NEW YORK CITY (TIP): Ambassador Mulay’s autobiography, originally published in Marathi and translated in to English, was formally released in New York, May 8. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New York, organized a special function for the purpose.
A documentary “Gypsy” depicted Ambassador Mulay’s struggles of early years, his selection in Indian Foreign Service and his appreciation by well known personalities.
Ambassador Mulay, on the occasion, spoke of influence of his family, teachers, and the saints on him. He spoke at length of influence on him of a great social reformer of Maharashtra, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule who stood for the rights of the common man and raised his voice of protest against inequalities. “I came in to Foreign service with the ideals of Mahatma Phule”, Ambassador Mulay said.
Explaining the title of his autobiography, Ambassador Mulay said “Maati” is where I was born; “Pankh” is the education, training and the values I received; and “Aakash” is the canvas provided to me by life. He said Foreign Service provided him with a large canvas. He got opportunity to visit a number of places, he lived in diverse environments; and he met a variety of people. This diversity enriched his experience. And it was made possible by his being in Foreign Service.
Ambassador Mulay said the book deals with the first 35 years of his life and that he has had a variety of experiences which have enriched his life and become an integral part of his life.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jayraman praised Ambassador Mulay’s qualities of head and heart and blessed him. H.R. Shah of TV Asia spoke about Ambassador Mulay’s book. Dr. Navin Mehta and Alba Rajanibala recited poems of Ambassador Mulay. Ambassador Vijay Nambiar, Film maker Vishal Bharadwaj, and theater and film actor Mohan Agase also spoke on the occasion.
Mrs. Shila Mehta gave an exquisite Kathak performance. The event was well attended by a select gathering.