Love Marriage or Lovable Marriage?

In India, the term love marriage is used only to describe a marriage which is decided upon by the couple without consulting their parents. These marriages intended to break the caste, community and even religion barriers, posing that this would parallel the caste differences among different communities. However, such marriages are socially not acceptable still and often found and proved in most of the cases as unreliable foundations. India, which has a strong root in arranged marriages with solid reasons to defend so, never accepted such marriages, although the increasing love marriages are weeding everywhere.

With the advent of Moghuls and Western culture in India centuries ago, native culture and rituals left unattended by most of the Indians slowly since then. The British did it deliberately to break the unity among Hindus by misinterpreting Indian caste system called Varnashrama. Let’s have a glance on Varnashrama.

The Rig Veda enjoins that human society is divided into four Varnas. The Varna system is therefore not man-made but of divine origin. Even Lord Sri Krishna preaches the same in Gita that people are allocated to a specific Varna according to two criteria, namely Guna and Karma where Guna refers personal qualities and Karma refers aptitude for a type of job one opts. No mention of Varna is determined by the birth of one, HE further insists.

In one Sloka our Sastras explain this like this:

Janmana jayate sudrah
Samskarat dwij uchchte
Veda pathnat bhavet viprah
Brahma janati iti brahmanah

This explains, ‘by birth one is a Sudra (lowest caste, according to present misinterpreted way of caste system), by the purification process one becomes a Dvija (known as twice born, when three Varnas viz., Brahmana, Kshatriya and Vaishya are becoming Dvija after the sacred thread ceremony is done) by study of the Vedas one becomes a Vipra (a scholar) and one who knows Brahman is a Brahmana’.

One not to be confused with the creator God Brahma or the priestly class of Brahmanas or what is called by the English ‘Brahmin’. It is possible to understand precisely the Hindu deities only when one surpasses the above stages. In Hinduism, most adherents venerate one or more Gods, but regard these as manifestations of ‘Ultimate Reality’ which is behind the Universe and all the Gods called by different names, but most commonly Brahman. In the Rig Veda, Ultimate Reality is referred to ‘the one’. It is referred as ‘Purusha’ in Purushasukta. So is the ‘Brahman – the Purusha – the One’ are refer to several deities’ names for understanding in the initial stage of growing your knowledge of Hinduism.

The above description differentiates to understand the Varnashrama from the present caste system in India. This Varans system was de-tracked very conveniently in the later years, thanks to the English. The term ‘Caste’ actually derived from the Portuguese term ‘Casta’, which means purity of descent. The Varnashrama and present caste system are not same, although they look identical, while Varnashrama refers to a system which promotes social mobility whereas the present caste system is rigid and hereditary – Please refer Rig Veda for more information.

The very purpose of Varnashrama was all the time misinterpreted, misjudged and the present caste system came to existence. Thus Invaders made the path much easier to establish, dominate and later rule India, which is a known story to everybody.

Casteism was projected as a sin to this country and shown as an example, as to how the rest of the World are better than us without caste system. It is laughable, one to know that caste system was introduced by the invaders of this country and later it was criticized by the same invaders. What was not told by our own people to our next generation is that how the casteism came to exist in this country. There is a persisting gap developing generations after generations. Barring a few, most of the present generation who maintains their surname which denotes from which caste they come from, are also still struggling to stay-in. It was further demoralized by British loyal Indians of this country with a suggestion of inter-caste marriages, for only solution to eliminate casteism in India.

Marriages are not for two individuals, let us first accept this. If two individuals’ mere merger is marriage and that solves the entire casteism problems, then families have no meaning in the society. The Indian society, especially Hindu families, consist of so many different customs, rituals, habits, clothing methods, food habits and so on, will consider all the above as values of their ancestors and will defenitely intend to sustain in the generations to come. Loving couples might undergo severe problems in terms of ritual practice, food habits and so on, when they think to marry who have come from different environments. Is it enough to perform a marriage if two individual people who understand each other and it doesn’t matter a family of their respective origin? Don’t they interact and participate with their respective families in future courses in their perpestives? How do they maintain harmony among those two families when they against their family and marry? Individuals remain one and two families would remain two forever. Are marriages the only solution for present casteism problems? Certainly not!

It is nothing to do with high level thinking or good heart for accepting such marriages. Inter-caste or inter-religion marriages are only successful when two families also merge along with the individuals. This is a rare scenario in this country. Most of the families from which a boy or a girl marries with other caste, hardly find a decent place in the society is the hard fact, whether one accepts it or not. The worst scene comes later in their life when their children grow older and get ready for marriages. They cannot expect everybody in the society is as good thinking as them to make a relationship in the name of marriage of their children. The living example for this, is very much available. It would be difficult for these couples to settle a marriage for their children with any one of the caste they belong to. In the end of the day, delayed or another inter-caste marriage would take place. In some cases, people spend life without marriage just because of their parents’ high level thinking marriage.

Endogamy refers to marriage between members of the same Varna. This is to produce cultured children of high pedigree. In practice, parents often insist that their children’s partners belong to the same Varna and even same Jati. Children rejecting parents’ wishes have caused the Hindu community to re-evaluate caste practices. Another theory goes around the society is that Dowry system can be completely eradicated if such love marriages are practiced.  That’s an optimistic thought indeed!  Unfortunately, it is evident that even in the love marriages, the dowry system is prevailing.  In some worst cases, the financial transactions are unimaginable .

Marriages, generally, are best suitable for same clan. Jumping out of this system is only successful when two families of the loving individuals are also merge with each other in terms of sharing and practicing in an amicable situation. Such family merger is lovable marriages, otherwise it is a merger of two individuals merely which remain only as love marriages.

The younger generation of this country should be more analytical on this whether they want to merge alone and keeping aside their parents whom raised them up and faced numerous challenges in their life for these children’ betterment, or see that the merger of families of both loving individuals, hence the love marriages will become lovable marriages.

The ball is left to present generation’s court, whether they want a ‘love marriage’ or ‘lovable marriage’ forever!

Balaji Canchi Sistla
6-11-15 @ 1 pm


Can verdict of the courts be questioned?

In 1993 Mumbai serial blast, which took the lives of 257 people and wounded more than 700 people irrecoverably. One of the convicted persons Yakub Memon was pronounced to death by the bench 3 Judges. Yakub was hanged to death on 30th July, 2015 as he was declared as driving force for serial blast. It was ascertained in the investigation of his relation to alleged activity such as conspiracy and financing the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.

In view of Yakub’s execution, it broke-out a lot of simulated comments from Indian politicians. The statements of few irresponsible politicians and pseudo activities declared it as partiality in judgement towards one community.

“Death sentence should also be given to Babu Bajrangi, Maya Kodnani, Lt. Col. Purohi and Swami Aseemanand”

– Asaduddin Owaisi, Hyderabad MP (DC 31/7/15)

How lawmakers of this country question the law delivers? By directing the Judges, Asaduddin Owaisi made it clear that he is unsatisfied and ridiculed the judgement. Now, one wonder whether the apex Court is still retaining its power to deliver the verdict on its own or working under the directions of some lawmakers of this country? Is it just because Yakub Memon was happened to be a Muslim, so it is polarized?

First time in the apex court history, it functioned in wee hours only to consider the rejection of Yakub’s mercy plea to the President. By this it is concrete that India and its judicial system do not show any discrimination whatsoever. Although it is crystal clear to call the bench of judges to finalize the death sentence as it has merit to do so, this consideration of calling bench of judges in the pre-dawn time re-establishes the government and judicial systems’ commitment as ‘100 culprits can escape but not even one innocent should be punished’.

In a sad turn, our irresponsible politicians did not feel it in a right perspective, instead, they came out with strong objection to our judicial system which is highly regrettable and condemnable. With no nation-first feeling in mind, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, shamelessly commented the verdict of the apex court. In his statement, he claimed that, “I have my doubts the way the cases of other terror accused are being conducted. Credibility of the Govt. and judiciary system is at stake”. Adding fuel to further, he also said that, “Exemplary urgency and commitment has been shown by Govt. and Judiciary in punishing an accused of terror. I hope similar commitment of Govt. and judiciary would be shown in all cases of terror irrespective of their caste, creed and religion”. Enough to demoralize the common public’s opinion on judicial system and more than enough to insult the judges involved in this case and apex court. How community comes-in when terrorism strikes in any country?

Being educated and matured politician and been a CM for several years, did he not understand this? No… it is not that he did not understand, but dared to polarize this and find a way to gain the vote bank from Muslim community. India is the only multi-religion country in the World, where all sects of the society can reach the higher positions of the Government. Mr. Digvijay Singh’s was playing cheap politic cards and by this he insulted the Indian judicial system and Judges.

In the apparent example, the entire Nation bowed its head down to the mortal body of noble man of the century, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and paid its respect for the endless commitment and patriotism without any communal discrimination. At the same time, it is proven by hanging Yakub to death that when Nation matters, no religion, no caste, no gender discrimination will be considered.

In a another political drama by the same Congress party man, Mr. Tharoor was ‘saddened’ by the news of handing terrorist Yakub, because he was a human being. What about those who died in the 1993 serial bomb blasts? Were they animals? He further garnished his statement by saying, “By killing him, it diminishes us to murderers too”. What a shame Mr. Tharoor! Do any one presume executing an execution by court order is murder? Are the Judges are murderers in this context? Is it unjust to execute an execution of convicted? Was Yakub a just accused and not convicted? Is our judicial system so gone-down to that of any other Muslim country where communal partiality only shown? What is your stance exactly Mr. Tharoor?

In a court trial in 2006 Sept. 12th, Yakub made a statement that, “We (Muslims) have already been branded as terrorists and shall face the consequences” (Who will face consequences, India?). In another incident, he also told the TADA Judge, JN Patel that, “Tiger (Is he mentioning, Dawood?) was right in telling me that I should not go to India with family as we would be hounded”. If his statement was right, all the Muslims in India are targeted like this? Are the Muslims not treated equally as Abdul Kalam? No Muslim was made the highest position of Indian Govt. as President? Was not a Muslim made the highest position of apex court as CJI? Was any difference in Kasab and Yakub other than the Nationality?

In an argument, the lawyers of Yakub said he can’t be hanged for at least 14 days after his mercy plea was rejected. It seems it is okay for them if hanged after 14 days. The last hope was a mercy plea to the President and that was rejected, then for what reason the hanging should be delayed? The Supreme Court rejected all the arguments and said, ‘ample opportunity had been given to Yakub to prove his innocence and given an opportunity for mercy plea which was also rejected’. In this consequences, the apex court felt that, ‘if we have to stay the death warrant it would be a travesty of justice and did not find any merit in the writ petition’, it claimed. Despite the clear statement by the apex court, the Yakub’s lawyers said, ‘it was a tragic mistake and a wrong decision’.

Should the apex court watch all these and keep calm? How come a judgement of apex court is commented in public and that too by practicing lawyers. If the Judges remain calm when the credibility of the judgement is challenged, the rest of the common public will be forced to think the status of the law in the country.

Any silence of the Apex Body of the Courts, would send the wrong signal to rest of the World that Indian judicial system is partial. All though India and its judicial system strive for ‘justice to all’ irrespective of caste, creed and religion, if such remarks by politicians and others left unattended, would never bring the credibility in justice in India in global perspective. Judges of Indian courts must awake and answer these questions, lest India, perhaps, would be proved to be another communal country.

What is the response by Judges for these questioning people?

– Balaji Canchi Sistla

Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 10:02:17 AM

Spirit of Satan at work in India – M. K. Gandhi

This article is an eye opener for so many so called ‘Secularists’ in India who always refer Gandhi ji as their mentor. If that’s true, the so called ‘Secularists’ learn from Gandhi ji. Be a true follower of Gandhi, that is how one can respect his ideology! – Balaji Canchi Sistla

Bharata Bharati

M. K. Gandhi“So far as one can understand the present Christian effort, it is to uproot Hinduism from its very foundation and replace it with another faith.” – M.K. Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and a few days before he was assassinated in January 1948. He did not receive the prize because he refused to be converted to Christianity and severely criticized missionary work in India. His firm stance is an example for us to follow today. India is being subjected to an accelerated pace of evangelization by foreign missionaries through their NGOs – World Vision being the leader – and paid Indian Christian surrogates, with the connivance of corrupt, minority-appeasing State and Central government administrators.

Government officials pay lip-service to Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of the Nation on national holidays, but they have otherwise forgotten him and his teaching. Their…

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The English left, but not English!

It was on 14th September, in the year 1917, Mahatma Gandhi gave a speech at Marina beach, the location – Marina beach was a part of Madras Presidency.  However, Telugu was the dominant language then, although Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada were official languages along with Telugu.  Gandhi ji was originally travelling from Ranchi to Pune when he took a detour to Madras.  He gave the speech in English in the august public gathering as most of the South Indians did not understand the most and widely spoken language of India – Hindi.  The other nationalist leaders who were present at that time were Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Subramania Bharati.

The Aftermath of the meeting, Subramania Bharati, who was lovingly called as ‘Bharathiyar’ by Tamils, wrote a letter to Gandhiji and he highly appreciated the speech on ‘Quit India Movement’.  He also mentioned his disappointment to Gandhi that he had used the English language to deliver the speech on ‘QIM’ for the purpose of removing Britishers from India.  He also mentioned that he would have felt happy, had Gandhiji used Gujarati as his mother tongue or even Hindi, the most spoken language of India.  Incidentally, the letter was in English.

In a reply to Bharati, Gandhiji narrated that even Bharati wrote the letter to him in English.  “Had it been Tamil I would have been much happier and what went wrong in using English in the meeting”, he added further.  To this Bharati gave another befitting reply to Gandhi. Where he said that “I love my mother tongue and when I want to say impolitely to any, I can’t use my own mother tongue since I love very much, hence English is a correct language for that”.  That was the love and affection he had with the mother tongue.  He not only had a love with Tamil, but also with all other mother land languages.  Once he mentioned in his one of the poems that he wanted to hear songs in Telugu as the sweetest language of his choice.

What made one to learn another language? In other words, what made one to give importance to other language?  Is it interest? Is it love affair? Is it career or business? Or is it education?  All these are possible in any nation or any nationals, as far as learning is concerned.  In India, it is absolutely different. English is spoken here not for any above purpose, but a matter of pride, dignity, self-esteem.  In no other country where English is not a native language, you would find like this.  This is India’s way… is it great or brat for this country?

The fact is English may not be the most spoken language in the world, but it is the official language in a large number of countries, including India.  There might be 2 billion people using this language.

English, as on date, remains the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for people speak English if they are to enter a global workforce.

Many of the world’s top films, books and music are produced in English.

The impact-full fact is, most of the content produced on the internet is in English.

Does it mean one to learn English by compulsion? NO…..  Certainly not!

The very purpose of language is just and only just to communicate with any common public.  If the purpose serves that much, one succeeds enough.  Why does one communicate with others, only for pleasure?  Does a common man in need of that sort of pleasure?  Who cares!

Unfortunately, most of the Indians, probably of yesteryear generation, still linger on this pleasure.  Is it some kind of slavery mind on which they are hanging on?  Do we need to speak a language only for the matter of pride?  If so, why not our own mother tongues?  Can’t we afford to use our Indian languages to express our views?  Do we need to depend on the other’s mother tongue?

Do we need to make a fun on people who cannot speak or write English correctly?  We never felt bad or ashamed when one speaks his/her mother tongue wrongly, then why English is elevated to some illusionary supreme stage?  Unfortunately, the yesteryear generation still feels pride of English knowledge.

The matter of fact, Indian languages are much richer than English, however in the recent past, English was respected more preferred language, just because we were ruled by the British and our slavery has not gone until last generation.  It is still witnessed that some of the yesteryear people voluntarily say that British rule was far better than the present.  This is slavery indeed.

According to data from the 2005 by India Human Development Survey shows that a survey of households reported that among men 72 percent do not speak English, 28 percent speak at least some English, and 5 percent are fluent. Among women, the corresponding proportions were 83 percent, 17 percent, and 3 percent.


This is the fact of English in India.  Why does one feel proud of speaking English then?  After all it is another infiltrated language in India.

Let’s make foreign languages, especially, English as only communicative purpose, not to feel pride of speaking.

By Balaji Canchi Sistla

Hyderabad on 11-5-15 @ 15.10 pm

Where Indians stand today?

India – the cradle to all other civilizations of this planet; four great Vedas, Upanishads, so many Sastras, Puranas, great historical Avataras like Ram and Krishna, astonishing leaders,  all these happened here.  The country has a rich heritage values, and huge population to follow these.

Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) – the first and perhaps only religion that teaches to respect other religions and never preaches to convert other religion people into its folder.  She never invaded to another country in the past 2000 years.

In a new era of modern world, India sent satellite vehicle first time to Mars and most significantly, it has successfully reached and communicating with earth continuously, is the bottom line.   No other satellite technology-rich country has this ‘first time’ credit.

The country that taught the rest of the world about the technological development, language, versatility, war techniques and many of others, is still retaining the same?

NO…. is the sad answer for this unfortunately.

India or Indians are losing their glory in the hands of religious and caste fighting.  The legacy of Sanatana Dharma has not been experienced precisely as it is supposed to be in the recent years.  India, once taught the other countries, is stranded at crossroads now as if she is in the dependency of other learning systems like Western.  The young generation of this great nation has been forcefully diverted to the Western culture of life style including food habits.  Indian history is not being taught more precisely to this country’s children.  They read more about foreigners of recent past 500-600 years who had made this country people as slaves.  This country has a past history of good governance of so many kingdoms more than several thousand years. Great Kings ruled and set examples for several next generations.  Those stories were not shown in the elaborated way whereas recent past rulers histories were shown in exclusive lessons in the text books.

‘It is the purpose of historical study to enable each generation to profit from the experience of those who came before, and advance toward higher aims, without being obliged to start anew from the same point as its ancestors after the manner of every race of brutes. He who knows little of those who proceeded is very likely to care little for those coming after.’

– F. Max Muller in his Introduction part of book, ‘India: What can it teach us’)

Muller had rightly said the above statement.  It is something like reinventing wheel.  Do we need to?  Where the progress will come from when we start learning again from the beginning, since our ancestors were already in the advanced stage with the comparison of present modern technologies?  India’s vigorous development has been stopped in the past 500-600 years, ever since the invasion of Muslims and Westerners.   Indians, to be precise, Hindus were preached the utility of castes in much wrong way by invading rulers.  Caste was used as a tool to gain unpleasant gains from society as well as government agencies.

“How did we lose our inner vitality? By giving up what have we become weak? What was it that nurtured our civilization and kept it growing for thousands of years? By parting with what have we descended so low as to be ashamed of calling ourselves heirs to this civilization? The fact is that, so long as we practised Varna dharma that is unique to our country, our civilization stood like a rock arousing the admiration of all the world. But after this dharma began to decline we have been on the descent day by day.

Why should this country alone practise Varna Dharma? Because this dharma is necessary if we want to sustain a civilization that can promote the growth of philosophy, nourish our arts and culture, inspire us more and more in our inward search and help us in the realization of Godhead. If the Varna system is followed at least in this country, it will be an example to the rest of the world.

If there is not Varna Dharma, it means at once the growth of social disharmony, the rise of jealousies and discontent among the people. Men will compete with one another for the jobs they like or are convenient to them. There will be competition for education on the same lines. Since all will not succeed in their efforts or in their desire or ambition being satisfied, the result will be hatred and resentment everywhere. Look at what is happening now in India. When educated unemployment is on the increase, it is suggested that admissions to colleges must be restricted, that there are too many engineers already in the country and that some engineering colleges must be closed down. Here we see that the theory of throwing open everything to everybody does not work; imposing some restriction on people is seen to be inevitable. In the old days a man’s work, whatever it was, became second nature to him and he had a sense of pride in it as an “asset”, legacy that had come to him from his forefathers, indeed a prized family “possession”. He also did his job efficiently and sincerely. Money was a secondary consideration then. Since everything was done on the basis of trust and with a high degree of personal involvement – the worker was always conscious that he was doing his work- there were no problems. The whole society prospered.

No civilization can flourish in the absence of a system that brings fulfilment to all. Varna dharma brought fulfilment and satisfaction to all.”


The Four Castes or ‘Varnasrama’ has made for very good reason and necessity of society.

According to Purusha-Sukta of the Rig-Veda, there is a reference to the division of Hindu society into the classes. It is described there that a follower of ‘knowledge based profession’ is called a “Brahmin”; a follower of ‘justice or administration based’ profession is called a “Kshatriya”; a follower of ‘finance or economics based profession’ is called a “Vaishya” and anyone who is not following any profession is called a “Shudra”.  These four classifications of human beings are called the four “Varnas”.

The division is according to the Guna and Karma. Guna (quality) and Karma (kind of work) determine the caste of a man. This is supported by Lord Krishna in the Gita also. Lord Krishna says in the Gita:

“The four castes were emanated by Me, by the different distribution of qualities and actions. Know Me to be the author of them, though the action-less and inexhaustible” (Ch.4-13).

However, the above are not strict rules but the core rules of classification. There can be many exceptions or inter changeover in the Varnas of people.

To understand this, let us put like this. One may at the beginning of his career be working as a manager in a commercial company, he is a Vaishya then. After few years of experience, he may start teaching principles of management in colleges, at this time he may be called a Brahmin.

A Brahmana (Brahmin or priest) is no Brahmana if he is not endowed with purity and good character.  A Sudra is a Brahmana if he leads a virtuous and pious life. Vidura is the great example of this.  Caste is a question of character. Varna is not the colour of the skin, but the colour of one’s character or quality. Conduct and characters count and not lineage alone. If one is a Brahmana by birth and at the same time, if he possesses the virtues of a Brahmana, it is extremely good, otherwise the very word Brahmana has no meaning.

The system of Varna (or Varna Vyavastha) has nothing to do with Caste System, which is not supported by even Vedic Literature. It also has nothing to do with the system of using the surnames.  The invaders of this country had changed the very purpose of Varna Vyavastha into Jati Vyavastha for their personal goal and to command over native Hindus.

This was very much feasible to them by the way of hiding their history from them.  Your intellectual can be made dormant if you were not taught your ancestors’ rich skills generation after generation.  You do not know the intellectual level of Aryabhatta, Chanakiya, Bhaskara, Adi Sankara and in the recent past – Ramanujam, Vivekananda, Subhas Chandra Bose and so on.  How your thinking will awake when you do not know anything about your past?  How one will get instigated by their ancestors’ way of life and applied skills without knowing them?

For years Hindus, as a whole, forgot their ancestors root and route and fell in the ill-fated nets of these rulers like sheep fall in the well one after another meaninglessly. Thus, the collapse of Varna Vyavastha of Hinduism began. At least 2-3 past generation people have failed to pass on this rich heritage of ours to the next generation.  There could be only two reasons I see, one would be their loyalty towards British and secondly, they themselves do not know what the value of this country’s history is because they were forbidden from this to know.

The immature people and British-loyal political parties have carried out this process even post freedom of this country.  The Congress was found to be very keen in implementing division policy among Indians, especially Hindus in the name of caste and when comes to religion, they had used cleverly disguised name ‘Secularism’.  For India, secularism has no meaning as we are religiously tolerant people already.  If not, neither Mughals had conquered nor would Christians have dominated this country.

The saddest part is that in spite of decent education and advancement of computer technology and internet of this modern era, the Indians still behave in the same way like they did 70-80 years ago.  The mighty technological strength of this era has not been fully utilized for the sake of own historical documentation and preservation, finding the ancestral root and their way of life, their technical know-how and so on.

It is true that Indians emerging victorious in so many fields and so many countries.  How many of scholars and professionals in foreign and Indian soils are really deliberated to unearth these peerless treasures and proudly announce to the rest of the world that who the Indians were and are!

By 2020, India is set to become the world’s youngest country with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group, say 29 years in average.  Is it a going to be vital or trivial to this country?  Does not look that much promising, until now.

The present young generation does not put interest in knowing their root.  Their interests are different.

The ‘Facebook’, ‘Twitter’, ‘Instagram’, ‘Whatsapp’ are mostly used for simple, meaningless, time-pass chats.

The Pubs and Discotheques are their regular visiting temples.  Until late nights, spoiling their sleeps and health by consuming liquor and smoking, not only they bring loss to their parents but to this country also.

Any society or community can be destroyed by its own hands, only and only if their values are destroyed and history is hidden.  That’s what exactly done by over 600 years by two major invaders in this country.

There are plenty of our old temples still left unattended.  So many our old temples’ hidden rooms have remained unopened.  There are so many our ancestors’ stories are hidden in such temples to read about our ancestors.

The day young generation of this country understands the values of our heritage and legacy, no doubt, India will not only become super power but also set an example to rest of the country.

Hope is life.  Let’s hope!

Balaji Canchi Sistla

Hyderabad on 24-4-2015 @ 3 pm


Here is an amazing story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11:

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic .
All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.”

No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, New Foundland. He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately — no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.

While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings. We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander , New Foundland, to have it checked out.

We promised to give more information after landing in Gander .. There was much grumbling among the passengers, but that’s nothing new! Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander. Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM …. that’s 11:00 AM EST.There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their way to the US.

After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for another reason.”

Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the US. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground control in Gander told us to stay put.The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts. Only airport police would come around periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane.

In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were US commercial jets. Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in DC.

People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada . Some did get through, but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed. Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm.

We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament. We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning.Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.

Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing.And they were true to their word.

Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.

After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We had no idea where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander!

We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the US airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started. Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the “plane people.” We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.

Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days.

What we found out was incredible…..

Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers.Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.

ALL the high school students were required to volunteer theirtime to take care of the “guests.” Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged.

Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes. Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility.There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.

Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day. During the day, passengers were offered “Excursion” trips.Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests.

Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests.Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft.

In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers. Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U.S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about thewhereabouts of each and every passenger and knew
which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully.

It was absolutely incredible.

When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling.

Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.

And then a very unusual thing happened.

One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time was different. I said “of course” and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days.He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers.He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte.

“He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewisporte. He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers. When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000!

“The gentleman, a MD from Virginia , promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education.

“I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a faraway place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them.

It reminds me how much good there is in the world.”

“In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today’s world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.

This is one of those stories that need to be shared.

Courtesy: (Osmania Campus MBA Alumni Association)

Great Life Advice from Mark Twain

Mark Twain is considered by many to be one of the greatest American authors in history. He wasn’t only a writer though, he was also a source of constant inspiration, a fountain of memorable quotes and a man with an incredible intellect. So when we say we have some words of advice for you from the mouth of Mark Twain, there is a very good reason to listen!


1. Age is in your mind more than anywhere else.

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

With this clever play on words, Twain is telling us age doesn’t matter as long as you don’t give it significance. It means that a young soul can dwell in an old body and all the limitations we put on age, other than those physical ones, are actually in our head.

This advice isn’t just about age, it’s also about self-confidence. When we believe we have a problem, we transmit that to the people around us and so bring it to pass. People can feel the lack of self-confidence in others and they will treat you as you treat yourself. So, once you make that mental ‘switch’, the enviornment will too.

2. Humor is one of the most important things.

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”

The simple act of laughing and responding to humor is one of the greatest experiences of the human condition. Life is nothing without laughter, just a sad shell, and although there are pleasures in life that have nothing to do with humor, they are always improved upon and made more palatable with a good side dish of laughter. Humor helps almost all situations and using it will draw people to you faster than anything else you may do.

3.Anger will hurt you more than help you.

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

Anger is an inescapable human emotion; we all get mad once in a while. But there are ways to control out anger, and not let it control us. Just like laughter is transient in nature, so should anger be. A joke will make you laugh again and again if you think about it over and over, and anger is no exception, the more you think about it, the angrier you’ll become. So, when you are angry at something or someone, it’s important you let it die out naturally; don’t continue to feed it. Think of other things and apply your cognitive resources at things that make you happy.

4. The world doesn’t owe you, you owe yourselves.

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

The feeling of being owned something by the world is common in this generation. We all feel entitled to something, whether it’s a steady job, money, happiness etc. But these feelings usually lead only to frustration, bitterness, anger and resentment. Let go of these expectations from yourselves and from the world, and you’ll see that everything becomes a bit easier. You do deserve the best, but you’ll need to go and get it for yourselves.

5. Having a new idea is not a crime.

“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

When you see things differently than other people, expect mixed reactions. Some will support you, others ignore you, while still others will try to bring you down. Most people tend to hold on to their preconceived notions for dear life, and will even act aggressively or negatively when these are threatened by an opposing opinion. But remember, all great discoveries were once such novel ideas, and many of them carried negative reactions. You should say what you believe and act upon it, don’t let anyone tell you your ideas are ‘too weird’. After all, human flight used to be such a novel and strange idea.

6. Don’t let your thoughts dwell on the negative.

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”

You must watch your thoughts, because it is so easy to get into a habit of thinking negatively, hashing our worries and troubles over and over in our head, until they seem as big as mountains and as dark as night. Thinking positively is one of the best gifts you can give yourselves, and will ultimately lead to you doing everything a little better, with people reacting much better to your attitude. In the end, life is made up of ‘tasks’ we must accomplish, some small, some big and difficult. Try to look at any ‘difficult’ task as a challenge and as an opportunity to learn something about yourselves.

7. Instead of worrying about yourself, worry about others and help yourself.

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

There is something magical about making someone else smile or getting them out of a tough situation. Helping others not only makes us better people and buys us goodwill from those around us, it also makes our own problems seem smaller because we’re not preoccupied with them 24/7. If you help others without thinking, just jumping in and helping out, you’ll be the one ending up with a smile on your face.

8. Try everything, regret nothing.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

A beautiful quote my Mark Twain and one that is full of truth. It’s always easier to delay things we want to do. After all, life usually gets in the way and we tell ourselves ‘well, we’ll try it later’. But as we get older, those opportunities become more and more rare, and the things we end up regretting the most are the things we simply never tried to do.

Failure shouldn’t scare us, it’s a part of life. What is scarier is having opportunities and never acting on them. So when you think you want to do something – do it. Failure may happen, but at least you’ll know the answer to the question: “What if?”


Courtesy: Osmania Campus MBA Alumni Association Newsletter