Friday, November 22, 2013

Rain Forest Pyramid - Galveston,Texas

Rain forest pyramid located in Moody gardens,Galveston,Texas.A rare, up-close and interactive experience with endangered plants and animals ranging from Giant Amazon River Otters to Saki Monkeys and Chinese Alligators.Rain forest where you can walk among all the Tropical Plants, Birds, Monkeys and Butterflies.

                I particularly liked the colorful birds. There are also interesting animals, plants,and flowers .This attraction is more educational than interactive.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Give time to our family

              After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.”

                 The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally. That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie. “What’s wrong, are you well?” she asked.

                 My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. “I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,” I responded. “Just the two of us.” She thought about it for a moment, and then said, “I would like that very much.”

                     That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel’s. “I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed, “she said, as she got into the car. “They can’t wait to hear about our meeting.”

                           We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. “It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,” she said. “Then it’s time that you relax and let me return the favor,” I responded. During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation – nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other’s life. We talked so much that we missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said, “I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you.” I agreed.

                “How was your dinner date?” asked my wife when I got home. “Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined,” I answered.

                         A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn’t have a chance to do anything for her. Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note said: “I paid this bill in advance. I wasn’t sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates – one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son.”

                   At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: “I LOVE YOU” and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till “some other time.”

                                                       -Author Unknown

Let's give our best time to our Parents :)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Meaningful Life is not being rich

A Meaningful Life is not being rich, being
popular, being highly educated or
being perfect.
It Is about being real, being humble,
being strong and being able to share
ourselves and touch the lives of others.
It is only then that we could have a
full, happy and contented life :) 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Do not chase People, Friends,........

               Chasing people around in life will be of no benefit to you in the long run. This is mostly because you can't make people be who you want them to be, people will always do what they truly want to do, deep down inside. What you can do is make extraordinary effort each day to be you, and to do what is in your heart, and work hard at it. 
                     The people who deserve to be in your life will come in your life, and not only will they just be a part of your life like the people of your past, but they will stay in your life as well. Cut the slack out of your life, and let go of the people that are only bringing you down. There is no reason to be burdened continually by people who don't believe in you, when there are people out there that will.
                      I don't chase people when they walk away. It's not that they're not important. I just believe that if they want me in their life, they'll stay :). If your best friend pulls away, don't chase after her.Just get busy yourself. Now's the time to think about your interests, and start new activities.I had an experience lately.
                        The biggest reason why friends lose contact with each other, or avoid each other, is because they have nothing to gain from the other friend anymore! It’s strange, but it’s the bitter truth. Friends lose each other because there’s no reason to keep in touch anymore. You may subconsciously feel like you’re having a better time with someone else, which may lead to you ignoring an older best friend because, quite simply, one of you don’t need the other person anymore.
           Friends drift apart because they no longer have anything to talk about, no longer have anything to share, and one of you started believing you’re better than the other.
                          Your life will get better when you realize it’s better to be alone than to chase people who don’t really care about you.Time alone can prove the worth of friendship. As time goes by we lose the the false ones and keep the best. True friends stay when all the rest are gone.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sri Venkiteshwara Temple Pittsburgh

 It is a place for Hindus to worship in traditional style and to provide religious, humanitarian, cultural and educational resources to all interested in Hinduism. Sri Venkateswara Temple is located in Penn Hills, an eastern suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, USA. It is one of the earliest traditional Hindu Temples built in the United States.I would like to share the videos of the temple with you :)

Part -1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Remember your school Life once again

   Remembering my school days is like traveling down my memory lane and bringing a big smile on my face :) .Those twelve years of my School life were truly awesome!!!they flew like a rocket.. but very special for me! it gave me so many experiences. In this wonderful school of mine, I learnt to write, to play and to fly like a free bird. I was happy and content with my group of friends, and with myself..

(Photos- courtesy Facebook page)

   It was a carefree, hassle free life. School days run on friendship and mutual trust. If maintained well, it is everlasting.Number of students in every section in a class used to range between forty and fifty. So, one used to have numerous classmates. I was wondering "Where are those classmates now? How are they? What they have become?" etc . It is very difficult to find answers to all those questions.Now with the development of information technology, a website like facebook  can provide details about our classmates . It is a way to revive friendship once again.
    I do remember my school prayers and Assembly at the morning .Lunch break was always fun filled with chit chats.Evening time after school there was a long walk home.  I would dawdle my way home, weighed down by my school bag filled with books and all other necessities.The way to go anywhere was just my bicycle in those days. 
        In our school time our ambitions would have no bounds at all. It is when we dream and life is really one of the exciting phases of our lives. Our teenage falls during school days only. It is during school days we attain physical as well as mental maturity and starts talking about love & life. School days are not confined merely to four walls of a classroom; they extend far beyond those four walls. 
    In classroom a long bell used to awaken us. Often we remember those happy moments.We have to be attentive and serious in a class. We have to be pin drop silence during a class.Our discipline depends upon the teacher. As soon as a period was over, school bell used to ring, our teacher used to leave our class . It was a great relief for every one of us. What noise we used to make. .These are our memories only now.
         How can we forget the stress  which we used to have during exam period. Some are prepared to face examinations at anytime. Some start their preparations only when examinations are fast approaching . I used to burn midnight oil during exam period. How happy one would be once the examinations are over.  How anxiously I used to wait for vacations. 
They are the golden period of our life...
I remember....Gang of friends
                     Boring Uniforms
                     Group Photos
                     Rocking Annual days
                     Youth festival
                     Report card
                     Last Board Exam
                     Nick names of teachers & school mates
                     Bus Stand Comedies
                     Unity of standing together when a question is asked in the class.
                     Last bench wits
                     Birthday Treats
                     Last Minute Studies
                     Tuition class .......................and so on...
A sweet hug at the end of each day..
Do u remember those days ..?

Dedicated to All My Best & Precious Friends,who were Part Of My HAPPY DAYS! .
School Life = HEAVEN :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Book Review - Windmills of the Gods

          This book, like many of sheldon's other novels, are centered on a woman. Mary Ashley, a university professor in Kansas, is appointed ambassador to Romania.Mary receives much acclaim and over night she becomes one of the most famous and influential people in the world. However, she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Little does she know that the one she trust might betray her to the hands of the world's famous assassin. How Mary tackles these, her love life and her children is a feat to read.
                 There is enough twist and turns to get the reader wondering who is the villain and who is the true hero(I got it early :P) .One of the most surprising  was the character of Angel, the assassin! I really like the plot.And those final twists were freaking awesome.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fourth of July

                         In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
                 In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was first published two days later on July 4, 1776. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, 1776. Delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. In 1870, Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, it became a paid holiday for them.
                 The first description of how Independence Day would be celebrated was in a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. He described "pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations" throughout the United States. However, the term "Independence Day" was not used until 1791.
                 Interestingly, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and presidents of the United States, died on July 4, 1826 - exactly 50 years after the adoption of the declaration. It is also important to note that Native Americans lived in the country and each tribe had its own nation and government prior to the European settlers.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Gardening ...My new hobby

I have decided to use my balcony for gardening.I derive great pleasure from this hobby.  I indulge in my hobby early in the morning as soon as I am out of bed, or in the evening .In the morning, it brings me in touch with the green plants and flowers. I check the kind of flowers blooming and the number of buds ready to bloom. I had planted some vegetable and flower seeds here.
I love working in the garden and showing or telling others about it. While you are here take a look around, let me know what you think.

It's my small balcony garden

Tomato seedlings at two weeks

Green chilli seedlings at 2 weeks

Watermelon seedlings at 2 weeks

Cilantro seedlings at 2 weeks

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

This is a nice, free stop.The roses were awesome! Several photographers were using the garden as a backdrop for wedding and graduation pictures. And there are a lot of areas geared just for kids.There are restaurants here. and an awesome Japanese Garden, unique Japanese inspired paths filled with ponds with large KOI that can be fed.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Nothing is Impossible.

A young man working in the army was constantly humiliated because he believed in God.One day the captain decided to humiliate him before the troops. He called the young man and said:
- Young man, take the key and go and park the Jeep in front.

The young man replied:
- I can not drive!

The captain said:
- But then ask your assistance from God! Show us that He exists!

The young man took the key and walked to the vehicle, praying the whole time.As a result he parked the Jeep to the place perfectly well as the captain wanted.The young man came out of the jeep and saw them all crying.

They all said together:
- We want to serve your God!

The young soldier was astonished, he wanted to know what was going on?Captain was crying, and he opened the hood of the jeep showing the young man that the car had no engine.

Then the boy said:
See? This is the God I serve, the God who gives life to what does not exist. You may think there are things that still impossible.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Photo Quotes

I am just trying to mixing some quotes and my photography. I hope you enjoy that :)


Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day

              Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick") is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.

Things You Didn't Know
1.No doubt you'll be seeing the color green everywhere today in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Here's a look at five things you didn't know about St. Patrick's Day

2.St. Patrick Was Not Irish -His birth name was actually Maewyn Succat -- it wasn't until he was in the Church that it was changed to Patricius, or Patrick. St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland, was born in Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, which is in Scotland. As a teenager, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and enslaved as a shepherd for several years. He attributed his ability to persevere to his faith in God.

3.Did St. Patrick Drive All the Snakes Out of Ireland?
Despite the popular lore, St. Patrick did not drive the snakes out of Ireland because the island did not have any to begin with. Icy water surrounds the Emerald Isle, which prevented snakes from migrating over.

4.Green may be the national color of Ireland, but the color most associated with St. Patrick is blue. The Order of St. Patrick was established in 1783 as the senior order of chivalry in the Kingdom of Ireland. The color associated with the honor needed to differentiate it from the Order of the Garter (dark blue) and the Order of the Thistle (green). So they went with blue.

5.The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in the U.S. The Irish have been celebrating the feast of St. Patrick since the ninth century, but the first recorded parade anywhere was in Boston in 1737. The parade was not Catholic in nature, though, because the majority of Irish immigrants to the colonies were Protestant. Ireland did not have a parade of its own until 1931, in Dublin. Even today, 18 out of the 20 largest St. Patrick's Day parades are in the states -- New York's is the largest.

6.St. Patrick used a three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to pagan Irish, forever linking the shamrock with him and the Irish in the popular imagination. He would tie shamrocks to his robes, which is why the color green is worn.

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers

Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours

Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,

And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Time for action to end violence against women-Happy Women's Day

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on 8 March, is: “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women” 
        Worldwide today,Up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime. Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18…
    International Women's Day is also an opportunity for women to come together and realize their collective power to create change in their homes, their neighborhoods, their communities and in the world.
    "There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable."