What makes the great GREAT

What Makes The Great GREAT by Denis P. Kimbro

The following is an excerpt from this book. My husband bought this book from Barnes and Noble long time ago. And he had put together some of the gems from this book and I used to hand this sheet in my office room. While I was moving between different offices, I had put this one in the office drawers which suddenly came out today when I was cleaning stuff in my office as I am going to move to a new office from 1st Feb. So I decided to post this matter on my blog and hang this again in my new office. While I am writing this, something came to my mind. My husband started writing a book ‘Experiencing God’ which he could not complete for various reasons. I should try to bring that book into limelight.


People with great dreams know no poverty

Each one of us is as rich as our own dreams

 Build it well, whatever you do

Build it straight and strong and true

Build it clean and high and broad

Build it for the eye of God

 Goethe: Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute. What you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and the mind grows heated. Begin and then the work will be completed.

 What makes the great GREAT?

Here is the quality of personality that many successful people share. No matter how they differ, there is an attitude, a quiet assurance based on self-knowledge that says to the effect. “I have been tried in some tough situations and I have passed the test, I know what I am. The successful shares a special power. They conduct their affairs with a sense of purpose. Their priorities are clear and they orchestrate the events of their lives with a masterful touch. High achievers move smoothly from one phase of their lives to the next. No motion is wasted.

 Here is what some of them say:

  •  Life is a grindstone, but whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends upon what you are made of.
  • You may not be responsible for getting knocked down, but you are certainly responsible for getting back up!
  • “Sing loud,” my father always told me, “Just in case someone is listening. Talent helps. But greatness has more in common with nerve than it ever will with ability.”
  • He prayed, not to have more, but to be more, not for fame, but to be transformed.
  • Learn to meet hard times with a harder will. If you work two years of your life like others won’t, you will spend the rest of your life like others can’t.
  • Everyone fears something. Though worry and trepidations may crowd your thoughts, there is always room for faith, so if you attempt something great and find your knees shaking, try kneeling on them (to God). Failure or death wins no victory over such people.

Tofu Palak snack

This is very easy to make and tastes super and healthier too I guess


Spinach 1 packet (i pound)

Tofu – extra firm – 1lb

cloves – 4 to 5

cinnamon – small piece

cardamom – 4 to 5

ginger – small piece

garlic – 1 or 2 cloves

green chilli – 5 to 6

dry coriander powder 1 tablespoon

salt to taste


Preparation time – 5 to 10 minutes.

Do not cut the spinach, could be used as whole. Cut tofu into small pieces and saute in two spoons of oil until they turn golden brown. Saute the spinach in a different pan for a few minutes and add the tofu pieces to it. Mince the ginger, garlic and green chillies, and powder the cloves, cinnamon and cardamom and add this powder, coriander powder and ginger garlic paste. and add 1 small spoon of ghee and let it cook for 5 minutes. And voila the tofu spinach smack is ready.


Quotations …

  • Every act of kindness done makes life nicer for someone
  • Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts.  This is the secret of success.  – Swami Sivananda
  • Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude
  • Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.  ~Robert Brault
  • Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.  – Vivian Komori
  • Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials.  Hold on; hold fast; hold out.  Patience is genius.  – Georges-Louis Leclerc
  • Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.  – Robert Schuller
  • Distance means nothing when someone means everything
  • No measure of time with you will be long enough. But let’s start with forever. – Breaking Dawn Twilight Saga

Curry puffs

I made curry puffs today for the birthday party of our Director of Population Division.


Pepperidge farm Pastry sheets – 2

Onions 1

Potato 2 to 3

Beetroot 4 small

Carrot 1

Tomato 1

Green pepper big one 1



Turmeric powder

Red pepper powder

Dhania powder (powder of coriander seeds)


Thaw the pastry sheets for an hour before the curry puffs are made (of course the time depends on the weather)

prepare the curry – boil the potatoes, finely chop carrots and beet root and boil them separately. Mash the potatoes after boiled. Saute the onions in two spoons of ghee, and add mashed potatoes, carrots, beet rooy, finely chopped tomatoes, green pepper and tofu to it. After a few minutes, add turmeric, red chilli powder, salt and coriander powder and get cook the curry for another 10 minutes.

Each pastry sheet can be cut down into 9 pieces (shown in the pic). And add curry in each part and close the puff by pulling up all 4 corners and stick them together by applying some corn starch paste (corn starch powder mixed in little water). And then bake them in the oven, If it is a big oven, set at 300 to 400 degree temperature and bake them all at once. I used toaster oven, so I could bake six at a time.

With the given vegetable measurements, I made 27 puffs and I have some curry still left over.

Pastry sheets are little fatty, otherwise the rest is very healthy.

Sankranthi 2012

This Sankranthi, we had a family get-together at Kameswaris’ house to celebrate ‘Bogi pallu’ for all the kids in the family – starting from Sunny to Mahi (14 kids). We had a potluck dinner. The menu was Samosa chat, Garaelu + allam pachhadi, Poori and aloo koorma, Pulihora, vankaya podi koora, sambar, majjiga pulusu, bobbattulu, Almond burfi, julab jamun.Naa digital SLR tho photos pichhaekinchanu as usual ga.

Nenu online lo search chesi, kalasala muggu kooda pettanu, Flowers + confetti ki Akhil, Kameswari and Sunny help chesaru. Nenu Ipad lo chusthu muggu peduthu untae Kameswari captured the moment.

Kids had a nice time and finally everyone declared that Kanth’s and Kameswari’s house should be ‘THE PARTY HOUSE’ for future parties.

4 January

4 January – one of the worst days of my life. I can never forget this date as long as I breathe. On this day in 2008, my husband got a heart attack. I did not even know that he had a massive attack when I was taking him to the hospital. He struggled for his breath and without knowing I was hitting on his chest and asked my niece to call 911. Before the help came, he seemed to be normal and looking into my eyes and told me ‘naaku em avvaledu, nenu baganae unnanu ani’. I did not know at that moment those would be his last words. I was shocked to know from the doctors that he had a massive heart attack and nothing would help him no matter whatever they try and he may not come out of the operation table. With zero hopes and with just faith in Baba, I asked the doctors to do whatever they can. But miraculously, they were able to put the stent. I thought Baba was kind enough for us and thought and believed that it would be a matter of time that he would come out of the sedation effect. He did not come out of the sedation and he fought for 17 days and finally gave up the battle on 21 January and left me alone in this world. I still cannot believe how he could do that to me. During that period, Lakshmi was kept on saying that he did not want to leave me and go and hence he had fought for 17 days. I hope that was true. Even when I wished him ‘Happy New Year” on 1 Jan, he said, “yeah it is New Year but would it be happy?”. True to each letter, 2008 was the miserable year of my whole life.

He was a typical Aquarian – inventive, unique, stubborn, and at times very unpredictable; he was friendly, kind and humanitarian, but very private

He was a big fighter, and he did not know the meaning of ‘giving up’. He fought for many causes throughout his service in various highly prestigious positions(District Magistrate, District Collector, Managing Director of Co-operative Supermarkets, Chief Executive of an Industrial Cooperative, Chairman of the Small Farmers Development agency and Tribal Development Agency, Director of Backward Classes Welfare, Commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments to name some) he has held when he was in India His heart was always close to the under privileged people – let it be the rural development in Srikakaulam or allowing any person who has an interest to learn Vedas irrespective of caste, creed or sex. He laid sankusthapana (foundation) for few temples in USA – Sri Venkateswara Temple in Pittsburgh, Sri Meekanshi Temple in Houston. He played a vital role in getting H1 visas to priests who came to this country to serve the God and the people and ultimately themselves.

For all his kind hearted, unselfish work rendered to the society (Manava sevae Madhava seva , మానవ సేవే మాధవ సేవ – he has done service to human beings and to God also by administering 30000 temples), Baba has taken utmost care of him  I am sure Baba must have provided him a much better place now and taking care of him so fondly.

He is my best friend for ever and I miss him very dearly in every little thing I do. Without our knowledge, I have learnt many things from him and whatever I am today, that is because of him and his ‘sangathyam’. I am really fortunate to have him as a major part of my life and looking forward to reach him at the earliest with the hope that he must be waiting for me somewhere as he always did.