Saturday, 29 December 2007


Kaya kalp ki kaya ho
Ya keval ek maya ho
Ho es brahamand ki ek adbhut
Ya ho Mahaswaroop ki ek doot

Phulon se tum sunder
Chandra kirno si komal
Khile kamal si tumhari muskan
Sangeet si madhur tumhare swar

Pariyon ke ghar se aayi ho
Lakhon khushiyan layi ho
Hum denge tumhe apna sara pyar
Jabtak nahi chhodenge ye sansar

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Sunday, 23 December 2007

UK's Foreign Secretary blogs

This is a great news and when I came across it I was surprised and delighted. Please check out the blog of UK's Foreign Secretary David Miliband & a couple of Ambassadors by clicking at the link below-

Isn't it amazing!!! That's what you can call "The way forward" in public engagement.

Some of us in the Indian Foreign Service have created "Diplomatiqa" ( - an online discussion forum only for the members of the Indian Foreign Service. One can join it by sending a 'request to join' mail at
At the moment it is a closed blog only for the members of the Indian Foreign Service. I hope soon we'll able to create a site for Indian Foreign Office (IFO) blogs.

Friday, 21 December 2007

The Way Forward...

Words for words
The dead end
Words with silence
The way forward...

Thoughts, imagination, reality
Dimensions galore
All lead to you
All is your revealation!

Can borders be there?
When all belongs to you
Humanity ?!
What are you waiting for?

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Wednesday, 19 December 2007

When wishes come true!!!(200th Post)

Dear Freinds,
I am putting below an article appeared in the Indian Express "New Nalanda would teach Buddhism and global warming"for you. I hope you'll find it interesting and inspiring.

"New Nalanda would teach Buddhism and global warming" Tuesday December 18 2007 00:00 IST
NEW DELHI: In keeping with the times, students at the new Nalanda University would study subjects like global warming and business management.That can be figured after the second meeting this week-end of the Nalanda Mentor Group - a panel headed by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen – which is helping revive the famed university which drew the brightest students from across Asia and beyond. It could house upto 10,000 students. At one time, Chinese monk-scholar Xuanzang (Hsuan Tsang, for those familiar with the old way of spelling him) was among them.The new Nalanda too is being developed as an international institute. It is being revived through a collaboration of India and countries with a sizeable Buddhist presence. Heads of government discussed it at the East Asia Summit in Singapore last month, attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. By next year’s summit, they hope the framework of the international university would be ready.And later, they plan to sign an inter-governmental agreement with everyone chipping in with the money.At its peak, the University – set up near present-day Patna in the fifth century AD and laid to ruin by Bakhtiyar Khilji in the 12th – might have focused on religion and philosophy but it covered a wide range of contemporary knowledge. So would, it is hoped, the revived institute.At the week-end meeting in Tokyo, the Mentor Group proposed that the Nalanda University in its new avatar would have six schools: Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions; Historical Studies, International Relations & Peace Studies; Business Management and Development Studies; Languages and Literature; and Ecology and Environmental Studies.The Mentor Group - which first met in Singapore in July and will next discuss the Nalanda revival in China – agreed that it would be “a secular academic institution.”According to the External Affairs Ministry, it resolved that the university should “draw on an understanding of the past while remaining contemporary and emphasizing its relevance to the future.”

It's a matter of great joy that famed Nalanda University is being revived and moulded as per the demands of our times. It seems one of my seven wishes (Please click this link to read about them )will see the light of the day soon. Interestingly the South Asian University was also included in the action plan in the latest SAARC summit in New Delhi (April 2007)which was historic in many sense.

SAARC summit declaration no. 20
.( ) "The Heads of State or Government decided to establish the South Asian University in India. They welcomed the signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement establishing the University. They further directed that the Intergovernmental Steering Committee be set up at the earliest to complete its tasks relating to the Charter, bye laws, rules and regulations, curriculum development, business plans and other issues. They also decided to strengthen cooperation and dialogue on educational matters through development of exchanges between academics, experts, policymakers, students and teachers. They called for inter-institutional cooperation, partnerships, and other regional initiatives in the field of education."

This is what I wrote more than two years ago in April 2005 on my blog with the title "My Seven Wishes"
"My third wish is to build a SAARC University at Nalanda, the place of the world’s most ancient seat of learning where once Nalanda University existed for many centuries and attracted students from all over the world. Nalanda symbolizes the excellence in learning and knowledge. Now time has come to build a university where students from the whole South Asia can learn, live and grow together. Nalanda is just 100 KM from Patna, the state capital and Bodh Gaya, the place where Buddha got enlightenment. Bodh Gaya has an international airport which makes Nalanda easily accessible to students and scholars from all over the world. Nalanda is also part of the Buddhist Circuit which includes places like Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, Sarnath, Rajgir and Bodh Gaya. Buddhist Circuit is a major attraction for the tourists from Bhutan, Srilanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan and other countries where a sizable number of Buddhists live. This brings a lot of money and ideas to this region and funding for a university should not be a problem. A world class university at Nalanda will only add up to prestige and dignity of Asia."- 6th April 2005

I think it's never too late to dream. I remember from the 'Alchemist' that if you really want something then all the forces in the univerese conspire to make your wishes come true. I hope my other wishes also will have the same luck.


Monday, 17 December 2007

What one does?

What does one do when one's all dreams come true...
and nothing is left to be achieved
and there is nothing to fight for or die for?
When the radiant truth is shining above
and all the doubts are gone
paving the pure path of beauty
What does one do?

Does one go to the pyramids high
or travels to the sacred Himalayas
or crosses the Atlantic in a small boat
searching for the answers ?
The answers one must find
to go on, or there are none?


Saturday, 8 December 2007

My Grandpa- A life

Shri Shiv Singh(--1917-4December 2007)

"My grandfather was a local wrestler. He started each morning by putting a handful of soil on his body to strengthen it a little before wrestling with at least ten other wrestlers from the neighbouring villages. He lived as the early humans did in the beginning of the river valley civilizations like the Nile, the Mesopotamia or the Indus."

These are the opening lines of my first book "River Valley to Silicon Valley" and that great man for whom these lines are written is no more. My dear paternal Grandpa died in a fire accident on Tuesday(December the 4th) night while he was sleeping and the house caught fire. Unfortunately he could not escape.He was a man whom I really admired for his courage, wisdom and his health consciousness. He was 90 years old but his grip was strong and he could walk for hours. He had never had the opportunity to have formal education but he was a wise man, he had learned so much from the Open University called Life.

Shri Shiv Singh was the second child of his parents and my great grandparents. His father Shri Bhattu Singh had moved from a nearby village to found a very small village 'Bhattu Bigha" (named after his name) on the banks of the River Paimar. My grandpa had grown up on the banks of the river Paimar grazing cows and buffaloes and had always been a "River Valley Man". Though he was illiterate he understood the value of education and he sent his children to school. His eldest son and my father Shri Rajendra Singh became a teacher loved and respected by a large number of villagers. Though my Grandpa never told me any stories as my grandma did, he taught me a number of excercises to keep myself healthy and strong. I really admired his strong appetite and strong eyesight. He never had any diseases, never went to a hospital in his life time and never wore glasses.He had a long life according to the modern world standards and if not for that unfortunate accident that happened I am sure he would have lived more than a hundred years.

I was looking forward to meet him along with my wife soon but I am so sad that I was deprived of this great occasion.


You'll always be in my memories

till the last day of my life

though the waves

will try erase your footprints

from the sands of time!

We pray for you dear Grandpa! May your soul rest in peace!

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

'Angel-A' The movie you must watch!

I would like to reccomend you one great movie I have seen recently on the first day of December - Angel-A by the French Director Luc Besson.
It's about a helpless American in Paris fighting for his life, his survival, who is saved by an Angel, straight from the sky. The angel is a beautiful lady with great charms and the American is almost an ugly dwarf. The Angel teaches him to love himself, respect himself because only that can save him or perhaps the whole humanity...
The movie has been made in black and white.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

November Highs- Museums, Music, Meditation and a lot more

Russian pop star Dima Bilan at the Ice Palace

November 2007 has been one of the finest months in my life and career. Throughout the month I have been engaged intensively in work and intellectual pursuits.
In the sphere of work I have successfully managed to perform the given duties in independent capacity and turn the organizational energies towards meaningful pursuits. I have been able to bring people together and instilled within them the pride of being the member of a great team.
We celebrated the festival of lights 'Diwali' with great flair and it was a great team effort. I have already posted about it last month on this blog. We organized the screening of the film 'Parineeta' with English subtitles for the young Russian viewers from St. Petersburg State University, the 'Hindi School- School no. 653' and a number of other institutions.
On cultural and intellectual front the last month proved to be very productive. I watched almost all the movies made by two acclaimed Soviet directors Andrei Tarakovsky and Sergei Eisenstein. I got the opportunity to attend the concert of currently the most popular pop star of Russia Dima Bilan , the best living interpreter of Beethoven's piano sonatas Andras Schiff, the violin maestro Shlomo Mintz, the world famous Harlem Gospel Choir and the award winning Spanish Pianist Antonio Ortiz. Besides that I visited the recently renovated state of the art Marinsky Concert Hall to enjoy the opera the Golden Cockerel by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsekov based on a poem written by the poet Alexander Pushkin. I also came face to face with the amazing world of Spanish Dances including Flamenco and the Rhapsody of Valencia towards the end of November.
Besides concerts, I had the privilege to visit the Russian National Library where I had the rare opportunity to see and read the original hand written letters written by the statesmen like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams and others. I was struck by the their letter writing style and language. For example one letter by George Washington ends with - 'in all cases I am your friend and humble servant' and he is not alone in ending the letter with the above quoted sentence:)
Last month I also had the opportunity to visit the famous Russian Museum where the icons and paintings of the some the great Russian masters viz. Andrei Rublov, Kuinji, Ilya Repin, Surikov, Vasnetsov, Brullov, Venetsianov hang on the walls.
I also visited the Hermitage where two very interesting exhibitions are currently on display - The return of Buddha and The Dance of Quill and Ink. Contemporary Art of the Middle East.

Last month the Russian Ethnographic Museum celebrated 140 years of the exhibition titled 'The Slavs of Europe and the people of Russia". They had put a large number of mannequins dressed in their ethnic wear depicting their way of life. The occasion was used to make speeches about the Pan Slavic movement by a few dignitaries who were present there.

Not only that I also had the opportunity to meet a number of poets and writers from the Russian Association of Writers- St. Petersburg chapter. They offered me a great insights into the world of contemporary trends in Russian literature.
Last month I met two very interesting persons- A historian from the St. Peter & Paul Fortress who is an expert on Russian royalty and it was indeed pure pleasure to discuss Russian History before the Revolution with her and to hear her take on India from where she had recently returned. The second person I met was a Yoga teacher who is well conversant with all the major schools of Yoga in India. I heard for the first time 'Chants of India by Pt. Ravi Shankar' at her Yoga studio and loved 'Asto Ma'. Since then I have put it as the background music on my website. The Yoga teacher introduced me to a Vedic vegetarian restaurant 'Botanica' located in the centre of the city. Botanica offers great 'Pumpkin soup' and 'Veg Sushi'. It's 'Ginger Drink' is exciting too.

Books- Read 'One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich' by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. You can read the review by clicking here.