Feb 1st

मातृभाव

By VIKASS MAHIPATI

मातृभाव

मातृभाव मनुष्य के जीवन पर बड़ा प्रभाव दलता है

जीवन का कोई नीयम नहीं वो माँ के सात आता है

माँ का दिल प्यार का एक चीथड़ा है

महिला के सभी आधिकारो मै माँ बना श्रेष्ठ है

जब शिशु का जन्म होता है माँ कि जन्म होता है

जब तक स्त्री माँ नहीं बनती उसका कोई अस्तिव नहीं

उसने हमें जन्म दिया, हमें पोषण किया

और हमें बिना कीसी शर्त प्यार दिया।

माँ हर मर्ज  कि दावा है

वो हमें कभी डाटती है तो कभी गले लगाती है

जिसे लब्जों ना बयान किया जाता वो है मातृभाव

 

 

 

 

Feb 1st

Some Thoughts on the Book- Nature at my Doorstep

By Rajeev

It is not often that you come across books that showcase more than one talent. In the blogging circles, artists like Mallika Chari, Deepa Gopal Sunil and Sethi Krishan Chand also write verses. However, their first passion is their art. In respect of the author of "Nature at my Doorstep", Latha Prem Sakhya, I believe her first love is poetry followed by painting. Her maiden book "Memory Rain" was a poetry collection published in 2008 by Roots and Wings. She has published subsequently a third book "Vernal Strokes" through Partridge publishing.

 In the book under discussion, the author has chosen to include prose also along with poetry and painting. The one thing that is clear even on a cursory glance of the book is that it is steeped in nature. There is a narration by the protagonist Kanaka, tracing her life from childhood, adolescence and later years. She grew up amidst nature with plenty of flora and fauna. Seeing the sheer authenticity of the narrative, one suspects that there is an autobiographical streak in the narrative of the author.

 The reader can be initially confused. Does one read the book page by page or focus first on the poetry or should it be the narrative followed by poetry and painting? As for me, I started reading the story of Kanaka and was hooked. I had no choice but to read the narrative fully before biting into the poetry and relishing the painting. Another reader may choose differently. After all when a feast is laid out, some instantly go in for the sweet while others prefer to save it for the last.

 The narration about the life and times of Kanaka is full of anecdotes featuring the naughty times of childhood, the joint family scenario and Kanaka's love for plants and animals. This excerpt gives an idea of the content of the prose "Belonging to a large family, with grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins, her home was full of people. Life was always filled with excitement, fun and laughter, sometimes tinges with tears and sorrows."

 Now lets us also take a look at Kanaka's thoughts in later life- "Kanaka had always been haunted by the other self that resided deep within her. A wild, wild self, curbed and imprisoned within the inner space of her sophisticated self."

 Moving on to the poetry, the poet's sensitive nature can be seen in the poem titled "Why are you so crazy"?

 Why are you so crazy?

Matters negligible to others

Trouble and torment you

What makes you so sensitive, lassie

To others' as well as your problems?

 In the poem "New Nest" she writes

 In a tiny nest, the she birds's pride-

Geared up for her first flight,

with mounting excitement

Wings gathering balance

 The relationship of the poet with birds and nature in general is revealed by the lines

Landing gracefully

On my kitchen veranda,

He pecks on the rice daintily,

While I watch with awe and wonder,

Nature at my doorstep.

Now, for a glimpse of the poet's love poems:

 Intimacy

The azure sky,

Streaked with gold-

In an orange -blue sari,

Made me yearn to drape it

And waltz down the street,

Showing off to my friends

Our intimacy.

 Your Love for me

 Your love for me

Is like the air I breathe,

I do not see but I feel.

It keeps me sailing

 Softens my speech.

Fills me with generosity,

To forgive and to forget-

Even soul hurts.

 There are many more impactful poems in the book including “The Lord of the Night". However, I will finally quote a few lines from a poem that caused an ache in my heart. It discusses putting away of a sick animal/ pet (mercy killing?)

 Shall I Let her Go?

 My heart bleeding for her,

I threw the noose around her neck

The animal trust and love unconditional

 A Judas, I betrayed her

With the lethal shot

Whimpering she fell down

Her large eyes fixed on me.

Tears pouring down my cheeks

I hastened away, cursing my life, my job.

 The paintings in the book are a combination of those on oil on canvas and the black & white caricatures of nature in all her splendour. I am not reproducing any of those here; you will simply have to grab a copy from the publishers to savour them.

 To conclude, “Nature at my Doorstep" is a wonderful treat satisfying the pallet and tastes of  most readers as it  makes available a heady mix of prose, poetry and painting. Readers of all ages are bound to find the book interesting and engaging. One can have an eventful journey amidst nature while at the same time enjoying the varied hues of life.

 Nature at my Door Step: Published in 2011

Author: Latha Prem Sakhya

Publisher: Roots & Wings

ISBN :  978-81-909900-3-5

Jan 21st

REPUBLIC DAY

By VIKASS MAHIPATI

 

REPUBLIC DAY

Republic day is symbol of true spirit of independence

It is celebrated in honor the importance of

Sovereign democratic republic declaring

 The enforcing the constitution of India

This is when our constitution came into effect

My country is aloof from the other nations in the world

Which we all love the most?

We unfurl our tri color flag with great pomp

We salute our national flag from bottom of our heart

We are independent democratic country

Indian republic is esteemed all over world

We safeguard everyone’s rights

Adopt the republic fiesta

 

 

गणतंत्र दिवस

गणतंत्र दिवस के पर्व को हम बड़े चाव से मानते है

हमारा  तिरंगा हमारा  राष्ट्रीय  ध्वज  को हम फेहराते है

देश भक्ति और राष्ट्र गीतों को हम गुनगुनायें  है

इसी दिन हमारा संविधान अधीन हुवा था

डॉ बाबा साहेब आंबेडकर ने हमारे इस संविधान का नीव रखा था

सार्वभौम लोकतांत्रिक और प्रजतंत्र वादी भारत के संविधान

 को लागू होने के बाद इसे घोषित किया था

गणतंत्र दिवस स्वतंत्रता की सच्ची भावना का प्रतीक है

मेरा देश दुनिया के अन्य राष्ट्रों से अलग है

हमारा स्वतंत्र लोकतांत्रिक देश हैं

भारतीय गणतंत्र पूरे विश्व में सम्मानित है

कर सलाम इस तिरंगे को

जो हमारी आन बान और शान है

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 4th

A Few Famous Beaches in North Goa

By Venkat

After finishing my assignment at Madgaon, I decided to take a day off to visit a few beaches in North Goa, courtesy, a local travel agency. In fact, Goa is on the itinerary of every tourist – Indian or foreign — who visits India, as it is also known as the ‘Shoreline Heaven of India’.

Goan beaches are crowded throughout the year except during monsoon. People of all ages love to throng the beaches here that present a spectacle of long stretches of soft and glistening sands, swaying coconut palms and eerie sunsets. Here are glimpses of some beaches:

Calangute Beach:

Calangute Beach

Image courtesy: https://www.trawell.in/goa/panjim/calangute-beach

Vagator beach

A view of Vagator beach. All pics by the author.

Anjuna beach 1

Anjuna beach with rocky protruding rocky formations.

Anjuna beach 2.jpg

Anjuna beach haunted by visitors.

Anjuna beach 3.jpg

Swimmers and tourists.

Fort Aguada 1.jpg

The first lighthouse in Goa inside Aguada fort.

Fort Aguada 2.jpg

Inside Aguada Fort.

Fort Aguada 3.jpg

Outside view of Aguada Fort.

Fimi cruise 1.jpg

The cruise boat at Panaji jetty.

Fimi cruise 2.jpg

Entertainment inside the cruise boat.

Fimi cruise 3.jpg

A view of a ship from the cruise boat across Mandovi river.

Filmi cruise 4.jpg

A view of another ship from the cruise boat.

Dec 29th

Inclusiveness of Religions

By nasaru

INCLUSIVENESS OF RELIGIONS IN ISLAM
            The world is under the grip of religions. Webster's New World College Dictionary defines the term "religion" as " any specific system of belief and worship,often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy" or" any system of beliefs, practices, ethical values etc. resembling, suggestive of, or likened to such a system". Judaism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Persian Mazdayasna, Buddhism, Christianity, Muhammadanism (Islam) , Sikhism etc, are in a sense culturally overlapping groups in this system. Hindus is a composite one of all these. As Guruji Golwalkar in an interview with Dr, Saifuddin Gilani, a journalist in Culcutta, in 1971 said that when Hindus study their religion well, they will be able to understand others better and vice versa. Inclusiveness of religions is an area of comparative study on religions.
             

            In Hindu philosophy there are two branches: idolatry and negation of it -worshiping god in concrete form or in abstract form.. In idol worship different forms of assumed shapes of gods are made and temples are made for their worship. In Hinduism' Bhagavt Gita' tells that those who see Me in idol- forms of human are belittling Me because I am God of gods having no birth or death.(Ch.9: 11) .In certain groups in Christianity and Islam idol worship is prohibited. Witnesses of Jehovah and Pentecost groups in Christianity negates idolatry while Roman Catholics groups do use symbols (idols) to worship. The Bible advises not to make images and worship. The Qur'an also tells not to make idols and worship and follow the path of Ibrahim(R) who logically proved that idols cannot do any thing to themselves or others. But in course of time people deviate from the religious directions originally prescribed. So prophets or religious reformers will emerge to clear the ugly paths in religions. Radical thoughts cause new ramifications of the orthodoxy religions. Thus we have religions extant in this world.
For all religions in truth there is only One God. According to language differences and geographical variations the word used for God may differ or their pronunciations may differ. The sense is the same. In Chapter4,the Deuteronomy,the Bible it is told,’’Hear,O,Israel;The LORD our God is one LORD’ ,So, we call the Almighty: Creator, Protector, and Destroyer Allah. Brahma, Jehovah, Ahura Mazda(Fire) -The OMNIPOTENT, OMNIPRESENT, and OMNISCIENT,etc.
             

                 "(God) I am the Seed of all seeds and radiance of all illuminating objects(Bhagavat Gita,7: 10) "Sitting in the nucleus(heart)the Lord makes all move(Bhagavat Gita,18:61) The Vedic Books are the proof of it. According to holy Qur'an, Allah is One, He has not born of any one. He is not father of any one. He is unique and incomparable.(Ch.112: 1-4) .He is Omnipresent.(The Qur'an, [Ch,58: 2: 7and Surah(Ch),2:255] . "Tell, It is He who created all and gave sight and hearing to you"."It is He who multiplied you on this earth and at the end you all be gathered to Him'.(The Qur'an,.63: 23-24) .Kenopanishad, Slokas 7 and 8 reveal this same idea."One cannot see Him but, because of Him one sees things. And, one cannot hear of Him but one hears by Him.(With out God one cannot hear or see; but He is intangible or abstract. Kenopanishad, Sloka one clears this. 'By whose presence the sensory organs ears, eyes, function tongue talk, mind functions, oxygen moves in, "that is Atma". In Mechanical Engineering Force is defined as "that which moves an object from one point to the other "."Atma hi Brahama" This Atma is Brama. This vital force is the Universal Force(Almighty) Poet William Wordsworth of Pantheistic Philosophy calls it "Universal Soul". American poet and thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson calls it Being(Brahma)

             "All the things on earth will die except the Face of your Lord."(The creatures will have an end while only the Creator will remain for ever.) -Ch.55: 26-27) You are created by Him and unto Him you shall return(Ch.23: 79) .Swethaswatharopanishad, (Ch, I Sloka10) tells, "Ksharam pradhana amruthaksharam Hara"(Pkruti(Nature created) will dies and Hara(God) alone will remain. Mandukyopanishad teaches, "Esha sarvewswara esha sarvgna/ eshayantharyamye yoni; sarvasya/prabha vapyau hi bhoothanam."(He is the Iswara-Protector- of all. He is Knower of all. He is the root Cause of all and to Him all returns.(sloka,6,ibid) .In Islam He is Rub in this sense. He is the Jehovah.

              The Bible, Deuteronomy,5: 6 points out that There is only one God."I am the Lord your God….You shall have no other gods before me….You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them…'
Now it is very clear that all are created by the Same God whom we call by thousand names in innumerable languages. As we are all from the same source we are One. "Viswa roopa Darshan"(Every thing emerge from Him and everything submerge in Him") of Lord Rama depicted in Ramayana, and Lord Krishana, (in Bhagavat Gita) there is no need of fighting. As Qur'an tells all groupisms and conflicts are out of personal competitive interests(rivalry) (2: 213) . And the institutionalization of religion and using it for grabbing power make social and political issues . As the whole water particles are made of Hydrogen and Oxygen: the souls one and the Souls is One. Every thing is inclusive. As Lord Buddha said "Whatsoever is originated will be dissolve again "Let is take a middle path keeping aloof from both extremes."Thathagath has found this Middle Path "The wise exhibit neither elation nor depression"Buddha said.So all religions tell us to control our lust, passion or desire that lead us to evils and sorrows.Bhagavat Gita tells, " Sama dukha sugha kshami"(Only the man of patience to take sorrow and delight equally will get a peaceful life. God is pleased with such dedicate ones. (Ch.12; 13-14)
You will be rewarded by your actions. You will not be asked of others actions and they will have their reward for their actions.(Qur'an,2: 134,2: 139 and 141) . Bhagavat Gita speaks of Karma Yoga in detail and need to psychological refinement.Actions are to be guided by virtuous(certain good) thoughts. The ten Commandments of the Bible, the Eight fold Path of Lord Buddha and the Precepts of Islam are the more or less the same. The eight Fold Paths are: 1.Right Understanding(free from Superstitions) ,2.Right thought (intelligent critical thinking) 3.Right Speech(open, kindly, truthful) ,4.Right Action: honest an pure, peaceful) ,5.Right livelihood(not hurting or endangering others) ,6.Right Effort(self restrained effort) 7.Right Mindfulness(active observing, watchful mind) ,8.Right Concentration deep meditation on realities of life) And the Five Percepts of Buddhism are: 1 Abstain from killing, stealing, adultery, lying, and using liquor. In Qur'an it is referred as Halal(allowed) habits. In Mazdyasna(Persian religion on the three Ethics are: HU'MATA=Righteous thoughts, HU ‘UKTA=Righteous words, HUWARSHTA= Righteous deeds. These Three are the "Tri Ratnas" of Jainism too. These are the right path that the prayer "Fathiha"(Ch.1-7) . of Qur'an pleads from Allah To Guru Nanak, "God is One, God is Love, God is unity."….Devotion to God and service to mankind irrespective of caste creed or colour are the duty of every one"(Thus Spake Guru Nanak. Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, p.9.) . Love. Forgiveness, compassion, unity as human beings as intelligent ones are the basic concepts all religions suggest for liberation of our souls from evils and the consequent sorrows. ISLAM IS PEACE OF MIND THAT ALSO MEANS "OM SHANTI"The theme is the same but approaches are different so one can reckon all others naturally.(Ref. Thus Spake Books of Ramakrishana Math, Chennai and the Vedic Books.)
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Dec 27th

Conflict

By Shashi K

Straddling actually not straddling but meddling, Ironically matters are mine yet theirs, Struggling actually not struggling but thinking, About the resolved matters of mine and my mind. Things I learnt and things I came across on pages, Discarded on every turn of family bonding, Minding one's own business is a far cry here, And submitting to other's will is in vogue. I am done with the race I started long ago, Victory is minor when I look back in past, I understand, I want to do, yet not allowed to, What's the use of such knowledge, And why should I seek forgiveness for that? Thumping of thoughts falls hard on my mind, Shivering confiscates every limb of mine, And yet these written words signify nothing,

Dec 4th

Conversations CEOs Should have with HRs

By Rajeev

 At the NHRD monthly meeting in September 2017, discussing the 'interesting' or if you prefer 'important' subject of conversations between CEOs and HR , was a distinguished panel consisting of Mr J.Suresh MD & CEO at Aravind lifestyle brands, Ms Lalitha Indrakanti,MD and center leader Cargill business services and Mr K.Srinivas, CEO, BTI payments. At the outset, the panelists gave a brief picture about the nature of their business and its challenges.

 Mr Suresh said that his company Aravind lifestyle brands, offers 25 plus fashion brands through 1500 retail stores. Around 10,000 are employed in the stores and 800 in the offices. Indirectly 15,000 workmen are employed in the factories of third parties, from whom the company sources the material. He said his company is following the ABCD strategy wherein A stands for analytics being used effectively to scan the data  of 1 million customers every month, B for buy now with a target of under 40 days cycle time, C for compliance and D for digital optimization. The HR challenge is the recruitment, retention, training and performance management of the large workforce.

 Ms Lalitha said her focus was on creating a culture for the 153 year old company (Cargill business srvices), and in this connection HR has to play a strategic and very important role of a partner and enabler. The other challenges include developing multiple skill sets as against specific skill sets as skills these days, tend to get obsolete in a short time. HR has a key role here in giving a different connotation to performance management. “How do you predict business outcomes? and how do you enable employees to meet these outcomes? are the answers expected from HR.

 Mr Srinivas introduced his company BTI payments, as a startup, which has made available white labelled ATMs to the interior rural areas of the country. The objective of starting the company was to make ATMs accessible to the rural population and encourage them to use technology for their monetary transactions. He said that they were clear right from the beginning that the company would operate as one in a service industry and not as another bank. The basic business that of "Buying cash and selling cash" was badly hit by the demonetization. It resulted in money, the very lifeblood of the business becoming in short supply. With so many Indian citizens standing in queue, making available cash to an ATM transaction company was the least priority for the banks. Therefore, the company which before demonetization was hovering around the breakeven stage slipped back considerably.

 Being a young company and a startup, the challenges faced by BTI payments include attracting the right kind of people with relevant competencies and defining a vision for the company. Presently, a two-member HR team handles the matters pertaining to the 200 odd employees working for the company. Mr Srinivas informed, "as a part of handling the crisis caused by demonetization, we went around and transparently shared with employees the current reality." The leadership team took salary break for two months while the other employees took a one month break." Every single person came forward to take the cut." Today, after six months the company is limping back to the breakeven stage.

 The panelists then shared their present priorities. Suresh said that reskilling of people to meet the fast happening changes is his priority. For Lalitha, setting up the new department for developing organizational culture was the priority. In this connection, it was important to learn how to educate the people before implementing. Srinivas said that his priority of recruiting the right people was being addressed by a strategy of recruiting people already known to the top executives during their tenure in previous organizations when the candidates demonstrated qualities of competence and personal loyalty to the organization.

 Taking a question from the audience as to how does one manage disruptions, Suresh said that "Today disruption is the norm",with competition coming from 'anywhere', not necessarily from one's own industry.In these circumstances HR needs to be proactive and business savvy. The focus should be on developing an eco system ( complex network or interconnected system) for the company and not engage merely on  job description based recruitments.It would mean getting the talent to work and also pondering on the question "How to get other people in the eco system also to deliver effectively". Lalitha said that a focus area was to get people working in multiple functions and different maturity/ experience levels "to think as one."

 Another question posed was " What are the top 3 things HR should stop doing?

 1 Stop owning Everything:  As for example attrition is seen as an HR issue, while many other factors contribute to it.What HR should instead do is to be an enabler and show the mirror as to what is happening with the support of matrix.

2 Stop just taking orders: HR should instead give its own insights and understanding of the business situation and scenario to the management

3 Stop doing performance management in its current form- The current methodology has become old fashioned with the system not serving its objectives. It needs to be replaced with a more relevant and dynamic way of motivating employees.

 What advice would the panelists like to give the youngsters or students of HR?

Acquire diveristy in whatever you do.Experience multiple dimensions whether in terms of geographies, functions, area of work. This will stand you in good stead in a rapidly changing environment.Adaptability teaches a lot more than sameness and being in the same area. It makes you a better professional and a better human being. 

 The discussions for the evening came to a close with the panelists underscoring the fact that boundaries are going to blur. People of all functions would be required to have an HR perspective and the HR professional would need to become a businessperson. The ideal situation would be when an HR perspective and approach is automatic in the organization. "Think of a day" said one of the panelists "when HR as a separate function, would be felt irrelevant by organizations."

 Although the above proposition may sound scary to an HR professional, in the long run with so many changes happening, he /she could be working freelance. The real test of the HR professional’s success would be in equipping an organization to be self-reliant. Having accomplished the mission, they could be moving to the next organization and to the next challenge.

Nov 18th

Global Trend in Workforce Planning

By Rajeev

In this post, I am sharing the gist of the discussions that transpired during the professional evening meeting organized by NIPM, Karnataka Chapter. The speaker was Ms Debolina Dutta, Director (HR), VF Corporation, Bangalore. VF Corporation is an American worldwide apparel and footwear company founded in 1899 and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 At the outset the speaker underscored the fact that quite a few leading companies worldwide, are acknowledging the changes in the expectations of the work force.They are accordingly making changes in their approach to recruitment and engaging of people. Research suggests that a poor recruitment experience could turn candidates away from that brand, for life.According to the report of an employer branding agency ph.Attraction, one in four British jobseekers have either entirely stopped purchasing (12%) or purchased less (11.5%) from a brand because of a negative candidate experience. 

The speaker cited  instances of  individual companies which learnt the hard way that future employees need to be handled with a lot of sensitivity. Let us take the case of  Virgin media. More than 1,30,000 candidates applied to work at Virgin Media in 2014, 18% of whom were existing customers of the company.  However, as a direct result of poor candidate experience more than 7,500 candidates cancelled their subscriptions and switched to a competitor, resulting in millions of pounds (£4.4m ) in lost revenue. The brand has since brought its recruitment function in-house, which allows it to take a lot more control and engage with individuals on a one-to-one level. The company has also invested in technology with a candidate portal that maps the recruitment experience; the focus being on what candidates want rather than Virgin media leading the experience. The process also features inspirational voice messages from brand ambassador Usain Bolt.

 

Ms Debolina said that IBM responded to the attrition nightmare by developing a predictive analytics model which helps in identifying those likely to leave and this helped to reduce attrition by addressing issues. Further, the Bell curve model of performance assessment has become outdated and is being given up by many organizations. GE has now come up with a regular updates model (feedback to employees on how they are doing) resulting in a five times increase in productivity. Similarly Adobe introduced instantaneous feedback system that contributed to a 2% reduction in attrition. Cisco has moved away from ratings and annual reviews and are looking at team oriented incentives.

 

It is clear from the above that employers are no longer perceiving employees as mere numbers but are looking to provide a humane experience to candidates right from the stage of interview and during their tenure in the organization.The speaker said that in the IT industry, as HR is not sure of how many will join, there is a tendency to issue offer letters to more than the required number of employees. But then what if all the 5 Java programmars who were issued offer letters ( as against the 4 required) join? Companies are looking to engage them through gamification portals etc even before they even join the organization so as to ensure better predictability of the candidates joining. Readers may like to see an earlier blog of mine covering the L&D Leadership League organized by People Matters, wherein the VP (HR) of TCS explained how gamification is used to engage young engineers. 

  https://hrdian.blogspot.in/2014/12/l-leadership-league.html

 In accordance with the latest trends ( the millennials presence is very high in social media), HR would do well to utilize the services edge networks which scan the net for inputs from the social media, Linked in etc.to find out the best fit employees and recommend those deemed 100% fit for a position. Edge networks  are focused on the development of workforce planning solutions with the use of artificial intelligence and data science technology solutions. The speaker said that in her company this tool  was used for internal bench management.

 Another trend is to get career counselling done for employees by a doggie/bot on their desk tops so that they would be able to open up freely without being intimidated by human seniors, some of whom may also be reluctant to give undiluted honest feedback. Websites like Wade & Wendy help in this connection, providing instructive conversation with a chat bot.

 Further, technology today has made available the tool of machine learning. Machine learning explores the study and construction of algorithms, which can make data driven predictions or decisions by building a model from sample inputs.This enables companies to zero in on the optimum workforce.In future, there could be a situation of 73% of the workforce being flexible, part time freelancers. Dell, which presently has a 25% flexible workforce is planning to increase it to 50%.

  The global trends indicate that talent will be procured by companies from anywhere in the world.The focus would increase on engaging and mentoring the employees after they have joined. Johnson & Johnson has a web enabled mentoring platform.There is bound to be increased collaboration between man and machine. Amazon has started using around 30000 robots at their distribution centres. The good news is that understanding the trends in advance can enable organizations to be prepared. It is for each company to look at its own unique context and become ready to face what the future may throw up. The bad news is that the trends predicted are not going to affect the IT industry alone but all organizations, across the board....  

Oct 27th

Women's Corner

By Ush

About the Book

 

Women play multiple roles in their lives with élan. They are adept at multi-tasking, moving seamlessly from one activity to another. Their ability to rise up in a crisis is admirable. It is always interesting to know how women manage to do this. I’m sure that the readers will concur when I say that reading about women’s issues is more relevant today than ever. More written on this issue is always welcome. So let’s bring it on...!!

 

To be a woman I am indeed proud

over the years, my true identity I have found.

I know I have a long way to go

but I have begun my journey of  discovery to grow.

I am now up to any task assigned to me

completing it well I can surely guarantee.

 

I am in no competition with my male counterparts

I too wish to rise up in my life chart;

so I will revolt against any biased rulings

that goes against my spirit and my being.

So please, don’t be the jury

and curb my voice and liberty;

I will not take it lying down anymore.

My dignity in full, I plan to restore

so that my victory I can ensure.

 

In return, to you, I wish to assure

I will in situations behave mature

I will act without fear and always be fair

I will discharge my duties, responsibilities with care.

 

More power to women!

 

Kudos to all the women who strive to establish their own identity, independence. I have titled my book ‘Women’s Corner’ – it has eight short stories sketching the life experiences of the protagonists. I have endeavoured to capture a few snapshots of how women think, perceive, behave and act in different situations. I’m painfully aware that this is a limited picture – but this book is just a beginning!

 

A woman’s priority is often considered flawed if she chooses a career over her family. Ambitious women are sometimes berated and ignominy is heaped on them; when they should be praised for showcasing their talents in their respective fields. But some have achieved their goals in spite of the obstacles they have faced in their path to success. ‘A Rare Retake’ tells one such story through the life of the protagonist Rama who focuses on her professional life for a major part of her life. She faces many tribulations in her life both professionally and personally. She gets a rare chance later to make amends in her personal life due to her wonderful parents.

 

Age is no barrier for change; this is exactly what is shown in the story ‘A Spring in Life’. Jaya, a homemaker in her sixties – decides to bring about a change in her life after her husband’s demise. In order to be independent and helpful she sets up a homestay for working girls at her place. A decade of her experience of interacting with the various girls forms the theme of this story. 

 

Parents work hard and make many sacrifices to give their best for their children. But in some families the reciprocal feeling is missing as the children fail to take care of their parents in their later years. Maya in ‘Reverse Swing’ faces just that situation in her old age. It is a tale on how her children abandon her, refusing to take care of her, when Maya falls victim to Alzheimers in her old age.

 

‘A Train Sojourn’ is a narrative on how four women who are strangers become friends and enjoy a rather tedious journey together – sharing, and regaling each other, with their stories. 

 

A Mothers’ love for their children is so subjective and unconditional, that sometimes their help to other children may fall short. Prema in ‘A Mother’s Remorse’ has two lovely children but she takes another child Geeta, in duress, under her care. She treats her like her own child and provides her all the comforts. But when she sees that her own children turn out to be just mediocre in sharp contrast to Geeta, the ‘mother’ in her rebels, and she tries to quash Geeta’s dreams. Prema is filled with remorse at her own deeds – but only after she loses everything precious to her. 

 

‘A Sombre Silence’, traces the life of a happily married couple till tragedy strikes one of them in their old age. The silver lining in the cloud appears when relatives and close friends come together to be the life support for Sashi – the protagonist in the story.

 

In ‘A Collective Resolve’ a group of young and determined women decide to change the age old regressive practices and attitudes in their village. The story describes the trials and tribulations of the women as they set about their task. But in the end success smiles on them, as there is a visible change in the economic and social status of the people residing there. The men folk gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the women in reviving their village. A theatre group tells the tale of these brave women and the impact of their work in and around their village in the form of plays to a wider audience across the country. 

 

Girls enjoy a carefree life in school where their personality gets moulded by their peers, teachers and the school environment. Schooling is a very important phase in their life; and that is why they never hesitate to relive the memories with their peers, even much later. Rainbow Reunion is one such story in which six women meet after several decades to catch up on their present lives, and to recollect their nostalgic school days. I hope it brings a smile on some of the reader’s faces as they recall warmly some of their own personal experiences.

 

I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did in penning them. 

 

Enjoy!

Dr. Usha Sridhar

Women’s Corner is available Amazon_India, Amazon_com, and Authorspress

 

  

Name of the Book

Women’s Corner – A Collection of Short Stories

Name of the Author

Usha Sridhar

No. of Pages

476

ISBN

ISBN-10: 9386722283;ISBN-13: 978-9386722287

Price

Rs. 695/ US $ 29.95

Publisher

Authors Press, Q-2A, Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi 110 016. India

Author’s Email-ID

ushasridhar1158@gmail.com

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