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Indian and Arab connections of Apple co-founder Stew Jobs

Thursday October 06, 2011 10:41:41 PM, Agencies

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Washington: Along with the truly rags to riches story of Apple co-founder Stew Jobs, who died of cancer Wednesday at the age of 56, also taking round is his spiritual Indian link and Arab parental relation. While his spiritual link to India finally encouraged Jobs to convert to Buddhism, the fact that his father was a Syrian Muslim points to his Arab linkage.

 

"Jobs was born Feb 24, 1955 to Syrian Muslim immigrant Abdul Fattah "John" Jandali and Joanne Carole Schieble", IANS mentioned in one of its report published after his death.

 

He was later adopted by a couple and grew up in Cupertino, California, which later became home to Apple's headquarters.

 

Elaborating on his adoption, Stew Jobs himself said, "My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl."

 

Addressing the students at Stanford University Jobs said, "So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college."
 

Stew Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Inc who is credited to have given the world top-class electronic gadgets also had a spiritual side shaped by a "spiritual retreat to India" and "traversing through the country had sparked Jobs' conversion to Buddhism."

 

In 1974 Jobs even traveled to India to visit the Neem Karoli Baba at his Kainchi Ashram with a Reed College friend (and, later, the first Apple employee), Daniel Kottke, in search of spiritual enlightenment.

"He came back a Buddhist with his head shaved and wearing traditional Indian clothing. During this time, Jobs experimented with psychedelics, calling his LSD experiences "one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life"", Arun Kumar of IANS reported.

 

The name of Jobs' company is said to be inspired by the Beatles' Apple Corps, which repeatedly sued the electronics maker for trademark infringement until signing an exclusive digital distribution deal with iTunes, CNN said.

Rebirth is a precept of Buddhism, and Apple experienced rebirth of sorts when Jobs returned, after he was fired, to remake a company that had fallen the verge of bankruptcy.



 

 

 

 

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