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A PERSPECTIVE By Arun Maharaj—Hayward California

“Identifying Your True Self” „What others think we are‟, „What we think we are” and „What we are‟ are the main factors that build our perception of our selves. Some highly believe in what others think of them. They lead their lives on the basis of others evaluation of themselves. Some believe in what they think they are. They always have a view of themselves based on their own evaluations. In this world of materialism the real value of things many times is ignored. The value of people is also many times measured in terms of wealth, name and fame whereas the true value may not be seen. Peace is attained by truth alone and it is peace that we are, many times even not knowingly, looking for in life. 1

Truth needs no justification as it stands by itself above everything else and therefore it is imperative that we identify our true selves and do not go along with what others think about us or even what we think of ourselves. „What we are‟ is our true self. Once we identify ourselves and believe in it, we have found the truth which no one can change and we may be able to lead a life along our own true desires which may lead us to a more peaceful and successful life. Without trying ourselves in activities, many times we think we are not capable of doing it but if we try we may be able to do better then others. ‘WHAT WE ARE’ is our true self.


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a The sentencing of Laisenia Qarase, former director of Fijian Holdings Lim , ited and a former Prime Minister of Fiji of is not only a historic event but a time A intense reflection for the people of Fiji. man of such standing, as a former Prime Minister, being sentenced can be traumatic for his family, friends and his close followers. In a country, where political leaders are highly respected and regarded virtually as mentors, the sen tencing must have come as a shock d and disbelief to many. However it is sai ‘no one is above the law’ and people are punished for what the justice sys tem determines are offences under the law. Since being deposed from the Prime Minister’s office in 2006 Mr. Qarase may have gone through agony and now the sentencing could further add to it.

Disclaimer—Fiji Today/Fiji Feature Fiji Today/Fiji Feature/Fiji Highlight is the editor’s review on the major happenings back in Fiji based on the information from , Fiji Times; Fiji Live, Fiji Sun; visitors to and from Fiji and other Fiji publications. These are editor’s own views based on the information from those sources. The ‘perspectives’ are the editor’s/writers’ views and opinion and any error/s and or misinterpretation are regretted and the editor / publisher is not responsible for any such error/s and or further discussions .The Publisher/Editor of India Fiji Today will not accept any LIABILITY, CRITICISM, ANNOYANCE or ADVERSE REACTION what so ever, to the contrary of its intention caused by any misinterpretation, miss-understanding or non-acceptance of the same.

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Shimla—The Summer Capital of India... Shimla which

used to be Simla is the ca pital of northern state Himachal P radesh. The city lies on the foot of Himalyas at a height of around eight thousand feet at its highest point. Built on hills the city is highly magnificent. Tourists visit the city ent A Promin I— R F U K during sumhimala Site in S mer as it is generally cool there compa red to other parts of India which experiences sc orching heat during the period. Snow fall makes it a site to see during winter. Source— Shimla 18


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e worshipped once. His popularity is wid rld wo s ian Ind ny ma om wh r Gone is the sta found. the lost jewel who is nowhere to be for und aro k loo s ian Ind the as in back aga rnal jourhe left this world in mid July for ete dly orte rep re… mo no is a ann Kh h Rajes 2 he made a long journey to star194 in b bja Pu – ar rits Am in ra Aro s ney. Born as Jatin was adopted by foster parents and wa He a. em Cin ian Ind of tar ers sup t dom as the firs Mumh school education in Bombay, now hig his ted ple com He a. ann Kh in named Jat a superstar highly rewarding for him as his life as be to ved pro city al gic ma the and bai completed his Bachelor of Arts he ion cat edu her furt for or eav end ma is known to all. In his t in theater and stage acts and dra par k too he ing act for n sio pas g Degree. Havin ns. He many prizes in inter school competitio n wo and ai mb Mu in s day ool sch during his e Jeetendra a days, Ravi Kapoor who later becam ool sch his ing dur nd frie se clo a Rahad not to be heard again as it became was nna Kha in Jat e nam The or. popular Indian act the birth of a Industry in 1966 with Aakhri Khat saw Film ian Ind in ry ent his and a ann jesh Kh later gave hits from nomenon in the Indian Cinema. He star who was later to become a phe by an actor’ in a certain period, the hits t ges ‘lar of ord rec a d ate cre the 1966 to 1975 and ple Kapadia created a sensation in Dim to ge rria ma His ay. tod ys sta l record stil ds of the brought about similar effect in the min has th dea His . blic pu l era gen ian Ind Rajesh Khanit is filled with sorrow. The death of Indian public worldwide but this time worldwide as while he was there he nity mu com ian Ind the d cke sho na no doubt has larity of his death came about his popu s new as n soo as but d nte gra for was taken The star unplace where he really belonged to. the m, rdo sta to t sho in aga e onc may serve s worldwide and the legendary star doubtedly will be missed by the Indian resses in the generations to come. act and ors act ian Ind the to n atio as an inspir r.” “May his soul rest in peace foreve #Early_life. // Source- http:


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F I J I FA C T S Ceded to great Britain 1874 First lot of Indians Arrives in 1879 First Capital—Levuka Number of Islands—About 300 Gained Independence 1970 First Military Coup 1987 Prime Ministers of Fiji—Ratu Sir Mara–1970

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