Category Guru in a Bottle

An endangered species that is dying out this Century

Why the Parsee community is dying this Century – by the Guardian’s Foreign Correspondent in central and Eastern Europe, Shaun Walker, whose mother was a Parsee who married outside of the Zoroastrian faith

The Last of the Zoroastrians is a personal view of Shaun Walker published in the Guardian on Thursday 6 August 2020

This is fascinating – and sad – article. I was lucky to have married a fellow Zoroastrian I met when I joined the BBC and our wedding photo appeared in the Millennium Dome (yes, it was that long ago!)...

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How the recent decision in Schrems II has consequences for any future Brexit deal with the EU

An unprecedented amount of interest within the global privacy community was generated on 16 July 2020 when the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) delivered its verdict in the case brought by Maximillian Schrems against Facebook Ireland (Schrems II).

Europe’s highest court found that the EU-US Privacy Shield mechanism was invalid for protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of EU citizens enshrined under Article 8(1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (the ‘Charter’) whose personal data was transferred to the US.

And while the CJEU choose not to go down the same road for Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) or Binding Corp...

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Joe Lewis, Civil Rights Leader (1940-2020)

US Civil Rights leader Joe Lewis wrote an open letter to be read on the day of his funeral that took place on Thurs 30 July 2020, attended by Presidents Obama, Clinton and Bush Jr.

That’s hard to beat – having the presence of mind to crystalise his legacy at the moment he knew he was about to die – Joe Lewis continues to inspire future generations in building a more fair and just America.

Here’s the open letter published in the New York Times yesterday (30 July 2020):

US Civil Rights Leader Joe Lewis (1940-2020)

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me...

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Book interview with Dinyar Patel – Naoroji – Pioneer of Indian Nationalism

This is a very interesting YouTube interview with the author, Dinya Patel (himself a Parsee) who achieved his doctorate with this work and is Assistant Professor of History, South Carolina University.

A fascinating book on the life of the extraordinary ‘Grand Old Man of India’ – Sir Dadabhai Naroji, our most famous Parsee

His book – ‘Naoroji, Pioneer of Indian Nationalism’ is published by the Harvard University Press and distributed by Harper Collins.

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American society needs to correct persistent injustices against Black Americans

Since the brutal murder of George Floyd, much of the debate has focused on police brutality and reforming the police. Yet systemic prejudice still exists in the US. And there’s no getting away from it – every day in the US, an unarmed citizen killed by American police forces are disproportionately black.

As the Economist newspaper recently reported in its briefing on ‘Race in America’ (July 11-17, 2020): ‘That most brutal of injustices explains much of the power, the extent and the focus of the protests spurred by the killing of George Floyd, protests that have drawn a level of attention to race relations unseen since the 1970s.’

Clayborne Carson, a historian at S...

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When two hearts beat as one

This is a love story of two people born almost a generation apart, in two different continents and how the wheels of fortune brought them together.

Ratan D. Tata (nephew of Jamshedji Tata), was in Paris hoping to trade in pearls and silk. He wanted to learn French, so his uncle Jamsetji recommended a teacher to him – Madame Briere.

It was here that he met and fell in love with the teacher’s beautiful daughter Susaune, slim and tall with beautiful golden hair. She was twenty years old.

Ratan informed his uncle Jamsetji about his affection for Susaune and his desire to marry her...

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Lockdown Blues

A poem by Murzban F. Shroff

This is the winter of our confinement

This is the spring of our unease

This is the summer of our expectations

The fall of our species

This is the weakness of our senses

This is the outcome of our greed

This is the collapse of our intellect

The negation of our needs

This is the night of our darkness

This is the prison of our morrows

This is the cumulus of our burden

The song of our sorrows

This is what we brought our world to

Conquering land and sea and sky

Not for a moment did we pause

Thinking where our limits lie

We robbed the earth of its beauty

And we drained the soil of...

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Pubs open in England on Sat 4 July since Covid-19 lockdown

As England gets ready for pubs and restaurants to re-open from tomorrow (Sat 4 July) will they be compliant with the Data Protection Act 2018?

Under UK Government instructions, all establishments – irrespective of their size – are under a legal obligation to keep a record of their customers in order to assist the NHS Test and Trace programme to detect Covid-19 outbreaks.

These records are expected to be kept for three weeks, and customers are likely to have to fill out a card and hand this to the bar /restaurant staff at the time they pay the bill. In some cases, online booking will require this info in order to make a reservation.

So not only must the custome...

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EDPB launch One-Stop Shop register of decisions

Described as a ‘treasure chest’ of decisions, it will help DPOs and Data Controllers understand what’s happening on the ground.

Unsurprisingly, most decisions on the lead SA pivot on the protection of data subject rights and the legal basis for processing.

Where action by the Lead SA has been taken in the wake of multiple-jurisdiction infringements, this has been more about compliance orders and a ‘slap on the wrist’ for the data controller rather than imposing headline catching fines, trying to find a consensual approach to remedy data privacy breaches.

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An excellent example of Jugaad Innovation

A brilliant example of Jugaad Innovation for PPE Facemasks for those who need to lip read.

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