This is a true story that had happened in 1892 at Stanford University . Its moral will always be relevant.
A young, 18-year-old student was struggling to pay his fees. He was an orphan, and not knowing where to turn for money, he came up with a bright idea. A friend and he decided to host a musical concert on campus to raise money for their education. They reached out to the great pianist Ignacy J. Paderewski. His manager demanded a guaranteed fee of $2000 for the piano recital. A deal was struck.
And the boys began to work to make the concert a success. The big day arrived. Paderewski performed at Stanford. But unfortunately, they had not managed to sell enough tickets. The total collection was only $1600. Disappointed, they went to Paderewski and explained their plight. They gave him the entire $1600, plus a cheque for the balance $400. They promised to honour the cheque soonest possible. “No.” said Paderewski. “This is not acceptable.” He tore up the cheque, returned the $1600 and told the two boys “Here’s the $1600. Please deduct whatever expenses you have incurred. Keep the money you need for your fees. And just give me whatever is left” The boys were surprised, and thanked him profusely.
It was a small act of kindness. But it clearly marked out Paderewski as a great human being. Why should he help two people he did not even know? We all come across situations like these in our lives. And most of us only think “If I help them, what would happen to me?” The truly great people think, “If I don’t help them, what will happen to them?”* *They don’t do it expecting something in return. They do it because they feel it’s the right thing to do.
Paderewski later went on to become the Prime Minister of Poland. He was a great leader, but unfortunately when the World War began, Poland was ravaged. There were over 1.5 million people starving in his country, and no money to feed them. Paderewski did not know where to turn for help. He reached out to the US Food and Relief Administration for help. The head there was a man called Herbert Hoover – who later went on to become the US President. Hoover agreed to help and quickly shipped tons of food grains to feed the starving Polish people. A calamity was averted. Paderewski was relieved. He decided to go across to meet Hoover and personally thank him. When Paderewski began to thank Hoover for his noble gesture, Hoover quickly interjected and said, “You shouldn’t be thanking me Mr. Prime Minister. You may not remember this, but several years ago, you helped two young students go through college in the US . I was one of them.”
The world is a wonderful place. What goes around comes around ! Sometimes we notice it, sometimes we don’t..
I had my first Manicure and Pedicure at a professional saloon in Manhattan last week, two days after my birthday. Actually that is one of my birthday gifts from my niece Madhuri. The whole experience was quite exciting.
Madhuri has stayed with me almost six months. I am not sure whether I had made any impact on her, but she certainly had done on me. In my considerably long life, I hadn’t had strong memories of having nail polish, may be when I was a kid, that’s it. And I had (had ani enduku antunnanu antae, ippudu cheyyatamledu andukani) a very very bad habit – nail biting, when I was in tension, especially when I was struggling with any problems – be either at office or home or to that matter any where naa nails pani ayyipoyalasindhae. Papam naa nails …
I was so embarrassed to show my forehands to anyone, my palms are so soft but for my fingers and for my nails. Since Madhuri came to New York, she was on my back for makeup and manicure and pedicure (m & p)… I was just ignoring her. One day I was in Macy’s and overheard the conversation between two cashiers about nail polish – saramsam emitantae nail polish prevents nail biting. idi ado baganae undi try cheyyali ankuni finally I yielded to Madhuri for m & p. I had my first m & P done by Madhuri at home. And since then every week to ten days I was sitting before her for my m & p. And she has some standards for quality stuff. She buys only OPI nail polish or Sephora’s. And slowly I have become more aggressive and violent and started experimenting with some weird colors. When I told this to Unnu, she asked me to send some pictures of my hands with those weird colors. I took pictures but I did not dare to send her those as I was in a dilemma which ones are more weird – my fingers or my nails or the nail polish colors.
When I went to the salon, I was so excited as it was the first time and I was so eager to take pictures of my pedicure and manicure , mainly to put them in my blog, but the lady was so offended and tried to hide her face asked me not to take her picture. I felt so bad and apologised her for hurting her feelings. My intention is to share the whole process.
In this process of evolution, the current stage is – three weeks ago I have ordered OPI (three fabulous colors) nail polish from Amazon.com.
Anyways that is the story of my Manicure and Pedicure.
Very strange things happened on this birthday.
1. Swathi, my niece, has asked me what I would like to do in New York which I haven’t done at all, I immediately said walking on Brooklyn Bridge and if possible all the bridges connecting Manhattan to outside world in all directions. So there I was on Brooklyn Bridge…. https://picasaweb.google.com/SaradaPurushotham/MyBirthday28June2011?authkey=Gv1sRgCOWtruHh-4fUwE#
2. Something special happened this year which I never experienced in my life. I have received Birthday wishes from almost 30+ people who are complete strangers to me. I haven’t received birthday wishes from usual group of people (not from everyone, I received from some) from whom I receive wishes every year, on the other hand I received wishes from strangers and one person from that group has become very close pal to me and she asks whether she could call me atthyya and I gladly agreed for it.
I have received “The President’s Volunteer Service Award” two days ago through mail. I was really surprised and of course got little emotional. I have started this service three years ago, immediately after my husband passed away – I have given an oath to my husband before he had left from my life physically that I would spend the rest of my life in extending service to humanitarian causes as he had lived his life for many of such causes through out his career for which I am always proud of.
I was/am/will not expecting any “awards” for the work I do, but this surprising “rewards” made me little emotional. I totally believe if I could change the lives for better for at least some people (complete strangers – so idi nisvaradhamaina seva ani anukuntanu)*, that would be the best award and reward from Baba to me.
These rewards make me believe that these are the blessings from Baba, my parents and my beloved husband. And I pray to them to give me enough strength to move forward in the right direction …
* Until recently I believed that I am trying to change the lives of some people, but my perspective of my own actions has drastically changed after I saw the movie The Blind Side.
Profile number is 8 based on below formula
S + A + R + A + D + A
1 + 1 + 9 + 1 + 4 + 1 = 17
1 + 7 = 8
Business, finance, and executive ability are your best skills. Power, control and strength are your key words. All combined, makes you an excellent candidate for directing large organizations, corporate ventures, government agencies or military units. You …excel in areas that requires organizational and decision making ability. But, there is a karmic nature to this number also. What you sow, you reap. Use of force, dominance, and excess strength, returns to you in kind. All goes full circle, and it is important that you learn to balance the spiritual as well as the material side of your life. Work for personal satisfaction and the benefit of others will reward you two fold. You are intense, and give much, but need equal in return in any relationship.
I hope and wish this was true.
My niece, Swathi, has posted her comment – The hidden meaning behind your name is…AWESOME. (You don’t need an app for that!).
After seeing her comment naaku anipinchindi nijamae ayyuntadilae lekapothae endukantundi atlaga ani – ringing any bells when you read this line – Jr. NTR’s Brindavanam – ee statelo (most) eligible bachelor nenaeni maa nanna antuntadu, nijam kakapothae enduku antadulae
idi chadivana valla kandariki naaku telisi okatae anipisthadi – nenu cinemalu tega chusthanani ….