The home is the lens, through which we get our first look at marriage and all civic duties. It is the clinic where , by conversation and attitude, impressions are created with respect to sobriety and reverence, it is the school where lessons of truth or falsehood , honesty and deceit are learned, it is the mould which ultimately determines the structures of society
Perry Webb-quoted in Today Matters-by John Maxwell
Around the birthdays of my nephew Mayank (27.2.2002) and son Sagar (28.2.1999) I went through some walks and conversations of yesteryears, with architecture as a focus.
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The Rolly Polly my nephew did in the garden tombs of Delhi region- Purana Quila- in October 2011 when I visited Delhi after an eventful year, staying in Libya-through the NATO backed civil war, and losing my mother, is still fresh in my memory.
That was the year, I deepened my connection with some institutions in Malta, through my sons studying there, the St.Edward’s college-Cottonera- and the Maltese Indian Community through their Yoga Satsangs at the San Gjwann Centre. (Sukh Sagar). The architecture of Gjantija temples of Gozo-the oldest free standing structure known to man, and the Chapel of St Edwards which was earlier a storage during the times of the Knights of St John came to mind. I had met Sagar’s mother for the first time, in a World Heritage Site-the Victoria Terminus of Mumbai- in 1993.
KAAGAD MAT PHADO
Last year, Sagar learnt how to read-write-speak-listen to Gujarati, while studying the weekend classes at Rick Hansen School. This was something he was not able to do, despite many years in India, because he grew up in his early years in Delhi region, where we used to talk Hindi, and then shifted to Tripoli (where he picked up some Arabic) and later stayed in Mumbai where his grandparents would talk in Hindi. Canada gave him the opportunity to revisit his roots in a different way, as he explored the nuances of his mother tongue, and also the temples-spiritual traditions of Gujarat, the Dwarkadish temples and the Palitana temples. (these were part of the presentations which the children made on the final day of their course)
That brings me to the Kaagad Mat Phado- Do not tear away the paper (of immigration) decision which we made in 2012 and decided to give our children a chance and go at Canadian citizenship, though as mid career professionals we had some idea of the rampant unemployment, under employment and accreditation issues which professionals face in the Canadian system.
As the children enter their teenage years, the immigration cycles and high school cycles being completed, looking at some architecture which we discussed, visited, and recalling some conversations around our decisions and journeys, made me see the Big Picture in a different way.
QUESTION FOR APPLICATION
Recall some conversation, place you were associated with, reflecting on which gave you a window at different aspects of life, society.
Finally I found it. You can be really proud of your son. If I may borrow a saying in Malayalam among the farmers in our state, I would say: Vithu gunam, pathu gunam = If the seed is good the yield will be ten times better. I would simply add the quadruple P for this = Praise, Prolific Prashant Progeny!
Dear Dr Jose, thanks for your generous comments. I am just your student, always inspired by your teachings, and the
many discussions with you and Dr.Mohandas.
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