Letters from Readers
Lecture on Swami Vivekananda
Khabar’s excellent article, “The Godfather of Indian Spiritualism in America,” in the February issue, as well as A. S. Mathew’s letter in your March issue, go some way towards introducing people to Swami Vivekananda.
However, for an assessment of his legacy, your readers might want to see the video of my lecture at the National University of Singapore, available for viewing free of charge at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaMwYi0FFQ8Prabhu Guptara
Link for a reading of Swami Vivekananda’s speech in Chicago
Moving back to India not a good idea when kids are older
This letter is about “Longing to Belong” by Shoba Narayan in the February issue. Most parents returning to India after their kids turn say five or six years are just mean. They may think that it’s best for their kids, but it’s always a one-sided decision, without ever caring for what the kids go through. I have scant respect for Indians who came to this country to quench their thirst for material pleasures and all the good things America has to offer, and seem ready to abandon all of it (or more often parts of it!). I respect people who come here on temporary assignments and leave or stay permanently. I love India and enjoy visiting there (for a couple of weeks) once a year, but I can no longer consider India my home, nor can it ever be a home for my U.S.-born children.
I am perturbed when someone talks about it as though India is the greatest place, and Indians living in America are missing out big time on that dream! If someone says it suits them fine, but it may not be the best for me, I’d say ok, the sooner they decide the better it is for their aging parents back home and increasingly confused American-born, helpless children!Amit in Atlanta
Indian-Americans need to learn Spanish
The Spanish language is the fastest growing second language in the USA, especially in Georgia and overall in the southern region.
My suggestion is to seek Spanish teachers for adults and conduct classes at the Global Mall on weekends. There is a dire need for such training and there are no regular classes or teachers available for such an activity. There are community school classes during evenings, but they are inadequate and very short, usually meant for Americans traveling to Latin America. We Indians and Asians need to be fluent in Spanish, especially for those in retail or service businesses.
A publication such as Khabar can organize and lead such an effort. After all, “khabar” is “informacion!”Hem (Dutta) Chaudhuri
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