Many friends have asked me about my absence from social media (principally Facebook, Blog, Twitter) for some time. I had expected to return to it after my last post some time in January (after absence of more than two months) but somehow that did not happen.
I had assumed that all my contacts knew that I was visiting Bharat but apparently that is not the case. I have people telling me- “Oh, we didn’t know you were in Bharat. When did you come? When are you going back?” So I should let all know that I have been in Bharat since mid December and will be here till late April.
Unlike in the past, this time my travel is limited as the objective of this visit is different. This time my wife and I have decided to spend quality time with my mother who is 91 years old , in her own home. Here in Karnavati (i.e., Amdavad). As such she stays in USA with us brothers but obviously she loves to be here in the house where she has spent decades and has many sweet memories. Naturally, we couldn’t be traveling around leaving her alone at home, so our outings are limited to a few hours in and around Karnavati.
This is first time that we are spending extended time in Bharat and I had to learn a lot about how to get the house going- be it reconnection of phone line, gas line, finding a cooking lady, finding servant, getting Internet connection, doing all grocery shoppng, etc. It has been fun as well as a challenge.
In the new environment, I find that my attraction (or is it addiction?) to computer has lessened considerably. I do check my emails regularly and at times visit Facebook briefly but have not ventured to write blogs.
I am enjoying watching early morning stars, long morning walks (1.5 to 3 miles), sipping warm milk while reading Indian Express leisurely on the swing (Jhoola) in our compound , sweeping fallen leaves from trees, watching some TV, afternoon naps, sitting with my mother reminiscing of days gone by, reading whatever I fancy
(I am reading simultaneously Mahabharat’s Shanti Parva , Dilip Kumar’s autography and an engineering book) and doing a host of myriad other things, including finding a right contractor to repair our house.
It is strange that I have not remembered for a moment in this time my house in Edison, NJ where I have lived for 15 years.
There s a lot to write about and God willing I will have multiple blogs in near future.
These are the subjects floating in my mind:
- Township developed for followers of a particular Sampradaya
- Visit of villages with a doctor
- Jamnagar, and swachcha Bharat
- Rajkot, Visiting an Old Age Home
- Yeh Bambai Meri Jaan
- GIBV conference on Make in India
- Vibrant Gujarat?
- What a determined young lady could achieve- Innovative Quality Group (IQG)
- Inside the mind of a young volunteer engaged in village education
- Father Vallace, proud Gujarati, my professor of Calculus
- Observations on a morning walk- 1
- Observations on a morning walk- 2
- Obama and 26th January
- Kettle calling pot black
- Delhi Election
- Hindus at receiving end, again
- Million Rupees coat!
- Losing a loved one- de ja vu
- Slip between a cup and lips
There may be some additional ones. I do not know how many of these I will be able to write. Perhaps I will just make blogs using bullet points only.
In the mean time, naturally I would like to speak with and meet as many of my friends , contacts and relatives as possible. I could be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 98791-93725.
It is nice to get back in touch with you!
While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up through the laws they have passed,” he said. “Let me repeat, we can’t not pay bills that we’ve already incurred.”
President Obama warning the Republicans for future negotiations after the House passed the bill to avert Fiscal Cliff.
“Islam has always been part of our America family.”
President Barack Hussain Obama
Oh, really? I do not recollect presence of any Muslim in 1776 or even during Civil war. I wonder where does President Obama’s history of USA starts?
If Islam is part of the USA family, then this surely is going to be a dysfunctional family at best.
Click below to read the article from New York Times:
“And then there are the reported terms of the deal, which amount to an abject surrender on the part of the president. First, there will be big spending cuts, with no increase in revenue. Then a panel will make recommendations for further deficit reduction — and if these recommendations aren’t accepted, there will be more spending cuts.”
“In fact, Republicans will surely be emboldened by the way Mr. Obama keeps folding in the face of their threats. He surrendered last December, extending all the Bush tax cuts; he surrendered in the spring when they threatened to shut down the government; and he has now surrendered on a grand scale to raw extortion over the debt ceiling. Maybe it’s just me, but I see a pattern here.”
“In the long run, however, Democrats won’t be the only losers. What Republicans have just gotten away with calls our whole system of government into question. After all, how can American democracy work if whichever party is most prepared to be ruthless, to threaten the nation’s economic security, gets to dictate policy? And the answer is, maybe it can’t.”