The Most Influential Of All Numbers

I turn thirty-three.

It is a serious event.

The 33 is the most influential of all numbers. It is the Master Teacher. The 33 combines the 11 and the 22 and brings their potential to another level. When expressed to the fullest, the 33 lacks all personal ambition, and instead focuses its considerable abilities toward the spiritual uplifting of mankind. What makes the 33 especially impressive, is the high level of sincere devotion. This is shown in its determination to seek understanding and wisdom before preaching to others.


Readers at RTDM know I have always sought to seek understanding and wisdom before preaching to others through my posts. Right? On second thoughts, don’t bother answering that. I may not like the answer.

But wait there is more.

33 represents Christ Consciousness – universal nurturing, social consciousness raised to a world class, global responsibility, master teacher and healer. 33 is a higher octave of 6, the flower of life, Creation.The 33rd degree is the highest publicly known degree in Freemasonry. The number 33 signifies ‘Illumination’ and freedom from religious dogma (superstition). The human backbone contains 33 vertebra with the cranium (intellect) on top.

33 is also 32 around 1. If you look at the roof of the United Nations General Assembly you will see a large light circular light surrounded by 32 smaller lights. If you look at the United Nations’ own symbol you will see a circle divided up into 32 sections with the center being the 33rd. On the United Nations symbol you will notice 13 leaves on the olive branch. The symbol for the Soviet Union has this feature as well as 32 rays emanating from the sun with the sun being the 33rd.

In Math 33 is the largest positive integer that can not be expressed as a sum of different triangular numbers. It is also the smallest odd repdigit that’s not prime (unless we consider 1-digit integers to also be repdigits). 33 is the eighth distinct biprime comprising the prime factors (3.11). Its aliquot sum (n)is 15; itself a distinct biprime (3.5) in the following Aliquot sequence 33,15,9,4,3,1,0. (Note 33 is the 8th composite number to descend into the prime number 3, the others outside of this sequence being 30,26,16,12). The sum of the first four factorials is 33. Adding up the sums of divisors for the 1 through 6 yields 33. 33 is the smallest integer such that it and the next two integers all have the same number of divisors.


In addition to being globally responsible, a master teacher and healer and of high social consciousness, I am also divisible by 11. And for that matter also 3.

But enough of numerology.

In the true traditions of the Hindi movie when the father announces something of mighty significance on a birthday with a grand “Aaj meri beti ki solaahwa saalgida pe maine uski shaadi USA ke mashoor businessman Sir Mac-ke ek laute bete Vicky ke saath taay kar di hain”, let me inform you on my “many many years beyond solaah” saalgida that I have a book deal and am currently in the process of writing it. Since it’s all very much in the conceptual stage, the details are intentionally left vague. I have talked a bit more about the book here in this interview with Reuters.

I would have talked a bit more but right now I have to “focus my considerable abilities towards the spiritual uplift of mankind.” Something that I propose to do by uplifting myself with spirits.

Have a happy new year everyone.

[If anyone here is a short film maker, you may want to consider submitting it to the FulMarxx Shorts Fest.Β  I, incidentally, am on the jury.]

97 thoughts on “The Most Influential Of All Numbers

  1. Happy Birthday!

    And congratulations. You are the new superstar, eh?

  2. Awssum day to be celebrating birthday really… Aussies lost a sereej “down under” too!

    btw Warm Birthday wishes, dude.

  3. Aaj mere nanhe munhe ki saalgirah hai!!!

    So all the gifts must be showering on you like ” nanhe munhe ki nunhi sey pesaab tapakta hai… tap tap”


    Happy Birthday to the joy giver of my cabin!!!

  4. Happy Birthday. Many many many happy returns of the day. We always wish u all the happiness, health and success in life.
    Ma & Baba

  5. Happy birthday GB and congrats on the book deal. Also if you rotate 33 you get WW, MM and double decker gonads. That is awesome.

  6. In true blue Indian Ishtyle,

    May you blog as fervently when you turn 333

  7. Happy Happy Birthday Great Bong!! πŸ™‚
    You have enthralled us with your writings and your brilliant sense of humor!!
    God Bless You!! πŸ™‚

  8. Dude.. happy birthday. I didn’t know you got interviewed by Reuters.. and all the best for the book. I think I will buy it .. (keep it funny).

  9. zomg..a book! Waiting for it

    ..and Happy Birthday πŸ™‚

  10. Looking forward to the book…waiting to put it on my Amazon wish list.

    Pressure, pressure….:)

    Oh yeah, happy birthday & all.

  11. Many more yappie returns of the day GB, enjoy ur book deal!
    BTW, loved this response..

    Q: What would you have called your blog if we had blogging in pre-independence India?

    A: β€œHer Majesty the Queen Victoria’s Secrets.”


  12. Congrats on the book deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And Happy Birthday πŸ™‚

    (note to self – must get book deal before turning 33. er… must become something before turning 33)

  13. Baar baar din ye aaye, baar baar dil ye gaaye
    Tu jiye hazaaron saal, ye meri hai aarzoo
    Heppy Budday tooo youuu
    Heppy Budday tooo youuu
    πŸ™‚ GB ki jai!!

  14. Happy Birthday! Thanks for all the entertaining and thought provoking posts. It’s been a pleasure reading.

  15. Somehow Bollywood does not supply us with adequate 33 quotes. I mean one can’t really sing ‘I am 32 going on 34, dil kyon na dhak dhak kare…’

    Happy Birthday!

  16. Sorry wanted to write I am 32 going on 33…’ Oops!

  17. Badhai, and Badhai.

    PS.Where are the laddoos πŸ™‚

  18. Happy birthday ji

  19. Happy Birthday GB! Wish you all the happiness in life and success with the book!

    Please keep entertaining us! πŸ˜€

  20. Hey Arnab

    Wish you a Great year ahead. Btw, when you referred to exceptional quality comments from your blog readers, were you talking bout my comments? he he.

    All the best for your book Arnab. This is something all bloggers wish to do one day. Glad your dream is being fulfilled.

  21. Happy Birthday GreatBong. May all your dreams always come true.

    And, may you continue making life an easier place to live in – through your words.

    Is there anything as exciting about the number 39?

  22. Arnab,

    Many Happy returns of the day. May your demented mind live to be a hundred. CONGRATS ON THE BOOK DEAL!! Looking forward to it. Also, wish you a very happy new year.

    @Rahul Khare,

    I am eager to know about 39 too:)). Let me know if you bump into something.

  23. Happy Birthday!!! Tumi to aikhono baccha!!! Enjoy your ‘bacchaness’!!!

  24. Happy Birthday GreatBong!!!!

    And congratulations on the book deal as well!


  25. Happy B’day GB!
    You definitely have one buyer of your book in me πŸ™‚

    Good luck !!

    And Happy New Year to you and all of the followers of this blog.

  26. Happy birthday Arnab da. Keep writing πŸ™‚

  27. Happy birthday and many happy returns of the day!
    Considering the lengthy numerological interpretations of the number you have given, I cannot help but put in a few of my interpretations:
    It is at this age, you become a real man!!
    Well, the reason why I say this is:
    1. 33 is the atomic number of arsenic (source: Wikipedia)
    2. Arsenic, in Greek (arsenikon) means masculine or potent (source: Wikipedia)
    3. So when you reach 33, your potency and masculinity (or should I say masculine potency) reaches its height (source: my idle brain)

  28. Happy B’day Mamu! Continue your blog for another 66 years….

  29. Happy Birthday Arnab!

  30. Happy birthday GB ji πŸ™‚

  31. Happy Birthday Arnab_da !!!… Kaampiye diyecho Guru! Kintu boitaa kobey haatey (India_tey) paabo mayiri?

  32. Happy Birthday GB.. You Rock..

  33. Happy b’day GB. Congrats and all the best with the book deal! I will definitely buy it, unless all the regular commenters (even the so-called “negative” ones πŸ™‚ get a free copy signed by the author!

  34. Happy Birthday and congratulations Arnab. You know, I was reading a really old blog post the other day where you lamented the lack of comments on your blog. That really is an inspiration to a lot of…lets say ignored bloggers :). Thanks again for all the contributions over the years man, and like a number of comments say, can’t wait for your book.

  35. Happy B’day Arnab da! Lookin’ forward ta your book! Penguin in association with has come up with a book ‘Blogprint’…variety of stuff written by amateur bloggers…including yours truly…ahh…excuse the self-promotion…but your Reuters interview gave moi da idea…to let da world know…blogs can get ye published! πŸ˜‰

  36. Happy Birthday , GB

    Heartiest congratulations πŸ™‚ Thanks for the entertainment & information. More power to you,dude
    Best wishes for the book
    God Bless

  37. Happy Birthday … Where is my treat πŸ˜‰

  38. Happy B’day GB ! God bless you.
    And many Congrats on the book deal !!

  39. Happy Birthday GB!
    Avid fan of your blog – been reading religiously for over 3 years now but never commented…
    Its my birthday too today – I turn 25 πŸ™‚

  40. happy birthday arnabda …
    may RTDM continue to rock …

    BTW – a suggestion for a birthday gift/celebration … how about a new template with photos of Dev anand/RGV/karan Jo/ Payal Rohtagi ??? It would be delecious !!!

    Keep going

  41. Happy birthday GB! Waiting for the book!

  42. Happy Birthday!!

  43. Happy Birthday Arnab! Happy writing too!

  44. happy birthday GB. and i speak for many when i say that there is one book that is definitely going to be added to my bookshelf in 2009!

  45. Happy Birthday Arnab! Congrats on your book deal too. Here’s to many, many more humor filled posts from you.

  46. Happy Birthday!

    Boita berolo bolo. Share e kinbo kina bhebe dekhte hobe.

  47. Many Happy Returns… glad to know that your book will be so much unlike to Meenakshi Madhavan Reddy’s.

  48. Dear GB
    Many congratulations on the B’day.
    Thanks for all the smiles you bring in our lives.
    BTW, interview on Reuters, Book Deal.. So now you are a even bigger shot.
    Bada aadmi ban ke hum ko bhool mat janaa…

  49. Many Many Happy Returns of the Day Arnab!

    I am elated to hear about the book deal! Looking forward to reading it. Now I can boast about having met at least one famous author in real life. πŸ˜‰ Hope you have a wonderful birthday and here’s wishing you best of luck for your book and a very happy new year.

  50. Thirty-three is also when a hobbit comes of age, according to Tolkien.

  51. Arnab, Jonmodiner Shubhokamona.

    Since 666 is the Devil’s sign, and you turned 33… then you are partially a Devil (5%). πŸ™‚

    Your parents read the blog regularly??? I am not sure some articles are meant/”rated” for parents’ consumption. (Take Desibaba for example). Right?

  52. Congrats Arnab.
    Happy B’day.

    Tell those Harper Collins purblishers (or whoever else is ur publisher) to design a real catchy cover.


  53. Many happy returns of the day boss.

  54. Wish u many happy returns of the day!!! now that I know a book is on the way…am as eager as a First time uncle for it to be delivered!!!!

  55. Many happy returns of the day GB and congratulations on the book deal.

  56. Many many happy returns of the day GB.Of late i have become fan of your writing style.

  57. Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Salaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa oye tu to saala 33 ka ho gaye lekin mujhe bhool gaya. bahut dino se mere bare main nahi likha. But now i am coming in Chandni Chaowk To china CCTC, where i am teaching chinese pepole the martial Art and few Steps of shaoline. Tu apun ke filmmmmmm 1st day 1st show dekhna nahi to tuhje maloom hi hai “dhodne main ghoda marne main hathoda”

    your,s only god

    Mithun da

    Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Salaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  58. Hello Arnab Da,

    I have been a regular follower of your blog but this is the first time I am putting a comment.

    First Happy Birthday and Congratulation for the Book; you are surely on your path to become the ‘POLITICIAN’.

    The interview with Reuters was fun, especially the suggested title β€œHer Majesty the Queen Victoria’s Secrets.”

    Happy New Year

  59. A very happy birthday to you GB. Have been following your posts for a long time now and hope to continue in future as well…I am sure the book is going to be one of the bestsellers of all time by an Indian author.. keep them coming!

  60. Happy B’day! Arnab. Wishing you many more happy returns of the day.

    And Congratulations! on the book deal. I just wish you could have told us the day before the launch – that excitement in getting our hands on ur book would have been totally different πŸ™‚

    Have been reading your blogs for sometime now, wat do I say, they are so in-depth, heart felt.. and the readers/ comments you attract – I havent seen anything like that for any other blog. I follow atleast 10-12. Yeah, I am that jobless ;-).

    I liked your writing style when you wrote abt Arundhati Roy. I mean, the whole thing abt perceiving things the way how she supposedly does.

    Have never known any Bengalis personally, RTDM made me want to get to know someone. I was so happy when I knew my new roomie is a bong, but she is not the conversation type. :(. Or its just that, we dont bond.

    Whenever at the airport or sight seeing at a supposed-to-be famous places, wonder if I would ever run into you n Mita, but what would I say – “I am an avid reader of RTDM n blah blah”. haha.

    It was supposed to be a bday wish, sorry, it stretched soo long.

    Happy B’day.

  61. Wish you a very happy 33rd and a wonderful new year to you and your family. I wish you had enlightened me 9 years ago so I could explain the virtues of turning 33 to my less sympathetic acquaintances. I am very excited to hear about your upcoming book. I am definitely going to watch out and would appreciate if you could let it be known when it is about to be published. I want to grab a copy before the last one leaves the shelf.
    Best wishes!

  62. Tainnu book kisne likhwaya bhootni ke .. LOL!!!!
    Happy Birthday Maamu..have fun

  63. Happy Birtday GB dada!! And Congrats on the book deal!! πŸ™‚


  64. Oh dear God ! I saw the title of the post as 33 and the number of comments as 66! And quickly I changed it to 67, imagine the implications that a double 33 might have had !

    Happy B’day !

  65. Many Many happy returns of the day .. and Congratulations on your book deal

  66. Happy Bithday GB. I am another regular reader of your blog and enjoy reading your posts. Congratulations on the Book! Keep writing.

  67. Many many happy returns of the day. Visiting RTDM daily has become a sort of a ritual for me. Hope you’ll keep entertaining and educating us. Thank you so much.

  68. Hi GB,

    happy bday! love reading your posts..congrats on ur book deal!

  69. Happy Birthday GB! Great to know that you are writing a book. Ever since I read Amitabha Bagchi’s book I thought that you should do it too someday (if you have read Above Average, then you know what I mean). All the best!

  70. Many happy returns of the day.

    BTW 33% is passing marks in UP Board and may be other boards as well πŸ™‚

  71. Happy B’Day Arnab Da, Orkut e wish korechi, tobu ekhane ekbaar wish na korle jome na…

  72. Is it me or does the link on the jury page not work?

  73. Arnab.. Wishing you a very happy birthday and to all the readers here and their families – Wishing a very happy 2009.

  74. πŸ˜€
    dada…dunt “uplift” urself too much with spirits…have a safe and happy new year!

  75. β€œNeutrality comes natural to me as I find all political parties in India equally bad. And the great thing is that all of them can be made fun of. I sincerely hope they continue to stay that way.”………………………………….of course you definitely want them to stay the way they are as you are very well off to an outside world and quite happy sitting there and make fun of the politicians………….i am a great admirer of your blog but somehow I felt you are no different than “danny boyle” and “arvind adiga”.

  76. Arnab,

    Congrats on the book deal.

    Wish you a rocking year ahead and a very happy birthday!

    Looking forward to lots of posts here and of course, the book..


  77. Happy Birthday Arnab da!!

    Keep writing…

  78. Arrey uncle start counting in reverse now. U r as old as Christ was when he died. Happy birthday. May my grandkids read your blog too.

  79. BTW if u write a book and don’t have it released in the usa, I will have to get the pirated ebook version. I am sorry, but I had to warn u just in case.

  80. @Bengal Voice:
    Shobha De only allows her adult children to read her books – from her interview!! in Ray family it it the reverse order!!!!

  81. Firstly, Happy Birthday!

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now. It keeps me well-informed to say the least. I do believe that the best post you wrote in the past year, was the 3-part wall street meltdown post. I’ve saved it in Word, 23 pages, and read it frequently just to get a better insight with every new read. It really was an awesome post. Please do consider publishing some more of these “type” wherein you “research” on current major evnts and then post.

    All the best.

  82. Belated Happy Birthday Arnab and a very Happy New Year to you and your family.

  83. Hi GB,

    Merry Christmas, Happy hanakkah, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday, Happy Makar Sankranti, Happy Muharam, Happy NSC Bose Birthday, Happy Swami Vivekanada Birthday and Happy Republic day to you all at once.

    Wish you a fabulous 2009. And who cares if you are 33! Once you are drunk, you can always put your hand around young belles in parties, who are your starry-eyed fans, and sing Uttam Kumar style, “Gin sherry champagne rum…lola…lola …keno tomar boyesh hoina sholo…amar 19.” Cheers.

  84. Looks like you have lost some weight. Congrats!!

  85. Is Bhowmik bengali last name?

  86. You seem to have lost weight. Congrats!!

    Is Bhowmik Bengali name?

  87. very happy belated birthday… and a happy new year πŸ™‚

  88. Happy birthday and congratulations on the book deal, I hope you have a great bash, here you go..

  89. happy birthday..congrats on the book deal.
    And yeah a very happy new year!!!

  90. I will buy and read your book. You are good….you did not try to benefit from a tragedy. Lets say incidents like the Tsunami or the Mumbai attacks…someone can try to manipulate these incidents for popularizing their blogs or sell their books. They are heinous people and bad writers. You are a good writer….and not a self-conceited, shallow, egotistical bastard who tried to benefit from a tragedy.

  91. Belated Birthday Wishes,Arnab!And a Happy new year too!!

    Excited to hear about your book and elated to know that you are a jury member on the FullMarxx movie festival!

  92. Missed this! Belated Birthday wishes! May this be your best year yet! ( Which I’m sure its going to be!)

    And Congrats on the deal! All your old timers like me should get free copies! The I-pods never came! 😦

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