Tarang Magazine - August 2003 issue


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The special Independence day issue of Tarang magazine. There are many articles on Indian culture, National symbols, anthem, history and heritage, spirituality, gurus, speech of US ambassador to India, and more. Happy Independence day!

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    This was a monthly cultural magazine I ran for couple of years in Cleveland, Ohio, USA for the Indian community. In this issue you will find many useful information and articles on India, culture, spirituality, letters of well wishes etc. Symbols of India, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Tributes to India, A page on spirituality, Gurus all around, tulasIdAsa (तुलसीदास), speech of US ambassador to India, well wishes of Indian ambassador in US, Indian Vice President!

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  3. 3. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI His Excellency His Excellency Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhavat, Shri Lalit Mansingh, Vice President of India Ambassador of India to USA tarang wishes everyone a Happy India Independence Day August 15th, 2003 Ohio Governor Bob Taft What India means to me? ... Ohio exports have increased 68% since 1999 to $110 million, and India is Ohio's 21st largest export market. The new Ohio-India Chamber of Commerce should further strengthen these business links. We are also hopeful that Indian multi-national companies will invest in Ohio to serve the North American mar- ket. India is a very diverse and fascinating country. My wife and I very much enjoyed our visit a number of years ago. We saw New Delhi, Calcutta, Madras, and other parts as well. One cannot overestimate India's strategic economic and political importance in the world today. As the world's largest democracy, a more dynamic India is emerging as a major force in the world. Therefore, it is imperative that Ohio and the United States should continue to develop and maintain strong ties with India. ~ enriching life, serving community, promoting heritageTM~
  4. 4. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI Baarta 4 taraGg august 2003 bhArat india Now in its 56th year as a modern, free, democratic country, India has always been a silent but PiNwyaa noticeable world inspirer and leader in its unique ways! How good is your India-101? jana-gaNa-mana adhinAyaka jaya hE In one stroke, it speaks of ancient, spiri- bhArata-bhAgya-vidhAtA tual, dharmic, fertile, powerful yet benevo- panjAba sindhu gujarAta marAThA lent glorious India. drAviWa utkala banga ——— vindhya himAchala yamuna gaGgA national song the national flag uchchhala jaladhi taraGga The song ‘vandE mAtaram’, composed in T he national flag consists of three tava shubha nAmE jAgE Sanskrit by Bankimchandra Chatterji, was equally wide horizontal strips of deep tava shubha AshISh mABgE a source of inspiration to the people in their saffron (kesari) at the top, then white gAhE tava jaya gAthA | struggle for freedom. It has an equal status and dark green at the bottom. The colours sig- jana-gaNa-maGgala-dAyaka jaya hE with ‘jana-gaNa-mana’. The first political nify spirituality, peace and prosperity respec- bhArata-bhAgya-vidhAtA occasion when it was sung was the 1896 tively. In the centre of the white band is a navy jaya hE, jaya hE, jaya hE session of the Indian National Congress. blue wheel which represents the chakra from jaya jaya jaya jaya hE| the abacus of the Sarnath Lion Capital of Em- vande maatarma! peror Ashoka the Great. The flag has deep the anthem describes some of salient fea- inner meaning rather than just the number tures of the land of bhArat, the fertile saujalaama sauflaama malayaja-SaItalaama of states in it. panjAb, cradle of civilization - the erst- Sasya-Syaamalaama maatarma! while sindh (now in pAkistAn), the The ratio of width of the flag to its length entrepreneural gujarAt, brave mahArAShTra, SauBü-jyaaetsanaa paulaikta-yaaimainama is two to three. The design of the national ancient draviW, proud orissA and cultural fþÐ-kþsauimata dmadla-SaaeiBainama / u flag was adopted by the Constituent Assem- bangAl; the high mountains of vindhya and sauhaisainama saumaDaur-Baaizainama bly of India on 22 July 1947. himAlaya, mighty rivers gaGgA and yamunA ——— and the great indian ocean! sauKadama vardama maatarma | the national anthem ——— was composed originally in Bangla by vandE mAtaram! Rabindranath Tagore, was adopted in its sujalAm, suphalAm, malayaja shItalAm, Hindi version by the Constituent Assem- shasya-shyAmalAm, mAtaram! bly as the national anthem of India on 24 shubhra-jyotsanA pulakita-yAminim January 1950. It was first sung on 27 De- phulla-kusumita druma-dala shobinim cember 1911 at the Calcutta Session of the state emblem suhAsinim, su-madhura-bhAShinim Indian National Congress. The complete is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capi- sukhadAm, varadAm, mAtaram! song consists of five stanzas. The first tal of Emperor Ashoka the Great, who re- stanza contains the full version of the Na- nounced war and sponsored Buddhism after “salutations o mother! tional Anthem: a decided victory in war. In the original, there richly-watered, richly-fruited, janagaNa-mana-AiDanaayak jaya he are four lions, standing back to back, mounted cool with the mountain breeze, on an abacus with a frieze carrying sculptures dark with the crop-harvests, o mother! Baarta-Baagya-ivaDaataa in high relief of an elephant, a galloping horse, paMjaaba isanDau gaujarata maraQa a bull and a lion separated by intervening moonlit illuminated rejoicing nights, wheels over a bell-shaped lotus. Carved out adorned with abundant flowering trees, daivaw. [tkla baMga / sweet of laughter, sweet of speech, of a single block of polished sandstone, the ivaMDya ihmaacala yamaunaa gaMgaa capital is crowned by the Wheel of the Law giver of comfort, giver of boons, mother!” [cCla jalaiDa tarMga (Dharma-Chakra). ——— national calendar tava SauBa naamae jaagae The national calendar based on the ‘shaka In the State emblem, adopted by the Gov- tava SauBa AaiSaza maa:gae ernment of India on 26 January 1950, only samvat’ with ‘chaitra’ as its first month and gaahe tava jaya gaaTaa| three lions are visible, the fourth being hid- a normal year of 365 days was adopted from den from view. The bell-shaped lotus has 22 March 1957 along with the Gregorian janagaNa-maMgaladayak jaya he been omitted. The words “satyamEvasatyamEva calendar for the following official purposes: Baarta-Baagya-ivaDaataa jayatE from muNDaka-upaniShad, mean- jayatE” (i) Gazette of India, (ii) news broadcast by jaya he, jaya he, jaya he ing ‘Truth Alone Triumphs’, are inscribed All India Radio, (iii) calendars issued by below the abacus in ‘dEvanAgarI’ script. the Government of India and (iv) Govern- jaya jaya jaya jaya he| ment communications addressed to the mahajanaae yaena gataH sa panTaaH (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI
  5. 5. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI august 2003 taraGg 5 members of the public. the Indian peninsula. The Peacock enjoys and ‘apa-bramsha’. It has been influenced protection from the people as it is never and enriched by Dravidian, Turkish, Farsi, Dates of the national calendar have a per- molested for religious and sentimental rea- Arabic, Portugese and English. It is a very manent correspondence with dates of the sons. Peacock is the ‘vAhana’ of Lord expressive language. In poetry and songs, Gregorian calendar : 1 Chaitra falling on ‘kArtikEya’ and Lord ‘kRiShNa’ has one of it can convey emotions using simple and 22 March normally and on 21 March in his plumes on his crown. It is fully pro- gentle words. It can also be used for exact leap year. tected under the Indian Wildlife (Protec- and rational reasoning. ——— tion) Act, 1972. ——— ——— OXOXO religions of india India is most known for its spirituality, yoga, ayurveda, but few outside India know, that India has given the maximum number of ‘faith systems’, allowing complete de- mocracy and openness in the matters of national animal national flower divine union of humans. It has given rise The magnificent tiger, Panthera tigris ‘Padma’ or Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is the to the oldest system of divine principles, (Linnaeus), is a striped animal. It has a thick National Flower of India. It is a sacred flower inquiries and social science called sanAtan yellow coat of fur with dark stripes. The com- and occupies a unique position in the art and dharma or perennial principles. It is popu- bination of grace, strength, agility and enor- mythology of ancient India and has been an larly called Hinduism, which literally mous power has earned the tiger its pride of auspicious symbol of Indian culture since means ‘of the land of Hind or India’. In place as the national animal of India. time immemorial. It has a spiritual signifi- that sense Hinduism is the only ‘religion’ cance as it grows in muddy water, yet is un- that by definition is a ‘way of life’. Out of eight races of the species known, touched by it in its beauty. Similarly, humans the Indian race, the Royal Bengal Tiger, is should be untouched by desires and the mAyA India gave birth to Vedic Sanatan Dharma, found throughout the country (except in the of mortal world, instead, do selfless deeds and Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, apart from hun- north-western region) and also in the escape the cycle of karma. The highest civil dreds of faiths that date from tens of millen- neighbouring countries, Nepal, Bhutan and honours in India are named after the Padma, nia to a few decades. It also sheltered innu- Bangladesh. To check the dwindling popu- Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Padma merable varieties of Jews, Zorostrians, Chris- lation of tigers in India ‘Project Tiger’ was Shri etc. tians, Muslims, Bahais and many more who launched in April 1973. So far, 25 tiger re- ——— were welcomed when their homelands per- serves have been established in the coun- languages of india secuted them. It has the second largest Mus- try under this project, covering an area lim population, more than Saudi Arab or Pa- of 33,875 sq km. Baarta kI Baazaa{: kistan. There have never been wars, perse- ——— There are 18 languages recognized by the cutions in the name of ‘who you bow to’. Indian Constitution. These languages are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, ‘Hinduism’ is the first belief system to rec- Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, ognize one supreme divinity (para-brahma); Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, primordial sound or the sound of creation Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telgu, Urdu. (nAda, O, om); different ways leading to the same goal, the path of wisdom (jJAna), Hindi is the official and main link language action (karma), devotion (bhakti); of India. Its homeland is mainly in the ‘newton’s law of action and reaction’ in the national bird northern India, but it is spoken and widely form of the ‘law of karma’; the divinity of The Indian peacock, the national bird of In- understood in all urban centers of India. It humans and all life forms; creation a way dia, is a colourful, swan-sized bird, with a is written in the ‘dEvanAgarI’ script, which of realizing the creator; tolerance and ac- fan-shaped crest of feathers, a white patch un- is phonetic and, unlike English, is pro- ceptance that different people have differ- der the eye and a long, slender neck. The male nounced as it is written. Hindi is a direct ent levels and needs of rituals and of the species is more colourful than the fe- descendant of Sanskrit through ‘prAkRita’ spi‘ritual’. O male, with a glistening blue breast and neck and a spectacular bronze-green train of around 200 elongated feathers. The female India Pakis tan USA is brownish, slightly smaller than the male, Are a 3.3 (comparable to 0.8 (less than 9.6 (2.5 Europes) and lacks the train. The elaborate courtship (mill km2) Europe, 1/3 of USA) two Californias) dance of the male, fanning out the tail and Population (mill) 1000+ (4 USAs) 145 250 preening its feathers, is a gorgeous sight. M us lim 120 (12%) 140 (97%) 11 (non Christian) The peacock is widely found in the Indian Population (mill) sub-continent from the south and east of M ilitary Expe ns e $13 billion $2.5 billion $277 billion the Indus river, Jammu and Kashmir, east Assam, south Mizoram and the whole of Approximate age 7000+ years 50 years 500 years do what the great men do (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI
  6. 6. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI 6 taraGg august 2003 UNESCO world heritage sites in India I n 1983, UNIESCO listed the ajantA and Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illus- dwArapAla, or doorkeepers that flank each ellorA caves in mahArAShTra, India, as trates the spirit of tolerance that has always doorway, the gigantic Bodhisattvas and their world heritage sites. Not that it adds to been the unique characteristic of India. consorts have a robust earthiness about the intrinsic value of the caves, it does give them. it more exposure outside India. In the com- Nestled in the crook of the Charanadari hill ing issues, we will explore the various world in Deccan is a series of ancient temples and architectural masterpiece heritage sites located in India. monasteries hewn out of the moutainside. In fact, it is architectural skill rather than Situated on the ancient north-south trade sculptural aesthetics that Ellora is noted for. The absolutely amazing part of the caves is route or the dakshiNApatha, the tiny moun- Buddhist Cave 12 or tIna tala, for instance, that the whole thing, caves, statues, temples, tain village of Verul – mutated today to has a rather plain edifice with unadorned platforms, etc. are carved, excavated out of Ellora – was a well-known stopover for trad- pillars and the sculptured panels are only the mountain stone only. ers, priests and pilgrims who plied the route on the inner walls. But its historical value to the western ports. lies in the fact that human hands fashioned ajanta caves a three-storeyed building from solid rock with such painstaking skill that even the The first Buddhist cave monuments at Beginning sometime in the 7th century, floors and the ceiling are smooth and lev- Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st ceturies when the Chalukyas (553 - 753) ruled the elled. Tin Tala cave is a commodious mon- BCE. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th Deccan, these wayfarers decided to make astery-cum-chapel, with cells enough to centuries), many more richly decorated their presence permanent. And excavation house 40 monks. It dates to the rAShTra-kUTa caves were added to the original group. The started on a number of Buddhist chaitya and period in the middle of the 8th century. paintings and sculptures of vihAra. The place found Ajanta, considered masterpieces favour with other faiths as of Buddhist art, have had a con- well, and over the next five siderable artistic influence. centuries, Hindus and Jains also built their temples in the The caves including the unfin- rocks there. ished ones are thirty in number, of which five (9, 10, 19, 26 and Unlike the caves at Ajanta, 29) are chaitya-gRiha and the rest the Ellora caves were never are vihAra (monasteries). After ‘lost’. Largely because it lay Rock-cut kailAsha temple (100m x 50m) centuries of oblivion, these caves on a more frequented route, (Henri Stierlin) were discovered in 1819. Ellora remained in the pub- lic eye. In fact, kailAsha Temple remained a practising kaliAsha temple - world’s A few paintings which survive on the walls of Caves 9 and 10 go shrine until the 19th century. largest monolithic structure back to the 2nd century BCE. The Several travellers to India in- The other Buddhist caves as well as the first themes centre around Buddha, cluding the 10th century Arab few Hindu caves are fairly unremarkable Bodhisattvas, incidents from the geographer Al Masudi and and do not prepare you for the magnificence life of Buddha and the Jatakas. Niccolao Manucci in early of Kailasha Temple or Cave 16. Believed to The paintings are executed on a rock pillar cut out of the 17th century mention the have been started by the Rashtrakuta king, ground of mud-plaster in the tem- mountain side! Kailasha caves in their accounts. Krishna I. temple, Ellora pera technique. the caves Its excavation must rank as an architectural There are 34 caves, of which 12 are Bud- wonder. Two great trenches some 90 meters ellora caves dhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain. The caves all long were dug into the hillside. They were face west, so are best seen in the afternoon. connected at the deepest point by another These 34 monasteries and temples, extend- trench 53 metres across. The temple was ing over more than 2 km, were dug side by Although not too far removed from the meant to appear as though rising from a side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, not Ajanta caves in terms of both space and vast courtyard at ground level. far from modern-day Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. Ellora, with its uninterrupted time, the chaitya and vihAra of Ellora are sequence of monuments dating from 600 to architecturally and sculpturally different. Compared to the Ajanta paintings and The great block of residual rock, rising 30 1000, brings the civilization of ancient In- sculptures, the Ellora representations are metres, was then carved into the three- sto- dia to life. Not only is the Ellora complex a more earthly, drawing elements from the reyed vimAna, the main maNDapa, two gi- unique artistic creation and a technological vajra-yAna school of Buddhism. The ant dhwaja-stambha or pillars, and four sub- exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted to ka vazaaY jaba kŒiza sauKaanae (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI
  7. 7. 1997 Rohtas (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI august 2003 taraGg 7 tributes to india shrines. Beginning at the top, the mass of rock was hewn into shape, and as each layer was shaped, the carves began ornamenting the structure. Each layer was thus hewn and G decorated completely before moving down- the calm of the understanding spirit, and a ward, thus eliminating the need for any scaf- reat minds of all ages who unifying, a pacifying love for all living folding. Compare this with Mt. Rushmore, have had the fortune of things.” if you will, four simple heads carved with knowing India in its viva- modern machines! cious colours, have been awe- joseph campbell (1904-1987) struck, with the variety of life-styles “In the Biblical tradition, God creates man, The temple is dedicated to Shiva and named under a general umbrella of ‘Hin- but man cannot say that he is divine in the for his mountain home in the Himalayas, duism’ or ‘The Indian way of life’. same sense that the Creator is, where as in the snow-peak Kailasha. The main shrine When Alexander asked his guru, what he Hinduism, all things are incarnations of and the Nandi maNDapa are built on a plinth, wanted from the Indies, his reply was ‘A That Power. We are the sparks from a single over 7.8 metres high, with its entire verti- guru’. Some of the great minds of modern fire. And we are all fire. There is no ‘fall’. cal surface carved with mythical animals. times who have shaped western thought Man is not cut off from the Divine.” have been in turn influenced deeply by In- dian thoughts. Here are a few. sir monier-williams “The Hindus, were Spinozists more than arthur schopenhauer 2,000 years before the advent of Spinoza, (1788-1860) and Darwinians many centuries before Dar- “In the whole world there is no study so win and evolutionists many centuries be- beneficial and so elevating as that of the fore the doctrine of evolution was accepted upaniShads. upaniShads It has been the solace of my by scientists of the present age.” life - it will be the solace of my death.” — certainly one of the greatest philosophers of peggy holroyde the 19th century. German philosopher, “History and art and literature and philoso- influenced Kant, Otto and Jung. phy do not begin and end at the Mediterra- nean as a great many school and university henry david thoreau curricula would have us believe … Out of (1817-1862) political and economic necessity, Asians and The shikhara, or tower, of the Kailasha temple, “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the Africans have had to learn more about us entirely cut out of a mountain side! stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of than we about them. the bhagvad-gItA in comparison with which The Chhota Kailasha our modern world and its literature seems It is sometimes salutary as Westerners to A further 2 kms along the rock-face are the puny.” ask ourselves what would have been the ef- Jain caves, the most recent of the lot, hav- fect upon our culture and christian civiliza- ing been excavated between AD 800-1100. ralph waldo emerson tion if we had lived through 300 years of Of these the chhoTA kailAsha (Cave 30) and (1803-1882) Hindu rule with all its inevitable influences the indra-sabhA (Cave 32) are the most note- “I owed a magnificent day to the bhagvad- upon our processes of thought, education, worthy. Chhota Kailasha is a miniaturised gItA. gItA It was as if an empire spoke to us, noth- religion and artistic expression, leaving version of the stupendous Hindu Kailasha ing small or unworthy, but large, serene, aside our own personal psychology.” Temple. consistent, the voice of an old intelligence — “Indian Music - A Vast Ocean of Promise” which in another age and climate had pon- ——— However, the masterpiece of the Jain caves dered and thus disposed of the same ques- Almost every Indian prides in such won- is the two-storeyed indra-sabhA temple. The tions which exercise us.” derful comments made about India by great doorway opens onto a courtyard containing minds of non-Indian origins. Indeed these a small shrine, but the temple itself is a large are some of the most flattering statements edifice attained by a high flight of steps and mark twain (1835-1910) one would hear. It works as an authoratative flanked by a huge dhwaja-stambha (flag “Land of religions, cradle of human race, ‘approval’ of the ‘greatness of their (Indi- post) and a statue of an elephant. The three- birthplace of human speech, grandmother ans’) motherland’. Be it winning Oscars or sides of the central quadrangle are carved of legend, great grandmother of tradition. Miss Universe, approval seeking is at the over to produce a two-storeyed façade con- the land that all men desire to see and hav- core of every Indian’s psyche! taining a series of shrines to the many Jain ing seen once even by a glimpse, would not tirthankara or saints. give that glimpse for the shows of the rest Non-Indians don’t cares what India or its of the globe combined.” great minds have to say about their coun- What staggers one at Ellora is the realisation try! No one should seek approval from out- that all that beauty one beholds was fash- side to feel good about themselves! ioned by human hand, more than a will durant (1885 - 1981) millenium ago. O “Perhaps in return for conquest, arrogance Indians should realize their own worth in and spoliation, India will teach us the tol- their own terms and shine forth confidently! erance and gentleness of the mature mind, O the quiet content of the non-acquisitive soul, while the grass grows, the horse starves (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI
  8. 8. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI 8 ohio taraGg august 2003 iit dean visits cleveland many cultures, one world woman power! O O n June 22, Professor Madhusudan n May 15, Marion C. Seltzer El Chakraborty, Dean of Alumni Af ementary School in Cleveland held fairs, IIT Kharagpur visited Cleveland a multi-cultural day, “Many Cul- during his recent tour to various US cities. tures, One World”. Two Indian teachers, Mrs. R. Khan and Amit Ghosh along with The informal luncheon picnic hosted by IIT Neeta Chandra, Board Member, AAIWO, alumni Jacob Matthew was well attended did a presentation on India. There were post- by the whole spectrum of alumni, from all ers, exhibits depicting clothes and currency, IITs, from 1957 batch to the most recent spices, songs and dances. Snacks were of- ones. The Dean updated everyone with the fered to staff, students and parents. After current projects of IITs and the role of watching Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri go- alumni in the development of some of the ing through the song and dance routine from best institutes of higher studies in the world! Devdas, some little boys wanted to marry W Indian girls! “I wish I was an Indian”, said hen it comes to serving the small one child wistfully. business community, Rita Singh has gone beyond the call of duty On June 19th, Gauri Hampole and Amy by creating and participating in projects and Nakhooda, who are Board Members of efforts in advancing and regeneration of eco- AAIWO, held an evening of Indian enter- nomic development in the City of Cleve- tainment at Welsh Nursing Home in Rocky land and in our region. The vision started River. Students of Padma Rajagolpalan did from home and the management-consult- a Bharatnatyam presentation, including the ing firm “S&A Consulting Group LLC” is different dance forms. Residents even at- currently serving from one-person entrepre- tarang editor, also an iit alumni, with the tempted to copy some of these, and enjoyed neur to fifty fortune companies across the the demonstration. – Cheryl D’mello world in Global Resource Management De- dean and alumni shrikant joshi velopment, Marketing of Product, Manu- Community Events facturing/Engineering/Quality Systems, Ac- Send in your upcoming events and recent news for printing. (See page 10) counting, Taxation, Finance and other cus- Keep connected. Send emails to clevelandevents@GreatIndiaOnline.com tomize projects. Send joining email to clevelandevents-subscribe@GreatIndiaOnline.com In May 2003, S&A received another presti- gious award as “Top Ten Women Business coming events Owners in Northeast Ohio” for the year 2002 from National Association of Women 6 Jul - 14 Sep The Sensous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South- Business Owners (NAWBO). ern India. Cleveland Musuem of Art. Call (216) 421-7340 S&A has received great testimonials, acco- August 2003 lades and awards over the years such as 2 Aug, Sat Mamta Shankar Ballet being the first Asian Indian Woman to serve 6:30 PM Solon High School. Call Amit (440) 353-9592 as a Board of Directors on the nations larg- 10 Aug, Sun Family Day at Cleveland Museum of Art est chamber of commerce the Council of Smaller Enterprises/COSE, 2002 Accoun- Chola Bronze Exhibition. Call (216) 421-7340 tant Advocate of the Year for the District of 23 Aug, Sat Hema Malini in Live Dance Ballet - Radha Krishna Cleveland and State of Ohio from U.S. 5 PM TriC Main Auditorium. Rupa Parikh (440) 993-7500 Small Business Administration, honored as 30 Aug-1 Sep Annual ASEI Convention one of the 500 most influential woman in Fri-Mon ‘Entrepreneurship for a Waking Giant’ at Hilton Cleveland Northeast Ohio by Northern Ohio Live in South. Call Jag Kottha (216) 299-8011 2002, Woman of the Year in 1998 and re- cipient of Diversity in Business Model of September 2003 Success Award and goes on. 13 Sep, Sat ihndI idvasa samaaraeh - Hindi Diwas Celebrations She attributes the success to a ‘collective 2-5 PM at Kiva Hall, Kent State Univ. kiva sammaelana saayaM 6 bajae effort’ from her family — daughters Kavita RSVP to Dr Sneh Raj (330) 633-1143 & Anjulika and husband Nip. 27 Sep, Sat AAIWO “women’s all day retreat” Yoga, meditation, hiking, facials, massage, mehndi and food. message board $35/person. RSVP AAIWO (440) 734-7788 27 Sep, Sat Samarpana - Fundraiser dance recital Happy Birthdays: Republic of 4:30PM Sujatha Srinivasan’s Bharatnatyam dance with live orches- India; Akash Ganguly; Vaidehi tra at Tri-C Metro campus. Call Sree (440) 519-9660 Sharma; Saurabh Sharma; Nishkam and Shrikant Joshi; keep connected! join the email mailing list clevelandevents-subscribe@GreatIndiaOnline.com (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI
  9. 9. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI august 2003 taraGg 9 political map of india with 29 states and 6 union territories. word jumble find the following words related to india. (you can go up, down, diagonal or even backwards) bhArat - real name of ‘india’; gAndhI - fa- ; ther of free india; pratAp - fought against ; a s d h n k i O p I answers from the last issue the first powerful moghul - akbar; shivAjI - ; t R T g D G i h s k a b r a h m A X S L fought against the imperialist tyranny of B b h A r a t a h b d h f d s h k A B k aurangzeb, the last powerful moghul; jhABsI ; - queen of jhABsI led the rebellion against p k g n T r d y i n f l Q G h J b l E t the imperialist tyranny of britain; kalAm - ; r w h d e A f p v h b R i h a s p a t i current president and father of nuclear india;; g k f P y O U r T D bhAkhrA - one of the first dams in free india, a k d h r y i o A X h h g u r u g k r N secret of paJjAb’s riches; TATA - builder of ; t e a I s B A h j B the first steel plant for the future of free j v y h A g f u g a A k D l d t e w I J h h p india; sikkim - second highest mountain ; k d h f j f j kAnchan-janghA, and dArjeeling - best hill p h b h A k h r A L l f k e c l g s l W resort and tea in the world; iit - higher stud- s i k k i m G H P Y y e r n A n a k D s ies institute the toughest to get in! keep connected! join the email mailing list clevelandevents-subscribe@GreatIndiaOnline.com (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI
  10. 10. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI 10 taraGg august 2003 the real yogi and renouncer – AnaaiotaH kmaYflaM, kayaYM kmaY kraeita yaH| nothing or saffron clothes| it is a common misconception among people that according to sa saMnyaasaI ca yaaegaI ca, na inarig®naY caai/kyaHó the scriptures and even otherwise, a saMnyAsI is one who has renounced material comforts like cooked food or warmth of anAshritaH karma-phalam, fire| and a yogI is one who is aloof from the society, absorbed kAryam karma karoti yaH| in his own world| sa saMnyAsI cha yogI cha, in context of karma-yoga, lord shrI kRiShNa says in the sixth na nir-agnir-na chAkriyaH|| chapter that these are not true| the true saMnyAsI is one who renounces the dependence upon, desire of the fruits of one’s —————— actions (not that he or she will not get them!)| mere physical kmaYfla ka Aaoya na laekr jaae ktaYvyakmaY krtaa hE, vahI renunciation is nothing| owning a car is not bad if you do it saMnyaasaI taTaa yaaegaI hE; kœvala Aig®tyaaga sae saMnyaasaI nahIM haetaa, for ease of transportation, without attachment to the thing| but sitting aloof and thinking of what all could have been done in inaiz/kya haenae sae yaaegaI nahIM haetaa|| (oImaÂgava¿Itaa 6-1) the life gone by, is not saMnyAsa! one who does his duty without depending upon the fruits of it, he is saMnyAsI (renouncer), he is yogI| not the renouncer neither is yoga the stopping of actions| maharShi pataJjali of fire (is not saMnyAsI), or of activities (is not yogI)|| said, “yogaH chitta-vRitti-nirodhaH”, which is not just stopping the actions, but the desire for them or their fruits! (shrImad-bhagavad-gItA 6-1) —————— so why is one told to do actions? humans by nature have a anAshritaH=without refuge, not depending upon; karma- anAshritaH great urge to do things| we do things for two reasons – to get phalam=fruits of actions; kAryam phalam kAryam=worth doing, acting upon; the fruits, or to get over it| e.g. the mind is more restful after karma=actions, deeds; karoti karma karoti=does; yaH yaH=one who; sa sa=he; we fulfill our craving once; of course keeping control that it saMnyAsI=renouncer, one with good foundation (for the after saMnyAsI doesn’t become a habit! that is why moksha is after dharma, life?); cha cha=and; na na=not; nir-agniH nir-agniH=without fire; cha cha=and; artha, kAma| the logic being that after fulfilling the material akriyaH=actionless; akriyaH desires in the prescribed social way, one would have got over —————— the desires for more| s aMnyAsI is one who renounces| it literally means one with proper foundation (sam + nyAsa)| foundation for the after one should only do the sanctioned, moral, legal actions that are life, or union with the divine| one who has gathered all natural to one| a scholar should not try hard to acquire busi- wisdom and experiences from this human life! a saMnyAsI ness acumen; nor should a businessman join the army| i.e. renounces all material things, including the fire – be it for don’t go against your natural talent, qualities etc. cooking or rituals| he wanders like an ascetic, with no attach- ment, no belongings| it is easy to leave everything, but difficult to be like a lotus, in the mud of mortal world’s actions and their fruits, but un- a yogI is one who has had union with the divine, or is on the touched by it and shine like a lotus in full bloom| way to it| he is the one who is without actions in the material, - shashikant joshi mortal world, seen meditating or immersed in the divine, wearing yaaEvanaM DanasaMpaiôaH püBautvamaivavaeiktaa| varmaekae gauNaI pauXaae na ca maUKaYSataEripa| {kŠkmapyanaTaaYya ikmau yaXa catauzqyama ó {kÕn/dstamaae hinta na ca taaragaNaEripa ó yauvanam dhana-sampattiH, prabhutvam-avivEkitA| varam-Eko guNI putro, na cha mUrkha-shatair-api| Ekaikamapi-anarthAya, kimu yatra chatuShTayam|| Ekash-chandras-tamo hanti, na cha tArA-gaNair-api|| yauvanam=youth; dhana-sampattiH= yauvanam= dhana-sampattiH=wealth; varam=worthy, better; EkaH varam EkaH=one; guNI guNI=endowed with prabhutvam=control, power; avivEkitA= prabhutvam= avivEkitA=lack of discriminating qualities; putraH putraH=son (child); cha cha=and; na na=not; api api=even; power, practical wisdom; Eka-Ekam-api= Eka-Ekam-api=even one (by itself, mUrkha=fools; shataiH mUrkha shataiH=hundred; EkaH EkaH=one; chandraH chandraH=moon; instead of all four); anarthAya= anarthAya=for disaster, mishap; tamaH=darkness; hanti tamaH hanti=kills, removes; gaNaiH gaNaiH=group; kimu=what (to say); yatra= kimu= yatra=where; chatuShTayam= these chatuShTayam=all tArA=stars; tArA four! ust one good son endowed with qualities is enough, not even y outh, wealth, fame, stupidity, each is individually capable of a disaster, mishap, what to say when all four are in one j a hundred stupid ones| the darkness of the night is removed by a single moon, not even hundreds of stars! this analogy is place! this shloka is heard by a king who has four useless also applicable for employees, contractors etc. i.e. instead of princes, whom the entire hitopadEsha is taught! getting hundred cheap but less qualified employees/contrac- tors, one should get one good one! 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  11. 11. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI august 2003 taraGg 11 (continued from july t issue) larly the omnipresent AtmA appears to take the qualities of the nAma-rUpa till now: king yadu asks dattAtrEya, forms and identities (bodies) it takes his secret of blissful detachment| and on|” he says he has learnt from many gu- rus| he explains what he learnt from “even though no one can see ‘time’, its pRithvI (earth), and vAyu (air)| now, effects are seen in the waxing and wan- heyaM duHKamanaagatama read on about his other gurus| ing of the chandramA (moon) but the (moon); ————— moon is not really increasing or decreas- ing| similarly, all the changes from birth f rom AkAsha (sky) i learnt that even to death are only of the body, not of though there are different ‘spaces’ the AtmA| even though the material (buildings, vessels, caves etc.) the bodies are transforming every second, ‘atmosphere’ is the same, similarly even we don’t see out of ignorance (lack of though there are different small and perception at the microscopic level)|” large mobile and immobile life forms, the divine is same in all of them in the “just as the sUrya (sun) ‘absorbs’ (takes, form of AtmA (soul) – (like the same evaporates) the water out of the oceans BaujaMgaasana thread goes through all the beads in a and rains it down (back on the same necklace)| similarly, earth) at the appropri- the seeker should un- derstand AtmA in its omnipresence, like gurus ate time (when it is too much to bear in the clouds?), similarly bhujaGga-Asana cobra posture space| wild fires hap- pen, rain falls, harvest is cut, clouds come all around the wise enjoys the subjects of the senses but lets them go at ap- benefits: this Asana is similar to dhanura- and go; but the sky - part 2 propriate time (age, Asana (see july 2003 issue) in ef- is untouched by stage in life after fects and mode of operation| re- them| similarly, past present and fu- householder stage) without attachment| moves constipation and increases ture causes so many creation and trans- even in householder stage when he is appetite| it is also beneficial in formation of forms and identities, but permitted to ‘hoard’ he considers the reducing weight| after practice nothing even touches the AtmA|” resources, wealth not his but merely under his control| the wealth that he one may do this Asana for 10-15 jala “jala (water) by nature is clear, fric- takes, enjoys, absorbs from the soci- minutes a day to reduce tionless, quencher (of thirst), and puri- ety, he gives it back at appropriate time waisteline| this Asana should not fying (e.g. in rituals, water is sprinkled)| (to needy people in times of need)| just be done by those with a condi- the sacred river pilgrimage purify when as sun reflected in different vessels of tion of hernia| devotee visits them, touches (bathes in) water seems many but is one, so does them or even chants their name| simi- the AtmA appear many when reflected method: larly, one should make one’s nature in different containers (bodies), but is lie down on your stomach| keep pure, loving (frictionless) and purify- same, same as the supreme divine|” your legs together| put your ing, benevolent for others, in sight, hands on the ground next to your touch or memory|” what is important to note in this con- shoulders| while keeping the versation between avadhUta dattAtrEya body from the navel to the toes “agni (fire) is full of lustre, heat, in- and king yadu is that we are all ca- agni suppressible energy; it doesn’t hoard pable of learning from our surrounding on the ground, raise the upper anything, consumes everything and yet with the application of our intellect| as half of the body| raise till it is remains unaffected; similarly the seeker long as our thinking is not biased by comfortable, without hurting the should be lustrous with penance, full other motives, we are capable of see- back or the arms| of energy, controlling senses, should ing the same truths as seen by seers of only gather what can be consumed in the past, like avadhUta dattAtrEya does| no Asana should be performed that the stomach (no hoarding), and be un- one doesn’t always need a guru with gives unnecessary pain| do affected by the subjects of senses (no lot of paraphernalia, as one sees in the slowly, it comes with practice| addiction or slavery of any pleasures modern times of kali-yuga; gurus are yoga practice is never a matter even while experiencing them)| just like everywhere! of competition, even with one- fire takes the shape of what it burns self| (e.g. long, short, or uneven stick), simi- (to be continued in next issue) unarrived sorrow is avoidable (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI
  12. 12. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI 12 taraGg august 2003 had this much devotion for Rama, you tales of divine play; the wise and noble would have found liberation.” say and listen them in many ways! That was his wake up call. Tulasidas re- DaIrja Darma imaXa A@ naair nounced married life. He took to the mis- sion of spreading the glory of Rama among Aapatakala pariKa{ caair people in the vernacular languages, instead dhIraj dharam mitra aru nAri of keeping it confined to Sanskrit, which Apat-kAl parakhiE chAri was not the language of common people any patience (mental stability), righteousness, more. For his renunciation, he is called friend and wife – test these four in troubled ‘Goswami’ (go-swAmI) or Gosai (go-sAi), times! which means ‘Master of Senses’ (go = senses). His monumental work of Ramcharitmanas (rAma-charita-mAnas) retells the life story of Lord Ram, based on the original of tulasI-dAs taulasaIdasa vAlmIki rAmAyaNa. It was not a translation but a retelling for the changed times. sister’s love! Tulasidas had a tough childhood, aban- doned by his family and society for his ap- parent bad luck. Finally, Narharidas (nara- In this, Tulasidas, who was a scholar of San- hari-dAsa), a priest, took him under his care, skrit and Indian philosohy, distills the wis- and named him Rambola (rAma-bolA). He dom of seers in simple words for the com- studied well, and grew to be a scholar and mon person. Some examples are: people called him Tulasidas. He used to jaa:kI rhI Baavanaa jaEsaI, spread the praise of Rama to the people. paBau maUrita deKaI itana taEsaI / Tulasidas got married to a beautiful girl jABkI rahI bhAvanA jaisI, called Ratna (ratnA). He was totally in love prabhu mUrati dEkhI tin taisI with her. One day she left for her father’s. we see the divine in the forms as per our Tulasidas could not bear the separation and inclinations (mood, faith and belief) on the stormy night, he journeyed far to reach his in-laws. When he couldn’t find hir Ananta hirkTaa Anantaa, the ferry to cross the flooding river, he used khih saunaih bahu ivaiDa saba santaa a passing corpse as a floating device and crossed the river. So blind was he in her hari anant hari kathA anatA, kahahi The festival of rakshA-bandhan is perhaps love! When he reached his wife late in night, sunahi bahu vidhi sab santA the most precious of all festivals. It is cel- she was ashamed of him and said, “If you divine lord is limitless, endless so, are his ebrated on the shrAvaNa pUrNimA, full moon of the month of Shravana. It denotes the solemn pledge of the brother to protect his thank you for your support sister forever. On this day, brothers give gifts to their sis- Send payment to: ters, who tie the rAkhI on their wrist, thus ‘Great India Publishers, Inc.’ reminding them of their duty to protect their XXXXXXXX sisters. Cleveland OH 44139 Or subscribe online Happy Raksha Bandhan! Regular Subscription: $24/yr only Sponsor Level Subscription: $99/yr tarang © 2003 Great India Publishers, Inc. Subscribe yourself, or gift to a dear one! Published monthly by Shashi Joshi Subscribe today and show your support. “tarang - the wave” is more valuable and for Great India Publishers, Inc. affordable than a greeting card! A community magazine for the whole family, it PO Box 39631 seeks support from the community and families! Thank you for support! Cleveland OH 44139 Name ____________________________________________ Phone: (440) 725-2973 Addr ____________________________________________ Fax: (440) 519-3812 City ________________ State _______ Zip ____________ (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI Phone ________________ Email ______________________ tarang-info@GreatIndiaOnline.com Chk Num ________ Chk date ___________ Amount ________ http://GreatIndiaOnline.com/tarang a bad descendent destroys the lineage
  13. 13. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI august 2003 taraGg 13 hr yauga maeM rama tauma Aa jaaAae - SaiSakanta jaaeSaI - SaiSakanta jaaeSaI rama! iktanae BaagyaSaalaI Tae tauma jaae vaailmakI sa pücaNw kiva imalaa, Aa:KaaeM maeM Aba naIMd nahIM hE, tauma Aa jaaAae vanaaY hr yauga maeM jaanae iktanae hI rama haetae hE, M rataaeM maeM haeM idna kœ [jaalae, tauma Aa jaaAae jaae ibanaa rajaBaaega kœ hI mahanagarIya vanavaasa Baaegatae hE|M iwnar, laMca AaEr büek`fasq ka nahIM Baraesaa saubah savaere caaya ipalaanae, tauma Aa jaaAae ma:hgaaPY kœ ravaNa ijanakI saItaaAaeM kae [nasae dUr rKatae hE, M idna Wla jaa{, rata A:DaerI sae kþC pahlae ijanakœ Barta saa BaaPY taae nahIM saMDyaa kœ yae laala [jaalae, tauma Aa jaaAae dae-caar bahnaeM jaVr byaahnaI haetaI hE, ` M baUW.-Kaa:satae dSarTa kI deKaBaala e caaya-pakaEw.I bahuta hae gaPY Psa saavana maeM taumanae banavaasa maeM kh:a kI TaI rama ? baarISa maeM Pk Aaga jalaa laeM, tauma Aa jaaAae lavakþSa kœ skUla kI fIsa taae ` vaailmakI nae maa:gaI hI nahIM gaaere mauKa par Kaulae gaulaaba ka AaBaasa ila{ vanaaY tauma jaanatae ik Gar paalanaa +yaa haetaa hE, haeMQaeM kœ yae jaama ipalaanae, tauma Aa jaaAae na tauma PYDana-taela kI +yaU maeM Kaw.e hu{ M na [Daar kœ kpaw.e pahna kr PNqrvyaU kœ ila{ ga{ | mauJa par maerI taanaaSaahI bahuta hae gayaI kþC Apanaa BaI h`k jatalaanae, tauma Aa jaaAae hnaumaana Aba AaEr nahIM imalatae [naka yauga samaapta huAa Aa` j aad, Akœ l aa AaE r kþ C Kaae y aa saa maE M Aba hr rama Kuad Akœlaa ravaNa sae law.taa hE Bau j apaaSaae M mae M rah idKaanae , tau m a Aa jaaAae Aba ivaBaIzaNa kae gaÃarI kœ ila{ Caew. nahIM idyaa jaataa saae Psa ravaNa kœ kvacaiC/d ka khIM pataa nahIM taerI gaaed maeM isar rKa baEQ:U, Aa:KaeM maU:de rama Aatae hE, jaatae hEM M AaE’ baalaaeM maeM haTa ifranae, tauma Aa jaaAae ravaNa barkrar hE | tana BaUKaa, mana pyaasaa AaEr Vh baecaEna Pna ramaaeM kœ ila{ kaePY vaailmakI nahIM Pna saba kae Aba SaaMta kranae, tauma Aa jaaAae jaae Amar kr detaa hr [sa xaNa kae hr [sa i/kyaa, vyai£, vastau kae hae M Q ka: p atae , Aa: K ae M vyaakþ l a, rM g a [w. a saa jaae [nakœ sampakˆ maeM AataI | püema-jvar kI dvaa iKalaanae, tauma Aa jaaAae Agar haetaa BaI taae Pna ramaaeM kœ paasa Ptanaa va£ nahIM ‘SaiSa’ h:sataa ivarh vaednaa ka ddY iCpaanae ik [sae ApanaI rNagaaTaa saunaatae püema-imalana kœ Aa:saU baha laeM, tauma Aa jaaAae yae taae jaItae jaI mar jaatae hEM idna taae baItaa, rataaeM kae iksa tarh gaujaaV: ` tauma markr BaI Amar hae hr duHKa ka tauma hI hae karNa, basa! tauma Aa jaaAae yah tauma BaI jaanatae hae rama ik tauma BaagyaSaalaI Tae! (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI wUbaa vaMSa kbaIr ka, [pajae paUta kmaala!
  14. 14. (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI 14 taraGg august 2003 what india means to me Excerpts from a farewell luncheon speech by US ambassador to India, Robert D. Blackwill, sponsored by FICCI in New Delhi. ing all the stars. Be sure and take your sun- pens by God's grace. The singular smell and glasses along when you go there -- to deal sound as the drops strike the parched earth. with the starry nights. Like so much of India for me, absolutely un- forgettable. S hortly after my arrival, I took the train Standing in Jaisalmer, close your eyes for a from New Delhi to Mumbai to see and moment and see the camel caravans coming And more than any of this, the remembrances feel the land and people of India. So through this desert town a thousand years ago, of the character of the people of India, which let's quickly take the train around India, paus- which I now realize by India's civilizational I will take back to America with me - of count- ing in Delhi before we begin. standards is only yesterday - a fellow on the less individuals over these two years who have street might have said to me, "yes, they came taught me, counseled me, guided me, and pro- Visiting Humayun's tomb with US Secretary through Jaisalmer, just a little while ago." tected me - who were generous to me beyond of the Treasury Paul O'Neill who commented imagination. that when it was erected, those living on my The Jain Dilwara Temples at Mount Abu. continent had built no structure higher than Exquisite wonders of the world. As has been While I was preparing for my Senate confir- twenty feet. so often the case during my stay in India, I mation hearing in early 2001 in Cambridge, had only two hours to look. I needed more Massachusetts, I started to read regularly the Back to traveling in India. Uttar Pradesh and than two lifetimes there and elsewhere in this Indian press. It was then that for the first time Uttaranchal - the heat, the dust, and the gla- uncommon land. I encountered the devastating fact of terror- cial source of the Ganga. Like so much of ism against India. Sitting in my office at India, alpha and omega provide conflicting Andhra Pradesh with its path-breaking e-gov- Harvard, I began to keep a daily count of those context. The vale of Kashmir, yearning to be ernance, and food hotter than hot. Don't let killed here by terrorists. Three on Monday. again a normal place. Dal Lake, which Am- anybody tell you differently; those Andhra Seven on Tuesday. Fourteen on Wednesday. bassador John Kenneth Galbraith once told peppers are without doubt weapons of mass Five on Thursday. Two on Friday. Day after me, was as close to heaven as one could get destruction. day. Week after week. Month after month. on this earth. Ladakh's high plateau with the Buddhist prayer flags flapping in the moun- What a country this is. And I have hardly India's death toll from terrorism mounted as tain wind. experienced any of it. Oh, this India that I the snow fell and melted in Cambridge, and have come to know ever so slightly. that New England winter turned to spring. Sugar in strong tea, a taste that I acquired in Innocent human beings murdered as a sys- India only in the last two months. I will now India's innumerable and distinctive dances, temic instrument of twisted political purpose. treasure that for the rest of my life. beginning with the classical. The Vedas and Terror against India that rose and fell with the Upanishads. They mean so much more the seasons, year after year after year. I recall speaking to jawans on the Siachen. when I read them here: "It is the ear of the Those men from all over India give new ear, the mind of the mind, the speech of By the time that I left the United States for meaning to the word tough. Listening enrap- speech, the breath of breath, and the eye of India in the summer of 2001, this very per- tured to a male singer accompanied by a the eye. When freed (from the senses) the sonal death count that I was keeping had harmonium in the Golden Temple. Gyrating wise, on departing from this world, become reached hundreds. And, for me, these were frenetically in a borrowed red turban with a immortal." not abstract and antiseptic numbers in a news- professional local dance group outside on a paper story. Each death, I forced myself to lawn on a balmy evening in Chandigarh. Indian family values, which I admire as es- remember, was a single person -- an indi- sential first principles, and see in action many vidual man, woman, child -- with family, As has been said, the world is divided into times every day in this country. The living loved ones, friends. They each have a name. two parts - those who have seen the Taj Mahal, symbolic power in this ancient civilization, Just like us, they each had a life to lead. These and those who have not. I am proud to be in the abiding aura, of -- the tree. Of the circle. are our mothers, our fathers, our brothers, our the first, still too exclusive group. The Of the triangle. sisters, our babies, and our friends. All snuffed Shatabdi Express transported me there and out by the killing hand of terror. On Septem- back in great comfort. A wonderful train. Fabulous cuisines. India is unquestionably the ber 11 in America. Nearly every day in India. only country in the world where this Kansas All of Rajasthan entrances me. The noble lad raised on beefsteaks could happily be a We will win the war on terrorism, and the Rajput legacy. Jaipur. Udaipur. Jodhpur. And vegetarian. But please don't tell my relatives United States and India will win it together perhaps my favorite, the medieval walled city back on the mid-West farms. of Jaisalmer, land of the Bhatti princes, born And, thank you India for every single thing of the moon. Parapets into the sky. On some Holi. Kashmiri carpets. Weavers everywhere that I have discovered here. Mother India has nights, there must be stars nowhere else above capturing India's enveloping colors. The Ben- changed my life -- forever. the planet because they all seem to be over gal tigers in the wild at Ranthambhore. How Jaisalmer. I am surprised some city in north- could they be more in command? The Mon- Photo and transcript of speech courtsey ern Europe has not sued Jaisalmer for steal- soon that rains life into India. Surely this hap- of United States Embassy, New Delhi. the king is the strength of the weak (C) 2003 SHASHIKANT JOSHI
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