Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#MyFavouriteDays2016: Meeting Pax Populi's Robert McNulty

Robert McNulty on the campus of the Lukshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara, India

Meeting Pax Populi founder Robert McNulty was one of my favourite days of the year. I have been a tutor with #PaxPopuli, a peacebuilding NGO, since October 2015. The platform has given me the opportunity to teach people from war-afflicted#Afghanistan and learn about its rich culture. Bob talked about his experience in education and public relations in #Indonesia and #USA and how he came up with this idea for people-to-people#peacebuilding. He talked about his family, his exposure to Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism and Gandhian principles and about his small town, Marblehead, where his family once owned the only cinema. Bob visited me in Vadodara, stayed with my family, delivered a speech at the #Yi The Business of#Peace session and travelled to #Ahmedabad with me to visit the #Gandhi Ashram on the banks of river Sabarmati. I fed him vegetarian Gujarati, Punjabi and South Indian foods. He loved the spices and drank 'regular' water and not bottled water. No fuss, great guy.

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