My interests have enabled me to derive sustenance from the ancient Indian spirituality, while responding, at the same time, to the western rational influences, which are an inseparable part of my academic training and my professional location as an engineer in one of the premier technological institutes of the country.

I may mention two guiding principles that underpin most of my thought processes. I attempt to look for classicism not only in fine arts but also in many other aspects of life. In the classical expression, in word or in action, there is a direct message without any exaggeration. There is a suggestion of spontaneity without excess, which echoes the soul's sublimity. In short, it is beauty in simplicity. To me Meyer's "Introduction to Probability" is a classic; one finds felicity of expression, an economy of words, as well as food for contemplation.

The second is the attempt to look for 'Universal Spirit'. Most religions and political expressions contain some tenets, which are unacceptable by today's standards. Despite such present disapproval, however, one can still find wisdom in all these past beliefs and practices. This can be perceived only through moral awareness, which can be created by regarding oneself as a free agent acting in accordance with a moral law, which I should recognise as binding on him/her. As free agent, he/she should then attempt to awake in others an equal sensitiveness to the demands of the moral law, and in the process use love, compassion and soul force but never power and authority. That is, as a free agent, he/she will have to establish for himself/herself a frame of reference of fundamental morality. Then every action be contemplates taking would have to be tested with reference to this principle. I feel that if one were to find a commonalty among the various frames of reference of such moral agents differing in time and space, that commonalty could be called the 'Universal Spirit'.