We think Socrates was onto something when he said,“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”

The present is often hurried. The future is uncertain and unpredictable. This tension in itself is enough to sometimes leave us stuck.

One way to start making sense of this tension is to build narratives. Narratives are stories. We can place ourselves, our families and friends, our concerns, hopes and values in those stories. Narratives allow our imaginations to wander and often raise questions that help to make sense of what is important to us.

Chakra Conversations is for you.

  • Chakra Conversations seek to provoke, engage and explore, and is open to all who genuinely seek to understand and push their thinking.
  • We have offered a series of statements, questions and views – we ask you to think beyond them. We invite you to join the dialogue.
  • Use and share these in your community or personal circles to spur conversations and explore the subject different angles.

How do Chakra Conversations work?

  • There is no expectation or need for clear outcomes.
  • There is value in keeping the questions alive.
  • Be aware of your beliefs, biases and preconceptions on the subject.
  • Constructive conversation begins with active listening.
  • As far as possible, ground your views on personal experience.
  • Push past textbook answers.
  • There is no right or wrong answer – simply different perspectives.
I speak Gujarati because I had to in order to communicate with my grandparents. My parents speak English. My kids will be able to speak to their grandparents in English.
Their future is in England. They will be educated in English. The global language of business is English.
Indian languages provide access to culture, traditions and values.
UK is our home. India is our homeland?
We see India as the seat of Dharma and spirituality, often making it a distant and mystical place.
India is good for politics, cricket and wedding shopping.
Many people are spending extended time across India and some are considering or even making the move to work and live there.
It is highly possible that as our grandparents made the difficult move here as economic migrants, our grandchildren will make the difficult move to India, as economic migrants.
Is there is an aspect of them, be it as simple as skin colour that they will seek to explore?
(Blog link – The need is right where we are)
India has enough money. There are significant funds from CSR, Foundations and Government that are supporting charitable activities in India.
Our parents and grandparents that gave to India had an emotional tie rooted in their personal experiences.
We should give to the country our grandparents were born.
There are poor people in other countries including where we live.
I define my community by my aspirations, profession, hobbies, what I watch, read and play. My community is also online.
I see myself as part of a community that is centred around place of worship, religion or language.
Vasudeva Kutumbakam (the whole world is one family) is nice in theory.
How will the changing notion of community affect the cultural and religious organisations that have been developed by our parents and grandparents?
The platforms for them to explore this do not exist.
Existing norms do not support them to pursue that search.
Searching for purpose is a #firstworldproblem.
Cost of living is high and I can’t afford to take such risks.
My job is demanding so I don’t have time to pursue those questions.
Our parents were motivated to give through faith and loyalty and gave at a time they were still establishing themselves. We have more disposable income yet and often feel a pinch when it comes to give. What motivates us to give? Do we give after we have met our needs or after we fulfilled our wants? How are attitudes to giving money changing?
Community centres served as a focal point for gatherings and celebrations. These community spaces are still largely managed by the elder generations. Younger generations do not have as much voluntary time to be involved in running these facilities. When Indian’s came here in the 60’s they used homes and bought churches to set up Mandirs and community centres. There is a need to repurpose these spaces such that they continue to meet the changing needs of our communities.
On March 12 1930 Gandhi set out to protest against the salt tax imposed by the British during their rule in India. At the time, there was a colonial rule against which people were fighting for independence.

Today, our collective struggles still exist. However, they are not as visible as an external aggressor. Our struggles are internal and invisible, they are inertia and complacency, apathy and self gratification. In a world where individualism has become the unspoken norm, what brings community together? Will we realise the richness of our identity, culture and community only once we have lost its meaning in our daily lives?

This is not the challenge of one individual or organisation – it can only be overcome through the discovery of a common purpose, a common goal that will bring people together in order to play their part to create a better tomorrow.

As Gandhi found salt as that simple string to unify across caste, creed, rich, poor, rural, urban, we ask simple yet urgent questions. What is it which will bring our community to work together? What are the future needs for our communities?