Elevation of the house!!!
With the car in the portico!! The right side cococut tree is a old one retained in our compound.
One more view, with the greenery in the front.
Our photography amatuer, SUNIL:-)
Rabbit in the premises!!!
The living room!!!
Main door and the dining room in the background.
Stairs to the first floor from the dining room. Lakshmi akka doing the decoration for the house.
Door leading to the varendah and the backyard from the dining. Tulasi kota in the middle of the backyard.
Master bedroom in the first floor!!
Siddu sitting at the door leading to the family room varendah and the terrace.
View of the family room from the stairs.
Siddu playing in the terrace, I think this is going to be his favorite abode:-)
How do I control him man? He is going to be running all over the place here.
All the kalasas set up for the homa and the pooja.
View from the terrace!! Good thing is the amount of space, greenery and the OXYGEN:-)
Very colorful, bava leading it from the front with a pure white kurta.
Ramesh peddanannagaru ringing the bell, RIGHTFULLY!!!
The Vajjhala family on the terrace.
Vajjhala Srinivasrao's family photograph. Doddamma and pinni with truely colorful sarees.
Getting ready for the pooja!!! Didn't realize I was this dusky!!! Visible only because of the brightness from Kamala:-)
Everyone is keenly listening to the pooja mantras.
Major recital of mantras by pujaris.
Blessings from Doddamma and peddanannagaru.
Blessings from Vardhan babayya and pinni.
Two beautiful girls, Swati and Sneha!!
Satyanarayana pooja in the living room.
Together offering our prayers to the god.
House decorated with the lights.
After the pooja loaded with flowers.
Sharan, "The Hero" on the steps.
Looks good with the blue sky in the background.
Sunil has now grown to the position of joking with our Teacher, Madam Ramadevi!!!
All the audience completely engrossed with classical music program being conducted.
Great Compere!!! We were privelaged to have her as our compere, she thoroughly entertained everyone of us.
Entire gang sitting on the lawn listening to the music program.
Fantastic singing by Venu, Murthy Aunty and Latha vadina!!! They entertained veryone of us.
Siddu with his favorite... Tati
All the wonderful singers in full force!!!
Murty aunty graced us with her songs!!!
This time it is BR Murty aunty with her annamayya song.
Guru Kameswari doddamma gracing us with her song.
Siddu playing with me on the lawn!!
Lata vadina singing a fantastic song.
Narsu babayya & Radha pinni with Madhu annayya.
Indu singing us Kamalhasan's song, that too a Tamil one.
The server gang, who braved the rain that night (Gopal, Madhav, Sudhakar, Narsu babayya and Narayana Murthy).
Vikramaditya singing a song for us.
Sitting at the entrance of the house at 5 AM in the morning on 14th.
Praying for our entrance to be the best.Escorted by my sisters (Swarna and Sarada) at the back.
Doing the Vastu puja to the door.
Feeding the cow before it enters the house, that certainly was challenge.
Getting ready to enter the house with our family god in the front.
It was a struggle to get the cow into the house, it certainly was a scared animal.
Phew!!! It is finally in, making the way for us to get into the house.
We put our foot in along with our house god at 5:30AM.
Inside the house.
Followed by the sisters carrying the water behind us.
Doing the puja to the gas range in the kitchen.
Boiling the milk...
Boiling milk - Stage 2
Boiling milk - Stage 3
Boiling milk - Stage 4 (Final one)
Me & Kamala - Adding rice to the boiling milk.
Dad & Mom - Adding rice to the boiling milk.
Atta - Adding rice to the boiling milk.
Kasibabu, I am glad he made it. He never missed any occasion in the family. He too is adding rice to the boiling milk.
Finally the two sisters get on to the job that's their own.
Vardhan babayya and pinni adding the same.
Sastry annayya and Gayatri vadina - fantastic to see them at all our functions.
Gopal - Thankful to him for coming over at short notice. He was fantastic help through out the function.
My mentor - Ravi bava, always nice to see his presence to bless us. Lakshmi akka, although not in the frame, was big help, as always, in decorating the place.
Our official photographer - Jyoti mavayya, handing over the mantle to his nephew, Sunil.
Sowjanya was here representing his mom, Padmashree akka, who couldn't make it.
After the lamps were lit in the puja room.
Makes good family photograph --- Sowjanya, Vamsi, Gopal, Indu, Ravi bava and Sunil.
Little bigger group - Sastry annayya, Kasi babu, Jyoti mavayya, rest of the folks with me included:-)
Bhakta - The main architect behind the smooth running of the function. He was also responsible for getting the house to a more presentable shape.
The Satyanarayana puja starts.
Dad, along with other ladies of the house, participating in the puja.
Raja having a quiet word with Sarada akka... Something really serious!!!
What apt attention by Gayatri akka!!!
Well, here is the audi car, which travelled on the muddy roads leading to the house.
The planning and logistics group - Dad leading it with Sudhakar, Sasidhar, gopal and babbayya executing on the action items.
Family photograph - Mom, Dad, Kamala and me.
Getting ready for the purnaahuti.
A tricky way of doing things.
Taking rounds around the homa kundam (fire) after the homam was done.
Bali at the entrance with Sripati (Prakash's brother) in the background.
Wonderful gathering of ladies in the family. All attending the puja.
Everybody taking a bow after the puja was over.
Sai and Keertana-- What sisterly love???
Atta, presenting us the clothes on the occasion.
Dad and mom presenting us the clothes on the occasion.
Gifts being presented by Subbarao mavayya and Lakshmi atta.
Gift from Kasibabu and Gopal.
Gift from Swarna and Krishna.
Gifts from Vardhan babayya and pinni.
Gifts from Sasidhar.
Siddu was thoroughly tired the two days, and hence the tired look!!!
Who are these people again? That's what he was wondering all day, those two days!! Saw close to 300 different people, must be really tiring.
Doddamma and Ravi annayya giving us the blessings and the gifts:-)
Blessings and gifts from BR Murty uncle, aunty, Vasu annayya and Padma.
Hari annayya and VaraLakshmi giving us the gifts.
Pyari & Sharan giving us the gifts - I am glad they could make it to the function.
Ramesh peddananagaru, Sundari doddamma were also there to bless us.
Kali peddanannagaru and Kameswari doddamma also make it all teh way from Vizag to attend this function.
Siva annayya & vadinaji also made it in time from US to give us their blessings. We are truely glad to have them back in Bangalore. I just hope they will continue to be here though.
Ravi bava and akka, giving us the gifts and their blessings. Siddu looks on --- Who the hell is this giving hugs to my dad???
Anirudh baba --- Looking bright and awake.
Along with Lata vadina and Sneha!!! Buchinanna would certainly have been proud of me and I certainly miss him!!!
With Jyoti mavayya and Swati --- Early in the morning and Kamala and Swati are already sleeping.
With Atta and Vani!!! Man Kamala looks really tired.
Both os us with Srinu!!! The GOD in the house.
Anirudh baba outside in the garden. He is really busy, isn't he?
Siddu on the stairs.. This is his favorite pass time now.
Siddu looking through the opening on the first floor. This is scary... I need to be really careful about this one... Probable will have to close it:-(
Rama aunty, Kittu uncle and Sukumar uncle graced the occasion too.. It was fantastic to have them grace the occasion.
This is the name of the house. Vajjhala is our family name, Aaramam in Telugu means "Garden".
Lots of food... And there were great feedback on the food. DB, Sudhakar, Madhav and Praveen are seen in the background.
All of Dad's friend having the food.
The food counter was arranged in the back yard, after the heavy downpour earlier evening.