OKtofest

I have been thinking of decorating my apartment with #Orangish things in October – sort of #Autumn feeling / but until last week very much occupied with Diwali and Prashanthiโ€™s housewarming party ๐ŸŽ‰. So almost 10 days left in October to call this as #Oktofest ๐Ÿ˜œ
I have many ideas coming and going like flashes / more than going out and they are coming and settling only ๐Ÿ˜Š

First i have decided to make some diyas – made them with whole wheat flour and baked them and painted them with #OrangeAndYellow paint and embellished them with stones.

Made some orange and yellow flowers with tissue paper and hang them to the ceiling.

Used the mason jar decorations I made for Diwali. The stuff inside the mason jars is homemade (rangoli type but with different ingredients)

The placemats for diyas and mason jars are handmade,

Used jute burlap to add authentic touch to the ambience.

Bought marigold flowers to add extra beauty.

Glued orange ๐ŸŠ yarn to paper cups and put some LED lights in them, actually wanted to put those in a string of white lights but I could not finish that so I used them differently.

Added some cinnamon whisk to add nice aroma.

Then comes the imp thing – #PumpkinCaving – the very first time in my life. I bought two small ones and few very tiny ones (orange and white) for decoration. Sunday I did FaceTime with Prashanthi when she was carving the pumpkin ๐ŸŽƒ her first time too. Then I got confidence and I finished carving my two pumpkins. If I had stopped at that, #thatwouldnotbeme – I am a very ambitious person – I do not give up on things very easily. So this afternoon I bought a humongous pumpkin ๐ŸŽƒ, I could not even lift that one so I had to take the help of the store employee to put it in my cart. It took me a while to carve it but it came out very beautifully.

Used a cardboard box and covered it with a nice saree and jute burlap and placed pumpkins on it and I carved some of the small ones too and put LED lights in all the pumkins.
One more thing in my list is still waiting / baking some cupcakes – why doubt ๐Ÿค” this is also my very first time – besides engulfing myself in all these creative activities, being a team leader in #GlobalHealthChallenge contest, I have to walk 22k steps everyday ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ
so thatโ€™s all folks me and my #Oktofest ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜

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Bubbling Ideas

I am #bubbling with so many ideas:

  • ย Deepavali – my gift hampers to my family, and colleagues – every year I want to add some extra touch to it ๐Ÿ˜Š evolving in the process ๐Ÿ˜œย of making Diwali gift hampers, this year for sure something new is coming ๐Ÿ˜ย And aiming to make some traditional Telugu sweets ๐Ÿ˜ป
  • Prashanthi’s housewarming party – decorations and return gifts – try to achieve something new – very much inspired by Samantha’s gift hampers for #WoVen
  • I wNt to add something new – #OctoFest – celebrating October with #Orange – ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŽƒ

so much on my plate besides my demanding office work – even my physical trainer could not fit me in her time slots and she sent me a message that my schedule is very tight ๐Ÿ˜œ I myself found it is very true as 24 hours in a day is not at all enough ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

One more thing I forgot – I have to squeeze in some time for #RajuGariGadhi2 – for Nagarjuna and Samantha โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ For the New bindings, new beginnings ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ I wish I could see the movie on ย #FridayThe13th ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป

I am trying to explore in the domains which I never dreamt of or thought but the bottom line is I am enjoying every min of what I am going through right now – #findingInnerStrength ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช #Handmade gives so much happiness since no two pieces look alike ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #PushingAndKickingMyBoundaries ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

You will for sure see the pics of what I have achieved for each of the events I am planning ….๐Ÿ˜

Happy Dussehra ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

9FC4AE67-D9CD-4326-BD88-886C35639BBE#Happydussehra – ย first time ever in my life tried making Ammavaru with air dry clay and painted, not perfect I know but I tried something that I wanted to do. A thought came last week when I am making diyas for deepavali with air Dry clay (thus is also my very first time with clay to make ammavaru, I am able to materialize my vision, I know it is not perfect with so many drawbacks but I am happy, actually little emotional that I am able to complete with so many constraints instead of giving up. I wanted to do it today on #Dussehra ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ย I am praying for ย Her blessings on all of us

Corn Moon

CornMoon – yesterday when I first saw the moon when I went out for a walk, it was so yellowish and very big, I could not capture its beauty with my phone but it was astonishingly beautiful for my naked eyes and ever thirsting soul, then he disappeared beneath the dense clouds, after an hour so, he just came out but not yellowish – as usual I get disappointed with my photographic skills for not able to capture the beauty of nature …

a small doubt – this is regarding the language – should I address moon as it or heย ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” so I used both ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

Raarandoi Veduka Chuddam

imageMovie chala chala bagundi. Except for 10 min irritating comedy (in the wedding ceremony) in the first half, the rest of the movie is awesome, never seen before Chaitanya and Rakul – i instantaneously fell in love with Siva and Brahmarambha as I thought I would exactly after seeing the teaser ย – very genuine emotions and consistency in the characters’ characterizations throughout the movie are very much felt and impressive – the bonding between father and son, father and daughter and mother and daughter – how much parents value their daughter’s behavior, actions and emotions; how strong and adorable mother and daughter characters are; heroine asking her grand mother why she has been misguided all through out life about some prince would come and marry her, otherwise she would have loved Siva; the over pampered girl with so much of innocence but at the same time not hesitating or not even thought of holding back of expressing her feelings contradicting her father’s beliefs in the climax (telling her father that he might have thought that it was deceit but she thinks that it is love regarding the misconception that her dad has against Siva’s dad) and also asking him what if she would have done the same thing as her aunt has done is worth mentioning; even the father is willing to cancel the marriage to honor his daughter’s wish; how much Sampath garu is restrained himself from hitting his wife even though he raised his hand on his wife ( I really respect the director ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป for this scene) – many of these kind of scenes and strong characterizations and situations in this movie haven’t gone without being felt and appreciated and finally stating who the real prince in any girl’s life; and how Sampath garu in a very subtle way supports and understands his wife’s fears and feeling and emotions ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป. ย I don’t have to mention the breakup scene as Chaitanya just steals our hearts. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Initially I guess I heard that Samantha is playing against Chaitanya in this movie and the movie’s title is ‘Kalyanam’ and then I read that Rakul is playing the lead role and I was very much disappointed. But after watching the movie (twice already ๐Ÿ˜), I can’t even imagine anyone except Rakul as Brahmarambha โค๏ธ I just fell in love with that character. she is very innocent, beautiful and strong and her traditional outfits are gorgeous.image

one of Chaitanya’s career best performances, he is so adorable; his body language and energy levels are completely different from his earlier movies (may be we have seen this to a certain extent in Thadakha) but this one is more matured and in some scenes, his performance is way above our expectations; sometimes I am little worried that he would take more place in my heart pushing Nagarjuna away – oh no it would not and should not happen ๐Ÿ˜image
finally convinced why Nagarjuna has been saying these four characters as four pillars to this movie since the press meet a month ago – I too feel them as four pillars not only as characters but as performers too. I adore mother’s character too.
I loved all the songs and bought them on iTunes and have been listening to them since then, apart from the title track, my top picks are thakita thakajham (both tracks) and nee vente nenutae (DSP ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป) โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

 

Que Sera Sera – Happy Birthday Doris Day

doris day 1Happy birthday Doris Day ! #myfavactress – remember Que Sera Sera – What will be, will be …
In Alfred Hitchcock’s movie – The Man Who Knew Too Much

 

 

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, “What will I be?
Will I be handsome, will I be rich?”
Here’s what she said to me

“Que Sera, Sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be”

When I grew up, I fell in love
I asked my sweetheart, “What lies ahead?
Will we have rainbows, day after day?”
Here’s what my sweetheart said

“Que Sera, Sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be”

Now I have children of my own
They ask their father, “What will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich?”
I tell them tenderly

“Que Sera, Sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be”

She is one of my favorite actresses from old classic movies.

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Andย I love this pair foreverย –ย Doris Day and Rock HudsonPillow Talk is the one that immediately comes to my mind ย – such a nice romantic comedy; Send me no flowers another hilarious one

 

 

Happy Birthday #DorisDay – whether you are 93 or 95, I always adore you, have a blessed life doris day 4โคdoris day 2

“Que Sera, Sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be”

watch the song hereย click the link

 

Conditional and Unconditional love

ishaThere is really no such thing as conditional love and unconditional love. There are conditions and there is loveย – when I saw this message on Isha Foundation FB page few weeks ago – I just brushed it off as I strongly believe in unconditional love (it is not love without conditions, rather love under all conditions – sounds the same meaning, may be love a person/persons or things without expecting anything in return – even love in return). But in contrary to my very own strong belief, few weeks after it is posted on FB, I have posted a message affirming that statement ย – as my strong belief and feelings about unconditional love are being shattering and was ready to accept that there were conditions and there was love and no such thing as conditional love and unconditional love. Some of my close people – friends and family, were little worried that something might have happened and some one might have hurted my feelings as they haven’t seen that sort of negativity from my side. I was not questioning someone’s behaviour or actions rather I was questioning my sensitive heart about my love (which I thought unconditional towards some people until now was little bit wavering). I am not sure why I was reacting that way – may be I am expecting too much or atleast some in the way I wanted or may be not able to respond or realize the love I am receiving). I have been in that mood for a day or two and then again became normal. But not sure that I was convinced completely of the existence of unconditional love to which I was held on strongly for decades. Meanwhile I have experienced God’s love and blessings in many ways while I was in India (my Tirupathi visit and Lord Venkateswara’s darshan is a testimony for that fact- kori kanipinchava leka korikani penchava … hopefully in another blogย article). But there is a small void somewhereย in my heart and a lump in my throat.

Then I returned back to New York and came to my officeย and toย my astonishment saw this on my keyboard – this is from our cleaning lady and she got this nameIMG_0273ย plaque custom made from her country – Columbia. She got these for few of our staff (very few I should say) when she went home for a vacation; and then again with the divine intervention, I am slowly on my way back to my norms – believing in the existence of unconditional love – pure bliss, hope and wish to be in this state of being without getting affected by any storms .. am I differing with Sadgaru on this aspect or may be I am not able to understand what exactly he meant by that statement or may be I expect the same quality of love in return from the people so very close to my heart or may be I am not able to realize that love from them even though they are showering love on me boundlessly … I am in a dilemma .. just praying to Baba to give me that resilience toย overcome these small nuances …