic thoughts on Music by ARK

October 6, 2015 by

వచన కవిత్వం
అద్దంకి రామక్రిష్ణ
6 వ అక్టొబర్ 2015

అహో! అంతు లేని మరో ప్రపంచం .

నాగరికతో పుట్టిందా లేక దేవతలు
సృష్టించిందా ఈ ప్రపంచం?
అలా మొదలైన దానికి
శబ్దమే మూలాధారం .

భాష మనుగడకు నాంది అయితే
మరి ఈ ప్రపంచం దేనికి?
ప్రకృతి తో అనుసంధానమై మరియు
జనితమైన ఈ అంతు లేని
విశ్వాన్ని ఆదరించటానికి
ఆస్వాదించటనికి మరి ఏమిటో వెనకాట

మహామహులు ఎందరో ఈ ప్రపంచాన్ని
మునిగితేలి అస్వాదించారు, ఆనందింప చేసారు
వారికి మన వందనాలు.
చెవిలో ఇయర్ఫోన్ పెట్టుకుని
ఏదో శబ్దాన్ని వింటూ మేమూ
ఉన్నాము దాంట్లో అంటే భృమే కదా?

స్వర, లయ పూరితమైన
ఈ విశ్వం లో మంచిదేమిటో
వెతకండి, దాని పుట్టు పూర్వోత్తరాలు
గ్రహించండి. అవగాహన తో వినే
శబ్దమే ఆనదాన్నికి మూలం.

ఈ ప్రపంచమలో పైపైన తేలకండి.
ఇది ఒక అంతు లేని అహో మరో ప్రపంచం!
దాని ఆరాధన, అస్వాదనే మన మనుగడకి
ముఖ్యమని గుర్తించండి.
అదే కదా సంగీత ప్రపంచం!

The Village and ‘I’- Sixty Years Ago

October 5, 2015 by

ADDANKI

The Village and I – Sixty Years Ago

 

PART- I

 

Introduction:

 

I got a brain wave at about 1.15 AM, when I just woke up and my effort to go back to sleep was futile. Of course, an earlier, similar attempt of mine in Telugu named “ Swagatham” was published in a popular Telugu weekly “ Andhra Jyothi”. Thereafter, it took more than a few days just to begin writing about it. In the meanwhile, I started getting ideas about the topics and how to tell arrange and edit my ideas. My dad wrote Telugu verse ‘Madhura Smruthulu’ his nostalgia. While I was on a long drive with friends, I happened a share an incident during my boyhood days in a village when we boys used to drink water straight form the village water tank or small canal with out any fear of consequences of water pollution…

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Oh God ! Be With Me

June 4, 2015 by

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Possible Permutations and Combinations of Three

June 4, 2015 by

ADDANKI

Any Graduate Maths student knows about permutations and Combinations:
For simplicity let us take only 3 alphabets from the 27.
It is in a lighter vein and without prejudice.
Here is list of three Alphabets represent 3 imaginary places: H  M   C
Let us take the first case for 3 turns:
1. H remains H Remains H
2. M remains M Remains M
3. C Remains C Remains C
There is no problem and simple.
Let us Complicate it a little
1. H go   M   Go     H
2. H Go    C     Go   H
3. H Go     M Go    C
4. H Go    C go    M
5. C go to   M   then go to   H
6. C go to   H then to    M
7. C go to    H Go to  …

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Possible Permutations and Combinations of Three

January 10, 2015 by

Any Graduate Maths student knows about permutations and Combinations:
For simplicity let us take only 3 alphabets from the 27.
It is in a lighter vein and without prejudice.
Here is list of three Alphabets represent 3 imaginary places: H  M   C
Let us take the first case for 3 turns:
1. H remains H Remains H
2. M remains M Remains M
3. C Remains C Remains C
There is no problem and simple.
Let us Complicate it a little
1. H go   M   Go     H
2. H Go    C     Go   H
3. H Go     M Go    C
4. H Go    C go    M
5. C go to   M   then go to   H
6. C go to   H then to    M
7. C go to    H Go to    C
8. C Go to    M Go to    C

7. M go to   C then go to   H
8. M go to    H then to    C
9 M go to    H then to    M
10. M go to    C then to    M

One can add more permutations possible.
Next time we consider 3 imaginary individuals H  M  C marrying and possible combinations & permutations.

Poems by Sriman Addanki Srirangacharyulu

September 12, 2014 by

మనము పెద్ద అవుతూనే వుంటాము. గతం లోని మధుర స్మృతులని మధురంగా చెప్పగలగటము అంత తేలికైన పని కాదు.
శ్రీమాన్ అద్దంకి శ్రీరంగాచార్యులు (మా నాన్న గారు) రచించిన “తిరుమలేశ శతకము” నుంచి కొన్ని పద్యాలు ఫేస్ బుక్ ద్వారా అందచేస్తాను.
కొన్ని పద్యములు

తే.గీ:
మొదటి జీతము వెచ్చించి మురిసిపడుచు
క్రొత్త బట్టలు కొనిదెచ్చి కోర్కెదీర
తల్లితండ్రులు కేనిచ్చి తనియునాటి
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Sounds, Noises and Music over my (Y)ears

August 20, 2014 by

Sounds, Noises and Music over my (Y)ears
Part -1
I just suspended blogging, some time ago and this piece hopefully may renew my bolg activity. The idea of this came to me originally, but many in the universe would have also might get such an idea. While narrating about these experiences, I may have to share some sort of personal data and profile. But it is neither to highlight my ego needs nor an auto biography of sort through this. If it happened to me, sure it would have happened to many of you and as you read may also relate to some of these from your own. Fortunately that, God has betowed us with the faculty of hearing and also some gray matter to store those somewhere. I am not very sure this could make you read it interestingly! .
Of course, most of us know the differences between sounds, noises and music and one need not be a musician for that. Although there is large genre of music and liking one or other is purely a personal preference.
The sounds and music vary and change over time with place, culture and development and the state of mind etc.,. Sounds are influenced by other prevailing sounds in the environment as well.
As I grew up as boy in a village, my memories of different sounds, noises and music; some were good, some were bad and some were indifferent. Villages are normally supposed to be more serene and calm. The sounds, noises and music that time and my age were so different and as I am trying to recall, there may not be in any sequence or flow. Let me start sharing those:
There used to be system of daily dhobi cleaning clothes. They used strike them against a rock in a pond. As a boy, afternoon nap was like a punishment. Going out and playing in the sun was discouraged. As children, we were not allowed to make noises that may disturb their siesta. When elders used to take rest in afternoons, the far sounds of dhobis beating the clothes was audible. During the rainy season, nights were enveloped by the sounds of frogs (BEK BEK) creaking from water pools from a distance. Occasionally, a fox crying put (barking) in distant fields at nights. Once, I was walking with friends at night time through bushes, which was rare, the creaking noise of Crickets (keechurai) was so frightening. One night a wild cat (bavuru pilli) intruded into our house and was sitting in the attic. Our parents and elders were trying to drive it away, as children we were frightened by its ferocious cries. (myav myav).
It was mainly an agricultural village, we had a few she-buffalos for milk. They used their “ambaa” for signaling for food. Morning alarm system was not very popular and ryots used to get up with the first Kokoroko from the hen (“tholi kodi kutha”) . The bullock carts used to ply on the way to fields and the oxen were tied bells and its tinkling sound along the way was so pleasing. Vehicular traffic was very less, but any heavy lorry passing by the main road of our village was heard.
For any function in the village, a hired sound system from nearby town with old records was played, as children it was something we enjoyed with fascination. We used to observe the gramophone record revolving and a pin on it. The operator used rotate its handle after every song. We used to request him to play our favourite songs. There used to music band arranged for big marriage functions, and we used to get so much thrilled. Our hearts used to bounce with the drum beats. Even drama rehearsals for with a pedal harmony and actors singing the “ drama padaylu ” were enjoyed with awe. There padaylu were based on some ragas and I remember some seniors saying Adana, Mohan. Some popular padayalu of Krishna like “Chellio chellako” , “Jenda pai kapiraju” etc.,. There were some famous singers like Abburi and Ilapata Raghuramaih . For some children it was piece to be mimicked and improve their musical skills. The ragas were to be elongated with nuances. Radios are far and few and whoever owned one, the sounds could be heard by all neighbors. When we had our first battery operated radio, it was the privilege of my dad to listen to national music programs. It used to start vey late 9.30 pm, very late for the kids. Even with the bad reception of signals, he used to enjoy. There used to “chekka bajans” once in a way. It is a group singing accompanied by rhythmic dance around a big diya. Whenever there was any announcement by panacahyathi or big vegetable cart aperson used to publicize with Dappu. Even that was rhythmic As school children, we enjoyed the last bell and eager to go home or ground and play. It was like music to our ears.
The houses are used to be big and one had to shout to be heard from some distance. Even normal conversation one has make some effort. If one was curious, one can easily follow the conversation from the other house. In a calm place, villagers and especially children welcomed the events used flock to that place wherever and whenever one starts to generate any sound and noises out of which some was music.
I will start writing the part 2, based on experiences in towns and cities, in case people feel it is not a waste of time and effort.

Mr. Prasad Goes for a Cardiac Stent-part IV

January 21, 2014 by

Mr. Prasad Goes for a Cardiac Stent-IV

The next part was the worst part of memory. I was shifted a bed in an adjacent recovery room with a number of beds very close to each other. Unfortunately, my allotted bed was just at the entrance side of the opening spring door.  I did not wear any watch and time is of no consequence then. But,  a few times I enquired about it in ICCU. Here also the wall clock was not fully visible from my bed.  I guess it may be around 2 PM. The recovery room was full of activity with so many patients and vsitors going and coming and even may trips by hospital staff. Every time, the door was opened, my bed used to get a jerk. It was so irritating.  I thought it was due door hitting the dining help table. I requested the staff to move the table away from the door.  Even then, it was quite unbearable. I requested the in-charge nurse to shift me from my bed, but prepared to face the ordeal. Luckily, after some time  a patient ( looks some  Seth) was taken for some tests for some time. The nurse exchanged cots along with me. It gave me a great relief. Here also the monitors were put but some how less noisy than those of ICCU. But, I was very eager get away from this recovery room. One lady patient was brought to the room at around 11 PM and was told she underwent a 12 hour Marathon by pass surgery. I thanked my stars for undergoing relatively very small procedure. My doctor visited me in the morning and enquired about my sleep last night. I thought it was not proper courtesy to reveal him my ordeal, but just said there was too much activity around in the room. He gave me the good news and I will be shifted back to my room. I was not aware what was going on with my relations and presumed they will be resting in the private room for the night. I was surprised to come to know, later, that as per rules, rooms will not be provided if the patient is in ICCU or recovery room. I did not know this and expected some close relations will say hello in the recovery room. My relations were asked to vacate the room and in the night, they had to go back to their home for night stay. Of course, it looks a very unreasonable but we have to follow their rules, although irksome to patients. 

 

I was shifted back to the room, from the recovery room.  I am greatly relieved and am proud owner of a new Stent in my Heart. I do not know whether I should be happy or unhappy about it.   There was another thrill in the offing.  About 12 years ago, I took Insurance for certain amount which would then cover cots even in case of bypass surgery. But with inflation at its worst, 12 years later it, I was disappointed it does not cover even a single stent procedure.  We sent our young relation to enquire about an estimate about the total cost. Some one told almost a staggering figure and really weak hearted would again a heart attack. As it is fait accomplice,  that I have to pay the bill before discharge. My mind started working overtime, to overcome this likely awkward situation and remembered all my wealthy friends who can come to my rescue.  I increased my credit card limit immediately.  But, I also sounded one of my close relation  and a vague assurance.  I was cursing myself as I have not provided for this runaway inflation like many honest retired people, thanks to the bad governance of our economy.  I only hoped that the estimate is inflated and will be much less.

                                                                                    

That was Wednesday and eagerly waiting for the arrival of the doctor to order my discharge. It was around 9.30 am and doctor arrived and informed us.  Then the activity of arriving at the bill and clearance from Health Insurance company. And finally, how much more I  may have to pay.  Luckily, the entire bill was not very high like the estimate, but I had to make some additional payment over and above Insurance coverage.   The entire process,  is a little agonizing, only hoped it could be expedited.  It was around 5.30 pm, I bid farewell to the CorporateHospital with all good and bed experiences and memories.  I thought, I could share with   my friend all those.

 

Note: I thank all those who have read the experiences of my Friend Mr. Prasad and enjoyed reading it. But please do not take any insurances   from these series. 

 Concluded