I wrote my last blog on Madhu Bhandari, and this is a sequel to the same.
Let’s start with a twist. I scored 9/9 in IELTS – is that even important? Well, when people meet me, many find it hard to believe that given my proficiency in spoken and written English I must have studied or lived in the US or the UK.
Au contraire, I was born and brought up in Karachi, studied in “yellow” government run schools infamous for caning students and were, right after I passed middle school, “nationalized” to an all Urdu curriculum by the then General Zia Ul Haq, which destroyed whatever was left of education (as is being further degraded by Imran Khan today) in Pakistan after his predecessor, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto whom he unceremoniously hanged, had nationalized much of Pakistan’s private banks and industries, left to the dogs, among his other gaffes which included sending illiterate “labor” to the Gulf and beyond without any training in ethics or manners, which tarnished Pakistan’s image regionally and globally which is now infamous for corruption and terrible governance, not to mention his acts against the Ahmedi community which places Pakistan on the dark side of the world map when it comes to minorities.
Now coming back to IELTS score, my “English” has made me many friends and won some admirers. However, is it NOT just another language among almost 7,000 languages spoken on planet Earth! Why must ONE language (English) (and it’s related mannerisms and expressions, verbal or non verbal) be considered by many on this planet as the sole hallmark of education, success, finesse or intellect? Perhaps due colonization in the last few hundred years by the English? So, if you ask me, English is overrated. And hence someone with “poor” English or expression out of the current norms as taught in Western modelled academic institutions certainly stands out, like the ugly duckling!
Which brings me back to Madhu Bhandari, I spent considerable time with him at his residence in his makeshift “office” after my first blog, and also met him in meetings with other people, observed him closely. He owns Bramaas, a multifaceted group covering health care and businesses. Now, when Madhu speaks, three things become immediately clear to anyone who listens or observes. First, he is very confident of himself, second, he’s invented a cure for almost all known diseases of the world using nature! And last but not the least, his “English” and his expressions suck!
Now guess what happens? When people are exposed to him, except for a few with intellect and knowledge other than buzzwords and clichés, most are put-off by what they consider poor showmanship.
While he does come across as a showman of sorts, animated, expressive and passionate, sadly that, along with his “basic English” seem to overshadow his content. Which is a unique fusion of all that alternate health and even most of the “progressives” in medical science have offered humanity for centuries. People like Robert Young, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, religious leaders and Prophets from all faiths whom he quotes profusely. His 5-point system of attaining and maintaining perfect health deserves one to bat an eyelid in the least, and an eyes, ears wide open observance if any wiser.
They say never judge a book by it’s cover, perhaps it is apt to apply this phrase when you experience or assess Madhu Bhandari. A genius should not be ignored for linguistics!
And I tell you this: forget his “English” or his animated expressions, this man has the way forward for humanity, especially in a time where Pied Piper is playing the mantra of “lockdown” the world over, this man can help us break free, be healthy and progress as humans should! Not as some caged animals living in fear of a microscopic enemy that attacks those with the weakest immunity, something Madhu is all set to fix! Given a chance…