To end our 2018 summer with something adventurous, Erica asked to visit Maine before our first son Rajiv heads off to college. Little did we know we will be experiencing a slice of quaint everyday life in Maine portrayed in children’s picture books by Robert McCloskey. – both One Morning in Maine and Blueberries for Sal . Erica had read these books to our kids so many times, she picked them back up after we got home to review its picturesque beauty.
Our family decided to make “Let’s go to San Francisco” our 2018 spring-break adventure like the 1960’s song from the British pop group The Flower Pot Men. The plan was to mix up both city strolling and wilderness hikes for this trip into the Bay Area. It was our plan to do this before we got into the years when spring breaks for our kids will be like looking for star-aligning!. Rajiv heads to college coming fall, Kiran will be a high school senior, Pori will be in 8th grade.
It seems unlikely for an American traveler to have experienced the hospitality and cheerfulness found in Côte d’Ivoire. Ivory Coast is a country tucked in west Africa sharing the Gulf of Guinea’s beautiful shores with a number of west African neighbors. I got an opportunity to serve along with CERT’s international team to work to support efforts of this growing African nation in building a secure Internet.
– A poem of meditation when I was stuck in Paris flying back from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
by Vijay Sarvepalli
Stuck in the transit between these two worlds
I pause in Paris, when I stumbled upon these birds
They do not stop singing even when sky is not blue
Maybe because they still believe their creator is true
We are celebrating Christmas with a lot of joy in our new house. Our family sends you greetings and a Merry Christmas this holidays. As in every year, Kiran has published his yearly calendar.
– A poem about the first rain, as God Almighty appeals to the Dominos Aqua – The Lord of Water by Vijay Sarvepalli
What is your injunction, why have you summoned me?
I carry your orders to keep this earth fertile
Have you more things for me now set aside.
I the Lord of heaven and earth am also the Lord God of justice
My eyes cannot stand evil, I regret man that I have made,
whose thoughts are continually vile
his actions make all this beauty now to become futile Continue reading “Primo Pluviam – the first rain”
Kiran (my son) and I got to visit the Galápagos Islands – a fascinating archipelago admired for its unique collection of species and its exclusive ecosystem. Darwin’s exceptional work in “Origin of Species … ” started with endemic (unique to one location) nature of species he found in each of these islands. Continue reading “Galápagos Islands – endemic and unique ecosystem”
|When I (Vijay) was first assigned this job to run a Birds of a Feather (BoF) session for the FIRST conference 2017 in Puerto Rico, I was excited. After a few attempts to convince my family to go, I settled to travel alone into my favorite vacation spot – only this time for work|
Haiti Journal – a week of Healing Trip in Feb 2017
Feb 19 – Arrive in Port-au-Prince , TapTap ride to Mirebalais. En route ate pizza at “Rooster Cafe” and enjoy a cool night at my personal cabin (boys only room). Smells (coconut-like) and sounds (rooster-crowing) reminds me of rural India – just simple. Continue reading “A week in Haiti Feb 2017”