To bring one's own life and love into food is a great thing to do. And there is nothing wrong with people earning by cooking food.

But how much we pay for food outside, particularly for the chefs?

Doesn't the below disparity the reflection of what we value in the world? Salary of teachers, NASA vs. highest-paid chefs. When our priorities are not in order, we create imbalance, violence, and poverty in the world.

I do have friends who are chefs, and I appreciate their cooking, while I trust there are jobs that produce more value than variety and taste in food. As hard as it is to believe, just like turning the switch, the moment we all reorder our priorities in unison, that is, we become the change, the world will change.


The national average starting teacher salary is $38,617, while the average teacher salary in America (non-starting) is $58,950. Montana has the lowest starting salary: $30,036, while D.C. has the highest starting salary: $51,359. ( source)

Highest paid Nasa employees: Technical Fellow, Senior Technical Leader These two positions have a starting salary of $172,101 and a maximum salary of $177,400, according to a listing on USAJOBS. In general, NASA employees earn $65,000 annually on average, or $31 per hour, which is 2% lower than the national salary average of $66,000 per year. Source: and google search

Highest paid Chefs: The highest-paid chef, Gordon Ramsay, earned $63 million in 2019. Wolfgang Puck pulls in $16 million a year. Others of their sort include Paula Deen ($4.5 million), Alain Ducasse ($5 million), and Mario Batali ($3 million). Source: On average, celebrity chefs make $150,000 a year. (Los Angeles) Source:

Thanks to for the photos of classroom, Rocket@NASA and for chef.




Civic Pride

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Almost fifteen years ago, I talked to a friend who loves India, who lives in India, and from a western country. He was sharing his pain over India's polluted rivers and lakes and shared an opinion that it is a result of a lack of civic pride and ownership from the citizens. He also referred to how the dirty streets are also a reflection of the same. India's great qualities, such as hospitality, the inclination to spirituality, friendliness, and India's rich culture, came to my mind, and I fought within myself against his opinion. More or less, at the same time, our parliament/state assembly members behaved poorly in two separate instances, resulting in me questioning what happened to us, from India, over time! And I thought about my friend's opinion sincerely and grew respect for our brothers and sisters from western countries. Their cleanliness and civil behavior attracted me, and I felt inspired to inculcate those qualities in me. Today I watched sadly what happened in the United States of America, who I love for having lead the rest of the world in many fields, including this medium where I am typing this message. The sitting president, Mr. Trump continuing to act according to the dictate of his impulses, demonstrating such behavior is okay in civil society, set fire to uncivil behavior in the name of justice. It is not new, but today is a climax. Hopefully, it ends today.

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Thankfully what followed helped me retain the faith that there is still a lot to learn from my fellow citizens about gathering and collecting oneself after recognizing a mistake. The Senate voted 93-6 supporting the legitimacy of the democratic process of election, and I did not see anyone at least interrupting while the other spoke. The latter part of interrupting is not trivial. It is significant. We need progressive policies to be implemented today for a better tomorrow and many tomorrows. And we also need to preserve the honorable culture, entrepreneurism and wisdom of the past. In the name of being progressive, we cannot dishonor our culture. And in the name of preserving, we cannot restrain our human spirit and dishonor other people. We all must grow out of the childish habit of putting one thing down to raise the value of another thing we like, as we demand such growth in people involved in politics alone. Otherwise, some people who desire power would benefit from our biased differences and chidish affinities. This scenario has played over and over in history, and today is another scene. Thankfully the lawmakers, a vast majority of them, seem to have called an end to an episode of dishonorable leadership. I hope that we all give the new president-elect, Mr. Biden, and his team a chance to serve and evaluate based on their present actions, independent of sentiments and party affiliations, as we all evolve out of our inner tantrums, however subtle they are, when we don't get what we want.

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6 Jan 2020 #kamrajsundram


A simple, unassuming soul whose actions speak volumes of his character, Kamlesh Patel, affectionately called Daaji by many of us, was born on Sep 28,1956.

When a tree grows, almost no one notices, but we do when it yields. The tree's generosity is such that it purifies even a contaminated source for the welfare of all. It does not speak about it. It does not complain. So is a true humanitarian.

In the world of misleading people who call themselves 'leaders' and 'experts,' it is my fortune that I have a contrasting experience with beloved Daaji. This experience reaffirms faith in humanity and the existence of genuine service based guidance and leadership.

Heartfulness Mission that he looks after reflects his qualities and offers essential nourishment, also as a tree does, to sincere people worldwide.

His birthday celebrations are dedicated offerings to those sincere people who know the mission and also those who do not and ended in a live meditation this morning.

With gratitude and many thanks, #kamrajsundram

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