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" My parents had chosen the medical profession for me. I even studied a few semesters at St Xavier's College, but at the back of my mind, I always wanted to be a musician like my father. "
" Indian hotels are doing well globally because they understand hospitality. "
" As long as they keep building settlements, the world will be anti-Israeli. "
" I love rap because it talks about pain that comes authentically from the ghetto. It moves me. "
" I am always hearing from Israelis, 'Oh, CNN is anti-Israel,' or 'BBC is against us.' But no, they are reporting facts. "
" In Bombay, we have a fine concert hall. I think it is high time we built venues in Delhi and Calcutta, not only for western music, but also Indian music. It doesn't matter which party is in power; don't you think the capital of India should have a concert hall? "
" If North American musicians would only know how uncomfortable life is for European musicians. "
" My family and relatives alone could fill Shanmukhananda Hall in Bombay. "
" After conducting Wagner, Beethoven's triple concerto is like taking an Alka Seltzer. "
" Citizens of India, Pakistan, and Kashmir need to come together and make music. "
" I have been to Kashmir many times, especially with my family, in the '70s. "
" If you can sing together, you can live together. "
" I wish that only three residents of Tel Aviv could see what conditions on the West Bank are like. Living in such proximity, most Israelis have no idea about the adversity on the West Bank. "
" I believe in music. "
" There was an opinion expressed in the newspapers that, after 20 years, maybe the Israel Philharmonic should consider asking me to leave. I thought they might have a point, so I asked my orchestra. They told me overwhelmingly that they wanted me to stay. "
" Music is the message of peace, and music only brings peace. "
" My temples are only in India. When I am in India, I go to the religious ceremonies. "
" I am not only a Parsi, I am a Kashmiri too. "
" The 'New York Times' reviews of my work have been evenly divided - favourable and unfavourable. "
" Most Arab Israelis speak Hebrew, but not the other way around. It's about time that changed. "
" There is a school in Israel called Hand in Hand which I support. There Arab and Jewish students study together on a daily basis. "
" We are so indebted to our ancestors, musically speaking, that they have left us 400 years of music. "
" I respect the Indian government for the fact that there are no settlements in Kashmir. "
" As soon as, say, Saddam Hussein started bombing Israel with Scuds, everyone was like, 'Poor Israel.' But when Israel retaliates - and most of the time they then win - people turn against them. "
" My life is so full of sacrifices. "
" The private sector is growing so incredibly in India, in every city you have industries for whom building a concert hall would be nothing financially. But they just don't do it. "
" In Chicago, they die for their teams. "
" Just imagine, the thousands and thousands of concerts that take place every single day, all over the world. And the positive effect that they would have on the people listening. Now imagine a world without this. This void... it is unthinkable. "
" There are certainly talented instrumentalists coming from India. I see them performing all over the world. "
" I love to conduct opera. "
" You might say that Richard Wagner was the Queen Victoria of Europe. He had musical children everywhere! "