Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel they are
unique and special people.

To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best,
to work only for the best,
and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success
of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press
on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry,
too noble for anger,
too strong for fear and too happy
to permit the presence of trouble

Monday, December 12, 2005

Have a nice day, Dear All...

Dear Children,

Happy to receive e-mails from you all, dear our sweet people.

We are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking. The year 2006, is going to be a great year for us in all its measures. Wish you all the best.

With Love, Amma-Naana

Friday, December 09, 2005

Good Evening, to all our sweet people

Dear our sweet people,

We have received the post this evening. And posted to Canadian High Commission, Delhi by Speedpost.

More in my next mail, with love, Naana

Spirit, Encouragement, Hope

"I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort"

"The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow"

"What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life"

With Love, AmmaNana

Friday, December 02, 2005

Happy and Fulfilling Relationship

The willingness to learn and grow is the key requirement for longterm success in a happy and fulfilling relationship. The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.

I seek the essence of beauty everyday. Life must be lived as play.

With Love, Amma-Nana

Loving Relationships...

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy.

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they will love you back. Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart; but if it does not, be content it grew in yours.

With Love, AmmaNana

2005 November in a Nut Shell :-)

- Little Vinna's First Birthday at Sweet Home, Edmonton.
- Parents new 10 year visitor visa approval
- Bhanu's marriage with Pavani.
- Chinna's visit to Sweet Home Seattle, The beautiful ever green emerald city
- First snow spells at Redmond Ridge, Seattle

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage."

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The world needs leaders ...

who cannot be bought
whose word is their promise;
who put character above wealth;
who possess opinions and a will;

who are larger than their vocations;
who do not hesitate to take chances;
who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;
who will be honest in small things
as well as in great things;

who will make no compromise with wrong;
whose ambitions are not confined to
their own selfish desires;
who will not say they do it 'because
everybody else does it';

who are true to their friends through good report and evil report,
in adversity as well as in prosperity;
who do not believe that shrewdness,
cunning, and hardheadedness

are in the best qualities for winning success;
who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth
when it is unpopular;
who can say 'no' with emphasis,
although the rest of the world says 'yes

With Love, AmmaNana

India set to log in to new Internet Regime...

-Joji Thomas Philip in New Delhi October 21, 2005

With exhaustion of Internet protocol addresses under the current technology looming large, India is set to join a select group of countries to adopt IPv6 technology, which is considered to be a long-term solution to overcome the limitations of the present IPv4 Internet regime.

In addition to offering almost infinite address space, IPv6 technology is considered as the solution for end-to-end global connectivity and Internet scalability.

It can also dwarf the current network into oblivion as it can support unlimited voice over Internet protocol, grid computing, 3G, gaming, file sharing, remote sensing, ad-hoc networks, mobile devices, intelligent transport systems, consumer electronics and smart homes among other applications.

However, a slew of contentious issues, including the role of the government and the licensor in the transition, are yet to be addressed.

While global players such as Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems and HP and some Indian operators are in favour of the regulator and the government playing a major role, the proposal has been strongly opposed by the Internet Service Providers Association of India (the body representing all ISPs), Sify and MTNL.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has also been entrusted to find solutions to other issues such as policy initiatives, the transition mechanism that is best suited for the migration, the requirement for a national test bed and dividing the transition cost among the stake holders.

Countries like Japan, Korea and China were in the forefront along with the EU, as they had deployed research and experiment budgets for this very early on, the company said.

Good Morning...

Dear All, Good Morning!

We are fine here. We are having General Body meeting of Sujana
Residents Welfare association tomorrow at 11.30 a m i e Sunday. We are taking iniative to plan several welfare activities for the residents for the near future implimentation.

With love, Naana.


* Courage to start and willingness to keep everlasting at it are the requisites for success.

* You see things; and you say,"Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"

* When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.

Faith Empowers...

Fear imprisons; Faith liberates;
Fear paralyzes; Faith empowers;
Fear disheartens; Faith encourages."

With Love, AmmaNana


-The courage of working for something we believe in, day in and day out, years after year, can be difficult but holds the greatest rewards.

-The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child must be allowed to grow up.

-There are qualities which one must possess to win ... definiteness of purpose, knowledge of what one wants,and a burning desire to possess it.

-In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.

With Love, AmmaNana


I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.
He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.
But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.
He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,
"While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use,
but the children you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.
I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."

I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."
With Love, AmmaNana

Believe, Plan, Persist

Believe while others are doubting.
Plan while others are playing.
Study while others are sleeping.
Decide while others are delaying.
Prepare while others are daydreaming.
Begin while others are procrastinating.
Work while others are wishing.
Save while others are wasting.
Listen while others are talking.
Smile while others are frowning.
Commend while others are criticizing.
Persist while others are quitting.

With Love, AmmaNana

Live but one day at a time...

There are two days in every week,
about which we should not worry,
two days which should be kept free from
fear and apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday
with all its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday.

We cannot undo a single act we performed;
we cannot erase a single word we said.
Yesterday is gone forever.

Tomorrow's sun will rise,
either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds,
but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow,
for it is yet to be born.

This leaves only one day, Today.
Any person can fight the battle of just one day.
It is when you and I add the burdens
of those two awful eternities
Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of Today
that drives a person mad,
it is the remorse or bitterness of something
which happened Yesterday
and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.

Let us, therefore,
Live but one day at a time.

With Love, AmmaNana

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Geography, Geography,
it's lots of different lands.

Made up of rivers, lakes and fountains,
quarries, quakes and sands.

Geography, Geography,
it's places that I go.

Made up of rising mountains,
rocks and plants and snow.

And in all these different places,
life has come to be and grow,
in tune with each changing climate,
continent and so,

It truly, is surprising, what we all will do,
from the beetle to the daisy,
Geography, for you.

I've seen the North and South of it.
I've seen the East and West.
I've seen the in between of it
and though homes always, still the best."

With Love, AmmaNana

Take time to get to know them

Mothers, touch your children,
Fathers, hug them tight,
Let them know you love them
morning, noon, and night.

Put your arms around them,
hold them near to you,
Feel the beating of their hearts,
the life that you made new.

Roll around the floor with them,
tease and laugh and play,
Listen to what they'll tell you,
they have so much to say.

Take time to get to know them,
see the colours in their eyes,
Appreciate that person
that deep inside them lies.

Let them run their fingers through your hair
and down your face,
Fill their hearts with words of praise,
make home their favourite place.

Cuddle with them on the couch
and watch a t.v. show,
Sing with them or share a book
and help their world to grow.

Take a walk into the park,
hold each other's hand,
Smell the flowers, feed the ducks,
build castles in the sand.

Mothers, touch your children,
Fathers, hug them tight,
show them what a gift they are,
to love them feels so right.
Have a Nice Day, Amma-Naana

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Good Morning Everybody!

Let us seek the essence of beauty everyday. Life must be lived as play.

With Love, AmmaNaana

Monday, October 10, 2005

Hillary Rodham Clinton

" Inspired by Alan Shepard, the first American to journey into space, a 14-year-old from suburban Chicago wrote a letter to NASA in 1961 asking what she needed to do to become an astronaut.

She got a curt reply: Girls are not being recruited by the nation's space program.

"It had never crossed my mind up until that point that there might be doors closed to me simply because I was a girl," recalled the letter writer, better known today as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, as she was enshrined Saturday in the National Women's Hall of Fame, along with nine other inductees.

Honored with her were Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Dr. Rita Rossi Colwell, who became the first female director of the National Science Foundation in 1998; and Betty Bumpers, a crusader for childhood immunizations who was Clinton's predecessor as Arkansas' first lady.

"I don't think there has ever been a better time to be a woman than in the United States of America in the 21st century," Clinton said in an interview.

The first known women's rights convention was held in 1848 in this upstate New York village. The hall, which opened in 1969, acclaims women who have made valuable contributions to society and especially to the freedom of women. In all, 217 women have been chosen by a national committee of judges.

Six women honored posthumously this year included pilot Blanche Stuart Scott, a barnstormer in the early days of aviation; Ruth Fulton Benedict, an anthropologist whose 1934 book, "Patterns of Culture," became an American classic; and Florence Ellinwood Allen, who in 1934 became the first female judge appointed by a president to a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "

Friday, September 30, 2005

An Un Written Page from My Dad's Dairy - 1968

Written By: My Beloved Father, Written from: Edmonton, Canada..





I am an arts graduate, with English literature as an optional subject. I was twenty eight, according to the records available. And I have three years of service as a school teacher. I was working in a high school, as a school assistant, located 50 km from the city Warangal.

The schools were closed for summer vacation a day before. I could work till the last working day. When I reached home the following day, I saw a couple of persons from Nizamabad furnished with a car. They are close relatives to Mr & Mrs Bandari Laxmikantha Rao. One of them was their elder son - in - law, Mr.Gangadhar; the other was the only son of their brother, Mr. Gangaram, the retired school master.

On the invitation of Sri & Smt Bandari Laxmikantha Rao, I made my first visit to their home at Nizamabad accompanying one of my close friends. He is not only a friend, he is our close relative.we got down the bus, after six and half hour of our journey. In those days phones were not much in use or not with in the reach of us. 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 in front of Jama Mazid, Town No 2 police station. 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 one on the door.

But my companion suspected the home for a school, as large number of boys and girls were playing in their school uniforms. However he made an inquiry. He was not correct. That was not a school but the residence of Mr and Mrs Bandari Laxmi Kantha Rao.

Before we entered in to their first gate, I just had a glance at the children playing "Char Patter". There were few girls playing char patter, all in their 18s, or 20 years. And others were quite younger to them. Perhaps they are encouraging them by participating in the game, we don`t know? Later we came to know that the girl wearing that Green sari with white blouse was no one but the girl to whom we went there from Warangal to meet and greet. Her name is Vijaylakshmi.

We could confirm this only after the meet organized by her beloved parents and her beloved brothers. A couple of their close family friends also were there in the meet, who were more active than the others. Any how, we could exchange all our news and views. Initially there was much talk on the growing summer, and drinking water problems prevailing all over the district in specific and Andhra Pradesh in general.

In fact they have no drinking water problem. There was a water well, inside their home and a tap above the ground level. In Warangal we could find only a few places with taps above the level of the ground. Almost all others were below the ground.

We had been very much impressed by the girl, Vijayalakshmi and her family. And we could exchange our willingness to marry in the next month. However I had clear instructions not to tell them the result, before. I was expected to speak with my elder brother and other family members, and then, then only we need to intimate our acceptance with the post card.

You people all know, about my nature. I cannot hide my feelings and thoughts much.

In our return journey by bus, we had much talk on the Japan Transistor which we saw in their hands and about a baby girl always exchanged from one person to another person. We came to know that baby was the first grand - daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bandari Laxmikanth Rao, named Anuradha, people calling her ANU .. ANU... My companion also described their game Char Patter again and again in the bus.

On 3rd May 1968, I started to nizamabad accompanying few relatives after our dinner. That was May 4th early in the morning. The mike started singing… patnamlo shali bunda ... Pisal pisal bunda ...patnamlo ........

That was my marriage day! Ours is not an ideal marriage. It was a traditional one. But however we have an ideal for our marriage.

Siddaiah - Shantha, Siddaiah - Baleshwari, Ramaiah - Yashoda, Satya Narayana - Savitri, Mallesham - Yashoda came to Nizamabad from Hyderabad. Abbu Kistaiah, Dhubbaka Rajaiah along with couple other people came there next. Ramakrishna Reddy came with one of his friends via Hyderabad. Finally our people came with near and dear people from Warangal.

The marriage took place all day. And there was a procession in the evening in the city, at their neighborhood.

Everybody went back their homes after the marriage. On may 5th , we the newly wedded couple started to Warangal in the morning after our breakfast, taking leave from them all. Siddaiah - Shantha were with us, giving company in the journey.

January 7, is the birthday of my loving life-partner vijayalakshmi, your beloved mummy. Infact I wanted to write about her in this email. But i could not do it now. I shall write about her in my next mail...Vinod nana needs my attention now ...



Be Proud Of The Place In Which You Live. And Live in it, so that Your Place be Proud of You !

OUR SWEET HOME at Nizamabad was, is and will be an ideal place for our holidays for my wife Vijayalakshmi, for our sweet Three and for me too. After 1990 we could not spend much in vacations as our children had grown up, had to conceentrate more in their accademics.

But before that we were regularly getting a post card inviting all of us to spend vacattions in Nizamabad since 1968. Our children liked most the place, where they could enjoy total holidays. And from there they could visit other places where their uncles live and work.

Our children feel very proud of place Nizamabad, where they were born and even brought up mostly in their childhood. And So do we their loving parents felt re-freshed living in our holidays.

I am sure that place, GOLLA MALKU be very proud of them too.


Thought For The Day

1. There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.

2. The price of greatness is responsibility.

3. The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself.

4. It is not strength, but ambition that drives us.

5. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

6. There is in this world no greater force than the force of a man determined to rise.

7. Cherish the gifts of freedom everyday.

8. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

9. Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly.

10. Give every challenge your best shot.

11. Success is the sweetest when the effort is the hardest.


Dear Children,

The Most selfish One Letter word is ^?I^? - Avoid it
The Most satisfactory Two Letter word is ^?We^? - Use it
The most Poisonous Three Letter word is ^?EGO^? - Kill it
Most used For Letter Word is ^?LOVE^? - Value it
Most pleasing Five Letter word is ^?SMILE^? - Keep it
Fastest Six Letter word is ^?Rumour^? - Ignore it
Reward for Hardworking is Seven Letter Word ^?SUCCESS^? - Achieve it
Most enviable Eight Letter word is ^?Jealousy^? - Distance it
Most essential Nine Letter word is ^?Principle^? - have it
Most divine Ten Letter word is ^?Friendship^? - Maintain it "

With Love, Amma-Nana

Winners are people like you.

Winners take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them.

Winners don't give up. When life gets rough, they hang in there until the going gets better.

Winners are flexible. They realize there is more than one way and are willing to try others.

Winners know they are not perfect. They respect their weaknesses while making the most of their strengths.

Winners fall, but they don't stay down. They stubbornly refuse to let a fall keep them from climbing.

Winners don't blame fate for their failures nor luck for their successes.

Winners accept responsibility for their lives.

Winners are positive thinkers who see good in all things. From the ordinary, they make the extraordinary.

Winners believe in the path they have chosen even when it's hard, even when others can't see where they are going.

Winners are patient. They know a goal is only as worthy as the effort that's required to achieve it.

Winners are people like you. They make this world a better place to be.

With Love, Amma-Nana

Small Steps...

Below are some entries from

1. Walk to work.
2. Use fat free milk over whole milk.
3. Do sit-ups in front of the TV.
4. Walk during lunch hour.
5. Drink water before a meal.
6. Eat leaner red meat & poultry.
7. Eat half your dessert.
8. Walk instead of driving whenever you can.
9. Take family walk after dinner.
10. Skate to work instead of driving.
11. Avoid food portions larger than your fist.
12. Mow lawn with push mower.
13. Increase the fiber in your diet.
14. Don't eat late at night
15. Play with your kids 30 minutes a day
16. Make a Saturday morning walk a group habit
17. Stretch before bed to give you more energy when you wake up
18. Drink lots of water
19. Join an exercise group

Dear All, have a wonderful day.

With Love,
Ranamma & Ajay Nana.

We cannot control people and situations that come to us, but we can always control our response to them

A Life Changing Experience...

It was a rainy, humid day: the mother of all bad hair days. I was riding on a bus downtown to go to work. The windows on the bus were covered in condensation so thick you couldn't see outside. Everyone was wilting. I was sitting next to a man in a business suit and didn't pay much attention until we both got off at the same stop and walked to the same newsstand to get a morning paper.

The man running the stand was obviously having a bad day. He was rude, abrupt and unsmiling as we purchased our papers, which served to only add more gloom to my day. The businessman caught my eye and smiled. He then proceeded to smile brightly, thank the newsstand proprietor for the paper and for being open on such a morning to make sure we were able to get our papers. In short, he expressed his appreciation for something most of us would take for granted.

The man running the newsstand responded only with a grunt and a sour expression. The businessman then pleasantly wished him a pleasant day.

As we turned away, I asked this man why he had continued to be pleasant to the newsman when he obviously didn't care about and didn't respond to his expression of appreciation and friendliness. The businessman grinned at me and said, "Why would I let someone else control what I say and what I feel or what kind of day I'm going to have?"

We then separated to go to our respective work places. To this day, I don't know who that business man was, where he worked, or anything else about him. I never saw him again, even though I looked for him on the bus on other days. He appeared briefly in my life and disappeared just as quickly. I don't even remember what he looked like. But I've never forgotten the words he said or the way his smile seemed like a shaft of light on a gloomy day.

That was a good 25 years ago, but the impact this had on my life has lasted. I never had a chance to thank him personally, but the way in which I try to choose to look at life as a result of those words is his legacy to me and my thanks to him.

Our interactions with the people we encounter can impact at least the next five people that person encounters. A smile and words of simple appreciation multiply themselves geometrically.

We cannot control people and situations that come to us, but we can always control our response to them. And in such positive decisions lie our control and personal power to make a positive difference. And it's something anyone and everyone can do. It is a real legacy that can impact both the present and the future.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

News Item: NRI Scientist Earns US Patent

NRI scientist earns US patent
Tuesday, 23 August , 2005, 02:01

An Indian American scientist has earned a US patent for his unique research work involving the synthesis of chemical processes and compounds in an environment friendly manner. T K Vinod, professor of chemistry at Western llinoisUniversity, earned his first-ever US patent, which was awarded for the synthesis of a water-soluble reagent named modified o-iodoxybenzoic acid and its demonstration as an effective oxidising agent.

The discovery, according to Vinod, began in a unique way:
His son, Arun Thottumkara, who was in eighth grade then, had to work for a science project for his school fair. The goal was to create DEET, the active ingredient in many insect repellents, in an eco-friendly fashion. All went well, Arun presented an impressive project, but did not win a single prize.

"Seeing how disappointed he was, I was determined to help Arun find a science project that would teach him a significant amount of chemistry, and more importantly, help him regain his confidence," Vinod said.

"Originally I thought it would merely be a small science project in which I could teach Arun chemistry and laboratory techniques.” "This is the work for which Arun and I recently received a US patent," Vinod said. The US Patent and Trademark Office allowed the issuance of the patent to Western Illinois University based on this research. The actual patent will be issued within the next few months.

Vinod came to the Western Illinois University in 1997 after his master's degrees from the University of Calicut, India, and his PhD from Canada.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

You are special - Don't ever forget it!

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"

Hands started going up.

He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.

He then asked, "Who still wants it?"

Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.

He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special - Don't ever forget it!

Dear All! It is For Your Reading...

Dear Children,

The following are a few statements that would tell the most about our family philosophy of life.

With Love, Amma-Nana

~What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other.
~We can become better tomorrow than we are today.
~Start with a vision and never, never doubt your abilities to fulfill it.
~Of all human resources, the most precious is the desire to improve.
~Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. They view the failure as a healthy inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
~The difference between where we are and where we want to be will create healthy tension that can move us forward.
~Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
~Life is never static; for each moment is ever new and fresh.
~No body is perfect. Let us look for good in others. Forget the rest.
~Loyalty is most valuable, when it is not blind.
~The best way to cope with change is to help create it.
~Doing the best at this moment puts us in the best place for the next moment.
~Every decision we make and every action we take is based on our present level of awareness.
~Social support should be facet of everyday life. Support must be reciprocal, give and take.
~Let us learn more and more how to downsize, eliminate, and get rid of all those tasks we neither enjoy nor benefit from.
~Our parents are imperfect but we can learn as much from their mistakes as from their successes.

Be Thankful...

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
With Love, Amma-Naana

Monday, August 08, 2005

A Professor and His Rival...

A professor was one day walking along a very narrow street. Then he came face to face with a rival. The street was too narrow for two to pass.

The rival, pulling himself up to his full height, said haughtily, "I never make way for fools!" Smiling, the professor stepped aside and said, "I always do."


One day a father and his rich family took his young son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

Very good, Dad!"

"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.

"Yeah!" "And what did you learn?"

The son answered, "I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden, they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have a whole horizon.

When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless. His son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!" Isn't it true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude toward life, you've got everything! You can't buy any of these things.

You can have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc., but if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!

The Echo of Life...

A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"
To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"
Curious, he yells: "Who are you?"
He receives the answer: "Who are you?"
Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!"
He receives the answer: "Coward!"
He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?"
The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention."
And then he screams to the mountain: "I admire you!"
The voice answers: "I admire you!"
Again the man screams: "You are a champion!"
The voice answers: "You are a champion!"
The boy is surprised, but does not understand.

Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE.

It gives you back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
If you want more love in the world, Create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life; Life will give you back everything you have given to it.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Thought for the day...

The human race is divided into two classes, those who go a head and do something, and those who sit and inquire why wasn`t it done the other way.

We can do anything we want to do if we stick with it long enough.

A parent is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

If you try to please everyone, you will eventually lose

There was an old man, a boy and a donkey. They were going to town and it was decided that the boy should ride. As they went along they passed some people who thought that it was a shame for the boy to ride and the old man to walk. The man and boy decided that may be the critics were right so they changed positions. Later, they passed some more people who thought that it was a real shame for the man to make such a small boy walk. The two decided that may be they both should walk.

Soon they passed some more people who thought that it was stupid to walk when they had a donkey to ride. The man and the boy decided maybe the critics were right so they decided that they both should ride. They soon passed other people who thought that it was a shame to put such a load on a poor little animal. The old man and the boy decided that maybe the critics were right so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed a bridge they lost their grip on the animal and it fell into the river and drowned.

The moral of the story is...if you try to please everyone, you will eventually lose.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Healthy Diet...

"Today we ate fresh corn, carrots, steamed brocoli (thanks Akkayya). Now we are preparing baked salmon filets. Here is the healthy and easy recipe.


1 lb. salmon fillet1 sm. onion, diced1 tbsp. lemon juice
Place salmon on aluminum foil. Spread onion on top and sprinkle with lemon juice. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 25 minutes."

~From AnnayyaVodina's today's email...

Life's Little Instructions...

Dear Children,

  • Work hard at what you like to do and try to overcome all obstacles
  • Laugh at your mistakes and praise yourself for learning from them
  • Pick some flowers and appreciate the beauty of nature
  • Say hello to strangers and enjoy the people you know
  • Don't be afraid to show your emotions laughing and crying make you feel better
  • Love your friends and family with your entire being they are the most important part of your life
  • Feel the calmness on a quiet sunny day
  • Find a rainbow and live your world of dreams always remember life is better than it seems

With Love, Amma-Naana

Friday, July 22, 2005

Points to Ponder...

  • We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. - Helen Keller
  • To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. - Soren Kierkegaard
  • Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer. – Unknown
  • Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow – Dan Rather
  • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thought For The Day - A Few Quotes

Dear Children,
  • Keep busy. You should lose yourself in action
  • Life is too short to be little
  • Instead of worrying about ingratitude, one should expect it. Remember that Jesus healed ten lepers in one day – and only one thanked Him. Why should any one expect more gratitude than Jesus got?
  • Two men looked from prison bars, One saw the mud, the other saw the stars.
  • Attitude, not aptitude determines your altitude.
  • A positive attitude is a person’s passport to a better tomorrow.
  • Let past bury its deadhead. Don’t saw sawdust.
  • God grant me the serenity - To accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.
  • Shut the Iron Doors on the past & future. Live in day-tight compartments.
  • Forget yourself by becoming interested in others. Often, do a good deed that will put a smile of joy on someone’s face.
  • Do the best you can; and then just put up your old umbrella and keep the rain of criticism from running down the back of your neck.
  • Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.

With Love, Amma-Naana

Monday, July 04, 2005

Where flowers bloom so does hope...

Life is a Daring Adventure

Dear Children,
Dare to Dream... Dare to be Remarkable...
With Love, Amma-Naana

Live, Love ...


Live Well
Love Much
Laugh Often...

With Love, Amma-Naana

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Bandhu Mitrula Kalaika - Chakkati Kutumbamu, Manchi Mitrule... Nijamina Sampada...

Hearty Greetings on Nana's Birth Day, Father's Day

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Right Living....


Anyone can become angry that is easy. But to be angry with the right person to the right degree at the right time for the right purpose and in the right way .....that is not easy

Universal Network of Love and Friendship

One day, there will be no borders,
no boundaries, no flags and no countries,
and the only passport will be the Heart.

Let ordinary people meet by the millions across the borders. Let them create a universal network of Love and Friendship."

My dad's signature portion of the emails contains some nice quotations and he periodically changes them. The lines above are the ones that liked most.

Family is a circle of strength and love

Family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and every union, the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.
With Love, Amma-Nana

Thought For The Day

Dear Children,

Our Failure = Our Wisdom
Our Mistakes = Our Lucky Discoveries
Our Conflicts = Our Growth Opportunities
Our Enemies = Our Teachers
Our Painful Feelings = Our Proof That We Are Dealing With Our Feelings.

With Love, Amma-Nana


Dear Children,

Beautify your environment with harmony.
Beautify your voice with kind words.
Beautify your encounters with humility.
Beautify your mind with compassion.
Beautify your emotions with loving-kindness.

With Love, Amma - Nana

Friday, January 07, 2005

Amma Recipes - Delicious and Easy to make


Tomato Rice

Upma Ravva

Tomato Pappu

Lemon Rice

Cauliflower Tomato

Chicken Curry

Miriyalapodi Chicken

Mutton curry

Prawns Tomato curry

Fish curry

Kheema curry

Mudda Vankaya curry

Cauliflower chutney

Senagala curry

Tomato chutney

Palakura curry

Poodina cutney

Murukulu - snacks

Garelu (Rice)