Why I started blogging …

I really started this blog to try to record every thought that passes my mind. That also gives me an opportunity to go back into my memories at different stages of my life – past, present and future and analyze my true self …

I was sharing all my thoughts, my feelings, my humiliations and my experiences with my husband – we are more like friends.
Since he is not with me physically, I guess this is the only way I can get my thoughts out and share them with people who cares for me.

మనసున మనసై బ్రతుకున బృతుకై తోడకురుందిన అదే భాగ్యము అదే స్వర్గము dedicated to my loving friend and husband

Movie Name: Doctor Chakravarthy
Singers: Ghantasala
Lyricist:Sri Sri
Music Director: Saluri Rajeswara Rao
Year: 1964

Lines I like :
manasuna manasai
bratukuna bratukai
manasuna manasai
bratukuna bratukai
tODokarunDinna adE baagyamu adE swargamu

aashalu theerani aavEsamulO
aashayaalalO aavEdanalO
cheekaTi moosina yE kantamulO
tODokarunDinna adE baagyamu adE swargamu
ninnu ninnuga prEminchuTaku
nee kOsamE kanneeru ninchuTaku

ninnu ninnuga prEminchuTaku
nee kOsamE kanneeru ninchuTaku
nEnunnaanani ninDuga palikE
tODokarunDinna adE baagyamu adE swargamu
chElimiyE karuvai valapE arudai
chEdarina hrudayamE sila ai pOga
nee vyadha tElisi neeDaga nilichi
tODokarunDinna adE baagyamu adE swargamu
manasuna

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Maya Angelou – “America’s most visible black female autobiographer”

Maya Angelou born as Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928 is an American author and poet who has been called “America’s most visible black female autobiographer” by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie.

To know more about her, http://mayaangelou.com/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday… Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.
And, there on television, she said it was ‘exciting…’
Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day….. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’

‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’

‘I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.’

‘I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life.’

‘I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.’

‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back…’

‘I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.’

‘I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.’

‘I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back…’

‘I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn…’

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’

New York – Part 1

“City that never sleeps” – always fascinates me with its beauty, courage, strength, casual, huge crowds, multiculturalism, public transportation, restaurants, and what not.

May be I have lived most of my life (31 years) here – Sekhar antuntadu appudappudu – “Bhoomi puttinappudu puttaru ani’ – I always remember that, especially when ever I fill the online forms and check for my date of birth – dragging the mouse pointer down the listbox (pathalamloki velthunnatu anipisthundi).

I am able to survive everything that happened to me is because I live in New York – and “I  NY”. Otherwise by this time I would have been certainly in a mental hospital.

The city gave me many many sweet, many good, some bad, some worse memories. I have vivid memories of most of the places my husband and I visited. We did take long walks during weekends. He never wanted to stay at home Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We were walking a lot. He knew the history of some of the buildings very well – from its architectural point of view, type of granite used etc., Many of our extended family members had experienced the mini New York tours with him would acknowledge that fact.

The city offers many opportunities to give back to the society in whatever way we can. so what and how we give is up to us – Sky is the limit for our imagination.

One of the logos that draws my attention in the recent AIDS walk 2011 – “Giving back never goes out of style”

Kids who amaze me all the time with their hidden talent – part 1

I love to be with kids around – endukantae it is very easy to be one among them. I have many kids in my life. They love me as much as I do love them. It happens to be close with some and if we spend some time, some quality time with them, we would find some amazing qualities in them.

In 2008, I have signed up a voluntary activity with New York Cares – “Making Get Well greeting cards” for the kids who have been hospitalised with some critical illnesses. Sunny has shown interest in this project and he accompanied me. His graffiti work really amazed me. We both made almost 15 cards from the scratch, of course with our own creativity. We thought we could make cards for all the occasions in the family from then on. Nenu aithae full excited, andari birthdays ki cards nene chesukovalani, asalu konakudaani, but BTW I never made a single card since then.

              

Everyone may know that Rachana is learning drawing from a renowned teacher. In 2010, she gave me her creative Ganesha on the day before Vinayaka Chavithi and I was really touched by her artistic abilities and the Ganesha’s wish to come to my house on such an auspicious day.

Small glitch in her artwork, she forgot to draw His vahanaMooshika. I am even more thrilled with the fact that He wouldn’t leave my house (transportation problem) and stays at my place PERMANENTLY. Yey !

         

Flowers, flowers, and flowers – simply love them

Naaku flowers antae chala pichhi ishtam, entha ishtam antae, oka 30+ years flashbackloki velithae, —-

nenu Vizag medical college lo medical entrance exam rasi bayatiki vachhi bus stop lo wait chesthuuna friends tho. Almost day antha exam room lone unnam, chala tired ga undhi. Cut chaesthae, akkada bus stop lo puvvulu (mallelu, kanakambaram etc) ammuthunnaru, nenu velli puvvulu konkkuntate maa friends antha shocked.

Maa intilo chala poola mokkalu undaevi, mallelu, kanakambaram, Roses, chemanthi, virajaji etc., cinema ki velluthunnam antae, puvvulu kosukine mala kattukuni pettukuni vellalisindi – cinema chudataniki puvvulu enduko?

Ippudu idi rashthu untae, naku gurthu vasthundi. Maa nanna gariki plants antae chala ishtam. Motham maa college campus (chala pedda campus) antha plants and trees veyincharu. Daggara undi water cheyinchae varu, morning college start avvaka mundu, during the day time malla evening after college, he was going around the place and taking care of each and every plant.

Two weeks ago I went to New York Botanical garden (Bronx) to see Orchid show, and I saw Bougainvilla plants there- white, pink, orange, and yellow flowers. Avi 40 years back maa college campus lo undaevi, very close to my dad’s office.

Most of these pictures are from the Orchid Show.