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There are many tributes going on as the world celebrates Madiba, Mr. Nelson Mandela’s life and joins in the mourning of the passing away of this giant of a man. The huge enormous story of his many accomplishments is based on a corner stone of forgiveness and reconciliation. I am using the loving name his country gave him, as we bid our fond farewell.
Madiba spent 27 years, nearly one third of his long life, in a prison cell. That is an enormous length of time to nurture the wounds, stew in venom and rage, and vow for revenge. But Madiba forgave, in the prison and out of the prison and he reconciled with his enemies. In prison, he converted several guards. (I would not have believed it to be possible – remember the famous Stanford Prison Experiments by Zimbardo)! But Madiba managed it. In the prison, children were not allowed. But once Winnie, Madiba’s wife, visited with their grand daughter, Zaziwe. A guard, Christo Brand helped cover the child with a blanket and smuggle her in, so Madiba can see her (Brand has written a book “Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend” and the story also appears in the movie, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”). There is a similar story of his guard, James Gregory (and another movie “Goodbye Bafana” about it). In 1995, Madiba used the game of Rugby to send his country, his message of reconciliation. Rugby was an all white sport in South Africa, with an all white team. Often the black people rooted for New Zealand’s “All Blacks” team. Madiba donned Afrikaans Springbok team shirt and gave personal message to each player, wishing him good luck. It was magical. The energy in the team soared and they won. A nation teetering on the brink of a civil war had something else to strive for, peace and unity. Today, both teams, the All Blacks and the Springboks are mourning the loss of Madiba and will observe moments of silence.
And let us not forget that Madiba insisted on justice. Forgiveness cannot come if injustice continues to occur and perpetrators continue to abuse power. Forgiveness can only occur after the balance of power is restored and then one makes a conscious choice to give up revenge and thus refuse to be held hostage to the past and to the perpetrators, and chooses instead to reconcile, in favor of peace and for future. Forgiveness is not an act that comes from cowardice. It is an act of courage that follows the previous act of courage to pursue and seek justice and fairness.
Syria has presented an interesting conundrum for the US. For over 2 years, charming Syrian dictator who is also a ruthless murderer, Bashar al Assad has laid siege upon his own people and has systematically massacred over 100,000 civilians, and millions have become refuges. World watches helplessly. What is a US president to do? Welcome to the 21st century, where American mindset will prove lacking, unless we embrace complexity and uncertainty.
We in the US, like clear problems that have clear solutions. We do not like shades of gray. We like our leaders to be decisive, not reflective. And we just do not understand the complexities that exist in many parts of the world, except in a perfunctory manner. For instance, we can rattle off statistics about how many languages are spoken in certain parts of the world; we can talk about gender differences in parts of the world; we can speak about class dynamics. What we do not understand are the underlying reasons that make it so; the stakeholders who want to preserve the status quo and why; those who clamor for change and how they are in no way different from any of us in the US, in terms of their tech savvyness, their English speaking skills, and who may be more savvy in terms of their cultural insights.
President Obama has been criticized for the “zig-zag” nature of his policy, in response to Syria. I will however, go out on a limb, and say that this is exactly what we need from our leader in the new, global, multicultural world fraught with enormous complexities and serious challenges; a world that does not present clear problems and one that is much less ready for clear, decisive solutions. This is not a world where one sentence rhetoric that says, let us capture Bin Laden “dead or alive” will work.
In fact just to make my point with clarity that the Americans so love, I am going to quote some Bushisms below.
“Removing Saddam Hussein was the right decision early in my presidency, it is the right decision now, and it will be the right decision ever.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 12, 2008
“Wait a minute. What did you just say? You’re predicting $4-a-gallon gas? … That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 2008
“Let’s make sure that there is certainty during uncertain times in our economy.” — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2008
“Oftentimes people ask me, ‘Why is it that you’re so focused on helping the hungry and diseased in strange parts of the world?’” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 18, 2008
The thing is that world is not so strange to a lot of people who not only have stepped out of their homes and their comfort zones and traveled places and mingled with people vastly different from them. Additionally, with technology people can make little google guy on street view walk and go places for them and people do research on wikipedia and they use skype, telepresene, go to meeting, webex and other technologies to bring the world closer and there are no far-away, “strange” places. The thing is that removing any dictator or an abuser of human rights is neither a fully right decision and nor is it a completely wrong one.
Consider the competing priorities that the President of the US must manage. In this new world, the US cannot act as a cop and neither can the US remain a helpless bystander. The US President, commander-in-chief of the armed forces cannot simply ignore Assad’s blatant refusal to follow the rules previously agreed upon by 190 odd countries, regarding the ban of chemical weapons. But neither can the President of the US ignore the fact that Americans are tired with war and they do not want their leader calling them to make sacrifices, especially in the face of so much uncertainty. The US cannot ignore the moral imperative to intervene; if the US does not escort the moderates now than it is less likely we will find them later. Nor can the US ignore the national interest argument of Assad gone mad and his people pouring into the neighboring regions; more countries and groups may stockpile such weapons and use them and someday they could be used against the US.
President Obama’s considered response – actually responses, his willingness to come forth and present the argument to the American people, his reluctance to jump into war, his willingness to get support from the Congress, his flexibility to change the course of military action, all this is precisely what we need in a leader who must weigh the competing complexities, not just once, but on a daily and hourly basis. And despite this, the President is neither waffling, nor has run out of options.
President Obama has warned the Syrian dictator, over and over that the world is watching and keeping track of his human rights abuses. Assad was warned regarding the use of chemical weapons. The president has gone and discussed with the world leaders; though the countries do not want to intervene, there is tremendous tacit support in the world, and huge disapproval of Assad’s actions. The president has gotten solid evidence of use of chemical weapons by Assad, has sought approval from the Congress for military strike, and the president has explained to American people and ensured us that there will be no boots on the ground, that we will not be called upon to make significant sacrifices, when we have our own priorities and challenges to deal with. And now, another dictator, Vladimir Putin has come forth, to help the process of negotiation and Mr. Obama has also entertained that. At this point Mr. Obama has built the most solid case that if he uses military might, it will only be after he has tried every other option and the objective will be to strike strategically Assad’s control and command posts, with an objective to weaken him, without putting boots on the ground.
Now let us also answer those who say that military strike to weaken Assad is an action that is too little, too late. Middle East is a complex region. There are many voices, many stakeholders; there are many who suffer deeply and there are many who bestow deep suffering onto others. Going into that region with an idea to fix something, to take a dictator out, to support a friend, to hurt a foe, to broker a peace, will never have intended consequence because every action from outside, generates equal and opposite reaction from inside. However, what we can do is to give a blow to anyone flaunting violating an agreed upon treaty, a few precise air strikes that send a strong message that you can get away with only so much before the world will take notice of your actions and send a punishing message. This action, while conveying a message to Assad, also would convey a message to the rebels that if they stay focused and disciplined than the world will not completely forget them and they have friends outside who are committed to seeing the atrocities stopped. It is nice to have moderate friends in that region. It would give a psychological boost to the rebels and we would hope that some of them are moderate. Strategically, it would keep the situation from spiraling completely out of balance, a situation where Assad’s side could get so powerful that they may completely wipe out the other side from every raising its head.
We know what happens in situations that spiral out of balance. The examples are many and they are heartbreaking – Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Turks, after World War I; rape of Nanking, China, by the Japanese in 1937; atrocities against the Jews in Nazi Germany, before the end of world war II; civil war that wiped out its entire educated population, in Cambodia, in 1970s by Pol Pot led Khmer Rouge; Muslim genocide in Kosovo in 1990s, under the leadership of all too powerful Slobodan Milosevic; genocide and slaughter of the Tutsis by the powerful Hutus in Rawanda, in mid-1990s. Atrocities committed by Assad regime are nearing that kind of epic proportions. And he has one chance now to deliver and destroy his chemical weapons.
Vladimir Putin has also made a mockery of human rights in Russia. And now he has an opportunity to emerge as a politician of some stature, not just by sending in an op-ed piece, obviously written by someone else; but by bringing value to the table in getting Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpiles over to the international community. Syria, better pay heed, that the country that cherishes democracy, seeks to stop human rights abuses, embraces the weak, and the children, is not soft at its core; it has mettle and is committed to its principles and it will not sit idly watching this ruthless man massacre innocent children. And as for us, to operate more effectively in the complex, smaller, new world, we better learn to become comfortable with lack of certainty, fuzziness and shades of gray; we’d better learn some flexibility and adaptability; and we’d better understand that we live in a global community. If TB and Bird Flu can travel across countries with great speed, so can chemical and biological weapons, and there is a reason that most of the world has made a pact to banish such weapons of mass destruction.
This blog is part ii of series or 3 blogs. In part I, focused on “When NOT to Write A Blog” – http://bit.ly/13MqJFh. In this part II, I will focus on When to write a blog and what you gain from blogging, and in part III I will focus on “How to Market A Blog” and will be posting it in few days.
Top 10 reasons, you must start blogging.
No. 10 – You have ongoingly information to share that will resolve a pain point for consumers/ buyers/ sellers etc.
If you are knowledgeable about some technical aspects that could help people make better decisions for the products they want to buy, or regarding food choices, regarding their health etc. then you should blog. If you have technical information that can help people solve their technical challenges and you are able to demonstrate that effectively with step by step directions then you should blog. Similarly, if you have information about cars, cameras and more that can help people and you can clearly write about it then please consider writing a blog.
No. 9 – You absolutely cannot help yourself.
If your need for self-expression is so strong, you absolutely need to share, then you should become a blogger because this is an easiest medium to share your perspectives. For instance, one day early in the morning, I had put on some music and was dancing, rather vigorously and I bashed into my living room wall, and broke my toe. The pain was immediate and intense. I sat down and then crawled to my desk and with the support stood up and sat on the chair. Then I was thinking if I should call a friend, yell to wake up my daughter, hobble to get ice and through it all the humor of how it happened struck me. Instantly, I though of a poem http://bit.ly/XOemzn and I had to write it and post it on the blog. The urge to write and share a poem became stronger than the impending need to alleviate the pain and stop the swelling that was fast ballooning. You may not be world’s best writer, but if you must share then blog is the best medium J and you can ignore everything else said in part 1 about When NOT to write a blog.
No. 8 – Your urge to share your perspectives is consistent and frequent.
Sometimes, you see a wonderful movie and you want to share how absolutely delightful the movie was or you visit a gorgeous site and you want to share with others and tell them that they must visit the site and that may make you feel that you need to blog about it. For instance, I had to share about #lifeofpi – http://bit.ly/XizQZL or #BhaagMilkhaBhaag – http://bit.ly/1cUwG4o . However, if this only happened once in a while, then blog may not be the best medium. Or, you might be delighted but you may express it lamely in writing then writing may not be the best channel. But for the most part, if you are yearning to share your experience, then you should consider writing a blog.
No. 7 – Your access to materials worth sharing is frequent.
For instance, if you love to write movie reviews and want to blogg about it then you should be watching a lot of movies. If you want to write book reviews on your blog then you should be reading a lot of books; if you want to write about technology, then should be constantly accessing/ researching newer technologies and so on. I attend a lot of conferences and talks and write previews of upcoming talks or reviews of the events and talks at www.bio2devicegroup.org, www.eppicglobal.org, www.jpmorgan.com, www.tiecon.org and so on. I also love live theater and write a lot of play reviews and attend shows at www.theatreworks.org, www.cltc.org, www.sjrep.com, www.shadyshakes.org, www.naatak.org, www.thestage.org and so on. You might focus exclusively on sharing your own perspectives but share them with creativity and originality.
No. 6 – You are not targeting your friends to be your primary blog audience.
You have to target more broadly, outside of the circle of your friends. Even if you are a great blogger, all your friends will not have the same interests as you do. Although, your good friends will read, comment, give feedback, and will encourage you, so do share with your friends, but without pestering them, where they feel compelled to read your blog. I am forever indebted to my friends for bringing so much joy in my life that enables me to create a space for writing and here is my gratitude blog – http://bit.ly/ZaXuYj .
No. 5 – You have plans to market your blog.
I will write more on this in the last segment on how to market your blog. But remember that writing a blog is not like writing a diary. You want people to read and take interest in what you have to say. And only way people can do that is if they have access to what you have to say. As I have already said earlier, targeting your friends solely as your blog audience, is not a good strategy for long term health and vitality of your blog. (By the way, if you wish to follow me, my twitter handle is @DarshanaN and tweet the links to all my blogs).
No. 4 – You are actively accessing/ researching wide range of information.
One engaging discussion about some political topic and a perspective you want to share, may not make a good reason for starting a blog. Yes, people do that sometimes. But good blogs with wide viewership, come from bloggers who are doing wider research and share perspectives with more depth and value. For instance, I felt strongly about the declining status of education in the US and finally I put in time to do some research, before I wrote the blog – http://bit.ly/AwLq7G . You must enjoy reading and hearing different perspectives to be able to share your own thoughts effectively and authentically.
No. 3 – You are religious about not compromising on content and quality.
You can compromise on frequency but never on content. If you provide sloppy content, wrong facts, or poor quality material then eventually your readership will diminish and disappear. To keep up frequency, you can invite guest bloggers who can provide equally good content, as you.
No. 2 – You are not obsessive about privacy
Privacy violations are scary in the digital age. And we all need to take appropriate steps to protect our privacy. However, as I said earlier, if you want to reach a broader audience for your blog then you have to allow them a way to reach you. You need to decide the channel and the boundaries that work for you to manage your more visible public profile.
No. 1 – You want to focus on intentional living and self-development
It is my belief that blog writing gives clarity in thinking and brings greater intentionality and purposefulness to life. My writing has enabled me to pursue my disparate love for theater and for conferences on new technologies. I read books with greater focus, listen to speakers without ever falling asleep, and see little rhymes in life’s adversities and challenges. Writing a blog has helped me to prioritize my lifestyle, cut down activities that suck a great deal of time and bring little pleasure, and has enabled me to create more time, with minimal lifestyle. I credit my blog writing for enabling me to have a wonderfully engaged life, as an emptynester. I am generally a happy person but writing makes me happier. It is at once a social activity and yet a private activity. It helps you to retreat from people for some personal meditation space and it helps you to more meaningfully engage with the world.
So now go ahead and start your blog, give it a go, and in next part I will discuss how you can market it.
Today when we are all expressing our deep gratitude to the veterans who stay on the front lines so we can all be safe and secure and our values preserved, I am also taking to heart the advice given by these two articles posted on www.projecteve.com .
1) The first article asks us to identify and be grateful to ourselves. I am thankful to myself for having the will power to hit the gym daily, for having the courage to initiate the endings when needed (based on Sara Lawrence Lightfoot’s “Endings that set us free”), for having the courage to not waste my gift of expression and (albeit respectfully) express myself on this blog, for being persistent but more importantly optimistic in my steadfast belief in face of all adversities that if I am happy today then tomorrow will always be better because it will add one more happy memory (after all life is about creating a string of happy memories), and for having enormous love in my heart for my children, for family and friends that allows me to appreciate their uniqueness, forgive the faults, and share life and life’s rich rewards in this journey on earth.
2) Second article asks us to identify “why” we are grateful to others. I am grateful to my mother for her being there for us in every possible way to take on life’s blows, so that my siblings and I were shielded and our dreams were preserved and came to fruition; everything we became and we have, we owe to her and my late father. I am grateful to my children for who they are, for the generosity of their hearts in forgiving the flaws in parenting, for their deep love, for their friendship, for their humor and wit, for their support, encouragement and just filling my life and my heart with love. I am grateful for my friends for so much – and though I am quite clear about the contributions of each of them, it is enormous to list here. Some have been there at the right time with the right type of support; some have been there during celebrations making each of them memorable; some have shared views and perspectives, forging a deep bond; some have disagreed with views and perspectives, thus expanding horizons; and so much much more. Together, friends have woven the life’s journey into a rich tapestry of colors and hues that reflect their individuality and that has made life infinitely more exciting and adventurous.
Hope my sharing inspires you to do your gratitude journal today. Will love your comments.
Health Technology Forum connects people worldwide, with an aim to make affordable and quality healthcare accessible for all people. Recently, at Innovation Conference, under the theme of “Platforms for the Underserved”, many prominent physicians and others interested and working in this arena, gathered to discuss and advance the agenda of affordable healthcare. Below are highlights from inspiring keynote by Gavin Newosm, Lieutenant Governor of California and panel session moderated by Dr. Moira Gunn, host of National Public Radio program, The Tech Nation.
Gavin Newsom – Keynote at Health Tech Forum Innovation Conference
“Once the campaign is over, we politicians stop listening to you”, said Gavin Newsom in his luncheon keynote address at Health Technology Forum www.healthtechnologyforum.com conference. Newsom peppered his talk with crisp sound bites, and made a case for thriving, in what is “no longer a connected world, but a hyper connected world.” Much can be achieved if people get together with determination and commitment. “Organized people are whole lot more powerful than organized money”, said Newsom. Proud of his moral and ethical stand on issues, Newsom said, he voted to oppose death penalty, legalize marijuana, rescind the three strikes rule, and in support of gay marriage. “You may not agree with me,” he said, “but I sleep well.” He urged people to exercise their moral authority, to step up and say what they believe in, to be authentic, stand by their principles, to shake things up. “The world demands it”, said Newsom and brought the house down. Newsom concluded by quoting Churchill, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another, with no loss of enthusiasm”.
Dr. Moira Gunn of NPR’s Tech Nation at Health Technology Forum Conference
Dr. Moira Gunn, Host of Tech Nation, moderated the luncheon panel. Dr. Jessica Evert, Executive Director at Child Family Health International, said, humility and technology are both essential in improving health on a global scale. Asset based community development model is based around deploying technology and coordinating around existing cultural and geographic strengths, not around deficiencies. Dr. Gary Heit, cofounder of AMCANI, an organization that seeks to support modern neurosurgery in developing countries, concurred. During his numerous experiences in developing countries, he has observed, that often they are not lacking in skills or intellectual capacity but in equipment and resources. Dr. Mainul Islam is COO of Medic Mobile, a company focused improving health care in challenging settings, through the utilization of technology. Islam shared about their work in 16 countries. Gunn applauded all these efforts to make a difference.
I read in the museum’s “Inside Out” magazine that the OMCA trains the staff to follow the GOLD standard of service – GOLD standing for Going the extra mile, having an Outgoing personality, Learning what the museum offers, and Delivering a welcoming experience. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this is in fact true, not just in the service offered by the staff, but in the content, in the painstakingly created interactive exhibits, in showing the works of art in a brand new way, and in blending art, history, and natural sciences to give a seamless learning experience. The OMCA’s collections comprising of more than 1.8 million objects include historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, seminal art works, and photographs. OMCA recently reopened after a massive transformation of almost every aspect of its 300,000 square-foot space.
My visit with some wonderfully inquisitive friends, began at the Blue Oak café with a menu that featured delightfully delicious items such as a chickpea salad sandwich made with mashed chickpeas and sundried tomatoes, cold soba noodles with seared tuna and cilantro and ginger lime dressing, and golden beet salad with cheddar and pumpkin and pomegranate seeds that was as delectable as it was artfully presented. Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Claudia Leung is totally enthusiastic and dedicated to serving the museum’s growing community of members and warmly welcomed us. We then toured the 26,400 square foot gardens. Who would have thought that there is a masterfully created oasis with beautiful landscaping, striking sculptures, and a quiet Koi Pond in which a heron has made its home, right in the heart of Oakland? Cedars and redwoods provide shade and the plants and flowers include azaleas, camellias, Australian bottle brush, olive trees and more. The view from the garden terraces of boats sailing at Lake Merritt is breathtaking. But it was also the sculptures which got me and my friends excited. My favorite was ”Viola Frey’s 1994 sculpture, American Nude Series (Woman with Elbow on Raised Knee)” and the sunny yellow peace sign made out of steel by Cuban born artist Tony Labat seemed just perfect in the spot overlooking Lake Merritt. The Koi Pond, surrounded by dodar trees, was filled with Koi and water lilies and other California native plants and offered an opportunity for absolutely quiet, reflective moments.
My friends and I then headed for our pre-scheduled docent tour of the Art Gallery. The art collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibits of California art in the world, dates back to 1916 and features over 70,000 works of art, many of them from the early 1800s. This is an amazingly living, breathing space filled with interactive exhibits and ideas fueled by visitors’ energy and actions. The diverse works include different media side by side, with some exhibits offering viewers opportunities for reflection and thought-provoking discoveries. The Gallery of California Natural Sciences will reopen to the public after a 3-year multi-million dollar renovation and transformation, on May 31, 2013 and is presumed to be brilliantly put together by a team of designers, scientists, artists, and community members and depicts the state’s diversity of climate, geology, habitats, ecosystems, and wildlife. The gallery has over 100,000 research specimens. Through interactive media, it also explains environmental conflicts around the contemporary conservation projects. The 30,000 square foot Gallery of California’s History provides a platform to bring to life the state’s rich history. Millions of individuals through successive waves of immigration with a range of contributions through different periods in history, have shaped California and breathed life into this diverse, rich, creative, imaginative, innovative state. There is nothing static in this gallery, where the story of California is told through evolving, mutilayered, and interactive exhibits.
This museum is a hidden gem which preserves and shares the richness of California’s art, history, and its biodiversity and scientific innovations in a style that is novel, engaging, interactive, interesting, and seamless. See www.museumca.org for more membership, and more information on special events and exhibits.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
For me, a big theme this year has been water. Hurricane Sandy once again reminded us of the destructive power of water. Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, (http://bit.ly/XizQZL) a challenging water movie, depicting life sustained in and by water, was a treat for the senses at every level. And to borrow a water metaphor, if our eminent leaders (in the so called free world), do not quickly resolve the fiscal cliff, then there is a chance we will all fall of the cliff, and drown in high taxes. I loved reunion with my college buddies, near the ocean in Orlando, and yearly visit with my mother, in India, despite the monsoons. For me, the highlight of the year was visiting the floating village in Cambodia, on the shores of Lake Tonle Sap (http://bit.ly/TPGLE2), near Siem Riep. The visit generated many conflicting emotions. Gawking at the people, as they went about their daily lives, seemed voyeuristic and clearly an invasion of their privacy. While the abject poverty of the people living on the water and living off of whatever the water provides, was heart-wrenching, it seemed strange to buy junk food from mothers at highly inflated prices and donate it to their kids. Neesha (my sweet child and my loveliest travel companion) and I were glad to visit an orphanage where children were happy and smiling, and make donation there. Visit to Khmer Rouge’s Killing Fields (seeing rows upon rows of skulls neatly lined up) and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum with cells, interrogation paraphernalia etc., was a gut wrenching, soul searching, thought provoking, tear streaked, heart rending experience. Why do people do horrible things to people; brother to sister; child to mother? Out of about 7M population at the time, Cambodia lost close to 4M people; due to war, rebellion, man-made famine, genocide, and politicide, including over 2M in mass murder by Khmer Rouge. Every family perhaps had someone who was killed and someone who was responsible in some way, for the killings.
And speaking of the horrors, people in Syria have been suffering at the hands of the brutal dictator, for too long, now. By now, almost 50K are presumed killed and close to 30K, reported missing, and over a million Syrians are displaced, as the world watches, helplessly. It was a year of loss as well as a small victory in the UN, for the people of Palestine. Many Israeli and Palestinian people are rooting for peace in the region and we hope these voices will prevail. Jeremy Lin and Ganganam style dance were overnight sensations as twitter went abuzz with them. Big Bird, Bunch of malarcky, and Binders full of women were the big buzz words of fiercely fought, US 2012 elections. UK was a grand host and young Olympians, including Gabby Douglas, Katie-Ledecky, Missy Franklin and many other amazing athletes made the games, memorable and interesting. As we get ready to celebrate X’mas, the Sandy Hook gun violence makes me and my children, infinitely sad. In loving memory of the slained, precious children, I am sharing two of my poems, http://bit.ly/QZOh2a & http://bit.ly/TlaQN2 . Taliban were not able to silence or separate the brave young girl #Malala from her books, by shooting at her. #DelhiVictim #Nirbhaya after being brutally gang raped & sodomized and after loosing all of her intestines, is fiercely fighting to survive and here is my poem honoring her fierce spirit http://bit.ly/WyY4zf .
Life continues to offer me many blessings, with my children being the hugest, best blessings. My mother is becoming increasingly frail, but every night she ends my call with “Best of Luck”, – her way of bestowing blessings on her daughter, living in a foreign land. I love my work, both recruitment for medical device and biotech companies http://bit.ly/VT2TNP and training in diversity and inclusion http://bit.ly/W33tZ2, both here in the US, and in India. My blog www.darshanavnadkarni.wordpress.com , is increasingly being read, worldwide :). The stats indicate, 18,991 total views, with 1040 people following my blog. My reviews e.g. http://bit.ly/MWhMPl helped Shady Shakespeare Theater Company win a spot on the @greatnonprofits 2012 Top-Rated List! So life’s been fun, exciting, sometimes sad, and always full of blessings.
Wishing you health and happiness, peace and prosperity in 2013.
Romney-Ryan say they hold the key
Don’t ask “how”, if you can’t see
They’ll lower deficit without raising taxes
‘Cause trust’em, they are the magicians
Unless you get, “it’s a bunch of malarkey”
They’ll keep Bush-era tax cuts, expand ’em even
Romney-Ryan say they’ll close loopholes seven
Defies rules of math
There aren’t those loopholes to match
In the tax code to balance the cuts, no ma’am
Romney-Ryan say there’s a trick to adding two and two
In 4 years, they’ll add 12 million jobs, well can you?
Those jobs are expected under the current plan
Well, what’s new about their plan then? Darn….
Their brazen, bold, sassiness’s what’s new
Ryan-Romney don’t endorse stimulus
That claim’s well……. Bogus
Ryan secured millions in government grants
While touting anti-government chants
Dude, he sure is a doofus
While insurance covers Viagra
Ryan-Romney chant anti-women mantra
Their policies may criminalize abortion
Curtail paying for contraception
This is but a small peek into their fenestra
Not just anti-women policy and anti-47 percent
voted against dream-act, policy is anti-immigrant
Ryan-Romney promise path to prosperity
With voucher-care there’ll be no parity
Remember, favoring only rich & privileged, their platform ain’t decent