Tuesday, July 29, 2008


At the MRA (Moral Rearmament, now known as Initiatives of Change) meeting we met these 2 enterprising young gentlemen, Puneet and Indrashil from Himaachal Pradesh, who are doing their best to spread peace by way of their music and power point presentations.

Also met Ms Madhabi Puri Buch (Executive Director ICICI Bank)a charming lady who despite having reached heights is finding time to bring about change.
She has conceived 'Toofles' a word derived from 'Tofa' A gift.

Sharmila Paranjpe is giving her valuable time to pursue, to provide values at the student level. Values based on the Wisdom of Scriptures.

Friday, July 25, 2008

As a means to spread the message (Women's Movement for Peace and Prosperity)of 'Dadi Nani ki Kahaani' which aims at acquainting children with the fact that all religions spread the message of love and brotherhood, I decided to go to, where else? Dadi Nani Udyaan, the garden where Dadis and Nanis meet to give them a free copy of the book...
To read the book, in Hindi or/and English click 'Books' on




Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"A hug is worth a thousand words. A friend is worth more."
- Sent by Jasmine Fitzwilliam

Savi and mself have been friends since childhood.
We do not have too much in common and we do not meet that often as we do not live in the same city.
Lately she had a major car accident. She had to have her face restructured. It has changed so much that the authorites find it difficult to identify her from her photograph.
What touched my heart was that when she visited a temple in te South of India and they asked her to name a good friend. She named me???

At the moment I am reading a great book called 'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan' by Lisa See.

It is a beautiful heart breaking story on friendship. It is set in 19th Century China, in a remote Hunan County. A girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven is paired with a 'laotong' or 'old same' in an emotional match that will last a lifetime...

Friday, July 18, 2008

ok I am back in Aamchi Mumbai!
The flight was uneventful but long!
The way I deal with it is take one flight at a time...Had to change planes 3 times!
Watched interesting films:
Walk the line, The Virgin queen, Anne Frank...all true stories!
So living the life of great people, makes time fly...
Sitting next to me on a flight was an interesting Scottish lady, 68 years old.
She lost her husband to cancer and thought to herself: Either I sink or float and fly!
And that is what she did! Fly! literally and metaphorically!
She has one daughter in Nashville, another in Singapore!
She meets them every three months for no longer than 2 weeks!
She says, she loves them dearly but leaves before they start getting into each other's space!
She has the means...so she travels..alone and at her own terms...Like me, she does not like taking tours because they treat you like sheep: Get up, sit down...move...
People tell her, like they tell me that she is brave...I think it is not really a question of bravery.
It is a question of having the enthusiasm to explore the world of the Creator...It is empowering...Think about what can be more empowering than to connect with the Utmost Artist through His Creation...It gives one a High...
So the plane flies high, Time Flies...Like in life one connects with fellow passengers (but here, without getting attached or entertain rancour)

...and before you know it, it is time to land...well no, I have not been completely honest...knees and joints feel cramped, and one does need a few day's rest to recuperate, but at my age and stage who will complain? definitely, not me!
In fact I am at the moment pampering myself by staying in bed and enjoying it!

Julie Redstone states: 'An awakened heart cannot respond indifferently to life because it sees the outstretched hand of the Creator at every turn and in every particle of experience'

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Time to go home!
It has been a wonderful holiday which I have enjoyed with Madhavi and her lovely family...boys have grown and they have kept me happily entertained!
I shall miss them...It is at times like this that one is happy that one has had more than one kid!
A long flight awaits me...
Take care and God bless!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Most people think that to be spiritual one has to be serious and life denying!
I love the lyrics of the song from the movie 'Chitralekha'
...Sansaar se bhaagey phirtey ho
Bhagwan ko tum kya paayoge?
Is lok ko bhi apna na sakey
us lok mein bhi pachhtaogey!...

Time to return to Aamchi Mumbai!
Have had a great time!
Must be grateful for holidays...
They are always refreshing!
So see you soon

Monday, July 07, 2008

The View from the room at Destin Florida

Floating on an Emerald Sea

Mohan, Aditya, Kiran: They claimed it was an uplifting experience!

Madhavi...Looking beautiful and content!

Enjoying Destin!
Weather has been lovely!
There are 2 restaurants with strange names:
Hog's Breath and Bad Ass...can u belv that?
Obviously people remember and talk about names like that...and they succeed...here I am telling you about it!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Aditya, my grandson, on the white sands of Destin Florida

Destin is home to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches. The crystal clear water and the sugar white sands have given the Emerald Coast area a reputation as one of America's premier vacation destinations.

Arrived in Destin, Florida after a scenic 8 hr drive from Nashville. The beach is lovely, a stone throw away from the apt (Sand Dunes) which is is v. comfy like the one in bangkok. ....yesterday watched the fireworks (4th of July) from the waterfront...v. beautiful and a great experience!
The sand is white...like snow.
Today planning on taking a dip in the so green Ocean!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Shiksha, Kiran, Simran, Aditya in Panera Nashville

Aditya and Nani Shakun at Pancake Pantry...had yummy pancakes and crumbling Croissants!

Mother Daughter

Madavi Aditya Kiran

Madhavi Me Nandini, a student daughter

Golden Girls in Nandini Nashville Party. From Left, Bhagwani from Curacao, Shakun, Sheila and Ms Wadhwa