Cross Cultural

A Long Way Home

The  3 minute Video below is that of Saroo Brierley, an Indian born Australian who was separated from his birth mother and found her again after a separation of 25 years. It is a moving true story that also illustrates the incredible power of the mind to connect together experiences from one’s distant memory. I would encourage you to take 3 minutes out of your day to stop and watch it: Further background information on this amazing story comes from Wikipedia: Saroo was born in a city called Khandwa in
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The Power of Connecting with your Past

OK I know its advertising and it is simplistically done, but I do love this advert story by Google. The 3 minute video below is a touching story about the potential positive impact of technology in our lives. (If you don’t understand Hindi, there are subtitles you can follow). I would encourage you to stop and watch it – maybe even keep a hankie nearby: For me the video raises a number of answers about how technology today can be used as a positive force to bring people together. It
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Principles governing attitude Part 1

We have been looking at the importance of a right attitude in our previous blog posts (See The Importance of Right Attitude Part 1 and part 2). We are now going to look at some principles on attitude that I think can be helpful to consider. This post will cover the first principle. 1. My attitude when beginning a task is crucial to its future outcome. As someone has once said, ‘if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!’ A negative attitude will prevent me from even
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Third Culture Kids and the Search for Home Part 2

In the last blog post we talked about a universal longing for home. The video below illustrates this from the lives of a number of young people who have grown up across cultures and countries: The video includes comments about home not being a physical place, but where friends and family are, or as one of the young people on the video says, “Home is where your heart is; where you want to be, full of comfort and family.” But these longings go much deeper than that. I also talked
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Third Culture Kids and the Search for Home Part 1

The concept of third culture kids is a consequence of globalisation. This short 9 minute video powerfully communicates the experiences of a number of teenage children who have grown up in a variety of different cultures.   The opening question of ‘where is home?’ is very telling. One of those interviewed describes how a third culture child lives in the grey zone between the culture they grew up in and the culture they are from. I can certainly identify with that. I was born in India but left with my
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Food and culture

One of the most obvious ways we see the impact of culture is in all the activity that goes on around the area of food. I am of Indian Punjabi origin and it is interesting how food is such an important part of life. When a host asks you if you want to eat something it is customary to be asked on several occasions and to keep refusing before finally agreeing on the fourth or fifth request. I didn’t realised how ingrained this was within me until after I moved
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What do we mean by culture?

What is culture? A helpful definition I could come across is: “The sum of attitudes, customs and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is transmitted through language, material objects, ritual, institutions and art, from one generation to the next.” So in, other words, it is much more than the clothes people wear or the food they eat. It is how a certain group of people instinctively think and behave. It is so ingrained in them that it becomes a part of who they are. Rather like
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Just As I Am

This short video was made a number of years ago, but explains my spiritual journey in my late teens. The main themes from this video that we also plan to explore in future blog posts in more details include: – identity : who am I? – personal values : what is really important to me? – loneliness – spiritual emptiness – depression – purpose and meaning in life: why am I here? – spiritual searching: where can I find answers of substances to the big questions? – finding intimacy with
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