Jun 6th

Who's to blame?

By mgk

          Are you on a run? Do you have the time to stop and look around? Do you really look around or just gaze through? 

     If you could see, the surroundings have changed.We call it development. Irony is the deforestation that led to all these megastructures, are now the new concrete jungles called metropolitan.

       Branded food can never be bad. A tag on it reads organic and all is safe and sound in the world of plastic, while the farmers, poor as ever, longingly look at the sky for the drops of rain to quench the thirst of their lands .

       Milk, nuts, fruits, eggs heard these are essential for a balanced diet when I was a kid. Never knew adding those to the beauty products was so important that half of the world can starve itself but milk in your soap is a must. 

          Retro is the new sexy reads a fashion magazine. The old ways of cleansing body is now again branded in with new hashtags. Facewashes and tooth pastes having neem and salt in it is now a necessity. 

         Size zero to intermittent fasting to the now trending keto diet., Starving your self makes you healthy. I was taught the otherwise.  Physical excersise and a balanced diet is what makes your body and mind healthy. 

     What is happening to this world? Are we progressing or retrograding ? Who is to blame for all these? The government? The booming industrial infrastructures? Global warming? Technology? Who is really to blame ?

 

P. S. Happy world environment day.

 

 

-mgk

Apr 28th

SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

By nasaru

 

 

SCIENCE ,PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

Any knowledge systematically and logically arrived at applying the Principles of Argument is science. Philosophy in any discipline/subject is the love to knowledge in that discipline. So we provide Doctor of Philosophy in any branch of knowledge. Religion is the system searching the link between the Creator and the creations. All these three have universal applications and followers.

As the knowledge is the findings of  the imperfect people subjectivity will be dominant than objectivity owing to the variations of variables are tangibles or intangibles.. Even then we can find some similarity too .For example,. All religions tell us that there is only One God. That god is everywhere-Omnipresent-, all powerful-Omnipotent-, the creator, sustainer and destroyer. HE  is the source of all and at the end all returns to HIM. The ‘viswaroop darshan ‘in Hindu ‘puranas ‘ explains this.”Allahuva maahum ainama kanda’HE was never absent wherever they are.[Qur’an,chapter 68,section2,verse7.].;kullaman ailaha fan va yab kha vahjhu rabikka dul jalali ikraam’-Everything here  will perish, except your noble LORD.[Qur’an, chapter55,verses26-27.]. svethasvaraopanishad ,chapter,1 sloka10,tells‘ ksharam prakruti, aksharam hara”-ll creatures/created  will perish, except GOD.

Only ENERGY/FORCE can have these qualities attributed to GOD. It is about this unborn but ever existing FORCE that Bhagavad Gita, chapter,18. Verse61 tells. IT helps one static object to move from one point to another. It functions mechanically automatically in a way that we find difficult to understand.-MAYAYA. The GOD IS LUMINARY AND LUMINOUS. Nobel Laureate Prof.Brian David Josephson, writes,”…The Vedanta and Sankhya hold the key to the laws of mind and thought process, which are correlated to the quantum field. ie. the operation and distribution of particles of atomic and molecular levels”{quoted in Vraha hora,dasadhyayi, annotated byThalakkulathu Govinda Bhattathiri,Vidhyarambham books , Allappuzha,2002} Further detailed  scientific analysis on divinity  can be had in the book of Fritjof Capra, TAO OF PHYSIS,3rd.Edn.Flamingo,Britain,1991.}

Adyatma Ramayana by Ezhuthachan , Aaranya kandom,Sabaryasrama pravesam tells,male, female, caste, name varna/asrama are not the criterion to paryer in the three worlds. Only absolute devotion to ME is required. Nobody will find me by simple visit to temples, yanjas, thapas, or dipping in holly rivers,or learning Vedas without piety.. thus by piety one will find MY presence in all and he will love all.This love is the source of piety/devotion. In the Bible ,Book John,chapter4,verses 19-27, tells to pray God we need not go to temples or top of hills but, pray to HIM as Soul with in us, The quoting from the former Indian  President ,Dr.S.Radhakrishnan’s The Bhagavat gita interpretation is apt here.:

‘The Bhagavat gita, chapter,9,verse-sloka-18 says,’ gatir bharta prabhuh sakshi/ nivasah saranam suhrt/ prabhavah pralayah sthanam/ nidhanam bijam avyayam’[ I am the goal, the upholdere, the lord, the witness, the abode, the refuge and the friend. I am the origin and the dissolution, the ground , the resting place and te imperishable seed.}

In the same chapter, sloka 24 tells,” manmana bhava madbhakto/madyaji mam namaskuru/mam evai syasi yuktvai vam/atmanam matparayana”{On Me fix they mind; to Me be devoted; worship Me; revere Me; thus having disciplined thyself, with Me as thy goal, to Me shalt thou come The Qur’an explains the above two quoting of The Bhagavat Gita by relevant examples. The Bible too hold testimony for the above intertextuality  of  spiritual books.

Thus religion tells us of a God that works in us as vitality to act.It is suffice to compare with the definition of Force in Mechanical Engineering books. It is recharged by combustion in our cells by the reaction of Oxygen and glucose. It is the fuel that sustains the light of soul in all(Qur’an,chapter,24.verse35.Allah is the light of all.HE IS JYOTISWAROOPA according to Hindu scriptures, It is zero velocity, static, light –God-particle in Science. In short, God is the Potential Energy that no atheist can deny.. Thus the Philosophy of Science leads to the Philosophy of Spirituality of religions 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                           

Mar 28th

KL59. KRISHNA BRINGS BACK BRAHMIN'S DEAD CHILDREN

By Raja

KRISHNA LEELA

“A King shall protect

Each and every subject;

If there was any defect

His rule it shall affect.”

 

So, a King of those days,

Protected in many ways;

The subjects of his city,

As his primary duty.

 

A Brahmin’s wife once,

Gave birth to nine sons,

Year after year every son,

Died at birth, one by one.

 

The cause of their death,

At the time of their birth,

Was the king’s rule stained,

So the Brahmin complained.

 

How can this happen,

To a poor Brahmin?

Thought the King Ugrasena,

In the kingdom, Dvaraka.

 

She conceived the tenth,

This time before its death,

Back to the king he went,

Upon its safety he was bent.

 

Arjuna watched this scene.

He spoke words tall clean,

That, at any cost, he would save

The tenth child from the grave.

 

His life he would give up,

If he failed to save it up,

This way he promised

And the due time passed.

 

At the time of its birth,

To save it from its death,

Full arrows-shield cover

He gave the house all over.

 

Alas, this child was also lost,

As it happened in the past,

Into a fire pit Arjuna to jump

His mind then he made up.

 

Arjuna’s arms Krishna held,

He was there to help, he told.

They both went in a chariot,

In their search at every spot.

 

Beyond the material world,

As things were dark and cold,

To move on the horses refused,

As they were so confused.

 

His disc Krishna threw,

High up above it flew.

The darkness away it drew

Bright light everywhere grew.

 

They went on and on,

Till they saw an ocean,

Full of water spiritual,

Not that kind material.

 

Sesa Naga, a giant serpent,

With thousand hoods brilliant

On its surface it floated,

Like a soft cushion bed.

 

Maha Vishnu, the God Supreme,

On this bed rested all the time.

With His large body frame,

A sight amazing for them,

 

“My dear most Krishna,

And your friend Arjuna,

My incarnation you’re both,

Who took birth on the earth.”

 

“To save the nobles,

And to kill the devils,

This is your mission,

For it you’re chosen.”

 

“All the babies are here,

I got them from there,

As it was my ardent desire

To see you both once here.”

 

“Take back all the ten children,

To restore then to the Brahmin,

Peace you shall restore on the earth,

Then come back here you both.

 

Maha Vishnu spoke this way,

And sent them back away.

His sons the Brahmin found,

His happiness knew no bound.

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 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.

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