Christmas tree 2019 – Peacock Theme

Since I started having Christmas tree at home in 2016, every year it is a big puzzle to choose the theme. Initially when I started, I wanted my tree to be something unique by not using traditional Christmas ornaments – hence the birth of natural flowers tree for which I needed to change the flowers every week.

This is the link for my shared album My Floral Christmas Tree – Week 1

My floral Christmas Tree – Week 2

My Floral Christmas Tree – Christmas/New Year Week

The following year, I started making my own ornaments as I did not want to buy traditional ones / bought plain ornaments, painted them and put rangoli (muggulu) on those – no muggu is repeated and I made about 120 ornaments – gifted a few to my sister and Prashanthi.

here is a glimpse Blend of traditions

The following year another big question – what to do different this year – then came with family pictures – again bought plain disk shaped ornaments and made so many of family pics printed and cut them and put inside the ornament.

family Christmas tree – have a glimpse –

All through these years – I enjoyed the process a lot.
The following Sadhguru’s quotations came as flash when I was thinking of all those experiences
Nothing wonderful is ever going to happen unless you actively make it happen” – Sadhguru
Whatever you do, it is the way you do it that transforms you” – Sadhguru
So 2019 Christmas 🎄 is not an exception – what to do – finally came up with the idea of writing Sadhguru’s quotations on the ornaments; then peacock 🦚 theme came to the mind – again bought the plain ornaments – both round and disk shaped but disk shaped are the best choice – for writing and reading – so decided to paint the ornaments with peacock colors and keep peacock as the tree topper and mix the purple, green and blue colored lights with normal white lights (I prefer white lights only) and also looking at the painting options for the ornaments – the first time I painted 2 years ago,  I did paint outside of the ornaments but this time I wanted to do inside – so it is not painting per se but put some paint inside the ornament and shake it well until the whole ornament gets paint inside and then keep it upside down to get the extra paint dripped out and also allow the paint to dry out (the drying part I was not very successful which I need to master) – painting the ornaments inside gives a very professional look. But I should see how to get them dried so that the paint would not tilt to the sides or to the bottom.

I also decided to do 84 ornaments –

trying to check my fav quotations by Sadhguru, adorning the tree with lights -white, green, blue and used some purple and blue fairy lights, making the peacock – checking for peacock feather and body templates online, and choosing different sizes for feathers for outer layer, inner layer, number of trips to Michaels for metallic paint, glittered shining paper, cutting the paper and gluing them together  – all throughout the process I could experience the power of Shambhavi – never lost myself, never got disturbed, never ever lost confidence in me, never got distracted from what I wanted,

Do not try to fix whatever comes in your life. Fix yourself in such a way that whatever comes, you will be fineSadhguru

Your life becomes spectacular not by what you gather and possess but by the profoundness of EXPERIENCESadhguru 

After I thought about Peacock theme, I was searching on google for precock tree topper and I found a beautiful one on Pier1 website but it was priced $24.99 and with the tax and shipping it would be around $35. Prashanthi asked me to wait until Thanksgiving sale and when I checked the website around that time, the item was not even available on the site. Strangely I was not disappointed for not buying earlier. For some reason I knew something better would come. I thought I could seek Prashanthi’s help. And Lakshmi suggested that I should make a similar one (or a modified version) of what we made for Prashanthi’s baby shower few years ago. I joked with Lakshmi that she had high expectations of my artwork and creativity. Then I started working on similar design, but our ideas (mine and Unnu’s) had taken so many transformations and finally turned out into a beautiful peacock.

and the wreath came out so beautifully with in minutes

My Christmas tree this year – peacock 🦚 theme – handcrafted ornaments, handcrafted peacock star, 84 ornaments (resembling 84 forms of yoga related to Kriya (out of 122 yoga asanas prescribed in yogic culture) wrote my fav Sadhguru’s quotations and each one is adorned with my artwork – peacock feathers drawn and each piece is adorned with stones – almost 3 weeks intense involvement in terms of mental and physical activity  – each piece is unique in terms of quotations, feathers drawn and of course my hand writing 😊

Do Not Think Of What Is Possible And What Is Not Possible – Sadhguru 

Om Namo Venkatesaya

imageFinally watched #OmNamoVenkatesaya 🙏🏻 still longing for more conversations/interactions between God and his devotee – very well picturised. An emotional journey for any Balaji’s devotee and Nagarjuna’s admirer for sure.

Nagarjuna has emoted all his love to his beloved God just with his eyes 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

And Venkateswara Swamy is so cute.
Suddenly for a moment I felt #Camphor (Kurpooram) when Nagarjuna took lord’s angavasthram and so affectionately held it and touched to his eyes 🙏🏻

Venna harathi – #MaakhanHarathi brought memories back to 1980s when my husband introduced venna with sugar prasadam after Saturday suprabatham at Hindu Temple Flushing, New York.
Huge appreciation to Raghavendra Rao garu, Keeravani garu and Gopal Reddy garu 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

In one of the TV interviews, an anchor said ‘meeru eppudu ChiranJeevae’ to Nagarjuna as he has been portraying different roles and she quoted as the ammavaru blessed him in the movie.

And Mahesh Reddy garu read a message he got that Annamayya, Sree Ramadasu, Baba and Hathi Ram Baba got one life but Nagarjuna is so blessed to enact and lived in those characters to perfection.

And the climax 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Black Bean soup in InstaPot

imageBlack bean and potato soup in #instapot – sautéed onion, tomato and potato for a min and added a can of Trader Joe’s organic black beans; added salt, red chili 🌶 powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom powder, pinch of dhania powder and cooked in manual mode for 10 min. I really relished the flavors of all the spices 😋😋 added the spaghetti to it and it tasted so good 😊 especially the potato is cooked very perfectly 👌🏻 kind of very nostalgic feelingimage

 

Oopiri – Heartfelt Experience

imageThis is an emotional experience from Praveen Veluvolu, my God given thammudu, which I have saved it since its inscription with an intention to treasure it as a keepsake by publishing in my blog. Thanks Praveen for allowing me to post it.

This is one movie that is universally accepted by everyone. I haven’t heard any negative comments or criticism on this movie (everyone has only high acclaim for it) – universally people loved this movie. Proud to be Nagarjuna’s admirer on any day ❤

Here it is …

సినిమా చూస్తూ ఏడవటం ఏంటి అనుకునే వాడిని…. కాని కొన్ని సినిమాలు నన్ను కదిలించాక ఓహ్ నిజమే సినిమాలు ఎడిపిస్తాయ్ అని నమ్మాను…

గతం లో నా కళ్ళు తడిచిన సినిమాలు అప్రస్తుతం కాని… ఇప్పుడే చుసిన ఊపిరి నిజం గా మూస ధోరణి లో కొట్టుకుపోతున్న తెలుగు సినిమా ని బతికించే ఒక ఊపిరి

ఇలాంటి ఒక కథ ని నమ్మే స్టార్ హీరో నాగార్జున ఐతే ఆయన నమ్మకాన్ని నమ్మిన పి వి పి మరొక ఊపిరి

ఊపిరి ని కరెక్ట్ గా చెప్పాలంటే ఒక ప్యూర్ లవ్ స్టోరీ… జన్యూన్ ఎమోషన్స్…జన్యూన్ నటన…జన్యూన్ మ్యూజిక్….జన్యూన్ రి రికార్డింగ్…. ప్రతిదీ జన్యూన్ గా ఉన్న ఒక్క ఒక జన్యూన్ సినిమా

ప్రేమ కథ అని దేనికి అన్నాను అంటే

ఇద్దరు స్నేహితుల ‘ఉండే ప్రేమ’ కథ
ఒక కొడుకు తల్లి మధ్య ‘ఉండే ప్రేమ’ కథ
ఒక అన్న చెల్లి మధ్య ‘ఉండే ప్రేమ’ కథ
మంచి మనసుల మధ్య ‘ఉండే ప్రేమ’ కథ

నేను ఇంటచబుల్స్ చూసినప్పుడు అనుకున్నా తెలుగు లో వర్క్ ఔట్ అవ్వదు కాని చేస్తే మా నాగ్ చెయ్యాలి అనుకున్నా…. నా ఊహ కి ఊపిరి ఇస్తూ నిజం చేస్తూ ఈ సినిమా అనౌన్సమెంట్ వచ్చింది

నాగార్జున ఈ సినిమా లో విక్రమాదిత్య పాత్ర లో పరకాయ ప్రవేశం చేశారు….ఇంత సటిల్ గా ఆయన మాత్రమె చెయ్యగలరు…

మెడ కింద మొత్తం పనిచేయని ఆ పాత్ర కి కేవలం మొహం, కళ్ళు మాత్రమె నటించాలి… కాని ఆయన విశ్వరూపం చూపించారు…

కార్తీ ఈ సినిమా కి అతి పెద్ద ఎస్సెట్…. అమాయకత్వం,అల్లరి తనం,పోకిరి అన్ని కలిపిన ఈ పాత్ర లో చెలరేగిపోయాడు

ప్రకాష్ రాజ్ ని ఇంత మంచి పాత్ర లో చూసి చాన్నాళ్ళు అయ్యింది

తమన్నా సూపర్…. మొదటి సారి యాక్ట్ చేసింది

అనూష్క కాకపొతే ఆ రోల్ కి అంత డిగ్నిటి రాదు

జయసుధ టాప్ క్లాస్

సాంగ్స్ ప్లేస్మెంట్ బావుంది… Background Music ఈ సినిమా స్థాయి ని పెంచింది…

విజువల్ గా ఇంత గ్రాండ్ గా ఉన్నా సినిమా తెలుగు లో ఈ మధ్య కాలం లో రాలేదు…

వంశీ పైడిపల్లి ఈ కథ ని తెలుగు నేటివిటీకి మార్చిన విధానం అద్భుతం…. ఎమోషన్డ్ ఫెచ్ చేసిన విధానం అద్భుతం….దర్శకుడు గ చాల మెట్లు ఎక్కేసాడు….

ఊపిరి అనే ఈ సినిమా ని మిస్ ఐతే మీరు జన్యునిటి ని మిస్ అయినట్టే… ఈ సినిమా మీకు నచ్చి తీరుతుంది…. మీరు కులం మతం ప్రాంతం లాంటి పొరలతో మీ కళ్ళను కప్పేసుకుంటే తప్ప

ఊపిరి తప్పక చూడండి….. పల్లెటూరిలో పౌర్ణమి రాత్రి పొలం మధ్యలో నులక మంచం వేసుకుని వేడి వేడి అన్నం లో ఆవకాయ కలుపుకుని తింటుంటే ఎంత హాయి గా ఉంటుందో అంత హాయి గా ఉంటుంది ఈ ఊపిరి… అప్పుడు ఎంత స్వచ్ఛం అయిన గాలి పీలుస్తారో అంత స్వచ్ఛం అయిన సినిమా ఊపిరి…అప్పుడు ఎంత ప్రశాంతం గా ఉంటారో అంత ప్రశాంతం అయిన సినిమా ఊపిరి..

నాగార్జున అభిమాని గా నా జన్మ ధన్యం ధన్యం ధన్యం…

Say it Loud HAIL THE KING!!

Say it Again HAIL THE KING!!

Say one more time HAIL THE KING!!

Fruit basket

imageAs part of my New York Cares Winter Wish program, for the past couple of years, I have been answering 25 letters from senior citizens. Most of them most of the times ask for bed sheet sets or comforters which I buy from Macys and directly ship them to the center. This year, one lady who is 69 years old asked for food basket or fruit basket. I decided to make a fruit basket and hand it over to the center in person. They are having a party tomorrow and I was asked to bring it tomorrow. I have been making Easter baskets to our dear Arya for a few years and I used to make Diwali sweet gift hampers to my friends and family and colleagues. But I never made a fruit basket. So I watched a video on youtube last week and I got confidence and I bought few baskets and ordered the cellphone bags from Amazon.com.

Today I bought fruits – green Apples, red Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Pears (three different types),  Plums, Peaches, Watermelon, Cherries, Grape fruit, Kiwis, Persommon, Strawberries and also I have added some spaghetti, Chipotle salsa, Lingt chocolates, Italian baguette, Italian Panettone cake and some hot cocoa packets.

 

I dropped the empty basket in to the cellophane bag and I used my shredder to cut the paper to fill the base of the basket and I used bamboo skewers to attach to the back of the chocolate to make it stand in the basket.

and then I filed up the basket with all the stuff. Naaku konchem asa lavu peeka sannam – hehehe. I bought so much stuff for the basket, so the basket has become very bulky, I could have made two baskets with the stuff I have. I am very much worried how I could carry this one to the center (which is located in Bronx) tomorrow in the subway. Just praying to Baba to make my journey painless and smooth. He would’t let me down at any circumstance and especially when I am doing with all good will.

I am very happy to make the basket and feeling little emotional too. I need someone to pat my back for what ever I am accomplishing. Thanks for experiencing God in everything I do. and thank you very much for every opportunity in life … Counting on innumerable blessings ….

 

Blessings from Heaven

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Today my student with whom I have been working for the past 3 to 4 months has passed her ACT Compass Exam (math and essay writing) which allows her to take college level courses. She is a high school drop out and after many years she wanted to go back to college and has been working on this exam for quite some time. I met her few months ago at the center where I do voluteer work on two week nights. She is working at a doctor’s office and wants to pursue her career in nursing.
She is on ‪#‎Cloud9‬ and where would I be, ofcourse with her only 😀💃

Thanks for every blessing coming my way – thanks to Baba, thanks to my parents and thanks to my dearest husband, each and everyone of them are holding my hands and leading me on the right path – truly believe in Manava Sevae Madhava Seva,

She has been trying to pass this exam for some time and she was very much devastated with some personal happenings in the past year. When I spoke to her on phone, she said that she was so lucky to meet me and moments like these make me cry. I am having some impact on some people’s lives as their lives stood as strong examples for many basic principles in life to me. The feeling is mutual.

feeling very emotional, I want to share this happiness, this madness with some onemanasuna manasai brathukuna brathukai thodakurundina adae bhagyamu adae swargamAnyways accept the life as is ….
#‎CountingOnInnumerableBlessings‬ what a way to end the year !

 

 

New York Cares Winter Wish Project 2015

#NewYorkCares – proud to be part of this project – #42000 letters have been answered in 2 months – with the help of family, friends, and colleagues, I was able to answer #102 letters, few letters short of my last year record (105 letters), little disappointed, nevertheless I am happy to pull all my resources to accomplish this project.

I should thank many people not only for their participation but for their support to me and their support to this project, – beyond anything their trust and confidence in me. I am ever grateful.
Thanks to my sister (for not only to her personal contribution, but 26 letters answered by her colleagues), Karthi, Prashanthi, Supritha, Lakshmi Nilam, Radha Yamarthy, Ramana, Radhika, Uma, Radhalakshmi, Shashi, Sarada Vallabhuni, Anu Chimata, Sudhir, and to my colleagues (Ewen – solid contributor and has been supporting this project for many years), Dawit, Eswaran, Michael, Nicole, Brenda, Cheryl, Rama Krishna, Liz and Mario.