Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Greetings from Pragathi

Dear John & Hazel

Many thanks for visiting Pragathi at our sweet home and for all the beautiful gifts for her. Thank you for presenting her with nice colorful bangles from India. These are her first set of bangles. Thank you for the 2 sets of sleepers and also beautiful card. We deeply appreciate your affection.

We had a wonderful time with John at our home. Attached are pictures from the visit. It was nice sharing family and life details and getting together. We eagerly look forward to all of your family visiting us some time soon. Meanwhile our very best wishes for David in his college and for Kinnera in her school. John shared many aspects of David's interest for books, his desire to do Ph D in Philosophy, Kinnera's sense of justice and her active role at school. We wish them all the best. You are a beautiful family and we are very happy to be friends with you.

Hope John is enjoying his training program.

Best Regards
Ajay & Rani

Pictures, Metro Schools...

Dear Children,

Good Evening. Here are some pictures taken by Monica (From Romania) to look at: Picture taken today on “Halloween” in our class-room.

With Love, Nana

Essence Organic Tea Bar, Downtown, Edmonton

Essence Organic Tea Bar is the first organic tea bar in Edmonton. It was opened by Lisa Hanzel on July 15th, 2007 in Edmonton's downtown core business district. Essence is a contemporary tea house built upon the philosophy of health promotion through organic full leaf tea and herbs.

Essence offers over 50 varieties of organic tea and tisanes, iced teas, remedy tea blends, and exotic lat-teas made from beneficial rain forest crops. Essence is a full service tea bar with a light lunch menu.

Congratulations Lisa Hanzel.

Do something great with your life. We all have capacity to live our best. Make your home a story book of the future.

Best Regards,
Somayya Kasani.


Dear Children,

How are you? How is Pragathi? We are all fine here.

With Love, Amma.

"Iron sharpens Iron so one man sharpens another."
~A proverb of king Solomon

"Life is like a game of tennis - you can' t win unless you serve well!"

"Teamwork divides the effort and multiplies the results,"

" Whether you think you can or you think you can' t- you' re right"
~Henry ford

"If things go wrong, don't go with them!"

"People bring Sunshine... some when they come into a room, others when they leave!"

" In trying times, don't quit trying! "

Be quick to listen, slow to speak and and slow to anger."
~James, the brother of Jesus

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Remember the Blessings that Come Each Day

Dear Children,

Be prepared to be a little bit brave every day!
The world belongs to the energetic.

Action springs not from thought,
but from a readiness for responsibility.

Every word that parents and children speak, every action that parents and their children take, and every deed that parents and their children perform help to create the “ the children’s memory bank.” That record – that memory bank – becomes the parents’ history and posterity. For the children, it is their inheritance and their destiny.

The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. All human wisdom is summed up in two words: wait and hope. Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. Originality and the feeling one’s own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.

జీవితం ఒక అన్వేషణ - అలుపులేని పరిశోధన
నడక మొదలెట్టేదాకా - మనకేం కావాలో మనకే తెలియదు!
With Love, Amma-Naana

Greetings from Edmonton Tamil Cultural Association

Dear Mr. Somaiah :

Thank you very much for actively participating in our Deepavali Program and giving away the Certificates to the young children.

We are very glad to hear your encouraging words and this certainly motivates us do things even better for our community. We hope to work closer in the future days to come.


Monday, October 29, 2007

The best use anyone can make of any day is to enjoy it - and then spread that joy to others

Dear Children,

Good Evening. How are you? How is our sweet Pragathi? We are all fine here. It is nice to know about you all regularly by your e-mails and phone calls.

The best use anyone can make of any day is to enjoy it - - and then spread that joy to others. lips of wise spread knowledge and joy around.

More in my next e-mail. Take care.
With Love, Amma.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I shall not pass this way again - Let me do all the good while I can

Dear Children,

Good Evening. How are you? How is our sweet Pragathi? We are all fine here.

"I shall not pass this way again
Through this toilsome world, alas!
Once and only once I pass:
If a kindness I may show,
If a good deed I may do
To a suffering fellow men,
Let me do it while I can.
No delay, for it is plain
I shall not pass this way again. "

With Love

Friday, October 26, 2007

Welcome Letter to Pragathi From Microsoft Family

Dear Aunty, Uncle & Dear All,

Very nice to see beautiful picture of Uncle with the team. Uncle, glad to know about you trip details and nice that you are enjoying the class.

Dear Pragathi & we all are doing fine here. Hope you all are doing fine. Our Pragathi received a beautiful welcome letter from Ajay's Office - Microsoft Benefits. I am attaching the letter to this email.

Dear All, have a nice weekend.

With Love

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Dear Children,
Good Evening. How are you? How is our sweet Pragathi? We are all fine here.

I would like to right about Halloween in this e-mail to you all, our sweet people.

October 31st is Halloween. Halloween is not a holiday, but it is a very special day for children in Canada and the United States. On Halloween, children dress up in costumes. Some children wear masks and some children wear makeup. They dress up as monsters, famous people, ghosts, witches, cartoon characters, pirates and more. In the evening, they walk around their neighborhoods and go from house to house shouting "trick or treat" or "Halloween apples" At each house, people give out many different kinds of candy. In the past it was also very common to give children apples on Halloween. People often decorate their homes with pictures of black cats, spiders, witches.

Have a safe and happy Halloween.
Take care, Amma.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Art & Science Symposium

Dear Children, Good Morning.

The Art & Science Symposium is a two day event (November 9,10, 2007) exploring the places where art and science converge and commingle. The Symposium will feature an opening keynote address by Alan Lightman and three panels exploring the themes:

Mysteries Unfolding: Science, Art and the Body
All in the Mind: Learning, Aesthetics, and Ways of Knowing
Manifestations: The Tangible Object

I am planning to invite couple of my friends to attend this symposium.

With Love, Amma-Naana

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Thought For The Day

Dear Children,

Good Evening. How are you? How is our sweet Pragathi? We are all fine here.

Let no one come to you without leaving happier and better.
~Mother Teresa.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
~Ephesiaans 4:29

You can not receive a sincere compliment without feeling better . . .and just as important, you cannot give a sincere compliment without bettering yourself.

Dear all take care.
With Love, Amma.

LINC - Our trip to Bonnie Doon !!

Naana With LINC Friends..

Family Friendly. Family First. Albert's Retaurant- Bonnie Doon!

Dear Children,

Li Xiaojun, Mohamed Lasta, Gary, Paul, Nonka, Irina, Zekia, Aminah, Shirley and our teacher Lynda and I went on a trip to Bonnie Doon shopping centre located in the south east end of our pretty city Edmonton, this morning. Indeed it is a relaxed pace.

Then we finally reached Family Friendly Bonnie's Lounge/ Restaurant for our breakfast. Each one of us ordered according to one's own taste. Thanks to our dear teacher Lynda for her creativity in teaching many things that our life demands us here in the new country.

Finally, I also thank Shirley for taking good photographs of our great team, to treasure our memories of our great trip.

With Love, Amma-Naana

Dear Nana

Beautiful pictures :) I felt great and very happy to see your group and thanks to Shirley for taking the pictures, and to teacher Lynda for organzing a wonderful event.

Loving Son

Monday, October 22, 2007

Greetings from AmmaNaana

Dear Children,

Good Evening. How are you? How is our sweet Pragathi? We are all fine here. It is very nice to speak with you all this morning. Today climate is good. And it would be even better tomorrow.

Nana and his friends of LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) are making a trip to a restaurant tomorrow in the downtown, for breakfast at 10 AM. The idea behind this trip might be to get familiarity with the environment of Canadian restaurants both the menu, people and the manners.

Thought for the day: --- Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. Expanding our comfort zone makes us feel good about ourselves.

More in my next e-mail. Take care.
With Love, Amma

Congratulations & Best Wishes to Venu & Haritha ...

Dear Venu Annayya & Haritha,

Felt very happy receiving all the pictures. Glad for capturing those magical moments. Thanks for sharing them with us. Wish you both a happy and harmonious married life and very best wishes for everything.

Candle light, moon light, star light,
The brightest glow is from love light.....

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity...

With Love,
Anu & Sreenath.

Edmonton Tamil Cultural Association - Greetings from ACA

Executive, Committee,
Edmonton Tamil Cultural Association.

Dear all,

Thank you for your invitation to Join us for the Deepavali Celebration on October 21st, 2007 at Festival Place, Sherwood Park.

Really the event was fantastic. We heartily congratulate the organizers and the participants for presenting all of us a great evening. Thank you very much.

Your website:
is excellent.

Yours Friendly, Somayya Kasani
Literary Secretary, ACA

Dear Mr. Kasani,

Thank you for your kind words, and for accepting our invitation to participate in our event. It was wonderful seeing three representatives of the Andhra Cultural Association on Sunday night. My sincere thanks to you all for attending.

Warmest regards,

Divakar Ambrose
President, ETCA

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Happy Dasara - Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right

Dear All,

Today Akkayya, Kamalesh, Vikram, Vinod, Ashok and Sunita associated with us at our home on the eve of Dasara. Amma prepared delicious food. We had good sharing.

Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right. I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice. Things refuse to be mismanaged long.

With Love,

Friday, October 19, 2007

Batukamma Pandaga Shubhaakaankshalu

Dear Children,

Good Evening. How are you? How is our Pragathi?. We are all fine here.

Today we made Pulihora, Daddojanam, and Semia on the auspicious occasion of Bathukamma Festival. Vikram Nana tasted the sweet made at our home.

Thought For the Day: We learn nothing from telling. But, there is no limit to what we can learn by asking and listening. The first sign of an educated person is that she asks more questions than she delivers answers.

No person is your friend who demands your silence or who denies your right to grow.

More in my next e- mail. Take care all of you.
With Love, Amma.

There is no impact from the high winds yesterday

Dear Amma, Nana,

Nice to receive your mails. Pragathi and we are all doing fine. There is no impact from the high winds yesterday. Everything is normal and fine here.

My work is well. Glad to know that Nana is already at his Class. Amma is also doing fine. Good to know that Vikram nana got a gift from Doctor for being brave while teeth were extracted.

Dear All, have a nice Friday.

Loving Son,

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Storm Emergency Preparedness

Dear Children, Good Evening.

Listed below is a helpful checklist of what you should have on hand in case of emergency.

With Love, Amma - Nana

It is recommended you have enough supplies in your emergency survival kit to sustain yourself and your family for three days.

Water – 1 gallon per person, per day
Essential medication and eyeglasses
First aid book and First aid kit – freshly stocked
Food (packaged, canned, no-cook, baby food, special diets)
Blankets or sleeping bags
Can Opener (non-electric)
Fire Extinguisher (A-B-C type)
Food and water for pets
Important documents (insurance, property records, credit cards, birth certificates, etc.) Money, cash and coins for 3-5 days
Portable radio, flashlight and extra batteries

The weather report tells that there are strong winds and showers this night in Seattle. Dear all please take care.

Dear Children,

Good Evening. How are you? How is our sweet Pragathi?

We are all fine here. The climate in the city is good. We are still enjoying pleasant summer. The weather report tells that there are strong winds and showers this night in Seattle. Dear all please take care.

With Love, Amma

Pragathi and we are all fine here and doing well.

Dear Amma, Nana

We have almost no impact from the winds so far. The power is there and traffic is also not bad. Based on last year December's storm, i think people have been encouraged to take extra precautions.

Pragathi is drinking milk well and also sleeping well. I came ealry to home at 3pm today and took good rest after that.

Dear All, have a nice evening.

Loving Son

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Dear Loving Children,

Good Evening. How are you? We are all fine Here. How is our sweet Pragathi?. Today the climate in Edmonton city is pleasant. We hope this weekend also would be fine.

In this e-mail, I would like to write about eggs. Eggs are perfect food, contain almost every nutrient essential to sustaining life. Eggs are the most popular breakfast item in North America. There are 167 registered egg producers in Alberta. The average commercial egg farm in Alberta has about 10000 laying hens. Each hen lays an average of 25 dozen eggs a year. Alberta produces just over 500 million eggs annually.

More in my next e-mail. Take care.
With Love, Amma.

Good Morning

Dear Our Chinna, Good Morning.

It is very nice to see our Journal updated, with nice pictures i. e. :

Your dear Mom and I made the second reading. Our tour in our Journal is not only interesting but also lovely, informative and educative. Thank you very much, Nani for your great idea to preserve our feelings and thoughts and our learning in our journal.

With Love, Amma - Naana

* Make your home a story book of the future, rather than one of the past.

* If you don't have hope in future, you have no power in the present.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Love From Your Parents.‏

Dear Children,

Good Evening. How are you? We are all fine. How is our sweet Pragathi?

Today our dear Vinod spent his day with us at our home. Tomorrow he goes to his School as usual. In the evening Vikram Nana and their loving parents Aparna - Kamalesh had their dinner with us. We are happy that we all spent our time together for a couple of hours at our home.

Culture in Alberta: Greetings are part of culture. Different cultures have different greetings. In Alberta, many people greet family and friends with hugs and kisses.

More in my next e-mail.Take care
With love, Amma.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Thought For The Day

Dear Children,

* Make your home a story book of the future, rather than one of the past.

* Healthy families require healthy communication.

* Wisdom comes in ten parts, nine of which are in silence. The tenth is brevity of language.

* Words cannot only create emotions, they create actions. And from our actions flow the results of our lives.

* The biggest reason men fail is broken focus.

* Success doesn't happen In a day, it happens daily. Success requires learning, changing, and growing.

* The significant problems we face in life cannot be solved by the same level of thinking, that created them.

* Do something great with your life. We all have capacity to live our best.

* I didn't say change is easy. Those who try to change are often faced with heavy resistance from all sides. The world wants you to remain average. Take things professionally, not personally.

* If you don't have hope in future, you have no power in the present.

* Success requires change, growth, and fresh outlook on our life's journey. Get rid of the dead weight holding you back and look forward to the adventure a head.

* Increase the size of your dream everyday and spend the rest of the life chasing after it.
* Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you derive from what you do.

* When love and skill work together, expect masterpiece.

* The greatest revenge is massive success.

* The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift of life is yours; ... and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.

* Let no one come to you without leaving happier and better.

With Love, Amma-Naana

About Words...

Dear Children,

Here are a few quotes on words. Please think them over...

"I pledge to think more about the words I use.

I will try to see how gossip hurts people, including myself,
And work to eliminate it from my life.

I will try to replace words that hurt with words that encourage, Engage and enrich.

I will not become discouraged when I am unable to choose words perfectly, Because making the world a better Place is hard work.

Words Can Heal asks you to think before you speak. A simple yet powerful goal. Be careful about what you say and how you say it. "

With Love, Amma

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Gentle Words

Dear Children,

Here are a few lines from a book that I borrowed for my reading from Suresh and Prasanna. Suresh, Prasanna, Rahul and Deetya are doing well.

What the dew is to the flowers,
Gentle words are to the soul,
And the blessing to the giver,
And so dear to the receiver,
We should never withhold.

Gentle words, kindly spoken,
Often soothe the troubled mind,
While links of love are broken
By the words that are unkind.

Then O, thou gentle spirit,
My constant guardian be,
" Do on to the others, " be my motto,
" as I'd have them do to me."

With Love, Amma-Naana

A Smile from AmmaNaana

Dear Children,

A smile costs nothing, but gives much.
It enriches those who give it.
It only takes but a moment,
But the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

No one is so rich or mighty
That he can get along without it.
And no one is so poor
That he cannot be made richer by it.

A smile creates happiness in the home,
Promotes good will in business,
And is the cornerstone of friendship.

It can perk up the weary,
Bring cheer to the discouraged,
Sunshine to the sad,
And is nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought,
Begged, borrowed or stolen;
For it is something that is of no value to anyone
Until it is given away.

When people are too tired to give you a smile,
Give them one of yours.
No one needs a smile so much
As he who has none to give.
~ Author Unknown

With Love, Amma-Naana

Friday, October 12, 2007

Alberta's minimum wage

Dear Children,

Good Evening. How are you? We are all fine here. Our dear Vinod and Vikram are doing fine here. How is our sweet Pragathi?

Everyone deserves a chance to thrive. No matter where we begin. I would like to write about Alberta's minimum wage in this e-mail. It went up on September 1, 2007. It went from $ 7 per hour to $ 8 per hour. Now, a worker must earn at lest $ 8 per hour. The minimum wage is the same for adults, students, and youth.

More in my next e-mail. Take care, dear all.
With Love, Amma

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Canadian dollar

Dear Children,

Good Evening. How are you?. We are all fine here. Today our sweet Vinod, Vikram and their parents associated with us for a couple of hours, this evening. How is our sweet Pragathi?

Today I would like to write about Canadian dollar. The Canadian dollar is high.
It was worth $ .9987 USA on September 20, 2007. The lowest Canadian dollar was on January 21, 2002. It was $ .6179 USA. The highest Canadian dollar was on July 11, 1864. It was $2. 78 USA.

More in my next e-mail.

Take care all of you, our sweet people.
With Love, Amma

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Good Evening

Dear Children, Good Evening.

How are you all? How is our sweet Pragathi?

We are all fine here. Nana went to his Institution - Metro Continuing Education as usual. He told me that they are celebrating 15th Anniversary of LINC ( Language Instruction For Newcomers to Canada). They are having Cake and Juice party and each one of them will be given a gift.

Vikaram Nana and Akkaiah associated with us this evening. Vikram told us about his project on Magnetism. He discussed more details with his Mom about it. Nana has an appointment with Hearing Canter Tomorrow in the evening.

Mr. Bukka Krishna wrote us an e-mail appreciating our Association Website:

More in my next e-mail.
With Love, Amma.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Greetings From Amma-Naana

Dear All:

Planning our work and working our plan both are important and need equal efforts for progress. Making resolutions and sticking to them also require every minute conscious effort. Impulsive actions, conversation do not lead to satisfactory life.

Have a nice day.
With love, Amma-Naana

She was a homemaker

She was a homemaker. She was a homemaker—the person responsible for making the home.

She cleaned and cooked and drove and organized and refereed. She mended clothes and broken hearts. She orchestrated births and birthday parties.

She was a teacher of math and spelling and life. She was there for each new love gained and each old love lost.

She knew exactly when to stop doing for you and start making you do. And always, she was there to catch you—when your bicycle started to fall, when your tears started to fall, and when your world started to fall apart.

She worried over cobwebs and dirty windows. She cleaned the floors when no one else wanted. And, she changed the empty toilet paper roll.

Her life was her family, and she knew that was enough life for anyone. She smiled a lot. She asked only for your respect and that you clean your room.

She was your mom and everyone’s mom, but mostly your mom. She expected the best, but accepted anything.

Her greatest joys were your joys; her greatest sorrows, your sorrows. She was a homemaker.

E.D. (Ted) Blodgett - Poet Laureate

E.D. (Ted) Blodgett, has published 17 books of poetry, of which 2 were awarded the Governor General's Award.

Alberta’s capital and the 2007 Cultural Capital of Canada, announced the appointment of its second poet laureate on July 3, 2007.

Mayor Stephen Mandel, in announcing Edmonton poet and writer E. D. Blodgett as poet laureate of Edmonton from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2009, underlined Edmonton’s solid recognition of the key role that the arts play in Canada’s major cities and towns.

Poetry and Cities

Should someone ask whether Edmonton needs a poet laureate, I would ask another question: Do cities need poetry?

In response I would say that there are two kinds of cities. There are those who have poetry and those who need it. The former are cities like Prague, Rome, and the lost cities of the Three Gorges in China. These are cities that have had dreams of their pasts and various visions of their futures and have lived in a present that held their pasts and futures together.

Such dreams endowed them with architecture, with intimate turnings, and where it is possible, like entering a room, to see and feel their poetry as a special kind of air that falls over the skin. Few cities in the world have this quality, and the rest prefer to live continually on the edge of an often chaotic future, removing the past as frequently as possible.

If poetry offers anything, it offers futures by its recoveries of different kinds of past, of speaking, as it were, in the position of all kinds of lost objects - old watches, a child's shoe, a mother's comb. It remakes the architecture of forgotten moments and so intimates that cities are not solely places where people meet, earn livings, and disappear.

In that sense, poetry recovers the life that most cities tend to remove, whether in the name of urban renewal or new marketing schemes or simply to be trendy.

Poetry recovers life and makes it speak of what we were, how we are, what we might want to be, and all of this almost simultaneously.

Poetry gives us what we miss, and if we miss it, we miss something unrecoverable that the future arriving seamlessly takes away.

E.D. Blodgett
E-mail Ted Blodgett

Monday, October 08, 2007

Vikram & Vinod Felt Very Happy Meeting & Greeting Pragathi

Dear Children,

Good evening. How are you? we are all fine here. Vinod, Vikram and their loving parents Aparna-Kamalesh Babu reached home safely at 9 PM.

Vikram and Vinod are fine had a good time with their Mamaiah, Attamma and dear Pragathi. They are glad that they could associate this long weekend with All our people in Seattle. They were all having nice family get together. Tomorrow all are ready to attend their normal work schedule.

With Love,

Dear Children, Good Morning

ఓర్పు అనేది ఎంత చేదుగా ఉంటుందో,
దాని వల్ల లభించే ప్రతిఫలం అంత తీయగా ఉంటుంది.

అజ్ఞానులు గతాన్ని గురించి,బుద్ధిమంతులు వర్తమానాన్ని గురించి,
మూర్ఖులు భవిష్యత్తును గురించి మాట్లాడతారు.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Forgive Me If I Have Ever Left a Hole or a Scar At You.

Dear All,

Here is a story for you to read and think.

"There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down.

He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.

Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us. "

With Love, Amma-Naana

వీడ్కోలు గీతం

ఒక స్నేహితుడు job resign చేసి Phd నిమ్మిత్తం వెళ్ళిపోతున్నాడు. అతని పరంగా చూస్తే కొత్త మార్గంలో ప్రయాణం. కానీ అదే పాత అతను. అందరికీ దూరంగా, దేశం కానీ దేశంలో ఉండాలి. ఈ నిర్ణయం సరి అయినదా, కాదా అనే సందేహంలో ఉన్న మనస్థితి. ఇందులో కొంత బాధ ఉంది. హాయిగా ఉద్యోగం చేసుకుంటూ, అందరిలా ఉండకుండా మనసుకి నచ్చిన దానికై ఈ పరుగులు అనర్థమేమో అన్న భయం ఉంది. అసలు ఇంతా చేసి ఈ కొత్త అనుభవం తనకు సంతృప్తి కలిగిస్తుందా, లేదా? ఏమో, అనుభవం అయితే గానీ తెలియదు. ఈ భావాలు అన్నీ పేర్చి రాసిన కవిత.

రాత్రికి వీడ్కోలు పగలుకు స్వాగతం
తూరుపు మాత్రం ఒకటే
కొత్త దారి, కొత్త నడక
కాళ్ళు మాత్రం పాతవే
కొత్త ఆశలు, కొత్త బంధాలు
జీవితం మాత్రం అదే

మబ్బుతో బంధాన్ని తెంచుకోడం
చినుకుకు కష్టమే
అయినా, చినుకుకి తెలుసు
తన ఉనికి పరమార్థం
నేలకి దాహం తీర్చడమని,
పయనమవ్వక తప్పదని

దారితెన్నూ లేక తిరుగుతోందనిపించినా
నిజానికి కొండవాగుకి తన గమ్యం తెలుసు
ఎప్పుడూ ఒకచోటే పడి ఉండే చెరువులకి
నచ్చిన చోటుకి పరిగెత్తి చేరుకోడంలోని ఆనందం
ఎప్పటికీ తెలియదు!

ఎన్ని మలుపులు బ్రతుకులో!
ప్రతి మలుపూ పాత దారిని కప్పేస్తూనే
కొత్త దారిని చూబెడుతోంది
వెలుగురేఖల్ని మింగే చీకటి కూడా
జాబిల్లి వెన్నలని ఇస్తూనే ఉంది

జీవితం ఒక అన్వేషణ
అలుపులేని పరిశోధన
నడక మొదలెట్టేదాకా
మనకేం కావాలో మనకే తెలియదు!

అలా ఎలా చెయ్యగలిగావు?

నీళ్ళపై నడిచేవాణ్ణి చూసి, అడిగినాను
“అలా ఎలా చెయ్యగలిగావు?” అని
ఓ చిరునవ్వు నవ్వి - తన దారి తాను చూసుకున్నాడు.

నిప్పు ముద్దలు తింటున్న వాణ్ణి చూసి, అడిగినాను
“అలా ఎలా చెయ్యగలిగావు?” అని
ఓ చిరునవ్వు నవ్వి - తన దారి తాను చూసుకున్నాడు.

గాలిలో మేఘాలతో మాట్లాడుతున్నవాణ్ణి చూసి, అడిగినాను
“అలా ఎలా చెయ్యగలిగావు?” అని
ఓ చిరునవ్వు నవ్వి - తన దారి తాను చూసుకున్నాడు.

నేడెవరో నన్ను పట్టుకొని అడుగుతున్నారు,
“అలా ఎలా చెయ్యగలిగావు?” అని!
ఓ చిరునవ్వు అప్రయత్నంగానే వెలుగు చూసింది

Thanks, Dave.

Honourable Dave Hancock, MLA for Edmonton - Whitemud.

Thank you Hon. Dave, our dear MLA for your sincere service to us for ten years. It is really great that you are out in the community and even at our doorstep to listen to us.

Yours sincerely,
Somayya Kasani, Whitemud Constituent

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Thank You, Anita

Dear Anita, Good Morning. How are you?

Thank you for your initiative to help me to place me at an excellent place to work and learn. I shall surely keep in touch. Thank You.

- Somayya Kasani

Friday, October 05, 2007

Greetings On World Teachers Day

Good Morning, All.

Today, Teachers around the world celebrate their profession! This year, the focus will be on working conditions: all around the world, we urge teachers, students and their communities to get the message across that better working conditions for teachers mean better learning conditions for learners.

World Teachers’ Day provides the opportunity to draw public attention to the important role of teachers within society.

With Love, Naana

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Greetings from Amma

"Beauty of dreams breathes within hungry soul"

"Daring enthusiasm and abiding cheerfulness can
accomplish everything on earth without fail."

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of
a second - rate version of somebody else"

Dear Children,

Good Evening. How are you? We are all fine here. Dear Vinod Vikram and their loving parents Aparna - Kamalesh started to Calgary at about 6 : 30 pm today. They reach Calgary around 9 pm. They will stay at their II Sc friend this night. He made a phone call and told that they were preparing dinner. They start to Seattle after their break-fast. They will reach Seattle tomorrow in the evening.

Before they started their journey we went to our home, Latta Court and we wished them a happy and pleasant journey. We hope that our sweet Vinod, Vikram and their loving parents will have very many sweet memories to treasure in their trip on the occasion of Thanks Giving Day. Please convey our love to our sweet Pragathi.

With Love, Amma

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Thought for the day : Amma - Naana‏

Dear Children,

~We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

~To conquer demons, first conquer your mind. When the mind is subdued, demons withdraw obediently. To control knaves, first control your own mood. When your mood is balanced, scoundrels cannot get at you.

~Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.

~Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.

~Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.

~Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

With Love, Amma-Naana

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A bright red envelop!

Dear Children,

One day, a young man was cleaning out his late grandfather's belongings, then he came across a bright red envelope. Written on the front were the words, "To my grandson."

Recognizing his grandfather's writing, the boy opened the envelope. A letter inside read:

Dear Grandson, years ago you came to me for help. You said, "Grandpa how is it that you've accomplished so much in your life? You're still full of energy, and I'm already tired of struggling. How can I get that same enthusiasm that you've got?"

I didn't know what to say to you then. But knowing my days are numbered, I figure that I owe you an answer. So here is what I believe. I think a lot of it has to do with how a person looks at things.

I call it 'keeping your eyes wide open.' First, realize that life is filled with surprises, but many are good ones. If you don't keep watching for them, you'll miss half the excitement. Expect to be thrilled once in a while, and you will be. When you meet up with challenges, welcome them. They'll leave you wiser, stronger, and more capable than you were the day before.

When you make a mistake, be grateful for the things it taught you. Resolve to use that lesson to help you reach your goals. And always follow the rules - even the little ones. When you follow the rules, life works. If you think you ever really get by with breaking the rules, you're only fooling yourself. It's also important to decide exactly what you want. Then keep your mind focused on it, and be prepared to receive it.

But be ready to end up in some new places too. As you grow with the years, you'll be given bigger shoes to fill. So be ready for endings as well as challenging beginnings.

Sometimes we have to be brave enough to move from the familiar to the unfamiliar. Life isn't just reaching peaks. Part of it is moving from one peak to the next. If you rest too long in between, you might be tempted to quit. Leave the past in the past. Climb the next mountain and enjoy the view.

Dump things that weigh you down emotionally and spiritually. When an old resentment, belief or attitude becomes heavy, lighten your load. Shed those hurtful attitudes that slow you down and drain your energy.

Remember that your choices will create your successes and your failures. So consider all the pathways ahead, and decide which ones to follow.

Then believe in yourself, get up, and get going. And be sure to take breaks once in a while. They'll give you a renewed commitment to your dreams, and a cheerful, healthy perception of the things that matter the most to you.

Most important of all: never give up on yourself. The person that ends up a winner is the one who resolves to win. Give life everything you've got, and life will give its best back to you. Love always, Grandpa

On this three generation of wisdom I close today's breaking barriers and limits of mediocrity.

With Love, Amma-Naana