Recent memories of our sweetheart Varshi!

Now our darling started to speak little words and try to improve her words. Last week she took a ride on Metro rail in Bangalore and she thoroughly enjoyed. As she see an escalator, she would want to get down and stand on it. Greatly enjoyed her time at Cubban park. As Hema is carrying, it’s required that she takes a few medicine on daily basis and Varshi ensures she takes medicine on time. What’s more amazing is that she knew which medicine has to be taken in the morning and which is at night.

Varshi at Vasu's office

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On 20th May, 2016, Varshi spent full day at Vasu’s office and enjoyed Kids at work. Thoroughly enjoyed the toy train and balloons. She has made a few new friends and done painting with them. Her day filled with a lot of activities including toy train, painting, sitting at several places across office, having hot chocolate, nice food etc.,Thank you Informatica.

Off late, Varshi wants to serve us dishes during our dinner. She holds spoon very carefully and serve effectively. She also prepares to light up lamp at the Puja room in the morning.

She has started her morning walk by joining Vasu to get milk. Fun part is that to join us to get milk, she gets up at around 6am. She continues to greet everyone with smile.

She has a small school bag (gifted by friends in Mumbai) and each day she acts as if she is going to school. She will start going to play school on 9th June, 2016.

She has a kitchen set and with that she acts as if she is preparing a lot of food, tea and serving us.

Now-a-days, she finishes her milk almost 80% and then she would want to add some tea to finish remaining.

More later.

Another blissful visit to Shri. Malladi Chandrasekhara Pastry guru… this time with our Guruji

On 10th October, 2015 we had yet another blissful visit to Smt. and Shri. Malladi Chandrasekhara Pastry guru and this time our joy is doubled as we went with our Guruji Smt. and Shri. Rajasekhar Garu.

Some photos:
With Shri. Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry garu

We feel indeed fortunate to have blessings of Shri. Sastry guru and such visits remains memorable to us.

Sai Quatations

  1. Trust in Guru fully.
  2. That is the only Sadhana.
  3. If I take one rupee as dakshina from anybody I have to return it ten-fold to him.
  4. Believe in me. Remain fearless and have no anxiety.
  5. May Allah bless you with happiness and answer all your prayers.
  6. Believe in me and throw aside horoscopes and prediction of astrologers and palmists and go on with your duties.
  7. Life is a song- sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream- realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is a love – enjoy it.

Shirdi Sai Baba quotations

Some quotations from Sai Satcharita   

  1. Why fear when I am here?
  2. I am formless and every where
  3. I am in everything and beyond. I fill all space
  4. All that you see taken together is Myself.
  5. I do not shake or move.
  6. My business is to give blessings.
  7. I will take you to the end.
  8. I am the slave of my devotee.
  9. Surrender completely to God.
  10. My eye is ever on those who love me.

Vivekananda SEVICA Kendra – Featuring Non-profit for May 2014

So here we go with our first post on featuring non-profits!

Vivekananda SEVICA Kendra is an organization based in Hyderabad and working to support visually impaired school going students. This is one of the hidden organization but doing an excellent work since 1993. Initiative has started by Shri. K Gnyaneshwar Rao, An employee at Census Department, Government of India. He started visiting Government School for the Blind located at Darulshifa, Hyderabad and teaching them small lessons, spiritual bhajans, recording books for them, helping them to find scribes. Currently VSK is working towards providing quality food to school going children, creating audio books, helping them prepare for examinations. They provide their services to School for the Blind boys in Hyderabad, Hindupur and Shri. Manik Prabhu Academy for the Blind, Raichur.

In addition, organization provides a laptop / netbook to deserving college going student with vision impairment every year.

They have an interesting model for raising donations for providing quality food to school going students. A donor can make a donation of just INR 365 (INR 1 per day) or INR 1100 as a family per year and this would enable them to provide quality food to about 600 students. One ca also make a donation towards purchase of laptops / netbooks and other assistive technologies.

To know more and contribute, please contact K Gnyaneshwara Rao on +91 98495 01299 or Send them an email.

We wish Vivekananda SEVICA Kendra all the best.

Featuring Non-profits on our blog

We would want this website just not limited to speak about us but also would want to make it impactful to the community. As we are aware, internet is a powerful tool to create awareness. There are a lot of non-profit organizations doing a wonderful work to support several causes; so we would want to help them get a bit more visibility.

What we do is each month profile an organization with their information, photographs, our experiences (if any), testimonies about the organization, way to help them etc.,

How do we get the information? we will write about a few organizations that we personally know of and organizations could also send in their information to us by 20th of every month if they would like to get featured. Please note that we reserve the right to reject any request for profiling and there shall be no communications entertained.

We would want to launch this on May 1st, 2014 and as an inaugural profile, organizations can send in their info to us latest by 25th April, 2014, 17:00 Hrs (IST).

Profiles with two good quality pictures can be send to hemavasu(at)hemavasu(dot)in.

Thanks,
HemaVasu

Advantages and Disadvantages of Facebook

Facebook is being one of the most famous social networking site with its own pros and cons. Facebook has helped a lot to create personal brand for many individuals and for businesses. More over it is a major source of entertainment for people around the globe.

Advantages of Facebook :

1. Facebook for networking : Facebook is most powerful social media and social networking site. You can use Facebook to connect with your family, friends, work colleague and to meet new people. Specially this is the best way to find your school, college or any other old profile. Most of the people who know how to use computer and internet have a profile on Facebook.

2. Facebook for business : Talking about Facebook advantages for business, it is one of the largest site in the world where we are allowed to connect to everyone. Facebook allows the establishment of partnerships between various projects. Using Facebook fan page you can increase your brand value and social media presence for your business. Facebook helps you to find new leads and client if you use it properly.

3. Facebook video chatting : Facebook can also be used as video chat tool. Recently Facebook implemented video chat feature in partnership with Skype and now you can make video call to your friends using Facebook inbuilt video chat app.

4. Facebook as source of information and news : Talking about positives of Facebook it is a social networking site and it is one of the best source to stay updated with latest news and updates.

5. Facebook as personal portfolio : Facebook launched Facebook timeline in sometime back and it gives a complete new look in terms of your personal profile branding. With Facebook timeline cover you can easily create your first impression or you can be creative and you can use cover picture to tell people about you.

Disadvantages of Facebook :

1. Facebook privacy : One of the major concern and disadvantage of Facebook is to do with Facebook privacy. In the past it has created more buzz due to sudden change in Facebook privacy settings but now Facebook has simplified its privacy setting.

2. Fake Facebook profile : Facebook allows phone verification but there is no check on fake Facebook profile. You will find tons of fake profile with beautiful profile picture of any girl. There is no limit to such profile and most of them are created by marketers to gain more friends and then to use it for marketing purpose.

3. Not using Facebook list feature : Many users still don’t use Facebook list feature which is very helpful to keep your updates targeted to specific friend list like college friends, office friends and so on.

4. Time consuming : Of all the Facebook disadvantages this is one of the most common reasons why people delete their Facebook profile. People spend too much time on this social networking site. Facebook offers many entertainment applications and games which will keep user engaged. If you want to use Facebook for your advantages , use it for certain limit in a day. Too much of Facebook, might make your Facebook addict and you might end up wasting too much time on Facebook.

A quick trip to Tamilnadu!

While some changes are taking place in Vasu’s career; we had a quick trip Tamilnadu as suggested by our Guruji… We must say, the luck was with us all the time. While we looked at the train reservations, there was only one train “Mailadutarai Express” which has no tickets available. However, we got the onward tickets in Tatkal quota. It’s about 7.5 hours journey and time went off without our notice. We got down at Trichy and took an auto to Sriragam; checked in at the Hotel Pilgrim Palace, very close to the main temple (just adjacent to the temple). Morning we have decided to take bath in Kaveri river; we didn’t know it’s such a walkable distance of less than about a kilometer and got into an auto. We must warn you all that you should never trust auto drivers; they eat up all the money for no reason. They charged us INR 40 for less than a kilometer. OK, we have reached The Kaveri, sadly there is not so much of water and river surroundings is very dirty. I am sure, humans are responsible for it. Further, we had a great Darshan at Ranganath Swamy temple. Though there wasn’t so much crowd, some of the priests make you haste:-(

Next, we hired a cab and wnt to Tiruvarur – birth place of Shri. Thyagaraja who is known to be Guru of Carnatic Classical Music. It’s unfortunate that local community does not aware much about their own great person. Further, we left to Madivgudi and saw Shri. Rajagopala Swamy temple; then we left to Tanjavuru; a great temple of Lord Shiva. Indeed lovely temple. We had a fortune to see Arathi for the Big Maha Nandi.

Next day, we have seen Shri Narasimha Swamy temple, Jambhukeshwari and post lunch we climbed about 150 steps to see lord Ganesha. Another amazing temple. Though we had a pleasant time, climate was very hot.

Over all it was a devotional trip! We hope the best things happen for all of us!

A joyful trip to Kanyakumari and Trivendrum

Earlier this month, we got to know about the Access India Convention, a meet up of visually impaired people, who are members of the Access India mailing list and we have planned to along with another couple, Kameshwari Kiran Kumar, who are good friends to us. We have booked our tickets and there our excitement is started.

It so happened, our scheduled flight for 11th November has been cancelled due to operational reasons and we were booked on the next day morning flight by Kingfisher airlines. So we had to wake up as early as 2 am (IST) and get to the airport. Again, the flight got delayed by a few minutes. We finally reached Trivendrum just before the inaugural session of the convention.

Deligates at the Inaguration of Access India Convention 2011

Deligates at the Inaguration of Access India Convention 2011

Convention was inaugurated by Prof. Veera Raghavan, an eminent professor and delivered an excellent keynote. It was pleasure to meet several good friends Kiran Kaja, Dipendra Manocha, Harish Kotian, Sudhir, Ramana and several others.

HemaVasu with Kameshwari at the TVM Hotel

HemaVasu with Kameshwari at the TVM Hotel

Then we checked into Hotel Prashanth, a very excellent hotel and towards the evening we had been to the Kovalam Beach! Wow, what a awesome place that is. We all enjoyed in the water and spent quite a bit of time. It so happened, we wanted to have a dinner around the beach, but we did not have any cash in hand but all electronic cards and neither the hotels accept the cards and there was no ATM nearby. So we had to come back and have our dinner. Although they took a lot of time to serve our food, noteworthy is that the food quality and the taste is superb! We all loved it.

HemaVasu at Hotel Prashanth while waiting to have break fast

HemaVasu at Hotel Prashanth while waiting to have break fast

Next day mroning, we took a train to Kanyakumari, which is about 3 hours journey; we had a great time, talking among us, seeing the nature and the three hours just gone without our notice!

We have checked into Hotel Samudra. I must say the tariff of the hotels both at Trivendrum and Kanyakumari are indeed worth and we are so much satisfied. Rooms are so spacious and the rooms we got were sea facing and we could absolutely see the Vivekananda Rock Memorial right from our room. We quickly had awesome food at Hotel Saravana and got into boad to visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

Kameshwari and HemaVasu enjoying the boad ride to reach VRM

Kameshwari and HemaVasu enjoying the boad ride to reach VRM

. It was just about 15 minutes boat ride and we have reached the Rock Memorial. Wow! What a nice place. We enjoyed every moment being there, at the temple, at meditation room. It was indeed awesome experience. We bought a couple of books that reads the values thought by Shri. Swami Vivekananda and his history.
HemaVasu at Vivekananda Rock Memorial

HemaVasu at Vivekananda Rock Memorial

. Unfortunately, due to the clouds, we couldn’t see the sunset and return to the hotel. Oh! Yes, again, we had a great food. We decided to wake early in the morning and see the sun raise and we made it! That was totally unforgettable experience.
Sunraise at Kanyakumari on 13th November, 2011

Sunraise at Kanyakumari on 13th November, 2011

Then we had spent some good time at the Beach and then returned to Trivendrum. We wanted to visit Shri. Padmanabha swami temple and while we enter the temple, we were asked to get the procedure from the Temple’s office and personnel at the temple office are not at all helpful, respectful, not responsive at all and we had to return without the Darshan. In the evening we had been to Kovalam beach again and enjoyed almost couple of hours in the water. Oh! Yes, we originally scheduled to return on 14th November, night itself, but Kingfisher’s flight got cancelled again and we were offered stay in a hotel and booked in the next day morning flight. Even that flight got cancelled and thanks to Kingfisher’s staff, we got booked on another airline and back home with smile.

Some more pictures of our trip:

KameshwariKiran and HemaVasu at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial

KameshwariKiran and HemaVasu at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial

The beach

The beach


Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Vivekananda Rock Memorial


KameshwariKiran & HemaVasu at the Rock Memorial with sea background

KameshwariKiran & HemaVasu at the Rock Memorial with sea background

Raichur to Tanuku and back!! – our first Deepavali!

Ok guys, we are here again with updating you some news and how we spent our first Deepavali!

During mid October, we had a visit (unfortunately, not a very pleasant except the main event we went for) to Raichur. Oh! The climate was absolutely worse! (but yes, better than Chennai weather during May!!). Anyway, we have no intention to visit this place ever again unless if some of you have any occasion!

Well, we had been there to celebrate White Cane Safety Day at Shri. Manik Prabhu Academy for the Blind, Raichur. The event was superb! The energy shown by the students (tiny kids) was awesome. They walked for about 10 KMs on sunny morning (Hema and I were tired indeed!) There were some good suggestions given to the RTO and District Disability officer that includes, all the traffic staff should be sensitized towards people with disabilities and license holders should be informed the tips to help people with disabilities. While District Disability officer mentioned that he would endeavor to bring in necessary funds from the central and state governments to support people with disabilities with all necessary assistive gadgets.

Ok, that was about Raichur. Towards the end of October, we all seen the festival of lights – Yes, belated happy Diwali to all of you! We had combined celebrations. Prior to Diwali, we had been to Muramalla, a village in East godavari District (thanks to Gopalam tata garu) and took part of in Shri. Badrakali Samethe Veereswari Swami‘s Kalyanam. It was a nice temple. Kalyanam started around 6:30 pm and went on till about 9:00 pm that includes pavalimpu seva etc. And yes, we haven’t missed Paaduta Teeyaga program on ETV!!!

Now, Diwali – we had a great time with lights, Hema’s mom and light crackers! It would have been much fun and enable us to spend time at ground floor of the apartment, if all neighbors think of playing light crackers. Let’s hope that for next year! We can’t forget yumnmy pulihora and Rava kesari we had!!

Check out the photographs on our Flickr stream

Let us know what you all been up to… Until then,

Love,
-HemaVasu

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