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When you need a little bit of inspiration…..


I work in sales, I just finished my first quarter at work. I am just not happy and satisfied with what I have done so far. Well! we all need some inspiration, some prep talk to cheer us up every one once in a while don’t we? Here we go….

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” -Dalai Lama.

All the best to you in what ever you aspiring to be….Have a good weekend!

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I wish Anjali all the success …May all her dreams come true…..I saw this inspiring picture to day. I thought I will share this with you.
“She (Anjali) is talking to another girl by eye contact and saying…”Being girls we will have to face so many challenges in life. Like every girl should be wanted child, rights to education, rights to food, to get same place, same importance like my brothers have in family, not be neglected, not to be rejected, rights to choose my life partner and finally to remove this gender based discrimination from my society….Yes, will face them with smile and take them as opportunity to learn, to get experience so that we can change our life, society, India and rest of the world”…-in Chayas words.272119_10151120990544123_269256140_o

Nine-year-old Anjali Kumari in her class room in middle school in Supaul district of Bihar.
Photo Credit: UNICEF India/2012/Dhiraj Singh

Prayer and Peace- NYC shooting.


Prayers and Peace for the shooting victims and families at NYC shooting.

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.- Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson.

It is not enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” Peace is found within us if we believe on it, only then it would happen. -Eleanor Roosevelt.

Happy 77th Birthday Amma


Counting my blessings for a wonderful mother

 

1) Thank  you Amma for always taking excellent good care of yourself. I love seeing you fit and healthy. You are my role model, and I completely  agree with you “ health is wealth”.

 

2) Thank  you Amma for always speaking to me about the importance of peace and nonviolence. I understand it better now.

 

3) Thank you Amma for always encouraging me to focus on getting good education and work.

 

4) Thank you Amma for always supporting “women empowerment”. I can still hear you say “All women need to be financially independent”.

 

5) Thank  you Amma for working hard, so that I could have the education that you didn’t get to have.

 

6) Thank  you Amma for always loving me, being kind to me and forgiving me.

 

7) Thank  you Amma for helping me to learn Carnatic classical music. Today I very much enjoy listening to and appreciating world music.

 

8) Thank  you Amma for spending awful amount of time talking to me, counseling me about life and such.  Thank you for taking me with you to travel across India. Thank you for the movies we watched together. Thank you for all the cool, fun things we did together. Thank you for your precious time. I really appreciate it.

 

9) Thank  you Amma for always being very optimistic, futuristic and positive. I love it.

 

10) Thank  you for being my Mother. You are my best friend forever. I love you. A very happy 77th Birthday to you.

Olympic Games London 2012


I am getting all excited about watching  Olympic Games London 2012, July 27th to 12th August. I feel the energy, i feel inspired. I can’t wait  to  watch the top best sport performers.

Picture by Blue Cross Blue Shield Montana Google Plus.

My little Buddha


“Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality.”
― Shunryu Suzuki.

Mt little boy enjoys meditation with me every once in a while, as you can tell 🙂

Natural Bridges State Beach


It was just peaceful and relaxing to spend the evening with my family at Natural Bridges state beach. I love California.

The Bangle Sellers


The Bangle Sellers by Sarojini Naidu

Bangle sellers are we who bear
Our shining loads to the temple fair…
Who will buy these delicate, bright
Rainbow-tinted circles of light?
Lustrous tokens of radiant lives,
For happy daughters and happy wives.

Some are meet for a maiden’s wrist,
Silver and blue as the mountain mist,
Some are flushed like the buds that dream
On the tranquil brow of a woodland stream,
Some are aglow wth the bloom that cleaves
To the limpid glory of new born leaves

Some are like fields of sunlit corn,
Meet for a bride on her bridal morn,
Some, like the flame of her marriage fire,
Or, rich with the hue of her heart’s desire,
Tinkling, luminous, tender, and clear,
Like her bridal laughter and bridal tear.

Some are purple and gold flecked grey
For she who has journeyed through life midway,
Whose hands have cherished, whose love has blest,
And cradled fair sons on her faithful breast,
And serves her household in fruitful pride,
And worships the gods at her husband’s side.

Love to all Mother’s out there. Happy Mother’s day!

Colored Toys……


Past few evenings have been such a joy, watching my seven-year old and the kids from neighborhood play,   a team of 8 -10 kids,  age range from 4-9,  play long and hard, endlessly, up until it get’s dark,  beyond Eight Thirty.  And I am ending up buying bubble making toys to my son, once in every couple of days, because they break so fast 🙂 The kids around here are into play with bubbles a lot these days,  they also play simple, and silly  they play tag. It is a joy to watch them smile, giggle and laugh a lot as they play.  Occasionally, my child comes up to me for a hug. My friend and I hang out on patio, sipping coffee and watch our kids play.  We are now falling into a routine of some sort.  I love and enjoy watching the kids play. It brings me back memories of  fantastic times I have spent as a child in Gadwal,  my home town,  playing with my brothers, cousins and a bunch of friends and kids from the neighborhood.  Which reminded me of  a poem by Rabindranath Tagore I read a long time ago.  Here it is, I hope you like it.

Colored Toys

When I bring to you colored toys, my child,
I understand why there is such a play of colors on clouds, on water,
and why flowers are painted in tints
—when I give colored toys to you, my child.

When I sing to make you dance
I truly now why there is music in leaves,
and why waves send their chorus of voices to the heart of the listening earth
—when I sing to make you dance.

When I bring sweet things to your greedy hands
I know why there is honey in the cup of the flowers
and why fruits are secretly filled with sweet juice
—when I bring sweet things to your greedy hands.

When I kiss your face to make you smile, my darling,
I surely understand what pleasure streams from the sky in morning light,
and what delight that is that is which the summer breeze brings to my body
—when I kiss you to make you smile.

– Rabindranath Tagore.

Practicing Patience….


“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I have been listening to my Mother’s wisdom more often now than I ever did, while I was living India. ” Practice patience Radhika….” is the most often heard advice, from my Mother in all those years, of growing up back in India. I admit I was very stubborn and on top it I had bad temper. I found “practicing patience” as  a very profound and powerful advice works well for me.

While I say the same words  “Practice some patience Himmi/ Johnny” to my boys, I often find it funny and I can’t control laughing.  I sound so much like my Mother when I do that 🙂  I have cultivated more patience in these past few years living as an immigrant away from home and Mom than I have ever been.  I surely do believe practicing patience and meditation has given me to be so much more peaceful, content and happy right here and right now.  Anyways I just wanted to share my thoughts as I was thinking about “Mother’s day”.  Happy Mother’s day every one!

Patience is the mark of true love. A father has to be patient in order to show his love for his son or daughter. A mother, a son, and a daughter also. If you want to love, you must learn to be patient. If you are not patient, you cannot help the other person. -Thich Nhat Han.