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INDIANNESS AND A SENSE OF GLOBAL COMMITMENT- SOUTH AFRICA AND THE EFF

I dare say again, our duty of Indianness must go beyond the tricoloured flag of India.  Unlike structured religions where Pope-like figures lead congregations, as people of Indian origin we are led by the laws of the lands we now reside in and equally, need to place as much love and attention to our fellow […]

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JULIUS MALEMA – THE SOUTH AFRICAN VERSION OF “IDI AMIN” – WE SHALL NOT YIELD!

Julius Malema, who believes he is a law unto himself, and one that the writer considers to be an absolute racist at heart, is skating on thin ice. At a press conference, the swaggering Malema unleashes a tirade against “Indian” South Africans, claiming that there is an “Indian cabal that is taking strategic positions in […]

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CONVERSION THERAPY – A GLOBAL ISSUE

Conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to treat, correct or cure sexual orientation or gender identity. Primarily used against homosexuals during the 20th century, it has a long-lasting legacy across the globe. One of the main reasons for this is colonialism. Western understandings of same-sex sexuality as a sin, crime or disease were imported […]

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THE ILLUSTRIOUS DRAGON FRUIT OF TRINIDAD

Richard Cantillon (1680-1734) – the world’s first economic theorist – brought the role of the entrepreneur to the attention of scholars. He viewed the entrepreneur as one who bears the risk of establishing a creative enterprise by covering the start-up cost and carrying out production before market demand and price are known. Entrepreneurial Indo-Trinidadian Anand […]

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H.E HON GUY JOSEPH AND MR HAROON SACRANIE JOIN THE MOVEMENT

The Global Indian series expands to St Lucia and Malawi making it one of the world’s fastest-growing encyclopedias of people of Indian origin. On behalf of our team at the Global Indian Series, it is my deep pleasure to announce the joining of H.E Hon Guy Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport […]

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ASIAN PARENTING – FROM SPANKING TO CONSCIOUS PARENTING

I was shopping at a wet market in Singapore, when my 3-year-old son Ishaan, pointed towards something and said “Mama, can I buy this please?” he was holding a long stick with a loop at an end. He had found it next to the cashier, at a very prominent place for a fresh vegetable shop. […]

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RECIPE FOR DISASTER – POVERTY, HISTORIC WOUNDS, AND A POLITICAL IGNITION?

Never did it cross my mind that my home and people would need to be protected in the manner which has been required over the last week. The sense of survival and fear mixed with adrenaline was the combination felt by many citizens in the KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces of South Africa. It was […]

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LEAVE, CONVERT OR PERISH: THE FATE OF AFGHANISTAN’S MINORITIES

by Hardeep Singh | First published in The Spectator | President Biden’s decision to ‘end the war in Afghanistan’ means the complete withdrawal of 3,500 US troops by the 20th anniversary of 9/11. However, what may be domestically popular — particularly among Trump voters — will soon have consequences for the Afghans left unguarded by […]

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ZUMA’S ARREST: NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION, BUT FOR INTROSPECTION

*The mandamus of our constitutional court must hold* The circus that was ended in a rather tame end – Jacob Zuma meekly handing himself in to the South African Police Services for incarceration. While the country was on the brink of violence in the last week, as intimated by his supporters, we cannot seek pleasure […]

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THE STORY OF INDIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA IS MORE THAN JUST GANDHI

Every so often humanity is tempted to bend the arc of history, only so that the mistakes of the past are meant never to be repeated. On November 16, 1860, a ship carrying 342 indentured Indians arrived in South Africa, and this arrival marked the beginning of a long but tortuous and painful journey in […]

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DISCRIMINATORY RE-ENTRY BAN SCARS INDIAN MIGRANTS’ LOVE FOR JAPAN

It has been a distressing year-and-a-half for Neha since she moved to Japan from India in January 2020. Her 6-year-old daughter and husband were supposed to follow her a couple of months later. But since then, she has been waiting desperately for them to join her. “In the beginning I was really excited because I […]

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UNDERCOVER WITH THE FARMERS PROTEST INDIA | SANDEEP SINGH

Over the past 11 months more than 700 farmers have died under brutal conditions across the Delhi border. Many more have committed suicide in acts of desperation and others have been forced into pariah status by the Indian media or faced jail. 

Their perceived crime was the choice to express the right to protest in one of the world’s largest demonstrations of people power.  With freezing conditions, anarchy in the media, chaotic healthcare and the challenges of Covid-19, these Indian citizens have collectively decided to act against the laws that were passed and once again bring into question the reliance we place on government integrity.

Some reports suggest that over 250,000 people in India protested the legal changes and asked for open dialogue. Much can be argued about the long-term economic impact of the farming industry, however what will remain as a constant is the human impact of these protests and the significance it has on the way we look at our notion of national identity and the power of the media to sway our collective understanding. The fight for narrative forming within the mainstream media has also casted a dark shadow on the way the Sikh community have been viewed.

For many elderly famers, this may be their last physical journey and an emblem of defiance in the hope of saving future generations. 

In today’s podcast Rajan travels to India to meet independent journalist Sandeep Singh, who has been walking hand in hand with the farmers and covering the heart-breaking issues.  He looks at the impact and injustice that this is having on minority communities in India. 

The views expressed in this podcast are those of Sandeep, a journalist whose work has been applauded for its ability to show no fear or favour in the pursuit for positive change.

 

If you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.

 

About the Global Indian Series:

My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

 

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

 

How to get involved:
Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

 

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Linkedin: RajanNazran
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Episode: 83
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Sandeep Singh
Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

 

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https://globalindianseries.com/hidden-india-covid-farmer-protest-ann-daata/

 

https://globalindianseries.com/jammu-and-kashmir-second-look/

 

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IS JUSTICE SKIN DEEP? REVISIT TO PHEONIX SOUTH AFRICA WITH SHAM MAHARAJ

Joined by Global Indian Ambassador Rajesh Gopie, in today’s episode, Rajan travels to South Africa to meet Sham Maharaj, and follows up on the latest news following the riots in Phoenix.

The discussion is a dive into the questionable aftermath and treatment of Indians by the government, and looks at whether the pursuit of justice is as colour coded as the violence that erupted against ethnic minorities in the country in the last few months. We also take a look at the work of the Ubuntu forum and question if social cohesion is still a dream.

Aspects of this podcast may be upsetting to listeners.

If you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.

About Sham Maharaj:

Served as:

  1. Chair of SGB for Greenbury Primary and Secondary Schools for 2 terms
  2. Vice President Phoenix Child Welfare
  3. President Child Welfare KZN
  4. General Secretary Phoenix Youth Centre
  5. Convenor of Phoenix Ubuntu Forum

About the Global Indian Series:

My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopaedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media:You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Episode: 82

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Sham Maharaj

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Other podcasts you may like:

If you liked this podcast, you may enjoy the following:

https://globalindianseries.com/the-colour-of-south-africa-neelofar-sayed/

https://globalindianseries.com/on-ground-with-jayshree-parasuramen-south-africa-riots/

https://globalindianseries.com/the-hidden-apartheid-south-africa-omar-essack/

Are you a global Indian that needs to go global? You may be interested in our articles on citizenship by investment and global residency options, including Golden via planning through to the leading funds to consider. It’s a definitive guide for all global Indians to read on what you need to know and what you must avoid when looking to participate in investment migration and golden visa planning.

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THE MAKING OF A COUNTRY WITH RAYNEAU GAJADHAR | SAINT LUCIA

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to Saint Lucia to meet Rayneau Gajadhar, a household name and global Indian. From selling ice cream to operating quarries, Rayneau has lived the Saint Lucian dream and is now owner of one of the largest construction companies in the region.

Inspired by a Syrian refugee, today’s conversation is a tremendous insight into the psychology of business and his motivations. His candidness takes a look at the changing tides of politics and why it is so important to stimulate and educate youth in the practicalities of the world.

If you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.

About Rayneau Gajadhar:
Rayneau Gajadhar is a renowned Saint Lucian entrepreneur and Managing Director of the Rayneau Group of Companies; the largest locally-owned construction and industrial products conglomerate in Saint. Lucia.  His construction empire in Saint Lucia consists of Construction & Industrial Equipment, (CIE) Ltd., RG Quarry Ltd, Rayneau Construction and Industrial Products (RCIP) Ltd & Rayneau Rentals & Sales Ltd.

Rayneau Gajadhar’s success story is an inspiring one, from a young man selling ice cream to now owning and managing a multimillion-dollar group of companies. In the vein of success, the Rayneau Group has expanded its operations since 2018, having similar businesses in Dominica, Saint Vincent, Antigua and Guyana and affiliated business in the rest of the Eastern Caribbean. Mr. Gajadhar’s latest commendable business venture in 2018, was attaining the sole dealership for the international brand Hyundai Heavy equipment for the Eastern Caribbean and Guyana.

The Rayneau Group of Companies is well known in the region for its stellar work in the completion of major infrastructural projects including community housing projects, hospitals, major roads and bridges and commercial buildings.

The continued success of the Rayneau Group over the last 25 years can be attributed to Mr. Gajadhar’s vision and his passion for quality service.

About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media: You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Episode: 81

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Rayneau Gajadhar

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Other podcasts you may like:

If you liked this podcast, you may enjoy the following:

https://globalindianseries.com/crossroads-of-my-identity-made-in-malawi-with-haroon-sacranie/

https://globalindianseries.com/official-podcast-chef-vikram-vij/

https://globalindianseries.com/in-deep-with-surinder-arora-ceo-of-arora-group-and-global-indian/

Are you a global Indian that needs to go global? You may be interested in our articles on citizenship by investment and global residency options, including Golden via planning through to the leading funds to consider. It’s a definitive guide for all global Indians to read on what you need to know and what you must avoid when looking to participate in investment migration and golden visa planning.

We produce content that inspires purpose, passion, and community. If you like what we do, please do share, like, subscribe and comment. It helps massively with online algorithms.

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STORIES I MUST TELL WITH THE LEGENDARY KABIR BEDI | MADE IN INDIA

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to India to meet internationally renowned actor Kabir Bedi, whose career not only spans five decades but also three continents, three languages, three mediums and whose life has been as exciting as his reels! From Knightrider, The Bold and the Beautiful, Octopussy, through to portraying Shah Jahan, Kabir’s accomplishments are unrivalled!

Kabir Bedi was born to two remarkable parents – his father was a descendant of Guru Nanak and spiritual mystic, and his English mother, Freda Bedi was the first Buddhist nun of extraordinary distinction, a life-long social redeemer and a spiritual leader in her own right.  Growing up in a Buddhist/Sikh home, Kabir shares the values that were instilled upon him and how they have identified with him throughout his life. He shares the challenges of his global Indianness, tumultuous relationships, love, setbacks and loss in addition to changing belief systems.

His autobiography “Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life of an Actor”, is well worth a read to get a further glimpse into this icon’s life.

The autobiography ‘Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life of an Actor’ is available to purchase at all leading bookstores.

or 

Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life of an Actor: Amazon.co.uk: Kabir Bedi: 9789390679409: Books

i you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.

About Kabir Bedi:

Kabir Bedi is a famous international actor know by his European fans for Sandokan, American fans for Bold and Beautiful, James Bond fans for Octopussy, and all those who love his Bollywood films, across India and the Indian diaspora of millions abroad. His career has spanned three continents, in three mediums, film, tv and theatre, for over three decades. Kabir Bedi went from Bollywood, worked in Hollywood, and become a star in Europe. In 2010, the Italian Government Knighted him by anointing him Cavaliere, Italy’s highest civilian honor, for his lifetime achievements as an actor. Kabir is an international actor with millions of fans across the world.

WORLDWIDE
Kabir has been a voting member of the “Oscars Academy” (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) since 1982. In the James Bond film Octopussy, Kabir played the villain Gobinda, Roger Moore’s villainous antagonist. He was the swashbuckling hero in Sandokan, the Italian TV series which broke viewership records across Europe. Over two million people saw him every week on The Bold and The Beautiful for over a year. He has acted in big Bollywood films with superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Akhshay Kumar. His most famous Bollywood film is Khoon Bhari Maang with the legendary Rekha.

INTERNATIONAL FILMS
Kabir starred with Michael Caine in Ashanti; Roddy McDowell in Thief of Baghdad. He played the title role in the Italian film The Black Pirate (Il Corsaro Nero). He starred in Donatello Award winner Marco Ponti’s Return Ticket (Andata Ritorno). He had a pivotal role in The Beast, directed by Kevin Reynolds. He also starred in The Broken Key  with Rutger Hauer, directed by Louis Nero. Other international films and tv series are all listed on Imdb.com.

INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION
Kabir played roles many on American television like The Bold and the Beautiful; Highlander, Murder She Wrote, Magnum P.I and Dynasty, and Knight Rider and two HBO mini-series. He has starred in many Italians films and famous mini-series. Most recently, he starred with Lino Banfi, one of Italy’s best comic actors in A Doctor in the Family, (Un Medico in Famiglia), a prime-time Italian tv series.

INDIAN TELEVISION
Kabir presented an award-winning series on India’s wars in the 20th century. Guns and Glory. He has hosted national film awards and many television events. He anchored a show on India’s leading directors, Director’s Cut and played a pivotal role in the Buddha tv series on Zee worldwide.

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
Kabir played the title role of Othello, directed by Alque Padamsee, for India’s  famous Theatre Group. In 2006, Kabir starred in M.M Kaye’s Far Pavillions at the historic Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End. In 2016, he played Emperor Shah Jahan in playwright John Murrell’s TAJ at the Luminato Theatre Festival in Toronto.  He has also played the mad historical Indian king, Tughlaq, and a self-destructive alcoholic in The Vultures.

FAMILY
Kabir Bedi was born into a family that had devoted itself to India’s fight for independence from British colonial rule. His mother, Freda Bedi, went on to become the highest-ranked Buddhist nun in the world. His father, Baba Bedi, a Punjabi Sikh, a famous author and philosopher in Italy. One of three children, Kabir Bedi went to school at Sherwood College, Nainital, and graduated from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. After living abroad for 25 years, Kabir now lives with his wife Parveen Dusanj, a film producr, in Juhu, Mumbai, India.

Biography taken from www.kabirbedi.com

About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media: You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Episode: 80

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Kabir Bedi

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Other podcasts you may like:

If you liked this podcast, you may enjoy the following:

https://globalindianseries.com/veena-sood-the-journey-to-the-silver-screen/

https://globalindianseries.com/take-a-second-look-at-gender-identity-and-transsexual-rights-in-india-with-rudrani-chhetri/

https://globalindianseries.com/ila-arun-indianess/

Are you a global Indian that needs to go global? You may be interested in our articles on citizenship by investment and global residency options, including Golden via planning through to the leading funds to consider. It’s a definitive guide for all global Indians to read on what you need to know and what you must avoid when looking to participate in investment migration and golden visa planning.

We produce content that inspires purpose, passion, and community. If you like what we do, please do share, like, subscribe and comment. It helps massively with online algorithms.

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SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN AND DIVORCE | CHANGING THE STIGMA WITH NEELOFAR SAYED

Marriage is often considered sacred and even quintessential within our culture.  The mere whisper of ‘separation’ or ‘divorce’ is often riddled with stigma, especially within the South Asian community.

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to South Africa to meet with previous guest and radio host Neelofar Sayed, who bravely opens up about her personal story of going through a lonely marriage where she was often silenced, dictated to and controlled. Seeing herself as a person with no needs and wants, she forgot her own identity and questioned her self-worth.  Her pain was only amplified by the cultural reactions of her own family.  This is her story of how she picked up the pieces and took control back.

If you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.

About Neelofar Sayed
Neelofar is a renowned On Air personality and radio presenter for Lotus FM in South Africa.

She has a passion for public speaking and toured South Africa, debating at Universities around the country. She also represented the NPI (National Productivity Institute).

Hobbies: I have a passion for fashion, fitness and music. I love cooking and spending time with my loved ones.

General Facts: Life is filled with various challenges and without it I wouldn’t have thrived under pressure. I support the notion that we all can succeed in life doing our very best. I love speeding in my own lane. “Live and Let Live.”

About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media:You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Episode: 79

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Neelofar Sayed

Art Design – Vanisha Patel
Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Other podcasts you may like:

If you liked this podcast, you may enjoy the following:

https://globalindianseries.com/the-colour-of-south-africa-neelofar-sayed/

https://globalindianseries.com/the-bitter-pill-of-drug-and-addiction-in-south-africa-with-gerald-moodley/

https://globalindianseries.com/my-battle-with-alcoholism-santosh-harilal/

Are you a global Indian that needs to go global? You may be interested in our articles on citizenship by investment and global residency options, including Golden via planning through to the leading funds to consider. It’s a definitive guide for all global Indians to read on what you need to know and what you must avoid when looking to participate in investment migration and golden visa planning.

We produce content that inspires purpose, passion, and community. If you like what we do, please do share, like, subscribe and comment. It helps massively with online algorithms.

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DEALING WITH GRIEF AND FINDING PURPOSE | ROTARY | SREE VALLIPURAM

We only realise the value of life when it’s taken away. But we often only appreciate it when we are faced with hard situations.

This week we have a conversation about death, something we often don’t do within our community, and the grieving process through the perspective of a husband who has lost his wife to cancer. The harshness of the reality is only curbed with our guest’s quest to find deeper purpose through charitable endeavours.

This week we are joined by senior Rotarian Sree Vallipuram, as we plunge into the human experience of being him at the one year death anniversary of his beloved wife.

The discussion is difficult although sometimes masked with laughter; a social lubricant to hide the tears that were at the tip of the conversation. To be honest, it was a difficult discussion to record because it posed deeper questions about the meaning of marriage and looking at life through an inevitable lens, rather than burying your head in the sand. Equally, in the brutality of this conversation there is a liberating force, something I’m sure you will discover when you listen in.

The story of Sree and his wife is one that often graces Bollywood screens; a love story between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl from different lands and meeting in the cold streets of London, much to the dislike of their parents. The rest as they say, is history.

If you like what we do, want to share a story, or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.

About Sree Vallipuram:
Sree Vallipuram ws born in Singapore when it was still a state within Malaya. In 1965, Singapore received its independence from Malaysia. He was the eldest of four children who grew up in Singapore. He completed his post secondary education before joining the Singapore Armed Forces to complete his National Service. He completed two and a half years of military service and then joined the Singapore University to complete his degree. It later became the National University of Singapore. Sree then joined Essex University in England to complete his Masters degree. He met his wife Anar at Essex University. They married in 1989 and have two daughters. Both his daughters graduated at UCL in London and are leading independent lives.

Sree worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat for over 15 years and his stint at this international organisation had a great positive impact on his professional life. He is also a Rotarian and remains a member of the Rotary Club of Westminster West which he joined in 1995.

In September 2020, after an eleven year battle with cancer, Anar passed away at home. This devasted Sree and for many months, he was unable to talk about his loss. He remained strong for his daughters and today, at the first Anniversary of his beloved wife’s passing, he agreed to tell his story when approached by Rajan Nazran.

About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com

Social media:You can reach Rajan via

Instagram: @rajannazran

Linkedin: RajanNazran

YouTube: Global Indian Series

Episode: 78

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Sree Vallipuram

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Other podcasts you may like:If you liked this podcast, you may enjoy the following:

https://globalindianseries.com/two-weeks-left-to-live-journey-through-cancer/

https://globalindianseries.com/ep34-the-8000-mile-journey-for-custody/

https://globalindianseries.com/judged-by-autism-a-fathers-journey/

Are you a global Indian that needs to go global? You may be interested in our articles on citizenship by investment and global residency options, including Golden via planning through to the leading funds to consider. It’s a definitive guide for all global Indians to read on what you need to know and what you must avoid when looking to participate in investment migration and golden visa planning.

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