Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ted X SITM. A memorable event.

And so there was this Ted X event which happened at Symbiosis Institute for Telecom Management (SITM)  Pune and I was invited as a speaker.

I got back from Pune on Saturday night after the event and it is still fresh in my mind. It was truly a memorable experience for me. The enthusiasm of the everyone associated with this Ted X talk, the superb and efficient way it was organised, the breathtakingly beautiful campus, the cordial welcome I got from the Director of the Institute Prof.Patil, and the love that the students and faculty showered on me has floored me completely and has left me with a fuzzy warm feeling which refuses to die down even three days after the event.

The speaker line-up was superb. I felt honoured to hear Dr.Pawan Agarwal of Mumbai dabbawalas (which is now a case study  in many management Institutes)  speak.
To quote from 'The Hindu'

Mumbai’s 5,000-odd dabbawalas have been in action for over 125 years now, without any work stoppages. They deliver nearly 2,00,000 lunches everyday and on time. Their unique management and operational models have become subjects of management study beyond text books for global business schools.
The dabbawalas have a Six Sigma quality certificate and a global business fan club that includes Prince Charles and Mr Richard Branson.

He is humility personified--a gem of a human being.




I felt honoured to speak to him and even click a picture with him. He also told me that he loved my talk and I felt elated about that. (the video to my talk will be available after 2-3 weeks and I shall share the link, once it is up)

Here are a few pictures clicked on the day of the event.

The picturesque, serene campus is located on a hill, covered with mist. It looks straight out of a picture post-card and makes you want to dive in.


 There was an enormous hoarding just outside the college. I was surprised seeing my face suddenly on a hoarding :)

There were posters on the wall too.

Karan, who was the corporate Interface assigned to me. He met me at the airport, even though it was ten thirty pm when my flight landed. And right from the time of landing Karan was with me till I left. He was really sweet and took care of even the smallest of details efficiently. He also showed me around the magnificent campus they have. Thank you Karan!

Rohan (white shirt) , manoj, raveena and some of the other students at SITM. Rohan did a nice job of compering the event. :)


 Saurabh, a student from SITM who wanted a pic with me, just before I got into the car which was waiting to take me to the airport.
Sometimes, a single snapshot can tell an interesting story :)

And three days later, the hangover of the experience refuses to go away.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bliss. Wordless Wednesday no. 31





 My post for Wordless Wednesday
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Some more lovely stuff from The Busy Elf.

For those readers who came in late and do not know about 'The Busy Elf'  do read Keshrie's story.

Here is some more stuff she made. (The proceeds from the sale of the things she makes goes 100% to her, towards the education of her two boys. I don't make any money from this!)

A cup warmer. Rs.150/- for a single one.       









Rs.275 for a pair.

They can be adjusted to fit most mugs.

Rs.300/- for this crocheted Bottle holder. Carry your water stylishly!

A beautifully crocheted tray cloth. Rs.300/-

Doesn't it look gorgeous?


If anyone wants to place an order for any of her items, please e-mail me your requirement. Add Rs.100/- for shipping.
Check out her other products on her FB page that I made for her.

And please spread the word, will you? It's for a good cause.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A few songs down the nostalgia lane

If you have been a child of the eighties in India, you probably recall the time without Internet, without television and once television came, days of Hum Log and Buniyaad and waiting for Chitrahaar on Wednesday evenings.

If you were anything like me, you also probably  had a huge crush on Kumar Gaurav in Love story. (or Vijeta Pandit depending on your gender/sexual inclination heh heh)
(I know, but I did, on Kumar Gaurav! Murdering Vijeta Pandit was  probably one of my greatest ambitions at that time.)

I also grew up on a diet of English (36th Chamber of Shaolin, Herbie goes bananas)  and several Hindi movies of those times. (Mostly Amitabh starrers, I recall). My dad used to take us to the 'theatre' (we used to say 'theatre--never a cinema hall and multiplexes were unheard of in those times) as a special treat on weekends to watch movies. Oh, the joy!

I remember in the absence of Internet and instant access to information like we have today, figuring out  the lyrics of songs we like, used to be a major activity. Either we had to have a ' cassette tape' of that song  (Remember this? I don't think my children even know what this is)

  which we would endlessly rewind , pause and forward in order to catch the right lyrics or if we did not have the cassette  tape, then we had to wait perched, prepared with a pencil and paper, for the radio to play that song and write down very quickly the lyrics or what we  thought we had heard, the latter often producing hilarious results, because of relying solely on our sense of hearing or whatever the person who was hearing it and dictating it, said. (as sometimes, we had special assignees--the ones assigned to decipher the lyrics and another assigned to write it down).

Very often, the lyrics we wrote down were wrong--but who cared! We formed our own music bands (with musical instruments borrowed from the Kitchen--a stainless steel plate and a spoon made a good tambourine substitute and the storage containers turned into drums along with the wooden  chappati belan turning into  a stick) and we sang these songs at the top of our voices.




 I vividly recall singing 'Qurbani Qurbani Qurbaani' along with my brother. I can to this day, play the drums at the start of Qurbani  with my eyes closed and I can say the lyrics in my sleep too. ( oooo--bi-bi-tujpe-kurba-meri-jaan--that is how I used to sing it).

Sometimes, when a wave of nostalgia washes over me, I break into the Qurbaani song, much to the amusement of my kids who stare at me with that look in their eyes which says Oh-has-mom-gone-mad-she-was-fine-just-a-minute-ago.

This morning the song 'Aaap jaise koi mere zindagi mein aaye' played on the radio. Who can forget the sex appeal oozing Nazia hassan's voice and the even more sexy Zeenat Aman who danced to it ? Satish told me that one of his relatives took great offence to this song, as they misheard the lyrics as 'aap jaisa koi mere zindagi mein aaye toh BAAP ban jaye' (instead of baat ban jaye). I couldn't stop laughing when I heard that.

In the more recent times,(which translates to a few years ago) I had the song 'Tu hi meri shab hai..' from the movie Gangster as my hello-tune (a tune which the person who calls you hears instead of the boring tring tring).  An elderly aunt of mine called me up on my mobile whereupon she was greeted with the very peppy 'Tu hi meri shab hai' song.

She hung up the phone hurriedly even before I could answer , proceeded to call me upon the landline and then gave me a full blown lecture about putting unsuitable and negative songs as caller tunes. Puzzled, I asked her what could possibly be negative about a peppy love song which proclaims eternal love and she said that she doesn't understand these modern songs and that she fails to understand how  anyone can possibly express their love by  saying 'You are my dead body'. It took me two minutes to figure out that she had heard the lyrics as 'Tu hi meri Shav hai' :D
I am laughing as I type this now.

Some times it is indeed fantastic to travel down the nostalgia path.
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ps: I apologise to my non-Hindi speaking readers and my English friends for the extensive use of Hindi in this post, without any translations. Somehow the beauty of the songs get killed if one translates.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Cupcakes, Conversation and Chai



You are invited :)
 It is going to be a discussion on importance of friendship, modern day relationships, marriages, and how different living in a big city versus living in a small place is.


There is going to be Chai and cupcakes and of course conversation too.
Event is open to all but it will be really nice if you confirm, as Vani  Mahesh of easylib is making all the arrangements to see that everyone has a great time.

Click here for the FB event page
Those of you have read the book (and the acknowledgement section) will know Ramesh of Business Musings was one of the first to read the manuscript, even before I submitted it to the publishers.
I was delighted when he confirmed today that he will definitely be there.

Am looking forward to meeting you all.

Meanwhile, I have been making cards.

Sharing a few I made recently. (The people who ordered them as well as the recipients were delighted!)














And this is a card which was made to order,  for a little girl who turned seven:





Liked them? :)
Well, you know what to do! :)
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Thursday, September 06, 2012

A silent plea.

This is a post I wrote on 7th September 2010.

This one I wrote on  7th September 2011.

And tomorrow is 7th September 2012 and I am again typing this from a tiny village in Kerala.

Six years.

You would think it hurts a little less by now.
 It doesn't.
You just learn to hide the pain better.

Please say a prayer for me.
And for him.

I need it.
Need all your love, positivity and prayers.

It helps.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Five rules to get over someone


Rule no.1: Move on (and while you are at it, cultivating a new hobby which you are really passionate about helps)

Rule no.2 : Move on. (and while you are at it, making a brand new friend helps)

Rule no. 3: Move on. (and while you are at it reading A LOT helps. Don't allow the mind to be idle for even five seconds, lest it goes racing to depressing thoughts. Use the time to read good books. There is so much waiting to be learnt in them, especially on heartbreaks ;-) )

Rule no.4 : Move on (and while you are at it find one thing to do in the day, which gives you immense joy)

Rule no.5 :Move on  (and if you have been doing the 'while you're at it stuff' you don't need this rule as you would have already moved on)

Good luck!

(accept it hurts and sometimes, it is indeed okay to hurt. We all go through it and emerge stronger and meet someone better eventually, though at the time of going through it, it definitely does not seem so)

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