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Varshi moments

Some sweet moments with our little one…

We have tons of sweet moments with our little darling Khushi Varshini! But here are some of them that we are sharing… more to come in next posts.

The moment she born, the way she was looking all around was just adorable!

She got into flight at her age of 20 days and had a comfortable nap!

We are so blissed that she has visited Shirdi within 1 month and 6 days of her birth.

The moment she hear a classical music may it be song or instrumental, she turn her face towards that immediately.

Although she is doesn’t go to new people, she gives them a beautiful smile…

She throws our basic featured phones quite often but she holds smart phones carefully 🙂 For her, smart phone can sing songs…

When she was just about a year old, she started playing Ringa Ringa Roses with us.

She loves eating spicy food (ah, she is just 1.4 years!) When we visited our home town, she used to play with Japamala of our grand mother and since then, whatever round lengthy one she finds, she would want to put that around her neck.

In the recent past, we were putting washed cloths for dry and guess what she was giving us each cloth from the tub.

Yesterday Vasu was having dinner and she was asking him to feed Hema! Also when we give her water to drink or anything to eat, she offers the same back to both of us. What a lucky parents we are!

When she gets up in the morning, she takes us to computer room and we should play devotional songs for her and looks at god and greet with her tiny hands.

When we walk around our apartment, there is a Lord Ganapathy temple and as soon as we go towards the temple, she shows her hands towards temple, once we go there, she prays and takes Kumkum. Also, rings the bell at the temple entrance.

Soon we will post some pictures as well more happy moments!

Oh yes, the latest is that she talking indicating us anything that she wants with a single letter; for instance “ba” means ball!

Love you darling Varshi!
Cheers,
HemaVasu

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Vivekananda SEVICA Kendra – Featuring Non-profit for May 2014

So here we go with our first post on featuring non-profits!

Vivekananda SEVICA Kendra is an organization based in Hyderabad and working to support visually impaired school going students. This is one of the hidden organization but doing an excellent work since 1993. Initiative has started by Shri. K Gnyaneshwar Rao, An employee at Census Department, Government of India. He started visiting Government School for the Blind located at Darulshifa, Hyderabad and teaching them small lessons, spiritual bhajans, recording books for them, helping them to find scribes. Currently VSK is working towards providing quality food to school going children, creating audio books, helping them prepare for examinations. They provide their services to School for the Blind boys in Hyderabad, Hindupur and Shri. Manik Prabhu Academy for the Blind, Raichur.

In addition, organization provides a laptop / netbook to deserving college going student with vision impairment every year.

They have an interesting model for raising donations for providing quality food to school going students. A donor can make a donation of just INR 365 (INR 1 per day) or INR 1100 as a family per year and this would enable them to provide quality food to about 600 students. One ca also make a donation towards purchase of laptops / netbooks and other assistive technologies.

To know more and contribute, please contact K Gnyaneshwara Rao on +91 98495 01299 or Send them an email.

We wish Vivekananda SEVICA Kendra all the best.

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Featuring Non-profits on our blog

We would want this website just not limited to speak about us but also would want to make it impactful to the community. As we are aware, internet is a powerful tool to create awareness. There are a lot of non-profit organizations doing a wonderful work to support several causes; so we would want to help them get a bit more visibility.

What we do is each month profile an organization with their information, photographs, our experiences (if any), testimonies about the organization, way to help them etc.,

How do we get the information? we will write about a few organizations that we personally know of and organizations could also send in their information to us by 20th of every month if they would like to get featured. Please note that we reserve the right to reject any request for profiling and there shall be no communications entertained.

We would want to launch this on May 1st, 2014 and as an inaugural profile, organizations can send in their info to us latest by 25th April, 2014, 17:00 Hrs (IST).

Profiles with two good quality pictures can be send to hemavasu(at)hemavasu(dot)in.

Thanks,
HemaVasu

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Indian Festivals

Ugadi wishes

Hello everyone,

Ugadi is first day of the new year as per Telugu calendar and it’s also new year for a few more states in India such as Karnataka, Maharastra etc., Upcoming year that starts tomorrow is known as Jaya. A little info on how we celebrate this festival.

At Injaram performs a grand celebrations and spiritual events for Goddess of the Village and it’s belief that village is safe, secure and wishes of everyone will be fulfilled by offering Puja to goddess on this day.

People start the day with a dish that has six tastes including sweet, salt, bitter, spice and so on. At temples, priests will read out the new calendar (we call it Panchanga Sravanam; this will include predictions of the year based on the star.

We wish everyone a very happy Ugadi and may this new year brings a lot of happiness, peace, good health, wealth and love to everyone.

We thank goddess and god for having blessed us with cute little Khushi Varshini. We seek your blessings.

A few resources:

Best wishes,
HemaVasu with Khushi Varshini.

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Hema's Dairy

Update 3rd December 2013

Today I woke up at 6:30 am. Did all my routine work then ate breakfast with Mosambi juice with badam. Then I read Shri. Sai Sacharitra and Ramayanam. Towards noon I saw “Abhiruchi” a telugu program featuring delicious food items. Then had lunch and took nap for a couple of hours. Then had delicious milk shake made by my mother. Took rest for about half an hour. Thought I would go out with my sweet husband but he came late hence postponed the idea for tomorrow. Had my dinner with 2 chapatis and capsicum curry. Then I got a bit of stomach pain and took rest for about half an hour. My mother applied oil and moov. Then walked for ten minutes and spoke to my uncle. I had a cup of cold coffee and it was super taste!

Got to know about the contest done by BarrierBreak but sadly couldn’t participate during day. Will surely do so next time. Oh! yes, I got to use gift vouchers!!!

It appears my baby is also taking rest for most part of the day!

Have an outstanding time ahead!
-Hema

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Facebook

Facebook is being one of the most famous social networking site with its own pros and cons. Facebook has helped a lot to create personal brand for many individuals and for businesses. More over it is a major source of entertainment for people around the globe.

Advantages of Facebook :

1. Facebook for networking : Facebook is most powerful social media and social networking site. You can use Facebook to connect with your family, friends, work colleague and to meet new people. Specially this is the best way to find your school, college or any other old profile. Most of the people who know how to use computer and internet have a profile on Facebook.

2. Facebook for business : Talking about Facebook advantages for business, it is one of the largest site in the world where we are allowed to connect to everyone. Facebook allows the establishment of partnerships between various projects. Using Facebook fan page you can increase your brand value and social media presence for your business. Facebook helps you to find new leads and client if you use it properly.

3. Facebook video chatting : Facebook can also be used as video chat tool. Recently Facebook implemented video chat feature in partnership with Skype and now you can make video call to your friends using Facebook inbuilt video chat app.

4. Facebook as source of information and news : Talking about positives of Facebook it is a social networking site and it is one of the best source to stay updated with latest news and updates.

5. Facebook as personal portfolio : Facebook launched Facebook timeline in sometime back and it gives a complete new look in terms of your personal profile branding. With Facebook timeline cover you can easily create your first impression or you can be creative and you can use cover picture to tell people about you.

Disadvantages of Facebook :

1. Facebook privacy : One of the major concern and disadvantage of Facebook is to do with Facebook privacy. In the past it has created more buzz due to sudden change in Facebook privacy settings but now Facebook has simplified its privacy setting.

2. Fake Facebook profile : Facebook allows phone verification but there is no check on fake Facebook profile. You will find tons of fake profile with beautiful profile picture of any girl. There is no limit to such profile and most of them are created by marketers to gain more friends and then to use it for marketing purpose.

3. Not using Facebook list feature : Many users still don’t use Facebook list feature which is very helpful to keep your updates targeted to specific friend list like college friends, office friends and so on.

4. Time consuming : Of all the Facebook disadvantages this is one of the most common reasons why people delete their Facebook profile. People spend too much time on this social networking site. Facebook offers many entertainment applications and games which will keep user engaged. If you want to use Facebook for your advantages , use it for certain limit in a day. Too much of Facebook, might make your Facebook addict and you might end up wasting too much time on Facebook.

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Gratitude

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!
Warmly,
-Vasu

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Gratitude

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

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A quick trip to Tamilnadu!

While some changes are taking place in Vasu’s career; we had a quick trip Tamilnadu as suggested by our Guruji… We must say, the luck was with us all the time. While we looked at the train reservations, there was only one train “Mailadutarai Express” which has no tickets available. However, we got the onward tickets in Tatkal quota. It’s about 7.5 hours journey and time went off without our notice. We got down at Trichy and took an auto to Sriragam; checked in at the Hotel Pilgrim Palace, very close to the main temple (just adjacent to the temple). Morning we have decided to take bath in Kaveri river; we didn’t know it’s such a walkable distance of less than about a kilometer and got into an auto. We must warn you all that you should never trust auto drivers; they eat up all the money for no reason. They charged us INR 40 for less than a kilometer. OK, we have reached The Kaveri, sadly there is not so much of water and river surroundings is very dirty. I am sure, humans are responsible for it. Further, we had a great Darshan at Ranganath Swamy temple. Though there wasn’t so much crowd, some of the priests make you haste:-(

Next, we hired a cab and wnt to Tiruvarur – birth place of Shri. Thyagaraja who is known to be Guru of Carnatic Classical Music. It’s unfortunate that local community does not aware much about their own great person. Further, we left to Madivgudi and saw Shri. Rajagopala Swamy temple; then we left to Tanjavuru; a great temple of Lord Shiva. Indeed lovely temple. We had a fortune to see Arathi for the Big Maha Nandi.

Next day, we have seen Shri Narasimha Swamy temple, Jambhukeshwari and post lunch we climbed about 150 steps to see lord Ganesha. Another amazing temple. Though we had a pleasant time, climate was very hot.

Over all it was a devotional trip! We hope the best things happen for all of us!

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A joyful trip to Kanyakumari and Trivendrum

Earlier this month, we got to know about the Access India Convention, a meet up of visually impaired people, who are members of the Access India mailing list and we have planned to along with another couple, Kameshwari Kiran Kumar, who are good friends to us. We have booked our tickets and there our excitement is started.

It so happened, our scheduled flight for 11th November has been cancelled due to operational reasons and we were booked on the next day morning flight by Kingfisher airlines. So we had to wake up as early as 2 am (IST) and get to the airport. Again, the flight got delayed by a few minutes. We finally reached Trivendrum just before the inaugural session of the convention.

Deligates at the Inaguration of Access India Convention 2011
Deligates at the Inaguration of Access India Convention 2011
Convention was inaugurated by Prof. Veera Raghavan, an eminent professor and delivered an excellent keynote. It was pleasure to meet several good friends Kiran Kaja, Dipendra Manocha, Harish Kotian, Sudhir, Ramana and several others.

HemaVasu with Kameshwari at the TVM Hotel
HemaVasu with Kameshwari at the TVM Hotel
Then we checked into Hotel Prashanth, a very excellent hotel and towards the evening we had been to the Kovalam Beach! Wow, what a awesome place that is. We all enjoyed in the water and spent quite a bit of time. It so happened, we wanted to have a dinner around the beach, but we did not have any cash in hand but all electronic cards and neither the hotels accept the cards and there was no ATM nearby. So we had to come back and have our dinner. Although they took a lot of time to serve our food, noteworthy is that the food quality and the taste is superb! We all loved it.

HemaVasu at Hotel Prashanth while waiting to have break fast
HemaVasu at Hotel Prashanth while waiting to have break fast
Next day mroning, we took a train to Kanyakumari, which is about 3 hours journey; we had a great time, talking among us, seeing the nature and the three hours just gone without our notice!

We have checked into Hotel Samudra. I must say the tariff of the hotels both at Trivendrum and Kanyakumari are indeed worth and we are so much satisfied. Rooms are so spacious and the rooms we got were sea facing and we could absolutely see the Vivekananda Rock Memorial right from our room. We quickly had awesome food at Hotel Saravana and got into boad to visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

Kameshwari and HemaVasu enjoying the boad ride to reach VRM
Kameshwari and HemaVasu enjoying the boad ride to reach VRM
. It was just about 15 minutes boat ride and we have reached the Rock Memorial. Wow! What a nice place. We enjoyed every moment being there, at the temple, at meditation room. It was indeed awesome experience. We bought a couple of books that reads the values thought by Shri. Swami Vivekananda and his history.
HemaVasu at Vivekananda Rock Memorial
HemaVasu at Vivekananda Rock Memorial
. Unfortunately, due to the clouds, we couldn’t see the sunset and return to the hotel. Oh! Yes, again, we had a great food. We decided to wake early in the morning and see the sun raise and we made it! That was totally unforgettable experience.
Sunraise at Kanyakumari on 13th November, 2011
Sunraise at Kanyakumari on 13th November, 2011
Then we had spent some good time at the Beach and then returned to Trivendrum. We wanted to visit Shri. Padmanabha swami temple and while we enter the temple, we were asked to get the procedure from the Temple’s office and personnel at the temple office are not at all helpful, respectful, not responsive at all and we had to return without the Darshan. In the evening we had been to Kovalam beach again and enjoyed almost couple of hours in the water. Oh! Yes, we originally scheduled to return on 14th November, night itself, but Kingfisher’s flight got cancelled again and we were offered stay in a hotel and booked in the next day morning flight. Even that flight got cancelled and thanks to Kingfisher’s staff, we got booked on another airline and back home with smile.

Some more pictures of our trip:

KameshwariKiran and HemaVasu at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial
KameshwariKiran and HemaVasu at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial

The beach
The beach

Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

KameshwariKiran & HemaVasu at the Rock Memorial with sea background
KameshwariKiran & HemaVasu at the Rock Memorial with sea background