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It was like lightning at first sight, The light from your eyes searing My very Soul, I felt so like a harpooned fish, Pinned, impaled, Stuck hopelessly To your devilish good looks. You , my God! So hot, so very hot, Your looks could scorch the Sun. Evaporate all wisdom, Incinerate every discretion. Even in this swamp of heat, Even through the dense fog Of my senseless infatuation, I knew that you could never Ever be mine. You were alas! Cut out for much bigger Things in life. For much more deserving men, Taller, handsomer, richer, smarter guys, Just as a pot cannot grow A banyan tree, Nor a well hold An entire lake, I could never have you. Today the flame is extinguished, Today the infatuation is gone, Time has doused the fires , But you still remain as a sweet memory, Here's wishing you luck wherever you be. _______________


THE SIMPLE YET POWERFUL BALAJI TEMPLE Balaji is another name for Lord Vishnu, who is one of the three main Hindu deities. There is an internationally famous Balaji hill temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh in South India. This temple has lakhs of devotees thronging for a Darshan (Sighting) of the Lord Balaji deity all year around. Devotees sometimes have to wait several hours for a quick Darshan of the Lord. The crowds get even larger on festival and other auspicious days. There are several other Balaji temples across India of course, especially in the South of India. But there is one, relatively less known Balaji temple on the outskirts of Hyderabad in Telangana, India, which is quite special indeed. This is called the Chilukuru Balaji temple because it is located in a small village called Chilukuru, about 30 kms from Hyderabad. What then is special about this temple? Firstly, this unassumingly small temple is among the very few probably which doesn’t have a money donation hundi. I