Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Akshta

Do we meet people by chance or is it preordained destiny? I am not sure but I would tend to agree with later. Else, how would we be all set to celebrate Akshta's b'day at ISKON temple in Singapore.

It was Sunday evening at Orchard road in Singapore. We were sitting on a bench facing Metro - a departmental store that hangs reproductions of Maunet, Van Gogh in corridor leading to its toilet. Orchard Place was buzzing with travelers and tourists. Shoppers and sellers both frenzied by weekend transactions. Neon lights of elite brands reflecting on tiled footpath. And amidst all that - three bright youngsters - in saffron robe playing Hare Rama Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare. It didn’t take long for Akshta to start clapping her tiny palms,and tapping her feet to the chant. Most people around were amused by her trance except perhaps a young teenagers next to our bench who were in their own trance of hugging and kissing. I am sure, seeing a toddler engrossed in their chant, must have made young devotees of ISKON renewed their energy.

Thanks to Akshta, we discovered ISKON temple in Singapore and week after that I even managed to see the one at Bangalore. Akshta would celebrate her b'day - not with rhyme of 'Happy Birthday ..." but Hare Krishna, Hare Rama. Wishing akshta Happy B'day in languages and culture that I interact with :

Arabic : Kul sana wa i tayeba!
Bengali:Shuvo Jonmodin!
Chinese-Mandarin : qu ni sheng er kuai le
Croatian :Sretan Rodendan!
Farsi:Tavalodet Mobarak!
Gujarati :Janma Divas Mubarak!
Hindi : Janam Din ki shubkamnaayein!
Hungarian :Boldog szuletesnapot! or Isten eltessen!
Indonesian :Selamat Ulang Tahun!
Japanese :Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu!
Kannada :Huttida Habba Subashayagalu!
Telugu :Puttina Roju Shubakanksalu!
Malayalam :Pirannal Aasamsakal!
Malaysian :Selamat Hari Jadi!
Marathi :Wadhdiwasachya Shubhechha!
Nepali :Janma dhin ko Subha kamana!
Oriya :Janmadina Abhinandan!
Pashto :adayish rawaz day unbaraksha!
Persian :Tavalodet Mobarak!
Portuguese :Parabens pelo seu aniversario!
Punjabi :Janam din diyan wadhayian!
Rajasthani :Janam ghaanth ri badhai, khoob jeeyo!
Sanskrit :Ravihi janmadinam aacharati!
Spanish :Feliz Cumplea–os!
Sri Lankan :Suba Upan dinayak vewa!
Swahili :Hongera! or Heri ya Siku kuu!
Tagalog :Maligayang Bati Sa Iyong Kaarawan!
Telugu :Puttina Roju Shubakanksalu!
Thai :Suk San Wan Keut!
Tibetean :Droonkher Tashi Delek!
Urdu :Saalgirah Mubarak!
Zulu :Ilanga elimndandi kuwe!




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Anonymous angela said...

WITH SUCH A CUTE S ILE AND SO UCH LOVE IN HER EYES

3:14 PM  

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