Why ,How and What?

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As I sit down to write this piece  I see the photo of the deities Lakshmi, Ganesha, and Sarasvati. We paid our obeisance to the Gods, urging them to shower prosperity and success, this Diwali.

Possibly, all we asked and prayed was Tangible and measurable. What about the intangible?

I hope, you are also from the generation, where the clothes, shoes, and books were passed on from one sibling to another and we hardly grumbled about it. Those were the days of scarcity and or rationality.

What we shared during those days, were not just the things but love and the strong sense of bonding as well.

A striking question to me was what do my child inherit from us ( me and my wife)? I can make the list of all the things passed on to me and what I saved for my child.

What about those things, which are not measurable and not tangible, perhaps the most important inheritance to the next generation?

I take the reference of Tangible versus non-tangible, from Bussiness Sutra, written by Devdutt Patnik .  The Kauravas chose the army of Krishna and Pandavas chose, Krishna, himself, and we know the outcome of the Mahabharat.

The values (intangible)  won over Greed and lust ( Tangible )

As we evolving to be a consumeristic and individualistic society, the emphasis is on me than us.

The live example is Delhi’s pollution level post-Diwali. Despite the Supreme court orders, the air pollution was at the peak.

Sadly, the values are not necessarily thought in schools. The biggest challenge for any parent today should be a reinforcement of the values, especially when there are plenty of other influencers around.

The hard truth is, values shape us and we shape society.

Simon Sinek, has written a very interesting book called “ Why leaders eat last”.

The book takes us through the interesting facets of chemicals in Humans and the impact on the society as the whole.

While reading the book, I resonated with a lot of example of the corporate disasters in the rest past as simple gush of Dopamine. The short-term-ism. The recent tarnishing instances of Japanese companies like Takata Corporation, a leading manufacturer of air bags for the vehicles, has filed for bankruptcy on account of faulty air bags , costing them billions of dollars.

Another Japanese company to be hit by scandal over quality was Kobe steel.

The German automaker, Volkswagen Group, falsified their emission results since 2015, before being exposed.

Harvey Weinstein, a successful movie producer is marred by numerous claims of sexual abuse.

The corporate culture can either be vicious or civilized.  The individuals on the top, shape the culture of the organization producing results by recklessness and shortcuts or on basis of long term-ism.

Simon Sinek , distinct, organization and individuals at the helm are either driven by Dopamine or Oxytocin and Serotonin.

The organizations, which are marred by scandals are Dopamine driven leading to instant gratification. We have had our share of scandals in India – Satyam is one of them. The 2008 sub-prime crisis was the result of short-termism where many of the financial institutions invested in the toxic assets and were on verge of perishing, before being rescued by the Governments.

The Dopamine driven organization employees will also have the highest cortisol levels. Since these organizations thrive on greed and fear of survival. The culture which is becoming prevalent is, perform or perish, has induced the employees with tremendous levels of stress and distrust among peers and the other stakeholders.

Then there are other kinds of organizations, which have been built around core values of Trust and bond. These organizations are induced by oxytocin and serotonin.

Oxytocin and serotonin, simply put create the feeling of calm and closeness and mood stabilizers.

In India, we must have definitely heard about the TATA’s, who have thrived on the culture of Trust and bond. Where the employees have started and have ended their careers. In contrast, the other big business houses have followed the culture of “Hire and Fire”.

Southwest airline is an apt example of thriving in a very competitive industry and still being the very humane and very profitable organization.

To conclude, we need to introspect our values, our thoughts are a product of our values. The values, which we imbibe and exhibit do shape our society and organization as a whole.

Do we create an organization, where employees come to work with zeal and lot of passion or see the organization as a mere source of sustenance?

Food for thought: Are you toxic or Humane?

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Is Pink here to stay ?

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Being a feminist is a double edge sword and it ranges from being a conservative to a liberal one. I find myself somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. Every single instance of molestation is disheartening  and mocking at our sensibility  and intellect. The recent instances of women being molested will continue to recur until there is a contrast in our beliefs and our thoughts. We Indian families have a policy of silence on the major issues be it sex education or any sensitive issue for that matter. Since It is very easy to form an impression about the opposite sex (females) in era of Internet with plenty sleazy and demeaning songs. Unless and until the women themselves take the baton in their hands and shape the young minds and hearts in their houses with fearless conversations and strong point of view, there will be humiliation. Women are rebels and they have proved that consistently by being a tenacious homemaker to an ambitious career women and juggling the roles every single day. Look at your mother, sisters, daughters and spouse and you will resonate with me. Yes women are gorgeous and sensuous, the least we can do is to admire and appreciate , than make them victim of ogling, dishonoring and disparaging. Yes life is uncertain and there will be an outcome irrespective of whether you (women) were an instigator or not. It is a vicious cycle of who is to be blamed for every single heinous act committed. I strongly believe that we ( man/ women) should  take responsibility for factors which are in our circle of influence, be it the place , the people  and the time. Certainly condemnation is no consolation. Finally we Indian society are stuck between a  Dangal ( movie ) liberation and a  Pink ( movie ) decimation of a person. Can we be the change , the change we wish to see. Please do ponder.

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Sobha De , you aren’t wrong either about Indian athletes.

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Where does India stand in the Olympics medal tally, when checked last time? 71st position and it was the last rank. Into the 12th day of Olympics, a 16 day event, due to Sakshi Malik’s effort, India managed to open the medal tally.

Recently, a tweet of Shoba  De  created a lot of stir about the contingent of Indian athletes.

I personally feel, she is entitled to it. The out bust of tweets by celebrities and sportsmen ,were an emotional out bust and not rational.

I came across an interesting headline and bit confusing as well.  “With 26 career Olympic medals, Phelps equals India’s record” . The most startling fact about the headline is, India has won only 26 medals since 1900. The event has been held 30 plus times since 1900 till the 2016 in Rio.

Let’s classify Indians in at least three buckets. First, who are least concerned about the Olympics, second, who read newspaper and criticize these athletes for lackluster performances and lastly, who expect miracles to happen.

Please be honest and look deep inside and reflect, we all know the Indian athletes aren’t going to win any medals.

Recently, Nalin Mehta wrote an article. He cited the the budget and expense for the preparation of Rio Olympics. Against allocated budget of Rs 46 crores only Rs 6 crores were spend.

Now let us categorize the athletes as well.  First, who got the perfect eco system to prepare themselves. Second, who were deprived of a complete eco system, essential in preparations.

Nalin Mehat’s article further throws light, the Indian contingent comprised of 118 athletes, 80 officials and to disbelieve only 14 support staff were issued training venue passes.

America, is holding the top position in the medal tally with 43 Gold. The reason is it spends Rs 22 a day per person against 3 paise per athlete a day in India.

Chetan Bhagat’s new article corroborates the investment and ROI model.

To conclude, we Indians suffer from Dementia (assumed), emotional instability and Patriotic fever.

This hue, cry, emotional sway, controversies and endless tweets are here for another few days, until the next Olympics. But the fact remains, the Rome was not build in a day. If at all the Government or Individuals are serious about the medals, then make there ambition public and provide platform for the talent to unlock its potential.

My heartiest congratulations to both Sakshi and PV sindhu for their accomplishments.

Can traveling in local trains & buses be cakewalk

You may have at the tap of an app got cosy in a taxi to your  destination. All thanks to smart phones and internet . There are now Auto on demand and so is bikers.  The vacuum in the value chain seems to be decreasing every single day.

The commutation problem is getting solved to a large extent  and by addition of  pooling by cab aggregators the pocket  will also have lesser dent.25MA_BUS-CITY_GRG3Q_846502f

Data is the new oil!

– Clive Humby, ANA Senior marketer’s summit, 2006

There is a front , which is yet to be resolved for .

The experience of a commuter by local buses and local trains are to be solved for.

A learning from aggregations model is bridging between the demand and supply in real time.

Most of us must have seen the Mumbai local trains at peaks hours completely choked and commuters hanging out or similar instances in the local buses.

The state governments  and private players have a huge opportunity here to fill in the vaccum between demand and supply of commuters by mass transit services.

It can be an App  based service , a SMS send by the commuter to the service provider ( DMRC , BMTC or BEST) who then can based on request of,  from and to location arrange for buses or additional coaches , to accommodate the commuters basis the time slots chosen by the commuter to avoid the rush and overloaded buses and coaches.

It is the right time to harness the data and technologies  to make commuting an easy experience then a struggle.

IRCTC , is an ideal example of usage of technology , booking tickets couldn’t have been easier then this.

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Watching News is distressful .

Every noon during lunch we end up sitting in front of the television and for the whole duration of 15-20 minutes break , television keeps flashing breaking news with the same visuals.

If you could pause for a moment and analysis the kind of news we are seeing. You may conclude ,there is no substance but only sensationalised screams and screeches.

Any debate is nothing to do with addressing a problem but only correlating it to the past events  and exchanging  series of accusations.

Yes we understand the curse of capitalism and KPI of TRPs  and combination of these two ,makes news distasteful.

I sometimes wonder, is there so much of chaos out there or becomes more chaotic within ourselves and in world as we watch the news.

If one had to count the events of stress, then there is refugee crisis, Syria crisis, Afghan crisis, bombs explosions in some part of world, shooting instances in US, rape instances in India and other countless instances, where human life is not spared.

Now I understand the effect of information overload, best were the days without satellite channels and Internet.

A colleague of mine said , the best news channel is Doordarshan, they report and not create.

Are today’s new channels the newest Porn of our era?

Happy Independence Day,but happy about what ?

India ,celebrated 69th year of Independence yesterday on 15th August. One could see plenty of selfies on social media with the Indian flags. One thing to be critical of is ,why does the patriotism oozes out for one day alone in most of us? The Prime Minister yesterday ,pointed out that ,not a single scam has emerged in one year of being in power. I am taken aback . Late Kalam sab , your India 2020 , may remain a vision only. This monsoon session of Parliament was nothing, but mud-slinging and tax payers money was down the drain. It is high time that the Political parties be it the opposition a decade back or the opposition now ,make it a priority to let the Parliament function normally and take all the Dharna and Drama take place out side the Parliament only. In 69th year of Independence , a common man is still concerned about where to dump the garbage? , why the potholes reappear again ?,will he get a raise or not ?, will he get promotion or not ?,while choosing a representative through ballot ,who in turn is suppose to lay down the path for progress and prosperity .  Sadly , a common man will have to wait until the democratic machinery works with least friction . But when ? Why not make the public servants “Accountable ” across ? An Independent agency , tracking the deliverable of each public servant ,set by the Government and same is accessible with out the hiccup of RTI . All the financial transaction open to public post the bidding on the Internet except the sensitive one’s. A quarterly report card of all the public servants against the KPI. Unfortunately , today a common man knows is a symbol or two , but not the KRA  and  actual deliverable of the representative of their constituency. The Irony of this India is , a policeman ,will click a photo of you violating a traffic signal but will not take a photo of pothole on the roads. The linear way of thinking has to go ,since our problems are no more simple. The honest and incorruptible either depart early like Manjunath Shanmugam or get lost in vicious cycle of transfers.Does our blood boil ? yes , for few minutes only, while munching pop corn in an recliner seat. The film makers have milked the ideology of corruption less society be it Nayak , Indian , Gabbar is back , Anniyan and Ungli  among others. What should we be happy about ? Our delegation has not worked  in pristine manner.”Development is not dependent on a symbol ,but on Intent”. I am just another common man and my concern for tomorrow is how will I survive a snail paced traffic until another weekend ?  

The Outdated me – Bhalai ki supply is not my cup of tea.

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The Yoga Guru says Breathing is essence of life . This statement seems irrelevant since we have been hijacked by numerous addictions and one such addiction is fondling with our phones. You may have noticed ( victim) or practitioner of flirting with your phones( unconsciously) , while still being in company of humans , with whom supposedly you intend to be in touch . The affair started with Facebook ,where in people were tempted to write comment on our post while we were anxiously waiting for our 15 min glory of fame. To an illiterate like me , who can’t write cheesy comments , “likes” was and is my savoir. And everything boiled down to how many comments and like? Moving on then came the era of instant messengers ,where the reaction time got drastically reduced further . Cheers ,kudos and what not with all those icons .Whatsapp . One may forget to say goodnight to there spouses but not the urge of check the Whatsapp one last time before another dawn, that should be irresistible. This new addiction came with its own features, buzzing and beeping every other second. I was trying catch up with the Facebook generation , bang another speedy means to be in touch with fellow humans . Damn ! I had to restart again , as if I am laggard and was one step behind the evolution cycle.There you saw a birth of a new group every other day . Family group , colleagues group , friends group ( from school, college) and ex-colleagues group and business partners group. Being married and employed , was not that enough to torment , that one is unleashed to wrath of infinite beeps and buzz…. I was about to choke myself , since I could not handle the pressure of the beeps and buzz , my wife came to my rescue and she silenced (settings)these beeps and buzzsssss.These days when I see advertisements of telecom companies compelling us to have more data based plans , I become numb.Days are not far when this addiction would have spread as an epidemic.#Bhalaikisupply .One may want to rewind and have those tring tring days back. Post messenger days , I have felt strongly that my life was much simple during FB days , one page to scroll and click on “likes”. Now I find myself divided among multiple groups. To conclude , trust me , it is hard to change the world. I tried to influence my wife but failed miserably. She is my motivation to be on whatsapp, while keeping me “Posted” ( verbally) about a new message is awaiting for my attention . Finally , my apologies if I have insulted you. You have “Smart” phones . I am new kid on the block.