A is for Angels

It seems appropriate to begin the A to Z Challenge with the word “Angels”. I have several angels watching over me.

But first, special thanks to Arlee Bird,  Founder of this exciting A to Z Challenge – a mega blog hop that runs all through April.

Haiku in your honor, Arlee!

26 letters

Through 30 days of April

Together we blog


Day One is for A

A is for Arlee, Founder

A to Z Challenge

Angels watching over me 

A for April is a very special month for me for various reasons: my Mother’s birthday, the Tamil New Year, friends’ birthdays and some very special personal events.

So back to my…

…angels watching over me.

Angels watching over me
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They watch over me with love, encouraging me as I smile through life. I’d like to appreciate them today, with gratitude.

My Mom:

Married at 13 and abandoned at 18 to raise me as a single parent, my Mother rocked. Generous in life and generous in death. My mentor, inspiration, shining light who brought me into this world and taught me to kick ass, be strong, loving and never say die, who was a great cook, who believed everyone had a good side, who shared so much laughter with me, who had the softest hands.

My Grandmother:

(Oh yeah, the women ruled in my life!) The strong silent supportive Goddess with her enigmatic smile, who shunned laziness and never tired of feeding people, no matter what time of day it was, who nurtured her family, keeping them together, united. Who loved analyzing crime cases, cricket matches and politics. Who was married at 3 and lived to be 87.  Who was intuitive, serene and spoke wisely. Who made me believe that there’s a guardian angel always sitting on my shoulders, waiting to make every one of my wishes come true and advised me to be careful what I wished for.

My Husband:

Who believes in me, loves me and always supports me in whatever I do even if it bombs.  And praises me and keeps me young with his fabulous sense of humor!

My Son:

Who constantly reflects back joy and love, whose single-minded focus on everything he does fascinates me, whose smile lights up my world, who loves music, who is a confirmed softie, and who I hope to have over as a guest poster during the A to Z Challenge.

My Uncles:

Who were my friends and loving mentors and made my childhood a joyous and happy one with their patience, stories and affection.

My Friends:

Who fill my world with happiness and encourage me all the time by being there for me, no matter what. Let me share this wonderfully encouraging verse from a friend I received by email this morning:

Keep blogging around the clock
Don’t even think of writer’s block
Put your thoughts on paper
and make copies to be safer
Then sit back and take stock

Dr. Chandra Senan

My Teachers:

Who motivated me through the years, inspiring self-confidence and the belief that I could achieve anything I set my mind to.

Who are the angels in your life, dear friends?

Angels watching over me

I have a gift for you today!

My dear friend Angela Artemis, Intuition guru,  is offering the Kindle version of her latest book:

The Intuition Answer Book. Your Questions on How to Develop, Recognize and Apply Your Intuition Answered

as a free download today and tomorrow (April 1 and 2, 2013)

This is a delightful book you’ll really enjoy reading. Click the image below to download on Amazon and Enjoy!Intuition angels watching over me


  1. Love how the beauty of your female dominant family shaped you to be a wonderful, loved woman you are today! You too are an angel 🙂

    • Thank you, Stasha, that’s a wonderful thing to say! 😀

      You keep me delighted with your lovely posts! Hugs and happy April to you!
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  2. Shilpa Garg Reply

    What a sweet post to begin the challenge with! A perfect way to show your gratitude towards your guardian angels! I believe in angels too and am thankful for them being in my life!
    Shilpa Garg recently posted…A is for… Addiction

  3. I like to believe I have an guardian angle watching over me ! Like you, I believe my mom is my angle 😛
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  4. you’ve written an original haiku…why am i not surprised. i remember haikus from school years. you lady always surprise me with your creativity in writing. Love your list of Angels, I definitely have you on my list sistah.
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    • Vani, I wrote haikus for an entire month in Feb 2012 and just loved the experience 😀 Hugs! Love you!

    • Hey Afshan! 🙂 How nice to feel they’re all around you, no? (We also met at the HP Indiblogger meet!) happy A to Z-ing to you!

  5. Loved to read the presence of all these Angels in your life.

  6. Hi Vidya,
    You have a lot of energy to do 26 days of posts – but then you do that anyway :O I love your first word – angels! You are surrounded by angels and you know it. Wonderful!
    I love to read about your mother and your grandmother. Are you sure there’s not a book in there!?!? You write so beautifully!
    I have to focus on the angels around me. I think losing a child is like a disease somewhat – people don’t know what to say and opt to avoid you altogether. (Not here in the Blogosphere – but IRL)But I have my oldest best friend who is happily married and childless. Maybe she can be one of my angels because she can’t even imagine how I feel. I’m very grateful for her and her husband who have been amazingly present and supportive since Alex died.
    I look forward to the rest of this Challenge Vidya!
    Lori Gosselin recently posted…Have You Ever Been an April Fool?

    • Lori, thank you so much for the encouraging words. Come closer now…shhhh…yes, there’s a book in there.:-) I wish I lived closer to you, Lori. I’d bring you something every day and sit with you on your real porch. Sometimes in happy silence, sometimes chatting. I understand what you are saying – when my Mother passed away, even close relatives did not call and speak. Makes one wonder. Hugs and looking forward to talking to you soon!

  7. Terri Sonoda Reply

    I’m already in love with your A to Z, and it’s just the first day! Looking forward to more more more! I just downloaded the book. Can’t wait to have a look. Huggssss!
    Terri Sonoda recently posted…Why fiction?

    • Thank you, dearest Terri! I hold your support close to my heart! Hugs! I liked Angela’s book!

    • Yes, Shannon. Feels good, doesn’t it? 🙂 Shanks for commenting. Heading over to read yours now!

  8. Corinne Rodrigues Reply

    Angels do come in various forms – sometimes we don’t realize they’re around. Glad you can ‘see’ yours.
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  9. Betsy/Zen Mama Reply

    What a great subject to write about for “A”! You do have a lot angels in your life. Thanks for being one in mine!! Can’t wait to read your almost daily challenge!
    Betsy/Zen Mama recently posted…Anxiety – How To Keep It At Bay…

  10. Angels are a good way to start. Yes, I do believe that I have a guardian angel. How else could God possible watch over all of us.

    Thank you for sharing the stories about your Family. OK I see that it says your Grandmother married at 3. Is this a type 0 back than did marriage get arranged at that age? Just wondering.

    It is going to be an interesting month on your blog.
    Looking forward to it.

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    • Hi Debbie. 🙂 Guardian Angels are comforting!

      About my Grandma – nah – it was not the norm. I think her case was unusual. 🙂 Very unusual.

      Thank you for your constant support!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Bhagavad Gita

  11. Anne Mackle Reply

    How lovely to have all those angels in your life. I was told once by a medium that my grandfather who I never knew was my angel.

    • Hi Anne! I had a medium “reading” too a few months ago and loved it. It must feel great to know your angel!

  12. Angela Artemis|Powered by Intuition Reply

    Dear Vidya,
    Picking “angels” as your “A” word shows your creativity!
    I loved the post, of course and thank you so much for including me and my new book. I’m truly honored.

    What I found fascinating was that your grandmother was married at three years old! Wow. I’d love to hear more about that!
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    • The choice was easy, Angela! I like to start everything with a prayer and what better way than appreciating the ones we love! I was so excited I could offer your book – it is a wonderful read!

      I’ve made my Grandma repeat her childhood stories millions of times you know! My favorite one was this: The three-year old bride was dressed and asked to sit quietly in the kitchen where her Mom and the other ladies were busy cooking. Those days, they cooked directly on a wood-stove in the open air – for big events. There was also a little stone ditch where they poured the porridge after the rice was cooked. Now, this naughty three year old couldn’t sit for long and wandered around and accidentally fell into the ditch of porridge! Lucky it wasn’t hot! Suddenly they called the bride and were alarmed they couldn’t find her. Then they heard the splashing and shouting – and found her in the porridge! 😀 Apparently my Grandfather was 10 years old at the time. Of course, my Grandma went to my Grandpa’s house only when she was 12 or so. 😀

  13. Cathy Taughinbaugh Reply

    Wonderful post. How fun that you are going to do the A to Z Challenge. Looking forward to reading more!

    • Hi Rhonda, yes, she really married at 3. We used to enjoy listening to her experiences! 😀 Glad you got the book – I loved it!

  14. Kate OMara (@SolidHappiness) Reply

    Lovely thoughts about your angels.

    • Thank you, Damyanti! 🙂 And this year, it is going to be even more exciting thanks to the A to Z Challenge!
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  15. Vidya – so many angels in your life! I’ve always thought God can’t be everywhere at once (and involved in everyone’s day to day life) so has an army of angels out there disguised as parents, kids, teachers and friends:) THeir job is to guide, uplift, inspire, help and keep us safe.

    Anyone (and everyone) can serve the role of an angel any day.

    • Vishnu, I too think we meet angels all the time. Just like the guy who helped pick up my scooter after I fell, the lady who keeps our area clean, the guy who raised my garage door when I twisted my arm…they come in all shapes! And they make me smile!
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  16. privytrifles Reply

    Lovely take Vidya, you are right! We are surrounded by angels in various forms!

  17. Preetilata Reply

    I can’t tell how much i loved reading this post. True how our lives are surrounded and safeguarded by Angels.

    Thank you for the post Vidya. It made me make a mental note of all the Angels in my life.

    And i loved the poem by your friend. I am tempted to write it on a paper in big-bold letters and stick it to my wall. 🙂
    Preetilata recently posted…Broken yet Intact.

    • Thank you, Preetilata. I enjoy taking stock of the good things in life. 😀 Go ahead with the poem. I loved it too and saved it on a sticky on my desktop!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Bhagavad Gita

  18. Tess The Bold Life Reply

    Your stories are mind blowing. We get 30 days of them!! My mom and yours were souls sisters and your hubs sounds like mine. You are sooooooooooooooo blessed with your amazing family! xo
    Tess The Bold Life recently posted…7 Tips for a Fearless Life

    • What an encouraging comment, Tess! Yes, I am blessed with my family and friends. 🙂 That includes awesome you! Hugs!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Bhagavad Gita

  19. Ken Wert@MeanttobeHappy Reply

    I absolutely LOVED reading this post, Vidya! Your words are a breath of fresh air! Your descriptions of your angels are beautiful.

    Who are my angels?

    My Mom who is my cheerleader, my source of inspiration, my ever-encouraging, believing, supporting coach.

    My daughter who is very much like my Mom. Always supportive, always believing in me and always so wise and wonderful and loving, a dream-daughter.

    My dad who was the backbone of the family: strong, good, at every game and practice we or our children ever anticipated in.

    My wife who is the spirit of the family, the gentle one, the beautiful partner who instructs by example.

    Everyone in my family, immediate and extended.

    My students and former students who throw me surprise parties and visit for years after graduation.

    Thank you for the opportunity to review the angels in my life, Vidya.

    And guess what. Sitting down? Yep, you’re one of my angels: so loving, so accepting, so patient, so compassionate, so in love with your family and your life. You’re simply wonderful, my dear friend!
    Ken Wert@MeanttobeHappy recently posted…Do You Love your Life? (3 steps to finding your passion and purpose)

    • Thank you, dearest Ken! There’s so much joy in appreciating every little thing. The word “angels” has great significance in my life. I used to be thrilled each time my uncle said “you’re my angel” rather than “good girl”..and if i did something I shouldn’t have, he’d gently say “but angels do it this way”. So much love and affection. I enjoy writing “5/10 things that make me happy” as a self-motivation exercise and it always works. I can’t imagine anyone not being able to find at least 5 things to feel good about.

      I appreciate you very much, too, Ken. I love our bond.

      Hugs, Vidya
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