All the way.
Here to help you through your day.
Holding you up,
When you are weak,
Helping you find what it is you seek.
Catching your tears,
When you cry.
Pulling you through when the tide is high.
Just being there,
Through thick and thin,
All just to say, you are my friend.
Brittani Kokko has defined friend in a wonderful manner 🙂
Okay…I do not want to sound soo emotional like Karan Johar’s lost soul sister….however, on the eve of another Friendship Day, I wish to Thank all my Friends for being my Friends and for helping me in this journey of Life. With a lot help from my friends am a more confident and happy person today 🙂
Friends!! You know that I am not of the type who ties Friendship bands or throws party to friends in the most happening pub of the city on friendship day , however I just wish to say that I will be there for you whenever you need me :). God bless you all with good health, wealth and lots of happiness 🙂 . Once again, Happy Friendship Day and wish to dedicate this song to all of you 🙂
There are some days on which my energy levels will be zero and today is one of such lousy days. On such days….even a melodious song of Shreya Ghosal or Awesome Poster of Ranbir Kapoor or a plateful of Aavakai Pachadi or a Doughnut does not perturb me 😉 ……..Such is/was the level of gloominess 😦
As if my internal gloominess were not enough, it was drizzling so lazily (yep…it was lazy drizzle….so unprofessional rain…it rains only when I start to my work). Some how I managed to get into the cab…..the cab driver was is a “foul mood”. He was in fight with his wifey on the phone…..I really wondered why the hell are those mobile charges so less these days and people are literally getting time to fight too on the mobiles….Grrrrr. We reached main road and to our luck…each and every signal of Hyderabad was full of traffic and there was traffic jam in every possible road and damn junction. We somehow reached the office by roaming some 20 kms extra in that traffic and gloomy weather. Forgot to add….all my cab friends were also sooooooo gloomy today….each one of us sat in our places without turning even a single degree as if we had Petrificus Totalus (Body-Bind Curse) curse from Harry Potter’s magic wand 😀 . Me too did not bother to change the state as I was stuck in my inertia of gloominess. Some how reached the office and I was alone in the huge lift(some how I managed to forget that I am scared of lifts and escalators)…..it went well upto 6th floor …suddenly when it reached 7th floor…there was a powercut….for some seconds I was full too scared…somehow clicked the alarm….mean while the power was restored….Some how I could not stop blaming almighty for making my day sooooo lousy….
In the evening, had a good interaction with an acquaintance of mine. I never got opportunity to talk to her for such a long time…as part of chit chat…I suddenly came to know that she is a widow. Some how this was shock for me. We never knew that thing about her. It was not even one year that she lost her husband of cancer. I could not stop controlling my tears as I heard her past incidents. She was so kind enough to motivate me. She shared some of her thoughts on being practical in life and the importance of having “Hope” on Life. She said, Life moves on… in-spite of the memories..which are good and bad. She said….give one more chance to Life with a Hope:). Some how, I still cannot believe that such a lively person has some tough situations in life . Its really amazing to see the way the she is dealing the life with lot of grace, dignity and hope. I hope and honestly pray that almighty blesses her with a nice future 🙂
All through the way back to the home, I could not stop thinking about that lady and admiration towards her increased immensely. May be its well said “It’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do about it that makes the difference”
Today is Guru Poornima and I have been waiting from several years for the right time to tell to the world about my Guru Dr Sudhakar Puttagunta. He is my Guru, He is as important as my Dad to me. I am blessed to have a wonderful and inspirational person Dr Sudhakar Puttagunta as my GURU. Thousands of his students are leading wonderful careers and life because of his wonderful teaching methods and following him as an example. We are blessed to study in Haritha Ecological Institute. Our Institute has the motto “Knowledge of Nature Shows the Nature of Knowledge”
Some how I feel short of words in writing about our Sudhakar Sir 🙂 . Leaving all the comforts of life for the sake of the ideals is not a simple thing. The way he teaches with the passion for the subject is really inspirational. He could not have achieved all these without the support of his life Partner Smt Usha Rani Puttagunta. Mam, left her Managerial position in Andhra Bank and all the comforts to help Sir in achieving his goals. This is very sweet and inspirational. Sir is able to execute his ideas in much more effective manner with the guidance of Shri Satya Theertha. I pray to God to Bless this wonderful Trio with lots of energy and good health to do more things related to Education. Touchwood!!! Now his children,Vishwanath Puttagunta and Vasundhara Puttagunta are helping Sir in the implementation of his ideas. Vish is trying to take the works of Sir to the world students with the help of Digital Haritha Project :
Know about My Sir little bit more:
Appearances are often deceptive and just how so you realise when you meet P. Sudhkar. Beneath his wiry and rustic exterior and sartorial attire lies an absolute genius. A single conversation with him is sure to send a few hiccups down your throat. For, this erstwhile electronics (doctorate in Physics) research faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, is not only an articulate treasure house of technological innovations but a visionary who could mould rural India into an economical, productive force.
For Sudhakar, life in the lab and on the field was not satiating. “While we were chartering courses to set up industrial parks in IIT, through extensive field work, I realised that there was something inherently lacking in our academic set up. The concept of irrelevance is built into our psyche and none of us pause to look into any worthwhile contribution to be made to society. The same is true of our basic education. A literate farmer is paradoxically more unfit on the field than his illiterate elders. I felt the need for basic education to be of relevance to the common masses. Hence productive activities are to be the focal point especially in agriculture which is India’s mainstay even today,” he says.
What characterises the man is his humility, simplicity and self-esteem. When he chose to live amidst the dense forests of Palavoncha (near Bhadrachalam in AP) a remote tribal belt, he knew what he was in for — uncertain income, censure by family and friends and nix social status. “It was natural for family and friends to be sceptical of my venture at least in the initial stages. I did have my share of problems in convincing them of my abilities. However, there were a few like-minded friends who boosted my sagging morale at critical times. Looking back, I have no regrets though I still have a long way to go,” says Sudhakar. He had to literally part with all his savings to acquire 12 acres of land in a remote region like Palavoncha. The idea was to start a school that would stress on productive activities relevant to rural dwellers. It was an experiment, which though cost-effective, was time-consuming and with an uncertain outcome. To avoid pitfalls and ensure smooth sailing, Sudhakar hit upon an idea wherein his experiment would be incorporated within the existing state syllabus for the school.
Trial runs for the project took shape in a matter of four years and by 1994, Harithavarna Vidyapeetam (a registered NGO) was established with an eco-friendly infrastructure. The availability of bamboo in the forests of Bhadrachalam and tribal expertise coupled with a physicist’s technological prowess made for ethnic classrooms, halls and hostels. The school ran classes from primary to high school adhering to the state syllabus, so that the children would not miss out on regular academics (inclusive of computer usage), which would open the gates towards higher aspirations. “We devote one hour and post-school hours to the productivity aspect of education. Teachers (there are now 10 of them) trained by me would encourage students to indulge in simple activities such as cycling, eating, planting and illustrating a concept using these as teaching tools. Tribal or rural children with their natural acumen towards their environment respond very fast to the rudiments of subjects such as languages, statistics, math and even physical sciences, not to talk of biological sciences. They were especially brilliant at subjects dealing with soil, water bodies, pollutants and simple clues for mathematical calculations, which are engrained in them at a tender age. They can now tackle any competitive examination in the future with a mindset that can distinguish constructive happiness from consumerism,” says Sudhakar, sounding like a proud father.
Who has ever heard of cycling being a method to prepare idlidough? Well the students of the Haritha residential school in Palavoncha actually do it. The conventional grinding stone is attached to the cycle so that peddling it for ten minutes would generate energy to grind the necessary ingredients. There is also a mobile paddy de-husking unit operated by a pair of bullocks rather than the conventional mechanised set-up, that can generate 1 kilowatt of energy. This can be stored in a battery, which can meet the lighting requirements of a hut through a crudely designed invertor.
Sudhakar’s home is bamboo with thatch that is covered by a fine layer of ferro cement for the roof and bamboo walls enmeshed with a thin medium of wire mesh and plaster. “These are excellent thermal insulators that keep interiors cool in summer and warm in winter. The cement layer protects the bamboo from damage by rain,” he says.
The result is both economical as well as an ethnic delight. The water required for household chores is stored in an elevated tank with a broad tube below, which when opened, flushes out the water to a fairly large tract of land thus rendering it fertile to grow vegetables. And this means doing away with open drainage system.
“The entire food requirement for the resident children is met within the campus,” says Usha Rani, Sudhakar’s wife, who quit her banking job to join him in this endeavour.
Though publicity shy and reluctant to pander to the powers that be, recognition did come Sudhakar’s way a couple of years ago when the Centre for Environmental Education (AP chapter) took the school as a nodal centre for training primary school teachers (25 such schools) in the new mode of study. A number of textbooks in basic sciences and languages using the new tools of teaching methods are now available, mostly penned by the staff of Haritha.
It is exciting to go through the innovative, excellently crafted English nursery rhymes that talk of a tree, a pigeon, a rivulet, a waterfall, the rain — a refreshing change from the usual stuff that our nursery schools are accustomed to. Funded by the Ministry of education, four manuals in Telugu, one in social studies and an English Primer are awaiting further funding (close to Rs 1 lakh) for distribution and feedback.
Impressed by the novel bamboo constructions, the Ministry of Rural Housing contracted a project to build these innovative houses. Sudhakar had to float another NGO – Haritha Ecological Institute – as an R&D-cum-pilot project undertaking.
Usage of unsplit bamboo in structuring the roof (usually dome shaped) has drawn the Tifac arm (Department of Science & Technology) to send a study team, which gave a positive chit to Haritha.
Sudhakar wears these successes on his sleeve with ease while he relentlessly toils to breed a fresh, new generation of youngsters.(Source : THE HINDU )
God Bless Sir and hope all of his students take active participation in taking forward his works and ideals to much more people. Just wanted to say that “Sir, We respect you and love you. We will take your works to much more people in the world taking you as inspiration”.
India ranks second worldwide in farm output. Agriculture and allied sectors like forestry and logging accounted for 16.6% of the GDP in 2007, employed 52% of the total workforce and despite a steady decline of its share in the GDP, is still the largest economic sector and plays a significant role in the overall socio-economic development of India.
India is the largest producer in the world of milk, cashew nuts, coconuts, tea, ginger, turmeric and black pepper. It also has the world’s largest cattle population (281 million).It is the second largest producer of wheat, rice, sugar, groundnut and inland fish. It is the third largest producer of tobacco. India accounts for 10% of the world fruit production with first rank in the production of banana and sapota. (Source: wikipedia)
Agriculture is the predominant occupation in India, accounting for about 52% of employment.
Hope you are already feeling proud about Indian Agriculture and the importance of being an “Indian Farmer” 🙂 . Now read this….
Farmers in India became the centre of considerable concern in the 1990s when the journalist P Sainath highlighted the large number of suicides among them. Official reports initially denied the farmer suicides but as more and more information came to light the government began to accept that farmers in India were under considerable stress. On figures there was much debate since the issue was so emotive. The government tried to underplay the cases of farmer deaths, intellectual supporters of the farmers preferred to inflate them. More than 17,500 farmers a year killed themselves between 2002 and 2006, according to experts who have analyzed government statistics. Others traced the increase in farm suicides to the early 1990s. It was said, a comprehensive all-India study is still awaited, that most suicides occurred in states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Punjab. The situation was grim enough to force at least the Maharashtra government to set up a dedicated office to deal with farmers distress .
In 2006, the state of Maharashtra, with 4,453 farmers’ suicides accounted for over a quarter of the all-India total of 17,060, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). NCRB also stated that there were at least 16,196 farmers’ suicides in India in 2008, bringing the total since 1997 to 199,132. According to another study by the Bureau, while the number of farm suicides increased since 2001, the number of farmers has fallen, as thousands abandoning agriculture in distress. According to government data, over 5,000 farmers committed suicide in 2005-2009 in Maharashtra, while 1,313 cases reported by Andhra Pradesh between 2005 and 2007. In Karnataka the number stood at 1,003, since 2005-06 till August 2009. In the last four years, cases in Kerala were about 905, Gujarat 387, Punjab 75 and Tamil Nadu 26. In April 2009, the state of Chattisgarh reported 1,500 farmers committed suicide due to debt and crop failure. (Source wikipedida)
Now Read this…
Seeking authenticity for his letter to the Prime Minister and the President, Ramachandra Raut composed it with care on Rs.100 non-judicial stamp paper. Then he added a few more addressees, including his village sarpanch and the police, in the hope that it got home someplace. Then he killed himself. A mere digit in the nearly 250 farm suicides that hit Vidarbha in four months; but a villager desperate to be heard on the reasons for his action: “The two successive years of crop failure is the reason.” Yet, “bank employees came twice to my home to recover my loans”. (Despite a government order to go slow on recovery in a region hit by crisis, crop failure and more recently, drought). (Source:http://beta.thehindu.com/opinion/columns/sainath/article422651.ece)
Above information is not the script for the Peepli Live film. Its the reality of Indian Farmer. An Indian Farmer who struggles a lot and brings food into our plate . The one who needs to be worshiped and given proper facilities to do agriculture in proper manner , is in a pathetic state. Yes, agree India is a developing country and we hope India will be a super power in the coming years, however we need to realize that our country flourishes ONLY when the backbone of our economy….the INDIAN FARMER is in proper state. Who is really bothered about the issues of the Farmer? Goverment? Opposition Parties? Media? A common Man? Who?????? Thats a million dollar question!!!!!
Waiting to watch the movie Peepli Live in which they are focussing on the issue of Farmer Suicides. Happy to see that at least some movies are made on Real issues instead of love at first sight, love at deathbed scenarios. Do check this promo of PEEPLI LIVE. Hope Natha doesn’t die….
“Stand and die in your own strength, if there is any sin in the world, it is weakness; avoid all weakness, for weakness is sin, weakness is death.”
“Stand up, be bold, bestrong. Take the wholeresponsibility on yourown shoulders, and knowthat you are the creatorof your own destiny”
“They alone live who livefor others, the rest aremore dead than alive.”
“What ever you think,that you will be. If youthink yourself weak,weak you will be; if youthink yourself strong;strong you will be.”
You can find all these wonderful quotes of Swami Vivekananda written beautifully on the boards of Ramakrishna Math. Its a beautiful place and we can feel the serenity of the place as soon as we enter that area itself. I visited Math today and I got chance to attend the evening Aarti. “Khandana Bhava Bandhana” Aarti is so serene and singing this Aarti with several people is a divine experience 🙂
Khandana Bhava Bandhana Aarti : Unlooser of Our Bonds
(translation of Khandana Bhava Bandhana by
We adore you, one beloved of all hearts,
Love Incarnate, blessing all by your life.
Stainless Godhead, freely taking a human form,
You have conquered human bondage and fear.
We adore you, brightest jewel of creation,
Taking from us every blemish and shame;
Form of spirit, eyes illumined with God-sight,
By your pure glance our delusion is gone.
We adore you, surging ocean of God’s bliss,
Ever radiant with the nectar of love.
When we seek you with unswerving devotion,
We pass safely through the forest of life.
We adore you, come to earth in our time,
Guide to Oneness, leading us in Truth.
When, by your grace, our inner tumult ceases
Dawns the pure light deep within our hearts.
We adore you, lifter of our sorrow,
Futi or mercy, giving us your life.
By awesome effort for the good of mankind
You destroy all bondage in this age.
We adore you, greatest of renouneers,
Wholly free from passion and possession.
0 man divine, bestow on us devotion;
Grant us strength to follow after you!
we adore you, tree from doubt, ever tearless,
Standing steadfast in the vision of God,
Giving refuge to all seekers who come to you,
Caring nothing for their station or race.
We adore you, our unshakable refuge
In this ocean of delusion and pain.
At your pure love, freely showered on all alike,
Strife and sorrow dwindle down to a drop.
Victory to you, 0 Lord!
Speech and thought cannot hold you,
Yet without you we cannot think or speak.
Victory to you, 0 Lord!
Come to the heart’s dark cave;
Reveal yourself in great radiance of light.
Victory to you, 0 Lord!
Remover of our pain,
Unlooser of our bonds,
Supreme and eternal good, we adore you!
His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama i.,e Tenzin Gyatso was born 6 July 1935 and this year marks his 75th Birthday. May the message of compassion and kindness spread by H.H Dalai Lama reach every person in the world and hope he continues to enlighten lots of people.
I have a particular interest towards Buddhist teachings and its music. However that interest developed more as I read the biography of H.H Dalai Lama five years ago. This book helps us in understanding the views of Dalai Lama and his perspective of world.
I wish to post some of my favorite quotes of H.H Dalai Lama here:
“The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticise others. Rather, we must criticise ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life.”
“Human beings by nature want happiness and do not want suffering. With that
feeling everyone tries to achieve happiness and tries to get rid of suffering, and everyone has the basic right to do this. In this way, all here are the same, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, Easterner or Westerner, believer or non-believer, and within believers whether Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and so on. Basically, from the viewpoint of real human value we are all the same.”
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness … the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.”
“A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse.”
There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.”
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.
“One has to try to develop one’s inner feelings, which can be done simply by training one’s mind.
This is a priceless human asset and one you don’t have to pay income tax on!”
“First one must change.
I first watch myself, check myself, then expect changes from others.”
Do check these Buddhist Music Chants to have a pleasant mind :). If you make lil bit effort to know the meaning of these chants you feel much more pleasant :).
Buddhist Chant – Heart Sutra (Sanskrit) by Imee Ooi: