Smiling is a wonderful way to get a boost of happiness.
The next time life presents you with a challenging
situation, take a deep breath and smile.
Life is a gift, accept it, enjoy it, and be happy with it. Life is
a challenge, but challenges can always be overcome
·The brain needs to be regularly challenged in order to attain its
·People do not only talk about successes, they talk about people
who overcame their challenges or disabilities. Others are inspired when you are
able to overcome your challenges.
·Your character is formed by the challenges you face and overcome.
·Those who recognize problems as a human condition and don't
measure happiness by an absence of problems are the most intelligent kind of
humans we know; also, the most rare.
·Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your
strength and character. Author Unknown, Be Thankful
·Gradually I learned to cease looking upon challenges as
difficulties and began to see tense situations as opportunities to put my
growing love to use.
·Understand that it is ok to be scared or uncertain, however right
beyond those barriers ultimately lies your dreams.
·A life filled with vicissitudes, uncertainty and hard lessons
provides us with skills to better approach new challenges that come along.
·Focused will is incredible. If you have a dream and you don't give
up no matter what obstacles come up, then life's problems will fall away and
you will get what you want. It happens. It works.
·Expect obstacles and face them head on. They are going to come up
so the way you handle them is what makes all the difference.
·When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out.
·Life requires overcoming challenges and obstacles of many types.
Battling our struggles and fears determines who we are.
·Challenges are an opportunity to test you and rise to the next
·A comfort zone is the most dangerous area anyone can stay in. It
is a place of no growth and no challenges.
·To accept the challenge of the unknown, in spite of all fears, is
courage. The fears are there, but if you go on accepting the challenge again
and again, slowly those fears disappear.
·There isn't a person on this planet that hasn't experienced a few
bumps along the way to achieving the level of success that they desire.
·Real difficulties can be overcome; it is the imaginary ones that
·More important, our lack of patience creates difficulties because
the more complex of life's challenges - illness, relationship conflicts, job
crises, parenting issues, to name a few - require that we practice patience in
order not merely to cope, but to grow in love and wisdom.
·Courage comes while we are facing challenges and because we are
facing challenges! Courage takes our hand as we step up.
·What the life of Nelson Mandela teaches us is that life is full of
challenges, hardships and misfortunes and we must forever strengthen our
resolve to forge ahead and achieve our dreams in spite of the road blocks
erected on our paths.
Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the
improbable and attain the impossible.
Remember all the challenges that you have overcome in the past and
take pride in your success. You are a fighter and you know it. This will give
you more faith that you can handle whatever is yet to come.
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
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.
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
We wish to have always your blessings to lead a successful
Wishing you many more happy returns of
Pragathi’s presentation during her
Grandparents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations on May 5th, 2018
in Redmond, Washington.
My dear grandma was born on January
7, 1948 in Telangana, India. Laxmikantharao and Padmabai were her parents.
grandma has a large family. She has 6 brothers and 3 sisters, for a total of 10
children. J My grandma is the second of sisters, 6th overall.
grandma’s dad was an Engineer. He worked in the development of large irrigation
projects including Nagarjunasagar and Pochampad.
grandma’s mother took care of the entire family and focused on the upbringing
up of the children.
grandma studied until Higher Secondary School in those days. She remembers her
teachers well, they were very nice but strict.
marriage, my grandma moved from the city of Nizamabad to live with my grandpa
in rural villages in Warangal. While she lost some material comforts, she did
not complain and embraced the new life. Together they focused on education of
their three children – my dear aunts Aparna and Anupama and my dad Ajay. They
also guided the school children and had a happy life.
from taking care of all family, my grandma’s hobbies include – knitting,
reading and especially preparing delicious treats 😊
My dear grandpa was
born on June 19, 1940 in Telangana, India. This was 7 years before India got
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
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.
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
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 💓😊.
invitation of Smt & Sri Bandari Laxmikantha Rao, I made my first visit to
their home in Nizamabad accompanying a close relative & friend.
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 acouple 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 😊
Thank you for your invitation to your wonderful grandparent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary. We regret we are unable to join you at this celebration.
For our dear friends Somayya and Vijayalaxmi, the Kasani clan and us all, it is a great occasion to be celebrating this 50th Wedding Anniversary of two very special individuals.They have stood the test of time and for their hard work and inspiration and 50 other reasons, we are recommending their names to University of Seattle for an honorary Phd degree.
As the old age commences after 100, please remind them, it is the beginning of their 100th in the year 2068.
To Somayya and Viayalaxmi, we send our love, congratulations and best wishes for all the happiness. Enjoy the celebration.
I have created this spot on the web to record some of the letters written by my parents to us, their children. Their letters / email communications have been a blend of many things derived from their experiences and from their extensive reading and interactions with people around them.
Though the content of the blog is purely personal messages relating to the writers and their wards, I believe they may be of use to others. I also believe that there is no thick boundary line between individual and social thinking. And it may also be not uncommon that social thinking becomes individual thinking and vice-versa.
I greatly appreciate various artists whose work I am making use of in making this blog.