Much Ado About a Dewdrop

I dropped Adi, Ari and Daddy (he was a substitute teacher today) at Tamil School and was rushing back home to help Mummy cook a yummy Sunday afternoon lunch for the boys. I turned a corner and saw a beautiful sight. So,I went home, picked up the camera to shoot some pictures.

I can’t capture the beauty of that transitional moment today morning either with my words or with my pictures. But, here is an attempt.

Humor me. Picture this in your mind as you read it.

A curvy road.
To the left.
Trees.
Trees without leaves.
Empty trees.
Fall transitioning to winter.
Sun rising behind the trees.
Dewdrops.
Dewdrops dripping from the trees.
Sun.
Dewdrops.
Sun in the background.
Dewdrops in the foreground.
Dewdrops glistening.
Hundreds of dew drops glittering.
Like gold.
Like diamonds.
Like sunlight.
Letting the sunlight glistening through them.
A glorious sight.
Momentary.
Transitional.
Here now.
Gone now.
Just like every moment in our life.
Just like our life itself.

Happy Koodaravalli

Happy Koodaravalli!

Thanks to Appa and Amma for keeping track of all the little and big Indian festivals (too many of them!) and urging me to celebrate it with the boys.

It is a belief that each day of Marghazi month, Sri Andal Nachiar sang a verse of Thirupavai (totally 30 verses) in praise of Lord Narayana. While singing 27th verse “Koodaarai vellum seer Govinda…” Lord Narayana blessed Sri Andal with Thirukalyana Varam. Hence the 27th day of Margazhi month is celebrated as Koodaravalli.

On this day Lord Narayana blessed Sri Andal with marriage boon. Devotees go to temple, offer Ghee filled Akaravadisal to Lord Govinda and end Marghazhi Month Nonbu (fast).

I know. After reading all that I know what you are thinking.

“Ambal, let us cut to the chase. Where is my share of the akaravadisal?? Save some for me!”

Are you READY for TEDxYouth@SanRamon?

Are you READY?!

As the Curator of TEDxYouth@SanRamon, I am pleased to make a fun announcement today.

TEDxYouth SanRamon

Tickets are now available for TEDxYouth@SanRamon on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Visit: http://tedxyouthsanramon.eventbrite.com/

Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is proud to be hosting our 2nd annual TEDxYouth event – DREAM BIG.

Date: March 1, 2014 Saturday
Time: 9.00am to 1.00pm
Location: California High School Theater, San Ramon, CA
Ticket price: 20$

The purpose of TEDxYouth talks is to combine a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances, based on a specific topic/theme (ours is DREAM BIG), with the goal of sparking imagination, foster learning, inspire, and provoke conversations that matter.

This year, our event theme is – DREAM BIG – and we have some amazing speakers confirmed:
Ellen Tauscher – Former United States Representative
Janice Toben – Social and Emotional Learning Expert
Dr. Sara Truebridge – Author, Education Consultant and Researcher

Please don’t miss this amazing, inspiring, and possibly life-changing opportunity.

!!!This event is for high school students only!!!

If you want to know why you shouldn’t miss this opportunity, Here are two example of teen TEDx talks/presentations –
14 year old builds a nuclear fusion reactor in his garage
Reach into the computer and grab a pixel

Watch for TEDxYouth@SanRamon updates at:
https://www.facebook.com/TEDxYouthSanRamon

Revisiting Hawking’s The Grand Design

I saw an independent film made by my buddies Sunil Shah and Renu Vora. It is called The Wisdom Tree. The film weaves science with art, music and mysticism.

Thanks to Sunil and Renu for the invite to screening of TWT.

Adi and my friends and I had a blast watching it.

I am in awe of Sunil and Renu’s wide knowledge on so many deep subjects and their view points on so many difficult to grasp ideas about our life and this universe. And here is the icing on the cake – both of their tenacity, their grit. TWT as a 7 year labor of love for both of them.

Watching the movie, made me want to reread The Grand Design.

The Grand Design is a popular-science book written by physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.

It is brilliant. I don’t want to put it down. I am reading it in small chunks…so, I can enjoy every bit of it.

The Grand Design - Ambal Balakrishnan