Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Happy Diwali to Dear Friends & Family

Happy Diwali Dear Friends and Family. We wish you all good health, happiness and success on this occasion.

Diwali literally means ‘row of lights’. It has become popular as ‘Festival of lights’ all over the world, now an international festival.

Celebration of festivals brings us all together, share happinessi and encourage us to be kind, helpful and loving.

Diwali signifies ‘Victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance’.

Let’s all celebrate Diwali, exchange greetings and affection with one another and enjoy the special food and delicacies. Happy Diwali.

Happy 25th Marriage Anniversary Dear Shailaja and Raghuram. Congratulations and we wish you all the best.


Sunday, November 08, 2020

Prabhat plays Piano for Diwali celebrations

Happy Diwali - The celebrations this year are done remotely due to Covid. Enjoy Prabhat's Piano melody.

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

My experience talking to voters in US Presidential election 2020 - Pragathi

Today I made calls for Joe Biden’s Campaign for President. We had done this previously for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primaries. We talked to voters in Pennsylvania, a battleground state. We spoke with people with multiple different political views - some had already voted democrats (blue) down the ballot, while others voted republican (red). We spoke to a mother who is from Wuhan, China. Her extended family was quarantined in Wuhan and she was worried that the US could become like China in terms of state-repression. While her children were voting blue, she chose to vote red. We spoke to another voter who was sick in the hospital, she wanted to vote democrats but was not able to due to her current situation. We encouraged her to vote via mail. We also spoke to a mother who was a registered democrat. She said that she and her family were “disgusted” by the Democratic Party today. Due to technical difficulties we could not discuss more with her to find out the issues that upset her, but she planned to vote Republican. We also asked the registered voters how they planned to vote. Some chose to vote by mail or vote early, but the majority planned to vote on Election Day November 3rd in-person. There were also some undecided voters for whom we presented the case for Joe Biden. There were voters who did not plan on voting as well, we urged them to vote due to the importance of this election. We were also met with a lot of hang-ups. Some because we mentioned the Democratic Party.

From the calls we conducted, it is fair to say that Pennsylvania is truly a battleground state. There was no clear majority of red or blue voters from our limited non-representative sample set. I believe that the Democratic Party has an opportunity to make a better case on why their policies would benefit the American People. 

               Pragathi, 7th Grade, 28th October 2020

Pragathi, Thank you for sharing those interesting examples of the many calls you have made in support of Joe Biden"s Campaign for President. Pennsylvania is a very important state in this election. I assume you may be calling this evening because your phone number was busy when I called. I'm sure you have encouraged many people to vote and make the difference we need. I need to do more of this type of outreach and to not be frustrated when so many people either hang up or refuse to answer their phones.  Thank you for all your great work now and know 2016!

 Jeanne Large

Somayya and Pragathi,

Somayya, tell Pragathi that it is a very important thing that she is doing.

It's good to get young people involved in politics.

Great summary of her calls.

Bob Price

How exciting, middle school. I remember when she was born. How time flies. Kinnera is a junior in college now.

John Inman

Timberline Middle School - Always Believe in Yourself