Rama Devi Nina.

GV Rama Rao By GV Rama Rao, 16th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3n5qebq_/
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Rama Devi Nina, one of our wikinut writers, is one of the best writers I have known.

Rama Devi Nina.

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I am prone to write things frivolous and weird all in the garb of humor. In this piece, I am digressing and writing about Rama Devi Nina, one of the best writers in wikinut.

I have known her as rama devi in www.fanstory.com where she is a much acclaimed writer of all varieties of poetry and excellent prose. Every piece she wrote on that site, whether in prose or poetry, had won the seal “All Time best.”

She writes on desperate subjects sublime to temporal but mostly of sublime nature with a spiritual content. Often, I have commented that her writing went over my head. Since I knew she was working with Matha Anandamayi organizations in Kerala, India, I could understand the spirituality of her writing is an offshoot of her work. She thinks on a sublime plane and writes with ardent passion using subtle expressions. Her writing is sometimes incomprehensible to common mortals like me.


Her poetry is again something way out. Her poems move with a rare grace and flow mellifluously each line fitting seamlessly into another and her prose has a style that few writers have. Her fertile imagination, spiritual thoughts and innovative expressions make her poems beyond compare. She had won several contests in traditional poetry and modern variations such as Haikus, Senyus etc. She was continually ranked No1 in poetry and most often in prose on that site.


Her work of fiction is no less praiseworthy, for her imagination and mastery of the craft of storytelling are everybody’s envy. She could write about westerners and easterners with equal élan. She could set her stories in a western or eastern town and describe the scenes with equal felicity. Every scene in her writing comes alive and pulls the reader to get easily integrated into it. I am sure if she were to write a play or a screenplay, it would be a smashing success. As far as writing skills are concerned, she must be in the stratosphere, in my humble opinion. I wonder why her works have not been published as yet. Here, I may be excused for my ignorance if needed.




Her English is immaculate with appropriate selection and usage of words. A consummate wordsmith she is, her prose looks like a gorgeous lady properly made up and dressed up in crisp clothes with no wrinkle in the dress, no lock of hair out of place, or a spot on her skin. Every comma and semicolon will be in its proper place like soldiers in a parade. In short, I always wished I could write like her.


As a critic, she has always been honest and never minced her words. She praised where it was due and used to be severe in her criticism where the writers erred in grammar or syntax. The writers on the site always looked forward to her approval of their work.

Brought up with Wren & Martin English grammar, I was poor in American Grammar, style and syntax and invited scathing criticism from rama devi for my submissions. She used to go through my writing with a fine comb and make hundred suggestions how to correct and improve it. Thanks to her, I had gone back to the drawing board, learned American grammar and waited for her approval of my submissions. I don’t think I will get her approval even today.

I have no hesitation in saying I learned many a thing in grammar and punctuation, apart from what is given in the books, from her. Whenever I posted an article, I had always looked forward for her approval and invariably failed. I made progress inch by inch and succeeded in obtaining a grading of good if not very good and excellent from her. A grading of ‘good’ meant the work under review needed further improvement. The day I get rated excellent by her, I will celebrate with a couple of extra shots of my favorite evening elixir.

I was all along under the impression she is an Indian like me but was educated in New York. I thought she was from the upper crust of the Indian society educated in New York and hence mastered the American language. I imagined her as the daughter of an Indian diplomat stationed in the USA for long.

Now, I find her in wikinut as Rama Devi Nina and had the good fortune of seeing her photograph. I can see she is a westerner but an ardent follower of Mata Amritanandamayi. I googled and found her as a multi-faceted personality: writer, poet, educator, spiritual counselor, musician, graphic designer, freelance writer, and writing consultant. Since I didn’t find many details about her work in the Ashram, I presume she must be quietly doing social work to help run a few of the several institutes of excellence in Kerala bearing the name of Mata. My admiration for her as a person also has gone up by not notches but miles.


With her incisive mind, imagination and talent for writing, she could have been working in the USA in any field and made a fortune and a name for herself, but she chose instead to work in Kerala for the welfare of poor and marginalized people served by the organizations of Mata. No words of praise or numerous salutes would be enough to show my admiration for her.

I think it is the good fortune of wikinut and wikinut writers she is with us. Writers who want an honest critic of their work to hone their writing skills should make full use of her august presence here and take her suggestions.

Although not devout and not fond of spirituality, I am an admirer, fan and follower of Rama Devi Nina and will remain so for long.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Aug 2012 (#)

What a lovely tribute to Rama-ji which she richly deserves. I have been following her immaculate writings for over two years but, sadly, she has not been active here of late! Her comments are always encouraging but subtly critical too when the need arises. Thanks GVR for giving credit where due and when deserved - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Aug 2012 (#)

Siva,
Thanks for your comment. She is a wonderful writer.

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author avatar Denise O
16th Aug 2012 (#)

What a nice tribute to Rama Devi Nina. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Aug 2012 (#)

My dear Denise O,
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar jkalwaye
16th Aug 2012 (#)

amazing tribute .thank you for sharing .bye bye .jk

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Aug 2012 (#)

My dear jkalwave,
Welcome to my space and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Nitul anand
16th Aug 2012 (#)

I love it...
Thanks for sharing ...
please Share emotions about my pages...
The God ...The Most WANTED ...

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Aug 2012 (#)

My dear Nitul anand,
Thanks for your comment. I will visit your page.

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author avatar Buzz
16th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for elucidating on RD's achievements little known in this corner of Wiki and her disappearance attests to the site's blind recognition of her prowess and genius in poetry and prose. Her travails is my sad lament considering how richly she praises other writers' work with nary a shred of rebuke, and so the stars denied of her pages sometimes should be rightly given as due credit to her immense creativity!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Aug 2012 (#)

Buzz,
Stars are a matter of subjective assessment of the moderator. The cup is not always to the fastest and the prize to the wisest.
Stars or no stars, she is one of the best among us.

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
17th Aug 2012 (#)

I to value the quality of her written work.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Aug 2012 (#)

My dear Han Van Meeqerin,
Welcome to my space and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Aug 2012 (#)

Great tribute this and well deserved...thank you

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
31st Aug 2012 (#)

If you could you should link to her profile page so others can find and enjoy her works too.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
31st Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Mark, I'll do that.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
31st Aug 2012 (#)

Mark,
Could you kindly send me a note how to do it?

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author avatar Retired
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Wow. A warm and gracious thank you for your high esteem and compliments. Humbled and honored! Touched!
while I do not usually critique posts on Wikinut, I do hope you will consider altering two words in this post--and assume you'll permit this feedback--the word scathing is quite negative--it implies an attitude of hurtfulness rather than helpfulness. I am sure this was not your intent, so wanted to mention it.

Also, the word 'desperate' here: She writes on desperate subjects sublime to temporal - did you mean'different'?

I've read this page twice as it makes my heart glow to feel so appreciated. :-)

Hopefully, my ego will not latch on to it too strongly!

I do intend to publish a book of poetry soon. Thanks for your interest and generous praises.

Namaste and humble, warm regards,
rama devi

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author avatar Retired
1st Sep 2012 (#)

PS-- I also work as a freelance editor and writing coach. Though I've lived alternatively, engaging only in free service for over twenty years, it has become necessary for me to work for a small income in order to keep residing in India. My freelance work is alternative in style and custom-tailored to each client's needs. The business aspect is informal and promoted solely by word of mouth, so do feel free to share my email with those in search of a writing coach.Thanks. :)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
1st Sep 2012 (#)

My dear rama devi,
Namaste.
Here again, scathing is a wrong choice of word, for which I apologize.
My blog about making enemies is written in a different context and has nothing to do with this.
I'll pass the word around and get you some students. Maybe I'll be the first one to join.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks for your kind comments, GV RR!. You're a dear. And thanks again for your superlative encouragement of my work and lifestyle. Most people judge one's value by their formal credentials (especially in India, I've noticed) - and so few look to the inner life...

You're a deep thinker...and I think you're way more spiritually attuned than you think you are.
Namaste and pranams, rd

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

My dear rd,
Many thanks for your kind words.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

My dear rd,
Many thanks for your kind words.

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author avatar Retired
5th Sep 2012 (#)

Many thanks for YOUR kind words. Namaste- rd

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
30th Sep 2012 (#)

Yes, I too admire the poetry of RD.

Her poetry had inspired me to know more about Sri Mata Amrutanandamayi Devi.

Recently I had an opportunity to have a darshan of Amma at Amritapuri.

I'm blessed by Amma's darshan and I owe a lot to RD in enlightening me about Amma's grace.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
30th Sep 2012 (#)

My dear Ratna,
Yes, Mata must be great. I had never been to her ashram as last visited Kerala in 1985

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
30th Sep 2012 (#)

Earlier in 1994 or so when I visited Kayamkulam, my friend asked me whether I was interested to visit Amma but I neither had an inclination nor the knowledge of Her universal love and kindness.

As RD's poems depict Amma is divinity personified.

Recently when I visited Tiruvalla, I was really blessed by amma's darshan at Amritapuri.

Seeing is believing. She hugged every one whoever went in front of her for a darshan. Certainly humans can't do it, without any trace of impatience.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
1st Oct 2012 (#)

I appreciate your comment.
No doubt Mata is near divine.

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