Friday, February 13, 2015
This one hits home tearfully. A lot of us who moved here miss our parents and very often they come here to visit and be with their grandkids. They miss their community back home and one of the most enjoyable past times for visiting parents is to take a morning walk.
This story is sad because you can see from the video that force was unwarranted and the result is heartbreaking.
This is not an isolated case. My relatives have told me of being stopped and questioned by police while walking and they presumed it was since their whole face was covered with a scarf and a cap that they wrote due to the winter they address not accustomed to.
We always advice or elders to carry our business cards with our phone number , in case they got lost in their pockets. Apparently reaching into the pocket can cause a reaction. It's sad to think that this happened at 8 am in the morning not at night.
I however caution anyone reading this to generalize the US based on this. Most law enforcement folks I have met are incredibly smart, human and love their jobs and the community. Many of the police departments are trained to handle instances where language is an issue.
If you see any elderly person taking a walk in your neighborhood hope you will say "hello" and "thank you for visiting"
Story describing the incident with photos
Video from the dashcam and the original call to police
Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Sunday, June 22, 2014
I must have been in elementary school and visiting our ancestral village for the summer in the late 60's when I was lucky to watch a village lit up with electricity.
Yes, the lights and power, air conditioning, microwave did not exist at one time and I remember how life changes when it does. Before electricity the ancestral village in modern day Telangana had oil lanterns and "Petromax lights" that were lighted at sun down till bed time.
I was not a stranger to electricity as we lived in Delhi, the Capital of India. Large cable drums delivered cables to the village and electric poles were erected to being power to the village. In the absence of electricity, radios were battery operated. Life was focused on dawn to dusk and on special occasions more lanterns were hired.
Later progress would come in the form of electric pumps, until then, bullocks would move in a forward and backward motion drawing water from wells in a tire and the water would flow to the fields in muddy pathways dug for the water.
Reminiscing this now, I feel lucky that I have seen a world where electricity did not exist.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
|My brother Dr. Giridhar with my uncle the Late B. Keshava Reddy ( photo taken in 2013)|
I went to India recently to visit family and my Dad’s brother who is over 90 years still works on his farm in a remote village in South India where our ancestral home is – told me the story of how my father used to run away from school and he had to find him and carry him back to school. He recognized the value of education and to this day I wonder what what if he had not done that? Where would I be today? Of course my father went on to graduate from engineering school and sometimes having to walk 10 to 15 kms daily to get an education, very different that walking to the school bus stop today.
My parents on a visit to the Washington DC area, taken at Rocky Gap, MD
|With my dad in Hyderabad, India|
|My parents who visited for my daughter's graduation|
- Learning never stops: Paraphrasing author George Bernard Shaw who said “ You learn throughout your life, except for a short break in school” Georgetown University excepted . If you think about how the world has changed even in the past decade, we all have now learnt how to master a smartphone. Even in your career things that you know will constantly need refreshing. I would never have had the success I have had if I did not take interest in web technology even when I was in the hospitality industry.
- Share your Knowledge: “Knowledge that is not shared is lost forever”. Seek opportunities to implement what you learnt in your work, find volunteering opportunities to deploy your learning and knowledge, mentor others, inspire them and give them a valuable gift of knowledge. Speak at local events, community events , Career days at your kid’s schools and the karma that you build will come back to you.
- Find time for yourself: In this fast paced world we are constantly facing pressures of activity that sometimes we forget that our thoughts need refreshing. We need time to process, think and get new ideas, be it 15 minutes a day or an hour take the time to stop multi-tasking and give yourself the luxury of thinking.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
"On Monday, Narendra Modi will be sworn in as India's prime minister. His rise to power is a remarkable story. A former tea vendor who speaks poor English, Modi is a distinct outsider to India's political and cultural establishment. His election signals the extent to which India is shedding its old hierarchies and class barriers, becoming a more meritocratic society.
In many ways, that idea — a sense of self-confidence, of individual self-expression — has found shape in Modi's election. Modi's success signals to millions of marginalized Indians that their aspirations are attainable."What will happen next only time will tell.