Friday, February 6, 2009

My visit to urgent care

Last Tuesday afternoon, on day 2 of our 3-day lent, I felt a squeezing pain on my left chest. This got me thinking it’s something critical with my heart. The last biology class I took was in 10th grade and I have not refreshed my knowledge since. However, I decided to look it up online and the results got me worried more. When I read about any type of symptom, I felt that’s the one I had…. and it further confused me. Finally, I decided to go over to the urgent care close by our home. En route, I stopped by our home and told Benoy aunty about this incident. Chris was about to arrive from school and she said she’ll join me later at the urgent care.

At the urgent care, I was attended immediately when I told them my symptom and they did the basic tests, EKG twice, and finally the x-ray of my chest. The Physician’s assistant (PA) told me I was fine and the next time I get similar symptoms, I should go directly to the ER. This confused me even further – are they not telling me something or is it the medical lingo? I came back home and paid close attention to every move that goes on my chest. I felt there’s something wrong with me, due to all these motions I could feel in my chest, and kept on sharing my experience with Benoy aunty. Yesterday evening she placed a call to Dr. Sheraj (Jake’s Dad) and Dr. Sheraj thought it was something muscular, and told me to observe further. I am closely monitoring any movement that I can sense.

My thought on tuesday was that if I felt something wrong, I should get it checked right away. Anyway, I decided not to raise any further red flags on this topic and continue observing the movements. Everything should be fine :-)

GD Part 4: Ten ways to crack the GD

Check out this SlideShare Presentation below on GD. I found it to be quite detailed and informative. It has all the info we need. If you play around with the buttons below, you should be able to view this in full screen mode. It was put together by some software firm in India, but contains vital information that we're looking for. Towards the end, you'll see terms such as lac and 'civil service'. Lac = 100,000 & Civil Service is one of the toughest exam in India, where GD can make/break your entry.

Guys and gals, go thru these slides prior to our initial GD.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

3 Day lent: Day 3 of 3

The final day went by relatively easy. There weren’t many challenges I faced compared to earlier days. Started my day with prayers and felt excited that it’s almost over. I had my lunch around 12:00 noon and abstained from further food. Left to church around 5:00 PM to escape the traffic and while on the road I noticed that I was low on gas. I decided to take a chance as my dashboard was constantly telling me the range I could cover with the remaining gas and the way in which I throttled the gas pedal. With about 3 miles remaining, I pulled into the Shell gas station I planned to (off of 78 and Hugh Howell Rd). It was extremely cold and with the wind blowing, it must have been approximately 12 degrees, I found out that I had to stay out there holding the gas lever. I told myself this is another torment I should account towards my lent, without complaint.

Got to church around 6:00 PM and found out I was the first person and started my regular chores. People started arriving around 6:20 PM and we started evening prayers at 6:40 PM. During evening prayers on weekdays, Achen zooms at supersonic speed and the service finished around 8:05 PM. That’s when Achen decided to give a short sermon on Nineveh, Prophet Jonah, and the Evengelion that was read. It lasted for another 10 minutes.

I was curious as to how many people would show up for evening service at the new campus on a weekday and discovered 13 ladies, 13 gents, 1 choir, 4 deacons and Achen. Among the crowd, I spotted our Mariya Tom, and was pleased to see her. I guessed Mariya must have been observing lent and will find out for sure next Sunday. My mind later drifted towards the coffee sitting in my car, wrapping up everything, and heading out home at the earliest. After swinging by our classroom for a brief visit, I was in my car at 8:40 PM and reached home around 9:30 PM.

Once I reached home, I saw an email from our Jake about his attempt to become a better person spiritually these 3 days. Good job Jake. I felt extremely cheerful and really want to take some time and reply to his mail sometime today.

You must certainly be feeling proud about your abilities that you discovered, feeling positive and confident!! By the way, the 3 day lent is the shortest one on our church calendar.

More to come...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Evening prayers today at 6:30 PM

Today is the last day of the 3-day lent. We have evening prayers at church followed by Holy Qurbana.

Evening prayers start at 6:30 PM and go on till 7:00 PM. If you are planning on receiving Holy Communion, abstain from food or drink for at least 6 hours (say, since 12:00 noon). This is true for all Holy Qurbana’s held in the evenings.

Holy Qurbana will start at 7:00 PM and lasts approximately until 8:40 PM. I would carry some sort of juice or drink in the car, to quench thirst after Holy Qurbana.

3 Day lent: Day 2 of 3

Learn that observing lent is a voluntary act, that can strengthen you spritually and psychologically. The information posted here will come handy and have some sort of meaning only if you are observing lent and allowing yourself to go down this path.

Day 2 of 3 of 3-Day Lent went by, with some challenges and roadblocks. I was able to dodge all of them, with quite a bit of struggle, and did not lose my cool. Surviving day 2 was about 3 times difficult than day 1.

One more day to go...

Monday, February 2, 2009

3 Day lent: Day 1 of 3

Since I have not heard from anyone of you, I guess none of you are participating in this lent.

Overall, day 1 of 3 day lent went well on my end. It was bit difficult around 11:00 AM to pull along. Then I meditated a bit, recited the Kauma, Our Father... Hail Mary... etc and in about 10 minutes was able to cross the bridge. Later in the evening, just before leaving work, Chris called me and asked me to get him a color printout of something that was due tomorrow. I was about to get mad at Chris (because he waited till last day), but told myself that I am in lent and controlled my patience. I recalled the sentence Jesus once said, "It's not what goes into your mouth, rather what comes out of your mouth that makes a person unclean" (Matthew 15:11). I patiently got the printouts Chris wanted. Once I reached home, I hurried towards God, and thanked Him for having a rather smooth day. One third of the journey is over... another 2 more days to go....

I would have liked to hear your experience if was anything similar to mine.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Three day lent starts on monday, Feb 2

Our church teaches us to do fasting and prayer. One school of thought is, to skip food and meat while observing lent. But, I believe you need to abstain from whatever you like the most (favorite foods, candies, chocolates, ice cream, TV…you know what I mean). Ask yourself, how you should conduct yourself on those 3 days, and your own consciousness will answer that question. You do not have to say it aloud that you’re observing lent; it’s for your own purification and to gain spiritual strength.

If you have not tried observing lent, this is an appropriate one to give it a try. Spend 3 days in meditation and prayer and follow your mind. From my past experience, I have noticed that the three days will go by real quick and, at the end of three days, you’ll emerge stronger and feel closer to God.

While observing lent, below are few things I would do. Right after taking a shower in the morning, I spend some time reading the Bible and meditate. I pray to God to give me the strength to stay focused and help me to abstain from whatever I decided to. During the course of the day, I do several short prayers such as Qauma including Our Father and Hail Mary. Further, I try not to lose my temper or say something to hurt others. The first day is usually bit hard. At the end of the day, I again go near God and thank Him for the help. Mentally I count that one day is over and only two more remaining. On the second day, I tell myself that I am almost half way through, and go thru the same routine. On the third day, I am quite excited that it’s the last day :-) Today Achen announced in church that there is a Qurbana on Wednesday at 6:00 PM, which I will attend that thank God for all the help He provided.

This one has been my personal favorite (since it’s a short one). Out of the three days (24 X 3 = 72 hrs), most of us sleep for approximately 8 hours a day. That reduces the lent time to 72 – (8 X 3) = 48 hours. Now, that’s something that most of us will like to hear :-)

If any of you are observing the 3 day lent, let me know, and let’s be together in it.

February 09 Key Dates & Events

Key Dates:
Feb 2 – Three day lent begins; Groundhog Day
Feb 4 – Holy Qurbana at Church (6:00 PM?)
Feb 12 – Lincoln’s B’day
Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day; Sunday school teachers’ meeting (tentative)
Feb 16 – President’s Day
Feb 24 – Mardi Gras

Events around Atlanta:

Feb 11 -22: Disney’s High School Musical. Center Theater, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Dunwoody. Info: 678.812.4002; Tickets $15 - $25

Feb 13 – 22: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Philips Arena info: 404.878.3000. Tickets: $14 - $130. Tickets Call 404.249.6400.

Feb 13 – 15: 12th Annual Georgia Home & Garden Show. Call 678.455.5192. Tickets $6 - $7.

Feb 13 – Mar 7: Big Apple Circus. Stone Mountain Park. Info 770.498.5690. Tickets: $13 - $42 plus $8 parking.

Feb 14 – 16: Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries. Info: 404.929.6300. Tickets: $15

Feb 27: Robin Williams, actor and comedian. Fox Theater 8:00 PM. Info: 404.881.2100. Tickets $61.50 - $101.50.

Posted BRS # 7 Grades

I have graded all of BRS # 7 answers and posted the grades. All of you scored 100 on this one. Thank you for turning them in on time. Keep up the good work.

I believe the scores so far will be posted on the notice board next Sunday.

Info on Symposium from Headmaster

Below is a message I received from Shaju on next Sunday's symposium.

Dear Sunday School Students,

The symposium for senior students (Grades 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th) is next Sunday on February 8th. The topic for the Symposium is:
Your understanding regarding a healthy congregation and explain how such a congregation influences your formation. You can talk about the doctrine of the Church and the works of the various spiritual organizations within the Church and their interactions. Also for more and better points, you can check with Achen. Each student will have a maximum of 5 minutes. Please let me know if you would like to sign up.