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10 Mar 2014:
Feeling real good on my first visit to Pakistan. The warmth and friendship is great. Looking forward to many more visits to the country.

15 Mar 2014
The beauty and magnificence of the Lahore city is so evident from its clean roads and the monumental buildings. I was able to capture only two locations - one, the beautiful Library building at the Jinnah garden and the other the famed Tooba kitchen at the Lakshmi Chowk. The Chowk is famous for its links with the film industry and the hotels offering simple but delicious native flavours. As a vegetarian, I could only order the famous channay which was extraordinary.

16 Mar 2014
Back in Mumbai after a week in Lahore. The trip was memorable for it destroyed many myths that the common man on this side nurses about the brethren across the border.

The reception was extremely friendly and the warmth was indeed touching.

People from across professions and calling expressed embarrassment at my having to go thru the police registration process to comply with the visa conditions. Many were apologetic and some merely mumbled an excuse that Pak nationals met with the same treatment when they visited India. And the warmth was so evident whether it was the police officer or the immigration official or the trader at the Liberty Market in Lahore. All of them without an exception went out of their way to make me comfortable!

The climax was the statement by the porter at the Lahore airport " Sir ji why do we try to differentiate between India and Pakistan? Will not all of us be happier if the two nations were close friends?" I could not disagree with him.

I need to travel more often and also experience other cities including Karachi to validate this feel good factor I have developed. Inshaallah I fervently hope this lasts for ever.

17 Mar 2014

One week stay in Lahore leads to the strong conclusion that healthy relations between neighbouring countries can be possible only when there is freedom to travel and to trade. Knowledge will displace fear, apprehension and concerns. Familiarity with each other will tell us that after all the genes are common; the culture, history and the arts, music and the innate intelligence of the people on both the sides is just the same.

This has to be perceived and experienced by the common man who is not imprisoned within the labyrynths of the bureaucracy and intelligence agencies. The man on the road seldom agrees with the elite decision makers of the country!!

And what I say here would make huge sense to the generations that have only had the text books, media and the films which thrive on the gory stuff that is not uncommon on either side.

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Ganesh - R

Corporate/Business/Professional

SINGAPORE

A corporate manager for over 40  years with an all round exposure. Have had the good fortune of great bosses who unfailingly took the risk of trying me out with  new functional responsibilities  that I was neither qualified to handle nor had any prior exposure. This served as an excellent opportunity for learning and  the exciting process continues even as I am ready to retire! 

 Have bid adieu to formal learning process long ago but the quest  continues.

"Human beings" interest me the most .. the curiosity at observing and learning from fellow beings appears to be a key  driver at this stage of life. Would like to spend the rest of the days in making a difference to them.

Other interests include gymming, music, etc..  

Blogging seems to be a god sent opportunity to laugh at oneself freely and without any pretensions. It also provides an excellent route to introspection albeit a bit loudly!


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