Business Sutra – By Devdutt Pattanaik

BusinessSutra - Cover Page

Business Sutra – Cover Page

Devdutt Pattanaik“Chief Belief Officer” of Kishore Biyani‘s Future group has been one my favorite authors. I am always attracted to people who have chosen unusual careers and have been successful in them. Devdutta is one of them. From being a trained physician, to an executive in pharmaceutical and healthcare industry to a business analyst to a full time mythologist. What a career. :)

I have written two posts about his work in the past. One of them, Indian case study method, specifically refers to his television program named “Business Sutra”. I had bought the DVDs of the program and have watched them with great interest and insight. So when Blogadda made the book available under their book review program, I jumped at it.

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चला, देश सुधारुया 

सोने की चिडिया

सोने की चिडिया

मागच्या लेखात आपण पाहिले की ब्लॉग्समुळे प्रसार माध्यमांचे लोकशाहीकरण झाले. आता लेखक, बातमीदार आणि प्रकाशक होणे हे कोणाही सामान्य माणसाच्या आवाक्यात आले आहे. आपण हेही पाहिले की ही शक्ती लोक आपल्या कळकळीच्या कोणत्याही कार्याकरता वापरू शकतात. किंबहुना अनेक लोकांची ब्लॉग लिहिण्या मागची ही एक प्रबळ प्रेरणा असते. पुढचे काही आठवडे आपण अशा वेगवेगळ्या प्रेरणांनी भारलेल्या ब्लॉग्सचा आढावा घेणार आहोत.

स्वत:ची परिस्थिती बदलणे, आपल्या कुटुंबाचे भले करणे ही सर्वच  लोकांची मनापासून इच्छा असते. मात्र समाजाचे किंवा देशाचे कल्याण करण्यची अंत:स्फूर्ती काही मोजक्याच व्यक्तींच्या ठायी असते. त्याकरता त्यांना आपले विचार लोकांपर्यंत पोचवण्याची , त्यांची मनस्थिती  बदलण्याची  त्यांना भारून टाकण्याची आवश्यकता असते.आणि ह्यासाठी सभा, भाषणे किंवा वैचारिक लेखन हे प्रस्थापित मार्ग नेते अवलंबतात. आपले विचार जन सामान्यांपर्यंत पोचवाण्याकरता टिळकांनी केसरी चालू केला, आगरकरांनी सुधारक तर महात्मा गांधींनी यंग इंडिया आणि हरिजन. ह्या सर्व नेत्यांना तेंव्हाचे जग, तत्कालीन देशांतर्गत परिस्थिती  बदलायची होती. साहजिकच त्यांचे विचार, भाषा ही प्रस्थापित परिस्थितीच्या विरुद्ध, anti-establishment,  अशी होती.

आजचे लीडर्स, नेते सहजच सोशल मिडियाचा उपयोग करतात आणि त्यांचे anti-establishmen विचार प्रकट करतात. नुकत्याच झालेल्या अरब राष्ट्रांमाधल्या उठाव मध्ये, “अरब स्प्रिंग” मध्ये, २०११ सालच्या अण्णा हजारेंच्या लोकपाल चळवळीमध्ये किंवा अलीकडेच झालेल्या “निर्भया” दिल्ली बलात्कार प्रकरणातील इंडिया गेट निदर्शनांमध्ये फेसबुक, ट्विटर आणि ब्लॉग्स चा खूपच मोठा सहभाग होता.

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Lead to Regenerate

lead-to-regenarateBeing an alumnus of a prestigious institute like IIT Bombay, has it’s own advantages. One of them is being able to have a network of very accomplished individuals from various fields. A few days ago, on the alumni grapevine, I received a mail from Hemant Karandikar, a renowned management coach. The mail said that his book, Lead to Regenerate, would soon be available in bookstores and he would be happy to make it available for reviews. I jumped at the opportunity, and wrote to Hemant, and soon, I had the book in my hand.

The look of the book reminded me of a workbook, and as I started going through the book, it became evident that it was one. Hemant doesn’t believe in giving you reams of advice to digest with nothing to practice. Instead, he gives you some words of wisdom and then gives you clear exercises to experience the wisdom on your own, so it internalizes. He calls his exercises “workouts”. A very apt term I would say. Just as workouts in the gym build one’s muscles, these workouts build your thinking muscles.

HemantKarandikarAnother thing that I found very unique is action orientation of each workout. Each workout has two parts. The first part asks you to introspect with help of specific, pointed questions. As you answer these questions, it then makes you write an action plan based on your answers, with the dates. And he doesn’t stop by urging you to just write the action steps, but also guides you on making sure that they are not just good intentions, but either are tangible actions, with tangible results.

In some ways, I would compare these workouts to Edward De Bono’s Thinking Tools, or CoRT tools, specifically applied to different areas.

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ब्लॉग म्हणजे काय रे भाऊ?

Maharashtra Times, one of the leading daily newspaper in Marathi has asked me to write a column about the blogs. Blogs Up is the name of the column and it will appear every alternate week. I will be reviewing various blogs in the column. I am so thrilled! The first article in the series was a backgrounder and appeared on last Sunday. It was slightly edited because of space constraint. Here is a link to the published article. But since blogs don’t have space constraint, I am publishing the unedited version here. :)

pplया सदरामध्ये पुढच्या काही आठवड्यात आपण वेगवेगळ्या ब्लॉग्सची सफर करणार आहोत. पण मला वाटते  की  त्याआधी ब्लॉग म्हणजे नक्की काय असतो हे सर्वांनी समजून घेणे आवश्यक आहे. ब्लॉग हा शब्द आपण सर्वांनी ऐकला आहे, पण “ते काहीतरी इंटरनेटवर असते” ह्या पलीकडे आपल्याला त्याबद्दल किती माहिती आहे?

ब्लॉग म्हणजे काय हे समजून घेण्याकरता आपण प्रथम बातम्या किंवा विचार कसे प्रसारीत होतात हे जाणून घेऊ. प्रसारमाध्यमे बातम्या किंवा विचार लोकांपर्यंत पोचवतात. एखादा बातमीदार किंवा प्रस्थापित लेखक वृत्त किंवा लेख निर्माण करतो आणि मग संपादकीय टीम त्यांच्या निकषांवर उतरणाऱ्या गोष्टींना प्रसिद्धी देतात. अशा प्रकारे प्रसिद्धीची मक्तेदारी काही मोजक्याच लोकांच्या हातात केंद्रित होते. पण तुमच्या आमच्या सारख्यांचे काय?  आपल्यालाही मते आणि विचार असतात. आपल्या आयुष्यातही अविस्मरणीय घटना घडतात. आणि हे सर्व लोकांपर्यंत पोचावे अशी आपलीही इच्छा असते. हे कसे होणार? अशावेळी ब्लॉग्स आपल्या मदतीस धावून  येतात.

माझ्या मुलीने स्वत:च ठरवून तीचा अठरावा वाढदिवस रक्तदान करून साजरा केला. माझ्या मते ही एक अनुकरणीय गोष्ट आहे आणि प्रत्येक वयात येणाऱ्या व्यक्तीने हे केले पाहिजे. पण मी हे लोकांपर्यंत कसे पोचवणार? मी ही घटना माझ्या ब्लॉगवर प्रसिध्द केली. ती बऱ्याच लोकांपर्यंत पोचली, आणि त्याचे पर्यवसन आमच्या ऑफिसच्या वाढदिवसाला रक्तदान शिबीर भरवण्यात झाली. काही तरुण मुलांनी त्यांच्या प्रत्येक वाढदिवसाला रक्तदान करायचे ठरविले. माझ्या ब्लॉगच्या गैरहजेरीत हे काहीच घडले नसते.

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F?@K KNOWS

Don’t be taken aback by the title of this post. You know that I am generally a very “proper” speaker, not given to using expletives. It’s the name of a book that I am reviewing in today’s post. :)

ShailendraSinghI am a confessed addict of self-help books. If spending few hours and reading a book can give me life lessons from someone who struggled to earn them, why not? So when Blogadda book review program sent me a mail, I was quick to opt-in for the review.

The introduction to the book and to the author was also very interesting.

What do you want from life? Are you on the right track? Are you truly happy? If your answer to these questions is ‘F?@k knows!’, then this book is for you. Find the answers to life’s most important questions with the help of uber-successful entrepreneur, Shailendra Singh, co-founder of Percept and inceptor of Sunburn.

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Trek to Sarasgad – Part II

As described in the earlier post, Trek to Sarasgad, I stopped at the solitary tree and did not go to the top. So obviously, my description and photos do not cover the part beyond there. Vikrant took it upon himself to write the description for the part beyond. Here is what he had to say, and the photographs beyond that point.

We continued our journey ahead to reach the top of the fort where the 1st group (divided by distance ☺) was on the way. We continued on the path.

Second group decides to go to the top

Second group decides to go to the top

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Trek to Sarasgad

Sarasgad seen from the first plateau on the way to the top. There is a set of 100 steps between the two rock faces seen on the left.

Sarasgad seen from the first plateau on the way to the top.
There is a set of 100 steps between the two rock faces seen on the left.

It had been some time since the Trek to Tikona, and it was time for another trek. I had some discussions with Pradeep, Vikrant and Shardul, and we zeroed in on going to Sarasgad.

Sarasgad is a small hill fort, just outside Pali. Pali is known for the temple of Ballaleshwar, one of the Ashtavinayks. The height of the fort is approximately 1400 fet, but since you start climbing from the sea level, you climb the whole height.

The Kids. We had 4 kids with us on this hike, ages between 2 yrs 9 months to 3 years 7 months. Hats off to them and their parents.

The Kids. We had 4 kids with us on this hike, ages between 2 yrs 9 months to 3 years 7 months. Hats off to them and their parents.

Soon, we had enrollment from 35 people for the trek. Enough for us to afford a private bus for the whole day. Pali is about 85 kilometers from Mumbai. One can reach it either via Mumbai Goa highway, or via khopili using the Mumbai Pune express highway. We chose to go by the Mumbai Pune express highway, since it will help us reach fast. I had also announced that young children are also welcome, and there were four children around the age of 3 years were also going to come, in addition to 35 adults. Had I been to Sarasgad before, and had I known how hot it would get during the day, I don’t think I would have announced it. One of the participants was also a friend from IIT days, Naru, whom I was going to meet him after I graduated from IIT 30 years ago. :)

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