Sweet September: Happy Birthday Angie!

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
Mother Teresa quotes

You, my dear Angie are the embodiment of kindness!!
God Bless You dear Friend, Have A Lovely Birthday!!


Shush…shhhhhh, Don’t Tell “The Patriots” Of USA…..

Face of Defense: Army Guard Gets Its First Muslim Chaplain

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 24, 2010 – A Texas National Guard officer will become the Army National Guard’s first Muslim chaplain in December.
Army 1st Lt. Rafael Lantigua, an ecclesiastically endorsed, fully ordained minister, will assume his post after finishing classes required by the Armed Services Chaplain Board.
“I am humbled for this opportunity to be a role model for other members of my faith throughout the military,” he said.

Also, too…

Quietly, US military opens up to Sikhs

WASHINGTON: Growing up near the air force base in Dayton, Ohio, Tejdeep Singh Rattan knew he wanted to serve in uniform. When the military discouraged him, he persisted but again got a cold shoulder.

When he was turned away a third time, Rattan – an observant Sikh with a turban and beard – became suspicious.

“I was, like, I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “I was very introverted at the time. I never felt the need to fight back. But I said I really want to do this, and you guys are sending me out again and again.”

The 31-year-old is now US Army Captain Rattan, since July the head dentist at the Fort Drum base in New York.

In what appears to be a quiet shift, the US military since last year has allowed Rattan and two other Sikhs to serve while retaining their turbans and beards, which are required by their faith.

Sweet September: JK’s Niece’s Tandem Sky Diving….

This is one of those enchanting youngsters of JK’s family about whom I have heard a lot but not met yet. Here is her recent  sky-dare sky-dive.

Is it just me or did she seem giddy from the whole experience? Seems to be that she will one of those repeat divers. I love the way she giddily says ‘Mom-Dad, I love you!


update: Can I do this? Absolutely! I think I can do it too, especially if Clooney is my tandem-instructor. Hey a gal can dream can’t she?

Sweet September: What Prevails In India?

Just as I am sure other Non Resident Indians, I too have had my share of queries as to what religion prevails in India. And when I say that we are predominantly hindus but tolerant to multi-religions, people often look at me puzzled.

AK, an Indian living in NewZealand shares this signboard that explains it all:

One of the things I love about India is that even though at times there are religious clashes, by and large India is very tolerant and accepts practices of all faith and even of those who follow ‘no faith’.  Not only accepting but also partaking at each other’s religious festivities adds more charm and meaning to life.

Just yesterday, Ayesha, a muslim of Indian origin who runs  a convenience store near by office in Toronto asked me if I made ‘modaks’ for ‘Ganesh’  last week. After several years of lapses, I had indeed made some modaks this year and when I described them to her, she joyfully reminisced her fond moments at her rakhi-brother’s house in Mumbai. This is possible and prevalent only in India!

Jai Hind!

Sweet September: My Son Is So NOT Allowed To See This

……what ever it costs please, please keep this video away from my son.

Well………………. now what? Any recommendation for a good pair of earplugs? Also, too how about a super-duper headache remedy? I am so gonna hear earful about a certain puppy needing to come home. Ummmmmmm, just when I thought I managed to keep that under the wraps, Bob Cesca has to unravel this……….