Sep 7th


By mgk

Sometimes even the most sweetest melody becomes a cacaphony

when you've been whirled into a black hole of nothingness. 

This feel , so comforting and consuming,

this peace , this calmness ,

this even undisturbed serinity, in my chaotic world 

where the thoughts freeze every now and then 

This freeze, its addictive. 

I'm not restless nor am I composed.

I'm lost in this void of my heart and soul. 



Aug 8th


By Shernaz

Friendship is a garden of many hued flowers nurtured with care and tenderness. It is a necklace of most  gems.  It is a rainbow of countless   that don’t fade away; in fact, they become more vibrant, mushrooming on the expanse of life, into a fantastic collage of exquisite times spent together.  It is an exquisite poem of love, understanding, compassion, , laughter, fun, mischief, sympathy, honesty, togetherness, trust, generosity and forgiveness that friends compose. 

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Aug 3rd


By Shernaz

Fear that is birthed by doubts, suspicions, distrust of the other, misunderstandings and ignorance is the xenophobic roar within…. It sees foes where there are none and can translate into acts of divisiveness and terrorism. It is the embryo of violent ethnic cleansing, bigotry, anti-secular mind sets, disruptive societies and lynching mobs..


Jul 17th

Mahakavi Vallathol

By soman





Russian Author and Translator of Vallathol’s poetry into Russian.

(Abridged version of article published in the Vallathol Memorial Souvenir 1965).


When a man is old and beloved by his contemporaries, a strange belief arises in them – that the venerated patriarch will never die.  More bitter their grief when he does die.  But if the departed is a poet, and a great poet to boot, he has more friends than any ordinary man, and the grief grows all the greater.  Such was the death of Mahakavi Vallathol.


He is no more, but we still hear his sonorous chants, reciting his poems - and their echo shall reverberate through innumerable centuries.


His sight was sharp - it was at once a telescope and a microscope. His poems are luxurious tapestries, whereon are woven intricate designs of the poet’s impressions of the material world.  He had an astute brain and a super-sensitive heart. …And his ideal was: HARMONY – of life and art; the true harmony; the Harmony that only Liberty can bring. The venerable bard never considered himself a person apart from his people.  No ivory tower could lure him away from the steep and glorious road he was treading, to his dying day.  It was for his people that Vallathol wrote his poems.  He made great efforts and achieved remarkable results in preserving the true national culture of his country.


In 1951 Vallathol visited my native land, the Soviet Union.  He appeared before a Moscow audience and recited his verse. …  And what applause there was when he ended! The vast Hall of Columns seemed to crack – the language was foreign, but the sentiment it conveyed was magnificent.



Vallathol lived a long and noble life.  Never did he make a single compromise, but unflinchingly followed the way he deemed right. … We in the Soviet Union are proud of having had among our allies a person so remarkable as Mahakavi Vallathol, Poet Laureate.

Jul 13th


By Rajeev

Country is dominated today

by strong right wing views

and retaliation by those at the other end

with extreme views of their own.... policy is

totally disagree with what the other articulates


The real need is saner, sober, balanced voices

which sadly get drowned in the din

generated by those who insist on ' black' or 'white'

with no place for the grey

for them it is simply " either you are with them

or with us, decide quickly, you cat on the wall..."



Jul 11th

1971 War hero Commander B N Kavina, Vir Chakra

By Shernaz

Commander Bahadur Nariman Kavina is the Navy officer we are talking about. As a husband, father, friend, boss and even stranger he was extraordinary, adoring,

Jul 7th

From the Notes of Yesteryears- 4 Leader in Deed is Leader Indeed

By Rajeev

In this post I am sharing from my notes, some sound and sensible advice to freshers joining the industry. It is given by none other than the veteran corporate leader Mr  R.C. Bhargava, former CEO and current chairman of  Maruti Suzuki. Many students tend to believe that once they have acquired a degree in engineering or management, they automatically gain respect and success. The wisdom shared by Mr Bhargava challenges such notions. According to him leaders need to earn the respect of their subordinates.

 In most companies, subordinates, particularly workmen are convinced that the management's aim is to extract the maximum work and pay as little as possible. They believe that the management thrives and prospers on the efforts of their workmen. Management itself contributes very little and since managers are highly paid and enjoy lot of perks, profits would increase if the number of managers are reduced. If managers are to become leaders and motivate all employees to give their best, they should be able to dispel this image

  One of the ways for earning respect and demonstrating real contribution is by being highly proficient and knowledgable in your work. Degrees will not suffice. If a worker makes a mistake or encounters a problem in his work and the supervisor is not able to guide him or provide a solution, he is unlikely to respect him as an engineer or manager. It is therefore necessary to combine academic knowledge and intellectual brilliance with practical experience. This would enable one to gain the skills for doing the work that he is responsible for supervising and guiding.

  You would be able to supervise and control only if you are totally familiar with the rules and procedure applicable. One should also know the company policy and objectives. The leader must be able to show total command over the work in his charge, to get noticed and identified as one with the potential to rise.The more aware you are of the overall functioning of the company, beside your own area of work,the more are the chances of your being able to make value adding suggestions. What is required is hard work and an intention to learn all the time. You cannot expect to succeed with the attitude- " Work only the prescribed 8 hours and do only what you are asked to do."  

  Focus during Training Period

  The training system should be designed for providing opportunity to the trainee to practically do the tasks that he would be supervising later. This would mean providing hands on training to the engineer on the production lines and on various machines. The training should include knowledge about various aspects of the company's policies and regulations. This firsthand knowledge of the working conditions and systems on the shop floor will stand the trainees in good stead in future, for making changes that will improve productivity and work environment. In the Japanese training system a great deal of importance is attached to 'doing the job yourself '. There was an instance of a senior manager who was on his way to a hotel as a guest. On learning about a breakdown problem, he was not afraid or reluctant to get himself dirty repairing the car before proceeding to the venue.

  In conclusion, the youngsters starting out on their career should understand that the importance of practical, hands on experience cannot be overemphasized. Degrees are only passports to enter the work place. There is no substitute for hard work, continuous learning and willingness to do work with your own hands. It is these attributes that will ensure future growth and success.


Jun 27th

Saying yes Always? Say NO too

By Shernaz

Being compliant at the drop of a hat is a metaphor for ‘I am a door mat, walk all over me with your dirty feet.’ We need to exit this club of ‘people pleasers’ in a hurry and put back the word ‘no’ in our personal interactions. Shernaz dwells on the art of saying no, something that’s not easy, in the weekly column, exclusively for  Truths.



Jun 16th

Unbox: Theater based learning experience on Bias/ Prejudice

By Rajeev

NHRD Bangalore Chapter organized a theater-based discussion on the above subject on 30/3/2017. In view of the novelty of using theater to convey ideas, the attendance was very good with the conference hall being jam-packed. The speakers/performers for the day were Ms Aruna GaneshRam of Visual Respiration, a performance company committed to designing unique audience experiences and Ms Nirmala Menon, Founder CEO of Interweave, a company focusing on organizational diversity and inclusion solutions. The objective of the evening program was to create heightened awareness and inspire better inclusion for all.

 In our society, we tend to look at a person not as an individual but through the lens of gender. What people are capable of doing or whether an action is right or wrong is perceived from the gender of the person, whether male or female. The program started with a theatrical presentation by Aruna who drew attention to the plight of women in society, whether at work (interviewed for a job, being considered for an assignment or promotion) or in personal life. She adopted the style of a  Sutradhara, a story teller or narrator In Indian Theatre of yore in a singsong exaggerated voice. I am sharing below a sample of what Aruna related in her performance:-

“Boxes boxes everywhere”

Men and women in clear separate boxes

Categorizing people one way or the other”

“A woman’s chores include

apart from attending official work.

Attending PTA meetings, bank work and others.”

“she is to be commented upon

no matter what clothes she wears

be it Biz suit, hot pants or salwar

if nothing else, you can’t help asking

“What’s with the new look?”  “

 “At work it’s always doubt

Can you arrange, manage, co ordinate

They say, “I’m not tough enough

Fast enough, not networking

Not capable enough, not worthy enough”

“For promotion Nikhil is chosen over me

Take a break they say- adding insult to injury

“In a way it’s an opportunity to chill out

Look after the kids, take up

Your hobby of gardening”

“Boxes, boxes everywhere!

What’s in your box?

How did it get in there?

What do you want to keep?

What do you want to throw out?”

“Boxes, boxes in the air

Boxes, boxes everywhere

It starts from the time of childhood

Boys get blue

Girls get pink

Boys are brave, girls do cry

Barbie dolls are girly

Video games are nerdy

Girls to the left, boys to the right”

“Boys are good at maths

Girls good at crafts

Boys have to be bread winner

Girls need to worry about being thin”

 After the theatrical performance by Aruna, the baton was passed on to Nirmala Menon who brought in the necessary professionalism and focus to the exercise. What does the insights from the performance mean to the HRDians assembled for the evening? Whether an appreciation by HR leaders, of the negative aspects of boxing employees based on their genders could lead to policies that are progressive, more egalitarian and inclusive? As a person engaged in sensitizing corporates for some time now as a diversity professional, Nirmala admitted that all problems would not disappear instantly as if  by waving a magic wand. Yet, baby steps taken in this direction in more and more companies would yield results in the long run.

 Nirmala underscored the fact that it is not women alone but both genders, who are victims of the practice of boxing people. As for example in our country, society would not view kindly or appreciate a male’s wish to be a ‘home maker’ based on his natural traits and inclination for that role. In the work situation, if the capabilities of women are constantly judged unfavourably due to biased prejudices, it would amount to ignoring 50% of your talent pool. Why would any organization want to do that? The success of diversity management at the organizational level would be possible only if concerted efforts are made by managers and the spirit is reflected in the culture of the organization.

 Nirmala concluded by stating that notwithstanding the efforts of organizations, the challenges to the problem included comfort and psychological safety felt by women, societal influences and the psyche of the women themselves. There has been change in   women over the years and they are demanding more of their rights. However, more change or corresponding change is necessary in the mindsets of men. It is in the interests of the organization to have a balance of the masculine and feminine energy. In this connection, a few courageous souls need to break the status quo and the others would follow.

 The evening provided all of us present a lot of food for thought.By recreating the evening for you here readers, I am passing them on to you also to mull over- How much longer are we going to continue  at the work places and in all spheres of life with a limiting perception of seeing people in boxes?How long will it to take to break boundaries, realize full potential of indivduals and claim the palaces of possibilities?    


Jun 15th

Prayer - A unifying force

By Shernaz

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