An integral part of life in India

“On the Second of October Eighteen Sixty Nine,
Mohandas was born, so sweet and divine.
Nobody knew he was going to be great,
But he held in his hands, India’s fate.”

These were the lines from a poem written by my aunt Leela (Nair) Gautam, as a little school girl in Bangalore, many many years ago. The poem had several verses that my mom used to recite to us, but it is the first one that is firmly in my mind. Continue reading

Bring out the Gandhi in you… be the change

Saluting the national flag, singing the national anthem, listening to patriotic songs and dancing to their tunes, saying that we are proud to be Indian… we need to go beyond these if we love our India as much as we say we do.

“India will change only when we change. Each of us must contribute to this, by being conscientious in our work and, though this is an old-fashioned word, moral with one another, even when we are inconvenienced. For that to happen no politician is needed. No new government can or will bring it about.” – From the article “Time to be the change“, by Aakar Patel, Hindustan Times, August 15, 2013

Hindustan Times, August 15, 2013
Hindustan Times, August 15, 2013

Each of us needs to “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi