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About Prasanna Rayaprolu

Optimistic Soul like any other, in pursuit of the destined purpose of life :)

Box Of Dreams…

 

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That moment….
That moment after a terrible failure…
Its just after “turbulence”
In that silent moment after turbulence..
There is a choice to bury the leftovers of my “Box of dreams”…
Or build a brand new and improvised
“Box of dreams”…
Experience of Mind says”Enough is Enough…accept the failure and be happy with what you have”…
Mighty Heart says
“You bitch!!Is this your limit?
You said you are soo passionate about your goals from childhood…you are giving up so easily???Are you ready to look down yourself as a loser??
Sharpen your axe, tweak your skills try again with all your might…this time in new places with new energy…
But never let anyone or anything kill the spark in you”…
And I listened to my heart….and started building new box of dreams
Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu
 

Some Random Thoughts On Suffering, Hope, Joy, Success…..

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There is no specific goal of this post, however, I thought I should write all my thoughts here as it makes me feel light.

Life is like a roller coaster ride from the past 10 years. There are so many times I stumbled down, every time I stumbled down I shamelessly started my journey again.

Yes, there were so many times I thought I cannot fight any more or cannot dream again about Life again. However with the help of family members, cousins, friends and colleagues I started my journey again and again.

Like any other person, My situations were soo unique, I used to be mum about those situations, I did not share my issues with any one knowing that anyone would not understand them. I was shy or scared to share my issues and sometimes I was so headstrong I did not bother to share. During my graduation days, when girls of my age were busy with their usual stuff of fun, regular college, movies, beauty, fashion, crush, love and all…..I was in my different world of goals. I was in sadness that I did’nt achieve my childhood dream of doing Mechanical Engineering. That pain and suffering of NOT achieving our long planned goal , rather then goal of life is unexplainable. That feeling of becoming directly a ZERO in graduation days from a HERO status of School days is dangerous and tough to recover.

Life gave me somany chances, I could not study Mechanical Engineering but I could study somany other useful stuff  and subsequently I have various  Masters degrees in Applied Electronics, Planning and Project Management and Total Quality Management.

Job….. I did have an awesome start as a Physics Lecturer in College. Had awesome time of my life teaching Physics to various lively students. The joy of helping students understand the beauty of the subject is unfathomable. I used to love each and every class of mine . However had to move into another job for better assignments. I did promise myself that I will return to teaching after my 50 years of age.

I did have awesome time as Content Technical Writer, Market Researcher, Instructional Designer in my next job. I did learn a lot and got chance to explore my creativity(which I thought I never had). The passion for “Project Management” got ignited in me when I was working on several interesting projects here. I decided ..one day I should be a Project Manager. Learnt so much through that job particularly through my lady boss who is persistent and assertive. However, This phase taught me somany tough lessons, there were times when my ideas were ridiculed, I was made fun of my strategies, was cornered for being different and dealing this phase helped me understand that in life it is not always necessary to get a “Yes” from everyone, if you believe in yourself you need to move ahead with confidence :)

Then, I moved into Knowledge Management in a prestigious company and worked with prestigious clients…this job helped me explore my learning and development, Knowledge Management skills to fullest extent and got ample opportunities to learn and implement Project Management in Knowledge Management. This was a phase where personal life and personal life were with lots of action. This was the phase where I did lot of University study in Project Management.  Learnt a lot from several colleagues and Managers….from some I learnt how to be and from some I learnt how not to be…with great power comes great responsibility and lots of stupid issues…trusting people is not a easy job…..and yeah forgiveness is the biggest medicine against any stupidity…somehow with the help of right people I could deal the stuff :)

I moved to my new job in a new place. Everyone warned me that “Lady!!! Dont move to that place of India….there the people exploit the folks”. I brushed aside all these and moved to this place, as I truly believe that entire world is equally safe and equally unsafe. Had a good opportunity to work on several Knowledge Management Projects. Have been working with wonderful team and one main thing i learnt here is  that sharing your dreams and goals is good. If you share your dreams and goals, some or the other person will guide you, help you to reach your goals. And am blessed to have somany Mentors who are guiding me to my goal of Project Management.

I am few steps away in reaching my goal of working in Project Management completely, looking forward eagerly to start my new assignments :)

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This post is not to boast about my achievements ..this post is not a platform to cry about my issues…I shared this post with a hope atleast one or the other person reads this and will not stop underestimating the power one own self. Hoping that this short story of mine will help one or the other person somewhere in the world in having “hope” , “faith” “, “belief” in one own self :)

Here is a beautiful song :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77kLWFG4wYA

Dhoondhe har ik saans mein
Dubkiyon ke Baad mein
har Bhanwar ke Paas. kinare..


(We) have searched in every breath
after having a dip (in water),
Near every storm..
shores.

Beh rahe jo saath mein
jo humare khaas The
kar gaye apni Baat kinare..

The ones that are flowing with us,
The ones that were special for us,
The shores, said what they had to.

gar maajhi saare saath mein gair ho Bhi jaayein
To khud hi to Patwaar Ban
Paar honge hum

Even if all the boatmen together become strangers to us
(that is, even if everyone turns against us)
Then we will become oars ourselves
and cross (the sea) on our own..

jo Chhoti si har ik neher saagar Ban Bhi jaaye
koi Tinka Le ke haath mein dhoondh Lenge hum
kinaare. kinaare. kinare.

Even if every small canal turns into a sea
We’ll take a straw in our hands and find
shores.

khud hi To hain hum. Kinaare.
kaise honge kam. Kinaare
hain jahaan hain hum. Kinare.
khud hi To hain hum. Kinare.

We ourselves are. shores.
Then how can there be less shores.
Wherever we are, there are shores.
We ourselves are Shores.

auron se kya khud hi se
Poochh Lenge raahein
Yahin kahin maujon mein hi
Dhoondh Lenge hum

Why others, we’ll ask ourselves only
about the path to follow
We’ll find it here somewhere
in the waves only..

Boondon se hi to hain bani
Baandh Lenge Leherein
Pairon Tale jo Bhi mile
Maan Lenge hum, Kinaare.

They’re made of water only,
we’ll tie the waves..
Whatever comes under our feet,
we’ll believe they are – Shores.

(Lyrics Courtesy:http://www.bollymeaning.com/2014/02/kinaare-kinare-lyrics-translation-queen.html)

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

Good Bye 2013 an Year of Work…Travel…Masti….Welcome 2014

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Year 2013 was an amazing year . If I can summarize the Year 2013 in few words I can name it as Year of Work…Travel and Masti(Fun) with Family and Friends :)

In the year 2013, I got opportunity to work on several projects with several teams, there was lots of planning, lots of crazy work situations , lots of fun while dealing all the issues and lots and lots of happiness during the successful closure of projects :) . Thanks to all my friends at work who helped in completing works effectively and above all thanks to them for bearing me and my style of work ;)

In the year 2013, I was blessed to travel to somany interesting places in India…I traveled to love city Agra… and then to lovely Lansdowne and then to amazing Fazilka …In the year 2013, I got chance to explore different places in the lovely Capital of India, the New Delhi.

And any journey is beautiful only because of the people we have in our journey. The year 2013 was beautiful because of my amazing family members and lovely friends. Thanks to all of you for making my this year so special and beautiful.

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I wish all of you a Happy New Year 2014  and I pray that all of you have a happy, healthy, wealthy and successful year ahead :)

And yeah, New Year is a time of resolutions ;)….in this year 2014 I wish to focus on my health and international travel…looking forward to explore different countries :) :) :)

My  theme for 2014 would be to explore life to fullest extent without fear of anything :)

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar

Love you all,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

Visit To Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi

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My religious practices are always interesting and elusive to others. A Hindu Brahmin, who studied in Christian Missionary , who worked in Muslim Minority College and who has Sikh Friends will obviously have interesting perception of  God and religions. I love visiting temples, churches, Dargah and Gurudwara.

Me and My Solitude does wonders….visited Gurdwara Bangla Sahib for the first time and its a serene experience.

Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, and the pond inside its complex, known as the “Sarovar”, whose water is considered holy by Sikhs and is known as “Amrit”. It was first built as a small temple by Sikh General, Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year, during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam II.

It is situated near Connaught Place, New Delhi and is instantly recognizable by its stunning golden dome and tall flagpole, Nishan Sahib. To know more about this wonderful place please check this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurudwara_Bangla_Sahib

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Dont miss visiting this Gurdwara when you visit Delhi next time :)

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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A Visit To Lansdowne, Uttarakand, India

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Lansdowne is a cantonment town in Pauri Garhwal district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
Lansdowne was founded and named after then Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne in 1887.Lansdowne was developed by the British for catering for the Recruits Training center of the Garhwal Rifles. Lansdowne was a major place of the activities of freedom fighters from British Garhwal during British period.

This  September, I had the privilege of visiting this lovely place along with my friends. The beauty of this place is that it is still untouched by the commercial and polluted external world. This is an ideal place for the ones who want to relax from their office stress and for the ones who love spending time in nature.

Beauty of Lansdowne lies in its weather…one moment it is cloudy..other moment it is sunny and other moment it may drizzle…this lovely weather has capability to bring smile on any frustrated soul ;)

Me and my friends had long walks in this wonderful place and above all in life its not the destination that matters..its the journey and the people whom we who have makes the journey beautiful :)

You too check this place and you would love the visit :)

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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Taj Mahal : A Visit to City of Love

Taj Mahal Through My Lens

Taj Mahal Through My Lens

ishq bina kya marna yaaro ishq bina kya jiina…
(What is dying, without love? What is living, without love?)
guD se miiTHa ishq ishq
(Love is sweeter than raw sugar;)
imlii se khaTTa ishq ishq
(love is more bitter than tamarind.)
ishq bina kya marna yaaro ishq bina kya jiina…
(What is dying, without love? What is living, without love?)
guD se miiTHa ishq ishq
(Love is sweeter than raw sugar;)
imlii se khaTTa ishq ishq
(love is more bitter than tamarind.)
vaada yeh pakka ishq ishq
(This love is a solemn promise;)
dhaaga yeh kachcha ishq ishq
(this love is an elemental bond.)

Wah Taj :Taj Mahal Through My Lens

Wah Taj :Taj Mahal Through My Lens

I have been waiting from several years to visit Taj Mahal. And as said by everyone, everything will happen in our  life in the right time. Similarly, my visit to Taj Mahal finally happened in the right time with the right people.

On a weekend in this August one of my friend asked me , if I will be able to join Agra trip along with their team and special guests. I immediately said “Yes” as I was dying to visit this City of Love and that too Taj Mahal from ages. I was dreaming about having my pic at the famous bench at Taj Mahal.

We all started on a fine August Sunday Morning at Noida and reached Agra. The ride on express highway was awesome and the drive was a bliss. Roads are very clear and the route was perfect.

Meanwhile, journey to Agra was much more special. Me and my friend started talking throughout the journey. We both being Taureans and that too people born on same day started our talk at Noida and ended our chat at Agra. She started speaking things from her childhood to her marriage. I was talking to her with 100% concentration, however meanwhile in my heart I was happy happy as I was about to reach “Taaaaj Mahal…..one of the seven wonders of the world”. I was constantly checking, if we reached Agra or not. In our cab our Finnish guests were speaking in finnish and once in a while all spoke to each other, we ensured that we all in sync. My friend, like a professional Indian travel guide shared nuggets of knowledge about Indian Culture, Taj Mahal, Indian Agriculture with our Finnish guests. I was like “Is it?”, however did not express my doubts before our Finnish guests just to ensure I give moral support to my Indian Friend :P. I was sure our Finnish guests were not going to google the nuggets of knowledge shared by my friend, so i thought there was no immediate danger, even if the information were wrong :P

We finally reached Agra by 2pm and it was little humid. And I was like where is Taj Mahal..where is Taj Mahal mode. Understood that we cannot go in our cars directly to Taj Mahal, we went in the Government Pollution free cars to Taj Mahal.

Meanwhile, I was curious to know about each and every rock, each and everything about Taj Mahal. Unfortunately, the leader of our gang did not allow us to hire a guide. He confidently told us that he knows everything about Taj Mahal. We had no other option except to believe him.

Finally we reached the main place and must say its a beautiful moment. As usual with childlike enthusiasm I was in tears with joy. I was pinching my self. I was thanking God . thanking this friend of mine who provided opportunity for me to visit Taj Mahal. Meanwhile there were lots of professional photographers who were back of us promising us that they will capture amazing moments of Taj and Us. And I was really waiting for this. As if somebody spell a black magic on me, I went behind a Photographer and he took my photographs before Taj Mahal. Mean while my friends were calling me. I got my photographs clicked at various locations with Taj as background. I was feeling like a celebrity. Finally, photo session was done and I joined my friends.

By the time we reached the main location, the weather was awesome. There was cool breeze. Our gang leader plus our guide shared some facts about Taj Mahal, however I was not sure if shared correct facts. However, to ensure that we show unity before our Finnish guests, I did not ask more questions to our gang leader. I decided to check the facts by myself by checking in google later.

And when we were at the main location, I did not speak much, I was just mesmerized by the beauty of Taj Mahal. One of my younger Finnish guest, she and me were wondering how beautiful and serene it is to have a monument dedicated as a symbol of love. We were wondering, will we get such person who atleast would buy a nice villa for us, if atleast not a villa …atleast will we find a person who truly, madly, deeply loves us to that extent. Strange but silly thoughts were going in my mind about the serenity of love. I do know that History is hype, there were somany controversies about Taj Mahal, however nothing really bothered me when I was watching Taj Mahal. I was just happy that I go chance to visit Taj Mahal.

Beautiful Yamuna River

Beautiful Yamuna River

Meanwhile, somany visitors at Taj Mahal were dying to get photographed with our beautiful and classy Finnish guests. However, leader of our gang was worried about safety of our guests and was playing the role of bodyguard just to ensure that no one bothers our Finnish guests. Finally, I got to see a book store at Taj where I could buy a book about Taj Mahal History. I was happy that I have some reliable source about Taj Maha. And the leader of our gang was sure that his knowledge is more accurate than the book I bought .(I lost the book now :( ).

Finally we came out of Taj Mahal, we did some shopping, had good food in a near by restaurant.We started our journey back to Noida, Meanwhile one of our Finnish guest was amazed by seeing crows, sparrows, parrots, cows on the road. I was wondering what is so special in Crow and Cow. However, thought everything is God’s creation and each thing is bright and beautiful :P . Later on realized that these species are common in India but not in Finland :)

In our return journey, me and my friend did not talk much because we were dead tired. However, we are persistent taureans…how can we give up? we took a small nap and then again we started our talks. In return journey we spoke about Six Sigma, Agile PM, traditional PM. Knowledge Management and somany things related to career.

Taj Mahal and beautiful clouds

Taj Mahal and beautiful clouds

Finally we reached Noida with lots of awesome memories. Any anytime, its the journey and the company that matters…not just the destination. My visit to Taj was memorable because of the beautiful people :)

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 
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Yeh Dilli Hai Mere Yaar, Bas Ishq Mohabbat Pyaar : An Awesome Visit To Chandni Chowk

Yeh Dilli Hai Mere Yaar, Bas Ishq Mohabbat Pyaar
Basti Hai Mastano Ki Dilli Dilli, Gali Hai Deewano Ki Dilli
Bolo Bolo Milo Se Dilli Dilli, Bolo Bolo Milo Se Dilli
Basti Hai Mastano Ki Dilli Dilli, Gali Hai Deewano Ki Dilli

Bada Kas Ke Gale Lagata Hai, Dhadkan Ki Dhoom Sunata Hai
Iske Baye Taraf Bhi Dil Hai, Iske Daye Taraf Bhi Dil Hai
Yeh Sehar Nahi Mehfil Hai
Yeh Dilli Hai Mere Yaar, Bas Ishq Mohabbat Pyaar

It has been More than 10 months I moved to Noida, however due to one or the other reason I could not explore Delhi till now properly. I have been cribbing about the same with my friends and finally this Saturday we got time  for Delhi tour, the weather was awesome, My friends wanted me to check Old Delhi first, so we went to Chandni Chowk.

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Some information about Chandni Chowk, originally meaning moonlit square or market, is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, now in central north DelhiIndia. Built in 17th century by the great Mughal emperor of India Shah Jahan and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara, the market was once divided by canals (now closed) to reflect moonlight, and it remains one of India’s largest wholesale markets

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May be it was a strange coincidence our Delhi tour started with visit to Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, this was the first time I visited a Gurdwara and am really blessed to visit this famous Gurdwara.

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I was very very excited to visit this serene place, and each and every bit of this place depicts the beauty of Sikhism, the way they really live the religion by practicing all the good practices effectively.

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Visiting Gurdwara was really a new, serene and awesome experience to me, unknowingly I had tears in my eyes out of joy and I don’t know i felt some kind of peace, for some strange reasons I felt that its a start of good time of my life, I did hide all these emotions of mine as I was scared that my friends might bug me by calling “Drama Queen”. I just requested them if we can stay some more time there, they agreed and so we spent good time listening to the bhajans and interestingly they were singing “Sawan Aaya Hey Sakhi” and by that time it started raining heavily outside :) . And from then our Delhi tour was crazy crazy in the rain.

From Gurdwara, drenching in rain we went to Gali Parathe Wali,,its a famous street where we have series of shops where they serve awesome parathas of different varieties.Here we get to see several varieties of paratha. Being an ambiance freak, initially I did wonder if the place is OK, however  I did not express my worry for the fear of comments of friends, and above all i thought I should respect their plans for me :). As per their suggestions, I did have awesome nimbu paratha, papad paratha and paneer paratha : D . And ..yes…I am looking forward to visit this place again. You too… Don’t miss visiting this place next time you visit Delhi.

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After having awesome parathas, in that mad rain we did not stop our tour ( as per the news on July 20th, Delhi had heaviest rain in the past 10 years…and lucky me had this crazy privilege of drenching and visiting Chandini Chowk during this time). I did see several wonderful Saree Shops, Jewelry shops , worship and rituals material shops. I was really tempted to buy some Saree and some nice ear rings, however due to that rain and related rush I did not do any shopping, however I bookmarked the shops in my mind for my next visit ;)

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From there, drenching in the rain, we all went to Red Fort. There is immense craziness and beauty in visiting Red Fort during rain, Red Fort looks like a beautiful bride. At Red Fort we did not have any shade or any place to stand , however we did spend some time there drenching in rain like school kids.

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By this time, Delhi roads started showing their true colors, they were fully logged with water, we blindly walked on the roads, stopped at a road side tea shop and had hot hot tea.

In the rain itself again we went to metro station and boarded our metro train. As we were all madly drenched in rain, fellow travelers had a weird look at us, they were wondering how all these grown up people could not manage to protect themselves from rain properly, they don’t know that we drenched purposefully.

Thanks to God and thanks to immune system, nothing has happened to our health thereafter, inspite of drenching in the rain continuously for three and half hours :) . And yes, a biiiiiiiiiiiiiig THANKS to my friends for taking time for me :)

Meanwhile, am  waiting for the next trip to another place in Delhi by singing

“Yeh Dilli Hai Mere Yaar, Bas Ishq Mohabbat Pyaar
Basti Hai Mastano Ki Dilli Dilli, Gali Hai Deewano Ki Dilli
Bolo Bolo Milo Se Dilli Dilli, Bolo Bolo Milo Se Dilli
Basti Hai Mastano Ki Dilli Dilli, Gali Hai Deewano Ki Dilli”

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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