C M BHANDARI
C M Bhandari
A multi-faceted personality
Bhandari has completed his diplomatic mission in Toronto and left a
soothing memory in the hearts and minds of all those who've met him during
the past 4 years.
his stay in Toronto, he has earned the respect and admiration of the
Indo-Canadian communities in Toronto and beyond. He had become a champion
of Unity and friendship for all of us 'Indians abroad'. His coordinated
efforts, to bring together every one under one banner, gave birth to
'Panorama India', which organised one of the Farewell
parties for Mr Bhandari and family.
the efforts of the Consulate and many volunteers, Panorama India’s
annual event has gained momentum as a colourful festival for all of us to
enjoy and participate in. The credit goes to the vision and leadership of
The Hon. James K. Bartleman, OOnt, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
and Mrs Marie-Jeanne Bartleman, opening an exhibition of
Madhubani Paintings. Others are: (L to R) Mrs Bhandari, Mr Nidhan
Bhandari and extreme right Mr Suresh Jaura
The Hon. James K. Bartleman, OOnt, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Mrs Marie-Jeanne Bartleman, opening an exhibition of Madhubani Paintings. Others are: (L to R) Mrs Bhandari, Mr Nidhan Singh,
Mr Bhandari and extreme right Mr Suresh Jaura
Bhandari shared a common bond and true friendship with his countrymen. His
simplicity and goodwill earned him friends from every walk of life. His
spiritual enlightenment truly reflected in his life and he tried to convey
it through simple means. No one was less important to him. We all felt
inclusive and united, simply as one people with one heritage without
seeking intensely our cultural, religious and linguistic diversities.
friendship with Mr. Bhandari began with an invitation to come and attend
the annual dinner of The India-Canada Society of Hamilton and Region.
president of that organisation at the time, I requested him to speak on
his pilgrimage to 'Kailash-Mansarovar'. The breath taking photographs he
took during this pilgrimage and the coffee-table book he published
generated a great interest in the audience.
As a photographer, I was amazed at his photographic skills and we established a common bond.
Bhandari and his family enriched their daily lives as Yoga practitioners.
One day he told me that he would like to publish a book on Yoga. I
applauded the idea and agreed to take photographs of all the poses. He
suggested that we go outdoors and capture the poses in the gardens and
near the lake etc. He came to Hamilton and did the initial poses with lake
Ontario in the background. Another session was in the Botanical Gardens in
Niagara Falls. He had photo sessions with other friends also.
Bhandari has written elaborately about the philosophy and practice of yoga
in the newly published book titled "BODY MIND AND SPIRIT - YOGA
SHAKTI FITNESS AND RELAXATION HIGHWAY" a very attractive book on
yoga indeed. He has simultaneously published this book in both English and
I very much admire the many dimensions of this diplomat's life and his commitment as a true Gandhian, who is very proud of his country and it's people.
Thank you for making us proud Mr. Bhandari, You have left a legacy that we will always remember.