CNN Experience

Sep 4, 2000

Sep 4, 2000


I'm glad that many of you were able to catch the CNN interview and thanks for all your encouraging comments (for those who missed it and wanna see the tape, lemme know). As you might imagine, I've been inundated with LOTS of emails, but I will try to get to the personal emails as I can. Many of you are wondering about my feedback so here it is ...

So, one random thing after another, CNN International invited me on their show. I said "sure" and agreed to go on. Of course, two mins into the show, Riz plugs his next show and mentions how the President of Rwanda will be on tomorrow's show and India's prime minister next week! I really got a good laugh, wondering how in the world I ended up here. It was my first live gig and 1/2 hour on CNN is quite a long time, as I know now. :-)

The interview went off really well, judging from the hundreds of responses from over 15 countries across the globe and a lot of your responses; it seemed like it hit a chord in many hearts. The weirdest thing was that I was in San Francisco, looking at a camera with a SF setting in the background; all the viewers could see me but I only got an audio feed! Since the show was live for South Asia, there were questions from Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, and so forth. Some asked about what was important for me, how I got started, others asked me how I thought my brother was so inspirational for me, how my parents were taking all this, what I thought of the Silicon Valley, what I'm planning on doing now, and so on. It was actually fun and somehow I wasn't nervous at all. In the end, though, it's pointless to get a high off this stuff since it's all very transient. The joy is in the moment. :)

Oh, and another thing -- before the show they can put makeup on you (that would've been a funny first!) but fortunately, they didn't think it was necessary. And perhaps the biggest lesson was when Viral and I were driving down to the show -- the engine just sort shut off on the freeway! Murphy's law. :-) But we were both sitting there on the side of freeway, knowing very well that I could miss the show. But also knowing that life is about change, we just sort of kicked it and enjoyed the moment. Before the show, I was a bit in awe of CNN's millions of viewers but this event somehow snapped me into the moment; I was going on the show to be of service, as an instrument and not for myself ... if I didn't make it, that was fine too. As it turned out, my Dad jammed to the scene and since it was Labor Day, there was zero traffic, and we made to the CNN studio in SF in good time.

As you can imagine, we're receiving hundreds of emails from many many people wanting to volunteer, many wanting to open various chapters across the world, others who need help, ... and of course, many personal emails which will take till the end of the month, assuming they stop sometime in the next few days. Let's see ... these two emails probably give a good summary of the response:

"Most of all I was warmed to see the natural confidence and simplicity with which you expressed the importance of inner change. Wishing you ever more strength, light and peace." -- Rajni B.

"I am a complete stranger to you but in a moment of boredom I happened to switch on the telly to Riz Khan's Q&A last night and couldn't help but be deeply moved and impressed by what i saw and heard. Let me apologize at the outset for this intrusion of your private space - but I feel compelled to pen my thoughts and share them with you nonetheless. Apart from your deep sense of compassion and infectious enthusiasm, your message is a powerful one" -- Nikhil

All in all, I felt like I maintained the the spirit of service. Don't know if the outcome was good or bad but that doesn't matter, so long as efforts to be in the spirit of selfless service were sincere.

We'll be in touch,


P.S. If you're interested, here are some more quotes ...

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