As part of the review of father’s day walks,
one sees another part of the story when one becomes
a father. As I look back at the -First Day covers and stamps
he would send from his field station postings,and now
I send e-mails to my sons-which are answered more promptly
if they want an upgrade of some electronic gadget, I realize
the truth in the following words of Fareed Zakaria
In the 2013 commencement address at the University of Oklahoma‘s
graduation ceremony the writer-journalist Fareed Zakaria summed
up his speech with the following advice.
” I have one final piece of advice that I have given before but
I believe it’s worth repeating. When I was a young man I thought
that intelligence and knowledge were everything and experience
was nothing — a somewhat self-serving view for a young man with
I have, of course, come to a different view.
There is a wisdom gained from living life that is difficult to
find in books or even on YouTube.
So let me give you a piece of advice in that vein.
To all of you young graduates out there, trust me when I say this,
you will never understand the love that your parents have for you until you
have children of your own. You simply cannot understand their anxiety; the
phone calls, the emails until you start making them yourselves.
So on this your big day — and two days before mother’s day —
make sure you give them a huge hug and tell them you love them”
Trying to follow the life of a person through the everyday issues
and work life is an interesting way of mapping the course
of things that are important. I gave this exercise to some
persons of our -Reading Group and many interesting possibilities
On asking a long term colleague how he dealt with work-related
stress he came up with a very interesting technique
“If I am in great stress, I just close my eyes and think
about my daughter and the tension subsides.”
When I asked him about the games his daughter plays, his face
breaks up into a smile. When one asks about how the Board-Finance
managers removed his authorized yearly tickets from the present
contract- his face tenses up.
STROKE OF INSIGHT-JILL BOLTE TAYLOR
This week we heard and Jill Bolte Taylor’s -Stroke of Insight
In the talk she explains the nuances of the right and left
hemispheres of the brain, and takes us through her journey
as a research scientist, sister of a schizophrenic, and a
patient of stroke.
In context of interacting with people of different cultures
and backgrounds, the context of our lives as seen by
persons back home, or the local workers came through.
Are we connected with a vast consciousness and if so, how
do local contexts add up to this wholeness.