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  • JONNALAGADDA SITA DEVI

    Smt. Sita Devi (1941-2009) was the youngest of three children and only girl child born to Sri Bhamidipati Suryanaryana and his wife Smt. Subbalakskmi. She grew up in Bhimavaram, West Godavari district alongside her brothers Sri BK. Rao and Sri BJ Rao, who were loving and supportive throughout her life. She was married to Sri JVS Rama Sastri while still in college. It was her remarkable capacity to adjust to new surroundings and people that made her transition to Bombay where she joined her husband as a young girl, then later to Hyderabad and New Delhi while her husband was working, and finally to various cities in the United States after his retirement, seem effortless. Besides Telugu and English, she picked up several local languages like Tamil, Marathi and Hindi making close lifelong friends wherever she went, due to her natural social skills and ever-helpful attitude. While her husband was busy at work, Smt. Sita Devi took complete responsibility of managing the home and taking responsibility for the children and extended family. Starting with her early twenties upon the death of her father-in-law, she and her husband assumed responsibility for the well-being of her hysbands family: performing the marriages of his two siblings, caring for his mother and elder brother in her home and hosting many family members over the years. And she found time to be an exemplary mother. Her focus while raising children was always on developing good values, providing a good education, and teach them responsibility towards family and society, while being spiritually centered. Today, her children are married with children, active in their communities, and in turn taking care of their parents, in –laws and extended families- hopefully fulfilling their mothers aspirations. She had varied hobbies ranging from knitting, sewing and embroidery to an interest in electrical and similar work such that she enjoyed fixing electrical, appliances and plumbing problems around the house. By the time Sri Sastri retired from the Indian Economic Service (IES) in 1990, all three children had completed their education in India and USA, gaining multiple advanced degrees and being well-placed in careers. This helped greatly in leasding a happy, connected retired life. A true Karma Yoga practitioner, Smt. Sita Devi was deeply spiritually inclined from a young age and after her children became adults, she started spending a lot of time on religious discourses, bhajans, chanting and vedantic literature and also community service. She and her husband undertook pilgrimages with like- minded friends and family. However, she continued to be a pillar of support for her children and a loving grandmother who helped raise her grandchildren. Having completed all her worldly tasks and with no more desires left, she passé away peacefully on an auspicious Poornima (full moon) in December 2009, being stringently prescient about her own death. She will be remembered for a life lived by example - a highly spiritually evolved human with a tremendous capacity for deep love, friendship and hard work, and who was in turn deeply loved and revered. Realising that childrens education was close to her heart, her husband Sri Rama Sastri and children Rajini Kant, Padma Ranjita and Venu Krishna instituted this endowment to provide financial assistance to the deserving. The hope that the beneficiaries too, when they are settled, will pay forward by similarly helping deserving yet financially challenged students in the future. Persons who contributed to this Endowment : Sri Jonnalagadda Ramasastry & Family Members. Beneficiaries of Endowment : 1. Kum Gayatri Iswarya , Receved support for doing her B.com and later MBA Program at Bhavans Vidyalaya from 2013-2018. She is presently working with Tech Mahindra . 2. Mr. Vanka Sai Ramesh , Received support from 2014-2018 for doing his B-tech program from NIT Suratkal, and at present working as software engineer with Radisys Bengaluru and as a gratitude contributed Rs. 40,000/- to the corpus. 3. Mr Kuppa Krishna Sai Vineeth , Received support from 2015 for doing his B-tech Program at IIT Chennai and he is now in his Final Year, 4. Mr. Thimmaraju Venkata Sai Harsha, Receiving support from 2018-19 for doing His B-tech Program at NIT Suratkal

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