Monday, June 2, 2014

Lots of candles, lots of happiness

I am grateful to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for everything. I am who I am because of You, Swami. 

Thank you for this beautiful life, Dad and Mom – you are my living Gods. Geethu – I know that I haven’t been the ideal sister at anytime but I will make it up by being a fantastic, super aunt to my boy Vihaan. Thank you for bearing with me, love you molu.

Chanu, you are my strongest and toughest critic and my pillar of strength. A Taurean trait, maybe?  Your motto is, “Sweat the small stuff and learn the hard way. No short cuts.” Thank you for sharing your life with me. It can’t be easy living with some one who forgets to put the ‘salt’ in the salt mango tree :D

Lots of love and hugs to my parents-in-law and to my sister in law Nandini for their acceptance, love and understanding as always.

Cheers to my all law college friends – amazing, crazy guys and girls – but I won’t dare to say one name over the other. I could get sued! Love to my Twitter and Facebook friends. All of you are fantastic, full of zest folks and you make life so much fun and interesting  – I love you all!

I HAVE to mention some amazing friends but I will keep it strictly to those who have been real game changers in my life – the folks who really take out their time daily. 

Anubhuti Rai and Juhi Mohan – LOVE YOU two! We have cried together, laughed at the maddest things, shared the most amazing times together. When we get together, we are totally outrageous and yet so sincere about what we strongly believe in.  We had the best of times together. Love you both, lots and lots. Grateful to God that we three found one another and have an entire lifetime to share together.

Anupama Prakash – You have positive energy, grace, poise and confidence. Best of all, you have a heart of solid gold and a great sense of humor that I enjoy reading/tweeting/observing. I can SO connect to the Gemini in you. I truly value this “earth angel” in my life. Stay that way.

Anna Varghese Puthuran: Deeply moved by your protective love and concern towards me. I dunno what I did to deserve it but thank you and I want you to know how much I admire you for being bold, original and beautiful. In this world, there will be many Swapnas' but only one ANNA VARGHESE PUTHURAN. You rock, gal. Love u! 

Arvind Balasubramanyan  –  Every time I have a doubt that I place before Swami, it is you who brings me His answers through your writings. Thank you for writing about Swami and inspiring millions of devotees to keep the faith. I wish I could write like you, Brother Aravind. 

Mohammed Ashfaque – Rock star friend & great human being, thank you for always saying the kindest things, sending in your prayers and being in touch always! You are like part of the family!

Magesh – You are such a positive, wonderful person. The goodness is just there to see. Thanks a ton for staying in touch with us.

Mani Karthik – Thank you for always inspiring, listening and giving honest feedback. You are an amazing human being with infinite kindness and patience. One of my favorite quotes is ‘Compassion is a verb’ and you live it and you truly put it into practice. Thank you, I am grateful to you. You always inspire me.

Manju Suresh – We are so alike in our thoughts, devotion and spiritual goals. The moment you think of me, I am thinking of you. The moment you want to talk to me, I am calling you and vice versa. We have the power of the ‘SAI’ connection. I can just feel it!

Neelamji –  Thanks so much for being there to perk me up! Grateful for the advice, attention and care you always give me.

Piyush Nigam and Priya Nigam – There is so much I have learned from the two of you. I am truly grateful for the opportunity you gave me to work at Veda and make a meaningful contribution in a very small way. You are both wonderful people and gave me the freedom, confidence and opportunity to break boundaries and to soar high. I also want to thank every colleague I have worked with at Veda – thank you all!

Sumit sir: Thank you so much for the trust and confidence in me. I do not know what the future holds because life is so unpredictable. But I want to let you know: Your prayers and blessings ALWAYS mean a lot to me, I am grateful for it. It truly overwhelms me, makes me humble and proud to be working directly with you. 

Suja Pradeep – You have been an AMAZING friend. You went out of the way to get things done for me when you didn't need to. Thank you for everything. 

Vishnu’s Virtues – Your blog has had a positive impact on me. Your perspective comes from a place of personal pain and having overcome it, you know exactly what one is talking/writing about. Keep writing and inspiring.

So, now let me thank you - dear reader and friend - for always inspiring me to keep writing. I seek your loving thoughts, blessings and prayers. I am grateful to you for being here with me today.

2 comments:

Vishnu said...

what a lovely gratefulness filled post - than you Swapna for your mention and thank you for your articles of inspiration and faith.

Aravind Balasubramanya said...

Dear Swapna,

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present but not gifting it. You have so beautifully expressed your gratitude that your humbling experience has, I am sure, become a humbling experience for all those whom you mentioned also! I definitely feel humbled and grateful. Thank you and thank God for whatever I am today. :)

Lots of love and wishes

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