“Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya, Har fikr ko dhuein mein udata chala gaya…..” is a popular Mohammed Rafi song from the film Hum Dono. Translated it goes like this “I just kept going with the life, Kept on blowing every worry like smoke..”
Originally I had something else in mind to write about, but after young Karun Nair (called Unni in close circles) smashed a triple ton yesterday to join an elite club of cricketers, I cannot but ponder if indeed Karun’s attitude towards the game is like this. Yesterday it did appear as if he batted without a fikr (worry) after he crossed some target but behind this ‘blowing the worry like smoke’ attitude is his steely grit, determination, focus and hard work. Having known him as a young boy with both my sons practising with him in the same cricket camp, I have seen him from close quarters. When he was selected for the KPL, I recall I had written about how a teenage Karun kept running for more than 2 hours one morning since his coach forgot to ask him to stop. Such is his discipline and obedience which has today stood him in good stead, making him fit, strong and level-headed. Here’s wishing him many, many more successes in a long and illustrious career!
If we as a nation want to see more kids taking up sports as a career, we must not only offer attendance and marks but create the right eco-system for it – more playgrounds (which are unfortunately being usurped by vested interests for buildings or welfare associations for parks and walking tracks), more coaches, more facilities, more financial assistance, less government interference, more CSR and above all a huge change in parental attitude. Parents must accept that sports is also a good career that needs to be nourished and that 10th standard onwards, it is not all studies and no play………….most children give up playing thanks to the gruelling coaching classes for competitive exams. There is lots more to say but I can vouch for the unstinted support that Karun’s parents have given him all through. Result is there for all to see and enjoy. The moot question is if your child loves sports and wants to work for it, do you believe in him / her? Can you support as much as you would for a traditional career ?
December has seen lot of activity with the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code being notified w.e.f 1st December and most of the winding-up related provisions in the Companies Act, 2013 enforced through this code. Interesting and challenging times ahead for all professionals who can be appointed as Insolvency Professionals – new doors have been opened, are we ready to get in and create the room of confidence for the business class? I only hope we don’t blow away the opportunity in smoke !!
There are so many incredible happenings around us that we forget today is Children’s Day. Let us not forget the child in us.
Life will be so much more enjoyable. Am sure all of you will relate to this beautiful message….
“To the child in you –
They told me to behave maturely, so I forgot how to be naughty.
They told me not to be naive, so I forgot how to be innocent.
They told me not to trust easily, so I forgot to have faith.
They told me life is unfair, so I forgot how to be fair.
They told me that this is a fake world, so I forgot how to be genuine.
They told me bigger is better, so I forgot the little things that made me smile.
They told me money is the prime source of happiness, so I focused on earning money and forgot how to be happy.
They told me my time for playing games was over, but I didn’t listen to them this time- I learnt to play other games.
They told me everything comes with a tag ‘conditions apply’, so I forgot how to love unconditionally.
They told me you’re an adult now, so I forgot how to be a child ! “
Taking off from where I left last…….’marks-for-sports’. How is ‘ marks-for-study’ working ?
yes, it works but there is a flaw here too. Rather than understanding the concepts and enjoying the learning process, focus is on cramming and gaining marks so that you get into colleges …..again not to study and learn but to enroll for a coaching class or clear some exam ! There is a mad rush to score more and more marks, so much so that even 100% is not enough for some of the country’s so-called elite colleges. Can you believe this rush is more from the parents rather than the children ? The other day I was speaking to my neighbour who is a home-tutor. She is more than that. She is a teacher, mentor, agony-aunt, counselor – all rolled into one. During our conversation, she threw up her hands and said “It is easy to handle the children but not their parents!” She says the pressure to fare well in academics and score high marks is so intense that children fear to face their parents. She recalled a case where a girl was trembling to meet her parents, because she had ‘only scored 23 out of 25’ ! She was pushed to tuitions to ensure she scores a perfect cent. I was shocked when I heard many such anecdotes from her including that often parents resort to physical punishment too for not performing up to their expectations.
Can you believe this behavior is more from the so-called elite parents who are ivy-league educated and occupy senior management positions in well-known corporates ? They have reached somewhere in life (or so they think !!) and want their children to go beyond. They push them without understanding which field the child is actually interested in.
Unfortunate that we watch and applaud movies like ‘3 Idiots’ but ignore the message that ‘Marks Is Not All in Life’. This Teachers Day (5th September), let us all pledge to create happier and more meaningful learning environments for our children and youth.
This could be through traditional schools or open schools or sports schools, art schools…whatever that interests the child. Let us school ourselves first with open minds and large hearts !!
19th July is celebrated as Guru Purnima in India and Nepal. Guru is the One who dispels the darkness of spiritual ignorance in humanity and bestows upon them spiritual experiences and spiritual knowledge. On a more earthy level, we tend to equate Guru with Teacher, Preacher, Master or Mentor. He is none of them. In fact he is much beyond all of them with no exact equivalent in the English language. While we loosely use Guru in the common parlance out of respect for a Teacher, all Teachers are not Gurus. It is said just as a shishya seeks a Guru, a Guru comes in search of a good Shishya. He is the one who shows the path of self-discovery – learning through discovery as against tutoring and conditioning the mind to think only in a particular way or worse still, not to think at all as most schools, colleges and coaching classes do nowadays. They are ‘coaching factories’ where students are fed ‘pre-fabricated learning modules’ and end up as ‘unfinished products’ !
It is time we move away from this system of learning on to the path of discovery and seeking. Today thanks to technology – age, language or geography is no more a barrier to learning.
You can find the course you want and the teacher you want but getting a Guru who ‘removes the darkness of ignorance’ is still a struggle. Continue to seek !
Brexit shook the entire world. Next it could be Grexit, Departugal, Italeave, Czechout, Oustria, Finish, Slovakout and Byegium. Only Germain & Turk-In, joked people on a lighter note on this historic event. Rexit news is still raging. Messixit news stunned football fans ! Amidst all this is celebration of “DAYS” !! Dad’s Day, International Yoga Day, World Music Day, Chartered Accountant’s Day & Doctors Day. My pick is World Music Day (21st June)….and a reflection on Music and Management.
Just imagine a team where truly ‘Together Each Achieves More’ even while showcasing the individual talent. They enjoy their work and ensure ‘sheer customer delight’. There is personal excellence, harmony, innovation, customer interaction, healthy competition and more. Wondering which is this dream team and whether this is actually possible or not ? Well, those of you who are music rasikas (connoisseurs) will agree with me that an Indian Classical Music Concert is a personification of brilliant team work !! Nothing is orchestrated / practised in advance as a Team. Yet the artistes emote soulfully through their performance. Individual brilliance sparkles the team delivery. While some concerts are sublime and soulful, some have the majestic gait of an elephant. Yet others are high-voltage performances creating a ‘tsunami’ like experience. The songs range from devotional and divine to playful and teasing to peppy and fast numbers – in all producing sheer ecstasy through music !
They say music moves mountains, music melts hearts, music cures, music unites and now I say music teaches management too.
Out of the long list of updates that we are carrying in this issue, the most impacting one is the Krishi Kalyan Cess (KKC) of 0.5% from 1st June, 2016. The tiny % cess has kicked up a storm already. Well, as it stands, if you got an invoice which is unpaid, you will have to shell out KKC from 1st June onwards though there was no KKC at the time of receiving the invoice. Now, service tax is all of 15% including Swach Bharat Cess and KKC. Have a choice ?
5th June is World Environment Day. We must crib about the doomsday nearing us as part of the Environment Day celebrations 🙁 We are used to whipping ourselves for ruining the Mother Earth, increasing the concrete jungle, drying up water bodies, polluting the air, depleting wild life etc. etc. Well, all is not lost. There are problems galore and the daily grind, but we need to have a positive set of glasses to see solutions around, look for happy moments, experience the beauty around us, enjoy what we have instead of cribbing about what we have not or shall have not.
This struck me when a few days back, my client, an Australian couple talked about the pleasant, sunny weather of Namma Bengaluru, its warm people, the vibrancy, the beautiful canopy of flower-laden trees, the carpet of yellow, red, blue, lavender flowers welcoming them, not to mention the choice of restaurants, the choice of outdoor activities and the overall spirited ambience in this Silicon Valley of India.
I said yes, lets soak in the little things around us and enjoy life’s breath-taking moments…….before the taxmen begins to levy some enjoyment tax !!
In the last issue, I vented out my ire against Infosys and MCA for the inefficient functioning of the premier portal of India, being used by all corporates and professionals. This time let me talk of a great human being who could have kept venting out her ire against God and the entire humanity for the state she is in – she is wheel-chair bound and has undergone not less than 36 surgeries in her life so far. Instead of doing that, she has not only stood on her own but is also providing shelter and empowerment to similar specially abled boys through her ‘Mathru Foundation’. I have written about this exemplary woman in the 112th issue of Lexspeak and feel privileged to be writing about her initiatives again.
From a small facility provided by HAL on the Old Airport Road to the Foundation’s own 3-storeyed disabled-friendly home and training school on the outskirts of Bangalore, the journey has been long and arduous – the building is entirely made out of donations. A couple of weeks ago, the Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka inaugurated this facility called ‘Mathru Pragati’ where Dr. Malathi Holla declared “I WANT TO BE A MOTHER TO 100 CHILDREN”. Mind you, these are 100 Divyaangs or specially-abled children she wants to mother and shelter.
Salutations to this great Mother on the occasion of Mothers’ Day (May 8th)!! You can contribute to her cause through www.mathrufoundations.org.
Why is our banner focusing on Poetry of all things ? When there is the T20 cricket excitement all around, when there are outrageous power outages, when there is a shakeup in the global economy, when the NPAs are ballooning to burst, when several startups are failing to raise further rounds of funding leading to lay-offs and exits in panic mode, when true leadership or the lack of it is coming to fore in such times of crisis …………..let’s get closer to what it means to you and me, when 31st March signifies stock takes, cash closing, closing of a financial year and transitioning to a new one and most importantly the D-Day to exhibit our citizenry by paying our taxes right today, whether our customer pays us or not !
Why Poetry ? Well, not just because 21st March was World Poetry Day but because in our daily grind we have forgotten to stop by and smell the flowers, stop by and listen to people, stop by and take note of the little, little things that give us happiness. We have forgotten to pick up life-tips from the world around us. We have forgotten to listen to the little voices that speak sense.
Let me indulge a bit and share a simple yet profound poem that my little niece, all of 13 years has penned :
LOCK AND KEY
I gaze out of the window,
I just see a tree.
It has shed it’s leaves,
And soon will get new ones.
Is the same going to happen with me!!!
Our life is so illusionary,
Enticing into more and more problems;
Until and unless we evoke the
Fighter within us.
We’ll just be running about in circles.
We laugh, we cry,
We fall, we enjoy;
Time passes and flies,
But true friends always stand by.
The mind is like water,
Racing thoughts unstoppable;
People say keep your mind calm and blank,
But is it really possible?
Sheer happiness, potential and
Success far locked away for;
Criticized and shattered
hearts and brains.
No books have the secrets to
These mysterious mazes,
There is no key to unlock the past:
It is just I who keep hoping,
dreaming and begin every
tomorrow with a new start.
Well, isn’t the small, little girl talking big things in a simple way that moves you ?
When we were looking for an appropriate theme for the banner 4 dates popped up – World Cancer Day on 8th Feb, Abraham Lincoln’s birth anniversary on 12th, Valentine’s Day on 14th and Youtube founding day on 15th Feb. Each date signifies entirely different events but all converge on hope, courage, life and creation.
What Lincoln said centuries ago about predicting future by creating it is what exactly Youtube creators did in 2005. Today not only is Youtube accessed and used by millions but it has also created a new career option – Youtuber. Just read this interesting story of Abraham Lincoln on his take on what one does and how one does it – you can pick up any skill today and make the best out of it. There is really no dearth of skill sets and opportunities. Plus you need not be ashamed of it.
“When Abraham Lincoln became the president of America, his father was a shoemaker. And, naturally, egoistic people were very much offended that a shoemaker’s son should become the president. They were aristocrats, who thought it was their birthright to be in the highest government post. A shoemaker’s son? On the first day, as Abraham Lincoln entered to give his inaugural address, just in the middle, one man stood up. He was a very rich aristocrat. He said, “Mr. Lincoln, you should not forget that your father used to make shoes for my family.” And the whole Senate laughed; they thought that they had made a fool of Abraham Lincoln.
But Lincoln – and that type of person is made of a totally different mettle – looked at the man and said, “Sir, I know that my father used to make shoes in your house for your family, and there will be many others here… because the way he made shoes, nobody else can. He was a creator. His shoes were not just shoes, he poured his whole soul in it. I want to ask you, have you any complaint? Because I know how to make shoes myself; if you have any complaint I can make another pair of shoes. But as far as I know, nobody has ever complained about my father’s shoes. He was a genius, a creator, and I am proud of my father!”
The whole Senate was struck dumb. They could not understand what kind of man Abraham Lincoln was. He had made shoe-making an art, a creativity. And he was proud because his father did the job so well that not even a single complaint had ever been heard. And even though he was the president of America, he was ready to make another pair if there was any complaint.”
It does not matter what you do. What matters is how you do it – of your own accord, with your own vision, with your own love. Then whatever you touch becomes gold.
I leave you with these thoughts to reflect…..
Last time I had written “Different doors need to be opened. Simply widening the existing doorway will not do !“ This was with reference to the liberalisation for Start Ups. A fortnight later, on reviewing the Start Up Action Plan and watch ‘Seeing is believing’.
• Can you believe in less than 6 months from his 1st announcement for a Startup-friendly
regime, our PM actually did release a Startup India Action Plan ?
• Can you believe it is not a Policy seeped in bureaucratic legalese but a clear,
concrete Action Plan ?
• Can you believe it looks like a corporate hand book or brochure with sleek pictures
and easy-to-understand, uncluttered business English with a clear intent ?
• Can you believe it was available online simultaneous with its release offline ?
• Can you believe the Startup India, Standup India event had a tagline “WE UNOBSTACLE” –
yes Government believes it is an obstacle for entrepreneurs ?
• Can you believe the event was compered by none other than the Secretary of the DIPP
(Dept of Industrial Policy & Promotion) Mr. Amitabh Kant, a top ranking IAS officer ?
• Can you believe his introductions to each speaker was crisp, uplifting and business
• Can you believe during the day 15 Secretaries of various government departments were
actually grilled by the start up founders ?
• Can you believe there was table-thumping and whistling in an official government
launch programme ?
• Can you believe start up founders shared the dias with the PM and 2 of his important
• Can you believe there was no government protocol of long, boring speeches but short,
interesting, intense talks ?
You have to believe because all of us actually SAW all this happening !!
This is a commendable start to Startups which was followed by actual action. 1st evidence was easing the name approval process while incorporating a company. See the notifications we are carrying in this edition. However what I see missing is the zeal, enthusiasm and commitment of the grass root level government officials to actually supporting entrepreneurs. 1 day company registration app may be in place soon but at the local ROC office, it still takes more than 10 days for e-files to be processed. This requires a change in mind-set, a change in attitude. Hope this happens soon. Or else it will only remain an ACTION PLAN and not ACTION !