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Archive for January 3rd, 2010

Recently an incident that occured in my life could have actually placed me out of my cushy, nice, smug job…..I began the day working from home as I was unwell and I began my day by starting with the Twitter account. I read an article that was speaking about an NGO that was involved with some scam for forgery…I commented on the article but the twitter handle on which i commented (was some other company. not the one who had done forgery). The company thought that I was maligning them. So the associate vice president tracked my Linkedin profile and sent me a mail with regard to the same. I got a shock of my life and immediately went to repairing the damage done. I took off the tweets and also sent a mail to the VP that I had commented on the article link mentioning the relation of the comment.

Now when all this was over the final mail came from the VP stating that we were connected through the original company who I work for….(meaning they are clients at my original company) gosh…this gave me a start….Anyway the damage control was done and there was no need to worry. I have the VP in my Linkedin contacts and we are soon going to partner with them for the NGO also…So Damage control plus business opportunity…I really can be a magnet that attracts trouble….lol…

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Most of us have been rarely deprived of the luxuries let alone basic necessities. Do we really think before buying a chocolate say a Rs5 dairy milk. I would say most of us would never even think about it…we would just go buy and eat the chocolate….

However, there is a segment of society or children who actually think before buying a chocolate. They actually think that the Rs5 would help them buy a pencil or an eraser…How many times we spend money without even thinking twice…especially on the New trendy Reebok shoes (Min cost Rs5,000) that your friend is wearing….on the cadbury chocolates, hersheyy chocolates, etc, etc..The list goes on and on…..

So shouldn’t we start thinking before we spend money lavishly on luxury items…where a Rs5,000 could actually help sponsor 10, tenth std kids fully pay up for their fees and practical exam fees…Imagine what yeoman service we would be doing…..

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I am touched

There is a co-worker in my office who has his 1 year old son suffering from a brain clot, mother suffering from a pancreatic disorder and so on….You will wonder why i am describing him…cause he really touched my conscience when i got to know that despite being affected he works so efficiently and provides the necessary output…always with a smile on his face….

Not only this, when i got to know that his financial background is weak…and despite that he has adopted a girl child (amongst his relatives) whose parents died in an accident…brought a tear rolling down my cheek…
How wierd that when we have everything we end up cribbing about small things that we don’t have right…and when we look at people that really are going through so many things stand like a rock…

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Though i have been working as a volunteer co-ordinator for the past one and a half year…This has never occurred with me… First of all the potential volunteer who we wanted to take onboard wanted to see the schools and interact with the kids…That was fine with me as it is generally a usual procedure that we follow before a volunteer joins in…Now comes the funny part…when i met this guy…name not disclosed on purpose…cause he might shoot me if he comes to know..Says “I thought you were an old 40-50 year lady running an NGO, till i spoke to u…when i spoke to u i felt ur some school or college going girl…” This came as a rude but pleasant suprise…ok…next this person begins…”I can contribute a lot…and went on and on and on” (I thought “Ok..will he just stop and let me know what his POA ..plan of action is or just continue with the i can do loads, etc, etc”…)… One thing i have learnt over the past few years is let them first work and then judge what their capabilities are…cause many people keep on saying “i’ll do this and that and never end up doing any thing” So i got a little skeptical about this guy….
Though very helpful as he seemed lets see what he gets….on board…Now comes the second jhatka….He says “what do u do on weekends…”..I thought “the ngo part was all fine..but now what has he got do do with , what do i do on weekends?. so i said NGO work duh plus family and friends meeting up, house chores, etc, etc, reading, watching muv’s, etc”…To this he replies “We should meet up sumtime… ur an interesting person…whose into lots of activities…I would like to know u better…”..These statements put me off guard “I was about to wonder was this guy insane or over friendly or wat…i was almost going to burst into a fit of laughter and say…hey dude the ngo is not a dating service to meet interesting people…find ur space somewhere else…gosh…kya namune hote hai….Anyway…cutting the long story short…this was quite hilarious and I had a good laugh…though it is wrong…but i couldn’t help it…come on…take it with a pinch of salt…

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A very recent incident in my life taught that never break up ties with someone even if you dislike the person to the core…It just shows the level of maturity that one has…During one’s child like incidents in life one breaks ties cause it is easy to do so….however, maintaining relations is the difficult aspect of life….

My ideal person is mom who i really admire…she multi-tasks…maintains ties…is there when u need her and always gives the right advice at the right moment….so when i approached her with this question mom said “Should we maintain ties with people we dislike or have had a rift with them?”. To this she said…”If you have had a fight with your best friend, would you go back say sorry or whatever and become friends or maintain an Ego?”…I thought for a while and replied “No obviously would go and mend things rather than let us remain angry at each other”…The second thing she said “If you dislike your boss and don’t want to see his/her face, would you go and tell him/her that i dislike you / i don’t want to work with you / just quit?”…To this I replied “No i would not say I dislike you cause he/she doesnot form an important part of my life…what difference will it make except that its only career related”…to this she said “you have answered your own question…If you don’t like someone and they don’t form a very important part of your life then how does it matter if you like / dislike the person involved…Its just the circumstance that makes the person bad/dislikable…that doesnot mean he/she is bad or mean to you…. ” So it is important that you analyse what category fits in and maintain ties…Its always easier to break ties but difficult to keep them…

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I used to actually wonder why all the guru’s of management or even elders state that “We should think before we do”, “Plan before you act”, and “see the pros & cons”, so on… This used to sound Greek and Latin until a few months a ago. I have seen this year as a zig zag one…one with loads of ups and downs….However, over the past months I learnt the bitter truth that we need to think about pros & cons before we take a decision. I took a few harsh decsions this time. I know it hurt a few people who mattered to me the most but, I believe that was for the best. One decision I took recently shook a few basics but I guess it was for the best. I broke ties with a person who was equally passionate and enthusiastic about the goals that I had in mind….Who shared the same vision as me and could help me walk hand in hand to achieve it….I don”t know why but I took the harsh decision to ask this person to leave…despite knowing that it meant a great loss personally (losing a good friend) plus professionally (someone whose decisions i trusted)….I can’t express this fully why I did this but I think it is best for everyone…Not meaning to hurt anyone further….

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My mom has always been a working woman ever since I was born and even before that. I don’t know how we kids are different from kids of House wives but…surely there is always a subtle difference.
1. To begin with, we don’t have our mom when we come home from school. Though I had a doting grandmother waiting to serve lunch when I was young meaning till the age of 10. Thereafter, I learnt how to warm my own food have it when I returned from School.
2. Didn’t have the opoortunity to tell mom make this for me in the dabba today. As we innately knew mom was crunched for time and we had to make do with what we she prepared. Though a compromise, but slowly one learns how to manage things you like. For example, I liked sandwiches in my lunch box…so I made sandwiches and took them…variety of them…
3. I have long hair till my knees, thus mom used to make my platt till 8th std. However, I had to wait till she got free & all..many times resulting in reaching school late…so I learnt to make my own platt. By the time I was 13 most of the things were done quite independently compared to kids whose moms were at home…
4. Going on, I am mostly responsible for my Homework or assignments to be submitted on time as Mom would come by evening 6pm..sometimes even 7pm…that was kind of play time…& by 8pm -9pm…it was bed time…So one learns at an early stage that you have to be responsible for yourself and have to take charge of what you do…With this I don’t mean I am cribbing or anything but These things have really helped me especially in my working career….As far as I remember no one used to even ask me if I had completed my work as it was silently agreed that I was responsible for my self…
5. Thereafter came my 10th, I would say mom was great in that year all supportive and used to ferry me across town for classes and then the amount of moral support she used to extend was commendable…Most parents get very cribby when their kid give their first board exam…However, mom was just the opposite…she used to say relax and give ur exams once ur prepared then just sit back and enjoy…I cleared my tenth with a distinction and went on to college…1st year of Commerce…
6. My mom has always been a friend ever since never felt her encroaching on me or trying to say am the parent or your wrong…she lets me learn through experience….she will wan me subtlely but not push it hard on me….And eventually I learn the lessons through experience…Maybe that comes through the positive attitude and exposure she has at her work place…I really admire her for that.
7. Then I moved onto complete my MBA, When I was in MBA i asked her for guidance as she had already guided my elder brother…she had complete faith in me and stood by me through every good and rough time….
8. Finally now I am working and her friendly support is always welcome….she is a great person who I adore for all the multi tasking and the wonderful person she is…And i can’t say that I am spoilt or have been ever ignored an ounce despite her being working….she has steadily instilled values in me and also created an independent entity who can think and work on her own

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