The existential question that we all will ultimately face, is not one of personal material wealth, but one of a lived life experience that goes beyond a concrete jungle. The stark reality is that we often find ourselves living in autopilot, often substituting our nomadic instincts for tamed, domesticated states of being, ultimately living quarter-lived lives and drastically impacting the ideas that shape future generations.
My next guest Bob Bhania not only defies social norms in his pursuit of adventure, but has enthralled in challenges that reshape our notion of what is possible. From voyaging to the polar icecaps through to the jungles of Papua New Guinea on the back of a commitment he made to himself whilst laying on a hospital bed, his is a story that will redefine the way you view yourself and the world.
Special thank you to Tony Matharu and Lord Lumba for hosting the event where I had the pleasure of meeting with Bob.
About Bob Bhania.
People say what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. But I don’t think that’s what we are really seeking. I think what we are seeking is the experience of being truly alive” ( Joseph Campbell 1949)
I was born on the outskirts of Nairobi and spent most of my young life out in the wilderness of the red dust in the Savannah watching animals and looking at the silhouette of Mount Kenya.
The image of freedom has always stayed in my soul. I have taken that freedom attitude into everything I have done, from education to industry to sport.
This feeling of being alive has been enhanced by my adventures, reaching the summits of many of the highest mountains in the world. I have trekked across the Arctic to the North Pole and learnt much about myself. Antarctica, Vinson and Aconcagua beckon me to complete the Explorers Grand slam.
That said, I am the boring guy I hated when I was young. I no longer drink alcohol or eat meat. Never taken drugs or smoked. But by god, I live an exciting life. Being an International Basketball referee took me around the world and I made a lot of friends.
The above has allowed me to see business from a different perspective of enjoying everything I do and doing it well.
My passion is to help people achieve their dreams and to respect and protect animals from harm and ill treatment. To live an ethical and honest life and continue to seek out new adventures is my goal.
If you are of the same mind, join me on the journey.
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 60 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
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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guests in order: Bob Bhania
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