Today our daughter turns 5. What an amazing memory when she was born and awesome memories continues. She has added joy to our lives. Every moment she does a new thing adds smile to us. Here are some memories we have put together.
Dear Varshi, wishing you a very happy birthday! May God bless you and give you the best life ahead! Lots of love.
This is first of series of posts talks about places we have travelled since the time we got married in 2011. We will try and write in a sequential order but we may write in different order as well.
Soon after our wedding reception in June, 2011 – we have decided to visit Tirupathi. We have reached Tirupathi a day before than we intend to have darshan. Then in 2011, there was no facility to buy darshan tickets online.
We have reached Tirumala by 3:45 am and proceeded to queue that is meant for visitors who have purchased at INR 300. The queue was much less than we expected. It was fortunate moment that we had darshan for about 7 minutes.
Tirumala is an auspicious pilgrim place that has beautiful architecture above seven hills.
About Tirumala from Wikipedia
Tirumala is located 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level and covers an area of approximately 10.33 square miles (26.8 km2). Surrounding the hills are seven peaks of Seshachalam range, Eastern Ghats namely Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The temple of Sri Venkateswara is on the seventh peak (Venkatadri).
Then we have proceed to visit Kanipakam, an auspicious place that has Lord Vinayaka temple. We were so fortunate that we have reached temple where darshan is allowed to idol without decoration (it’s called “real display of God – Nija roopa swarupam”). We had a blissful darshan.
Well, thought we have attempted to write from beginning of 2018, it couldn’t just happened. There were a lot of things happened and all for good.
Now we are back and decided to write at least one post in two weeks. We are starting to write about places we have visited since the time we got together. Posts will include our experience at place we have visited, reviews of places we have stayed, things that one may keep in mind during the visit.
We will be writing about those places we have travelled for holiday as well we travelled for work. In addition, we would also talk about accessibility of places we have visited.
We apologise that we have not maintained this portal for a while but we promise that we focus on to speak out through this portal more in 2018. We do have some plans to make this platform as a source to serve to community.
2017 has been a crazy year with health issues to our parents and uncle; but by the grace of God and blessings of our Guruji, they have been recovered. It was also tough time for one of our good friends Shalini. Again, by the grace of God and blessings of our Guruji, she got better too.
During this year, we did two trips one to Cochin and another to Goa. Both were fabulous trip. We did a few devotional trips to Tirupathi, Shirdi and Nasik.
We look forward to an engaging year in 2018. Have a happy holidays and best for 2018.
Now our darling started to speak little words and try to improve her words. Last week she took a ride on Metro rail in Bangalore and she thoroughly enjoyed. As she see an escalator, she would want to get down and stand on it. Greatly enjoyed her time at Cubban park. As Hema is carrying, it’s required that she takes a few medicine on daily basis and Varshi ensures she takes medicine on time. What’s more amazing is that she knew which medicine has to be taken in the morning and which is at night.
Varshi at Vasu's office
On 20th May, 2016, Varshi spent full day at Vasu’s office and enjoyed Kids at work. Thoroughly enjoyed the toy train and balloons. She has made a few new friends and done painting with them. Her day filled with a lot of activities including toy train, painting, sitting at several places across office, having hot chocolate, nice food etc.,Thank you Informatica.
Off late, Varshi wants to serve us dishes during our dinner. She holds spoon very carefully and serve effectively. She also prepares to light up lamp at the Puja room in the morning.
She has started her morning walk by joining Vasu to get milk. Fun part is that to join us to get milk, she gets up at around 6am. She continues to greet everyone with smile.
She has a small school bag (gifted by friends in Mumbai) and each day she acts as if she is going to school. She will start going to play school on 9th June, 2016.
She has a kitchen set and with that she acts as if she is preparing a lot of food, tea and serving us.
Now-a-days, she finishes her milk almost 80% and then she would want to add some tea to finish remaining.
This is indeed a sad day for whole world in general and all of us at India in particular. A true leader, The Scientist, great teacher, inspiration, 11th The President of India Bharat Ratna Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam is no more. He departed from this world while he was in midst of doing something that he loves and cares about. He was collapsed during his talk at Shillong.
He is someone who lived to the fullest extent and experienced right from as a paper boy to The first citizen of India. He is a true inspiration and everyone of us should follow his teachings and must have dream like him.
Here is some notes about Kalam saheb from Wikipedia:
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (Listeni/?æbd?l k??l??m/; 15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was a Great Indian scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts. He thus came to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. He also played a pivotal organizational, technical and political role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.
Kalam was elected President of India in 2002 with the support of both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Indian National Congress. After serving a term of five years, he returned to his civilian life of education, writing, and public service. He has received several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.
What could have been better than meeting 1000%+ respectable and educated person than us? Yes, on 19th May, 2015, we have met with the gift of Lord Saraswati, Brahma Shri. Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry garu at his residence. Being at the age of 90, he spoke to us with a great energy and a awesome smile.
It was about 5 years ago, when we read his writings in daily news papers and listen to his program Dharma Sandehalu (Wise Questions) on television which was then anchored by popular news reader Shri. Shanti Swaroop. It was then when I felt we should meet Shri. Sastry Ji someday; but under the impression he might be too busy and would not be willing to meet us. Moreover, we don’t have anything that we can discuss with him.
Recently our Guruji Shri. Rajasekhar garu gave us a book titled Pakalapati Guruvu Garu (Telugu) written by Sai master Shri. Ekkirala Bharadwaja garu, where Shri. Bharadwaja met with several auspicious people without worrying about struggles that comes in his way including staying under tree for a few nights etc.,
That inspired us to go and meet Shri. Sastry Ji. We didn’t know his address not couldn’t find his phone number over the internet. Found address from my uncle Shri. Ganti Marthanda Sharma garu as he visited him during his journalist life. So we decided to go and check our luck. We have reached by around 11 in the morning and learnt Shri. Sastry Ji is performing his daily Puja and that would go on till 1 pm. In general, it would be good to meet him post 4pm. So we came back and went again next day evening at 5 pm. Learnt that he just left for a SVBC recording and may come back by 8 pm. As advised by his family members, we have decided to go around and come back post 8 pm. Then we understand he got stuck in the traffic and may take some more time and they would call us as soon as he comes. At about 9pm we got a call saying Sastry Ji is arrived. We rushed to seek his blessings with a thought that he might just see us for a minute as he must have tired. For our pleasant surprise, in spite he travelled for about 50 kilometers and spent in his recordings at the age of 90, he received us with a big smile and spoke to us for nearly about 40 minutes. He inquired about my career, our daughter, our home towns. He remembers Hema;s home town (Tanuku) as he has some good friends there (very close to Hema’s parents house). He gave some cheer to our little one and said she will have a bright future.
We took his leave at about 9:45 and return home with all happiness.
We are really grateful to him and our Guruji. It was a memorable day in our lives.