Sunday, September 30, 2012

May Today’s “TELANGANA MARCH” Be A Great Success.

“People who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer”.
–Dr. Abdul Kalam.
VERY TRUE. May all strategies of the villains to foil our freedom struggle fail.
May today’s TELANGANA MARCH be a great success.
Our history tells us of many evil rulers, demons, rakshasas and persons whose strategies to foil righteous struggles have failed ignominiously. Today, to foil the TELANGANA MARCH several attempts are made in the form of arrests, barricades, restrictions, confusing double-talk, cancellation of trains and cancellation of buses to prevent people from participating in TELANGANA MARCH.  
We hear of many ancient and interesting strategies to foil righteous demands in  battles:
Padma Vyuham - An army formation in the form of a lotus with strategic placement of the cavalry, foot soldiers, swordsmen, charioteers, elephants, etc., in an attempt to deliver maximum damage to the opposing force as well as protecting the principal participants from the enemy. The lotus formation facilitated and worked on the pattern of opening of petals thereby surrounding more of the enemy and then closing of the petals thereby trapping them and rendering them ineffective.
Suchikamukha Vyuham – Army formation shaped like a needle tip.
Baana Vyuham – Army formation like an arrow.
Makara Vyuham – Army formation like a crocodile with powerful jaws and flexible tail to deliver blows.
Garuda Vyuham – Army formation in the form of a hawk.
Ghata Vyuham – Army formation in the form of a pot.
Vyuham means strategy, and all these strategies of evil rulers have failed against the righteous. And similarly the strategies of SA-Papisti Palakulu and Telangana Dhrohulu will eventually fail.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Memorable Pictures with Rhythmic Posts on Facebook! By Lalitha Raghu – Part VI

A niece so tiny;
And lovely!
An uncle so tall;
Sure to enthral!
At an outing,
With sky for canvas,
And grass for mattress!

 Three lovely babies in our hands;
And three more to appear!
By end of March next year!
To fill our hearts,
With great pleasure!
Thank you Gods, 
Thank you Storks!

Sitting in front of a hut,
Is a very happy face.
In a shack, a hut or palace,
What is important,
Is to be content,
Happy and at peace.

Sudhiksha; my gift wrapping partner,
Turned into a great competitor!
Here is Sudhiksha with a gift,
She wrapped to everyone’s delight!

B & W!
Of our habitat,
And...but who is it!?

For more rhythmic blog posts you may click on the following links:

Memorable Pictures with Rhythmic Posts on Facebook! By Lalitha Raghu – Part V

Day long happiness, 
Depends on a delicious, 
Heavy & leisurely breakfast! 
Sudhiksha, hold this advice steadfast!

The table is all set…
And we are just,
Waiting for YOU!
Guests of Mr. Raghu.

As little birds wings get stronger,
Nature makes them fly out of their nests.
As our children’s knowledge and experience gets richer,
The world beckons them out of our homes,
Hurting our lives, thoughts and hearts.
All we can do is bless and convey our best wishes,
And hope that they will please us with frequent visits.
What is true with the birds since creation,
Has now become with us: very common.
GOD, protect and keep our young ones healthy and happy,
And someday see that they return to us, to their homes and nests!

They are siblings for sure,
But not brother and sister for sure!
Are they brothers?
Or are they sisters?
I am sure you can’t proclaim!
Unless you have recognized them!

Sudhiksha loves to assist everyone!
Here is picture to amuse anyone!
She has come forward to volunteer,
To assist, and become wiser.

Memorable Pictures with Rhythmic Posts on Facebook! By Lalitha Raghu – Part IV

May God guard us,
Wherever we go.
May God guide us,
In whatever we do.
May God’s blessings,
And radiance so divine,
Forever on us shine!

“Deepavali Bommala Koluvu”;
An array of attractive dolls,
Arranged to amuse You!
Biggest doll among the dolls,
Is the prettiest of them all!
It is our Sudhiksha after all!

Isn’t this picture nice!
Of an uncle and niece.
Of Sudhiksha and Srinath,
Of endearment!
Painted? Bright and brilliant!

All seven cousins on a tree!
Safe from the danger on ground!
Who taught them to climb a tree?
Or is it a hereditary trend!

Far away from the chaos of city life,
A break at green fields is a great relief!
And seeing children enjoying nature,
Gives us enhanced pleasure!

Monday, September 24, 2012

“Sudigadu” - Movie: An Exemplary Mockery of Tollywood Baloney!

It is exactly a month since the release of “Sudigadu”, a Telugu movie, which has become a great hit not only in AP State but even abroad. After having read a number of reviews appreciating the movie, I saw it a fortnight ago. I am glad I saw it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This comedy movie begins its long journey of spoofs right from its credits to the end of the film. In the process of narrating the story, a befitting mockery is made of various heroes, their humbug heroics, dialogues, scenes, songs, dances and fights, from about 100 movies, specially the most popular ones. Even some TV shows are not spared.
Actor Allari Naresh as Shiva and hero of the film makes you smile and laugh throughout the length of the film. The story is the usual of a hero, his love and a villain but with a strange difference. The villain, Thikkal Reddy’s enmity with Shiva starts just a few minutes after Shiva’s birth! The villain’s son slips over the water passed by the baby Shiva! he falls down and dies instantaneously, and the drama of revenge between the villain and Shiva unfolds! A common storyline thereafter but with countless entertaining spoofs that make the movie a great comedy.
If you have not yet seen it, I think you should, you will certainly enjoy it, specially the mockery of our heroes, their humbug heroics, dialogues, fights and action.     

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vinayaka Chavithi Festival – Special & Unique Food!

Like every other festival of ours, Vinayaka Chavithi or Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with some very special and unique food. I call this food special and unique because they are a very delicious combination and normally prepared only today, on the day of the festival, that is only once in a year. They are Lord Ganesha’s favourite and ours too. The recipes and the tradition of this festive food have come to us from generations of our ancestors. The most important of the special festival food are as shown in the above photographs, Pasham, Chinthakaya Thokku, Thummikura Pappu and Kudumulu.
Pasham: Wheat Flour Spaghetti cooked usually in Jaggery Syrup or sometimes in Sugar syrup, and spiced up with fried Poppy seed paste, Cardamom powder and Cashew nuts. Spaghetti is prepared a day in advance as shown in the fourth and fifth picture.
Chintakaya Thokku: Fresh (Raw) Tamarind Chutney.
Thummikura Pappu: It is a Dal prepared with a seasonally available special green leaf vegetable called Thummikura and Green Gram (Moong Dal).
Kudumulu: Steam cooked - Rice Flour tiny Patties, eaten with Jaggery, Lord Ganesha’s most favourite snack!
I hope you are all enjoying the Festival. May Lord Ganesha bless you richly.

HAPPY VINAYAKA CHAVITHI! May All Your Wishes And Prayers Come True.

May All Your Wishes And Prayers Come True.

May All Your Wishes And Prayers Be Fulfilled.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Telangana Liberation Day!

It is on this day, 17th September 1948 that Hyderabad State was liberated from Nizam Rule by the Indian Army and got annexed to The Indian Union. It came out of the frying pan in 1948 but very soon the Telangana region of Hyderabad State fell into fire in 1956 as it was annexed with adjoining province of mischievous, greedy and ever plundering politicians. This unfortunately was against the will of the first States Reorganisation Commission (First SRC) and the people of Telangana. I have written on this unfortunate fate of Telangana on several occasions in my blog, so I do not want to list out and elaborate on our misfortunes and agony. I only wish that politicians from the other region, our region and the centre who have and continue to misrule us, and have been promising us a separate State during every election and then betraying us and plundering us until next elections will cease to do so. Dejected and frustrated with the politicians and the State and Central Governments who have not kept up their word on formation of Telangana State, there is a perennial agitation going on causing ever growing differences and hatred between the people of the two regions. Over seven hundred disillusioned, disheartened persons have committed suicide and violence has begun taking place like destruction of Statues of persons known for harming the interests of Telangana. The above clipping is of my status post on facebook this morning as some unknown persons destroyed the Statue of an anti-Telangana-people leader, remembered for causing the death of over 370 freedom fighters of Telangana. The verse in the clipping is as follows:  

The Statue of the Villain,
A shameful blot on our land,
One responsible for destruction;
Of our opportunities, life and land,
And hundreds of deaths;
Is torn down today,
By unknown justice seekers.
What better way!
To celebrate our Liberation Day!
And strengthen our struggle;
For Freedom and Self-rule.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dear Fellow Engineers, HAPPY ENGINEER'S DAY!

Engineer’s Day is celebrated in India on 15th September, in honour of Bharat Ratna Sri Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (Visveswaraiah), an outstanding Engineer. He was born on 15th September 1860 and after his demise on 14th April 1962, his date of birth is being observed as Engineer’s Day. Today is the 45th Engineer’s Day. Every year many events take place on this day at Engineering Colleges and National level organisations like ‘The Institute of Engineers’ to commemorate the extraordinary service rendered by Sri Visvesvaraya and to felicitate present day Engineers who are contributing in a great way and to discuss current engineering achievements and challenges facing the country. The observation of Engineer’s Day serves as a great inspiration to Engineers.
Sri Mokshagundam Visveswaraiah was the most popular, prominent and great Engineer of his times. He was born to a Telugu speaking Brahmin family of Srinivasa Sastry and Venkatalakshmamma, at Muddenahalli village, 65 kms. from Bangalore. After graduating from Madras University with a B.A. Degree, he studied Civil Engineering at the famous College of Engineering Pune. After graduating as an Engineer he joined the Public Works Department of Bombay. He later joined the Indian Irrigation Commission and implemented an extraordinary irrigation system in the Deccan area. He designed and patented a system of automatic Weir Water Floodgates and installed it in 1903 at Khadakvasala Reservoir near Pune. With the success of such a design, similar Floodgate system was installed at Tigara Dam in Gwalior and KRS Dam near Mysore. He actually supervised the construction of  Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) Dam across River Cauvery from concept to inauguration. This was the biggest reservoir in Asia at that time. For this and other contributions of his as Chief Engineer and later Diwan of Mysore Government and for establishing - The Mysore Soap Factory, The Parasitoide Laboratory, The Mysore Iron and Steel Works, Government Engineering College – Bangalore, Sri Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic Institute, Bangalore Agricultural University, The Century Club, Mysore Chambers of Commerce and many other Industrial ventures, he was called ‘Father of Modern Mysore State’. He is remembered in Andhra Pradesh for the design and construction of the Ghat Road over Seven Hills between Tirupati and Lord Venkateshwaraswamy’s Temple atop the hills at Tirumala and The Flood Protection System for Hyderabad against the fury of River Musi and for the protection of Visakhapatnam Port from Sea erosion.
Sir Mokshagundam Visveswaraiah has received many Awards and Honours. For his innumerable contributions, the British Government appointed him as Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) and later knighted him as Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (KCIE). After India achieved independence, he was awarded our nation’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna. He was awarded honorary Membership of London Institution of Civil Engineers for an unbroken 50 years and a fellowship of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was awarded several honorary and doctoral degrees like D.Sc., LL.D., D. Litt., from eight Universities in India. And in honour of his memory, several educational institutions, museums and a University are named after him.

On a breezy morning…

On a breezy morning, Amidst plants and flowers, As the Sun was rising, The feeling was joyous! Happily as we strolled, Pic...