Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Emmanuel!

Emmanuel dancing at a function
8 December, 2014 is Emmanuel’s birthday.  Mario Emmanuel my son who is no more would have been 11 years old.  This year I chose to celebrate happily as I moved on in life; and seen greater problems at the counseling centre; which has made my sorrow small. 

I have also been practising gratitude regularly making it a 24 /7 habit and now in the process of mastering the art; I recommend every student who come to our centre to practice gratitude. The magic in practising gratitude is that; it raises our energy and keeps us all the time happy in life; and it also impacts everything we do in our lives. 
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I write this post with a lot of gratitude and feel quite honoured for having had my son with me for seven years… 

I thank God for privilege he had given me to be his mom and helped me and my family experience his presence; truly I can say with faith that “EMMANUEL” was with us, an experience of God himself lighting up our lives; sharing love, joy, peace & happiness … his needs were so simple, his laughter so infectious, his smile so sweet, his language was a kiss, a hug, a warm embrace….. So human and energy so high transforming all of us from within.

So this year on his birthday we chose to cut a cake; and share what we had with the less privileged children, visited his grave, spent quiet time in prayer and surrounded ourselves with fellowship meal and thanksgiving ….

Be Blessed & Be Happy 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday !!

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Today I woke up with the thought of “GIVING” while I believe we must always be ready to give and share what we have with those around us; we are blessed enough so that we give and share with others all our blessings.

Today I made a deliberate decision to join in with the global day of giving; I made of list of all that I can give for the whole day as an individual:

I sorted out my daughters clothes which are in good condition and can be reused; and made bags to give away to persons who cannot afford to buy clothes.

I have not been using sarees and I have a cupboard full of them; which are not in use; I picked up a few and gave away to the lady who works in my office, thus brought a smile to her face…

I visited a patient today to let the patient know; how important he is and he deserves my attention.

I wrote an appreciation note to my colleague and surprised her with a small gift; and told her today is the day of giving…. Hence pass on this information to others.

I sent a comforting note on whatsapp to one of my friend who is un well and feeling low….and assured the family of my prayers.

End of the day, I decided to make a small post of giving and share it with everyone!!! I rest with gratitude singing St Francis of Assissi’s song….. Sending vibes of love, forgiveness and peace to all those who surround  me …..

May you be inspired!

Thursday, November 27, 2014



Wishing all of you a very “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” !!

Gratitude has become a habit for me; I have learnt to be grateful for small little things; for the gift of breath, family, basic necessities, and the services that I take from various persons who make my life comfortable. I am also grateful for the bigger things; the work that I do at the university, the space that I enjoy at my counseling centre, the meaning that comes from meeting different kinds of students, the trust that they have in me; the leadership and the initiative that my head takes to bring in challenges in learning, the opportunities that I get because of the kind of work I do and for motivation and support that I get from my work place fills me a lot more of gratitude.

 I am also grateful for the affirmations I get from my loved ones and my friends; and for some very negative experiences that has helped me to sort myself out; thankful for these persons in my life for making me think, reflect, and make choices that helped me focus on the essentials of life.

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These negative experiences have altered my very lifestyle, giving me time to do the things that matter; if not for these experiences in my life, I would not have discovered a new skill of making research oriented academic presentations.  

In the last month I made a paper presentation on the importance of counseling women in Domestic Violence. Currently I am busy working on two more presentations one on proactive approach to Mental Health and well-being among high school students and another one on Domestic Violence and positive psychology. An attitude of gratitude has kept me going and a happy heart has always motivated me even in the worst situation of my life.

I am glad to be writing this gratitude post as I believe gratitude is a positive energy that not only energizes me, but always gives me a new perspective to deal with any issue, instilling confidence and courage! I feel blessed and rich to be surrounded by grateful persons and grateful bloggers. I thank all the bloggers (Corinne, Vidya, Kathy, Shilpa, .. to name a few) who have been a source of inspiration and strength to me. Living with gratitude is like having a song in my heart to enjoy the journey…. 

Be Blessed & Be Grateful !!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

World Kindness Day

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This post was inspired by two wonderful women bloggers Corinne Rodgrigues and Vidya Sury, who are extremely inspiring and motivated in blogging. These two bloggers spreading the goodness with their initiatives,thoughts, challenge and leadership. Thank you ladies, for keeping us informed about this day; which led me to do this post.

I heard “Kindness is the rent that you pay for occupying the space on this earth” author unknown. I always believed in kindness, and tried my best to practice kindness in my daily life, be it at home, or workplace or any opportunity that I find, I made sure to do my bit.

I also value all those persons in my life who have very kind to me, in terms of sharing their knowledge, resources, at times even money, time and ensured to make my life a little more happy, comfortable and meaningful…. So I made a decision to give all that I can to bring in a smile, a kind word, a hug and my time, energy and resources to bring laughter and joy around.

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I had an experience last week wherein I went to the petrol pump to fill in petrol in my bike and I paid Rs 500/-  as I had no change of RS 100/-  and I forgot to take the change and in a hurry rode home to continue my daily schedule. 

I wanted to give some change for my daughter; and suddenly I found there was no money… .. I sat down and emptied my bad, looking for Rs 400 the balance that is supposed to be there. After an hour I remembered about the petrol and realized that I have forgotten to take the change… the next day was Sunday.. .. so I waited for Monday and went to the petrol bunk and told the supervisor about my mistake of having forgotten to take the change.  The supervisor asked me to wait for a while, checked with me which row I filled, in order to track the person who was filling, and then helped me to get back the change of Rs 400. 

I was so happy at the kindness shown to me by all the workers there; it only reinforced my belief and desire to be kind in my life.

Be Kind &Be Happy !

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

World Pneumonia Day

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Today November 12, 2014 is World Pneumonia Day ….

Pneumonia remains the world’s leading killer of children under 5 years, while pneumonia affects children in every country around the world. There are 45 million pneumonia cases among children under five years of age in India every year.  Out which 20% of these children die every year. Despite this being the sixth year of the awareness campaign, it is found that only 60% of the public seek medical advice for children.

The symptoms of Pneumonia are breathing difficulty, severe cough and fever; the warning signs include grunting noises, difficulty in speech, bluish color of tongue and nails and extreme cold in the peripheries of the toes and fingers. Over 7 lakh senior citizens also suffer annually and 3.5 lakhs deaths are reported every year.

What makes it a global burden a unique tragedy is the fact that this disease is preventable and curable. There are vaccines available and getting the children vaccinated is the best method of prevention.  The awareness programmes globally stresses the need for government and health care systems to act on behalf of children and ensure that all the children have access to vaccination.

Let us spread awareness by promoting safe drinking water, sanitation and reducing pollution both indoors and outdoors. For more information continue to read the :Join the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia. 

See more at: http://www.gavi.org/pneumonia/#sthash.1kK4OL1F.dpuf
Spread this message to prevent children from dying ….

Be Blessed ! Be Happy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

“MALLI RAADOY….. LIFE! “(Life never comes again)

I am happy to share that Sahayam, psychological counseling centre of Osmania University, where I work as a counselor, had organized to screen a movie called:

“MALLI RAADOY….. LIFE! “  ( Life never comes again)

This movie deals with a very serious issue concerning all of us, according to WHO Southern India has the highest number of suicides in the world, compared to many other countries. Read article Suicide rate highest among youngsters in India: WHO (http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/suicide-rate-highest-among-youngsters-in-india-who-114090400879_1.html)

Every day we find at least three to 4 suicide news items in the news papers, this has become so common and part of our daily life, and so we find that the general public has stopped reacting to them. The reason behind these suicides mostly appears simple but there are deeper underlying issues that need to be resolved.

We had the privilege of interacting with the Director of this movie Mr Bellamkonda Ragu, and wanted to know how he got this idea to making a film on suicide prevention, he stated   “I started thinking about these kind of suicides, I didn’t understand how can they take their life, do they feel that their life belong to only them? Do they feel that they don’t have any responsibility towards the family, or towards the society? I strongly feel that any reason however strong it may be cannot become the reason to take life.

This thought inspired me to make the movie “MALLI RAADOY.. LIFE”    (life never comes again).
This movie speaks about two persons who are trying to commit suicide and they happen to meet at a point where they try to establish a point that there are many responsibilities on every one which one has to fulfill, if a person takes away his own life then it means that he/she is shying away from the responsibilities.

Abhijeet is upset and depressed with the way his girl friend walks out of him, because he is unable to make a decision, not knowing where to go, just rides out of the city. He meets a farmer (keshava) who has financial problems and on the verge of committing suicide, by consuming pesticide.

Abhijeet tries to stop him by persuading that financial problems may not remain longer, hence to take life for not having money is not correct. But to prove his decision right, farmer tells his story and tries to prove that his act of taking life due to lack of money is justifiable as he tried all the possibilities to earn money and failed.  So he justifies that his action is right..... Abhijeet also tells his story and states that he has lost his love.

Now he feels that there is no point in living when there is no love in one’s life, and his justifies that he must kill himself, as he has lost his girlfriend.

After some time they both realize that there is no point in arguing as they have their own justifications to take their lives, and they come to a conclusion that they both take their respective lives together.

Here enters a third person and persuades them to become suicide bombers to kill a politician, by promising them huge amount of money and recognition. Abhijeet and the farmer realizes that they have become scapegoats, after that they try together to fight and come out of the situation, saving the lives of innocent peoples.

The Premier show was in our campus, the hall was packed and the students enjoyed this movie, which came out with a powerful message we live only once …..  and life never comes back again …. .. movie was inspiring, and the dialogues were good, with a bit of humour, the movie did make a difference !!  

Be Blessed & Be Happy!

Sunday, November 2, 2014


All souls day for me is a reminder that none of us are here to stay; and death is inevitable, and nobody on this earth can escape death. Which motivates me to take every opportunity I get to make a difference in the lives of those whom I meet.

Often a smile, kind word, thank you note, a hug and sharing my resources / time can make a huge difference to those come into our lives, and also to the community we belong.

This day is also a day to remember my ancestors who are no longer here today; my parents, grandparents, great grandparents, my sister, my son and a few of my neighbors, friends, and colleagues who were once upon a time on this earth, are no more among us.

I want to be grateful for all that they have done, to make this earth a better place; all the love, peace, joy that they shared; everything that they taught is so much part of my life and my family. I am happy and feel honored and connected that I am not alone, in this journey of life, there have been people who walked ahead of me with faith, hope and courage and have reached a better state of life.

Hence I recommit myself once again to learn to live;
·         One Day at a time
·         To believe in myself
·         To forgive and let go of everything that binds me..
·         To focus on my strengths and be grateful to God
·         To take care of my thoughts, which I believe is very powerful…
·         To love and be loved by those around me...
·         To continue my journey in gratitude …

Be Blessed & Be Happy!!

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