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The River Ravi - Then and Now

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Dr. Anand - an unholy person born in 1932 in the holy town of Nankana Sahib, central Punjab. A lawyer father, a doctor mother. Peripatetic childhood - almost gypsy style. Many schools. Many friends, ranging from a cobbler's son (poorly shod as the proverb goes) to a judge's son. MB from Glancy (now Government) Medical College Amritsar, 1958. Comet 4 to Heathrow, 1960.
Widower. Two children and their families keep an eye on him. He lives alone in a small house with a small garden. Very fat pigeons, occasional sparrows, finches green and gold drop in to the garden, pick a seed or two and fly away.

I read today (December 2018) that the river Ravi has run dry in Lahore.

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Adjusting to Cultural Norms of United States

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Satinder Mullick received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1965 in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, with a minor in Economics. He was Director of Economic Planning and Research for Corning Inc., where he worked on different consulting assignments for improving growth and profitability for 30 years. Later, he helped turn around Artistic Greetings (40% owned by American Greetings) and doubled the stock price in four years. He received Lybrand Silver Medal in 1971 from Institute of Management Accountants.

I left India in April 1960 for West Germany after getting my engineering degree, and a couple of years of experience working for Rourkela Steel Plant construction. There were some differences between Germany and India in foods and cold weather, which were challenging but not drastically different.

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My Lahore

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Chandra Sayal is a retired doctor, now living in Derby, England. She worked for over 30 years in the NHS in UK. She was a specialist in Community Medicine and Public Health.

 

Lahore, a place of fun, grace, culture and education had suddenly changed in 1947. The place where we roamed happily and fearlessly at all hours was suddenly different. Each day, it had become like a ghost town. We dared not go out alone. We dared not stay out till dark. We dared not go to unfamiliar and faraway places. The picnics, the late night cinemas, biking and roaming around in the parks were now full of danger.

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Face of Partition 1947

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Sarab Kaur Zavaleta is an American photographer, writer, filmmaker, and journalist. She co-produced the film Altered Minds (2013), starring Judd Hirsch. She is on the Executive Board of the Foreign Press Association in New York City. Born in India, she is a world traveler, speaks six languages, and has three grown children. Her experience includes working as a film editor at the United Nations, involvement in Sikh cultural events in America, chairing UNICEF charity events, serving as a newscaster and interviewer for the cable TV network Bombay Productions, acting in indie productions. More information at:  https://www.seamlyfilms.com/

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Family photo album – B K Chatterji

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Pulok Chatterji was born in 1951. He completed his schooling in Bombay (now Mumbai), and studied Economics at St. Stephen's College and the Delhi School of Economics. Then, he taught Economics at St. Stephen's before being selected for the Indian Administrative Service in 1974. He retired from government service in 2011 as Executive Director, World Bank and served as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Dr. Man Mohan Singh till 2014.

Pulok met his future wife, Jaya Srinivasan in 1970 when they were doing their post-graduation together in the Delhi School of Economics. Pulok and Jaya were married on 25 February, 1975.

Born on November 2, 1949, Jaya did her schooling in Cairo and Kampala. She graduated with Economics Honors from Miranda House, Delhi and completed her Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. After teaching Economics for a few years in the College of Vocational Studies, Delhi, Jaya got her PhD from the Benaras Hindu University.

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