October 2020

Dear Friends,

Nani Palkhivala (16.1. 1920 to 11.12.2002) is known as the "the conscience-keeper of the nation". He became famous because of Kesavananda Bharati case. When a Special Bench of 13 Judges of Supreme Court was constituted to reconsider the correctness of the dictum of law laid down regarding the basic structure in Kesavananda Bharati case, Palkhivala’s impassioned address made the Chief Justice to dissolve the Bench.

Palkhivala's post-Budget speeches in Bombay since 1958 has drawn national attention and the audience during his later addresses rose to about a lakh. All those speeches were delivered extempore. He was the finest intellectual and jurist of the country and received innumerable awards and honorary doctorates from several countries. His two famous books are “We the people” and “We the nation”.

In September 1977, Palkhivala was appointed Ambassador of India to the United States of America, which assignment he held until July 1979.

September 2020

Dear Friends,

Anandamayi Ma (née Nirmala Sundari; 30 April 1896 – 27 August 1982) was a Bengali Saint, described by Sivananda Saraswati (of the Divine Life Society) as "the most perfect flower the Indian soil has produced. This name was given to her by her devotees in the 1920s to describe her perpetual state of divine joy.

Anandamayi was born on 30 April 1896 to the orthodox Vaishnavite Brahmin couple in the village of Kheora, Tipperah District (now Brahmanbaria District), in present-day Bangladesh. Her father was a Vaishnavite singer known for his intense devotion. Though the family lived in poverty. Nirmala attended village schools for a few years. Although her teachers were pleased with her ability, her mother worried about her daughter's mental development because of her constantly indifferent and happy demeanor.

August 2020

Dear Friends,

Sri Aurobindo (born Aurobindo Ghose; 15 August 1872 – 5 December 1950) was a philosopher, yogi, guru, poet, and nationalist.

Aurobindo studied for the Indian Civil Service at King's College, Cambridge, England. After returning to India he took up various civil service works under the Maharaja of the Princely state of Baroda and became increasingly involved in nationalist politics in the Indian National Congress and the nascent revolutionary movement in Bengal with the Anushilan Samiti. He was arrested in the aftermath of a number of bomb outrages linked to his organization in a public trial where he faced charges of treason for Alipore Conspiracy. However Aurobindo could only be convicted and imprisoned for writing articles against British rule in India. He was released when no evidence could be provided, following the murder of a prosecution witness, Narendranath Goswami during the trial. During his stay in the jail, he had mystical and spiritual experiences, after which he moved to Pondicherry, leaving politics for spiritual work.

July 2020

Dear Friends,

'His Masters Voice' (HMV) had once published a pamphlet giving the history of gramophone record.

Gramophone was invented by Thomas Alva Edison in the 19th century.

Edison, who had invented many other gadgets like electric light and the motion picture camera, had become a legend even in his own time.

When he invented the gramophone record, which could record human voice for posterity, he wanted to record the voice of an eminent scholar on his first piece.

For that he chose Prof. Max Muller of England (a German by ethnicity), another great personality of the 19th century.

He wrote to Max Muller saying,

“I want to meet you and record your voice. When should I come?”

Max Muller who had great respect for Edison asked him to come on a suitable time when most of the scholars of the Europe would be gathering in England.

Accordingly, Edison took a ship and went to England. He was introduced to the audience. All cheered Edison’s presence.

June 2020

I was preparing to speak at a conference and I decided to bring an orange on stage with me as a prop for my lecture. I opened a conversation with a bright young fellow of about twelve who was sitting in the front row.

If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?”  I asked him.
He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, “Juice, of course.
Do you think apple juice could come out of it?
No!” he laughed.
What about grapefruit juice?
What would come out of it?
Orange juice, of course.”
Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?
He may have been getting a little exasperated with me at this point.
Well, it’s an orange and that’s what’s inside.
I nodded. “Let’s assume that this orange isn’t an orange, but it’s you. And someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something you don’t like, offends you. And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear. Why? The answer, as our young friend has told us, is because that’s what’s inside.

May 2020

Dear Friends,

Sanjay Thakrar, CEO at Euro Exim Bank Ltd. got economists thinking when he said:

A cyclist is a disaster for the country's economy

- He does not buy the car & does not take car loan
- Does not buy car insurance
- Does not buy Fuel
- Does not send his car for servicing & repairs
- Does not use paid Parking
- Does not become Obese
- Yes.....and well, damn it !! Healthy people are not needed for economy. They do not buy drugs. They do not go to Hospitals & Doctors.
- They add nothing to the country's GDP.
- On the contrary, every new McDonald outlet creates at least 30 jobs - 10 Cardiologists, 10 Dentists, 10 weight loss experts apart from people working in McDonald outlet.

April 2020 (Yearly Report 2019 – 20)

Dear Friends,

Corona pandemic is a biggest blessing in disguise for the entire humanity. It is an opportunity for all of us to go back to our ancient wisdom and start “Living in tune with Nature”. VK-NARDEP is advocating this type of paradigm shift since its inspection in the year 1986. I am reproducing a very good letter which I received in the WhatsApp.

Dear Indians,

The government can only hold a lockdown for a certain period of time. The lockdown will end slowly. The govt. also will not show such strictness because the govt. has made you aware about Corona disease, social distinction, hand sanitization, etc. You are also seeing the situation after getting sick in the country. Now those who are sensible, understand their routine and work for a long time. The govt. will not guard you 24 hours 365 days. The future of you and your family is in your hands.

March 2020

Dear Friends,
Dr.B.M.Hegde (born 18 August 1938) is a cardiologist, professional educator and author. He is the former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University. He has authored several books on medical practice and ethics. He is also the Editor in Chief of the medical journal - The Science of Healing Outcomes. He was awarded the Dr. B. C. Roy Award in 1999. In 2010, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian awards. He is associated with a number of organisations and visiting Emeritus, International Advisor to the Royal College of Physicians London. He is a strong advocate of holistic approach to health and believes in alternate therapies. In this month, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

The entire world is in the grip of pandemic Covind-19 and many nations, including India declaring total lockdown. Catherine (Kitty) O'Meara of Madison, Wisconsin in March 2020 wrote a meaningful poem – “And People Stayed Home” which gives directions to all of us at this critical juncture.

In happenings section, we have included various training programmes such as: