Jan 26, 2010

Saare Jahan Se Achcha - The best of the world - INDIA

Saare Jahan Se Achcha - is one of the enduring patriotic poems of the Urdu language - written by Poet Mohammad Iqbal - in the year 1904. Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian cosmonaut, quoted the first line of the song in 1984 to describe to Mrs. Indira Gandhi (then Prime Minister of India) how India seemed - looking from the outer space.

Here's the translation in English:
Better than the entire world, is our Hindustan;
we are its nightingales of mirth, and it is our garden abode
Thogh in foreign lands we may reside, with our homeland our hearts abide,
Regard us also to be there, where exist our hearts
That mountain most high, neighbor to the skies;
it is our sentinel; it is our protector
In the lap of whose, play thousands of rivers;
gardens they sustain; the envy-of-the-heavens of ours
O waters of the Ganga mighty, do you recall the day
when on your banks, did land the caravan of ours
Religion does not teach us to harbour grudges between us
Indians we all are; India, our motherland

Jan 17, 2010

Dreams of our fathers

Rev. Martin Luther King dreamed BIG for America! Excerpts of his speech below:
* I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
* I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
* I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

Jan 16, 2010

This I Believe...

* I believe in God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit
* I believe in the Holy Bible, hosts of angels/demons & life eternal
* I believe in miracles, love & joy
* I believe all people are beautiful/handsome
* I believe males are more attractive than females in other species
* I believe we can't fathom the vastness of the universe and ocean
* I believe the possibilities of life outside the earth
* I believe in my friends & their fellowship
* I believe God is Mighty to Save
* I believe all things happen for good for those who love Him
* I believe in flourishing indoor plants
* I believe in finishing a project to end
* I believe in prayer, family & fresh air
* I believe health is wealth
* I believe I will never be old (not in my mind at least...)
* I believe water is the best beverage & fruits are the best dessert
* I believe in saving for future
* I believe in Giving (gifts,money,time,love,you name it...)
* I believe home aquarium is an indoor 'get away'
* I believe in reading, writing & dreaming
* I believe in Happy Endings
* I believe you also believe!
* I believe there is more I believe!!

I  B E L I E V E!      Y O U  B E L I E V E!!         W E  B E L I E V E!!!

Jan 8, 2010

Exciting first apartment in the US

Dear NRIGirl! Let me give you some hints on choosing the place to live... Please note these recommendations are for people who are new to the USA.

Always remember the three important things when it comes to choosing where you live: Location, location & location.

First and foremost is the neighborhood safety. You may want to try http://www.city-data.com/ to get a detailed profile of a particular neighborhood by zip code.

If you travel for work, living closer to a train station will help. If you don't have a car, you may look to stay closer to a mall for easy access to various stores. However these are not the only things to look for. Here in the USA, the public school education is free and local tax dollars go to local schools. So the main thing people look for is good schools. You may check out the website http://www.psk12.com/rating/index.php to learn more about a specific school rating.
Here is a website you could access to find an apartment: http://www.apartmentguide.com/. You may list down a few apartments to visit. If you have young children you may want a place with play area, swimming pool, courts etc. You may want to check out their leasing policies, parking policies, hidden fees, etc before choosing your apartment.

Finally you have found your place - your very own first apartment in the US! This brings a huge relief as so long you might have been living in guest houses or with relatives or in hotel rooms or sharing a room with room-mates. But now the whole place belongs to you and your family! This is all yours!!

Lift up the window blinds to see the view from each room, look around to see how you can set up things in each room. Doesn't the kitchen smell great! Don't you love that hardwood floors?, the carpeted bed rooms? Isn't it a great sight to see the kids running around, claiming their spots? Don't you love your husband/wife who did this for you? Isn't your heart full of joy and gratefulness to God Almighty?! I am sure you are all excited and I am happy for you too!

Before the excitement fades off work to make it your home!! Wishing you the best!

Your Friend,
NRIGirl :)
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