The multifaceted Suresh
|By: CanIndia News Service
|Vaastu gives us useful and practical
tips on how to create a healthy and harmonious living and work
environment. It offers suggestions for placement of plant and
machinery, office equipment, and furniture. It also gives ideas
on harmonizing colours and materials.
A Vaastu consultant can be helpful to you in making necessary
modifications in your existing work and living environment.
He can also advise you in case of new constructions or prior
to buying an existing condominium or house,"" reads the website
of Suresh Jaura, a Vaastu Consultant and an Associate Broker
with New Ventures and the man behind The South Asian Outlook,
an independent e-Monthly.
Suresh Jaura who started his career with Air India in New Delhi
left India in 1978 for Saudi Arabia and later headed to Dubai.
In Dubai he worked with Philippine airlines and also
represented a Management College, based in U.K., which offered long distance teaching
program. In between he kept visiting Canada off and on but never
dreamt of migrating. ""We had a wonderful life in Dubai. It
is close to India and one can enjoy the best of east and west.
The whole atmosphere is very relaxed,"" says Suresh. Life was
sailing smoothly till the two children grew up and a need for
their further education was felt.
Suresh adds, "Everything is fine in Dubai except that the government
doesn't give you permanent residency. Most of the people from
Middle East migrate to other countries chiefly for their children's
education." Hence in 1986 Suresh decided to file for Canadian
immigration and got it in 1987. Initially he came to Canada
all by himself, the family stayed behind in Dubai. Suresh wanted
to assess the situation in Canada, at the same time he desired
to continue his job in Dubai. But once he stayed in Canada for
three weeks the conditions here made him ponder whether he should
bring the family to Canada immediately or wait for a while.
He opted for the first choice and soon the family also came
In Toronto Suresh Jaura began his life working in the
airline/travel industry. One day he went to see a house, which he wanted to buy for the family, with a Real Estate
agent. The agent showed him the place in a great hurry and was
not competent in handling him. This left a bad impression in
the mind of Suresh who at that point resolved to become a Realtor
and deal with the clients more professionally.
He attended the prescribed courses to start his career in real estate business.
In 1989 he got his
licence, first for Salesperson and then for Broker and since then he has been working
as an Associate Broker.
The interesting tilt in his life towards Vaastu came when while
working in real estate field he came across Chinese real estate
agent who practiced Feng Shui. When they used to go to see the
places, sometimes they would not enter the premises and would
walk out immediately. On being questioned by Suresh for such
behaviour they explained that according to Feng Shui the places
were not worthwhile. Later in one of his trips to India, Suresh
met an architect who had 35 years experience in architecture.
The architect believed in the principles of Vaastu Shastra and
the same he apprised to Suresh. Surprisingly enough even the
architect had discovered Vaastu in Russia and Germany and not
in India. At that turn of life Suresh decided to learn Vaastu
and in 1994 he returned to India to study the art of Vaastu.
He made several short visits to New Delhi and quenched his thirst
of learning Vaastu. Today he talks about Vaastu to anyone who
is interested in it. Suresh chuckles, "There are more non-South
Asians who are keen to know about Vaastu. Sometimes when I raise
the topic among the South Asians they say that their grand -
parents used to follow it. Vaastu was not in vogue even in India
Now many big business houses and people try to incorporate it
in their homes and offices." In the meantime Suresh had started
writing on Vaastu in 'India Journal' and in October 1999 he
was interviewed by Toronto Star. How does Vaastu come in play
when the houses are already constructed?
Suresh replies, "The knowledge of Vaastu begins even before
one starts constructing the house. When the potential buyer
goes to see a piece of land he has to ensure that its shape
and size are correct and location is good. This is done in order
to get the best results. But for the readymade condos and offices
in Canada we can't do much structural changes. The best we can
do are physical adjustments, like changing the use of rooms
or the placement of furniture. We cannot guarantee 100% compatibility
but 50% influence of negative forces can be curtailed."
Having done this much Suresh was not contented. He wanted to
try his luck in media. He is deeply involved in an on-line magazine
which he brings out under the name of South Asian Outlook.
The e-monthly is by South Asians for South Asians living in
South Asia, people of South Asian origin who are settled in
different parts of the world and for all those who are interested
in the rich cultural heritage of South Asia, its diversity,
its complexity and its vitality. The idea for bringing out this
magazine took birth when in Canada Suresh saw the state of ethnic
media. He didn't come across any standard ethnic print media.
Most of them except for few carried substantial ads but little
constructive matter. Besides he wanted to see the comfort level
of the readers. The readers could read the magazine leisurely
at home on their internets. The other important factor for going
on-line was to have worldwide circulation. The magazine is brought
out by the efforts of a group of people based in South Asian
Germany, USA and Trinidad. It carries news and views and
also provides a reference for South Asian on various subjects,
including but not limited to, arts and culture, fashion,
entertainment, movies etc which interest the
South Asian readers.
Having lived in India, Middle East and now in Canada, Suresh
feels comfortable in Canada. He says, "Unlike my wife who still
pines for Dubai I've kept my past aside and have adapted very
well to new environment."" He finds Canada better than Middle
East as the country gives more flexibility, but at the same
time misses the relaxed atmosphere of Dubai. Suresh believes
that it is better to come to Canada in younger age as one learns
to adjust to the Canadian way of life faster in youth. He feels
sour over the immigration policy, the way new immigrants are
treated once they land here. He says, "There is a big immigration
scam going on. Imagine calling people based on their professional
qualifications and then not letting them work in their profession
because of lack of Canadian experience. This is absurd.
If this had happened in a third world country the Canadians
would point fingers to them, but they overlook their own
According to Suresh with the globalization of economy, the work
culture has become same everywhere. There may be minor differences
in job approach but once a person has worked in a bank or in
other profession in India or elsewhere he can work here too.
He also highlights the misuse of the system where some communities
like Chinese come to Canada on business visa and get citizenship.
They leave behind their children and work in other countries
where they are highly paid. These people do not pay the taxes
and enjoy the benefits of their citizenship. In comparison the
system is unjust for those who come on point system, change
their professions in Canada, pay taxes and at the end of the
day feel cheated. Even the South Asian children who have studied
here face racism. While South Asians working in mainstream companies
don't get promoted as quickly as their white counterparts. Suresh
thinks it will take at least ten to fifteen years for the system
Having three different professions, Suresh sighs that he wished
that there were forty hours in day. His wife works in a bank
and two children aged 25 and 28 years are also working.
If anyone is interested in learning about Vaastu one can contact
Suresh Jaura at his website www.Vaastu.net.
His real estate website is www.ListandBuy.com
|Date Published: 11/20/2003