Twins in animal biology is a form of multiple birth in which the mother gives birth to two offspring from the same pregnancy, some of the same sex, others of the opposite.
Born to Vasanthi and Venkatesh Kini in 1964 in the most beautiful of coastal towns of Mangalore on 6th February 1964, Ravindra and Narendra were identical twins and brothers of Vidya who was about 16 months older to them. Early years were aptly captured by the enthusiasm for photography by their uncle Mohandas Baliga with some very interesting black and white pictures.
No ordinary lady could have possibly raised these two active and hyper boys. Always seeking mischief, action, attention and trouble, there could be books written about their childhood episodes – the narrator can only be their dear mother – who was the only one who could tell them apart until they started to dress in different clothes in middle school.
Being competitive and athletic, they did not need the rest of the world to tell them that they lived in a world where the fittest survived. So, from waking up to finishing breakfast to getting to the gates, studies, sports and contests, both competed hard with each other.
This self appraising system worked well all thru their school and college days. At the 11th grade, they decided to take different tracks. Ravindra took Commerce- proceeding to become a Cost Accountant and Narendra took Science- proceeding to become an Industrial Engineer.
Stories and episodes that highlight facts and musings about twins are many. I guess a separate blog of those is justified.
At the time of going to press, Ravindra lives with his wife Chandrika and two kids Abhay and Arjun in Bangalore. Narendra lives with his wife Sandhya and kids Pooja and varoon in San Ramon, CA. Despite miles and oceans apart, there are a few interesting parallels that have continued to leave the rest of the world wondering if there is a grand old conspiracy that these two have that they happen to have co-incidences happening on all walks of life. As for their opinion in the matter – they always have their standard reply – SMILE!