Category: My Perspective

Perspective .. It keeps changing ..
I share my opinions ..what I feel .. anything and everything that touches my heart ..

Sudha Murthy – A person untouched with fame and money

Sudha Murthy wife of Narayana Murthy needs no introduction. She is renowned for her philanthropic works and books.

Out of curiosity, I picked up her “Wise and Otherwise:A Salute to Life”. Frankly, I expected it to be boring and complex. But as I read the first story, I was totally floored with her simple writing narrating the simple threads of human interactions in her life.

I couldn’t stop reading, as I loved stories and those were something I could totally relate in todays life. The stories were very thought provoking and simple to understand.

As I put the book down, respect for her and her writings grew immensely.
I bought all her novels and finished them within 4 days 🙂

All the novels were intense and just like her stories, woven on the delicate threads of human relations and interactions 🙂
I liked the way the heroines of her novels are portrayed. They were all unique in this mad rush world or better say India.

None of the novels had a happy ending was what I was very disappointed about 🙁 I do so hate sad endings ..
But .. the protagonist always found peace at the end 🙂

Just as I finished the book Mahashwetha, my dad walked in and I narrated the complete story along with the postscript at the end of the novel where after reading the novel a guy after understanding the pain of the leukoderma patients, realizing his mistake, gets married to his girlfriend who was a victim of the disease. Sudha Murthy was invited to the marriage by the girl who felt her marriage would be complete if she visited her.
She also gifted Sudha Murthy a sari, which she holds to preciously remembering Malati’s (the bride) happy face each time 🙂

I started ranting about no happy endings in her novels and my dad pointed out .. This story definitely has a happy ending, Malati 🙂
He was right!

Sudha Murthy – You are an inspiration, 🙂 Be it the philanthropic work or writing, spreading a piece of your mind is very important.
It was only after reading your “Wise and Otherwise” that I strongly felt I have to write/share my experiences in the various walks of life.

Thank you 🙂
Please do continue writing and continue inspiring the younger generation of us 🙂

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Brands(Made in BHARAT) – Indian Beauty Products

When we import products, it seriously affects the already effected economy.

No wonder our first PM  Jawaharlal Nehru requested the Tata’s to manufacture the cosmetics right in India as he was concerned the Indian women were spending too much in foreign exchange for the cosmetics 😉 Lakme was thus born. But it is a part of Unilever now losing the whole reason for its launch is a different story. 

So in a drive to use only Indian made products, I was on search for products/brands that work and that too effectively. Can’t ruin my skin for the sake of the drive right 😉

So listing a few brands that I have tried and rely upon. There might be many others but not posting which I haven’t tried.

Also most of the Indian brands have natural ingredients and that’s a bonus any day!!

  • Himalaya Products – one of the foremost products I depend upon, They have the best face washes 🙂
  • Lotus Herbals – My most favorite brand, Their cosmetics along with the beauty products are great too. Greater than value for money products actually. Their lipsticks, nail polishes are the better than many high-end brand products actually
  • Banjaras Products – Their face packs and hair packs are the next best to the natural products used directly.
  • Ayur – Their astringent along with lacto calamine helped me get rid of my teen pimples 🙂
  • Biotique – Their products are very gentle on the skin. A few duds sometimes but very soft and works most of the time
  • Patanjali – Every product is amazing, gentle and works with the treasure of ancient wisdom. Jai Ho RamDev Baba 😀
  • Khadi Natural – Their products are all natural. Though mentioning the chemicals too in the ingredients list would make them feel more authentic
  • Fab India – Their personal range products are worth every penny.
  • Devicas – Their shampoos are simply awesome .. Can try out the other beauty products too .. Rose water my favorite.
  • Mayur Khadi –  This is a part of the Karnataka Government’s khadi initiatives .. I personally love their shampoo .. Availability is a huge blow though .. I could only find it in local stores.

This list may be updated as I use the other products available and like them 🙂

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Rujuta – Her profound impact on my life

I have to start off with Rujuta Diwekar – A celebrity nutritionist (Dietician).

I was always a healthy (read chubby also ;)) girl. When I was a kid, it never posed a problem. But once I started taking sports seriously or rather my dad took sports seriously for me, my chubbiness became a bother! for both him and me 🙂

My dad is a fitness freak and a sports lover. I was never pushed once to study by him, but pulled all ways to go to the ground.

Now if I think back those were the best times I ‘ve had with him, the morning walks(I was made to walk a minimum of 3 km along with him at the age of 5 😉 ), football with my brother and father. My father owes my brothers swiftness in sprints to those simple kicks and chasing the ball. 🙂

Even today as I wake up at 5 AM just for the crisp mornings and fresh air, I thank him 🙂

Ok now that’s another story. When I was in +1 and sweet sixteen, I sprained my ankle and though it was not a major injury, I had to rest.

Now during this injury, though I had to stop my strenuous  training, I failed to stop hogging on to food and the end-result was a fat me at the end of 2 years 🙁

It had a very demoralizing effect on me, I started stooping with inferiority unconsciously. I wouldn’t say hate, but I definitely disliked my body. #ConfusedMe

First things first, i started dieting, (avoid sweets, mangoes, chocolates – everything fattening according to the world around me). I definitely lost weight, but not as drastically as I have put on 🙂 I have to say I have not included exercise.

That was when I came across Rujuta’s first book “Don’t lose your mind Lose your weight” and trust me it changed my thinking completely!

I would not tag this book under diet/nutrition books only, I will, like many others place her book under Self-Help, Motivational Books. It’s a pleasant eye-opener and a bible for many!!

Some key points which impacted me:

  • She first insists on exercise along with diet.
  • Eat local, Think Global is another tagline
  • Your grandma’s wisdom knows more than any of the so-called dietitians out there
  • Your body deserves utmost respect and love!

I started understanding and respecting my body, stomach after reading her book.

My complete perspective changed. Weight is not the only criteria or measurement for a better you is what I figured out 🙂

Also that the various traditions, mouth-to-mouth wisdom is more valuable and reliable than the patented knowledge of the WEST!

Over the years I realized that this very ancient wisdom is more helpful and accurate with personal and logical experience.

Thanks to Rujuta 🙂 She always mentions her favorite client is Kareena Kapoor and she actually earned my respect after Rujuta’s mentioning about Kareena’s unconditional respect towards her body. 🙂

My body does even more than just for others to see. It functions perfectly well and helps me in resisting the many ailments and diseases common in this world. Should I not be thankful to it?

Also I started relishing mangoes guilt-free! After all my year long nutrients are provided only during the summers 😉

Bananas, peanuts and all my favorite foods found their right place back in my diet. I relish better 🙂 I also feel better!!

She sends a lot of positive energy and info around with her books, blogs, outlook columns, open days and Facebook page.

Rujuta Thank You 🙂 for making me realize the most wonderful creation of GOD is a human’s body 🙂

Thanks a ton!

You can find out more about her here: http://rujutadiwekar.com/

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If you wish to have something; You have to work hard to get it, No matter what!!

We went to Vizag for a short stay. My very own hometown. 🙂 Vizag is always a bliss! The nature simply marvels U. 🙂 Its the best place!

Andhra Pradesh  being seperated, It has seen a sudden splurge of Hi-Fi people swarming to Vizag. The next sophisticated place to Hyd in United Andhra.

The real market has taken a sudden drastic plunge and is raising even more.

Dad took us to the Vizag IT – SEZ and we could only wow the location, envy the lucky fellows who could get to work there 🙁

We were looking around and I expressed my desire of having a home in such nature hugging place. And all my dad said.

My dear daughter, If you ever feel like having something, You should strive to get that.

Those words jolted me. Why? Those were simple, straight-forward and very common words, Right?

My dad is one person who doesn’t rush or go after worldly pleasures. He strongly believes there is no dearth for desire in this world. No he is not a sanyasi. He knows how to be content with what he has.

I pride myself in thinking that I think like him coming to worldly things.

What gives us immense happiness is charities (within our limits of course 🙂 Sometimes oh yeah many a times its others necessities that come before our desires 🙂 )

When he said those words I felt he was right. As I mentioned before, He knew how to be content.

Hmmmm …..

With my dads words I was jolted to reality. I realised that all the while I was expecting everything to be rosy and ready without any work from my side.

Well realisation that I must be having dreams and also work my ass off to fulfil them too.

Suddenly everything is clearer. Whenever I spoke about me having a small setup of my own, a small car and a nice cozy house was all I needed and am not ambitious like my brother, he always kept mum.

But one day my brother suddenly said “I will pamper your kid like anything and he will want a lot of things that you don’t want and you will have to work harder and dream higher to fulfil his wishes!”

My brother never fails to stumble me such statements and all I could say “how evil of you!!”

But now I realise he wants me to dream bigger and give justice to my potential and not laze about as I planned originally!

Hmmmmm … Well that fellow was always beyond his age and owing to the fact that he had little time in this world, He never did anything he regretted nor did he not do anything that made him regret of not being able to!

Lived his 17 year life to the fullest giving complete credit to himself and his dad and mom to tag along behind him happlily.

Well he met the prime minister, how many could achieve that? And what not the prime minister gifted him his pen. How few of them could dream of that?!

Attaching his pic with the prime minister. He was a NCC CADET for the year 2010, the same year he was taken away from us.

.Aditya with prime minister

Hmmm and what did my dad do after he lost his dearest son, best friend, his smile?!

He started an open state championship on his son’s name and wants to continue to inspire and encourage skaters all over the state and worked to get the AP overall championship trophy named after him.

After 3 consecutive years, the rolling shield stays with VISHAKHAPATNAM! 🙂

Vishakhapatnam which we represented many years in skating and also where we were born and brought up!

Dad with overall championship trophy

Thats my dad with the trophy!

Well thats my dads first dream after his son’s passing away and he fulfilled it!

Thats how he does it, set himself realistic (realistic for him BTW) goals and work towards them.

Well at the age of 25, I still believe with the complete confidence of a 5 year old “MY DAD CAN DO ABSOLUTELY DO ANYTHING! EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR HIM!”

My aim / greatest dream in life has always been “my kids should love me and think of me atleast half of what I/we think of my dad”

🙂 My dream always, ever since I completely understood the greatness, humbleness of dad!

To you dad, mom and dearest aditya; as today I become a mother, hold preciously hugging myself for the baby within me, unconditional love to all of you! And to Satish my hubster for the unconditional support I have within and from you 🙂

Along with my greatest dream to fulfil, I realise I have to dream about more materialistic things and also achieve them! 🙂

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Vote – My investment for the coming five years

There is nothing like the satisfaction of voting. 5 years back I voted for the first time and the kick of being able to execute my fundamental right for the first time cannot be expressed in words :).   Now after 5 years voting the second time gives me the same amount of excitement and content I have experienced earlier. 🙂 I feel strongly the right to vote must be exercised every time we are given an opportunity. After all this is not what for the FREEDOM STRUGGLE has been for. Is this not for, the right to rule, the right to choose our ruler that many freedom fighters from Jhansi Lakshmi Bai, Chatrapati Shivaji to Bhagat Singh, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose laid their lives. Are we not supposed to celebrate our victory by exercising our vote, Oh yeah we might have different priorities, opinions to choose our representative. But are we not supposed to contribute our opinion very strongly??? And how can we do otherwise than to vote to have our voice heard??!!

Their lives should not have been laid in waste 🙁

We as the generation who have not been needed to experience the tyranny of the Britishers and others can only appreciate/THANK them by casting their vote. Oh yeah we have to stand the long Queues, bear with the HOT sun! But one single day for a couple of hours is nothing compared to our fore-fathers efforts of over 200 years. Thinking of it, can we call it even a discomfort???

Today’s casting my vote is very precious, expecting with my baby due, I am having an even bigger responsibility to ensure my and his future to what I think is the best. By casting my vote, i have secretly voted from both of US. 🙂 Thats an even wonderful feeling.

This post in Eeenadu Hyderabad city edition got me very happy and excited. Oh come on!! A lady of 102 years who has been exercising her vote each and every time after the independence and will continue to vote even if her body does not support to even walk.
She clenches her fist and says  “This vote … is my right the country has given me” 🙂 Isn’t she an inspiration to all of US???
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Image and news courtesy: EENADU (http://archives.eenadu.net/04-30-2014/district/hyd-panel6k.jpg)

When I see the birds calling me to refill water. Yes … literally calls me. The pigeon generally drinks water and leaves. But if there is no water, it looks at me, pecks on the bowl to draw my attention and looks at me. When I refill and move away, it comes back to drink. 🙂 Though this little exercise of the birds interacting with me fascinates me, it also makes me feel bad that we humans are responsible for their plight by occupying their land and not caring for the natural reserves and destroying them. We are choosing such short-sighted leaders who do not have the minimum concern or the awareness towards nature. In a way we are representing everything :(. This time I decided to vote keeping in mind everything!

VOTE FOR MY FUTURE!! ITS MY INVESTMENT FOR THE COMING FIVE YEARS!

Well the candidate I voted for might not win, BUT not every investment we make need not be fruitful! What matters is I have contributed and my vote is the little token of proof of MY FREEDOM! 🙂

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Lets vote to show the world our rights!! 🙂

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Wise and Otherwise:A Salute to Life by Sudha Murthy

Well this book is a collection of anecdotes, each gripping in its own way. They are all real incidents Mrs. Sudha Murthy experienced at various phases in her life.

The tagline ‘A Salute to Life’ is very apt. I so loved the book that I can’t wait to read the other books written by her. 🙂

As you read the book, you find her book written in a very simple language. It connects with the common man. Well of course the bag of stories is all about the common man of course. But nevertheless the language too is very simple :), easily connectable.

Respect for her grows throughout the book. Its the minute details that she holds preciously to share with all of us, the personal touch to the stories that adds the salt :).

Its a tribute to life and humanity in particular. 🙂 I am so glad I read this book at this time of my life, where what I read impacts my baby the most 🙂 He would see me relishing the positive/God side of the humane nature and resenting the negative/devil side of the humane nature. I hope he understands and grows up to be a positive humane pumping positive energy all around him.

There are two stories that excited me 🙂

The very 1st story on honesty where the boy returns his extra stipend money and the other of a poor flower vendor who showed gratitude on behalf of the rest like her to Sudha Murthy for the hospital that was built for the poor.

The best part was Sudha Murthy could respond well and take it all 🙂

We see a lot of people changing with time and prosperity. She seems to be one who is unmoved as such. And that’s what excites me the most. 🙂

Hope to read the rest of her books pretty soon. And my baby swallows all the good into him. 🙂

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