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Publisher’s Message, Spring 2008

Aug 05, 2013

Noise Reduction

Some people call it spring cleaning; I call it noise reduction. Why? Because cleaning house for me means more than steaming my carpets or a drop off to the local Salvation Army. It means filtering out all of the unwanted residue that has cluttered up my personal, professional, as well as physical space over the preceding months. I must admit though that it’s much easier to remove unwanted clothing then it is the dusty cobwebs life leaves behind in the most unexpected and hard-to-reach places. You know the places I mean–the ones that require us to solicit help to placate.

Asking for help is something our periphery oftentimes tells us is a sign of weakness, but our inner voice is contrary to remind us that it is a mark of great strength because none of us were born with all the answers. When the noise becomes so loud that we cannot hear the silence anymore, it’s time to turn to the sages, our friends and family, to help us regain balance and dissipate the vertigo. I guess there’s something to be said for the phrase ‘silence is golden’.

And no one knows this better than Devyani Saltzman, writer and only child of acclaimed film director Deepa Mehta. Featured in this issue’s Open Chest interview on page 86, Saltzman chats with great candour about the effects of her parents’ divorce on her when she was only eleven, the infamous estrangement that is said to have resulted thereafter between mother and daughter, finding her identity as a woman of bi-cultural heritage, and creating her own space as an internationally published writer. If there’s one thing I took away from the interview, it is that this is an accomplished young woman who understands the importance of noise reduction!

Until next time,


Raj Girn

Raj Girn

Raj Girn


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