Susheelamma- an epitome of simplicity, selflessness, and dedication….

The following post is for the Blogathon …Go conducted by Women’s web.

When a Greek pirate ship sails in to loot the wealth of the Cholas, it is brutally defeated by the navy and forced to pay a compensation. A payment that includes a twelve-year-old girl, Aremis. Check out this new historical novel Empire (http://bit.ly/DeviEmpire) with a warrior woman, Aremis at the heart of the novel.

The present-day social reformers whom I go awe about is Susheelamma. Susheelamma is the founder, the strength and the driving force behind the NGO “Sumangali Seva Ashrama”, located in North Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Sumangali Seva Ashrama is a ray of positivity and humanity amidst all the inhumane activities which we come across on a daily basis. It is an NGO which follows Gandhian principles and provides shelter to the destitute children, women from the scurrilous families and the elderly who are abandoned by their children.

Susheelamma registered the NGO in the year 1975 and since then there is no looking back for the strong headed woman. The initiatives taken under her guidance are many but to mention a few are the Government aided school which provides primary and high school education; organizing various training classes for the women to be self-dependent, developmental programs for the upliftment of the religious organizations.

Susheelamma has many followers from executive officials to the most influential politicians for her noteworthy contributions to the society. But Susheelamma is not carried away with all the fame and the recognition, she is always adorned in a simple attire which reflects the same in her attitude. I have always seen her greeting with the same simplified smile which is unbiased may it be to the less noted person or to the most influential person. True to her modesty, awards and recognitions have come her way and the awards are still counting to adorn her.  She has been honored both at the national and at the state level and the latest recognition is “Nalvadi Krishnaraj Wodeyar” award.

Susheelamma from her young age had the affinity to work for the betterment of the poverty driven. Her same passion has brought laurels to the “Sumangali Seva Ashrama” at the state and at the national level. The journey of Susheelamma was not full of roses, there were many hardships initially which she came across by providing training on small-scale handicrafts work and utilizing the Government aided loans to get financially stable.

I chose to write about Susheelamma as I have seen her from my childhood days as an undaunted and impeccable person through every thick and thin situation of life. She has resolved myriad family issues which even a Government organization would have failed to resolve. This blog post is an essence of the reforming activities taken place at “Sumangali Seva Ashrama”.

At present, the NGO “Sumangali Seva Ashrama” is well received and respected for the remarkable accomplishments. To enjoy the blissful journey and to be a part of the same, please visit their website: http://ssa-india.org/

Physical location:

Sumangali Seva Ashrama: Sumangali Seva Ashrama Road, Cholanayakanahalli,               R.T Nagar Post, Bangalore- 560032

Phone:+91-80 6530 1388/1393/1395/1979

Email:info@ssa-india.org

 

 

 

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Durga- The Captivator

An unscheduled off from school; this is what troubles the present day mommies a lot. How do I engage my kid.. ? Our routine of school-home was all in synch but now; how to handle double tantrums of a pre-schooler and a toddler..?

So, my mission was to engage ourselves. My elder daughter usually carries a handy bag and she must have something inside it. It can be a book or fancy clips anything which can fit into her bag. And the items and bags keep changing on a daily basis.  She opened the bag and there I got hold of the small pocket-sized prayer book. The book was specially designed for kids to learn and identify deities with good images. We flipped a few pages, drawing was the first thing which came to my mind and the best to do with a pre-schooler! We both sat with few sheets of paper. She had her own fun-time scribbling away to glory and I came across the divine enchanting image of Goddess Durga. I started sketching the captivating image of Goddess Durga.  I had the best utilization of time in sketching the captivating beauty.

 

I Turned The Key And Stepped In. What I Saw…

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Amma, I have my pair of keys…you can come whenever you get free from your religious gathering. As usual, I took my kids to the nearby playground with my pair of keys. Kids enjoy in the sand and I have a good dose of chat with my friends. Almost every day, I wait for the evening hours as a stress buster to speak my heart out with my friends.

It was getting dark and our chat time was done and we had to return back home. I with my kids were humming the chirpings of the bird and headed towards home. Finally, we were at our gate and made our way upstairs to open the door. Amma had already called and told she’ll be late at the gathering. So, it was only me and the kids; I turned the key and stepped in. What I saw…. was all usual, nothing seemed upside down as I always expect whenever I open the door… 🙂 I switched on the lights and helped the kids with water and sat on the couch.

After two minutes of resting on the couch, we headed to the room and my cupboard was slightly open. I always keep it slightly open. So, I did not feel anything unusual. I took two seconds to breathe and then before I could blink my eyes, I just saw a flash of a white object just pass within microseconds. I experienced the shiver throughout my body!! Screamed at the top of my voice; to my rescue, nobody was at home. It was only me with kids. I was myself scared to the depth and I was unable to console my elder kid who is 5 years old. The white flash which just moved was “the CAT”. I know many of you might think it as silly. But I have a phobia towards animals and was terribly petrified. By the grace of God, the cat had found its way out. Two days later, I got to know that it had given birth to 4 kittens. Ah, then I realized it was here to find a cozy place to give birth!… I thanked God for it and from next time whenever I head out…I double check my cupboards and the windows and doors… :))

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Colors …as seen…

The magnificent view of tulip Gardens from the movie Silsila, mustard fields from the movie DDLJ and many more Bollywood movies have enthralled us with colors. Mother Earth, the sun, the moon, the sky bestows with an abundance of natural colors; even the grass sums up to the glamor. Colors, for me, is a refreshment to the mind. Just imagine a life without colors? It is difficult to just have a thought and imagination is way far!!
I, always treasure my fabulous birthday celebration in New Hampshire in the USA way back in Autumn 2008. Autumn season in New Hampshire is an epitome of its beauty; color capped mountains made me wonderstruck! The yellow, red, pink and orange-colored leaves give a different definition of natural beauty in autumn. We had a 4 days trip to Concord in New Hampshire and had the privilege to capture the captive beauty within ourselves.

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I, adore the sky on an early bright sunny day, pleasant to the eyes and gives a message to dive thyself and forget all the qualms. And the cotton like clouds here and there enhance the sky’s beauty. They seem like cotton candy and form a story for each formation of the clouds. The same blue sky as the sun sets; the twilight is a treat to the eyes. I, personally love the sight of the twilight. And yes, not to miss out the delightful dark blue sky in the night with the white twinkling stars.

Vibrant colors like red energize one’s mind. Kumkum(made of dried turmeric powder and other materials) is red, a religious mark in India. Devotees praise Hindu deities with red kumkum. Married women in Hindu culture wear on their forehead.
Green is mother nature and good for eyes. With the onset of closed room jobs, doctors recommend to look out for green for healthier eyes. A fresh bloom of leaves in spring is a treat to watch. Leaves wither out and bloom with the new hope in life.The pleasure of morning walk with a lot of trees is so blissful very hard to find one in a city like Bengaluru. My personal favorite color is green. I always end up with a green dress of different shades. Green bangles are worn by the married woman as it amplifies the beauty.

Yellow, turmeric is yellow. Indian meals are never complete without turmeric usage. Turmeric is deep yellow and boosts the meal with good color and medicinal value. Ripe Mango is a present to the taste buds and to the eyes.

White is a sober color but gives an immense message and preaches for peace. Our political leaders are always dressed in white(sarcasm hidden)!

Black is lovely. Doctors advise avoiding black during summers. Black is a favorite color for weight watchers.It enhances the beauty of the person and makes them look elegant and slim. Some religions avoid black as it indicates bad omen.

Not to forget, India’s most observed Holi festival, is full of colors. People blend in all colors to symbolize all are equal.

Out of comfort zone/Quintessential Change

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

All the planetary objects have to evolve and revolve for the life to prosper. Without change, there is no possibility of living life to the fullest.

A wandering soul enjoys its freedom and as God destined, comes into the womb for a new life to flourish.

My life inside the womb accustomed with the warmth of my mother; it was time, I had to come to face the BIG world.

I grew in the confines of mother’s arms as a shy introvert kid; it was time, to join school.

I grew in the confines of my beloved books and a few treasured friends; it was time, to explore the BIG world and earn my living!

I grew, my earning was good and treasured immensely the bachelor life; it was time, marriage was on my cards.

I grew, flew to the States; left parents with gloomy eyes.

I grew, had an earning in “The States”,  imbued in the happiness; it was time,a sense of void settled. I wanted to move to my state and adieu “The States”.

I grew, I’m the Mother, the entire encyclopedia for my kids. It is time, I need to enhance my identity not only as a mother but as the “working” mother!

Change is a part of the life. We get accustomed to the safe confines of our mundane routine, we need to push hard to give the best and make the world around us happy!

Till next time…Spread smiles and set new standards…

 

Inspirational preachings of Rajrishi Janaka which makes the #WomanInMe happiest

I usually have a practice to recite “Shri Ram Raksha Stotra and Hanuman Chalisa” before bed time and make my elder daughter to offer prayers before she goes to sleep. So, by this practice Ramayana characters all are known to her. A few days later one of the popular Hindi Television channel came up with the Mytholgical series of Ramayana from Sita’s perspective.
Most of us know Shri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman, Dasharatha the most popular characters of Ramayana. The lesser known character for me was Seerdhwaja Janaka(father of Sita) popularly  known as Rajarishi Janaka/King Janaka. He became the limelight for me with this TV series. The preaching he followed made me think “AWE” about him and the happier #WomanInMe.
a) He adopted Sita as his own daughter and made her never the know the fact until Vedic Philosopher Gargi let Sita know about her origin. He adopted girl baby and did not abandon and #SaveAGirlBaby mission was already in practice.

b) He did not follow gender bias and gave equal educational opportunities.

c) In his court both male and female Vedic philosophers were given equal opportunities.

d) He gave the right to take decisions to the women in his family and had consent with everyone to even the most sensitive topic like marriage.

e) And the last highlight which I would like to mention and which makes me the happiest is :He did not want to have a son as an heir to his legacy!!!

Cheers,
Ashwini

 

Are we doing our bit…?

With all the campaigns about clean India aired on TV/Radio channels….how many of us are working on it…? I know holding a broomstick and standing on the road and cleaning is not always practical…But, we can start our bit of clean mission from our home itself…
Many of the working class people who pay taxes will have to say, ” % of tax has been taken from our salary ..lets not worry ..we can throw bits of chocolate/snacks wraps on the road… Some other section of working class will have to say ..” We do not have good infrastructure..they’re not maintained well…”
Let us analyze why the infrastructure is not good …what is the reason….”POPULATION”.
As the job opportunities are high in metro cities, everybody tends to settle in the same metro city. What if the job opportunities are equally done throughout the state, not just concentrating on the capital/metro city. Few Multi-national companies are already into this, it will in turn help people to settle down with their family in their city instead moving to metro cities.
Going back to clean mission; main highlight is pollution and the reason is too many vehicles. My husband works for a IT company; his daily commute to office in his own vehicle is around 1.5 hours one way, this happens if he is very lucky. And if his days are bad then 2-2.5 hrs one way. So, at the end of the day he is very stressed and frustrated and less family time for him!
Finally, he thought of the solution as the office cab, which means very early morning hours for all of us. I must have his breakfast and lunch box ready by 6:15-6:30 in the morning. Initially, it was tough but it has become a routine! The window which I get of 30 minutes after hubby leaves to office, I go for a quick walk in the park. The woman in me is content as she gets to breathe the fresh air and smear the early rays of sun!! With the office cab as the solution; now he is back home by 7:00-7:30 evening and has good time with the family! The wife and the mother in me are content and we are doing our bit of contributing one less vehicle on the road and happy hours for us!!

Cheers,

Ashwini

My first "United" leather bag!!!

First ones always have special place in our heart!! May it be the first crush <3;  the feel of first ever raindrops on your face; first salary; first handbag (craze for handbags is like food for me!). So, handbag fits for me in the list…and hence the list goes on…
In my high school days, I had drawn a sketch of Shirdi Saibaba and since then I used to wish and pray to pay a visit to Shirdi!! Finally, after few years the day arrived,  dad planned the trip very well and got executed it too well!! It was a  road trip from Belgaum to Shirdi. No second thoughts about the trip being termed to me as the most cherished road trip till date. We paid a visit to Shirdi and all the nearby holy places! The trip was blissful and had stops for all the famous eat outs. The most talked about “saabudaana kichdi” at Shirdi and “ganne ka juice” on the way to Shani Signapur; then in Pune the “vadaa paav” and finally back in Belgaum relished  “misaal paav”!! One must wonder, if the road trip was strictly for food :D!   No guilt to accept the trip was totally devotional but food required very much to keep the trip totally devotional!!! So, after the rounds to all the holy places we were back in Belgaum where my dad stayed during his service. We had to start back to Bangalore but dad insisted to stay back and enjoy the Belgaum comforts and my mom’s native is Hubli and Belgaum being very close to Hubli. She knew almost every nook and corner for shopping in BelgaumBelgaum is known as a mini fashion hub and she wanted at the back of her mind to buy my first handbag from United Leathers store in Belgaum! United Leathers store is a famous leather goods store in Belgaum. I being a bag-o-holic and mom took me to the store, overwhelmed with the surprise; I bought my very first “handbag”. After that many handbags have come and gone but this remains special to me and will always have a place in my room. Ah, my first United Leather bag!! 🙂 

Cheers,
Ashwini

My Pre-schooler wants to turn sixteen!!

Yes…you read it right, my elder daughter Aisiri, who is hardly 3.6 years old wants to turn sixteen. Everyone dreams of being in the age group of sixteen and stay there forever! That’s the charm with the number “sixteen”! From past few days my elder daughter is fond of the number, all thanks to her teachers. Whenever she is on the dining table to finish her lunch/dinner, she waits until everybody finishes their food and then she happily says that she is sixteen today. I need to have creative ways to finish her food. So, this one way has made me easier to make her finish the food for the time being. But deep down as a parent, I have a fear as they grow-up this innocence of what she says as “sixteen” now will not stay the same when she actually turns sixteen!! Whatever it is, we need to accept the changes as they come along!!

Ashwini

 

P for Park, P for Proverb!

Incidents occur and people come in our life and leave a lasting experience. Few days back, a dear friend of mine told me “experience is the best teacher”!! This made me profound, as all relations get glossy with experience and everyday is a different struggle. How we handle struggle is by experience again!

Today, after many days of pamper, stepped outside for a stroll to the nearby park. These days stroll is far to imagination with a 8 month old infant and a pre-schooler. But this time as hubby was on a year-end vacation at home and lucky break for me from the usual routine and kids were still asleep! I packed myself and stepped out. As, I entered the park; all the park regulars greeted me with a big smile.  Meantime, I came across an uncle with his grandchild on a stroller. He had worn a shirt with the catchy quote written in bold italic. Usually per my observation, I have not seen any older generation wear dresses with quotes written! So, my eyes eagerly caught the quote on the uncle’s shirt. It wrote this catchy line  “Sometimes loneliness is better than a fake friend!!”

After two complete rounds of the park, I sat on a bench to contemplate the line. It holds true in many ways and to all generations. We fear loneliness but what if the people we trust are fake! Like as George Washington’s quote says: “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well-tried before you give them your confidence.” One last thing I want to add to this, which my dear friend told me during a late night chit-chat on the new year eve ” we should have friends who are 10 years younger to us and 10 years older to us; younger to know the latest trends and happenings and older to learn from their experiences!

Cheers,
Ashwini