When I was 24, I lived on Martha’s Vineyard, an idyllic island off the coast of Cape Cod. The island — with its endless beaches, blue skies, and perfectly winding country roads — was a dream come true.
One of the most extraordinary things about the island, however, had nothing to do with its natural beauty. It had to do with a bakery — the Scottish Bakehouse, to be more precise — a cozy little establishment owned and operated by the very Scottish Mrs. White.
Throughout November and early December, Maharaji traveled across India to speak to audiences in Jaipur, Mirzapur, Gorakhpur, Ranchi, Delhi and Raigarh. Regardless of his audience's size or stature, he spoke with the same characteristic enthusiasm, wisdom and humor throughout his tour.
The massive earthquake that struck Haiti's densely populated interior nearly a year ago could scarcely have found a more vulnerable target. Battered by political violence for much of its history, the island nation, the poorest in the Western hemisphere, lacks the infrastructure to respond to such crises. It had still not recovered from the four tropical storms of 2008, which damaged its transportation network and the agriculture sector on which two-thirds of its population depends.