of 'Dadi Nani Ki Kahaani'
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function held on 14th December, 2003, Shakun Narain's
book, 'Dadi Nani Ki Kahaani' was released by Deputy
Prime Minister Shri L.K. Advani. Mr. Ratan Tata,
chairman of the Tata Group, is seated on the left, and
Mrs. Indu Jain, chairperson of the Times Group, is
standing on the right.
Dada Jashan Vaswani in his
autograph to me wrote:
'Thankyou, dear Shakun, for all
you are doing in service of the little ones.
They are the light and life of
the nation-the hope of the future'
Anand shakes hands with a guest while Maya Shahani and
I look on
is the speech of Shakun Narain read at the funtion.
Shri L K Advaniji,
Kishore and Narain Shahani
family and friends,
wrote Dadi Nani ki Kahaani at my grandson Aditya's request.
asked me to send him a short note on Krishna so that he
could share it with his friends. He lives in the US. I
started sending these stories to some other children I knew
and soon, not only children, but their parents were asking
me to add them to my mailing list.
is then that we realized that there was a need for Dadi Nani
ki Kahaani of this kind.
this Memorial Programme to commemorate the life of Dada K.
T. Shahani, allow me, Maya, to pay a homage to my parents
and in laws as well.
father Mr Jamnadas Khiani passed on when I was only 4 yrs
old. I was brought up by my mother Mrs Lajwanti Khiani, to
who I owe my spiritual inclination. Thank you mummy, I wish
you were here!
in-laws Baba Sobhraj Jhamatmal Kimatrai and Ama Kishnibai
groomed me. I married at the age of 20.
husband Narain, children Sunder Madhavi Anuja supported and
encouraged me in all that I did!
address my husband Narain and daughter Anuja, as I stand
here. Thank you for your trust and support.
book has been made possible because of the encouragement of
Mrs Indu JAIN, And Mrs Maya Shahani.
you, Mr Ram Maheshwary, for insisting that I think BIG
are core members of the Women's Movement for Peace and
Prosperity. Its pet name: WMPP.
book speaks of the lives and teachings of Great Masters and
a host of festivals.
is time to celebrate the similarities and differences of
dream, dignitaries on the dais, is that at least one page is
read at every school assembly hall daily…to instill values
in our children…
me to read you the last page of my book.
I have a vision.
Do you know what a vision is?
To see something that has not happened yet.
It is something that I wish will happen.
you know what my vision is?
That the world stops fighting.
That it stops arguing, about which religion leads you to
Because the truth is, that if you truly understand the
message of God, It asks us to love one another.
that different religions are different pathways that take us
to the same destination.
then, I have another vision.
And that vision is that you, my grand-children are going to
fulfill that dream!
you are going to understand the message of God, the way, He
intended it to be.
And that is, that there should be peace on earth.
we may disagree on certain points, but that at no time, we
resort to destroy, the home, in which we all live in
do you know where, and what that home, is?
You have guessed right.
That Home is Earth.
And we have to preserve it.
you, my children, have to perform that task.
And I am sure that my vision will be fulfilled!
Article which appeared
in the Bombay Times
on 29-Dec-2003 on the book.
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