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Remembering Brave, Beautiful, Brainy Iron Lady : Ms Jayalalitha Jayaraman

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Some people influence you a big time, they might be a bunch of paradoxes, they might be having great flaws, however the positive traits in them are that great and influential that we are bound to fall for their charm and magic. The Brave, Beautiful, Brainy Iron Lady Ms Jayalalitha Jayaraman is such influence of my life. I dont claim she is my role model, however the positive traits in her are amazing and we have somuch to learn from those traits.

I have grown observing her as a Politican of Tamilnadu. Her role in Tamilnadu Politics and in National Politics. I was always fascinated by her guts, audacity and her leadership skills.She was a Queen Bee who ruled the TN Politics, which was hugely dominated by Men. She not only just survived but RULED to the BEST of her ability.

It is not easy even today for a woman to take up leadership roles even in corporates easily, it is not easy surviving the management level challenges. And Indian Politics is one such field which is totally hostile to Women. Even in such hostile environment of Politics, She made her mark and ruled like a QUEEN BEE. She is admired by millions of her admirers across the World. She is well known for her administrative capabilities and people friendly schemes.

On December 5th, She expired after battling illhealth for  70 plus days at the age of 68.

 She ruled the hearts of people. She was one of the resilient, shrewd, popular Politicians.She inspired the girls to dream big and how to be fearless.She inspired all the girls how not to quit.She inspired how to be courageous and not to get disheartened of the insults and how to make a comeback.

Mam Jayalalitha!!!Your life is an inspiration to the girls of the Nation. May your soul rest in peace.

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Here is a beautiful interview of Ms Jayalalitha with Ms Simi Garewal, this 2 part interview is one of her best interviews, do check the episodes.

Part 1:

Part 2 :

Rest in Peace Ms Jayalalitha Jayaraman. You ruled the hearts of people. You were one of the resilient, shrewd, popular Politicians.

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This post shared on Facebook by Charanya Kannan sums up just why Jayalalithaa held such a special place in the hearts of not only her followers, but those who knew her as well.

Read the post here.

She was only 16 years old when she starred opposite M.G.R in Ayirathil Oruvan. The entire cast & crew would stand up every time the veteran actor walked in, but the Church Park educated, English speaking Jayalalitha sat there with her legs crossed, reading her book. It was this audacity that went on to define the rest of her political career. Obviously, she was a charming, multi-faceted actor who was trained in various dance forms. But not so obviously, she was well read and witty, she was intelligent and she knew it. It was not merely her affair with MGR that drew her to politics, it was her prolific ability to speak in English & Hindi with an intellect that could match an economist. When MGR died, she sat conspicuously at his head for an entire two days, relegating his wife Janaki to a sidelined spot. Janaki’s aids tried to push her away, in fact pinched her, stepped on her feet, but she refused to budge. When she got on to the carriage for the final procession, she was visibly pushed off it in front of all television cameras. This effrontery was what would help her survive all those years of politics that would follow. The entire party split into two after MGR’s death, but four years later united under her leadership to form one formidable opposition.
She won against all odds. She was a white skinned Brahmin in a party that thrived due to its Dravidian anti-class rhetoric. She was a glamorous actor who cannot, by definition, be taken seriously. Above all, she was a woman trying to ascend to power in 1980s in Tamilnadu. An unmarried, childless woman. To put it in context, she was not only walking a path of thorns, she did it in an oxygen less chamber while her arms and legs were tied. It’s a feat that she survived at all, not to mention that she actually thrived. In 1989, when she opposed Karunanidhi’s presentation of the budget, she was almost disrobed in the assembly. This was in addition to being the recipient of lewd comments and hair pulling. This is probably the highest documented insult that a woman has ever faced in a state Assembly. Yet she persisted. She came out of that incident more guarded than ever before. She wrapped herself in layers of clothing and stopped wearing any jewelry at all. She succeeded at ‘desexualizing’ herself and branded herself as ‘amma’ (mother), the only known way to gain respect in that highly testosterone filled environment.
Everyone knows her as the person who silences opposition and who creates sycophants who fall at her feet and worship her. This was the only possible way she could command, consolidate and hold on to the otherwise elusive power. If she was any more cordial than this, she might have as well been an airhostess.
She played popular politics. When the DMK promised laptops, she provided table fans, mixers and grinders instead all branded with her cherubic photograph on it. She accumulated disproportionate assets in 1996, and has faced her share of atonement. However, no one else, not even men, could have been a formidable opposition to the DMK that has systematized corruption and nepotism in ways that she couldn’t. Forget her followers who baselessly immolate themselves or cut off their fingers in a spree of blind devotion towards her. I have spoken to several civil servants of the state who claim they function with lesser interference under her leadership than under the other party.
And with four and a half years of her term left, there is no single leader that can fill her void. It will be several years, even decades, before another woman can even remotely achieve what she did in a state like Tamilnadu. Now her statues will come up all over the state, and for once I’m glad. In a few generations, all that will matter is that there is a woman’s statue as well, and that statue is not a mere kannagi who was venerated because she was a perfect wife, but of a woman who was a true and powerful leader of her own merit and her own making.

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Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Books, India Shining, My favorite Personalites, Personal Development, Some stuff for Inspiration, Things to Ponder

Questioning and Challenging: Real Way To Learn

Whether it is Vedic times, Whether it is times of Jesus, Whether it is times of Prophet, Whether it is recent times of Socrates…the only way we learnt is “Questioning and Challenging in constructive manner”.

And Wise people were tolerant to listen to questions and challenges and helped the seeker in finding the answers by thyself with proper directions.

In my college days our Physics Professor, Dr. Sudhakar Puttagunta never solved the physics problems by himself, he used to question us several right questions and we used to solve beautifully complex Irodov problems too easily and in the end we used to feel victorious.

Here, again we have this amazing person Devdutt Pattanaik . His books, his lectures on “Sanatan Dharam” ( will not call “Mythology” as I believe, it was real, not “Myth” and it was History, thanks to Don Amit for  correcting me on this aspect ) are immensely Scientific, logical and beautifully explained. All the questions we have on Sanatan Dharam are beautifully explained by him. It’s a pleasure reading his stuff.

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Yesterday was lucky enough to buy his new books and must say, they are new additions to my treasured possessions.
Do check them if you get chance🙂

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in India Shining, Inspirational Stuff, Life, My favorite Personalites, Some stuff for Inspiration

Inspiring Life Of Neerja Bhanot

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So many news articles, reports about the brave lady #NeerjaBhanot are in internet newspapers, TV these days as the biopic on her life is released in the name #Neerja movie. #SonamKapoor played the role of Neerja and definitely this is the best movie of Sonam Kapoor.

I do not want to give you introduction about Neerja Bhanot, because there are wonderful articles on internet, please do take  some time and Google them.

All I want to do is suggest you to watch this movie along with your family members. Why should we watch this movie?

1) To bring the human in us alive :
We are in unrestive, hypocritical, selfish times. Whether at work or in society we don’t do any help without any gain, we don’t maintain any relations without any profit. The rat race for power, money better life can be won when we are less humane, less empathetic, more selfish and we support our crap by saying ” we are being practical”. And if we take time and check the story of this brave lady Neerja, for few minutes we are going to sit back and think ” What…did this lady saved ~360 lives without any arms and she didn’t bother to save her own life even though she had chance to save her life first”. Ain’t this braveheart story an eye opener to us. Her life story is definitely an inspiration for us to bring back the human in us alive. A pinch of humanity and a pinch of less selfishness makes this World better place for all of us.

2) Heroes do have Fear, however they use their Fear as Fuel for their Courage:
We all have fears, some of us show the fear, some hide the fear and some use their fears as Fuel to bring courage in them. The way Neerja handled the 17 hours of hijack time, how she managed her fear and how she showed courage and helped people is remarkable.This is definitely an inspiration for us. When we are in deepest trouble and facing our fears is the time to show courage.

3) It’s the life in years that matters not the length of the years: We die each present moment worrying about past moment or thinking about future moment. It’s ok life gets fu@*d up sometimes, without our involvement our dreams get shattered, we lose confidence in our abilities, we lose trust in our skills and strengths which we were good earlier. However what matters is, gaining back our confidence in ourselves, in our skills and restarting our life with the help of family and friends is very important. Just a bad time is not a bad life. And we are not sure about tomorrow and what matters is present moment, putting our heart and soul in our present moment is what matters. The way Neerja restarted her life after a bad marriage and the way she got back her glory as a successful model and Air hostess with help of family and friends is inspirational.  She was only daughter of parents, She was lovely sister of two elder brothers.

What are you waiting for, go and watch this movie with your family and definitely the story will have positive impact on you. It’s time to celebrate the story of braveheart Neerja Bhanot.

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Beautiful Susan Boyle :)

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It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

~George Eliot

In my childhood I used to wonder about this quote of Eliot. I used to think its just nonsense. However, as I grew, I understood how life gives you interesting tests and how we need to protect our dreams and why we should never give up, why we should believe in our dreams until we turn our dreams into reality. Above all…its never too late🙂

Other day, came across wonderful video about Susan Boyle. I was immensely inspired by her story and her energy levels. I think, it would be nice if you can see the video by yourself🙂 . Check this major event in Susan Boyle’s life  and stay inspired🙂

Do Check  Susan Boyle’s Story here :http://www.susanboylemusic.com/us/story/

Susan Boyle performs Duet with Elaine Paige

Here are the lyrics:

Nothing is so good it lasts eternally
Perfect situations must go wrong.
But this has never yet prevented me
From wanting far too much for far too long.
Looking back, I could have played it differently
Won a few more moments, who can tell.
But it took time to understand the man
Now at least I know, I know him well.

Wasn’t it good (Oh so good)
Wasn’t he fine (Oh so fine)
Isn’t it madness he can’t be mine.
But in the end, he needs a little bit more than me
More security (He needs his fantasy and freedom)
I know him so well.

No one in your life is with you constantly
No one is completely on your side.
And though I move my world to be with him
Still the gap between us is too wide.
Looking back, I could have played it differently
Learned about the man before I fell.
But I was ever so much younger then
Now at least I know, I know him well.

Wasn’t it good (Oh so good)
Wasn’t he fine (Oh so fine)
Isn’t it madness he won’t be mine
Didn’t I know how it would go,
If I knew from the start.
Why am I falling apart.

Wasn’t it good
Wasn’t he fine
Isn’t it madness he won’t be mine
But in the end, he needs a little more than me
More security (He needs his fantasy and freedom)
I know him so well
It took time to understand him
I know him so well

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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Golden Girls of Hyderabad: Sania and Saina :)

Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal

June second week in this year 2012 is a special week to India and that too Hyderabad.  The Golden Girls of Hyderabad : Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal won their tournaments and brought medals to India.

Sania Mirza, an Indian Tennis Player won French Open mixed doubles along with Mahesh Bhupathi on June 7th,2012.

Saina Nehwal, an Indian Badminton Player won 2012 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold on June 10th,2012.

Long Way to Go Girls!!! Wishing you good luck🙂

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Inspirational Stuff, Life's Like That, My favorite Personalites

This Granny is a Hero : Smt Shila Ghosh from Calcutta…

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Shila Ghosh : a lady 83 years old who lives at pali in West Bengal. Every evening she comes from Pali to kolkata to sell the fries.The pedestrians out of respect buy the fries from her. After lung cancer took away her only son from her 5 years back,to make ends meet she works.Her nephew aged 30 works as a mover on meagre wages in pali. When asked if she has a problem in travelling,she weakly smile ans says “No,the bus gets me here and my health is not that bad”.She earns 400 rupees per day but still it is less for her family of four.Circumstances could have easily forced her to beg but her dignity and respect is everything for her,she would work till the end of her life rather than beg on the streets. When we go on complaining she has chose to solve her problems on her own for as they say God helps them those who help themselves.She is a determined women and deserves our respect.

( Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/HeyIndia)

 

Hearts meet and melt on a city pavement 

Shila Ghosh sells chips on the pavement in front of Haldiram at the Exide crossing. (Rashbehari Das)

Here’s to the spirit of Calcutta, alive and kicking in the grit of an 83-year-old selling savouries on a pavement, the compassion of a college girl passing by and the response of strangers to a Facebook post for support.

Octogenarian Shila Ghosh changes two buses to reach the Exide crossing on Chowringhee Road from Bally, in Howrah, every afternoon to sell chips on the pavement outside Haldiram till the flow of the homebound-crowd ebbs.Her breadwinner son died of a heart ailment around six months ago and she needs the money — around Rs 150 on an average for an evening’s toil — to supplement her grandson’s meagre earnings from odd jobs.

College girl Sufia Khatoon didn’t know Shila’s story, but would often pause to watch her from a distance and wonder what circumstances might have forced a woman older than her grandmother to spend evenings working.

Sufia felt she needed to do something about it. A Facebook post later, 22 other Samaritans converged on the busy junction around 5.30pm last Friday to surprise Shila with “a small donation”.

Shila, stooping of body but upright of mind, had a bigger surprise for them.“She accepted the Rs 1,600 we had mobilised for her but declined further monetary help. She told us she wanted to earn a living rather than live off donations,” Sufia recalled.

If the group was still willing to help her, Shila said she would rather they set up a kiosk for her. “Aami paari….Bus dhore chole aashi eikhane. Bus-ta barir samne nabiye dyay. Bikri kore chole jaye (I am capable of earning my bread. I come here and return by bus, it drops me in front of my house),” she told Metro.

Last heard, the list of Shila admirers had swelled, each member eager to ease her strain without making her feel she was dependent on anyone.

“We are dealing with someone very strong in the mind. I believe the initiative should not end with donating some money. We need to find a long-term solution to problems faced by people like Shila,” said Sanjay Dutta, a 42-year-old Park Circus businessman.

Amitava Sinha Chaudhury, a 20-year-old college student who had responded to Sufia’s post and turned up at the Exide crossing on Friday, said it would be an insult to Shila if people offered her “alms”.

“Mashi (aunt)’s never-say-die spirit should be respected. We bought almost half her stock of chips that day to help her without making her feel we were doing her a favour,” Amitava said.

Please read the complete article written by SHUBHI TANDON  and published in The Telegraph

(Content Courtesyhttp://www.telegraphindia.com/1120402/jsp/calcutta/story_15323873.jsp#.T4FcNZlDzM1 )


Hope you read the above content completely. What is you first reaction after reading about Smt Shila Ghosh. If Shila ji can take ownership of her life, bring it back to control and maintain her life after such a disaster with grace and dignity at this old age of 83…why cannot we take charge of our life and lead it with grace🙂

So next time, you feel low think about this Hero Granny Shila Ghosh and charge your life with loads of optimism.

Best Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu