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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And I love this pair forever – Doris Day and Rock HudsonPillow Talk is the one that immediately comes to my mind  – 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 4doris 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 here 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 love – 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  – 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 blog article). But there is a small void somewhere in my heart and a lump in my throat.

Then I returned back to New York and came to my office and to my astonishment saw this on my keyboard – this is from our cleaning lady and she got this nameIMG_0273 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 to overcome these small nuances …

 

 

Oopiri – an emotional roller-coaster journey

imageOopiri – an emotional roller coaster journey.

That is what #Oopiri is all about – an apt tag line – ‪#‎celebrationOfLifeYOLOYou Only Live Once – Make it Count 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

“Life is not the amounts of breaths you take; It’s the moments that take your breath away” – Hitch

It is those moments you are by yourself physically and emotionally and analysing your life, experiencing your life, enriching your life and celebrating your life.

I have been reading rave reviews on Oopiri from film critics since its release. Most of the standard newspapers in India and some websites have given 4/5 rating. Overwhelmed with happiness.

  1. The Hindu: “Celebration of Life, indeed” by Sangeetha Devi  ****
  1. Deccan Chronicle: “Beautiful, emotional journey” ****
  1. Times Of India: “Oopiri is a beautiful film”**** and average readers’ rating 4.3
  1. India Today: “Oopiri is a beautiful film – All the right buttons pressed in this film” 3.5
  1. iDreampost: “Oopiri is a beautiful film; If Karthi is the life of the film, then Nagarjuna is its soul” by Hemanth ****
  • Two big thumbs up for Oopiri. It’s a film which you shouldn’t miss. Because, it’s the kind of film which makes you believe in the principle of YOLO – You Only Live Once. Make it count. Breathe and be thankful that you’ve the greatest gift that one could ask for – to be alive. Smile. Walk. Run. Fly. Live again.
  • http://www.idreampost.com/oopiri-movie-review/
  1. bollywoodhollywoodnet: “Karthi-and-Nagarjunas-epic-bromance-makes-this-comedy-drama-a-must-watch” ****

 

I can’t imagine how the whole team Oopiri celebrating the success, celebrating those Oopiri moments, celebrating the life …

It is their conviction that wins, their faith that wins, it is their passion that wins.

In a prelease oopiri team interview (the director, the producer and the main cast), the host has asked Nagarjuna how he could act sitting in a wheelchair  and charm the audience after Soggadae Chinnin Nayana where imagehe was bubbling with so much energy and he replied  ‘wheelchair lo kurchini chimpaeddamani’ with a burst of laughs among the team. He DID it INDEED, one of his career’s best performances.  Proud to be his admirer on any day, no ifs and buts. And of course as he coreectly points out in that interview, Oopiri will become a feather in his cap. He has so many of those …

There are few things touched my heart at Oopiri audio launch event and stayed there since then.

  1. Starting with the captain of the ship – the director, Vamshi Paidipally, told that he has reinvented himself with this movie and was almost in tears when he was acknowledging his love and gratitude to three persons – people behind his reinvention – Nagarjuna, Karthi and PVP garu
  2. Another noteworthy point mentioned by Vamshi – “most of the time people are in wheel chairs only” – literally not physically handicapped but practically and emotionally handicapped – not able to do the things/ or not do anything (lack of push to do) which they really want to do due to any reason not able to do; for all those #Oopiri gives inspiration to celebrate life.
  3. Prakash Raju garu – speaking from his heart and did not want to talk about the performances of the main cast rather he would prefer to talk about their characters in the real world – talking about Nagarjuna – he has pinpointed that the growth of a person is not measured in monetary terms but how much he helped others around him to grow in the process of his growing and in those terms “Nagarjuna is so rich, so wonderful and so loved”.
  4. Karthi in his speech mentioned that he was so excited to act with Nagarjuna and after working with him, his love for Nagarjuna had grown even more as it does not normally work that way as we had some expectations on certain persons and after meeting them or after being with them for certain period, we wouldn’t feel the same about that person any more. He is damn right about that. That was the fear I had for a very long time to meet Nagarjuna. But it turned out to be exactly the same way as Karthi felt for Nagarjuna. It really happened to us after meeting Nagarjuna last month when I was in India, and my love and admiration for him have been manifold million times. He has such a warm heart.
  5. Besides other things Nagarjuna has spoken at the audio launch, I got stuck with one thing very deeply – he strongly admitted that if we wish for anything intensely, it would materialize (“What do they say about the universe conspiring to make things happen when you really want something?” That’s what has happened  ‪#‎Oopiri ‪#‎SpecialMomentsInLife ‪#‎alwaysAlwaysHappens
  6. And Nagarjuna endearingly embraced Karthi as his younger brother. The off-screen bonding is very clearly seen on-screen

The whole cast and crew earned respect” –  very true as Vamshi Paidipally has responded on the success of this movie

Some compliments for the cast and crew from media

People behind Commercial Masala films assume audience to be brain less idiots whereas people behind Oopiri respect audience’s intelligence”  – Ram Gopala Varma

“ఈ సినిమాలోని గొప్పదనం ఏంటంటే…
మామూలుగా మనం ఏదైనా సినిమా చూస్తుంటే మనకి బాగున్న సీన్స్ దగ్గర ఫీల్ అవుతాం.
వాటి గురించి బయటకొచ్చి చెప్పుకుంటాం.
కానీ ఈ సినిమా అంతా కూడా గుండె బరువెక్కే ఒక మంచి ఫీల్ తో చూస్తాం.
అది మొదటి సీన్ నుండే డైరెక్టర్ ప్రిపేర్ చేస్తాడు.
సో ఈ సినిమా అంతా ఒక సింగిల్ సీన్ అనుకుంటే గనక ఆ సీన్ మహా అద్భుతం” – TNR from iDreampost.com

Even before the release of the movie, the whole team has been constantly reiterating the point that the movie itself has handpicked every artist and technician for which the audience finally convincingly agree – Karthi replacing Jr. NTR, Tamanna replacing Shruti Haasan.

In the success meet, few of the media people have pointed out that Karthi had more screen time than Nagarjuna or Karthi’s performance was awesome, then I loved the explanation from Vamshi Paidipally – The character which is very jubilant would reach the audience very quickly than the character which is very poised and subtle.

That actually explains why Bangaraju was felt and loved more than Ramu in Soggadae Chinni Nayana – Ramu’s character would be like slow poison as does Vikramadithya’s.

Few ramblings on Oopiri –oopiri moments in the movie

  1. I do not want to say much more about Nagarjuna, or about Karthi, or about Prakash Raj or Tamanna – They have all excelled in their roles; Nagarjuna and Karthi mesmerized the audience with their stellar performances.
  2. The whole movie is an emotional roller-coaster journey – peaks of happiness and sadness in the same screen – the man behind this – Vamshi Paidipally deserves and earns credit for making those emotions portrayed very well on the screen
  3. Cinematography by P S Vinod garu is brilliant. Eiffel Tower was shown so beautifully especially in the night-time when karthi slowly opened the retracted roof top of the car.
  4. There is no villian in oopiri – a very positive sign – spreading the positivity around
  5. Manishi vellina chotikalla manasu velladu – (heart doesn’t go to all the places the man goes) – #Oopiri –  it is absolutely true as we go to so many places on obligation
  6. Background score by Gopi Sunder garu 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻
  7. Lyrics by Sirivennela garu is very heart touching and thought provoking🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
    1. Nuvvemicchavo
      Neekaina adi telusuna
      Nenem pondhaano
      Naa mounam neeku telipenaNuvemichavo telusa vethike kala
      Neevalle kadha kalisa nanne nenila
    2. Oka life song – Ye.. Em ledhani
      Manam choodaligani
      Oopiri ledha
      Oohalu leva
      Neekosam nuvve leva
      Cheekatiki rangulese
      Kalalenno neethodai vasthundaga
      Ontariga life ani
      Aasakkooda aasani kaligincheyi
  8. Some brilliant scenes –
    1. Nagarjuna’s disinterested look with the beard and without any emotions in the initial scene of the movie- the audience could feel what he is going through – the loneliness – and he could not even come out of that in spite of Karthi being besides him as he knows that moment is temporary
    2. Nagarjuna looking at a bird through the window which is flapping its wings  – he sits steadily watching the bird aimagend may be thinking his inability to move his hands/or legs or any part of his body for that matter. If I am not wrong, there are two times we were shown that bird. I have heard a better simile about the bird’s episodes from Vamshi recently in a TV interview – in the initial scene it was flapping its wings but not able to fly (as Vikramadhitya’s inability to move inspite of his active mind), and the bird was flying at Anushka’s episode – where Vikramadhitya’s heart becomes very light as he came to know that she has been so happy with her present life.
    3. when everyone is dancing at his birthday party, Nagarjuna seems happy but once he looks at the legs of people dancing in front of him.
    4. When Karthi puts his hand on Nagarjuna’s hand to express his happiness, gratitude when his sister’s marriage is fixed, Nagarjuna just looks at the hands
    5. The complete painting episode which comeimages at different parts of the movie starting from Nagarjuna buying a painting at the gallery and ends with karthi’s dialogue at the end – ‘dust paper lanti naa jeevithanni oka painting laga marchevu’ –  is simply mind blowing – Vamshi garu 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
    6. Someone is praying for the things you take for granted” – clearly expressed by Anushka as she was wondering how could she be so happy with her present life when she had so much hatred for Nagarjuna with whom she was in deep love earlier
    7. I have to see the movie again to refresh my heart and memories. I did see the movie again. I would have seen the movie even more times if it has been screened in Manhattan 🙂

“హేట్సాఫ్‌ టు నాగార్జున గారు. ఆయన ఈ సినిమా చేయనంటే ఊపిరి తీసి ఉండేవాడిని కాదని వంశీ పైడిపల్లి చెప్పాడు. నిజంగా నాగార్జున లేకపోతే ‘ఊపిరి’ లేదు. తెలుగు సినీ చరిత్రలో చిరకాలం నిలిచిపోయే ఎన్నో చిత్రాలని చేసిన నాగార్జున నిజంగా మన తెలుగు చిత్ర సీమకి దొరికిన వరం.” – Ganesh Ravuri

Hats off to Nagarjuna garu, Vamshi Paidipally told that he would not have taken Oopiri movie if Nagarjuna hadn’t had agreed to act in this movie. Truly there is no Oopiri without Nagarjuna. Nagarjuna is a boon to the telugu film industry as he has done movies that could stay eternal in the history of telugu movies – Ganesh Ravuri (translation for the above statement in telugu)

The bottom line is “Oopiri aadakunda chese cinemaluntayi.. oopiri aagipothe bagunnu anipinche cinemalostayi.. Oopiri undaga chudalsina cinemalu #Oopiri lantivi!” – Ganesh Ravuri

As Chaitanya has correctly pointed out in his tweet that the soul of Oopiri is just a simple emotion – #Caring which we forgimageot from time to time.

 

 

Oopiri stays as a classic movie as long as cinema lives👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

For the whole cast and crew 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Are you the favorite person of anybody?

we have a nice coffee shop on the corner of our road. I love it for many reasons  eventhough I hardly had coffee there. I am very much attracted by its ambience, it is a small place without any fancy decorations, but it is a simple place. They have a small special menu board outside the place and there are some nice writings on the other side of the board. I actually want to write a separate post on this coffee shop with some pics of its writings. Recently I got attracted by this one.

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I walked passing this board atleast 4 times a day, and they usually keep the same message for few days. Whenever I passed this one, I kept on asking me this same question again and again, little depressing though. I wanted to take a pic of this but somehow I could not initially.

something happened Friday evening at work. Before I was about to leave, I went to ladies room to fetch some water for my plants. I saw our cleaning lady and I wished her and she said that she hadn’t seen me for a while. I told her that I went home for a holiday and returned back only a few days before and I inquired about how she has been doing. She told me that she too had been to Columbia (her home town, she is a Spanish lady) on vacation and suddenly she said she got me something from home. She went back to her desk and pulled a small packet from the drawer and gave it to me with a warm hug.

she got me a small card wallet.

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I was overwhelmingly happy that I was on someone’s mind even during their vacation time. That mere idea gave me immense happiness.

Why should I bother if I were a favorite person to somebody or not, just take the blessings of Baba as they come and be happy and contented.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😀😀😀😀

Happiness ….

imageOne of my students is preparing for college entrance exam – math part. (my volunteer project), I meet her Mondays and Tuesdays and she is going on vacation for a week and coming back next Wednesday and she wants to take the exam at the earliest. Sometimes I meet her besides those two days whenever she wants. She wants to work on her exam material even in vacation. So I told her yesterday if she wants I could meet her next Friday (as I have another project on Thursday evening) after she gets back, she said “sure I would be craving for you by that time” – Am I edible 😋

Where the magic happens ….

Obwherethemagichappensviously in your comfort zone 🙂

Why Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone Is The Best Thing ?

It’s important to push the boundaries of your comfort zone, and when you do, it is completely a new world.

Simply, your comfort zone is a behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. It provides a state of mental security. You benefit in obvious ways: regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress.

In order to maximize performance, however, we need a state of relative anxiety—a space where our stress levels are slightly higher than normal. This space is called Optimal Anxiety and it’s just outside our comfort zone.

Push, Push, Push – Expand your comfort zone

As part of my volunteer activities with New York Cares organization, I had been part of SAT prep program as a tutor for 4 years. This is a committed project for almost 8 months runs from October to May of the following year. Meets once a week for 2 hours. During this period, students take the practice test 4 times which made them comfortable with the exam format and question models and more than anything improves their stamina to sit for 4 to 5 hours taking this exam 🙂

A small presentation from New York Cares SAT Prep

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During my association with this organization since Feb 2008, I have volunteered almost 630+ projects and team-led 190+ projects, but I never have team-led this particular project. This leadership demands lots of time, planning, organization, patience, commitment, dynamic etc., So much time is demanded to make this project a success, and i possess most of those qualities but I never dare to enter into that domain.

I did tutor this project at various locations in Manhattan several years ago, 3 years continuously and suddenly took a break from it and started again last year at a location very close to my office and home (since this is a weekday evening session after work). So this year I was checking for that location at New York Cares website but I could not find it. Then I checked with the Project Manager at New York Cares about this location and she came up with a proposal saying that it had already enough tutors signed up but they are looking for a ‘Team Leader’ and it could not be a better time that I was inquiring about this project at this location and asked me whether I would accept it. I immediately jumped into it to grab the opportunity and said yes and then realized that it was a huge challenge. Then I started to come up with all kinds of excuses such as that I won’t be available for 3 weeks in Feb as I go to India during that time and etc.,. But she said it was ok as I could assign some duties to any of my tutors in my absence. I still was hesitating and wanted to decline the offer as I was little scared to accept this huge responsibility. I really wished my husband was with me so that I could openly talked to him about all my fears. I really wanted to talk to someone to get the assurance that I could handle it. But there is no one except Baba.There was so much struggle going inside me and my conscience was telling me not to QUIpushT  and accept the CHALLENGEI believe quitting as a failure and I am not ready to accept it.

Suddenly Baba has forced me to accept this challenge. He knows the best and I know He and my husband would be there to guide me in every step and make this a huge success and I really pray and hope I would write about my accomplishments after this project ends in May 2016. And I am starting something new on an auspicious day – Vijaya Dasami – what more can I ask for ? I pray to The Divine Mother to guide me in the right direction in my new venture

I have already prepared very well for tomorrow’s session – some icebreaker games where the students and tutors can mingle do get to know each other and I have bought some gifts for winners too.

So what are you going to do in 2015 or in the near future to make yourself uncomfortable? and when are you going to do it!?

Don’t forget to return to your comfort zone from tconfort zoneime to time