Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej a Wonderful Journey


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Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej leaves the Siriraj Hospital for a ceremony at the Grand Palace in Bangkok Kokula Krishna Hari Kunasekaran

Some of you may have heard about the most tragic news in our lifetime for all Thai people, the death of our beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away yesterday at the age of 89 and during the 70th year of his reign.

Then, you may notice that not only all your Thai friends have changed their FB profile pictures and covers all into black to mourn our beloved King but you may notice also through several news sources about the nation’s deepest grieve. Not a single face without tears. Not a single word well enough to express the sorrow. The whole nation has once again united as one to share a moment of the darkest hours in our history, losing the heart of the nation who we love unconditionally and wholeheartedly.

For those who are not familiar with the strong bond between Thai people and the royal family, especially King Bhumibol, you may not understand why Thais are so much in deep sorrow when the King passed away. Let me proudly and humbly share with you some of his stories I know!

Born on the 5th of December 1927 in Cambridge, MA in the US. He was named “Bhumibol” which means “The Strength of the Land” by his mother who was originally born as an ordinary people and well raised him and his brother and sister in a simple ordinary way, not in a royal luxurious way.

At the age of 2, he lost his father from a severe illness. At the age of 19, he lost his brother, King Anandamahidol from a mysterious accident. So, he had to accept the request from the government to start his service on the throne ever since. At the age of 20, he lost one eye from a car accident and he had used only one eye to work for his people throughout the long service of his monarch ever since. The long 70 years of service without a rest.

His first royal statement as a king was “I will rule the land with righteousness for all the good and well-being of all Thai people”! And he had done what he promised every single day of his life until his last breath.

Throughout 70 years of the reigning monarch, he had travelled to almost every bit of the kingdom, mostly remote areas where the names are not eventually known to us in order to visit his people and helped them getting rid of the problems they had and levelling up their quality of life. He created thousands of royal projects to create foods, jobs and wealth for his people.

His palace is the only palace in the world where there are no luxurious decorations or fancy stuff. There are only testing farms, agricultural inventions, cows, school, satellite radio station and other stuff you wouldn’t imagine other kings would have in their palaces. He had sacrificed his happiness, time, money and put all his devotion to his service for one single purpose, to create good lives for his beloved people. He had unconditional love for all the people, regardless of races and religious. His supports were equal for Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Hindi, etc. This is why Thailand is one of the freest countries in the world, religious-wise. He was a great teacher, creator, scientist, commander, farmer, musician and above all, he was the only man in the country who could truly unite all the people as one.

He once said, “My place in this world is to be among my people”. He taught us with words and without words via his actions to love, help and give peace to each other.

For the one who could have had a happy luxurious life if he wanted to but ,instead, he had chosen a very simple life and rough road to complete his given mission. His reward and lifetime achievement were only one thing, the happiness of his people.

This is why Thai love him…… much…… I have travelled more than 100 times to Thailand and I have witnessed their strong attachment with King & the Royal family so much.

In remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927-2016

Always our beloved King!!!

Conversation with future Spouse – Part 6/28 – Home Management


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Home Management is sometimes misunderstood that it’s the duty of women. But it is not actually. Here are few questions which needs to be asked before setting up the home or ensuring that your home is compatible enough for your future spouse.

  • Did you have a paying job when you were in high school? Before high school?
  • Do you believe in establishing a family budget?
  • Do you believe in prenuptial agreements? Under what circumstances?
  • Do you believe that a certain amount of money should be set aside for pleasure, even if you’re on a tight budget?
  • Do you gamble?
  • Do you have significant debts?
  • Do you pay alimony or child support?
  • Do you prefer urban, suburban, or rural settings?
  • Do you think of your home as a cocoon, or is your door always open? What do you need to feel energised and inspired in your home?
  • Has money ever been a factor for you in the breakup of a relationship?
  • Have differences about home style ever been a factor in the breakup of a relationship?
  • Have you ever been called cheap or stingy?
  • Have you ever used money as a way of controlling a relationship? Has anyone ever tried to control you with money?
  • How important is it for you to have a space in your home that is yours alone?
  • How important is it for you to make a lot of money?
  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  • If you had unlimited resources, how would you live?
  • Is it important to have your own private home, or do you prefer apartment or condo living, with a management company responsible for the maintenance? Are you a do-it-yourselfer, or would you rather hire professionals? Do you prefer to clean your own home or hire a housekeeper?
  • Is quiet important in your home, or do you prefer having music or some background noise most of the time? Is it important to have a TV in the bedroom? Living room? Kitchen? Do you like to sleep with the TV or radio on?
  • Should individuals within a marriage have separate bank accounts in addition to joint accounts? Do you feel that bills should be divided based on a percentage of each person’s salary?
  • What is your annual income?
  • Who should handle the finances in your family?

Will meet you back shortly!

Conversation with future Spouse – Part 5/28 – Charity


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charity kokula krishna hari

Charity is one of the most competent stuff where a couple needs to discuss for having a sustainable Financials throughout their lives.

  • How important is it to you to contribute time or money to charity?
  • Which kind of charities do you like to support? How much of your annual income do you donate to charity?
  • Do you feel that it is the responsibility of the haves of the world to help the have-nots?
  • Have attitudes about charitable contributions ever been a factor in the breakup of a relationship?

Will meet you back in the 6th Part shortly.