We are coming to Delhi in a few days time.
I learned a lesson in cross cultural management the first time I went to Delhi. I still remember I flew there on Rajshree’s ticket. This was before security checks and photo ids. When the world was a simpler, safer place.
After teaching 2 or 3 courses in Delhi, I found people shunning me, giving me a royal cold shoulder which was quite shocking to me, because I was (and still am) a very warm person who vibes pretty well with all sorts of people.
Later when Gurudev came there, He told me that many, many people had complained to Him that I was utterly rude!
He assured them that I came from a very good family and that I would never be rude to anyone… They insisted, to the point of asking Him to remove me from Delhi. Then He asked them, what exactly was the problem. They still went on saying in typical Delhi style, no, no … we would rather not talk about it. He is rude, especially to older people. Everyone on his courses have complained about it. After much cajoling, it finally came out – I used “tum”(you in hindi typically used to address young people) to address everyone, not “aap” (you in Hindi, used to address older people or when you want to show respect).
He roared with laughter and said, oh that’s all?! He said, Bawa comes from Bombay and on top of that a parsi family. They don’t use aap in Bombay, it’s almost an insult. Aap in Bombay means you are old. In Bombay they would use aap only for a really elderly person. He said woh to mujhe bhi tum bolta hai (He refers to me also using tum).
In Delhi, they use aap to address even a 2 year old child. No wonder they were so angry. I learned to say aap, and things became much better.
There are more Delhi stories, but we will save those for another time…
Dinesh and I will be in Delhi from 27th October to 4th November and here is our schedule:
I> 27th October: An interactive session with teachers and volunteers on the lawns of 8, Padmini Enclave, Hauz Khas from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
II> Effectiveness Workshop (limited seats, just 60 people):
28th October and 3rd November: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
30th October 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm with a short break for dinner
1st November 7:30 am to 12:30 pm
3rd November: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue not yet fixed, but will be in and around Hauz Khas
III> Divya Samaj ka Nirman (DSN): October 31st, November 1st, 2nd and 3rd reporting at 6:00 pm on October 31st at Sarvoday Enclave Hauz Khas.
IV> Sahaj Smadhi Meditation: October 29th, 30th and 31st around Hauz Khas from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on all days. Limited seats, just 60 people.
V> Satsang for Sri Sri University from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at TOK, Noida.
VI> Career Fundaes and Educational opportunities at Sri Sri University – a talk in West Delhi, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Community Centre, Paschim Vihar.
For more details about any of the above programs please contact:
Mahika – email@example.com , Lokesh – firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Poonam Guila – email@example.com