THE TIMES OF INDIA GROUP
met Shakun Narain after Sept 11, 2001, when a lot of us gaped
in horror as we witnessed a horrendous terrorist operation.
struck Bombay in 1993 killing people and damaging buildings
and confidence of its inhabitants.
vicious earthquake hit Gujarat on the 26th of
January 2001. And then Godhra ‘happened’ in Gujarat, and
we looked, we encountered uncertainty for ones future, for
ones well-being, for ones children. Are we next? We were
wondered, what to do, about it? If we, at the ‘Times of
India’ were not going to do something, who would?
have always believed that Human Consciousness grows when it
goes through crisis and pain.
the world has had a big chunk of that.
started to think, and to think hard! I came up with the idea
that one of the ways to unite the world was to spread the
knowledge that was common to all religions. We called it ‘Singularity
of All Faiths’. I also believed that the time had come for
the good people to connect!
Shahani, a multifaceted charming, lady, became instrumental in
bringing together interesting thinking people from different
religions and different walks of life to the group.
was introduced to Shakun, through Maya. Various other eminent
people, from around the world, joined in discussions as to how
we should bring peace to the riot torn planet.
Women’s Movement for Peace and Prosperity was then and thus
conceived under the umbrella of Times Foundation drawing its
inspiration from Smt. Indu Jain, Chairman of Times Group and
Chief Patron of WMPP.
adopted 7 methodologies to realize its vision.
Narain took the lead in its Spiritual Desk.
saw her ‘grow’.
Indu Jain, the chairman of Times of India, invited
representatives of over 80 Spiritual Organizations, and
introduced them to her.
offered her the 6th floor room, in the Times of
India Building and a free hand to realize her dream of
has a Vision!
believes in an education which will teach the children to
it is woman’s wisdom that could bring peace into the world.
all agree that there may be differences in various religions
need of the hour is not to ‘tolerate’ them but to ‘celebrate’
believes in the Hindu concept of ‘Vasudeva Kutumbakam’(The
world is God’s family).
disagreements will remain, and total love and friendship may
not be possible, but one can still make an attempt to co-exist
does a regular person help?
opening homes and listening hearts.
opening our homes to neighbors of different creeds, and listen
to understand, and not to argue!
believes that the world requires more than quotes, that the
world has now, got to stop hurling stones, after all we all
live in glass houses.
believes in the world of Electronic Mail that we live in. She
believes in using the ‘pen’ rather than the ‘sword’
conducts discourses, sings, pens books, has an active website
called ‘Dal-sabzi for the Aatman’ which is a weekly mailer
started by her. Soon after, she started to send ‘Dadi Nani
ki Kahaani’ by electronic mail. I must confess that I
enjoyed the short, informative stories that she sent very
much, and regularly praised her efforts.
vision extends beyond the horizon.
wants to spread the concept of Spirituality to schools,
colleges, corporates and to
Spiritual Desk is working on a work-shop ‘Gems of all Faiths’,
whose aim is to highlight the similarities of Religions.
is planning an inter-collegiate essay competition, which will
encourage students to delve deeper into their beliefs, and
celebrate the similarities of faiths!
conducts classes for children, and teaches people from
different parts of the world, the wisdom of the Ramayana, the
Geeta and other Scriptures.
now, she is releasing the book ‘Dadi Nani ki Kahaani’
which will educate the citizens of tomorrow with the same
message: That all Religions teach love, and that we need to
reach out to one another, to preserve the planet that we live
NANI ki KAHAANI includes, lives and teachings of Great
Prophets, Incarnations, Masters, Deities, Personalities…Stories
from the Shrimad Bhaagvad, Ramayana…
the stories, in simple, child-friendly language, celebrate the
similarities of messages imparted by all the Great Beings that
walked the planet.
am convinced that not only will the children be inspired, but
the parents will also learn a thing or two.
know that she will turn her dream into reality!
when she does, I like to believe that I played a part in it!
'Gems of other's Faiths' with Mr. Maheshwary