After having worked and stayed in North Africa (Tripoli, Libya) and Malta, we migrated to Canada in July 2012. As the Canadian system does not easily recognize credentials of foreign trained professionals, I continued to work in Tripoli for four years before shifting to Ontario to be with my family. In Canada, I am pursuing Counselling Psychology, after having practiced medicine as a Radiologist for 23 years in India and Libya. This is an extension of my experiences in gathering oral history and narratives of common working people.
Tripoli Reading group-Shara Jraba : We ran an informal reading group in Libya from 2009-2016
July 1.2010 The reading group has taken a life of it’s own.There are different types of books different members read. A small girl tells me “Good Morning”..I correct her-It is Good Afternoon now.She does not know how to say Good afternoon.Gave her a Picture book.On the other end are the teachers-
“I told my daughter to read Kant properly as if you do not, you will not be able to understand any of the philosophers who followed. I myself just read Kant sporadically.A little here a little there.” Different levels.Different Good Mornings. Different horizons.
I was born in Delhi, on Nov 27,1967, the first child of Prem Narain Bhatt and Nirja Bhatt (nee Uniyal).I spent most of my childhood in Pune, studying in Loyola (1973-75) and St.Vincent’s (1975-1979), Kendriya Vidyala Southern Command Pune (1980-82) and later in Army Public school (1982-1985) in Delhi.
Road running and collecting stamps were my first hobbies. (Half-marathon completed in 1984). This has evolved into going for long walks, to hill temples around Pune, Shimla, Mussoorie, Rishikesh and the monument gardens of Delhi, and now the beaches in and around Tripoli, Malta and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) .Collecting stamps of distant lands gave a foundation to explore different cultures.
My father used to send First Day covers from his field posting in Nagaland (1979-1982), which talked about aspects of Indian life and civilization. He took me to museums, inculcated the love of the written word in me, and together we went for morning walks- giving me the gift of the experience of the magic hour, when night turns into day.
ON KEEPING NOTES
My father Brigadier Prem Narain Bhatt, a medical doctor specializing in Anesthesiology helped shaped my early thinking regarding science. My grandfather Professor Ganesh Prasad Uniyal (Professor of Political Science-Banaras Hindu University) helped nurture an early interest in social history. The habit of keeping notes was instilled in me by my uncle Professor Ram Prasad Nawani, a mathematician and educationist who was the Dean at Sagar University, MP.
The books, first day covers, museums, parks, and temples which my parents and uncles took me through have evolved into intentional thinking places. I regularly go on walking retreats.
“Life consists of what a man is thinking about all day.” Emerson.
2020-February- Readings from M.Scott Peck’s-The Road Less Traveled. Compared it to the book -Man’s search for Meaning-by Viktor Frankl.
(See blog- Being Unhappy about Being Unhappy) https://gracereadings.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/being-unhappy-about-being-unhappy/
Some related blogs
I shifted to Ontario, to give more attention to my family. I have two sons Sagar (born Feb 28 1999) and Sahil (born 18 th Sep 2000) who passed Engineering from Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson) University after graduating from Peel School Board , Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Exploring the music in forests-With Sagar and Sahil-
Sanjay Gandhi National Park-Mumbai.Bombay Natural History Society
Sagar learnt guitar with two experienced teachers-Maben Oswald (Malad-Mumbai-2006-2010) and Tony Pace.(St.Venera-Malta-2010-12) As he enters his teens he is now more interested in movies. Kindle is one of his favourites. Rick Riordan is his favorite author. Environmental issues are another window of learning.
Sahil is keen on Mathematics. In Primary school he was a keen student of Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. In his Mumbai days he used to do track and field. He is a keen and observant writer.
Photography is my keen interest and I did a 6 month basic course from School of Fototechnik Delhi.
Musings with my friend Chekov-Museum of Fine Arts-Malta
I have taken part in joint exhibitions in photography. Traveling, reading, writing (recording narratives of common people), sketching are my other interests.In my student and residency days, I used to write regularly on issues relating to working people.Now, having lived and worked in the Arab world, I have an added perspective of the issues facing the common working people.
WALKS IN ONTARIO-2017-18