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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Hillsborough, the city of rich and lonely

The residents of Hillsborough (CA) may be amongst the richest in Bay Area, but they are also the lonliest people living in any city. The city is devoid of any life, thanks to a draconian 'zoning' law that forbids any kind of commercial activity within the city limits-- no stores, no restaurants, no banks and presumably no doctors, dentists or attorneys, as even home-based businesses are debarred. It is surprising how a city can survive without a Safeway or a Starbucks, a Macys or a McDonalds, a Banana Republic or a Baskin-Robins, and a lot many more that are a life of any city. What pride can the citizens have in their city if it lacks any landmarks they can pride in. Look at the neighboring San Mateo--what delight it has in boasting about Draeger's. Or nearby Burlingame that is full of life with its ever bustling Burlingame Avenue. Every city has some or the other rendezvous for its residents, but not Hillsborough, the city of single-family super homes, each one isolated from the other. Hillsborough residents must get the 'zoning' law scrapped from the city's statute books to know what a city really means.