Month: December 2012

Christmas 2012 @ Sai Gokul Dham & Sai Ashraya Dham

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Christmas 2012 @ Sai Gokul Dham & Sai Ashraya Dham
It was a special Christmas for us. Early morning at the Brindavan ashram Bangalore with a candle light procession to the nearby church singing carols. In the afternoon a visit to the Sai Gokul Dham, which shelters about 75 animals of special kind. They were all types – cows, buffaloes, horses, goats, dogs, cats parrots, doves etc..They are all abandoned by their owners, either due to old age or deformities.
They were looked after well and enjoyed the short time we could spend with them feeding them fresh fruits and leaves.
Off to Sai Ashraya Dham from there. A bit late due to the long journey back. But, with the quality time we had with those animals, we never felt the distance we drove back. The young army were eager and waiting for us. Straight to the prayer hall with the cake and food items, and we thought of reversing the process, normally we do whenever we conduct such a gathering. We had the arathi first and served food to the children, who all enjoyed the meal and then food distribution to the by-standers of several patients from the nearby hospital. It was 3:30 by the time we finished serving to all and had our food at the premises. 
We could not wait more to have a bhajan session, in which Jayant , Deepika and Rajashree sang nice bhajans. Not to forget the memorable songs sung by the children lead by Mahesh on vocal and Mohan on Tabala. Mohan was excellent, especially to see him playing well to not familiar bhajans sung by the three from our side. I realized, this is what is called an “Eye for Music” as he was totally blind and just listened to the voice and played along beautifully. At one point of time, as I captured the actions through my camera, I was surprised, there was not one, not two, but 18 quality young singers in the group as they sang with lots of devotion and interest.
Pankaj and Sujatha felt extremely happy to distribute the sweets to children and we concluded with some small games and handed over pencils, books, and toys brought to the kids by Manisha.  A photo session followed and we all wished them good luck for doing well in the forthcoming exams.
A surprise was waiting us as we returned to our cars. A neatly plastered rose flower on our windscreens and as they saw our surprise, they said, thank you uncle – Om Sai Ram.
Christmas at its best.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
25.12.2012

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Christmas 2012 @ Sai Gokul Dham & Sai Ashraya Dham

We also remember and thank all my friends and colleagues from TOTAL who donated clothes and books, Mrs. Uthara Ghosh and family, Mr. Sreenivas and family, Mr. Vipin and family and many others who showed kindness to join us in this scheme.

Weekly once an an afternoon study session is conducted to assist these children in Computer, Mathematics and English. Anyone interested to join and give the volunteers a helping hand may contact us on the details mentioned e Nidhi SREE NIDHI .

To contact Sai Ashrayadham directly, you may please call Mr. A P N Sharma – Ph 09845024039
or
Mr. Vaidyanathan – Ph. 09880109400.
Those who are interested to participate may also revert to me by email (team1dubai@gmail.com).
Venue: Every Saturday between 2 pm and 4 pm at Sai Ashrayadham, Near Belthur Bus Stop, Kadugodi Post, Bangalore 560067.Ph 09845024039 (Contact Shri A P N Sharma).

A day with God’s children at Sai Ashraya Dham

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A day with God’s children at Sai Ashraya Dham….
It was the time of celebrations all around…celebrations for Christmas, New Year and lot of excitement with exchanging gifts and greetings at Embitel Technologies, Bangalore. With the idea to “Make a Life Happy This Christmas” we decided to visit an orphanage, celebrate & share our part of happiness with them.
With tremendous contribution from fellow colleagues @ Embitel who joined hands in collecting clothes, funds, toys, stationary etc. for our visit which was planned for 22nd Dec, Saturday to SAI ASHRAYADHAM.
On the visit day.. ( Saturday, 22.12.2012)
Fully prepared to meet the kids and in hope to spend a quality time, I with my colleagues reached the place at 12:30 PM. As our visit was delayed by an hour’s time and thinking the kids might be waiting as we had informed that we will be sponsoring the day’s lunch. We rushed in with the food first, but were relaxed to know that we are before time for lunch. 
While trying to settle and start introduction, we had Mr. & Mrs. Sharma coming in to see if things are Ok with us here. Mr. Sharma took us on a tour of the premises and shared his wonderful & divine experiences fulfilling his noble duty for more than 16 years serving with food & shelter for god’s children (Sai Ashrayadham), poor patients that come for treatment to Satya Sai Hospital (Sai Arogyadham) and home for Old & Ailing animals (Sai Gokuldham).
We started the day’s activity with distributing cakes, followed by playing several fun games, giving prizes/ gifts for winners/performances. It was such a true feeling to experience, just by looking at the kids smiling face with hopes in their eyes and when you know it’s all because of you.
The lunch Time…
Before lunch, they all gathered in the bhajan hall and to our astonishment, they started singing Sai Bhajans with great perfection, adding to it Mohan (the blind kid) was playing tabala like a professional.  It’s rare to see in today’s fast moving generation the kind of discipline they had and how organized a kid of 6-7 years of age can be. They all liked the food and enjoyed the meal. At the time lunch was over it was around 4 PM, we handed over the stationary and clothes to the care taker and decided to leave. While returning we all were happy to have such a memorable day in our life and had an extra ordinary feeling of MAKING A LIFE HAPPY THIS CHRISTMAS. 
Arpan Panigrahy and team members
Embitel Technologies India Pvt Ltd
Bangalore

Our sincere thanks to Arpan and colleagues for showering kindness and bringing out happy smile to these blessed ones.

May god bless you all to sustain this ray of kindness throughout your life.

Regards and best wishes for a great year.

Ramesh Menon & family

Ancestral tree – Short Take – Gulf Today Dt. 22.12.2012

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Ancestral tree
Another year in our life is completing, as fast ever as possible. As an individual, I had lots of ups and downs, turbulent times, losing or winning days. It all marked the beauty of the year 2012 that was.
Several people and interactions passed by during this time. Some, I do not remember at all, but certain others, I definitely remember.
One was the trip I took to India to perform rituals associated with the first death anniversary of my mother-in-law.
We were asked by the priest to name our ancestors. He started asking the name of our parents. We answered. He asked the name of our grandparents. With a bit of difficulty, we answered that too. He then asked the name of our grand grandparents. We got stuck.
Our knowledge train about our family stopped then and there. We decided we should find out more details and prepare a family tree.
Back here in the UAE, I met the other day, a UAE national and colleague of mine, who incidentally brought to me a photo showing his family tree consisting of his ancestors leading to a list stretching a hundred years back.
It took him a great deal of time, but he was proud to show me the legacy. Why should we not try to emulate it as a task for the new year?
Explore our way to our ancestors’ memories and roots.

Ramesh Menon

To read it in original, visit Gulf Today Online
Gulf Today : Short Take dt 22 Dec 2012

WysiWyc – Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Old and still around

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WysiWyc – Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Old and still around

Sony DSC-WX170
ExposureTime – 1/160 seconds
ISOSpeedRatings – 100
BrightnessValue – 7.95
MaxApertureValue – F 4.99
MeteringMode – Multi-segment
LightSource – Auto
Flash – Flash not fired, auto mode
FocalLength – 14.23 mm
DigitalZoomRatio – 1.00 x
SceneCaptureType – Landscape
This is a small piece of beauty, surprisingly still around in front of the Abu Dhab Bus Terminal. With the city growing in tremendous pace, most of the old monuments and creative landmarks are gone and replaced with modern versions. This little beauty is still around and hope it will be there for a long time too.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
Saturday, 15-12-2012
WysiWyc is What you See is What you Click.

As a mark of special importance to this project, on behalf of Passionate Photographers group, we offer a free photography  session for Cancer patients. If you, or any of your friends or family are affected with cancer and wish to capture precious and happy moments with them, do contact us on team1dubai@gmail.com. A member from Passionate Phtographers group will volunteer to assist you and present it.
You may also contact us for any medical guidance or assistance to cancer treatment and we will do our best to assist you in whatever way possible within our limits, to ease the situation you are currently in.

WysiWyc – Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Abu Dhabi Bus Terminal

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WysiWyc – Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Total’s presence @ Abu Dhabi

SONY DSC-WX170
ISOSpeedRatings – 125
MaxApertureValue – F 3.30
LightSource – Auto
FocalLength – 4.45 mm

It was drizzling and I was impressed with Abu Dhabi Buses lined up on a Friday morning to take the passengers to various destinations. They were neat, clean and modern. I understand that now all the inter-city buses have wifi connections as well as catering. What more one need to travel in style and safe. Enjoy using Abu Dhabi Bus.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
Friday, 14-12-2012

WysiWyc is What you See is What you Click.

As a mark of special importance to this project, on behalf of Passionate Photographers group, we offer a free photography  session for Cancer patients. If you, or any of your friends or family are affected with cancer and wish to capture precious and happy moments with them, do contact us on team1dubai@gmail.com. A member from Passionate Phtographers group will volunteer to assist you and present it.
You may also contact us for any medical guidance or assistance to cancer treatment and we will do our best to assist you in whatever way possible within our limits, to ease the situation you are currently in.

WysiWyc – Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Reflections

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WysiWyc – Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Reflections

(NIKON D90)
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm – 105 mm
ExposureTime – 1/60 seconds
FNumber – 5.30
ISOSpeedRatings – 1600
Flash – Flash not fired, auto mode
FocalLength – 70.00 mm

(SONY DSC-T900)

ExposureTime – 1/60 seconds
FNumber – 3.50
ISOSpeedRatings – 100
FocalLength – 9.33 mm
I love to capture reflections. Especially when it rains. Here in Abu Dhabi, raining is rare and an event to celebrate. Since the time I started taking photography to a serious level, I have tried to capture all the rainy moments I witnessed here in Abu Dhabi. The second photo is one taken when it rained today.
The first one is reflection of a crane at a construction work. 
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
Thursday, 13.12.2012
WysiWyc is What you See is What you Click.

As a mark of special importance to this project, on behalf of Passionate Photographers group, we offer a free photography  session for Cancer patients. If you, or any of your friends or family are affected with cancer and wish to capture precious and happy moments with them, do contact us on team1dubai@gmail.com. A member from Passionate Phtographers group will volunteer to assist you and present it.
You may also contact us for any medical guidance or assistance to cancer treatment and we will do our best to assist you in whatever way possible within our limits, to ease the situation you are currently in.

Transluminescent signage and directions on Abu Dhabi roads

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It is foggy days once again in UAE. The photo above was taken at about 10:00 am two days ago. You can imagine, how foggy it would have been during the early morning hours. Crying road safety all these years, I have been writing and requesting repeatedly to initiate several road safety measures to safeguard all road users during such difficult driving conditions. One item in the list was to have road directions painted with translumniescent paint so that lights reflects on them and give correct guidance on driving direction to those who drive during such times.
I was happy this morning. It was too foggy and was happy to see Abu Dhabi Municipality contractors painting the roads with translumniescent paint. I wish them sincerely good luck in their effort to control accidents during foggy days due to rash driving added with poor visibility.
One more thing was emphasized to me and my community reporting instinct. However efforts or how much ever time it takes, persistence to communicate and convince on the merits of a good suggestion always see positive results.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
12.12.2012
To read my suggestion, please visit and read my post:
(Please read my report – Coping with fog – Gulf News dated 21.09.2010) . 
Thanks to all those who put their mind and soul to initiate this new safety aspect which will help motorists to find directions easily during extreme fog conditions on our road.