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Updated: 2018-03-06T00:16:59.542-08:00


Baby boy this time..


We had a baby boy this time. We already have a little girl. I just realized that I am writing this blog almost after a year. I think I need to rejunivate and start being more active in the blogs again. Hopefully it will happen soon. I hope all the blogger friends are doing great. Will come back soon with another post. Till then enjoy the FIFA world cup.

Whats happening to me???



I am sure you would have forgotten me.:-P. I am actually busy in moving to another place in US from the month of April. So quite busy and not getting any time at all to add the posts. I have moved to Columbus, Indiana from beautiful Portland, Oregon. Well I did not have intention to move, but had to do because of the job.

We are kind of settling down in the new place from last one month and kind of atleast feeling good since we moved in Summer. My kid is also growing fast and enjoying herself.

Otherwise, I dont have any updates further and will see you guys soon after the things settle down peacefully. I hope I will be back to normal soon.

Need time..


Friends, I am really not getting into my mind what to write. So I think I will take sometime and then come back with a decent post. Till then, take care guys.

Some real facts on Andhra Pradesh formation


Telugu friends out there in the whole world, please see the below video and try to understand the real facts.
Forget about the politicians and their false promises. In the video he really explains th actual facts of how Andhra is formed and all the further developments.

Ofcourse the person who explained this is a politican, but nobody can change the facts right. So please see this as a telugite instead of telanganite or andhrite. Also pass this on to everybody who is emotionally attached to telangana movement.

Decide yourself first on what is right or what is wrong as an individual instead of getting into baseless arguments. Also please remember, past is past and we need to assess the current situation before arguing.

Dont miss the 6th video, its an eye opener

Movie Reviews...


Let me put some reviews on the movies I watched recently.Django UnchainedPlot - With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.Wow!!!. This is the way I could describe any Quentin Tarantino's movie. What a movie!!!!!!It was a great way to end the year with a fabulous movie. I never ever miss seeing any of his movies the first day. But due to some personal issues, I could not see this the day 1. Ofcourse I watched it on a later day.His movies are so interesting right from the titles and especially the conversations.Initially when I got to know that he is making this film, I was a bit depressed about the movie title. I thought he might be making more dramatic movie. But after seeing, I could say that this the best film till now of all movies. Everybody acted just picture perfectly. The cast he chose was awesome. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo Decaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. All 4 acted amazingly well. I cant specifically say who acted very well, but Samuel Jackson's character was very well built although its minor. Some scenes were so funny and circastic. You just need to watch the movie and experience.I sincerely wish for Quentin to get Oscar for both screenplan and direction. He deserves it this time for sure.Just waiting for his next film:)SkyfallPlot - Bond investigating an attack on MI6; it transpires that the attack is part of a plot by former MI6 operative Raoul Silva to humiliate, discredit and kill M as revenge against her for betraying him.Well, I cannot dare to miss a James Bond movie as it is my favourite genre ever. I was pretty disappointed with the last bond movie(Quantum of Solace). But this movie is surely not bad(although I am not completely satisfied..;)).Primaily movie is not boring and some sequences are good like the opening fight sequence and the climax. Climax is completely different and far away from the regular james bond theme. May be they are trying to do something different with the current trend. But as usual, I am not happy with them not using the Bond theme music fully.Let us see what's there in the next bond film which is confirmed to start shooting.Life of PIPlot - Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age.I dont usually see these type of movies, but had to go with some of my friends. But it was not at all disappointing. I somehow thought that it may be a bit boring. But its a nice story with good screenplay. I am more amazed to see that it has lot of Indian flavor:). Overall a good movie worth watching. I wonder about the scenes they made with the tiger. Amazing!!!.Will be back with a new post later............[...]

Songs in 5 languages



I am very happy to say that I gave a performance for Diwali celebrations at USA at my place. The peformance included singing songs in 5 languages(Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam). I wanted to do this from long time, but I got the right time for Diwali having audiences from all places.

And the happy thing is that my performance was the first to start with. It went well and sounded pretty nice(per my frineds and audience:)). It was appreciated by my family and friends back in India as well. I hope I can get into the music completely sometime. Hoping for the best.

Here is the youtube link for the same.



I hope you all have been seeing the incidents of killing infants and kids these days. It is so pathetic that they are doing it. I am amazed to even imagine how could they do it? How can they KILL(its a real big thing to do in life) a small life who is just seeing this world with little eyes.

Its absolute in-humanity and I dont consider them as humans at all. May be I cannot call them animals, because animals also might spare the little children.

And the most annoying thing is the fetacide and infanticide. Nobody in this world can determine if the child inside the womb can turn into a boy or girl. If we could determine, the whole world would have been filled with only the male species. Knowing this fact, how can somebody kill a fetus. And people, to be honest this is being done by some of the most educated section in the society. Its so in-human. People who are doing this should remember that they also came from a mother's womb. Ofcourse they wouldn't do it if they have such sense.

I think, by having stringent laws only doesnt do the justice here. There need to be some awareness in public as well. I have been reading those news these days and really moved. Atleast I thought I can help by spreading a word across the bloggers. So as a generic message for everybody - being educated or not, please dont do or plan for such things in the spur of a moment. Give a thought about what you are doing, you will understand how big crime you are going to do. Also please stop the incident if you know somebody is planning or inform the right authorities.

Back to US



I am back to US after a long time from India. I had to stay in India for a long time than expected to sort out my visa issues. This is an unexpected stay extension with a mix of happiness and tension. I was happy one way that I am there for more time, but the other side was feeling tensed to get the things sorted out.

Anyway, overall it was a very nice trip to stay with parents, friends etc. Travelled a lot fo different places and especially spent some good time with my close friends at my old place. Also visited a nice temple this time which is also unexpected.

Finally I am back to US last week and started adjusting to the routine work life. As its winter here, I am really feeling pretty lonely and aloof. May be because I was spending the time with my kid till sometime back, I am clearly feeling that silence around me.

Hopefully I will get over with it by that time she comes here. I can't wait to see her...
I hope you are doing fine and please keep in touch.

India vacation


I dont know if you have laready forgot me or not:). I am still there hanging around with my busy life as our new baby grows. I am in India right now to share my happiness with my parents and all other relatives.
Its always good to be in India and the sad part is that the time just flies so fast here.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I am still there hidden and will be back with a bang soon as I will be back to US.


Busiest time in life...may be...



I just realized today that its been 2 months since I wrote something in my blog. Yes, there is a more valid reason this time. We are blessed with a baby girl in the month of May and since then pretty busy with the baby all the day and night.

Ofcourse we are enoying the parenting, but kind of out of touch with the friends and bloggers. Well anyway I am glad that I could write and share something with you. By the way, we have names her Goda.

We are also awaiting eagerly to go to India after 2 years. We will see how it goes. Till then, have a good time with your stuff.

Oneonta Gorge....Gorgeous


Three years being in the same place in US, we did not know that this Oneonta Gorge is pretty close to us. Also this is a place which is just next to another place which we visited "N" number of times. As you know Oregon is famous for water falls/bodies due to extensive rain and the climate.Oneonta Gorge is a place where you can discover another side/style of a water flow. It was exceptionally beautiful and as the name itself tells that its Gorgeous. We kept seeing this gorge's photo in our own office and the most funny thing is that we thought this place is somewhere in South America(in Amazon river area).It is just 70 miles away from us:)Finally after seeing a video about Portland, Oregon we caught this place and decided to visit there. it was a challenging trip as we started crossing some heavy logs with freezing water flowing along. Thank god that the logs were formed in as order as if they are designed for us to cross. We may be the only people under the planet to do that adventure without any footwear. Believe me, the water was freaking freezy. Come on, there is no adventure if you go with proper equipment:)However we crossed the logs and able to reach a place where wanted to go. It was a big gorge with water flowing from the top of the hills. In summer, we could surely walk in all that gorge way. I think "breath taking" is the right term here to explain how we felt there.Some of the photos for you to feel jealous....Hold on, before the photos, see the Portland(Oregon) video first and check the place between 1:24 and 1:28. Thats the place we went. ( watch in HD and full screen if you can)Logs we crossed...People at work...The actual gorge inside...[...]



Are we really busy? I keep hearing this word a lot these days( even from myself sometimes ). To be honest I dont believe this word and I surely believe that using this word is just an excuse. Are we really so busy for not doing things that we are supposed to do. No, not at all. its all just an excuse or escape to do things which we dont like much.

Cant we call somebody for a few minutes atleast monthly once? Its not about a call, its about maintaining a relationshp with somebody. I know some people who doesnt call anybody at all, who doesnt visit any place and the funniest thing is they expect everybody to be in touch with them and visit them whenever they invite. Isn't it funny?

People who doesnt have 3 minutes of time per month in their time to call somebody, I used to do some analysis on them to see what they could be doing which makes them so busy. You know what, they would not have any real work. They just make all the work with others help who does it with courtesy.

People who does the work by themselves will have more time to talk to people and be in touch. Yes, its true based on my experience. There is a saying that a person who is busy for 24 hours a day willhave more time to do lot of stuff. People who doesnt do any work consider themselves as busy(infact they are lazy).

I am not saying that you should not say "Busy". But there is a limit for everything. We need to balance the time according to our priorities. Well with this class, I am here finishing my post:)
Stay cool, have fun.

Life along with Murphy's Law


I am sure everybody know what is Murphy's Law. Its simple, Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

I sing a lot and passionate about singing/movies etc. However I have to accept my mistake that I did not try much from my side to get into movies or what not. But I am feeling that I am missing a nice chance which is coming near to me. Ok, the thing here is that legend singer S.P. Balasubramanyam is coming to US in this summer for conducting Padutha Theeyaga(a telugu singing competetion/show) which is regarded as one of the best shows. And the show is being organized at Seattle also which is 2 hours drive from my place.

Exactly the sametime, it is my wife's delivery time. Obviously this is foremost important for me in life. But you know I felt really bad immediately after seeing the competetion dates. Oh come on, Why should it be in that time frame only? Please note that I am not a great singer and I am not feeling as If I am missing a chance to get selected. I am feeling bad that I may miss a chance to even participate.

Well life is all about Murphy's law.

5 Years in US


I am happy to share that I have completed 5 years in US by yesterday(Feb 13th). Dont ask me what I have achieved by this time?;). I still remember the day I have landed in Chicago in the midst of peak winter(it was -30 C that day). We were thinking that we came to a different worlds and started liking it gradually.

5 yeears gone, lived in different places through out the country, married, what not lot of things passed away. We three friends came together to US and all are in different geographies right now. We 3 did not meet til now together. I am hoping that day also will come soon. What else?
Yep also met many friends and cultures acorss the country. Ofcourse missing India all the times and hoping for a good time to go back to the homeland with no regrets.

Thats all for now. Take care and stay warm.

108 Divya Desams(108 Holy Vishnu Temples)



Its really interesting to know about the holy temples and the places through out the world. The stories behind the places and the the history are really intesresting and inspiring. As part of that, there are 108 holy temples that are identified and dedicated to Lord Vishnu which are called as 108 Divya Desams(108 Premium Places to worship). These are pretty important especially in the life of Sri Vaishnavas(segment who dedicates the prayers to Lord Vishnu).

I am happy that I have visited atleast 3 of them(which are very important and stands at the foremost in the order). Its not tough to cover all of them, but one should have the determination and dedication to see them.

Out of 108, 105 are in India(most of them in South India), 1 in Nepal and 2 are outside of earthly realms. Tirupati is also one of them obviuously which most of the people might have visited. Each place has its own importance and the history. All these temples are kind of selected by Alwars(poets, saints who are dedicated their lives to Lord Vishnu and wrote the poems mentioning these temples).

Below is nice wikipedia article listing all of them and also links to each of them detailing out the history and the importance and forms of dieties worshipped in the respective temple.

Please enjoy reading. It will really give some pleasant information other than our regular work.:)

Happy New Year & Movie Reviews



I wish you and your families a very very happy new year. Great to write a blog in the new year beginning. I hope you all have enjoyed the new year celebrations, now its time to come out of hang over and start working.:) Come on, its just another year, isn't it?

Wanted to write quick reviews about the recent movies I watched.

1. Mission Impossible - 4 - Ghost Protocol(English)


As usual, I was very excited to see this movie as its been long time watching a real good movie. As expected, the movie is nice and good. Although there are not lot of action sequences, but the story is gripping and not at all boring. One thing I could observe is that Tom Cruise is no more a young guy and this time his old lookd are kind of noticeable. Anyway, cruise is cruise. I am sure there will be another installment for this series.

The sequence of Burj Dubai is very well made and he lives upto the expectations and makes us think that he only is fit for those.

Verdict - Must Watch

2. Don -2(Hindi)


Similar to MI series, I am a fan of Don as well and was waiting to see Don-2. Somehow I feel that Shahrukh acts weel in this series.:). However the movie is a bit prolonged, but worth watching. Its not boring, so that makes it watchable. This time, its not any more action, but will all interesting story. The dialogues are nice and the action is good.
Shahrukh had all mischievious features/action that a Don should have. But I am pretty disappointed about the songs which were not there in the movie. I think Hindi cinema is following the foot steps of Hollywood, may be. I wish the songs were included as part of movie.

Verdict - Worth Watching

Will come back with more news later with another post. Till then, have a safe year ahead.

Raising Kids in US vs India


I have been a key witness to see Indians growing their childen in US right. Definitely would be able to comment on some pros and cons.
I would say its not a problem to raise a Girl/Boy till certain stage in any other country because raising infants is a bit easier here I guess based on the facilities and etc.
But after certain stage, it will surely go out of parents control. Howmuch ever you control, they will have more exposure outside because of the schooling procedure and friends etc.

Pros and Cons of raising kids in countries other than India ---

Pros :

1. Kids may feel more independent in a positive manner which could lead them to proper maturity levels earlier
2. Studies will be good, not only bookish but kids will be trained in other areas also
3. Exposure to all kind of people which increased their ability to move with anybody without hesitation

Cons :

1. Kids may feel more independent in a negative manner and prone to some dangerous habits(mainly dating). This creates negative impact for our families especially in case of girls
2. They will not be able to understand the familiy ties and bonding because of living far from relatives. Note that the phone conversations and web cam chatings are not effective enough to make them realize
3. There is a danger of them forgetting the mother tongue altogether(although you train in whatever manner at home). I feel mother tongue is the most important thing to be known
4. Especially girls, Indian girls still have more respect towards their softness and attitude towards life. So raising in non-indian country could make them lose that
5. They might become ABCD(American Born Confused Desi), a regular term used here for Indian kids born in US. Its really a fact. Becase they will be so confused in deciding whether to mingle with Indian kids or US kids completely. They will not be able to balance the cultural shocks sometimes.

Also please note that there will be 10% exceptions in any case. So there are cases that the kids are spoiled even in India also and kids are pretty good in US.

These are all my live observations as I am obersing the kids here. FYI, I am teaching telugu here for Indian kids on behalf of Silicon Andhra Manabadi US.

Also one more recent observation is that most parents these days are prefering to raise kids(specially girls) in India once they reach 7/8 class. One of my colleagues has moved his family to India from US(staying after 16 years) just because to raise her daughter in India for rest of life.

Bottom line - Based on the pros and cons I have listed, I would prefer to raise kid in India after certain stage which will help them understand the culture and society.

P.S. These are just my personal thoughts only.



Posting some funny snaps...see and enjoy[...]

What to write?


Can somebody give me an idea on what to write?..:)

Yes, you heard it right. I am running out of ideas on what to write. Bored with same kind of work, seeing same kind of people at office, working with same teams I am hitting the boreddom phase which comes once in 2/3 years. But you know life has to go on and I need to go along with the flow.

Not thinking(trying to think) too much these days and just going along with the flow. Hopefulle someday soon I will get my energy back. Also its winter time here at my place in US. Everything is cool and calm. We got used to this climate and prefering to be quiet and maintain low profile for sometime.

Till then, have a good one all of you out there and will talk to you soon.


Finally We Did....


Dont be panic, we dint kill anybody. We finally did sky diving. Yes, dive from 13000 FT from THE SKY. It was all exciting itenary to go on a flight till 13000 feet high and them jump from there. Believe me, I was not at all scared but really excited to jump. The most luckiest thing is that the parachutes worked as required..:) and we came back to earth safely.

We posed as if we are astronauts coming back from space while returning after the event. It was so amazing. And I cannot stop appreciating the videographers who were jumped along with us and shot our event. I think you can do anything after you do sky diving. It gives more confidence I would say.

My friends were equally excited and they did their part well too. I usually dont post any of my personal photos as you know, but cannot resisit to post this one. Ofcourse you can get a feel of how sky diving would be with this photo, but cannot really see me:).

One final thing guys, do this atleast one time in your life.


Interesting Result


Did you ever see this type of results?
I was searching for the tickets in an online website and below is the first result. Do you dare to book this itenary?:)


Lok Pal



As you know the agitations for strong lok pal bill are going on in India. I dont understand the problem of Government to pass the bill by making it strong. It shows that they want to loosen the rules for the higher officials and secure themselves from corruption. Otherwise whats their problem in passing that bill if they are so sincere in the aspect of corruption.

Politicians are eating money left and right and somebody like Anna Hazare making his efforts for the lok pal bill. Ofcourse its not that this bill will eradicate the corruption, but atleast can control. With the amount of money politicians are eating, if it can be spent properly we cannot imagine how weel India can be developed. I am sure that Manmohan Singh want to be sincere in doing the bill, but being silent jsut because of party and political pressures.

The most worst thing is to start the reverse attack on Anna without having the proper discussions. They even tried to restrict his hunger strike. But its tough to submerge the agitation coming out of common people. Let Anna be whatever, he is trying to something which is good.

Although I cannot directly support him, I atleast want to support him virtually by spreading the message. I request you also to do it so that it can be reached till farthest ends of the world.

Dreams Unlimited



Isn't interesting to get dreams? Sometimes we(most of us atleast) get pretty strange and unrelated dreams. Personally I just forget all my dream, but occassionally i remember them and they will be so funny and strange to recollect. Below are few which I got/remember from last few weeks.

1. I am travelling with Mammotty(Malayalam actor) in one fictional route in Kerala having Tea in various places. Nobody is recognizing him in this process. Incidentally the same day, Mammotty has been attacked by Income Tax department

2. Kapil Dev is performing telugu song on the stage

3. (this is too much) Manmohan Singh (Prime Minister of India) and Sonia Gandhi (AICC President)came for lunch to my home and I took photos with them. And started teasing my friend by showing those photos. Somehow my mind registered that he is a fan of Manmohan Singh.

Interesting right? Share if you have any of like this.

Dont get AirTel


Yes, thats true. Please dont get AirTel connection anytime either landline, cell phone or broadband. Please pass this to your friends also. Let me tell you the story now...

I had the AirTel connection(Internet and Landline) few months back. And as usual they were billing left and right with whatever money they want. We used to pay the bills properly, I never miss any kind of bills. Finally they showed up a bill of Rs. 14,000 and asked us to pay. After several negitiations and discussions with the so called AirTel agent(cant call him executive), we have settled the bill and got the documentation proof. All is well till here right.

Alright, one fine day some lawyer(cant really confirm him as a lawyer based on his language and attitude) called my sister and informed that a case is filed against me. When I called him and enquired he explained that AirTel had filed a case against me for not paying the bills. And the most frustrating thing is to claim that I still use the connection. We were thinking that everything is done after getting the letter from the agent. Believe me, we did not even received the legal notices, but just got the last minute phone call. He told that I need to go to AirTel office(I am in US infact), pay the bill and send him the scan copy so that he can close the case. Interestingly like in a movie, the last day for the case hearing is the same day I called him.

I explained him the situation and he is least bothered and openly told that AirTel will put up cases like this for money although we settle it. Also the letter we got from agent may not be the valid one. Are they expecting the letter from AirTel CEO? They are ok with the agents for taking the connection, but not valid for settlements. See the horrible situation of their policies.

So I had my friend go to AirTel office, pay the bill and send me the receipt. I had send the same to lawyer and no response at all till now. He is supposed to send me the final case settlement document etc. I might have definitely fought if I was in India. I had no time based on the information to fight. As a common man I had to settle the bill(which I am not supposed to pay) clean my hands. What can one can call this, isnt this an OPEN/ROYAL FRAUD? So the moral of the story is, although people are sincere, they(companies like AirTel) will still try to screw you.

Friends, I want you to spread this to as many as you can through any social networking resources so that nobody takes AirTel connection(or disconnects if they have one). They should feel the cost of unethical behaviour. Its not about the people's inability to pay the bills, its about the ethics companies should show towards the loyal customers.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Do we really need a seperate state?


You know a while ago, atleast very few years ago, people had respect towards politics(ofcourse not towards politicians). But with the current situation, people are fed up with all these. Nobody admits but I think its the mistake of us(people) only. We dont rebel, we dont oppose, we dont question and we expect others to work properly.

Its very sad to see our state's(Andhra Pradesh) situation right now. There is no value for any kind of agitation. Actually agitation became a kind of hobby and pastime for everybody. Especially this seperate state agitation is degrading the state's prestige in all possible ways. We have to be shamed and understand that we are fighting amongst ourselves for useless demands.

I dont have any words to express the anger towards these so called leaders. They talk so much of non-sense(infact they talk only non-sense), but no implementation at all. There are so many of them(100's of them) who could not do anything for poor. They are talking about seperate state etc, but they dont know the thing that people want food, water in first place than a state.

It doesnt matter for a common man whether he is in Andhra or Rayalaseema or Telangana. It just matters for him if he is getting food to live or not, its as simple as that. Our leaders are so kind towards us that they want to get a seperate state itself for people creating differences between them.
They always say that others looted their resources. Its their responsibility to protect the regional resources and rights, instead they are asking for seperate state. The reason is as simple as that they can eat whatever they want with seperate state. Its people's innocence to think that the so called leaders will do something great with the seperate state.

They dont have respect towards the constitution, they dont know how to talk, they dont know how to behave. They should understand the impact of this agitations towards the state, especially the capital Hyderabad. Millions of rupees of business is going back because of the unrest in the region. Are they getting effected with this? or Are their childer suffering with this? No, end of the day we are suffering. We as a common people are suffering a lot. Our children are suffering. They are claiming that 100's of students died in the agitation. Is atleast one student a son of these politicians among the dead ones.

They should understand the development ratios in all three regions, they cannot always compare what happened 50 years ago. Time has changed a lot and there is good ratio of development in Telangana in several fields including power and irrigation. Its sad to see the students who are educated choosing the path of violence. Forget about India, they have so developed so much of indifferences among themselves in other coutries as well. Its shame to get questioned by others that we are fighting amongst ourselves. We should come out of political arena and think practically.

Politicians need not realize this because its their job to keep the unrest in the state for their political career. Its people's job to give proper answer back to them. Let us hope this will happen sometime soon.