Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Friday, May 18, 2018
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Dear Uncle and Aunty,
How are you? Hope you are enjoying spring in Seattle with Ajay's family. Thanks for welcoming to spring by sharing a beautiful picture with flowers.
Hearty congratulations and very happy 50 the Wedding anniversary celebrations.
You and Aunty are a great role model for a wonderful couple and parents and grandparents.
It is very amazing to me how you give respect to aunty and children too and for their thoughts and listen to them. Because of you, I have got wonderful friends who are like a family.
You both make such an amazing couple, you are ideal for us in every aspect of life. The way you lead relation is just fabulous and the way you are connected with your children every day.
We all wish we are together on this happy occasion to celebrate and feel sorry not being there with you personally but always we think of you. Very glad to know that my brothers family will be part of this happy celebration of this occasion. Hope to meet you soon at Vikram's happiest occasion of the graduation ceremony.
We wish to have always your blessings to lead a successful like you.
Wishing you many more happy returns of wedding anniversary.
RaghuramAnanthu and Adi.
Friday, May 04, 2018
My dear grandpa was born on June 19, 1940 in Telangana, India. This was 7 years before India got Independence.
He was born into an agricultural family. Ramayya and Devamma were his parents. He had 2 brothers and 3 sisters. He was second youngest in the family.
My grandpa's family was deeply involved in the struggle for Indian Independence and in the resistance to the bad Nizam rule. His elder brother Sri Kasani Narayana and Brother-in-law Sri Neelarapu Yerraiah led the area in this resistance. So, their family and village were targets of attack by the Nizam's private army. In this struggle, my grandpa lost his relatives, and their house was burnt. In 1947, India got independence and soon Telangana got freedom from Nizam rule.
My grandpa did his education in Bachelor of Arts - English literature, and Bachelor of Education. He worked as a school teacher for 33 years after that. He encouraged his school children to be brave, dream big, focus on learning.
After his retirement, my grandparents moved to North America to be closer to us, the grandchildren and children. We are very glad you moved here, grandpa😊.
Here in North America, my grandpa pursued his learning. He joined institutes, learnt courses and met many wonderful friends. He has been actively part of volunteer organizations (Ankur Multicultural Organization, Edmonton Telugu Cultural Association and more) and political parties (New Democratic Party in Canada; and Democratic Party in USA).
My grandpa loves children the most. He loves me, and my cousins - Vikram, Vinod and Prabhat. But he also loves all children and believes that children will lead our world to its best. Thank you for your love and confidence in me, dear Grandpa 💓😊.
On the invitation of Smt & Sri Bandari Laxmikantha Rao, I made my first visit to their home in Nizamabad accompanying a close relative & friend.
We got down the bus, after six and half hours of our journey. In those days phones, were not much in use. We could not make any phone call to them before we started. Simply we could exchange letters by means of postal department.
We took a rickshaw and asked him to drop us near Town No 2 police station, near their home. I took out the paper, given to me by my elder brother from my shirt pocket and saw the door number in front of us. It tallied with the one on the door.
My companion suspected the home for a school, as a large number of boys and girls were playing in their school uniform. However he made an inquiry. He was not correct. That was not a school, but the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Bandari LaxmiKantha Rao.
Before we entered into their gate, I just had a glance at the children playing Char Pattar. There are a couple of girls playing char patter about the 18 or 20 years old. And others are quite younger to them. Perhaps they are encouraging them by participating in the game, we don`t know? Later we came to know the girl wearing that Green sari with white blouse was no one else, but the girl for whom we went there all the way from Warangal, to meet and greet. Her name is Vijayalakshmi. Now, my loving wife for the last 50 years 😊