A typical day of a high schooler in 1978 looks totally different from current day of technology and advancement. I am the youngest of seven siblings of my family growing up in Aliabad — Hyderabad old city. Aliabad is on the road to Falaknuma Palace about 1.5 kms from Charminar…


(Oct 2009: we lost our beloved telugu teacher Bhaskaran Sir after 40+ years of dedicated service to our school and families around)

Though we completed our schooling in 1978, some of us (specially myself and Surender) were in close contact with him till his end. …


April 24th, 1984 — Memoir on Vinu Mama

There were so many major events / milestones in my life like my marriage, kids, USA, father’s death etc. One of the events that is outside my family but still had greater impact that any of those events is my friend Vinay’s…


Excerpts from the Book

“Swami Vivekananda: The Living Vedanta” by Chaturvedi Badrinath

Swami Vivekananda — The Living Vedanta

Little-known facts about Swami Vivekananda:

1) I never knew that he fought for women so much. He thought America had progressed a lot because of women’s liberation. …


First Impressions:

Jyothi Reddy tells her life story.

The first time I met Jyothi Reddy garu was at one of the North America Telugu Society conventions. Someone mentioned that hers was a compelling rags-to-riches story. Later after few months, I met her in Detroit at a Telangana Jagruthi event, in which TRS Kavitha was the honored guest. We…


Venkat Aekka Blogs — First Day on the Job — Oct 24th, 1984

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Aug. 28, 1991: On this day 30 years ago, I left India under difficult and challenging family circumstances.


Tribute to Former Union Minister Shri P Shiva Shankar (1929–2017)

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Punjala Shiv Shankar (10 August 1929–27 February 2017) was an Indian politician…


INDIAN VEGETARIAN Recipes :

1) Tomato Dal ( Tomato Pappu )

150 gm toor dal (3/4 cup)

4 tomatoes — cut into pieces

20 gm chana dal

Add 2 cups water

Tamarind — one lime size

Ginger garlic paste- 2 tea spoons

1 1/2. tea sppon chilly power

1 1/2…


Constantinople and The Roman Emperor Constantine The Great : In 324 AD, the ancient city of Byzantium was made the new capital of the Roman Empire by Emperor Constantine the Great, after whom it was renamed, and dedicated on 11 May 330. From the mid-5th century to the early 13th…

Venkat Aekka

IT Manager at Ford Motor Company and Former President of Detroit Telugu Association. He enjoys writing blogs, short stories and dabbles in music

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