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Oprah's interview at the Jaipur fest

Discussion in 'Movies' started by kylie, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. kylie

    kylie Gold IL'ite

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    Hi everyone,

    dont know if u watched Oprah's interview at the Jaipur Lit fest. As usual, it was wonderful to hear her - she's just class apart. Get to learn so much. One of the most amazing n inspiring women of our times.

    Here r some of the quotes fm the interview.

    1. Life is better when u share it. Share whatever you can - time, money, happiness or gifts

    2. There is no life without knowing who u are - so first get to understand and know yourself better.

    3. You become what you believe in - not what you think or want to be. So believe that you are capable of doing the best.

    4. You are who you are - because of what happens to you, the choices you make and the experiences you carry forward in life.

    5. When you are excellent, people pay attention. So be the best in whatever you do.

    6. Dont allow yourself to accept other people's criticism of you which is not valid. If you feel what others point out about you is not true - ignore and move on

    7. Marriage calls for conformity.

    8. Through God you can do things which seem impossible.

    9. Try not to set a limit or ceiling to what you can achieve.


    In addition - here are my all time favourite Oprah quotes :

    1. When something seems too good to be true - probably it is !

    2. Life is a circle - whatever you do, good or bad, will always reach you in the end.

    3. To forgive someone is not to invite them home for dinner nor is it to validate the wrong they did ..... but to forgive is to let go of the hate and the anger you keep feeding in your heart towards that person. To forgive is to move on in life.

    4. In God, I live and move and have my being.


    love,
    kylie
     
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    puni88 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Thanks for sharing this Kylie!!!
     
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    puni88 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Another article I found in DeccanHerald.com and liked this very much.

    Television talk show queen Oprah Winfray believes the only way to remove poverty is education and especially of girls, and leadership is the key to change. She was talking at the Jaipur Literature Festival session named 'O': Oprah in Jaipur with Burkha Dutt on Sunday.

    [​IMG]“For me, education is the most important thing. I have been from village to village in Africa looking for girls like myself and families desperate for education. I was raised by my grandmother in poverty. My grandmother did not live to see me become an educated woman,” Oprah said.

    Clad in a mustard silk 'salwar-kameez' with a pink chiffon dupatta and sporting golden bangles, Oprah said her trip to the city to speak at the Jaipur Literature Festival was made possible by guru Deepak Chopra.

    The venue was packed with thousands of festival goers on a Sunday morning, and Dutt began the session by saying, “We all love, admire and respect Oprah Winfrey so immensely, she is easily the most loved person on television, anywhere.” Oprah said, “I held it as my vision to come to India for the last three years.” She told the audience that she loved ‘the sense of calmness,’ ‘a sense of karma: people don’t just talk religion here, they live it,’ and ‘the sense of family tradition’ so evident in this country. This was met by tremendous appreciation.

    Oprah said she saw herself primarily as ‘a connector,’ both between people, and for people to their own hearts, which she said is our common humanity. She talked movingly about her work with children and women, talking of how profoundly she was affected by the situation of widows in India, and how she hoped there would be a shift in consciousness towards them, “since it is so important that people get to decide for themselves what they want to do with their lives, and are not made second class citizens because their husbands have died”.

    She said, “I have not just had my mind opened but an expanded heart.”
    She promised the festival audience that she would come back again, as there was more to see and understand. Known as a champion of rights for the underdog, Oprah who was born into poverty in Mississippi, overcame many challenges to reach the helm.

    She said, “We are the product of everything that has ever happened to us, and her background had influenced her lifelong passion for racial, economic and gender justice.”

    She credits her grandmother for allowing her to develop a personal relationship with God as a child, which has always enabled her to hold out for something greater because ‘you became what you believe. I have never believed there was a ceiling, so I acted like I could do it, and then I did.’

    They discussed Oprah’s campaigning for victims of sexual abuse, and how she had come out about her own childhood sexual abuse on her show in order to let other women know they were not alone. She emphasised that it was ‘the shame’ more than ‘the act’ that was so damaging after abuse, and the lasting damaging impact of that.

    She talked of realising the power of her position, saying “in all of my shows, I am always looking for what is the thread of truth.”

    She had come to realise it was a platform for energy exchange and she needed to be responsible for putting out positive energy into the world.

    She talked of the value of education so that people have choices, and her work in building a Leadership Academy for girls in Africa, saying how important it is to give whatever you have, so that the energy of yourself goes out into the world.

    Oprah also talked of her continuing support to Barack Obama. Dutt observed that one of Oprah’s greatest influences has been on literature, since ‘her book club has revived a love of reading in an age of diminishing attention spans.’

    She said the Book Club, which promotes both modern literature and the classics that Oprah personally recommends, had the power ‘to make or break’ an author.

    She also talked of marriage, since ‘I am not the marrying kind.’ She said she had ‘great great respect and admiration’ for marriage in India, but she was not suited to it personally, and that had she married her long-term partner, “we probably would have got divorced by now” because “I really am my own woman.”
     
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