Saturday, April 25, 2015

V – For Velankanni

Velankanni is a famous shrine of Our Lady of Health, situated in town shores of Bay of Bengal and district of Nagapattnam, Tamilnadu India.

I went to Velankanni the year after my dad’s death, along with my mother, sister, brother in law.  My nephew, sunny Emmanuel who was still in school, at that time was very eager to come with us; we had already booked our tickets and were ready to depart, he worried so much that we purchased a ticket on the same day and took him along with us. 

Sunny was a very loved and pampered child among all the children in our family – and I remember how much fun we had in his company.  I found a few pictures of this trip and am glad to share here.

Then I went a few more times to this place after my marriage, then when my first child was born; and then when my son was born. This place has been a popular one in our family. As my mother in law and husband both are ardent devotees of Our Lady of Health – they prayed to Our Lady for the safe delivery of both of my children; that’s how my daughter is named as Maria Dorothy and my son was named as Mario Emmanuel.  You will find information on this website .

Now again two years ago we visited this shrine and it was a great experience; we went around the shrine for prayer services, and later during the day and in the evening hours we went shopping and spent time at the beach. 

Each moment of the year has its own beauty…..… a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, April 24, 2015

U – for yoU

U – for yoU

I have searching for a place in this letter; but did not find anything that I visited; and appealing to me. Hence I decided to post on “U”. My purpose for posting on this particular letter is take an inward journey. A journey into self is definitely worth travelling- and one can always take the first step. 

grateful for these pics from Google
I am glad that I was initiated early in my life to ask questions that led me to an inward journey…… which has been a challenging one and am grateful for baby step I took; faltering, unsure, frightened, gaining courage little by little; taking the road less travelled.

I am privileged to have encountered persons who helped me in taking risks, encouraging me to open myself to new experiences that led to me understanding certain aspects of myself, which otherwise I would never have known.

Grateful to Google for these pics
The great authors who enlightened me by their discourse, their writings, who triggered me to think deeply; and taught me to love, accept and forgive myself… I am still in the process of evolving, finding myself….in this journey of life.

Grateful to Google for these pics

While I acknowledge the fact that; this a short life, and we have come alone for a purpose on this earth and when its time to leave; we have to get down at the station leaving everything we have collected here on earth, carrying with us only some beautiful memories of how we have made this earth a better place for living.

So for now let us enjoy the company of ourselves in this short journey of life…. For we shall all pass this way only once…. Never to come back….I love this quote of saint Augustine who says

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

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Today was a busy day for me; I could not visit any of your blogs, will catch from tomorrow again.. thanks for stopping by, I do appreciate you.

My Gratitude list for April, 2015

This post is written for Gratitude Circle for the month of April, 2015

I am grateful for being part of the A-Z April Challenge, despite my commitment to my regular work, participating has been happy and energizing experience.

I am grateful David’s brother in law who passed away because of bone cancer, which was in the fourth stage; he has been  suffering too much. It has been difficult for his wife to manage him at home, as the doctors had given up, stopped all medication and the cancer has spread to all the vital organs of the body.

We helped him to stay at a hospice wherein the terminally ill are kept.  David agreed to stay at night with him and during the day his wife looked after, he was there only for a week and breathed his last on 27 March, 2015 and was buried the next day.  It was a relief for all of us; as he had undergone unbearable  suffering and pain. The death came as healing to his family.

This month I am grateful for the gift of water to us; we were having severe water scarcity and all the 8 family’s in the  apartment came together to resolve this issue; as it was affecting our day to day living – the decision was to dig another bore well upto 1000ft to get water; and together the family’s contributed and the bore well was dug; and lo with 500ft the water was overflowing; now we have 24/7 water in our apartment and it’s a miracle for us to have constant water supply.

This month was also the results for my daughter who completed standard VIII and now is in class IX... she had fared well and we are happy to see her transition into the next grade.

I am also glad for the April  A-Z challenge this year; wherein I got an opportunity to discipline myself to post every day; and this year I chose to post on Travel; places I visited, and the places I dream of visiting.. I am happy to meet a lot of new bloggers and its been a great experience so far… I am still in the process of completing today’s post.

Over all this month has been a great month; I went for a Telugu movie with my daughter and husband, whichI am grateful for being part of the A-Z April Challenge, despite my commitment to my regular work, participating has been happy and energizing experience.

I have been postponing is visiting a homeopath to deal with my thyroid issue... I am glad that finally I made time for myself to visit the doctor and take what is required to be healthy. 

Being grateful & happy ! would love to hear from you.

Thanks to Google for the lovely inages

Thursday, April 23, 2015

T – for Tribal Museum, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

There is a tribal museum at Pune in Maharashtra; India. The Pune darshan tourist bus takes us around for sight seeing. This museum is just close to the railway station.  This museum exhibits the cultures of the tribal communities.  There is no entry fee here, it is free and this museum is closed on Sundays.

I am glad to visit this tribal museum; its very interesting – I remember, once in my previous organization, the head of my department wanted me to help a person who has come from another state for the purpose of research. I was doing research work in understand the tribal’s of Andhra Pradesh.
So I was suppose to accompany him to meet a few tribal’s in the outskirts of Hyderabad, so one whole day I was with this researcher who was busy taking information and noting down in his diary. I was supposed to help him in speaking to these people in Telugu.

This particular group of tribes sells beautiful sculptures of God & Goddesses.  They keep moving from place to place, there is no permanent resident for them, and they just live for the day… they come with their families and cook on the road side, their children are playing and they work on sculptures for many months, sometime 6 months and at other times even one year.

There are variety of tribes in India, they have their own occupation for survival, some live by hunting, fishing, growing vegetables, painting etc… now with the technological advancement, the tribes are getting displaced, their lands are taken for building, trees are cut, ocean is polluted.. 

They live a primitive life in the hilly regions..  their dress, dialect, customs and practices exhibit that they have a rich cultural heritage that is distinct from the others. These tribes lack in education, which makes their survival difficult, so they are forced to continue with their tradition of moving from place to place in search of work, which blocks them to fit in a settled society. 

It is a common sight to see them moving with their families in caravans from place to place and stay in temporary structures.

The government offers a lot of schemes for the tribes; they have tribal hostels, free education, special quotas (privileges) for higher education, research fellowships & employment.   Since they are not educated, they don’t have all these information with them to utilize the services.

Today I am inspired by the tribes; who live for the day (and not like us who keep worrying about future and feel insecure; 

The tribes remind me that the earth is not a permanent place..

Hence I need to keep moving, travelling, enjoying the journey in life and not look for permanent settlement, but begin each day as a brand new one; and live to the fullest !!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

S -for Shilparamam

Shilparaman is conceived with an idea to create an environment for the preservation of traditional crafts.  It is an arts and crafts village located in Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telengana, India.

Shilparaman is an interesting place which I visited with my daughter and my friend with her daughter as we were looking for a place to take our children. 

This place is beautifully decorated with arts and crafts and also has rural village set up as a model. The rural museum is surrounded by trees, and authentically constructed out of baked clay and thatch; depict rural and tribal lifestyles and the life of various artisans.

We went by noon and we did not find much time to see everything, we left out on the rock garden which is like a rock measum.  

There is a beautiful lake that offers rowing and paddle boats, and then there is a recreational area surrounded by sculptures. We could not go for boating, as it was very sunny and my daughter was getting tired walking around, the whole place is spread around 65 acres

We hired a battery vehicle to just glance through and cover the total area. We liked the shopping place, and picked up a few tops for my daughter. 

The day was tiring, but also enjoyable; and I was happy that I could take my daughter to this place. Living in Hyderabad city, its worth visiting specially for children who do not experience rural life style.

This place is also very busy place, which always hosting some painting exhibitions, Art and craft, musical evenings and a lot of people hire this place for various kinds of celebrations. There is an entry ticket for adults and children.

We had a great time walking around, plenty of things to eat, there is a whole block made for the snacks, cool drinks, tea/coffee and also a whole lot of south Indian and North Indian foods including the bakery items.

My daughter and my friend’s daughter had a great time taking pictures; enjoying the snacks and playing in the recreation area. I am glad for having been to this place and giving my daughter a rural  life experience.

It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; its making a great deal out of the little one’s.  Jean Webster.
Be Happy!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R for Rishikonda Beach.

Rishikonda is one of best beaches of Andhra Pradesh. It is located within the city limits.  Last year when attended a wedding at Visakhapatnam.  We took opportunity to go sight seeing in Visakhapatnam, the tourism buses take you around for a whole day, and this beach is also part of the visit. 

I found this beach clean and neat, we did not get to spend much time as we were going around the city. We spent an hour after the lunch at the hotel nearby and had to come back to continue to see the other places in the city.

Me and my daughter love the waters; as both of us swim – we enjoyed playing for sometime in the waters, David has problem with his leg so he stood far watching the waves and also looking the nearby shops…. We did not click many pictures here as the time was short.

This beach is a beautiful one to hangout; I remember visiting this beach with a few friends’ years ago and had a good time.

Be Blessed & Be Happy!

Note: Thanks to Google for the lovely pics ...

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