One bedroom flat..

on Friday, November 25, 2011


A Bitter Reality

As the dream of most parents I had acquired a degree in Software Engineering and joined a company based in USA, the land of braves and opportunity. When I arrived in the USA , it was as if a dream had come true.

Here at last I was in the place where I want to be. I decided I would be staying in this country for about Five years in which time I would have earned enough money to settle down in India .

My father was a government employee and after his retirement, the only asset he could acquire was a decent one bedroom flat.

I wanted to do some thing more than him. I started feeling homesick and lonely as the time passed. I used to call home and speak to my parents every week using cheap international phone
cards. Two years passed, two years of Burgers at McDonald's and pizzas and discos and 2 years watching the foreign exchange rate getting happy whenever the Rupee value went down.

Finally I decided to get married. Told my parents that I have only 10 days of holidays and everything must be done within these 10 days. I got my ticket booked in the cheapest flight.
Was jubilant and was actually enjoying shopping for gifts for all my friends back home. If I miss anyone then there will be talks. After reaching home I spent home one week going through all the photographs of girls and as the time was getting shorter I was forced to select one candidate.

In-laws told me, to my surprise, that I would have to get married in 2-3 days, as I will not get anymore holidays. After the marriage, it was time to return to USA , after giving some money to my parents and telling the neighbors to look after them, we returned to USA .

My wife enjoyed this country for about two months and then she started feeling lonely. The frequency of calling India increased to twice in a week sometimes 3 times a week. Our savings started diminishing.
After two more years we started to have kids. Two lovely kids, a boy and a girl, were gifted to us by the almighty. Every time I spoke to my parents, they asked me to come to India so that they can see their grand-children.

Every year I decide to go to India ... But part work part
monetary conditions prevented it. Years went by and visiting India was a distant dream. Then suddenly one day I got a message that my parents were seriously sick. I tried but I couldn't get any holidays and thus could not go to India . The next message I got was my parents had passed away and as there was no one to do the last rights the society members had done whatever they could. I was depressed. My parents had passed away without seeing their grand children.

After couple more years passed away, much to my children's
dislike and my wife's joy we returned to India to settle down.
I started to look for a suitable property, but to my dismay my savings were short and the property prices had gone up during all these years. I had to return to the USA ...

My wife refused to come back with me and my children refused to stay in India ... My 2 children and I returned to USA after promising my wife I would be back for good after two years.

Time passed by, my daughter decided to get married to an
American and my son was happy living in USA ... I decided that had enough and wound-up every thing and returned to India ... I had just enough money to buy a decent 02 bedroom flat in a well-developed locality.

Now I am 60 years old and the only time I go out of the flat is for the routine visit to the nearby temple. My faithful wife
has also left me and gone to the holy abode.

I wondered was it worth all this?
My father, even after staying in India ,
Had a house to his name and I too have
the same nothing more.

I lost my parents and children for just ONE EXTRA BEDROOM.

Looking out from the window I see a lot of children dancing.
This damned cable TV has spoiled our new generation and these children are losing their values and culture because of it. 

I get occasional cards from my children asking I am alright. Well at least they remember me.

Now perhaps after I die it will be the neighbors again who will be performing my last rights, God Bless them.
But the question still remains 

'was all this worth it?'

I am still searching for an answer.................!!!






..……live life happily……..

A Rare picture..

on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A true warrior of india,the great Bhagat Singh while he was in prison in 1922.

Girl with Down syndrome is a swimming champion

on Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bhopal: A 12-year old swimming champion from Bhopal, Ira Parihar, has accomplished what most swimmers have not even attempted, despite suffering from Down syndrome.

Ira Parihar has been swimming since she was 3-year old. 
 At the age of 8 she crossed the breadth of Bhopal's Historic Upper Lake. This is nothing unusual, except that Parihar has Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder associated with learning disabilities. Now, the 12-year-old can swim for hours without showing any sign of fatigue. And although she has clocked 1.5 km in a little less than 30 minutes, her love for the water keeps her away from the finish line.  

But coach Mukesh Mishra pushes her gently to move towards the bank when attempting a record.
"She finds it diffcilut to comprehend between start and finish. Otherwise she is as good as anyone," coach Mishra said. 

 Ira Parihar won two gold medals at the special state Olympics in Mandsaur in 2006. She also participated in the special national Olympics in Mumbai in 2007. Her mother Nishi Parihar who doubles up as her friend, coach and all-time companion has tried her best to instill discipline and perseverance in her child.

"The results are showing. Now we plan to double the distance and then we will increase it. After that we plan to take her to Narmada and then to the sea," her mother said. 

Familiarity is important for Parihar. She communicates mostly with her family members. Rarely does she ask for anything to eat, with her mother sometimes having to force-feed her. And when the water bird is not lapping up the waves, she is busy dancing away her child-like worries only to stop when someone starts watching her.

Swami Vivekananda thoughts on Dinamalar paper

on Sunday, November 13, 2011

* அனைத்திலும் இறைவனை காண்பது
நம்முடைய லட்சியமாகும். அனைத்திலும் காண முடியாவிட்டால், நாம் நேசிக்கும்
ஒன்றிலாவது பார்க்க வேண்டும்.

* வாழும் காலம் எவ்வளவு
வேண்டுமானாலும் இருக்கலாம். ஆனால், லட்சியத்தை அடைவதே நம்முடைய
உயிர் மூச்சாக இருக்க வேண்டும்.

* இயற்கையின் ரகசியத்தை அறியும் போது மனிதன் இயற்கையின் உதவியால் இயற்கைக்கு அப்பாற்பட்ட பரம்பொருளை உணர்வதுடன் மரணத்தையும்
வெல்கிறான். இயற்கையைக் கடந்த அந்தப் பொருளின் உதவியால் அவன் எல்லையற்ற ஆனந்தத்தை

* நீங்கள் இறைவனை உணர்ந்தால் உங்கள் முகம்
மாறுவதுடன், குரலும், தோற்றமும் மாறுகிறது.
அப்போது நீங்கள், மனித குலத்திற்கு ஒரு
வரப்பிரசாதமாக மாறிவிடுவீர்கள்.

* பிரார்த்தனையால் நுண்ணிய ஆற்றல்கள் எளிதாக விழிப்படைகின்றன. பக்தியுணர்வுடன் பிரார்த்தனை செய்தால் அனைத்து விருப்பங்களும் நிறைவேறும்.


Motherliness in Nature :)


on Monday, November 07, 2011

Eureka Child Foundation, over the last fifteen years have worked, chiefly, in Tamil Nadu to ensuring quality education and healthcare reaches the poorest. To clarify, in demanding quality education all we require is that children in each class be able to perform the tasks the minimum curriculum prescribes.The organisation as a whole (including the chapters abroad) was awarded The Times of India Social Impact Award this year for Global Contribution to India.

A "Eureka Run" was organised last year on Nov. 14th, Children's Day, to raise awareness about the quality of education the poorest in Tamil Nadu receive. A total of 1,500 runners aged between 2 and 75 years showed their support running a 5 kilometer stretch on Chennai's Marina Beach. The money raised at this event has transformed the lives of 500 children. This year the event is to take place on Saturday, 12th of November 2011.


Funds will be raised by charging a registration fee of Rs. 250. Each registration will give one child 3 months of academic help through the Eureka SuperKidz program. All registrants will receive a T-shirt and those who complete the run will receive a certificate.

Registrations are open on or at Odyssey - Annanagar & Adyar, Express Avenue, Royapettah, Chennai.
RSVP your attendance:

PROBLEM: Several studies have pointed to consistently low learning levels in schools for the poorest in rural Tamil Nadu. Studies in 2010 found that 79.5% students in class 3 cannot even subtract despite being expected to multiply and divide by the prescribed curriculum. It was found that learning levels can be raised by up to 60% in one academic year, as demonstrated by the Eureka SuperKidz program. This is done through a deeply researched outcome focused pedagogy.

The Eureka Run is an effort to not only raise funds to fix the problem but to also create awareness of the problem itself allowing an interest in ensuring that the poorest children have access to what is so essential to them in school- Quality Education.

Please REGISTER ONLINE for the event and tell friends and family to also. It is time for change and Tamil Nadu's children need all the support they can get. Registrations are open on or at Odyssey - Anna Nagar & Adyar, Express Avenue, Royapettah, Chennai.

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