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Click here to listen to the song Vienna by Billy Joel

Slow down, you crazy child
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you’re so smart, then tell me
Why are you still so afraid?

Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
You’d better cool it off before you burn it out
You’ve got so much to do
And only so many hours in a day

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even
Get halfway through
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you

Slow down, you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be
Before your time
Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight
Tonight,
Too bad but it’s the life you lead
You’re so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you’re wrong, you know
You can’t always see when you’re right. you’re right

You’ve got your passion, you’ve got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?

Slow down, you crazy child
And take the phone off the hook and disappear for awhile
It’s all right, you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?
And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get half through
Why don’t you realize, Vienna waits for you
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you

Read more: Billy Joel – Vienna Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Vienna By Billy Joel

Experience Matters :)

A giant ship engine failed.  The ship’s owners tried one expert
after another, but none of them could figure out how to fix the
engine.  Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing
ships since he was a young [boy].  He carried a large bag of tools
with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work.  He
inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.  Two of the
ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would
know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached
into his bag and pulled out a small hammer.  He gently tapped
something.  Instantly, the engine lurched into life.  He carefully
put his hammer away.  The engine was fixed!  A week later, the
owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand
dollars.  “What?!” the owners exclaimed.  “He hardly did
anything!”  So they wrote the old man a note saying, “Please
send us an itemized bill.”

The man sent a bill that read:

Tapping with a hammer………………….. $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap…………………….. $ 9,998.00

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Effort is important, however Knowing where to tap is experience. If you think, hiring experienced resources is expensive, try hiring an amateur, it might “cost” a lot hiring the one who doesn’t know where to tap😉

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“You don’t need another human being to make your life complete, but lets be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into is the most calming thing in this world”  –  Emery Allen

My Europe Diaries – Visit to Nativity of Christ Cathedral, Riga

Hi All,

This year in May, I visited Europe for the first time and the first country I visited was Latvia. I am truly blessed for visiting this beautiful city “Riga”.

In the series of posts in name of My Europe Diaries, I am going to share some posts and my experiences of Europe.

This post is about the cathedral ” Nativity of Christ Cathedral”. This is the biggest orthodox church of the city. It was officially opened in the year 1884. However in the later years during the soviet era, this church was turned into planetarium, restaurant and finally in the 1990’s the restoration of the church began and finally consecrated by Archbishop Alexander on 6 May 2000.

This cathedral is a true beauty, it is a synonym of majestic architecture. Its a joy watching this cathedral. The interiors of this cathedral are beautiful. And it was a serene experience visiting this cathedral. I did try to capture the pics of the cathedral from outside, however the magic of the place can be felt only when we visit. Don’t forget visiting this place when you visit Riga:)

Here are some of the pictures captured by me.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Share the load : Story Of A Indian Middle Class Man

#Sharetheload #IndianMiddleClassMan #HeroToZero #SupermanToDoberman

India is in a metamorphosis. Education levels of female are increasing, however the amount of women who work and share the financial load is very less. But the standards, the costs of living are such that if there is only one person working, that person should be a Superman.

I often wonder…why is that most of the middle class/ higher middle class Indian men are like robots and lifeless machines. These were source of inspiration for their energy levels, passion to life and excellence in different fields. They were awesome till they got married. And all these people are the ones who chose ” Non Working Women” as their spouses.

No offense or not intending to degrade non working women. Gone are the days where the homemakers used to do everything manually without any help of electronic gadgets, gone are the days where the wife does everything…there are servant maids to do domestic chores.

Oh..coming back to these middle class men…their parents slogged in the tough years of India where the opportunities were low, life was tough…even in such years they brought up these gentlemen to be multi talented, excel in multiple fields and dream big. And these idiots what do they do, they get a job, get married and become a machine and dead as vegetable.

Ask me why they became so….they take up the entire financial load of the family as they think they are macho men. They slog day and night with office work. They forget they are human, they forget they were the prince of their parents, they forget they are the mentors of their Sisters….all they remember is they are caretakers of their wife and servants for their kids.

And yeah…by the way they opt for a homemaker wife..so that she takes care of his kids and takes care of his entire personal life. But in reality what happens….these kids whose mother is a homemaker…are more arrogant, more indisciplined…they don’t respect time and money. So they end up watching cartoons half of the time , other time watching the daily soaps which mother watches, other time roaming around the world along with mother to complete the lunch or dinner and rest of the time wasting the money of the Dad playing games on mobile . Just because they have the time to do so…May be the ladies too do so because they are also frustrated of life.

And ask me why the kids watch cartoons or spend time on mobiles ….yeah…because mothers don’t have patience for story reading or any games….these TV and gadgets are easy way to keep the kids busy.

Oh and this pseudo concepts of “Lady of the house slogging day and night” is irrelevant these days. 90% of these ladies are educated, they know that their man is working like a donkey, but still they don’t make an effort to share the load, in reverse they build business case or reasons on “Why And how the kids of working women have pathetic upbringing, how working moms are bad mothers and bad wives”. And some, even they want to work they don’t work because they are used to happy and leisure time at home.

And these middle-class men who were apple of everyone’s eyes in their childhood slog slog slog and retire only to realize in their old age that they didn’t live life but dragged their life a money minting machine.

Yes, being a life partner, being a parent means SACRIFICE, but that doesn’t mean you kill yourself. My Dear middle-class married Indian men! Stop being a macho, let your wife also share the financial load. And you too don’t forget that you are human, you are your parents prince, a prince deserves a royal time. Don’t die in the ocean of responsibilities. Let your children be responsible, don’t make them arrogant idiots by buying everything they want.
And don’t think always about them, next time you want to buy your favorite woodlands shoe or Rolex watch…just buy for yourself.

And you being the Hero of your family, help your Heroine to kick start or continue her career. And don’t get lost in the concept of “Working Women being the bad mothers and bad wives”. Don’t let the talented, educated ladies sit at home and spend time on futile things.Don’t breed frustrated lady out of a well educated woman. Would you like to see your daughter just sit at home all the times, be busy forwarding whatsapp jokes and watch TV when she is grown up? No…right…then why do you let your wife do that ???

Cheers,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

Nil Battey Sannata : The Mathematics Of Dreams

Every time, I watch this movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”, I never remember watching this scene without eyes filled with tears,  when Chris clears the interview and while walking on the road says “This moment of my life is called Happyness” …so far this is the movie close to my heart….

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Today I got to watch a beautiful movie called ” Nil Battey Sannata”…which roughly translates to zero divided by something leads to hopeless silence…there are so many moments from this movie where you have joyful and emotional tears along with the characters of the movie.

This is a beautiful story of Mother Chanda, her Daughter Apekshs and their mathematics with dreams of life.
Chanda is a Bai(Servant maid) at a Doctor’s house , she dreams her daughter to do well in life by studying and she struggles a lot  to ensure her daughter study well. Whereas, Apeksha is a happy go lucky, arrogant, not so hardworking student, who just thinks ” A servant daughter becomes only Servant”.She just hates Mathematics.

How the Doctor helps  Chanda in motivating her daughter to study mathematics, how she makes her understand the value of dreams and how her daughter achieves the dream is all the story about.

And this entire story is blended with awesome humour and with wonderful characters. The unconditional love of a mother is beautifully depicted.

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Chandra’s message to her daughter in the backdrop of Tajmahal is one of the finest scenes…she says …
“Dreams can be unreal or far-fetched, people will laugh and take you down; you’ll have a long, hurdled way towards fulfilling your dreams, but that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing them. Because no matter what, no one can snatch your dreams from you! They are for you to own, and you ALONE.”

This is definitely an award-winning movie and don’t miss watching this movie with your family members.

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu