Partition of India, the pain.

Just watching a documentary of an Asian Indian actor tracing her roots. And then the documentary talked about her Grand Uncle and his family being massacred on a train as they fled from the newly created Pakistan. She even met her great aunt who was on that train when she was 20, but somehow survived. Why do I feel a stab of pain each time I hear or see anything on the partition of India ? I am a partition baby, but I don’t really remember anything… but after all these years, whenever I see people from the other side of the border speaking Punjabi, looking and speaking exactly like my grandfather, I can’t help shedding tears …

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the IIT conference

I was part of a series of forums at the IIT Alumni 2007 Global conference in the ‘Silicon Valley”. I am amazed at what the IIT Alumni has achieved and their incredible influence on the world and in India. I am proud and thankful to Jawahar Lal Nehru for his incredible foresight when he created these institutions. Meanwhile if anyone would like to post a comment on the conference, please do so under this blog.

The Zen of doing Nothing

Work, work, work. Play hard. Take a holiday. Go out. have you seen the latest ? And yet …. I crave to walk the mountains, not alone, but in solitude, allowing my mind to breathe, to listen to the quite whispers going on between me and my mind. Between my conscious and subconscious. Every day to get to know myself again, to say a quite hello to myself, and give myself a gentle hug. And seemingly to do nothing. Nothing except just be…..

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Buddhist Prayer flags

If you scroll down on the right, under the last of the ‘Most popular’ is the Category ‘Zen Thoughts’……I love the philosophy of the Buddhist Prayer flag. Tie up a little coloured flag to a string, and every time it flutters in the wind, it says a prayer for you. And for everything. Whenever I go to Ladakh, I see thousands of the beautiful fluttering flags, all forever saying prayers. And some time ago I posted a blog titled ‘Did we say a Prayer today ?”, talking about how science is discovering, as we are, the power of Prayer…. and since then Cinda has been posting a prayer everyday……… and I thought, if we all posted a prayer whenever we felt like it, and just because we felt like it, the prayer would be out there on the net, and every time anyone clicked on that Blog, it would be like the wind fluttered the prayer.

London Explosive Device

Just landed in London from Malaysia and the news media is full of the ‘potentially explosive device’ found near Piccadilly Circus. The Londoners are faced with the inconvenience of traffic jams and how to get to work. Cant help thinking of how the people in Baghdad and in Beruit survive much much worse. Are the major Western cities going to be more dangerous to live in ? Can you be involved in a War and keep absolute peace at home ? Shekhar

Crossroads of Freedom

where lies the identity
of this realm called freedom ?
which way do I point myself
where are the signpost
and which path do I take
and not look back with regret ?

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Pursuit of Happiness – Open Forum

Is excessive/compulsive consumerist behavior an attempt to compensate for the loss of a simple community life, where our basic social patterns were defined by simple rules. Where relationships had time to be more meaningful and where we had a greater, more mythic relationship with nature and the Earth. Is this loneliness driving us to compensate for the lack of meaningful relationships through extreme materialistic expression ?

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Tony Blair and the Global Cool film

The internet is rife with rumours that my next film is called Global Cool with Tony Blair and Sienna Miller in the lead. Actually ‘Global Cool’ is an organization that is dedicated to bringing the message of Global Warming to the youth. Hopefully we can make energy conservation, water conservation etc a fun thing to do, and a social activity. Sienna Miller, Tony Blair and I are all members of this organization….

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The spiraling dollar

Those of us that get paid in dollars but live in the most expensive city in the world watch in dismay as the dollar continues to spiral downwards. There must be a floor after which the dollar will begin to rise ? After all the US economy is still one of the most robust in the world, despite the huge trade deficit. And for those that think that the explosive growth in China is eclipsing the value of the $ forget that the relationship between China and the US is akin to a big bank and it’s largest borrower. One cannot fall without taking the other down…..

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And so my day begins at 3.30 am …

We are reeling in the throes of a very severe crisis of water, reports Ratna Rajaiah. In her extremely caustic article she talks about how the daily lives of people in Mysore is being dominated by the availability of Water. For those of us that live in large cities where water still runs through our taps on demand, it’s a warning of things soon to come. Whether in London, New York,Los Angeles or Tokyo. ” “40% of Bangalore (India’s Silicon Valley) is getting water only once in 3 days”. Do read …..

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