Issue: December 2014

Tryst with Destiny

"Tryst with Destiny" was a speech delivered by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. It is considered to be one of the greatest speeches of all times and to be a landmark oration that captures the essence of the triumphant culmination of the largely non-violent Indian independence struggle against the British Empire in India

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, then an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.
At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries which are filled with her striving and the
grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortunes alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. We end today a period of ill fortunes and India discovers herself again.

The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?
Freedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests upon this assembly, a sovereign body representing the sovereign people of India. Before the birth of freedom we have endured all the pains of labour and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow. Some of those pains continue even now. Nevertheless, the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now.

That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we might fulfill the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity.

The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.
And so we have to labour and to work, and work hard, to give reality to our dreams. Those dreams are for India, but they are also for the world, for all the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for anyone of them to imagine that it can live apart.

Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this one world that can no longer be split into isolated fragments ……………”

If anyone is interested in reading the full speech, please google- ‘tryst with destiny’ Nehru.

Bulghar Wheat Salad Makes 4-6 servings

A delicious refreshing summer salad

  • 200g bulgar wheat
  • Half a cup of diced cucumber
  • Half a cup of diced cucumber
  • Half a cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch celery finely chopped
  • 1 apple finely chopped (add some lemon juice)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Handful toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped (optional)
  • Small bunch parsley, chopped
  • Small bunch mint, chopped
  • Put the bulghar wheat in a large bowl and just cover with boiling water. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave for 30-45 mins to absorb all the water.
  • In a bowl, mix lemon juice with the oil and some seasoning to make a dressing.
  • Gently fluff up the bulghar with a fork. Mix all the remaining ingredients.
  • Drizzle over the dressing and toss everything

The Indian Flag

The significance of the indian flag

The National Flag of India is a horizontal rectangular tricolour of saffron, white and green; with the Ashoka Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, in navy blue at its centre. It was adopted in its present form on the 22nd July 1947, after India became independent from Great Britain. Each of the three colours (Tricolor) has a special meaning:

Saffron represents courage, sacrifice and the spirit of renunciation

White represents peace, unity and truth. To guide our conduct

Green Represents faith and fertility -

It shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends

The Chakra represents the continuing progress of the nation and the importance of justice in life. This is the Ashoka (Dharma) Chak-ra (or "Wheel of Law")

The ‘blue’ wheel represents the continuity of the nation's progress which is deemed to be as boundless as the blue sky and as fathomless as the deep blue sea that keeps its hands and feet washed.

The Power of confidence (success secret from the Gita)

yas tv ātma-ratir eva syād ātma-tṛptaś ca mānavaḥ ātmany eva ca santuṣṭas tasya kāryaḿ na vidyate

Translation of Bhagavad Gita 3.17

But for one who takes pleasure in the self, whose human life is one of self-realization, and who is satisfied in the self only, fully satiated—for him there is no duty.

“The message is that for a person who has understood the creator, has faith in him will naturally know himself, the created …. This consciousness reveals the true relationship between the self and the creator of life. Such an individual attains self- relisation and self-confidence …….. Where duty or work becomes a routine affair.. difficulties vanish, toughness of work softens.

A story highlighting confidence:

A man was selling parrots at a railway station. He had three of them in separate cages. He approached a group of passengers. One of them enquired about the cost of parrots. The parrot seller explained that:

The first parrot knew two languages, could translate and answer encyclopedic enquires besides possessing remarkable ability to solve mathematical equations. “This parrot costs Rs 2000.00

The second parrot knows three languages, can read and convey the master’s thoughts to other people, besides having the abilities of the first parrot. This parrot would therefore cost Rs 5000.00” the seller explained.

“what about the third parrot” the potential buyer queried”
“Oh this one? He will cost you a little more – Rs 10, 000 “
“Why? What is so special about him?”

He knows nothing – just nothing. He only has confidence and the other two parrots call him ‘BOSS’.”

A simplistic story to convey an important message! The sterling value of self-confidence couldn’t be highlighted better.

This story is taken from ‘Lead to Succeed- Success Secrets from the Bhagvad Gita’ by Karan Kharb

Tips on growing your own crops

For several years now I have tried to grow my own vegetables by researching what I thought I needed to know. From this, I learnt that the stress of extreme temperatures from planting too early or too late can result in a disaster.

The first thing we need to make sure is that we plan everything well in advance, from where to plant, how to prepare soil, what to plant, what not to plant near what, what kind of seeds to buy, and most important when to plant what. This is the key to getting a great start.

Firstly prepare the garden bed. Here is a tip that I am sure will save you huge water bills. Lay an industrial sheet of plastic in your garden bed and slit it at small intervals approximately 3 inches wide, then add sand, then manure and lastly top soil.

The plastic under the plant bed needs to be at least 3 to 4 foot deep so plants can have enough space for roots.

Recipe for an all-purpose organic pesticide:

In a jar, combine 1 teaspoon of:
  • Dishwashing liquid and 1 cup vegetable oil and a whole chilli.
  • Shake vigorously. In an empty spray bottle, com-bine 2 teaspoons of this mixture and 1 cup water.
  • Use at 10-day intervals (or more often if needed) to rid plants of whiteflies, mites, aphids, scales
This procedure holds water well by not allowing the water to drain out of the bottom.
The manure that I find best that works with my vegetable patch is sheep manure. It is available to purchase at any garden centres or look it up on the internet as sometimes you can get lucky as people sell manure in bulk from home and it is much cheaper than when you buy from the garden centre.

The vegetables that grow well which I have tried and have got a very good crop out of are: Dudhi (gourd), Karela (bitter gourd), Tindora, Chillies, Okra, Beetroots, Spring onions, Guvar (cluster beans), and Gisori (lufer plant).

I start growing in middle of August. The chillies are easy to grow as you just purchase dry chillies from Prime or Ganesh, remove the seeds, put the seeds straight in the ground and cover it with soil, and water it twice a day if you can.

With the rest of the seeds, I put them in the ground end of August. The key to growing good crops is to water them daily and use seasol,the plant food that helps them grow healthy (approximately $20 from Bunnings). I usually feed the plants twice a month with seasol and results never fail me.

Another tip is to plant bee attracting plants or flowers as I learned the hard way that pollination of certain vegetables blooms is an essential component in having a good crop. When I grow gisori (lufer plant), I found that the plants grew large leaves and many vines but no gisoris at all, that’s when I learnt about male and female flowers. Now I know I need bees to pollinate those particular flowers to get a good crop.

Dhana (coriander) and methi (fenugreek) only grow in the winter in Perth. Sow in late February and water. The good thing is that in winter you will not need to water!

Remember not all seeds grow in the same way as some need to be planted straight in the ground, i.e. Gisori, Dhudi, Karela, rather than making seedlings i.e. chillies. When growing karela, let one karelu ripe and fall on the ground next year and you will not even have to plant seeds,as they will grow from the dropped seeds!