Archive for the ‘Asia’ Category

Appa’s Posthumous Birthday

Monday, December 8th, 2014

1985 Photos from trips to Mysore, Bangalore, and at home in Vedaraniam

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Appa’s Posthumous 88th Birthday

December 08, 2014
Tallahassee, FL
இன்று உயிருடன் இருந்தால் அப்பாவுக்கு 88 வயது ஆகியிருக்கும். ஆனால் அப்பாவும் அம்மாவும் இன்று நம்முடன் உடலால் இல்லை. இருப்பினும் அவர்கள் இருவரும் மனதால் இருக்கிறார்கள். அவர்கள் இருவரின் வாழ்த்துக்களும் வாழ்க்கை முறையும் எப்போதும் நம்முடன் இருக்கும்.

TTS Deepavali Dinner

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

2014 TTS Deepavali Dinner

Miccosukee Community Center

Saturday, November 01, 2014, 6-9 PM

The Tallahassee Tamil Sangam held its 2014 Deepavali pot-luck dinner tonight at the Miccosukee Community Center. About 40 families came for the event. More information and photos are available at

https://sites.google.com/site/tallahasseetamilsangam/home/2014en

2014 Deepavali

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

2014 Deepavali (தீபாவளி)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tallahassee, FL, USA

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Today we celebrated 2014 Deepavali (தீபாவளி) in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. In the morning we all got up had showers and did a small prayer (pooja; பூசை). Since today was a working day in the US, VtS and I went to Florida State University and Bhanu went to work.

However, we all wore Indian clothing to mark the happy occasion. This was also first Deepavali after my mom and dad’s first year death anniversary.

Meet with Graham

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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Meet with Governor Bob Graham and Ms Gwen Graham

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tallahassee, FL, USA

Today VtS and I along with several others had an opportunity to meet with former Governor and Senator Bob Graham and his daughter Gwen Graham.

We spoke with them briefly before a dinner. The reception was very nice.

WFSU TV Dimensions Interview

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

WFSU TV Dimensions Program

Tallahassee PBS

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Aurora and I have been interviewed by the WFSU-TV’s Dimension program’s host Julz Graham about our upcoming Tenth Annual Experience Asia Festival 2014 and the Pre Event. Here is the link to the interview (~ 5 min long).

http://www.wfsu.org/dimensions/viewvideo.php?num=595

Book Club Meeting

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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Book Club Meeting

ESL Meeting Room

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Today Bhanu coordinated the Book Club Meeting at ESL Meeting Room. The book the club considered was written by Rohinton Mistry titled “A Fine Balance”. This novel is in Bombay (currently called Mumbai) India during the period of 1975 and 1984, part of the time when India was under Emergency Rule declared by then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi.

I was invited to be present at the book club meeting since I was a college student from South India during that period. There were some questions about the Emergency Rule in India but most of the questions were about the characters in the novel and its impact on the people living through out the world.

Akka’s Sixty

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Akka’s Sixty

Monday, September 15, 2014

East Tambaram, Chennai

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Members of my family and my cousin’s family all landed in my akka’s house around 11 AM today in E Tambaram to wish her on she crossing a milestone. Neither my akka nor athan had any clues that people are coming to their home to wish her well. Akka was completely unprepared since her own child didn’t tell her they were all coming to visit her even the child was part of the event planning.

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One cousin had just returned from the US that morning, three other cousins had completed a function in their hometown of Vedaraniam and traveled overnight. All my siblings traveled the previous day and wished well from Chengal Pattu. But my sister didn’t realize they are NOT in their homes but were wishing her only miles from her house.

Then on the morning they landed and cut the cake took the blessing from the elders. Then they all went to lunch. My sisters stayed back and traveled the next day to their homes.

VtS at HSA Table

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

VtS at HSA Table

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Oglesby Union, Tallahassee, FL 32306

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Today VtS helped out little bit by working with HSA organizers in maintaining and taking-down the table at the central square. Hopefully, if his schedule permits he will do it again in the next weeks.

HSA is a new Registered Student Organization at FSU. I have been asked to be the Faculty Advisor and I have accepted the position. I hope to learn from this experience and contribute as much as I can to fulfill the mission of the organization.

ACT Chain of Park Event

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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ACT Chain of Park Event

Saturday and Sunday, April 19 & 20, 2014, 10:00 AM to 5: 00 PM

Lewis Park, Downtown Tallahassee, FL

 

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Both on Saturday and Sunday members of the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee entertained the children and adults at the Children’sFestival for the Chain of Parks Event organized by Le Moyne. Chain of the Parks is the premier art event in Tallahassee and 2014 was the fourteenth such event.

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On Saturday morning, ACT members did free henna hand painting for the children and adults. On Saturday afternoon, themembers did origami paper folding art for the people attending the festival.

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On Sunday morning, ACT members wrote names of people in traditional Chinese using calligraphy brushes.

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International Bazaar

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

International Bazaar

Saturday, Apr 5, 2014

FSU Ballrooms

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Today on behalf of Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT) and India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH) we put two information tables at the 19th International Bazaar organized by the FSU’s Center for Global Engagement.

Myself and volunteer arrived at 1:15 PM and set up ACT table and reserved IATLH table. Soon IATLH volunteer arrived. We met with lots of people and handed out the Experience Asia Festival information prepared by the CGE.

Then by 3 PM VtS joined us and helped us until we closed the booth at about 5:15 PM. We also saw lots of cultural programs and ate some international food.