About Sarada Purushotham

Truly believe in the saying - "The value of anything you own, lies in its utility, not in its possession". My heart is very close to kids and education. I am involved in some educational programs through New York Cares, the city's largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,200 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools. I want to explore and expand the horizon and go beyond what I am visualizing at present ...

Hyderabad to New York

On my return from India on 14 March, after few hours of sleeping on the flight, I started feeling little down and started analyzing my emotional disturbance and started penning my thoughts at that time …

unnuPrati feeling like I left a part of me in Hyderabad and started missing it. I know the best part of me lies in New York but I still yearn for the missing part. New York and Hyderabad are the two places very close to my heart – Hyderabad more for people and their unconditional love but New York, besides people I have a strong affliction with the place it self – the place where I met my soul mate and where we have shared many beautiful moments and I could still feel the warmth of his love for me; saw many hills and valleys  in life;

 

 

and the way New York embraces me and gave me enough sIloveny.pngtrength to battle the loneliness and showed the righteous path and making me a better person day after day after my husband passed away 10 years ago; it extracts some of the imbibed qualities in me and made me a stronger person. I know besides New York, my beloved parents, my husband and Baba are helping me to achieve many things which have been mere dreams in the past; to pull me and provide strength when I become weak and fall on my knees; to recreate my life in a way which I never thought exist.
When I am writing this, I could feel a lump in my throat and tears are just rolling down …

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Aging gracefully

amalaLast week, when I heard of Sri Devi’s untimely departure from this world, and hearing different stories about it, the first thing that came to my mind was ‘Aging Gracefully’ with Amala Akkineni’s signature on it. and I have been thinking about Amala a lot – how she molds her life by embracing and engulfing in the things she is passionate about without compromising despite being a celebrity and part of an iconic celebrity family. I am sure there are many women who have written their beautiful signatures on their dreams and many more on their way …

and few days later, I saw Amala’s post on Facebook with the same title where she has poignantly poured out het heartfelt emotions about women in general and about women in limelight more specifically.

Will you let me age gracefully?

Will you let me age gracefully without needing to comment on how tired I look or the weight I have gained?
The shadows under my eyes are from reading glass lines and freckles change to age spots everyday.

Will you let me dress without feeling low self esteem that I am not size zero anymore, nor that I wear the season’s couture?
A washed handloom engulfs me providing market to the looms, comfortably accommodating menopause.

Will you let me stop colouring my hair, let me wear it short, without referring to my long tresses in Pushpak, at 19?
The bad hair days get captured, not the wisdom I carry, and that’s demoralizing. Surely cameras can show the depth of a person and not just the surface?

Will you let me discuss meaningful things without interrupting the flow with questions on how I cook or what the season’s latest gossip demands?
My inner being thrives on accomplishing things that make a difference, things I seek to complete before my physical form is put to rest.

Will you let me walk through my day with peace and calm without the endless messages to attend events teeming with emptiness?
I need to complete life’s mission, but I can’t if my head spins in endless carousels, important to you, no doubt.

Will you free me of the box office madness, the TRP wars, Page 3, the likes, the comments, the traps that menacingly surround everything we do?
You have caught me in a time warp, a cage of fame, while my spirit is free.
Allow me a life, some privacy, to engage with humanity and the universe, with purpose, truth, compassion and some respect for those now gone.

Amala Akkineni

Blend of Traditions

IMG_8581#Christmas2017 #BlendOfTraditions last year was my first Christmas tree  at home and of course I wanted to do it differently and used fresh flowers theme and it was a smashing hit. This year I have been looking into some novel ideas; since I have done hand made diyas on a large scale for Diwali with air Dry clay and painted them with colors and decorated them with small muggulu and jewelry, I wanted to make some diyas and small mason jar decorations for the tree.

I have started looking for small mason jars to put some tea candles and hang them to the tree and also diyas with small tea candles, that is where my amazing journey to the #BlendOfTraditions #ChristmasTree2017 decorations started – #discoveringInnerStrengths; #becomingStrong day after day, #ArtsAndCrafts 

Then started looking into Pinterest for more ideas besides having diyas and mason jars – and decided to buy plain glass ornaments, paint those and draw muggulu (rangolis) on those and then I have entered int a domain that I am not familiar with  – I used to put muggulu and gobbaemmalu from my childhood until I finished my undergrad. but never in my life I was into arts and crafts this way as I am for the past one and half years. I never knew I could be creative with my hands (I thought I was good only at programming).

 

Then my amazing journey started. I enjoyed every minute of this 3 weeks project – running back and forth to Michaels store – could be for paints, or for the plain glass balls or anything in between. It was like a retreat to me, more like meditation, just focusing on the work no thoughts of any sort. #immensepeace #completebliss

I kept my tree at my sister’s place as I do not have space at my apartment and brought it back when I went to her place for Thanksgiving weekend. then I put up the tree after a few days and kept it like that for more than a week. last year we have used 300 lights and Karthi has fixed those as he does it in a typical way and then I decorated with flowers changing them over for 3 times. This year also he has offered his help, but I wanted to do it myself as I want to learn things on my own. he even wanted to facetime.

So ‘decoration of tree lights’ has become a nightmare and every time when I looked at the tree, I felt like it was asking when I would adorn her with lights and decorations and I was feeling miserable. Prithi was coming to New York for a day and I wanted to call her and ask her help, but I held myself from doing that. Christmas Tree without lights looks like Times Square during daytime, no kidding I swear.

I did not want to wrap the light strings around the tree, may be that is how many trees are being adorned. So I started checking for youtube videos on decorating the lights on the tree, the first one or two were not very helpful but then I found the perfect one and I just followed what I understood and it came out very beautiful. I had

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tree with 500 lights

another 200 lights which I bought for Diwali, so I had 500 lights and I thought I was in a good shape. But with those I could come only half way through the tree but I really loved the way it was coming up.

 

of course I had to buy more lights, I have decided to buy 300 more and may be an extra 100 in case. But finally ended up having 500 when I was at the counter to pay. I have used 400 of those.

 

 

9DE68C4D-E4E3-41C0-AADA-63086EE7A09DMy beautiful tree with 900 lights.

I feel so proud as it got its professional look and I also got the compliments for that look

 

 

Then came the ornaments – I have decided to have simple muggulu and some Christmas spirted designs – I am taking pics of every piece of decoration which caught my eyes’ attention and tugs at my heartstrings – let those be on the windows of any place, or Pinterest or even from the cardboard box from Michaels stores, every frame is locked in my iPhone.

I checked for small muggulu on google, I practiced the ones I like few times before I laid my hands on the ornaments. So I used some foam balls too besides glass ornaments.

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IMG_8668 Then came the idea of making snowmen and took some suggestions from Prashanthi and opened the doors for another domain, I bought some felt to make the caps for snowmen and used wool yarn to make the scarfs. Just in time for our first Snow storm.

 

I used foam balls to make cup cake decorations and some with small designs with ‘Sree’.

I did not buy a star but I used last year one not anything specific but I wanted to add pine cones to it and used 25 lights to it.

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I wanted to make a candy cane wreath to hang on the front door, I made it but I do not think it is strong enough to be put on the door so I used it as a decorative piece.

 

 

 

I used 6 small mason jars – painted them inside and filled them up with Epsom salt with eucalyptus fragrance and placed remote controlled LED Tea Candles and used them as decorative pieces rather than adorning the tree with them.

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I wanted to make a wreath with all the different ornaments I made for my tree – a cup cake, a diya, glass ornaments painted and designed with muggulu on them, and a mini snowman.

 

I have made snow flakes with coffee filters and hang them from the ceiling9BCA4E97-8A6B-4F41-B950-8EEB7619E68A

CCBE68AB-A7B1-4309-9E4D-27F0DA880786I bought Christmas train last year. my beloved husband and I had a special fascination for trains and we would love to watch these trains going around the tree around this time of the year and we used to buy these for our dear friends’ kids for Christmas. There is a toy trains shop on 45th street between 5th and 6th Aves into which I never entered into, which is 15 min walk from my place and every time I pass by this store, I stop for a moment listening to the train sounds reminiscing the beautiful memories I had with my beloved husband; and I miss him very dearly especially more during this time of the year. I am sure that he would be so proud to watch all my achievements and I am longing to see the sparkle in his eyes. He was and he is the biggest strength I have on any day.

I have made about 121 ornaments out of which I gifted 17 ornaments and used 4 for my wreath (the diya on the wreath is the one I made for my Oktofest),

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gift hamper for karthi

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gift hamper for prashanthi as her theme is Santa Clause – so everything is in red and white

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Lakshmi has gifted me this beautiful piece which has live action with Christmas Carols playing

 

 

So finally my gorgeous tree with 100 ornaments with 900 lights and the star with 25 lights stood as a testimony of my passion, hard work, determination and novel approach.

Some of my beautiful pieces

Watch here glimpse of my tree showing every ornament

Check here for my complete christmas tree 2017 picture album

Handcrafted/Handmade has become my signature lately. Thanks to Baba for making me a better person day after day and His immense support and guidance in everything I do. He is the Kartha, Karma, and Kriya

 

 

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 Prashanthi’s housewarming party 🎉. So almost 10 days left in October to call this as #Oktofest 😜
I have many ideas coming and going like flashes / more than going out and they are coming and settling only 😊

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 🍊 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 🎃 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 🎃, 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 🤔 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 👣👣👣
so that’s all folks me and my #Oktofest 😊😍

Bubbling Ideas

I am #bubbling with so many ideas:

  •  Deepavali – my gift hampers to my family, and colleagues – every year I want to add some extra touch to it 😊 evolving in the process 😜 of making Diwali gift hampers, this year for sure something new is coming 😍 And aiming to make some traditional Telugu sweets 😻
  • 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 – 🎃🍂🍁🍁🌾🌾🎃

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 😜 I myself found it is very true as 24 hours in a day is not at all enough 🤔🤔🤔🤔

One more thing I forgot – I have to squeeze in some time for #RajuGariGadhi2 – for Nagarjuna and Samantha ❤️❤️❤️ For the New bindings, new beginnings 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🍸🍸🍸 I wish I could see the movie on  #FridayThe13th 🙈🙉💀💀👽👽👻👻

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 🤗🤗💪💪💪 #Handmade gives so much happiness since no two pieces look alike 😍😍😍 #PushingAndKickingMyBoundaries 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

You will for sure see the pics of what I have achieved for each of the events I am planning ….😍

Happy Dussehra 🙏🙏🙏

9FC4AE67-D9CD-4326-BD88-886C35639BBE#Happydussehra –  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 🙏🙏🙏 I am praying for  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 he 🤔🤔🤔 so I used both 😜😜😜