Back to the childhood to celebrate Pongal.

Hello All,

Let me wish you all a Happy and great pongal. This day is a new year day for Tamil Nadu and so let me wish all the chennites A happy new year as well.

Well, I didn’t get a chance to go home for this pongal 😦 as I am “perserving” my leaves for sister’s marraige. Being alone in the room, I was just thinking of my pongal celebrations during my childhood days. Ofcourse, those were the sweetest days of everyones life.

My memories flashed back to my childhood days of 5-6th standard. Normally during those days the atmosphere used to be very cold than usual becuase of the two lakes very near to my home in Tenali. We are around 6 kids and all are of my age or less than that. Our temple used to be the  playground for all of us. Since our home is located pretty near to farm fields, all the tractors and lorry’s used to pass by my home.

We use to gather early morning at around 4.30 to 5.00 o’clock and prepare a camp fire (traditionally called Chali Manta in telugu) to get rid of cold. More than escaping from cold, we make use of this as a way out to have fun together with lots of silly games. So, Its our usual practice to make a camp fire every morning. But, for us to  make the fire we have to collect the dried grass from different places.

Ofcourse, The best place to collect are the tractors that return from the fields. So, this used to be a very tough competition between those 6 kids. Everybody used to have a very keen motto of collecting the grass on their own and whoever collects more (on that day) will get lots of claps the next day morning during the camp fire. Thank god that all the tractor drivers that return from fields, take a break extactly before my house (Because we have a public pump befre my house :)). Hence, me and my sister always used to crouch in to those halted tractors during the abscense of the driver and steel the grass in it. So, at the end of the day we were the winners of the game. 🙂

During bhogi (the day before the festival of pongal), it used to be a master camp fire (Bhogi Manta) where all our family members would also participate. We, the kids, used to preserv lot of grass from previous three days. Apart of it, My dad also used to ask the farmers to get some from the fields. So, By the next day morning, suddenly a BIG lot of grass appears before us for the camp fire. You don’t believe me, that was the time which we were utmost happy to see such a big amout of it. (Sounds so funny if i think now). Because… More the grass ! More is the time to Burn ! and so More is the fun ! 🙂 🙂

Apart of this, We used to fly lot of kite’s on top my building. We used to go to the small water storages near by for fishing.  We were never successful in catching a fish but were always successfull in geting scoldings from our parents. 🙂

Those were the best days of my life….. (I feel like singing this Brain Adams’s Biggest hit ).

Gone are those days. Now the times are changing with every thing artificial. I am afraid If I will be able to explain to the next generation (my kids) “What is Sankranthi? What is Bhogi ?” etc etc…..!

Whew….! Enough going to flash back. Just Zoom back to present.

Once again Happy Pongal and Have a nice day.

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

 

 

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Srinivasan Makes it to Kuppam.

Dear All,

Here come’s one more success story of a kid’s relocation. This is all about  a kid named “Srinivasan” of kupppam that I have recently relocated.

The kid was studying 8th standard in an English medium school of kuppam. A person took him out of his home telling him that he will show him a movie shooting in Goa. The kid being betrayed  by him came along with him. And as usual he left the kid some where in some unexpected situations.

This kid’s relocation was not at all a tough job. All I have done is that i spoke to him for around 10Min. That is it. He has given the clear address, his fathers name, mothers name, the school he is studying, and also the phone number of his neighbors. I came to know that his father is Dumb and so, I called the neighbor and spoke to his mother.

Got a very good response from his mother and neighbors. His mother was very happy with this and said that she will be starting to Chennai the next day. I have given her the address of GBH and explained her all other formalities.

Hope to relocate more kids from GBH.

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

The Celebration Begins

Hi All,

After a very long time I got a chance to look back at my sweet heart (My Blog).

In this post I will try to Justify the title of this post “The Celebration Begins”. When I say this double quoted phrase, I meant the celebrations in my life. The moments that brings me the extreme Joy and happiness. The moments that fills the ever ending cheers on my face. The moments that remains as sweet memories forever in my life. The moments about which I would love to share with you all.

Well…..No More Poetry goes here.(I am not a poet).

I am talking about one of the happiest celebrations in my life ie., MY SISTER’S ENGAGEMENT. Being a part of a typical Orthodox Hindu Family, we treat this as a very important ceremony before ones marriage. And because this is my sister’s, its very important for me.

Decoration, Focus lights, Idols of god, A welcome banner with the bride and bridegroom’s names,  Chopped Banana trees on both sides of the entrance, People having traditional mark on the face (Namam in Telugu) , Ceremonial chairs on the stage, Flower bouquet’s hanging on the walls, Mineral water bottles, chairs arranged for invitees, A Car or an auto hired for the whole day, Coffee, Tea, are the typical things you see before you start any of the traditional ceremonies.

The ceremony starts with welcoming the Bridegroom and his relatives. Once they come in they will be served the Breakfast. Then starts the actual ceremony. The priest (pujari) starts the puja chanting all the mantras sitting at the idols of God.

Relatives having break fast and talking to each other, Priest’s mantra’s, Some people moving fast around in hurry,  Flower garlands with different colors, Bride and Bridegroom’s sitting on the Ceremonial Chairs, some suggesting different items in lunch, some tasting them, Some standing at the entrance and welcoming the relatives with a smile, Kids running around and playing in the function hall, Kinds’ mom’s running behind them to take care of them, Youngsters serving Coffee and water to the visitors, Old people sitting at some corner and taking care of all the belongings of their children, Bride and the groom busy on the stage chit chatting/interacting with each other, children and youngsters teasing them, Bride and Bridegroom appearing on the stage with different outfits (like a fashion show) are all the Typical events during the ceremony.

The outfits will generally be …….

Youngsters in Jeans and T-shirt, Middle age people in a Khadhi shirt and Dhoti, Priest in no shirt and a dhoti, Bride groom in coat, Bride in a traditional Saree, Chuff in a normal shirt and a long towel AND I AM IN A BLACK JEANS AND SHORT KURTHA.

All these are something’s which I have personally experienced in the Engagement Ceremony of my Sister that has happened on 21st August 2008. I have taken lot of videos/photos and they were very nice.

🙂

Very happy to share this with you all.

You should be expecting much similar post during the Marriage.

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

In search of a guy from Badrachalam/Machilipatnam

Hi Friends,

This week being a very busy week, I didn’t get any time to look back at my blog and blabber some thing new. Any ways, as part of the BOY’s HOME activities, I am badly in need of a contact from the places Badrachalam and Machilipatnam.

I am trying to relocate two of the kid’s who are separated from their parents. If Any one of you have any friends residing at these places, please request them to give me a call at +919884022991 or leave me a comment in this blog with their contact information.

Update as of June 13 2008:

Badrachalam kid has been traced and he is back home. Thanks one and all for your support.

Relocated a kid from warangal – being a part of TCS Maitree

Hi all,

I am very excited to write this post as I am able to relocate a mentally retarded kid who is unfortunately been separated from his parents before 8 months.

A 12 Year old kid Mohammad Hakeem, son of Mohammad basha (sells old properties) is been separated from warangal during the occasion of his sisters marriage. This kid has some how reached Chennai Central railway station, where the police squad for child care has taken him in to custody.

What should this squad do?

This squad, sitting at Central Railway Station (Chennai), is suppose to search for separated/ran away kids from different places and take them in to custody. These may also have to speak to the kid and fid out where he is from and why he has ran away/been separated. If he is not able to find out any thing from the kid’s answers, they have to send this kid to GBH (Government Boys Home).

What is GBH and what should it do:

GBH is a Government Home for the children who are separated and ran away from their homes. There are two sections in GBH. Section I of GBH should take care of children who are recently been separated from their parents at different places, by providing them temporary shelter, clothing and food. When a kid is in Section I, its means that government is still trying to relocate this particular kid by different means.

Section II of GBH should take care of the kids’ shelter, food, clothing and education. If a kid is at Section II (They call it HOME), it means that Govt is not able to relocate this kid and so is taking care of him.

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My first post in telugu.

I never know i can write a post in telugu (my mogher toungue). Woooooooooowwwwww!!!! I am excited. Thanks to blogger which recently had added an option to write a post in telugu. So, this is gonna be my first post in telugu. And with this, my blog has become a multilunguistic blog 🙂

For those who dont understand telugu, following is the exact translation of what ever i spoke above. 🙂 Ha ha ha. Enjoy.

అందరికి నా అభివందనములు,
ఇలా తెలుగు లో ఒక పోస్టు ను వ్రాయడం నాకు చాల సంతోషం ను చేకూర్చుతుంది. నా మాతృభాష అయిన తెలుగు లో ఇలా నీను వ్రాయ గలగడం నాకు అత్యున్నతమయిన ఆనందమును కలిగించుచున్నది. ఈ ఆనందము లో నీను వ్రాయుచున్న మొదటి పోస్టు ఇది. తదుపరి ఇంక చాల పోస్టులతో మీ ముందుకు ఒస్తానని మనవి చేన్తున్నాను.
అంతవరకూ సెలవు,
మీ శ్రేయోభిలాషి,
దుర్గా ప్రసాద్.