Posted December 5, 2007
Because the bride's family was from one side of the country, California,
and the groom's family from the other side, Florida, Utah was chosen
as a mid way point where everyone could meet. So from Florida came Gurudev's
mother and father Baliji, and Balaji's brother Toshan Krishna
and wife, and various sisters and cousins.
Caru and Vaibavi attended the third annual Diwali
dinner in the Governor's Mansion downtown Salt
Lake City. The Governor first spoke at the podium
of his recent trip to India with 31 business represent-
atives from Utah, mentioned how much he enjoyed
the trip, was nostalgic about it, and how the cooking
smells (only vegetarian food was served during the
dinner) of the evening took him mentally back there.
He'd wanted to show off his 2 year old adopted
daughter from India, Asha Bharati, but it was past her
When the Nebo Junior High School contacted
us with a request for a dancer to present Krishna
Culture at their school assembly November 13th,
we connected them with Suba. Yesterday morning
Vaibhavi and I were thrilled to see her perform
before 400 local Junior High Schoolers and their
In the past, we have limited our advertisements for Diwali, fearing that as the colder weather forces everything indoors, and the temple capacity is 500, we shouldn't aspire for more attendees. This year, however, we had built an outdoor stage, the weather had been very nice (mid 60's during the day) and we had the idea to put out patio heaters on the verandah. Thus there were three places where more than 1,000 people could congregate: 1) The downstairs gift store and buffet, 2) the upstairs temple room, and the 3) out door verandah with heaters and stage.
Humor: Three Pints
Mr Patel walks into a bar in London, orders three pints of beer and sits in the back room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When hefinishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.
The bartender approaches and tells him, "You know, a pint goes flat after ashort while it so it would taste better if you bought just one at a time."
Mr Patel replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in New York,the other is in Nairobi and I'm here in London. When we all parted companyfour years ago, we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the dayswe spent together. So I drink one for each of my brothers and one for myself."
The bartender admits that this is a nice custom and leaves it there.
Mr Patel becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three pints and drinks them in turn.
One day, he comes in and orders only two pints! All the regulars take notice and fall silent.
When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss."
Mr Patel looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns and he laughs. "Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains...
"It's just that my wife and I became devoted followers of the ISKCON Hare Krishnas and obviously I had to quit drinking. Hasn't affected my brothers though."