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 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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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.

Badhusha

BadhushaI attempted this sweet on the New Year’s eve of 2014. The first attempt was an instantaneous hit. Of course, I tried to follow every instruction in the recipe to the tee.  I got the inspiration to try this one from my very close family circle. This sweet was made by someone for the Christmas party and everyone was praising it a lot and I did not attend the party that year. So I felt like attempting it and searched at google for its recipe. I found several but I have chosen one from it and the rest was history.

Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Maida – 2 cups (all purpose flour)
  • Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Curd – 2 tbsps
  • Ghee – 1/4 cup, melted
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Water – as required
  • For sugar syrup:
  • Sugar – 1 1/2 cups
  • Water – 1 1/2 cups
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp
  • Cardamom powder – pinch (elaichi)

Method of preparation:

  1. In a wide bowl, sift maida, baking powder and baking soda. Add sugar and mix well. Make a well in the center, add curd and ghee and mix with the maida. It should resemble bread crumbs. Add a little more curd if required. Now slowly add little water and make a soft and pliable dough. Leave aside covered for at least an hour.
  2. In a stainless steel vessel, add sugar and water and allow the sugar to dissolve on medium flame. Reduce flame to low, allow the sugar syrup to thicken lightly. The syrup should be sticky on touch and it should reach one string consistency. Add lemon juice and elachi powder and turn off flame.
  3. After the dough has rested, do not knead. To prepare badusha, pinch off lemon sized dough and roll into balls. Flatten the balls lightly and make a depression in the center using your thumb. Making the depression is crucial, so do not skip this step. You can also make another shape of the badusha similar to the ones shown in the image above. Lightly flatten along the edge of the flattened ball using the tips of your forefinger and thumb and pinch it inwards to form a pleated edge. Make a slight depression in the center of the badusha.
  4. Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel till hot but not smoking hot. Add a small piece of dough into the oil and if it sizzles and comes to the surface, the oil is ready for deep frying. TURN OFF FLAME. Now slowly add 3 to 4 badushas into the hot oil and allow them to rise to the surface of the oil. Do not skip this step. It is similar to how we would fry gulab jamuns.
  5. Once the badushas surface to the top of the oil, turn on flame to low and cook on both sides till golden brown. The key to a good badusha is in the deep frying. The badushas have to cook slowly and do not rush through the process by trying to cook them on high flame as they will remain uncooked inside. It has to reach golden brown color. Do not over cook it to a darker golden shade.
  6. Using a slotted ladle, remove the badushas from the hot oil and place them gently in the warm sugar syrup. Once the badusha sits in the syrup, use a ladle and allow it to sink inside the syrup such that it is coated all over. Allow to sit in the syrup till the next batch of badusha is done. In between do flip over to the othe side so that the badushas absorb the syrup evenly. Remove from the syrup and place them on a plate and allow to come to room temperature.
  7. Store in an air tight container. They stay fresh for at least 3 to 4 days at room temperature. You can refrigerate them for longer shelf life.

Tips:

  • Cook the badushas on low flame only till they achieve a golden shade. They have to cook slowly so that the insides are completely cooked.
  • Soak in sugar syrup for a longer period than specified in the recipe, if you feel the badusha needs more soaking time.
  • Try to keep the sugar syrup warm at all times. You can heat over gentle flame to warm it.

recipe courtesy: http://www.sailusfood.com/