A meeting with a Shaman, Tata Juan Manuel!
Juan Manuel comes from a legacy of spiritual leaders as his father and grandfather worked with Mayan spirituality. He is the mayor of the Cofradia of Rijlaj Mam and the Cofradia de las Animas, which makes his work key in the preservation of the Mayan wisdom. This was made possible by Solveig Barros, daughter of Carlos Barros. She has started a project called The Mayan Wisdom Project, in memory of her father Carlos Barros. She was the translator in this conversation. I left the Spanish parts of the conversation intact for those who know and understand Spanish. Carlos Barrios, a renowned Mayan Elder, experienced a strong urge to look for answers and find purpose when he was a young man. This desire led him to a journey of awakening, learning, and sharing some of the purest of ancient wisdom with the people, making him the first one to bring the teachings of the Mayans to Western society. This project will continue his legacy in order to transform the individuals of today. Wise women and men spent millennia uncovering the knowledge that ultimately helped them find direction. We are creating a community for learning that will connect you with the authentic spiritual leaders of Mesoamerica for them to share their wisdom. More details can be found at https://www.mayanwisdomproject.com
Immi-gyration - the convoluted path
By and large, the USA is a very welcoming country. Nearly all of its people are very welcoming and encouraging, spare the oddball that can mouth some unsavory comments either directly to your face or indirectly. The policies, however, haven't been very clear cut and are still very fluid and that leads to a lot of uncertainty for people in line, waiting legally. Immigration attorneys have to be on their feet to keep themselves abreast of current policies. This is not easy. We spoke with Tahmina Watson Esq., of Watson Immigration Law, to know more. Watson Immigration Law is a Seattle-based law firm with immigration attorneys practicing exclusively in the area of United States Immigration and Naturalization law. Tahmina has authored many books. The latest book is available via this link: https://www.amazon.com/Legal-Heroes-Trump-Era-Inspired-ebook/dp/B08KC7MBFV/ref=sr_1_1?crid=351TCJFD24LA2&dchild=1&keywords=tahmina+watson&qid=1601933998&s=books&sprefix=tahmina%2Caps%2C270&sr=1-1
Galatic Art - Art from the stars!
Uma Shankari is a published author, a spiritualist; but she is not a New Age practitioner. Her methodology is far deeper than that. She has channeled an animal spirit - a lion - on which her first book "The Lion's Wisdom" is based on. Her present channel/s is/are out of this world. Yes, literally. She has a group of extra-terrestrials who are connected through her, to humanity, with the sole aim of healing all of us. Fascinating and unbelievable as it seems, she has the art and the codes to prove it! Her art; for want of a better description, has been remotely viewed by several experts who have all agreed that it is indeed very powerful and is based on meta-tones. At the end of the day, it is up to you, the viewer, to form your own opinions. As a podcaster, I am thankful to Uma for the opportunity to bring this to you. All views and opinions in this podcast are Uma's own experiences and WIT CAST is just a medium of transmission and has not established the veracity or take ownership of any of the contents. Having said this, I must say, that personally, I did find some of the images fascinating and powerful.
Parsi, thy name is charity!
Want to know more about the Parsi community? Watch this video of a podcast on WIT CAST - the talking heads. According to the 2011 Census of India, there are 57,264 Parsis in India. According to the National Commission for Minorities, there are a "variety of causes that are responsible for this steady decline in the population of the community", the most significant of which were childlessness and migration- Demographic trends project that by the year 2020 the Parsis will number only 23,000. The Parsis will then cease to be called a community and will be labeled a 'tribe'. One-fifth of the decrease in population is attributed to migration. A slower birthrate than death rate accounts for the rest: as of 2001, Parsis over the age of 60 make up for 31% of the community. Only 4.7% of the Parsi community are under 6 years of age, which translates to 7 births per year per 1000 individuals. Concerns have been raised in recent years over the rapidly declining population of the Parsi community in India. The Parsis have made considerable contributions to the history and development of India, all the more remarkable considering their small numbers. As the maxim "Parsi, thy name is charity" alludes to, their most prominent contribution is their philanthropy. Although their people's name Parsi comes from the Persian-language word for a Persian person, in Sanskrit the term means "one who gives alms". Mahatma Gandhi would note in a much misquoted statement, "I am proud of my country, India, for having produced the splendid Zoroastrian stock, in numbers beneath contempt, but in charity and philanthropy perhaps unequaled and certainly unsurpassed." Several landmarks in Mumbai are named after Parsis, including Nariman Point. The Malabar Hill in Mumbai, is a home to several prominent Parsis. Parsis prominent in the Indian independence movement include Pherozeshah Mehta, Dadabhai Naoroji, and Bhikaiji Cama. Particularly notable Parsis in the fields of science and industry include physicist Homi J. Bhabha, Homi N. Sethna, J. R. D. Tata and Jamsetji Tata, regarded as the "Father of Indian Industry". Karachi-based businessman Byram Dinshawji Avari is the founder of Avari Group of companies, and is a twice Asian Games gold medalist. The families Godrej, Tata, Petit, Cowasjee and Wadia are important industrial Parsi families. Other Parsi businessmen are Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, J. R. D. Tata, Dinshaw Maneckji Petit, Ness Wadia, Neville Wadia, Jehangir Wadia and Nusli Wadia—all of them related through marriage to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Mohammad Ali Jinnah's wife Rattanbai Petit, was born into two of the Parsi Petit–Tata families, and their daughter Dina Jinnah was married to Parsi industrialist Neville Wadia, the scion of the Wadia family. The husband of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, son-in-law of Jawaharlal Nehru, Feroze Gandhi, was a Parsi with ancestral roots in Bharuch. The Parsi community has given India several distinguished military officers. Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, Military Cross, the architect of India's victory in the 1971 war, was the first officer of the Indian Army to be appointed a Field Marshal. Admiral Jal Cursetji was the first Parsi to be appointed Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. Air Marshal Aspy Engineer served as India's second Chief of Air Staff, post-independence, and Air Chief Marshal. Fali Homi Major served as the 18th Chief of Air Staff. Vice Admiral RF Contractor served as the 17th Chief of the Indian Coast Guard. Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Burjorji Tarapore was killed in action in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war and was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest military award for gallantry in action. Lieutenant General FN Bilimoria was a senior officer of the Indian Army and the father of Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of the Cobra Beer company. Particularly notable Parsis in other areas of achievement include cricketers Farokh Engineer and Polly Umrigar, rock star Freddie Mercury, composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji and conductor Zubin Mehta; cultural studies theorist Homi K. Bhabha; screenwriter and photographer Sooni Taraporevala; authors Rohinton Mistry, Firdaus Kanga, Bapsi Sidhwa, Ardashir Vakil and Pakistani investigative journalist Ardeshir Cowasjee; actor Boman Irani; educator Jamshed Bharucha, India's first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawalla; Actresses Nina Wadia, Sanaya Irani and Persis Khambatta are Parsi who appear primarily in Bollywood films and television serials. Naxalite leader and intellectual Kobad Ghandy is a Parsi. Dorab Patel was Pakistan's first Parsi Supreme Court Justice. Fali S Nariman is a constitutional expert and noted jurist. Rattana Pestonji was a Parsi living in Thailand who helped develop Thai cinema. Another famous Parsi is the Indian-born American actor Erick Avari, best known for his roles in science-fiction films & television.
The pest talk with Shaku
The world of pests - a chat with Dr. Shakunthala, an entomologist who has focussed all her energies and experience to transfer research knowledge to laymen - kids included. During our conversation, we spoke about many things - some left me wonderstruck. Did you know certain wasps exercise mind control? Well, if you thought insects were dumb creatures flitting about from here to there, think again. Their intelligence will give you an inferiority complex.
In-compere-able! A chat with Divya Vijay, a television presenter amongst other things
A chat with Ms. Divya Vijay, blogger, television presenter, anchor, singer and entrepreneur. She was the anchor of Super Singer Season 3. It was refreshing to hear her take on gender equality, and the ease with which she takes on various roles. She probably makes it seem like she was at the right place at the right time, but like the cliche goes, fortune favors the brave. When the opportunity presents itself, grab it with both hands and make a success out of it, is probably her guiding mantra. I also got an insight of her filial love and how her parents have instilled values by example. The importance of a nurturing and conducive nest, can never be overstated. Hope some young viewers/listeners are encouraged and so to young parents who want their children to do well in life. Is she old enough or seen enough summers to serve as a role model? Yes, say I. Let me know what you think.
Was the Karipur accident avoidable?
Air India Express VT-AXH Boeing 737 - 8HG(WL) crash landed at Karipur Kozhikode. We talk with Air Cmde (retd) KNV Nair who amongst other positions was a fighter controller. I asked him if the crash was avoidable with a series of questions. Watch the video for what he had to say. Air Commodore Velayudhan Nair was commissioned in the Administrative Branch of the Indian Air Force on 17 Jun 1972. During his career spanning 34 years, he held various important command, staff, and field appointments and rendered distinguished service with selfless devotion. He is a graduate of the College Of Defence Management and was commended by AOC-in-C SWAC and the Chief of Air Staff. Source: http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Database/13082
Some are born to serve
A chat with Mr. V.R. Keshavraj, Executive Director, ARCOD. When I titled the video as some are born to serve, it was not just a fancy title. Here is a man who, from his childhood, wanted to be of service and chose rural life to city life only because he felt that the neglected slice of humanity lived in rural areas.