Saturday, January 29, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The Sanatan Dharam Temple in Old Kampala! That's where I learnt about our richreligious heritage!
Swaminarayan Temple in Kampala. Am not sure it was there 30 years back!
The beautiful insides of Swaminarayan Temple. There is a stark difference between temples in India and those abroad. Temples abroad are congregational in nature, providing Indians with an opportunity to meet and socialise.
The Gurudwara in Kampala! That's where I learnt Wahe Guru (ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ) and Mattha Tekna!
The Langar (ਲੰਗਰ) at the Kampala Gurudwara! I had it many times 30 years back and will again, soon!
The beautiful Bosa family! Dr. Bosa was Mom's boss. And we became family friends over time. Mom told me that Mrs. Bosa once made a very smart shirt for me! We were pals with Sheba and Herbert! Estella was born after we left Uganda! They all have naughty but smart kids now, who love dancing to the tune of Shakira's Waka Waka! Speaking to all of them recently was like speaking to family. Yes, we have loved ones back home!
The Kampala Sheraton was home to my Nanaji, my Godfather!!!
Kaka Motors - a workshop that catered to our car's repairs! The Kaka family were friends. Sadly, Mrs. Kaka died recently. May her soul rest in peace!
Bank of Baroda has a major presence in East Africa, Uganda included. I used to visit this place often with Papa and Mom. They continue to be the bank's clients in India, 30 years on. That's called customer loyalty!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Makerere University was where Mom taught for a good number of years
Quarry House in the Makerere University campus. We called this place home!
The entrance to Quarry House!!!!
B 8, Quarry House, our home! So many memories, so little space to pen them down!
But some people move out, some move in, like this family, who graciously allowed Neelima to come in and click photographs!
The Quarry House staircase. That's where I gallantly rode my tricycle down with a stunning result - I busted my forehead. Papa heroically rushed me to Mulago Hospital to stitch up my forehead. Bawling my guts out, I was pinned down by Mom, as Papa continued on with the task at hand!!!!
That gallant feat gave me the characteristic scar that I will have for the rest of my life. They say, everything happens for a reason! The scar will remind me of my home, forever!
And I am told, the roads in Uganda have Airtel all over. Such is the convenience that you can buy Airtel SIMs from roadside vendors - no verifications, no activations, no paranoia, like we have in India! Such is the innocence in my land - they know no terror! Hope it stays that way, forever!!!
Kampala, the city that gave me birth! The city of seven hills! Makes me fall in love all over again!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.
"There are 5 things you need to know," he told the pencil, "Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be."
"One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone's hand."
"Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it
to become a better pencil."
"Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make."
"Four: The most important part of you will always be what's inside."
"And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write."
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.
One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you'll need it to become a stronger person.
Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
Four: The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.
And Five: On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.
Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.
Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.
Monday, January 10, 2011