– aims at inspiring Guyanese
The third volume in the series of inspirational short stories, “A Garland of Pearls, Volume III”, was recently launched by Dr Yog Mahadeo at a ceremony at the Arthur Chung International Convention Centre.
In his remarks to the gathering, Dr Mahadeo said that his third collection of 108 inspirational stories and poems represents the essence of timeless stories, brought through the ages by the oral tradition.
According to Dr Mahadeo, the inspiration to compile these stories came from his parents. He recalls the “inspiration time” from his mother and father “from the time we were babies”.
“Many of the stories apply to any religion and have been adopted, and sometimes customized, by various religions. These stories and poems reflect a collection of thoughts and feelings over one’s lifetime.”
The author credited the completion of Volume III to his wife Anita, sons, Yoga and Arya, as well his siblings Dr Vishwa, Vidya, Dr Shan and Jag Mahadeo.
Speaking at the launch, Mahadeo’s wife, Anita, who is also the CEO of Inspire Inc., spoke of her husband’s love of helping everyone and his “selfless sacrifices”.
“Life teaches us to take all its challenges and yet give to everyone a garland; give love; be forgiving and loving. Take the stones thrown at you and string them together with love, create a garland of pearls,” Mahadeo said.
He quoted from Rudyard Kipling’s “If” and identified that it is only when we can remain connected with God and see that our own individual happiness is a product of making everyone else happy, that there can be development of body, soul and country.
He pointed to the final poem of his book, “From Georgetown to Ma” as a product of his frequent trips to spend time with his Mom who passed away in 2014. “My parents were my heroes. I owe thanks to them for everything ever achieved.”
Dr. Yog, as he is frequently called, has among other qualifications, a Doctorate degree in Finance and a Diploma in Journalism & Professional Writing. He is currently reading for his Law degree at the University of Guyana and continues to give motivational speeches and sermons in many places.
Mahadeo is credited with the creation of the 10/10 softball game in Guyana, the Annual Phagwah Festival and numerous other initiatives.
A Garland of Pearls Volume III is available in paperback format and, following in the tradition of Volumes I and II, the stories are illustrated by local artists. The launch event featured a cultural event of poetry and dances.
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