Sanskrit classes in New Jersey 

 I am so happy to share with you the details about Free Sanskrit classes held at Krishnavrindavana in Edison, New Jersey. There are two batches one for children and another for adults. Again we have beginner and intermediate batches in that. Classes for adults are held from 3 to 4pm and for children its from 4pm to 5pm.

Usually the parents and children come together and children would play in the temple premises when their parents are in class. And parents would listen to the discourse by priest when the children are in class.

If you are interested in joining the classes here is the address

Shri Krishna Vrindavana, 215 May St, Edison, NJ 08837

I will give you the E-mail ids of teachers if you are interested in joining. Please comment below with your E-mail id for more details.

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AMC Dine in Theatre Menlo Park Mall

Hi Friends welcome back to my series on Life in America.

My husband is yet to get Drivers License, and Taxi being costly here, life is kind of boring without car. Luckily I have few places which could be reached by walk. Even then the summer heat is so high that its not that easy to walk even a mile. Here in US people mention distance in miles and not in Kilometers as in India. So we keep converting it to kilometer just as we convert dollars to rupees every time we have to buy things!!

So yesterday I decided I will take my daughter to a movie in the AMC Dine in Theater not waiting for week ends or nights so that husband can accompany us. The show was at 3.15 and we left home around 2.45pm. I did not buy it online as it showed ticket value total as $20 and another $2 as convenience fee. I thought that convenience fee must be for buying online. I think I was right.amc-dine-in-theatres

I had seen that AMC theater comes on the back side so I thought it would be easier to walk from outside, so we walked towards Macy’s went inside Macy’s and came outside. But that was a wrong decision as the AMC theater is in first floor. Again went inside the mall came to first floor and entered the theater from there. By now it was almost 3 pm or so. I thought waiting in the queue would consume more time so went to buy the tickets in Ticket vending machine. But somehow it did not work out. Meanwhile a kind lady offered me to lend her membership card so that I will get 50% discount. But as I had already swiped my debit card I told her Thanks but I already swiped my card. She said OK and left. Then I realized that the machine did not accept my card and I had to wait in the queue again. Bought the tickets when my turn came and asked her if the movie already started, she said no, not yet. I felt good, but was wondering its already 3.30pm or so, how come it did not begin yet. We went to our Screen NO.5 and with the help of staff there found our seat E1 & E2. It was not difficult to find, the alphabets were written in big font on the floor itself.

All chairs had a button so that we could call the waitress and order food, the menu, ketchup, salt and pepper everything was kept beside all seats.

I realized the movie has not started yet, many ads of the movies coming in next months, releasing as late as October were advertised. I was wondering what is the need to advertise about the movies which are coming in October, still 2 more months to go. But I felt the secret life of pets would be good one to watch.

Finally the movie begun, it was good. Audience started getting the foods which they had ordered. I did not feel like ordering anything as it would distract my daughter and we don’t need anything to eat in a movie which is hardly one and half hour long. Unlike Indian movies it did not have any interval. I don’t know if there are no intervals in American movie theaters or it was so because it was a dine in theater.!

The movie was over by 5pm or so. I wondered if it is over or it is a break. As I could see all the movie crew list scrolling on the screen I knew its over but still waited for more people to leave the hall. Then I was sure its really over!! Came out with my daughter, she enjoyed the movie a lot. We went to washroom refreshed and entered the Menlo Park mall again.

I was feeling hungry, so was my daughter. Bought some pretzels in Auntie Anne’s and a Lemonade. It cost somewhere around 10 dollars. Lemonade was really good. The pretzels were little salty but were fresh and tasty otherwise.original-nuggets

From there we went to Roosevelt park, spent another another three hours there. My husband joined us there. Then we walked back home.

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Plays in the Park @ Edison – Play Oklahoma

In continuation with my posts on Life in America, today I am posting about Plays in the Park. Plays in the Park is a Theatrical organization in Roosevelt Park, Edison. Initially I was of the impression they stage plays in different parks on different dates. But now I realized it happens only in Roosevelt Park at Edison and people from distances as far as 40 miles or more come here to watch the plays. I am so lucky that I live at a distance as near as not even half mile from the Park.

Last Friday we watched the Play Oklahoma. Music by Richard Rodgers, Written by Oscar Hammerstein and Play was directed by Margaret Davis. It has been many years since I watched any play. In India we could not attend any play even though we wanted to because of distance and time constraints. So my idea of a Play or Drama as we used to call it in childhood dates back to 80’s. I remember I had seen a kannada play with my parents and siblings by name ‘Mudukana maduve’ which translates to ‘Old man’s wedding’. It was a comedy. Then the actors had to come near the mic and speak aloud. There would not be more scenes as arranging background would be difficult or the different scenes were differentiated mainly by changing background curtains. Next one was my own participation in a play during my high school days at Jaganmohana Palace in Mysore. But looks like the Theatre has advanced to much more professional, interesting and enchanting stage with the help of technology.

I went to this play Oklahoma with my husband and daughter. We were spell bound by the splendid performance of the team, the music played by around 50 musicians in front of the stage, the ability of the actors to Sing, dance and act so effortlessly, the moving houses, moving fences, moving wind mill and so on. With so much of ease stage was set for the next scenes.

We sat at the center row exactly facing the center stage and could get clear view of everything on stage. When curly (Andy Martinez) started singing ‘oh what a beautiful morning..’ with such a melancholic voice I felt the whole audience felt it was really a beautiful day to be sitting there and watching them sing and perform. okhlahoma (7) a_okhlahoma (34)

I really doubted whether the artists are singing the songs or somebody with the music team is singing, we could not even find mic any where near their head or ears. May be I did not observe all those things as I was immersed in their story. Every dance was splendid, there was humor, comedy, fight, anger, dream, innocence, cruely, love and affection. All possible feelings came and went. I could observe that each and every actor did their best. At any point of the time you could not see them appear like as if they are acting, they were all part of that story and it was as if its really happening and they are experiencing it.

We met another senior person who was very friendly and told us more about shown in US. He told this troupe is at par with the Broadway of Newyork or sometimes better and they are charging so less compared to them. He shifted to Edison 19 years back and is watching these plays without missing every year.

The Ticket charges for 7$ for adults and free for children. They took 3$ rent for chairs. The show was for 2 hours, but we felt as if it was over within an hour. Because it was so interesting. I really loved to sit under the clouds and watch the splendid performance. I felt I was in the seventh heaven.

I should have seen the show on day 1 and should have posted so that you all could have joined me, but dont worry they will be playing “Jesus christ superstar” from July 29th.. See you then..

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