A true leader and teacher – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam no more

Bharath Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Bharath Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.

May the departed soul be rest in peace.

Gratitude Varshi moments

The fortunate day in our lives! Met a highly educated person – Brahma Shri. Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry garu

Brahmasri Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry Garu
Brahmasri Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry Garu

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.


So glad to meet such a lovely and caring people in Phoenix, AZ, USA

During my business trip to San Jose, I decided to fly over to Phoenix, AZ and see my brother Chi. Vinayaka Sarma, who happens to go through a lot of issues with health. He has been, over the last 10 months hospitalized for almost 4 or more times. Guess what, among our family, my brother stays alone in the Phoenix but after my recent visit to him, I feel, we have a bigger family in AZ. Saying from heart, never seen such a loving and caring families. Here are some people I would like to call out and offer deep sense of appreciation and love:

I arrived at San Jose on 6th October, 2012, went to work on 8th Oct. To my surprise, I got a ping on our internal communicator from Akhil Koo, saying he works out of Scottsdale office and friend of my brother. Wow, what an amazing guy, he is not just someone who work in IT industry, but an expert in spiritual front too. He gave me a lot of information as to how I can get a local phone number and introduced me to a colleague who actually help me in SJC office. He also mentioned, he would be meeting my brother almost on regular basis. Thank you my friend! What more, I landed at Phoenix airport around 10o’clock at the night on 12th October and Akhil and his wife Minu (very nice to meet you dear!) were there to pick me and drop me off at the hospital where my brother is admitted. And yes, Minu, thanks for that lovely food… Sorry guys, you had to drive all the way back home late at night.

Next morning, Akhil was kind enough to visit hospital, took me to his place for a shower and an awesome lunch… I love the way Minu and Akhil helps each other. You are a lovely couple! And what? was my brother alone in the hospital while I was away and resting at Akhil’s place? No, Rajender, a member of the Temple’s board was taking care of my brother. Thank you friend! Really appreciated. Sorry, I couldn’t spend much time with you. But sure, we get an opportunity.

My US phone starts buzzing and all of them were from affectionate people like Mr. Ramesh Natarajan, Mrs. Chitra etc., who care a lot about Vinay and discussing his condition and the plan to get him to India. Later in the evening, Mr. Kalyan picked me at Akhil’s place and dropped me off at the hospital; not just that, he brought food for Vinay and took me home for a lovely dinner (Thanks Chitra aunty! – I liked all the food) and yes, good to meet you, Sangeetha!

Sorry Aparna and Anil, we couldn’t have dinner but it was great pleasure to meet you and of course your baby! Later in the night, Minu Akhil came again to see Vinay…

Next day, again took me home for shower and lunch (Minu, again lovely lunch… I loved those chillies) and loved the lovely chat we three of us had… By the time, I got back to hospital with Akhil, Shri. Bhaskar, Karu and Mouli was there discussing with doctors the condition of Vinay. Wow, Bhaskar, you are right, you are close to become a doctor! Thank you and Mrs. Lavanya so much for all the love and care. Bhaskar had a chat at length with doctors and in fact, was helping doctors to get as much information as possible.

In spite having a busy day, Minu Akhil came to the hospital in teh evening and we went out for dinner… guys, you didn’t eat well:) Akhil had a long chat with my uncle planned to do some spiritual activity for speedy recovery of my brother. Thanks again Akhil.

Next morning, I decided to fly back to SJC and Bhaskar gave me a ride in spite the early in the morning. We have discussed so many things and am very happy.

You guys are awesome! Never seen such a caring folks that too in a non-resident country. Love you all. Next time I visit the United States, I probably choose an option to work from Scottsdale office:-) I miss you all! Thank you all once again for all the support, help, love and care! Good luck to everyone. I’m sure, I missed out many helping hands on this post but all you are in my heart! Thanks each one of you.

See you soon, again!


To all our teachers…

Dear Teachers,
We apologies, this post should have come in yesterday, but for some technical reasons, it failed:-(

You taught us just not the subjects in each class but… values, how to live, love, care and what not! You taught us how to lead a successful life, shown us the best way to build career, you gave us the skills! You are one among those responsible people for what we are today!

We know, we are quite far from you today, but you all remain in our hearts all the time and we are sure, you bless us wherever we live and wherever you live!

It’s always true that we don’t realize value of anyone at the right time, we might have felt bored with home work and some of us even must have felt, whey teachers are so strict and trouble students, but we surely realize the fact, all of acts that you make are for our prosperity and success! We love you for ever! We respect you, as always!

With all love and sincerely,
-Hema Srinivasu