The Swami with the Rolex

“Your watch Swamiji”, my friend says. “The watch is waterproof” Swami casually replies while putting on his helmet to go wildwater rafting on Ganga River in the Himalayas. “It’s a Rolex watch,” my friend adds. I look at his watch. I have been exposed to a lot of luxury in previous years and am not much impressed by material things. In fact I wear my own … Continue reading The Swami with the Rolex

An aimless Journey in the Himalayas

Fascinating journeys unfold when we drop the need to plan and instead follow and have faith in the flow of life. It is only then when perfect alignment can manifest. The onset of my journey starts with a vague idea of its direction and then leads me to where I shall reach. So here is the latest adventure that very unexpectedly brought me to the … Continue reading An aimless Journey in the Himalayas

The Flip Flop Quest to Muktinath

The plan was simple: a quick border crossing from India into Nepal. All went according to plan, when sudden madness strikes “Let’s go to Muktinath”…and so equipped with flip flops, a 3,700 meters climb and snow storm later, after a sacred dip in the Mukti Kundas filled with freezing water, we finally enter the tiny temple Muktinath on top of the Himalayas. I have countless … Continue reading The Flip Flop Quest to Muktinath

The fun Karma of Fundraising in India

I’m driving through the streets of Mumbai in one of the traditional yellow & black taxis. The windows are down in an attempt to catch a cool breeze. While the flow of air comes to an abrupt halt at each red traffic light, a flow of beggars streams in instead. My usual inner dialogue begins…to give or not to give? I clearly can’t give an … Continue reading The fun Karma of Fundraising in India

Rules of Engagement for the Social Development Sector

Mayida is determined. She walks straight up to me, gives me a loving hug, takes my arm and tries to pull me into her tiny hut. I have just arrived in this village in rural Bangladesh with the mission to visit micro-loan borrowers. It is the first time I am meeting Mayida. She spotted me while walking on the dirt road through her village. I … Continue reading Rules of Engagement for the Social Development Sector