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I was blogged forward by Blog It Forward – Jitendra Kansal thanks a lot Jitendra Kumar Kansal for inviting me and I would like to thank Moshe Naveh the Man behind this wonderful Idea “Blog It Forward Community Challenge” which is helping the community members to know each others, their Cultures, Traditions and a Virtual Travelling across the World.

This is part of the “Blog It Forward Chain.

About Me

My name is Ramakrishna Dadi, I am from India. Born and brought up in a village near Visakhapatnam (The City of Destiny) of Andhra Pradesh state (One of the 28 States in India). Now I live in Bangalore .My complete schooling was happened in our own village.

Since my school days my Favorite subject is Mathematics. So in Intermediate (10+2) education I had chosen Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as main subjects. I used to travel about 7 kms while going and 7 kms while coming back to home on my bicycle. I enjoyed those 2 years of cycle riding and college life along with my friends πŸ™‚

For my Graduation I joined at Anakapalle which is 35 kms from my Hometown. After coming back to home, we used to play cricket, almost every day πŸ˜† . We used to enjoy watching movies (Tollywood), if it’s Pawan Kalyan it must be 1st day 1st show 😘 .

I got a seat in AMAL College for my Master’s Degree (M.Sc in Mathematics) in Anakapalle . I used to stay in hostel. Every Saturday we used to go for a movie. During these 2 years I enjoyed my hostel life a lot πŸ™‚

During final year of my Master’s Degree, I heard about SAP and that is where my career destination has taken U turn towards SAP. That year itself I bought an SAP R/3 Handbook and started reading it. Till that time I have no idea what is SAP, have some knowledge in few programming languages like C, Java etc.

After completing my Master’s Degree I moved from Visakhapatnam to Bangalore where I learnt UNIX shell scripting, commands, DBA and SAP Basis and started working for a small company as a system admin, while working there I used to search for SAP Job.

I started my SAP career with Patni Computers a mumbai based company as a Security consultant.

In 2007 I changed to GMR Group to take part in its SAP Implementation project. I was part of Security& GRC Access Control Implementation.

Still I am with GMR Group and working in the areas of Security and GRC.

I am married and having a kid, he is 2 and half years now. It’s been 8 years I am in Bangalore(The Garden City) and enjoying its fantastic climate. I hope you don’t need an introduction about Bangalore.

                                It’s me at Ooty                                                                   

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              He is my Little Hero 😎

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When I Was Young – Those Were the Days 😎

In my school days, I used to play many games. Few of them are:

Palm Fruit Cart which can be made with Palm Fruit a famous tropical fruit available in villages of Andhra Pradesh in summer season. I used to enjoy a lot with this cart by feeling like I was driving a car (one more Palm fruit attached on top of that long stick).

Playing cricket or baseball with sticks instead of bat or ball is exactly what Gilli Danda is all about.

Goli (Kancha in Telugu, Marbles in English) one of The Most popular traditional Indian Games which increases the aiming and concentration skills.

Seven Stones, Jumping into the River and Swimming.

Street Cricket: I love to bat all the time we used to keep a chair or stool or stones or 3 lines on a wall/tree or anything for that matter as stumps

Kabaddi, Hide and Seek, Kho Kho, Current Shock, there are lot many….. πŸ˜†

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India

Fun Facts about my Country India

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India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with various Cultures, Customs, Languages, Dance, Food, Music and Religions where people are well known for their enormous Affections & Sentiments.

I would like to take you through some of the Indian Cultures & Traditions that are directly or indirectly part of our life.

Greetings: Namaste (Hindi), Namaskar (Marathi) or Namaskara (Kannada) or Namaskaram (Telugu, Malayalam), Vanakkam (Tamil),Nomoshkaar (Bengali), Nomoskar (Assamese) is a common spoken greeting or salutation, though becoming considered old-fashioned by some. Namaskar is considered a slightly more formal version than Namaste but both express deep respect.

Literally Namaste refers to ‘Godliness in me bows to Godliness in you’ or ‘Divinity in me, salutes divinity in you’. In most Indian families, younger men and women are taught to seek the blessing of their elders by reverentially bowing to their elders.

Arranged Marriage: For centuries, arranged marriages have been the tradition in Indian society. Even today, the majority of Indians have their marriages planned by their parents and other respected family-members.

 

Festivals: India, being a multi-cultural and multi-religious society, celebrates holidays and festivals of various religions. The three national holidays in India, the Independence Day, the Republic Day and the Gandhi Jayanti, are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm across India.

Clothing: Traditional clothing in India greatly varies across different parts of the country and is influenced by local culture, geography, climate and rural/urban settings. Popular styles of dress include draped garments such as sari for women and dhoti or lungi .

Dance: Indian dance includes eight classical dance forms, many in narrative forms with mythological elements. The eight classical forms accorded classical dance status by India’s National Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama are: bharatanatyam of the state of Tamil Nadu, kathak of Uttar Pradesh, kathakali and mohiniattamof Kerala, kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh, yakshagana of Karnataka, manipuri of Manipur, odissi(orissi) of the state of Odisha and the sattriya .

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In addition to the formal arts of dance, Indian regions have a strong free form, Folk dance tradition.

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Fun Facts about my Home Town – Visakhapatnam

Now I would like to take you for a ride (virtual) surrounding our home town. Have a pleasant journey πŸ˜†

Visakhapatnam(Vizag) is part of Andhra Pradesh state on the southeast coast of India and often called “The Jewel of the East Coast” is a Major Port of Bay of Bengal.

The Scenic uncluttered Seamless stretch of Beaches likes of Yarada Beach, Ramakrishna Beach, Tenneti Park, Rushikonda Beach and the azure Bay of Bengal makes Visakhapatnam as one of the important Tourist Spots in India.

The city is home to several state-owned Heavy industries and a Steel Plant; it is one of India’s largest Seaports and has the country’s oldest Shipyard. Visakhapatnamhas the only Natural Harbor on the East Coast of India.

I enjoy the long drive on the beach road πŸ˜†

There are many places to visit in and around Visakhapatnam.

Simhachalamis one of the eighteen “Narasimha Kshetras” the shrines of Lord Narasimha in India. The main deity inside the temple sanctum gives holy appearance in true form for only twelve hours in a year during May. The Simhachalam temple faces west, unlike so many others which face east. An east-facing entrance, according to religious belief, brings prosperity, while a west-facing one brings victory.

Kailasagiri is a hilltop park adjacent to the sea, which offers views of the Bay of Bengal, Visakhapatnam and the Eastern Ghats. An aerial tramway accesses the park from the bottom of the hill.

RopewayAt Kailasagiri (Hill).

Submarine Museum at Ramakrishna Beach is India’s only Submarine Museum the INS Kursura, Commissioned 18 Dec 1969, INS Kursura S20 was a submarine of the Indian Navy. It was one of the Soviet Foxtrot class submarines that were sold to India. After it was decommissioned from service in 2001, it was converted into a museum ship located at Ramakrishna Beach, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The idea of converting a decommissioned submarine into a museum was conceived by Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command with an aim to bring the Navy closer to the civilian population. This museum provides an exclusive opportunity to have an experience of boarding a submarine and getting an insight into various aspects of its weaponry, machinery, confined spaces and life onboard.

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Dolphin’s Nose Hill, Visakhapatnam

This is what helped Visakhapatnam to have the Natural Harbor in place.

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Bheemunipatnam, Visakhapatnam

The coastal town of Bheemunipatnam, 24 km. north of Visakhapatnam, has a rich history. It was one among the major Dutch settlements in the 17th century.

Red Sand hills: Erra Matti Dibbalu (Red Sand hills in English). These are the natural ravines, formed over the years due to wind currents and soil erosion. Located at Bheemunipatnam(Bheemili), these hills are a popular for Film Shootings. The dunes consist of sand, clay and silt.

The red sand hill formations are important geological feature and are one among the few rare sites in the world.

Scientists believe that the red dunes had formed 1.8 million years ago, during which sea level oscillations and subsequent rapid climatic changes contributed to arid conditions and thereby formation of the dunes.

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Araku Valley (called as Ooty of Andhra Pradesh, India) is another tourist destination which is about 120 km from Visakhapatnam , Andhra Pradesh, India. The Araku hill station is 1,000 m above the Sea level and known for its Gardens, Valleys, Waterfalls and Streams. This valley is surrounded by mountains like Galikonda, Raktakonda, Sunkarimetta and Chitamogondi. Galikonda hill rising to a height of 1,500 m from the Sea level is one of the highest in Andhra Pradesh. The hilltop is covered by dry savannah forest, mostly with tall grass.There’s a chill in the air and on misty mornings the fields can be seen slowly creeping into a yellow blanket. During December-January the temperature drops as low as to 4 degrees Centigrade.

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The journey to Araku valleyis most enjoyable when travelled by both rail and road. While going I prefer to go by Train and coming by road.

The Train goes through 58 tunnels and over 84 bridgesJthe engineering marvel of the Kottavalasa-Kirandul line on the Waltair Division of the East Coast Railway πŸ™‚ gives amazing experience through these tunnels. Train travels through each Tunnel at least for 1 min and once the Train enters the Tunnel, It becomes full of darkness though few lights are fitted inside the Tunnel with this affect we make lots of whistles and screaming. As soon as we pass through a Tunnel within few minutes of time one more Tunnel comes and again one more and again…. No words to explain, it’s such a great feeling 😘

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On the way to Araku is Shimliguda, a Railway station perched at 997 m above Sea level, which was the 1st Highest Broad-gauge Railway Station in the country till the construction of Qazigund in Jammu and Kashmir.

Borra Caves is on the way to the Araku hill station are the Borra Caves, which were discovered by British geologist William King in 1807. The Borra Caves, also called Borra Guhaluin Telugu language. ‘Borra’ means something that has bored into the ground and ‘guhalu’ means caves), are located on the East Coast of India, in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku valley with hill ranges varying from 800 – 1,300 m from Sea Level.

An architecture marvel created by Nature, the World’s best Architect! How else we describe this amazing, stupendous, phenomenal natural wonder! The Caves, one of the largest in the country, of about 705 m from Sea level distinctly exhibit a variety of impressive Speleothem ranging from very small to big and irregularly shaped Stalactites and Stalagmites. The Caves are basically Karstic limestone structures extending to a depth of 80 m considered the Deepest Cave in India.

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Some of the food items and crops around Visakhapatnam , Andhra Pradesh, India

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Some of the questions that I would like to answer are:

What do you most enjoy on SCN?

I spend most of the time on SCN Forums like Security and GRC, Wiki, Blogs, About SCN and any new Technology related topics.

Name some persons who inspired you here in SCN?

Inspiring people on SCN are: Ravi Sankar Venna, Laure Cetin, Colleen Lee, Rajeshwari Akkamgari, Juerg Heiz, Ajay Maheshwari, Tammy Powlas, David Clavey, Juergen L, G Lakshmipathi, Tim Clark, Ramanjaneyulu Korrapati ….

Thanks a lot to all of them for their outstanding energy levels, Dedication and the quality of the content they provide.

What was your dream job as a kid?  

When I was a kid, I thought I would join in Indian Air Force/Navy.

Now, its time to answer the questions In response to Jitendra’s Blog It Forward – Jitendra Kansal Blog:

1) What makes you smile/laugh?

Various expressions or sudden reactions of people make me to smile/laugh a lot πŸ˜†

2) Had you not been into software at all, where would you have been?

If I had not been into software at all πŸ˜• I would have been working as a Lecturer in Mathematics!

3) What is the craziest thing you would have done in your life?

If I remember, during my childhood on one day evening I was going behind an Ice Cream cart asking him for an Ice Cream, he said it’s over but still I was running behind him for almost Half a Kilometer. At that moment one of our neighbors observed and brought me back, otherwise I would have gone with him all the way πŸ˜₯

I would like to “Blog It Forward” to . (Ignore if you have tagged already)

 

Colleen Lee

 

Martin Voros

Rajeshwari Akkamgari

Prasant Paichha

Follow and update the Blog It Forward Chain once you post your BIF blog.

(If you like me to “Blog It Forward” to you as well, please request it in the comments section below or add your name in Request to Join Table, then someone will Blog It Forward to you πŸ˜‰ )

I would like them to answer one or all of the following questions:

How do you control your anger/stress?

Share any funny incident in your life?

Where do you want to see you in next 5 years?

You can make-up your own questions or choose another from the bank of questions found in Blog It Forward Community Challenge

Any registered SCN member can join the “Blog It Forward” challenge. Refer Getting Started and SCN Rules of Engagement

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  1. Raman Korrapati

    H Ram,

    Wow!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Amazing snaps and good BIF.

    Thanks for making such very good BIF with lot information about our cultures.

    Your Boy looking so cute,what’s his name.

    Thanks for mentioning me on your BIF.

    Thanks

    Raman

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  2. Jitendra Kansal

    Hi Ram,

    finally… Welcome to BIF family and thanks for accepting BIF invitation. πŸ˜€

    thanks for sharing it. πŸ™‚

    you got an angel.  what is his name?

    so many delicious dishes you have mentioned. simply superb.

    Rgrds,

    Jitendra

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  3. Ravi Sankar Venna

    Hi Rama,

    Wow!!!! You made my day.

    I cannot miss all those games in my childhood days, farm fruit cart and seven stones. πŸ™‚ Probably, these things only happens in India. Unity in diversity is the most amazing feeling of India. India is always special for its vibrant culture, amazing history, fantastic people and tasty food. πŸ˜€ Hmmm. I am now fully of hunger by seeing your food items πŸ™‚

    I had been to Borra Caves during my 10+2 days, still I have those images are fresh in my India. I can still remember our visit to Simhachalam, RK Beach and Ship Yard. Probably, Vishakapatnam (Vizag) is one of the most beautiful cities in the world πŸ™‚

    BTW, your kid is cute and adorable. πŸ™‚

    Best Regards,

    Ravi

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    1. Ramakrishna Dadi Post author

      Hi Ravi, Woow πŸ™‚ Nice to see you here and you made my day with your Compliments πŸ™‚ .

      I am totally overwhelmed with your compliments and It gives me more energy to write more blogs in future.

      May be thats true it happens only in India and I realized that all those games are inexpensive and still improves Physical strength, Self-defense skills and Health as well compare to modern indore games.

      And Its nice to hear that you been to  Vishakapatnam (Vizag).

      I’m Sure, we’ll enjoy all these food items, once you are back to India πŸ™‚

      Thanks again

      Cheers,

      Rama

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  4. Ranu Eugene

    Hi Rama,

    Very impressive BIF………Snaps are awesome and the write up is superb.

    Nice to know more about you through BIF. πŸ™‚

    Moreover how can one miss those child hood games farm fruit cart,seven stones and Marbles etc, Seriously I was totally mesmerized by your BIF and I was feeling as if I am playing those games in real as of now. πŸ˜‰

    And yes your son is very cute. πŸ™‚

    Loved your BIF.

    Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚

    Best of Luck πŸ™‚

    Regards

    Eugene

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    1. Ramakrishna Dadi Post author

      Hi Eugene, thanks a lot and much appreciated your compliments πŸ™‚

      Glad that it mesmerized you πŸ˜†

      Thanks again.

      I will tag you, if you wish to share your BIF as well πŸ˜‰

      Cheers,

      Rama

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  5. Steffi Warnecke

    Hello Rama,

    Now I would like to take you for a ride (virtual) surrounding our home town. Have a pleasant journey πŸ˜†

    I had! And I can’t believe how much is going on in and around your hometown. Wow! 😯

    So many different landscapes, it’s just amazing. And those Borra Caves look absolutly stunning with the lighting.

    Thank you for giving us this tour, Rama. πŸ™‚ It’s almost like browsing through a travel catalogue. πŸ˜€

    Regards,

    Steffi.

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  6. Laure Cetin

    Thanks for the mention Ramakrishna, and what a nice blog! You managed to show all the diversity of India with these carefully picked pictures. Luckily I had Indian lunch today so I’m not too hungry at the sight of the delicious dishes πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for blogging it forward!
    Laure

    PS: Our sons are about the same age, mine was born in June 2011.

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    1. Ramakrishna Dadi Post author

      Hi Laure, Thanks a lot and much appreciated your words πŸ™‚

      Its nice to hear that you had Indian lunch πŸ™‚

      Thanks,

      Rama

      PS: Yes, Good to know that πŸ™‚ . mine was born in May 2011.

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  7. Gali Kling Schneider

    Wow what a special BIF that shares so much about India! You can see how proud you are of your country and thanks to you I’ve now learned more about it.

    Lovely pictures and the best games are always those with lots of friends together outside πŸ˜‰

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  8. Satchidanand Sewalkar

    Very Nice blog Ramakrishna,

    Nice to know some things about you with this blog.

    Great images of Caves and East coast Railways..

    Seven Stones (Lagori We used to call in Nagpur), Goli (Marbels or kanche as we call in Nagpur), Street Cricket (Galli Cricket) were my favorite games too.. I did played Kabaddi at my area level during the night matches held at my place.. Anyways, Nice blog, the food pics were mouthwatering.. πŸ™‚

    Regards,

    satchidanand

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  9. Srinu S

    Hello Ram,

    Very beautiful snaps with colorful and nicely articulated. Thanks for making such very good BIF with lot information about our cultures.

    your son looks very cute. nice to know about you. Thanks for sharing.

    Srinu.

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      1. Suseelan Hari

        Hi Ramakrishna,

        It’s my pleasure to give compliments like you ppl

        You ppl are future rocking star in SCN.

        Keep blogging and motivating ppl forever!

        Regards,

        Hari Suseelan

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  10. Ram Badam

    Hi Rama,

    Nice to see about your BIF, its really amazing and very interested to read each and every line, and its nice to hear that you are from “City of Destiny”.

    Regards,

    Ramesh Badam

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    1. Ramakrishna Dadi Post author

      Hi Arti, Thank you very much for your compliments.

      You are mistaken πŸ˜‰ Ramakrishna Beach got its name because of Ramakrishna Mission ashram, but my name is of Lord Rama & Krishna.

      Best Regards,

      Rama

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