The nectar of Arabic book distribution
Jan11

The nectar of Arabic book distribution

Myself and Kautukarnava Prabhu launched out Arabic book effort on 15th December. Unable to locate a promising spot while operating in ‘testing the waters’ mode, we decided to start from the Pharao’s Egyptian Sandwiches on Geary Street in San Francisco. Much to our disappointment, the eatery turned out to be a deserted place, but it had a Halal Store, called the ‘Salama Halal Meat’ next to it. This store wasn’t on our itinerary,...

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Arabic book distribution, along with a harinama in the rain
Jan11

Arabic book distribution, along with a harinama in the rain

We were in Fairfield (Sydney), which is densely populated by Arabs. An unforecasted storm hit us. The harinama party had to make a decision to continue or cancel. Given that it was a long way from home, we decided to continue, and we moved through the streets under roof footpaths. Looking at the dancing and singing in the rain, all the Arabs were coming out of the shops, elated to watch and hear the harinama. I started placing Arabic...

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Meeting a special man from Morocco
Dec26

Meeting a special man from Morocco

Sunday morning in Vilnius, nobody even took a book for one hour. Because I was alone, my enthusiasm started to go down. Then I stopped a guy who was from Morocco. He explained his difficult situation. His Lithuanian wife with their child, went from Morocco to Lithuania, just for the holidays and didn’t come back. So he had come to Lithuania to find them. She left him, without saying anything. I asked him what he is going to do,...

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Book Distribution in Paris
Dec25

Book Distribution in Paris

All morning busy with meetings in the temple and the usual occupational activities. Started book distribution around 5 in the evening and it was a tough evening trying to distribute books in Paris. Now we are on the train heading back to the temple. Quite often we go up and down the train trying to sell books or doing Kirtan. Maybe there is still a chance of some books going out before the day is out. “Non merci, non argent, no...

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The magic of Sankirtan
Dec25

The magic of Sankirtan

I was distributing books on Queen street, Auckland’s main CBD shopping street for a short time before driving to Hamilton another city outside of Auckland. There is many places that a book distributor or street collector could stand and I choose a strip which would be handy for my husband to pull up and pick me up. Although there was another girl at this spot distributing flyers for ‘Uber eats’ I didn’t fancy moving as it also seemed...

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From the early days in Germany
Dec24

From the early days in Germany

Being absorbed in book distribution, we were hesitant to return to the temple, even for weekends. To stay out on Sunday provided a special challenge, as even today Sunday is a day where hardly any shops are open. Everything freezes to the sounds of bells being rung in empty churches, and the Germans retreat to their flats and gardens to once again cut their lawns precisely, so that no blade of grass can grow without the permission of...

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