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Episode Info: Exploring the hearts, minds, and traditions of cultures and people around the world is Dr Mandeep Rai’s passion and in her new book The Values Compass (recommended by the Dalai Lama no less!) and indeed on this episode we question what makes us who we are…why the Turkish are hospitable, the Jordanians helpful and the Argentinians passionate? Mandeep has travelled to over 150 countries and loves more than anything how chance encounters with strangers when travelling can change your life. Oh and she has some very inspirational thoughts on how we can embrace our own core values…   On this episode we cover:   What ARE global values? The 101 countries she travelled to for her new book The character strengths that strike you in a new country Unbeatable Turkish hospitality The helpful nature of people in Jordan Being kind to strangers Hospitality rules in the Koran You only know true kindness when you’re on the road The passion of the Argentinians – whether dancing, protesting or football Being more important than ever to celebrate positive global values The positive about Paraguay, Bolivia or Peru How only negative stories make the news How different cultures can clash Thailand’s love of being deeply respectful How the book is a tool to bring out the best of yourself Working out your top priorities or values for the next decade Being third generation British Indian Her Sikh grandparents moving to Britain during the WW2 Children being able to embrace their Indian culture more now there are more ethnic minorities around London’s melting pot still alive and kicking How people can bring their history and culture and values to London Growing up in Gloucestershire and not speaking about the other Lisa’s father not imparting Indian or Fijian culture at all Wanting to be like the little blonde friends! How immigrants embrace things differently Having more Indian cultural influences from her mother Ensuring they spoke Punjabi, read the scriptures and listened to Indian music Having mixed heritage kids Everyone untimely being some type of mix and shade of brown Having a treasure trove of languages and cultures to draw from Admiring what really happens to you, not your culture or friends Entering a new decade by nailing what you want to be your legacy How the best travel stories often happen when something goes wrong Losing her passport in Senegal Having the most magical time in Senegal Being no need to create conflict Lisa going to Munich to see England beat Germany 5-1 (or was it 5-2? Who cares, we won…) Playing football on the edge of the autobahn Wanting to be Cuban in Cuba Asking a random stranger to get rid of her suitcase at Cancun airport Foot spa chutzpah The travelling stranger who became a life-long friend – Kathy Eldon Brad Pitt in the living room, Whoopi Goldberg round for coffee Dan Eldon who was stoned to death in Somalia when working for Reuters Creative Visions – the organisation that changed her life The incredible peo...
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