Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Good Morning

Dear Children, Good Morning!

-By living our life one day at a time, we live all the days of our life.

-Each child is an individual and should be permitted to be himself.

-The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten bitter past.

-If I had my child to raise all over again, I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.

-If we plant honesty, we will reap trust.
-If we plant goodness, we will reap friends.
-If we plant humility, we will reap greatness.
-If we plant perseverance, we will reap victory.
-If we plant consideration, we will reap harmony.
-If we plant hard work, we will reap success.
-If we plant forgiveness, we will reap reconciliation.
-If we plant openness, we will reap intimacy.
-If we plant patience, we will reap improvement.

With Love,

Monday, October 30, 2006

Thought For the Day

"There are two types of people
who will tell you that you cannot make
a difference in this world:

Those who are afraid to try and
those who are afraid you will succeed."

--Ray Goforth

May all your dreams come true

Dear Children,

Here is a poem by "Susan Polis Schutz".

"Lean against a tree
and dream your world of dreams

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
and plan what you want to accomplish in life

Find a rainbow
and live your world of dreams"

With Love,

Sunday, October 29, 2006

It is snowing here in Edmonton

"I'm a friendly snowman, big and fat,
Here is my tummy and here is my hat.

I'm a happy fellow, here's my nose
I'm all snow from my head to my toes.

I have two bright eyes so I can see
All the snow falling down on me.

When the weather's cold,
I'm strong and tall,
But when it's warm,
I get very small."

It's snowing, it's snowing All over the place.

Congratulations to Narendar & Shailaja

Dear Children, Good morning.

Just now Narender made a phone-call from Jangoan. Shilaja gave birth to a baby - boy on 27th October. Both Mother and child are in perfect health. We congratulated the couple and Pedda attamma and mamayya. All our people are doing fine.

With love,

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Messages from a few friends...

Hello Rajeshwar, Srinivas, Pratap and friends,

Our School Life


Three years ago I visited Somiah kasani gari's web site. I first heard of him and the web site from his son Ajay Kasani from Seattle. The other day Somiah garu joined us in the tdf-city chapters conference call, almost at the fag end of the meeting. Apparently he saw the invitation sent for Ajay and joined the call. We had a brief discussion after which I took his e-mail id and added him in tdf-discuss. Somiah garu
introduced himself to the TDF-discuss community where in I saw the web address - www.kasani.org once again. I thought I should bring it to your notice too.

I was particularly struck by Ajay's essay, (the one he he wrote in his 9th class) the simplicity of expression and some of the points he dealt in such a structured manner. I was wondering how do we cultivate similar skills among the rural school children - to start with at least in villages where we are running rural/school libraries through RLF. Of course the honing of skills takes place only under watchful eyes and constant guidance from competent people, but I thought we can start

We are fortunate to have Somiah garu amidst us. I'll request him to guide us in instituting / conducting /designing some programmes to kids so their latent abilities are brought up. I'll talk to him one of these days. Anybody who is interested can also contact him .

Ajay and Somiah garu,

At the outset Let me apologies for taking liberties and writing about you to some of the RLF friends(rural library foundation) without your permission. Hope you'll understand the spirit behind the enthusiasm to connect you to others who are similarly inclined.

I'm also thankful for Sampath Billakanti for introducing me to Ajay three years ago.


Hello Dear Sudhir,
I am pleased to see Kasani's family site. It brings the Indian family values to eye-reach. It shows the pride of Indian family culture & relations. It inspires a person to be a .... no words. Just fantastic!!

Thank you very much for introducing Kasani family. I really appreciate Mr.Kasani's work rather I would say I really learn a lot from his work. I am just a kid before him.

Mr.Kasani, you are very true. If every family follows the same, we can see a day where "no boundaries, no flags and no countries". I wish to see your dream universe soon.

Hi Ajay, It is nice to learn about you. I congratulate on your accomplishments. Let me also congratulate your sister on her research, patents, etc...

I would look forward to learn more from you on RLF forum.

Yellapa Adepu

Hello Sudhir & friends

Thanks for the kind words. Thanks also for the good work you are doing for our home place.

Nana worked for 30 years in rural schools and loved students and teaching. As we know, the rural schools suffer from lack of teachers and facilities. Nana used to encourage senior students take classes for the juniors. One day Inspector was stunned to see not many teachers in the school, yet all the classes going on with IX class students teaching junior classes. I also noticed that the students from his girls school used to say - it's fine, even better when teachers are not there. They used to organize essay writing & elocution activities for themselves. Just sharing a few of my observations of their government school when I visited home for vacation.


Connecting people via the Electronic world..

The following message is received from your website: Kasani.org Contact Us Page

Visitor Name: Shiva Mamidi
Address: New Jersey, USA


Dear Somaiah garu,

I had the opportunity to visit your website via your email to the TDF Forum. I liked it very much. It is good to see your family/interests.

I was born and raised in Hyderabad, my grandfather(mother's father) is from nalgonda and my father's family is from nizamabad.

My mammaya was Telangana Students union president during the 1969 telangana agitation and was jailed in musheerabad. I feel wonderful to share this information with you.

Please keep in touch. I have provided my email address and my phone number. I will also try to call you.

Thanks & Regards
-Shiva Mamidi


Dear Children, GOOD MORNING!

Nearly 200 people participated in Diwali celebrations. We made some more new acquaintances !

with love,
Amma - Naana

[ 1 ]


"Change is something we all go through,
it's a part of life.

I'd think we 'd be abnormal,
if we didn't go through it.

Change doesn't have to be bad.

Sure our lives may not go as planned,
but usually, they turn out for the better.

Change can be good,
unless we turn away from it,
as if we didn't want to own up to it."

[ 2 ]


"As the Earth revolves within this
immense universe,
our world continues -
continues to change fast
We see change every day,
it is constant.

The cold war is now over
The Berlin wall has been shattered
People of all colors
can now stand side by side

And yet new changes are yet to come
let's hold our breath,
hoping that change occurs for the better
and not for worse.

As you go to bed tonight,
think for a second -
that we will wake up,
wake up to a different world!"

[ 3 ]


"To everything there is a season,
A time of gladness, grief and cheer,
Smiles of laughter, sadness of tears,
For every sunset there's a sunrise,
There is no rainbow without the rain,
No summer time without the spring,
Golden days and frosty nights,
Icy winds throughout the days,
With winters newly fallen snows,
Whose years are like the seasons,
Let the future hold no doubt,
There'll come a change of scene,
With rain bound skies of hope and love,
I have seen your different faces,
Life is like the changing seasons"

Varavara Rao

"I am a drop of water seeking liberty in the liberty of sea..."
- varavara rao

"The tree holds the leaf up in the sky
Only to supply food to the roots deep in the earth
It adorns flowers in its green crown
So that there is fruit turning ripe
And turning to send again
After dropping down to the ground."

Friday, October 27, 2006

Thought For The Day

"Give what ever you can to the family and take what ever you need from the family"

The Journey of Life would be pleasant and easy, if we care for one another and extend love and support.

Have a nice weekend,

With Love,


The following message is received from your website : Kasani.org Contact Us Page.

Visitor Name: Mr.Ramulu
Message by Mr.Ramulu

"Dear sir ,
I am a retd.Lecturer, now in US with my daughter's family . I will go back in 1st week of November. I have a son working at Bangalore. Now spending happily with my daughter's two kids below 9 years.

I saw ur address in tdf-group. I liked ur "attempt the impossible".I am taking part in the Telangana movement in different ways. T-state appears like impossible, but I do not leave it .

When so many injustices took place why our people have been tolerating the exploiters for all these 50 years , I could not understand. Till 2000 a.d also I did not read so many lack of jobs, which were due to Telanganites, were grabbed by the people of other regions . This all injustices done to Telangana has been hidden by AP Govt.,Media successfully .

Some times I questions my self why our people r so innocent, even though they fought against NIZAAM GOVT.?. It may be due to selfishness of our leaders or they are afraid of the leaders of other regions, no strong movement was started till recent times.

I did not achieve much in my life either financially or in educationally or in any other field like many Telanganites like u who r in these western countries.

The other side the innumerable deaths of suicides in Telangana, many people of Telangana migrated to middle-east just for lively hood suffering with several problems. In addition to them there are unemployed who r still in Telangana districts working for petty wages made me to think about Telangana issues & its history.

I will work for the cause & leave the rest for God. This is my near future activity.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

From Amma

"Great power Always requires Great dependence. The danger of pride Is we forget this truth, And act without regard for our source."

Dear All, Good Evening.

How are you? We are all fine here. Alice Leung spoke with Nana this evening. Alice, her husband and their 20 months daughter are visiting us on 4th November. Alice and her husband are Humanists. More in my next e-mail..

With love
Your Mother - Vijayalakshmi

From a friend

Dear Mr.Kasani,

Thanks for your maiden beautiful message. Words are the true index of mind. I hope to be in touch with each other through this unique new invention. Please pay my regards to Mrs Kasani and affection to the younger members of the family.

Yours sincerely,

About Telangana and TDF

Q: What is TDF-USA?
A: TDF (Telangana Development Forum, USA) is a US based non-profit organization formed with the specific purpose of advancing the cause of the development of Telangana. TDF does not have any affiliation with any political party whatsoever either in India or in US. However, TDF helps anyone who has credible track record whether individual or organizations either political or non-political to express their views and plans and visions for the development of Telangana.

Q: Why is TDF, a non-profit and non-political organization is providing its platform to TRS, a political party.
A: Since TDF's main goal is to help advance the cause of Telangana development, TDF will not shy away in providing platforms to political entities that are proposing various views on Telangana development. TDF wants to listen to any credible voice that has a vision for Telangana development. TRS clearly earned that credibility during the past two years that helped to put Telangana as a main issue on the agenda of all political parties. We will do the same (within the limits of our resources) for any other voice that advances the cause of Telangana.

Q: Is TDF an overseas extension of TRS?
A: The answer is clear NO. TDF was formed in early 1999 much before TRS even existed. The idea of creating a platform to bring Telangana people together has been talked about since 1998. TDF is focusing mainly on Overseas Telanganites and educating them about problems of Telangana and how we can help to solve them. TRS is a political party that is working to effect social change through democratic political process.


Q: What is TDF's position on Telangana state?
A: TDF is convinced that unified Andhra Pradesh does not allow the development of Telangana. Hence we think that Telangana state will eliminate main stumbling block for the development - i.e, the inability to control its own resources. History of the past forty-five years clearly shows that other means of protecting interests of Telangana have failed miserably. However, if anyone has any other ideas that have not been trier before, TDF is willing to listen.

Q: What will be the position of Telangana in the Union of India?
A: Same as rest of the 26 states have in the Union of India. Nothing special about Telangana state in this regard.

Q: What will be its relationship with the other Telugu speaking state?
A: Same relationship that other states who speak shared language like Haryana and Punjab, UP and Bihar have with each other. Telangana will also have same friendly relationship with other neighbors like Vidarbha, Karnataka.

Q: What will be its policy towards the people settling from other parts of the country?
A: Same as it is now. No difference. People from other parts of the country and other parts of the word made Telangana/Hyderabad their home and they are happily living with Telanganites. In fact they were living together much before Telangana was merged with Andhra. Why should this change in new Telangana state?

Q: What will be its policy towards the people who have already settled.
A: Same as people from other states settled in Telangana or anywhere else. Andhra people are in Madras/Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Maharastra and any other states. Everyone from any states has a right to settle and make a living in any where in India. Why should this change?

Q: Most of us in US came from India for better lives. We may be taking away some of the jobs that might have gone to local people in US. Is it not the same in Telangana? How can we protest Andhra migrants taking away our jobs and resources?
A: When people move from poor regions/countries to rich regions/countries it is called immigration in search of livelihood. But when people from richer regions/countries go to poorer regions/countries, it is called colonization. For example British came to India for colonizing. Telangana movement is not against poor Andhra people coming in search of livelihood. But it is against elites of Andhra who come to Telangana to rob the resources and divert them to Andhra region. When people come to US for jobs and education, they follow rules and laws set by the local people. But when Andhra colonizers come to Telangana they violated every law and agreement on the books. They could do it because of they control the power structure. That is not the case here in US.

Q: The ideas of Smaller states is good in theory but economically not viable. Will not Telangana be poorer once it becomes seperate state since it will be smaller?
A: If only size contributes for development, then UP/Bihar should have been richest. But in fact they are the poorest of all states even though they are the biggest in size. Goa, on the other hand is very small compared to Telangana, but it is one of the wealthiest states in Indian Union. Telagana was the richest state in India before it was merged with Andhra state. It has budget surplus where Andhra had deficit. Telangana will not be poor. In fact it will have all the benefits of using its rich natural resoucres for its own development.

Q: All Telugu speaking people are one. Why do we need a separate state?
A: There are two states speaking Punjabi, four states speaking Hindi, why should there be only one state speaking Telugu. In addition, Telugu spoken by people of Telangana is not exactly the same as the Andhra bhasha spoken by people of Krishna, Guntur districts. Another reason for separate state is protect and promotion of Telangana language and culture.

Q: Globalisation & Telangana.
A: It is a mistake to construe Telangana question as a part of Anti-Globalisation movement and sentiment. In fact many people who are supporting Telangana statehood are supporters of Globalisation of economy. Both the positions are not contradictory. Telangana movement is against colonization not Globalisation. There is a big difference between them.

Q: What is the blue print for Telangana development?
A: There is no single blue print for the development of Telangana or any other region for that matter. How exactly Telangana will use its resources is best left for the Telangana people to decide through the democratic process. All we can do is to empower Telangana people so that they can control their destiny by taking back the control of their resources.

Telangana Development Forum

Hello Somaiah garu,

Thanks for joining the conference call yesterday last night.

Welcome to tdf-discuss@yahoogroups.com . tdf-discuss is a communication platform maintained by TDF (Telangana Development Forum – www.telangana.org ) to discuss various issues pertaining to the Telangana region. It's a relatively open platform and therefore there are all kinds of views posted. Views reflect individuals' opinions and not necessarily the organizations’, unless specified.

If you think the volume of mails is a bit high, please let's know so we can convert the membership to the 'DAILY DIGEST' status. 'Daily Digest' consolidates all mails sent to the group on a particular day and sends it as a single mail.

Hope you'll actively participate in the lively discussions. Please let your acquaintances also know about the existence of the group.

Sudhir Kodati

Thank you Mr. Sudhir Kodati. I shall participate in discussions. I shall also let my acquaintances here in Edmonton, know about the existence of the group - communication platform: tdf-discuss@yahoogroups.com.

Somayya Kasani

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Good Evening

Dear Children, GOOD EVENING!

Your dear Mom and I are fine here. Mom did her walk on tread mill for 30 minutes. And I too did the same. Mom is exploring many things on computer on her own. She is listening to her favourite songs and reading the news at the same time.

Tomorrow I am staying at home. I have good number of books with me to read. Shall I give you the titles?

1] Remember Your Essence
2] Seeds of Greatness
3] Play to Win
4] PowerLiving
5] Simple Secrets of Happy People
6] Lists to live by
7] Portrait of an intimate Friendship
8] If you can dream it You can achieve it.

How do you like them?
With love, Naana

~We are responsible for what we say and what we do and who we are!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Excellence is a Habit

Dear All,

Good evening. How are you? Nice to speak with Bujji.

We are all fine here. Here the climate is fine today. Your Nana, and I walked on tread-mill in the evening.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is a habit. We can be a positive influence on the people close to us when we are moving ahead in joyous, creative life - affirming leaps and bounds. Dear our Chinna and Dear Sreenath are ideal for all of us in doing Exercise regularly. Let us all keep it up.

More in my next mail.
With love,

Secular Humanist Association of Edmonton


I'm Alice Leung and I am a Humanist who can relate to the questions you posed below quite fully. My husband Martin Wolfe is an atheist. We joke that a Humanist is a positive atheist who cares!

We checked out your website and were very impressed with the work and thought you put into it. We have no family website because we are very busy with our work, building a home and raising our 20 month old daughter, whom we adopted from China last year.

We would be open to geting together for coffee/tea/pop or equivalent thereof. Let us know if this appeals to you. Our doors are always open for you.

Warm regards,

Thank you dear Alice Leung for your e-mail. Felt happy to read your e-mail. It is nice to know that you are raising your 20 month old daughter, whom you adopted from China last year. Please I convey my best wishes to her and my best regards to your husband Mr. Martin Wolfe.

You are welcome to our sweet home at Magrath, come with you sweet daughter and your husband, with just a phone-call.

Somayya Kasani
Vijayalakshmi Kasani



Dear all,

Good Evening. How are you? Thank you all, for your e-mails. We are all fine here.Today - it is sunny. Nana went to downtown Library. Bujji is maintaining well OUR JOURNAL. Journaling is serious fun: gratifying, surprising,and richly rewarding. Not everyone has same reasons for journaling. Our journal can begin with a purpose to study the self, address life issues.

More in my next mail.

With love,

From JN Reddy

Dear Somaiah gaaru:

Many thanks for your kind greetings for Deepawali. I am now in Singapore for a semester and returning to College Station in January 2007.

I wish you and your family all the best for the Deepawali and beyond.

Take care,
JN Reddy


Dear Mr.Somaiah,

Thank you for your greetings. Wish the same to you and your family.

About the questionnaire you have sent some time back, I am contemplating to answer as they are serious questions and I am evolving from my meditation.

Thanks & regards,

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Just a little email, to wish you a Happy Day

Dear Children, GOOD EVENING!

We are all doing fine here. Today we associated with three Indian Families- Mr. Suresh and his wife Prasanna, Mr. & Mrs. Ramesh, Swathi and their kids, inviting them to our sweet home, at Latta Court. They also visited our home, at Magrath after the lunch. There was a lot of exchange of news and views.

More in my next mail,

With love,

-IN FAMILY LIFE, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.

-We can pick the lovely roses, If the thorns don't get us down.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Edmonton City Council

Edmonton's City Council is made up of 13 elected representatives including one Mayor and 12 City Councilors.

The mayor is elected by all Edmontonians who vote in the civic election.

Councilors are elected by voters in the wards they represent. Edmonton has six wards and each ward is represented by two councilors who serve three-year terms.

Edmonton's most recent election occurred on October 18, 2004, and the next civic election is October 15, 2007.

Stephen Mandel has served as Mayor of Edmonton, Alberta’s Capital City, since October 2004. As Mayor, he leads a city at the heart of a region of more than one million people that serves as the major transportation, logistics and manufacturing hub supporting growth in northern Alberta.

Mayor Mandel works closely with his Council colleagues to support Edmonton’s position as one of Canada’s most significant healthcare hubs; one that is an international pacesetter in health innovation, discovery and education.

As Mayor, he has also focused on preserving Edmonton’s role as a global environmental leader, and as a culturally diverse centre with a passion for the arts and sports. In 2005, Edmonton was again rated by the Conference Board of Canada as the national leader in economic growth.

An astute and accomplished businessman, Mayor Mandel brings 30 years of business and community experience to City Hall.

As President of the privately-held Mandel Group, he has been involved in business development, residential and commercial real estate development, construction, as well as operations of hotels and sports enterprises.

Stephen has also been an active community volunteer for organizations including the Alberta Heart Institute, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Jewish Community Centre, and Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre.

He is married, with two grown children.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Charles Darwin

Dear Children,

Please read Charles Darwin's life in pictures at

Also view Darwin's plants at http://darwinlibrary.amnh.org/index.php?globalnav=gallery&p=3

With Love, Amma-Naana

Laurie Blakeman - MLA for Edmonton-Center

Laurie Blakeman has served two terms as the MLA for Edmonton-Centre. She has lived in the Rossdale area of the constituency since 1986. Laurie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta and is very active in the local arts community.

Before entering public life, Laurie worked as the Executive Director of Alberta’s Advisory Council on Women’s Issues and General Manager of the Phoenix Theatre and Theatre Network.

In the Legislature
-Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly since 1997 (Edmonton-Centre)
-Deputy Leader and House Leader, Official Opposition
-Member of the Public Accounts Committee
-Member of the Legislative Offices Committee
-Held numerous critic portfolios, most recently Seniors, Community Development, Justice, Environment, Sustainable Resource Development, Solicitor General, and Gaming

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Happy Deepavali

Yes! our spirit needs constant care
and nourishment, just like our body.

These Festive Occasions Provide us
the best opportunity for it, Isn`t it?.

Think of the Happy times you, your family,
and friends have had together.

Recalling happiness of the past
has the powerful ability to bring us
happiness in the present."

With Love, Amma-Naana

Thought for the Day

The best information will move us to action; touch our heart, and change our priorities, inspire, uplift, and chart a new course for our life.



Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Alberta Legislative Building

The Legislature building, as seen from the North.

MLA for Whitemud, Edmonton

"Dave is in his third term as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Whitemud. He served as the Minister of Advanced Education and as Government House Leader, Vice Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Education and Employment, and as a member of the Agenda and Priorities Committee and the Treasury Board.

Dave also served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General and prior to that as Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs.

Mr. Hancock is a lawyer by profession and was a partner with Matheson and Company, Barristers and Solicitors before entering public service. He received his law degree from the University of Alberta in 1979.

Dave is a strong believer in giving back to the community. He supports numerous non-profit and service organizations as time permits including: Success By 6; Meals On Wheels; Kiwanis Club and Special Olympics Edmonton.

Mr. Hancock was born in Fort Resolution, N.W.T., on August 10, 1955. He lived in Hazelton, B.C. and the northern Alberta community of Fort Vermilion, where he graduated from La Crete Public School. Mr. Hancock moved to Edmonton in 1972.

He and his wife Janet have three children: Ian, Janis and Janine."


MLA for Strathcona, Edmonton

"Dr. Raj Pannu was elected to his third term as Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Strathcona on November 22, 2004, Dr. Pannu assumed leadership of the Alberta New Democrats on February 2nd, 2000, a position which he held until July 13, 2004.

In addition, he held several important critic portfolios including Health, Justice, Human Rights, Environment and Learning. Since he was first elected in 1997, Dr. Pannu has served as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services. He is currently a member of Standing Committees on Private Bills, and Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.

Dr. Pannu was born in Punjab, India and immigrated to Canada in 1962. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Ph.D in Sociology in 1973. He was a school teacher in rural Alberta and in Edmonton in the early 1960s before becoming a Professor in the University of Alberta’s departments of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology. He was a professor there for almost 30 years, between 1969 and 1996.
Dr. Pannu is a participant in the Citizens for Quality Communities Edmonton organization.

Dr. Pannu and his wife, Swinder, have lived in the Strathcona area for over 32 years. Their daughter Savi, is a student in Edmonton."


Monday, October 16, 2006

Perfect Canadians

Out in every weather, they never complain. They love flowers, lawns, trees and are friends to the smallest creatures. They are law-abiding they are never known to rob or fight. In crowds they form queues & keep to them. Never smoke drink OR take drugs. Will volunteer their names at once. The Perfect Canadians, They are!!

With Love, Amma-Naana


"What a strange power there is in silence.
What it is that stands higher than words? Action.
What is it that stands higher than action? Silence
Silence is more profitable than abundance of speech.
Silence is golden.
Speech is great, but silence is greater still.
If speech is silver, silence is gold, Silence is the best and the most unique art of conversation.
Silence is the best speech.
If you must speak, speak the minimum.
Do not speak two words, if one is enough.
Silences make the real conversations between friends.
Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.
The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence.
Silence has a regenerative power of its own.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.
A properly kept silence is a beautiful thing; it is nothing less than the father of very wise thoughts."

With Love,

Sunday, October 15, 2006


Dear all,

Good Evening. How aru you? We are all fine. Rani! I saw your e-mail. Felt happy to know that Ajay Babu and you participated in Diwali celebrations in Redmond Ridge and met many people there.

Today all of us attended Scarecrow Festival for kids and met many people. It is like our Jathara in our Indian village. More in my next mail.

Wiyh love

"My home will be a place , where my family, friends and guests find joy, comfort, peace and happiness."

A Humanist

Do you feel that our environment needs to be taken care of and protected for future generations?

Do you believe that the kind of life and the helpful and just relationship that we have with other humans is of primary importance?

Do you believe that we will continue to learn more about the past, present, and future of planet earth and its inhabitants?

Do you believe that religions sacred scriptures and ethical and moral systems were the creations of mortals and that these have served different purposes at different times and places?

Do you frequently experience joy and comfort and an undefined mystic sense from the realization that you are a part of nature and all that lives?

Do you believe that the meaning of life is that which we give to it?

Do you recognize that many philosophical questions such as, “ What is the meaning of life?” and “ Why am I here?” are irrelevant when our existence and experience are viewed as processes within totality of nature?

If you answer “ Yes” to most of these questions, you can classify yourself as a humanist.

The world is my country. To do good is my religion

The world is my country;
To do good is my religion.

Traditional mainstream religions do not accommodate current knowledge, belief and emotional needs. Humanism goes in a different direction and concentrates on what we all have in common. It has become a dynamic alternative to the traditional faiths.

Humanists feel at home in the natural world and do not need gods or god, a heaven, or scriptures. They respect scientific methods and the knowledge coming from the use of them. They are concerned with making use of this knowledge for the care of this marvelous planet.

Most of them think of Jesus as an ethical leader. To the work of the previous Jewish prophets he added a special insistence on the place of love, kindness, and forgiveness in human life. Humanists do not attribute divinity to Jesus, Buddha, or other religious leaders, but often find inspiration in their lives and teachings.

Humanism is a philosophy of good will and concern for humans and Nature. Happiness and self-fulfillment for oneself and others are richly sufficient life goals. Moral codes are made by humans. Values and ideals grow out of the experience of various cultures, societies, and individuals.

Humanism encourages us to feel that, no matter who we are, we have untapped abilities, unknown potentialities, and more strength, inventiveness, and capacity for survival and progress than we know.

We have to look for the strength not outside ourselves, but within ourselves, to meet life with courage.

Thought For the Day

I gave you life, but cannot live your life for you.

I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.

I can give you direction, but I cannot be there for you.

I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you.

I can advise you about your friends, but I cannot choose them for you.

I can tell you about the facts of life, but I cannot build your reputation.

I can tell you about drinking, but I cannot say "No" for you.

I can tell you about lofty goals, but I cannot achieve them for you.

I can teach you about kindness, but I cannot force you to be gracious

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Morning Light

"The sun rays drift across the acorn fields,
The crops wavering in the morning breeze,
The birds sing as the light washes over the tree tops,
The songs cleanse the world free,
Joining with the light to bring life back into play,
As a new day starts to end,
End as life is meant, so that it may start again.

With Love,

A Seminar by Dr. Geeta Chowdry

Dear Children, GOOD AFTERNOON!

I am writing this mail from Edmonton Public Library. I am attending a Seminar today at University of Alberta at 3.30 P M. Dr. Geeta Chowdry,who is a Professor of Political Science and Director of Ethnic studies at Northern Arizona University is today`s speaker.


To argue with a person who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.

The child becomes largely what it is taught; hence we must watch what we teach it, and how we live before it.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Have a Nice Day

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

Only when we are no longer afraid, we do begin to live.

All life is an experiment. The more experiments we make the better. We will either find a way or make one!

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.

The more you prepare, the luckier you appear.

Friendship is the cement that holds the world together. Real friends are a genuine treasure. They double our joys and divide our sorrows. They multiply our strength and subtract our weakness.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

An email from a friend

Hello Somayya Kasani.
Your messages are always so uplifting and thoughtful. Communication is absolutely essential for worlds and people to grow, evolve and understand each other. Thank you fro reminding me how important it is.

The LET'S TALK ABOUT BOOKS group is going well. We are beginning to have a core group who attend every session which is now the first and third Wednesday. I love it very much and look forward to it. This week I will be in New York attending a conference and will miss the meeting. Always my heart is sad when this happens. I have sent them my 'pics' via snail mail so I can still be with them in spirit. I wish you could attend :-)

How is life in Edmonton? I have never visited but I've heard it is very beautiful. I love your thoughts and philosophies on family. It is another important ingredient in the building of community both local and world wide.

Thank you so much for remembering me and thinking of me and I so appreciate the wonderful words you send always.

Lillian Dabney

Thanksgiving in Canada

Dear Children,

We are fine here. Yesterday was a holiday for us. The country obseved the Thanksgiving day. There were family gettogethers! The families enjoyed the feasts, on the day of this festival and they exchanged their feelings and experiences.

More in my next mail,
with love, Naana

Against Child Labor..

From a news article.. With Love, Naana

Monday, October 09, 2006

Good Afternoon

Dear Children, GOOD AFTERNOON!

"Let us be tender with the young,
Compassionate with the aged,
Sympathetic with the striving,
and be tolerant of the weak and the strong."

Have a Nice Day, dear all

With Love,

An email from Magrath

Dear Children, GOOD MORNING!

Nice to speak with you last night. We are fine. We felt happy to know the nice features of our new Van. Please send us a picture of our New Van. Dear Chinna, good that you spoke with your friend Neelu.

With Love, Amma-Naana.

Let us look at everything as though we were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then our time on earth will be filled with glory.

Kindness comes so quickly back to those who first are kind. It's really up to us to make Our world a better one!

We've got to think about 'big things' while we're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.

I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do. That is character!

The best way to get something done is to begin.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Communication is an essence of being human!

Dear all,

Couple of sayings for YOU on communications!

With Love, Naana.

Communication is not only the essence of being human, but also a vital property of life. You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers. You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.


Make the best of today!

Each morning is the birth of a new opportunity.

I learn that with every hello and goodbye, I gain experience and wisdom.

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

With Love,

Friday, October 06, 2006

From Rutherford Library

"It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world."
- Helen Keller

"The past sharpens perspective, warns of pitfalls, and helps to point the way. "

"The most important thing in communicating is to hear what isn`t being said."

"Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts!"

Dear Children, Good Morning.
Your dear Mummy and I are fine here. Today I am exploring the great University of Alberta. I am writing this mail from Rutherford Library. I came here by taking a bus, which came and stopped infront of Michenary Park, IGA Super Market.

I remember where I made my drive on my own in akkaiah`s absence in the country during one of my previous visits. I shall spend here in the library for a couple of hours and go to the Downtown, taking LRT and spend a couple of hours in Edmonton Public Library.

With Love, Naana

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Let us learn something every day!

Dear Children, Good Evening!

Dear your mom and I are fine here. Mummy is reading Edmonton journal besides all Telugu News Papers on line. I am also reading something new, besides associating with our neighbours around us.

We are planning our day, and working our plan well.

With love, Naana,

Learning is movement from moment to moment!

Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.
If we stop learning we stagnate!

Adults are better learners than children,
if they have the patience to be beginners!

Anyone who stops learning is old,
whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep our mind young!

Our world is changing faster than ever before, and the importance of learning is growing even faster!

Any significant improvement in life- from more rewarding job to more enjoyable leisure time, is based on learning!

If we are not being educated in our job today,
we may be out of a job tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Thought For The Day

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
-Helen Keller

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
-The Dalai Lama

We can begin to express love within our daily lives. When more and more of us awaken our hearts to universal love, harmony and peace will prevail on earth.

Action is the antidote to despair.

As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might."

Monday, October 02, 2006

From Our Sweet Home - Dr.Abdul Kalam's 'Song of Youth'

Dear Children,

I am writing this mail from our home. Our sweet Vikram Naana and akkaiah have just left for their sweet home, Latta Court. Your dear Mummy and I are doing well. Today I spent my time at Edmonton Library and SAGE. I associated with ' Edmonton Seniors One Voice Association' Regular General Meeting in SAGE. There are 12 members participated in the meeting. They took my address and phone number to call for the next meet in Nov, 2006.
Please read Dr.Abdul Kalam's poem written below.

Have a nice day, dear all,
With love, Naana


Dear Children,

I am writing this mail from Edmonton public library, downtown. Nice to speak with our dear Chinna and Sreenath this morning. They greeted us ' A HAPPY DASARA FESTIVAL'.

Note: - During the lunchtime at 2.00 pm I shall spend some time in SAGE and take some refeshment. And I will come-back to library and do some reading. I start to home after 4.00 pm.

Have a Nice Day, dear all.
With love, Naana

The following is from my today's reading...

They dream of a world in which people can feel self-esteem, find outlets for their energies and opportunities to use their capacities, and have meaningful employment.

They seek a world in which reasonable physical and economic needs can be satisfied, a world enriched through cultural diversity.

In that world, democratic method and scientific method will be more often merged, for in ssence they are relatively similar. . . both are based on freedom to find and to weigh new courses of action, both are opposed to giving weight to arbitrary prestige or tradition.

This improved society will not be a soulless, mechanistic one left to the management of so-called experts."

Good Morning, Dear All

Dear All,

Good Morning & Have a nice Day !

with love, Naana

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!

Look to this Day!For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the Varieties and Realities of our Existence:
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendour of Achievement;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And Tomorrow is only a Vision,
But To-day well lived
makes Every Yesterday
a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well, therefore, to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Glad to Visit Your Website

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