ago, a really wise elder from Grecian society made a statement that rings true
even today. The statement read ‘A society grows great when old men plant trees
whose shade they know that they never shall sit in’.
declaration really hit home! And it felt better still when I saw it being put
Greece has always been at the
forefront of philosophy, logic, art, and culture. This is pretty apparent from
the vast body of work that remains an integral part of their cultural heritage.
But what is truly interesting is that they are not content to simply rest on
their laurels. They seek to constantly improve and share their wonderful
learnings with humanity at large. Their sole aim is to make our world a better
place to live in.
My most recent trip to the Grecian
Islands of Rhodes was a kaleidoscopic immersion that combined traditional
hospitality, innate friendliness and the savoir-faire of an ancient
The Greeks are nationalistic to the
core and to them, it is a matter of great pride that everything associated with
their country remains protected. Locals will go to great lengths to protect
their beaches, their waters, monuments, and even traditional shopping
districts. They lead a simplistic life with limited material needs and a
constant desire to socialize. For them, each day should bring with it a reason
to celebrate life.
I had traveled to Greece to teach them
the finer nuances of Indian cuisine. What amazed me was the reason for them
wanting to learn about our food. It wasn’t a business decision or anything
remotely as selfish as that. In fact, the primary purpose was far too
They had noticed that the number of
Indians visiting their islands had increased and they wanted to help them feel
They also believed that India, with
its amazing array of vegetarian and vegan fare, was the perfect country to turn
to if they wanted to change dietary habits and improve the fragile
sustainability of their ecosystem.
They were planning on using
traditional Indian techniques with Mediterranean flavors and local Greek
ingredients to ensure that their islands and their waters would continue to
maintain their pristine beauty for generations to come.
Lofty ideals? Not really!
You see, there can be nothing as
majestic as an entire community coming together to leave the world a better
place than the one that they inherited!
And this is only
possible when you plant the tree without the intention of one day lounging in