A sketch by elder son for his school work. The original he saw somewhere. Usually he does not draw or paint. But, this came as sudden surprise. It may be a coincidence that of late, we were discussing about natural living a lot….!🙏
Wellbeing around can be because of us as well!
He got up at 5.30am…
First he came with his way of Bday wishes..😇
Then he came with this….
I could not resist…😎❤️
Stay blessed, keep smiling…a lot of warmth and beautiful things around…
Thank you! 🙏
Kailash Satyarthi is one of the tallest leaders and the loudest voice in the global fight against exploitation of children. He left a lucrative career as an Electrical Engineer and started ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ (Save the Childhood Movement) to rescue children and their families from unimaginable struggles of slavery and to bring them to mainstream society. It is as good as working for the future of this country!!! Currently he leads many global initiatives for children!
Have a nice day!
Note: Reference links added above.
Felt happy when I heard my story can add some value to others. Excited to see it on a national news daily yesterday. Thanks to the author (Ardra Shankar from Times) for the nice compilation of my journey so far…..🙏😇
Yeah, involve and enjoy what you do, be it small or big!
Stay safe, Keep smiling!
Life goes on!
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
– Marcel Proust
I just realized that I am richer by 1000+ times. A warm feeling to have 1000+ great souls around the globe knows me and connected.
You are all wonderful and stays as friends forever!
My Dear Friends, Stay Safe, Happy, and Keep Smiling…!
Pic: flamingtext.com (free logo/design for personal and academic usage)
Picked up some unused bottles…
Wife also joined..
Stay home, stay safe…
Why the gate is not opened? It is only 20 minutes left!!
He bent his fingers restlessly.
The clock was so lazy. His heart was over-clocking. Dripping sweat!
“Uncle, are you ok?”The little pretty girl was staring at him.
“Am….i am…..oo k…”
“You are sweating Uncle! Don’t be tensed!”
“Am….i am…..oo k…”
“Close your eyes and look at that beautiful sky”
“Wha…..t…? Close the eyes…? and look at the beauty of the sky…? that too inside the airport….?”He could not resist airing his valid doubt!
“Granny used to tell me whenever I feel sad…That is what I do. It works!”
“m…” He just did respond!
Actually, uncle, if you close your eyes..you can see anything right?”
He looked at her innocence!
He could reply so lightly and it lightened her already bright pebbly eyes…!He obliged Granny’s advice!
He closed his eyes!
…Pinky’s nose and hands are attached with narrow white tubes; Life tubes! The colorful display was blinking above her head. Yes, blinking fast! Pinky looks so white in that white hospital dress and bedsheets! No one around?!
“Aravind, I am there, Don’t worry..!” Diya! Yes, she cannot leave Pinky.Diya will be with her always…around; Life holding strength!!
He could touch Pinky’s tired fingers…He sat near her!She is sleeping, yet singing her favorite rhyme!
He looked at her nose again….then looked up…wow, the sky is so beautiful….deep and infinite! Sparkling Diya, among the stars….caressing Pinky!!
Sweat disappeared; clock and heart running normally.
He was not sleeping, but he fled!
“Uncle, the gate is opened! Let’s go!”
“Oh, yeah, the gate is opened!”
“Thank you, Granny…!”
He bowed to her!
She smiled, waved her hands, and ran towards her Granny!
The flight was ready to take everyone to the destination!
Photo: Mobile shot in Dec 2019
Photo: Mobile clicks at home…
Thank You God and All who enabled us to get water for all the needs!! 🙏
Dear Friends, happened to see this blog on water! Whether we realize our not, it’s going to tough for generations to come if we are not sensible!! So if you love your kids, please save water in all possible ways, whenever, wherever!!
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!
Sky told me to pause!
Paused & praised!!
Photo: Samsung M30s, shot at Sterling Villa Grande, Bangalore
Before getting I didn’t know!
After getting they amaze me!
Don’t want to lose…
Small word, yet deep…
A warm shell around me;
In rain, sun or storm;
I write that over n over.
A word powers me
Day in, day out,
Smiles and shines..
Short, yet long…
Yell it loud!
Wrote as a reply to a good morning message from my friend Balaji :
“Everything is valuable
In two situations,
First, before getting it,
Second, after losing it,
In between we dont
Realize the vale of anything!”
Thanks to my friend Balaji again for triggering me writing that word thrice and more – Friends! 🙂
Younger Brother was really hesitant to come for the family event.
“Bro, she will be alone if I come. Moreover, there aren’t many houses or neighbours nearby. I am a bit worried. Please excuse…” He was anxious about his wife.
Elder gave enough confidence and “logical & practical” reasoning.
“Hey, she is not a kid and can manage alone. Moreover, our workers are there, right? Don’t worry. Your presence is very important for the event.”
Finally younger came!
“Ho, she will be alone! Without me she cannot manage anything. Also, she is not very close to neighbouring families in the apartment! I can’t leave her alone bro.” Elder brother was really tensed about his wife.
Younger brother recollected, but did not remind. He thought, realization cannot be forced!
Let us pause for a while, especially before giving a “logical & practical” reasoning! Each situation can be subtle and deep for others, beyond our reasoning!
He walked fast. He could not find anything interesting. He just wanted to get out! He just rushed.
“Papa, did you read the quote of Captain Vikram Batra?” Elder son anxiously asked him.
“What is so special about it?” He asked his son.
“It moved me, Papa!” His son looked serious and pointed to a poster.
His son’s face pushed him to read it!
“Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolor, or
I will come back wrapped in it,
but I will be back for sure.”
– Capt. Vikram Batra.
He looked at his son. His face was still illuminating!!
Captain Vikram Batra, PVC (9 September 1974 – 7 July 1999) was an officer of the Indian Army, posthumously awarded with the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and most prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War in Kashmir between India and Pakistan. He led one of the toughest operations in mountain warfare in Indian history. He was often referred to as ‘’Sher Shah’’ (“Lion King”) in the intercepted messages of the Pakistan Army.
Courtesy: wiki. Details: Capt. Vikram Batra wiki page.
This story note is derived based on our visit to Lalbagh Botanical Garden for Flower Show 2018.
Please visit Lalbagh Botanical Garden for “208th Lalbagh Flower show ” during August 4th to August 15. This year, flower show is dedicated to Indian armed forces. The theme for this year is ‘Sevege Guvravarpane’ (showcase the freedom fighters), & has been chosen to inculcate patriotism and inspire children. (News)
We just returned after a week-long vacation in Ooty (will add a travelogue soon!:). It was a refreshing break for all of us. However, the drive back was a bit tiring. Reached late evening. Soon we all realized – the next day the lil one is becoming 6 years. Within another 2 days, the elder will turn 13yrs…Birthday days ahead! 😉
Quickly we decided to have time with some of our friends in Sneha Care Home. Father Jaison was more than happy to welcome us! We reached there by lunchtime; even if the boys were really tired, they could make it happen! 😉
Though the number of kids was less due to vacation, they arranged a lovely surprise for both the boys! A cake and lovely flowers! The group birthday wish was icing on the cake. I noticed a shining light on birthday boys’ face when they heard the group song for them! 🙂
At times, very small things can make a very big impact in your life!
Thanks to Father Jaison for making it really heartful birthday for our boys…We felt blessed.
We had lunch with them and later went to see their candle making unit. They were busy in the process of completing 1000 numbers of special gift candles for a marriage. Father Biju showed us the process of candle making. They are trying to market it better so as to support inhabitants with an earning from their skills and work.
There was another cool surprise for the boys waiting! Father Biju and Father Jaison quickly arranged very nice birthday gifts for the boys….beautiful fragrant candles!!
Later we spent some time in the garden and the boys enjoyed plucking mangoes! The birthday became very special this time, a blessed one! 🙂
Rather than saying bye, we said see you again…..!
Keep Smiling, Keep Shining!
Photos: Self, mobile(Honor 8 Pro)
About Sneha Care: Link: http://www.snehacarehome.org/Home.aspx
It is a residential programme for children living with HIV, within the age group of 5 to 13 who have lost their parents or parent and their normal growth and development seem to be difficult in their home or community. They also take care of old people who do not have any other support for medicine and care. Both together, Sneha care home provides care and shelter for around 140 people.
We have been associating with Sneha Care for 2+yrs…
Please read the website for more information. Also if you want to support or know more, please contact Father Jaison-+917259605008 or Father Biju-+918050785674 (esp for the requirements for fancy fragrant candles for any occasion.)