‘Can you imagine this guy
But he has a great passion for the writing,
and he’s a very accomplished poet.
running around getting tea?’
Natwar Gandhi, left, at a community event. While Washington, DC knows him as the formidable ‘Dr No,’ his
friends know him for his grasp of literature and for being a friendly person.
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I think he’s done a really good job of staying in touch with India but excelling here.
But I think he realizes that if he were in
India, he would not have amounted to much
the way he has been able to do here.
He very firmly believes that this is a coun-
try of opportunity if you have the talent and
if you’re willing to work at it.
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fashion can make much more of a difference
as you have seen first-hand and indeed
If one sits in one’s office and you do your
own thing, that’s well and good, but collective, concerted action is the heart of the American democracy, and unless you have a collective action you will not succeed.
It was this kind of collective action that
made us prevail when we made sure that
Congress and Congressional leaders addressed our concerns on the immigration issue
nearly three decades ago.
You have said that now in your retirement
years, you want to engage your passion for
poetry — it was at 64 that you wrote your first
book of poetry.
You are learning music at age 72.
You have also set out on another wonderful
journey with your significant other and want
to travel with her and share your common
love for poetry.
How important is it for you to continue to
give vent to these passions at this stage of your
life and live life to the fullest?
I believe the real lesson one has to learn
about life is one has to make sure there is a
constant renewal, and the more diverse
interests you have, the more alive you
become — the more rejuvenated you are.
Of course, I specialized in accountancy, but
that does not mean that I don’t have other
facets of my life. In Sanskrit again, I would
say that you must have sahitya sangetu kala
vihayna, shakhda the pashpuhta vishahey-hegnam, which translates into — if you don’t
have interest in literature, if you don’t have
those interests, then you are basically living
an animal life.
I believe specializing in accounting has not
brutalized my sensitivity.
If anything, I crave for it more and I always
had interest in life and literature in politics,
but because I devoted the bulk of my life to
the professional of accounting, at some point
I said, if I want to be a poet, maybe it’s about
time to begin.
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