An over confident Duryodhana! Bhagavad Gita – A Management Perspective Ch.1 V.2&3

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Ch.1 V.2

sañjaya uvāca
dṛṣṭvā tu pāṇḍavānīkam
vyūḍham duryodhanas tadā
ācāryam upasańgamya
rājā vacanam abravīt

Ch.1 V.3

paśyaitām pāṇḍu-putrāṇām
ācārya mahatīm camūm
vyūḍhām drupada-putreṇa
tava śiṣyeṇa dhīmatā

Before I continue, this chapter in Bhagavad Gita is called as Arjuna Vishada Yoga – translated as the Distress of Arjuna.

Doesn’t it sound pretty relative term – distress. The greatest song has a psychological tendency to it, perhaps. Every one of us go through the same set of emotions and distress therefore is a default.

Now to the translation of the shloka 2:

“Sanjaya said: O King, after looking over the army arranged in military formation by the sons of Pandu, King Duryodhana went to his teacher and spoke the following words.”

The best part of any negotiation is to let the opponent lower the guard. We should also know when to do it and the strategy should be to have a winning mind game. Towards that goal, its imperative that we are confident of ourselves and be sure there are chinks in our armour.

The reason we are talking this is because, we see Duryodhana, the King seeing his cousins arraigned against him, went to his guru and spoke the following words thats the next sholka:

“O my teacher, behold the great army of the sons of Pandu, so expertly arranged by your intelligent disciple the son of Drupada.”

Look at the words, you dont give in easily, do you? Expertly arranged against him actually. And its by the intelligent disciple, and then great army of the sons of Pandu.

Unless you are not confident you dont give out so much to your opponents. Nevertheless in another stance its always good to respect your opponent or competition in the sense that it will help you understand them better in a way but not to the extent that it starts a fear in you.

The internal dynamics of a management will be at full display in the next set of shlokas as Duryodhana goes on a full fledged war on his own men.

Simple reason that you should not demoralize the unit, when you need them the most. The worst of all this leads to as you will see, Bhishma blowing his conch, thereby making the call for the war or the war cry in simple terms and that would change the course of the battle in history. The fact is Pandavas are supposed to start the war but Duryodhana manages to do the impossible.

See how the words can affect and effect undesired responses, esp coming from a not so learned manager.

Only goes to show that lineage is not a qualification.

Lets see in the coming days what he says which led to Bhishma doing the clarion war cry inviting Pandavas to the war!

Pic Courtesy: Wikipedia

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The King who was Blind! Bhagavad Gita – A Management Perspective

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Ch.1 Verse.1

dhṛtarāṣṭra uvāca
dharma-kṣetre kuru-kṣetre
samavetā yuyutsavaḥ
māmakāḥ pāṇḍavāś caiva
kim akurvata sañjaya

Dhritarashtra said: O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pandu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kurukshetra, desiring to fight, what did they do?

In any managerial situation, we need to be really be open to what the real situation is. The character of Dhritharashtra is how he decides to ignore realities everytime he comes across. Possible the telling fact that you dont have to see things to know the reality. Thats how a manager looks at things. You are blind folded by love and your attachment and other traits like your own readings than understand the reality and then the war is bound to happen.

Chances were he could have stopped the war. May be. Still the foolishness is in wanton display when he says what are his sons and the Pandu’s sons doing at the Dharma Kshetra of Kurushetra!

A dharma shetra is supposed to be on the side of Dharma, he has already pronounced verdict before the war has even started.

We need to see things not be blind folded with attachment and emotions, and see things in perspective as managers.

And when we know the place we should possibly be ready for the result. Quite often you will know the result if you dont prepare and more than that if you are not right. Not right in the right place and right side!

So the most revered scripture of one of the oldest religion start with a blind king asking his super vision powered charioteer – Sanjaya to recount and tell him what happens at the battlefield.

Now the best part again is Sanjaya is a charioteer and he has been chosen to deliver the message, if you see Sanjaya is relating the whole of Bhagavad Gita through this.

Titles are just for name sake, its what you do and that will create a great impact in life.

Sanjaya is a clear example and the Gita ends with his last quote.

The journey has begun… lets see the next one tomo…

Senthilkumar

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Bhagavad Gita – A Management Perspective – An introduction

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It is a part of one of the most celebrated works in the world, the Mahabharata by Veda Vyasa. The Bhagavad Gita or the Song of the Lord is revered by Hindus and also respected by everyone the world over for its perspective on Life and how to lead a nice one.

The best part of this scripture is, it has been treated to so many interpretations and still goes on to deliver the message that it wants to the readers. So many Gurus have given the version and so many many scholars have done it.

I wonder if I am qualified in that sense of religiosity but I have always been fascinated by this Song of the Lord. It can teach Management like no other. I would try to bring it some management aspects which are closely related to what we want in us and make it better for us in our everyday lives.

At this moment, my salutations to the Guru Parampara, I have learnt from the Masters – Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda and the mission, Srila Prabhupad, and other works of Gurus and books I have read.

This would be a small and crisp note on the verse and also the application part of it in our profession be it management, or an employee or a leader whichever way you look at it.

The format would be a verse with translation and then a short note which will be inextricably linked to the management aspects of how we look at it.

The best introduction in Bhagavad Gita was given by Poojya Dharmesh ji when I heard him some 25 years before. The opening and closing of the book lends in itself a coinage of ‘mama dharma’ the first word being the end of 700 shlokas and the second word the start of the first shloka.

So it boils down to My Duty in a very easy translation. Now extend this my duty to yourself – extend it to being a son, dad, brother, boss, employee, senior etal not to miss a citizen of a country. Now how would you do your duty?

Lets see and discover in ourselves on what we need to do and how we need to do. On the managerial level it would be left to us to decode on how we should be doing the right things right at the right time and right place.

The glories be to God!

Senthilkumar

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Open Letter to Rajdeep Sardesai!

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Dear Rajdeep Sardesai,

I thought the elections are over. I happened to watch your Headlines Today reporting from Madison Square.

Were you in your mind to ask a question that only 30% of the people have voted for Mr. Modi.  I thought India always had a first past the post system ever since we got independence. You guys are talking as if this is the first time elections are being held. Get over it. Get over it. The elections are over and Mr. Narendra Modi is THE Prime Minister of India.

By the way what was th
e agenda to ask questions on will one man be able to change things, Are you a moron, if you know history, one M K Gandhi was a single man who went against the British, so much for one man able to do it.

Then what was the ‘did you buy the ticket and for how much’, where were you thinking you were standing in remote corners of the villages where they have to be paid. Nor were you ignorant of the Modi Wave that was evident in NRI’s backing Modi. Btw what were you trying to convey!

And what was that about class? Boss, you have no business about it, and why do you have to rein in Modi everytime you have an opinion. So can I take it that after watching your first fistful in that video that everyone in your family is a moron and take your family name!

For an Editor who ran CNN IBN to use those cuss words was the last refuge of the redemption. And you think you can get away with it and still go around the world playing victim. Probably you didn’t see the video evidence coming.

Boss times have changed. If you ask me if you wanted publicity for your books there were better ways to do it. This was sad and how low could you have got and brought shame on the journos. You don’t get physical whatever provocation that’s how you guys talk about everyone else!

You can give me enough reason for the first hand fistful, sorry then you are not the one on the high pedestal you claim to be, especially for someone who spoke on moral compass.

Where is your moral compass boss, you left it at home when you went to USA! Now between us tell me what did you gain on all this.

That aside I am sure you were lucky those people weren’t actually bullies, for what you did.

Come back home, think of retirement, life is beautiful, you have already wrecked enough damage to journalism. Think of Cash for Votes Scam and you want us to read the book. A whole govt and a 5 year govt went on after that boss! Do you even understand the gravity of what you did. Integrity is not so easy! If it was what was practiced you would have hung every congress minister or you would not have said Assam had logistic issues when it came to coverage.

Or go back and think about saying the number of dead makes the news bigger, how big a buffonery were you holding everyday for the past decade.

Anyways lets see what is in store when you come back!

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Blogsters – Round 2 – Game of Blogs!

BlogAdda’s newest initiative is to #CelebrateBlogging with a series of contests, starting with one called a Game of Blogs. Teams of bloggers take turns creating a round robin story of sorts that they post to their individual blogs.

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It would have made for a perfect picture. He thought.

He was watching Rhea and Jennifer play in the park. He was also thinking how she would react on his presence.

‘It could have been’ those words weighed on him adding a ‘What if’ to his world of probabilities.

If only they didn’t take those roads and now that they have traveled so far, can they start again.

Those days would have made Rhea’s life much better, as a child she was deprived of things that a normal child would have yearned for, instead was caught in the middle of the ego bashing trouble of the parents. For a moment he just wondered how he would feel if he were in Rhea’s shoes. A gleaming kid is all he was seeing, an innocent carefree approach to little friends and school much later days.

Shekhar in a moment of realisation thought about how the parents make the world look just awesome or fearsome as they portrayed it for their children.

And one nagging question he has always been asked, was all that worth the effort that they took to fight and did they ever think what Rhea wanted. May be that was a question unasked.

Moments lost forever, and the thought of losing them at will was the worst infliction of pain on each other.

Rhea meanwhile was playing with a ball with her friends around. She was carefree young girl, and her face would not show the depth of her longings or the sadness anytime.

Life was always playing it fair and it was upto us to take charge, he thought.

That one thought was lingering on to him, what if they were back again as a family and the memories would be there in front of him. Those early days of courtship and the days when they got married, the time they spent to gether.  Those days of their career, the day when Rhea was born. All those images flashed in a moment.

He was living the past, when suddenly a ball hit him on the head. A young five year old boy came near him and said ‘Sorry uncle’ and ran towards taking the ball which was lying infront of him.

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Part of #CelebrateBlogging! #BlogAdda #Gameofblogs
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The life’s senseless humour!

I am back with my post today, in between shocking revelations of a dear friends’s sudden demise and coming to terms with it, the last post yesterday was not justified in real terms. I just wanted to do it for the sake of it, after a bit of travel and the news sinking in, it was just unbelievable what had happened.

Whenever he has been around, it was being live wire and full of josh! Jokes, mimicking and time goes on and hearty laughs unbound, expressions of a free heart that goes on and on.

The news has left everyone stunned and life has played on one of the worst jokes on us.

Dear Suresh Etta, you will be missed and memories will linger on forever.

 

 

 

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Thats 30/30 today….

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A round of applause to all of you and yes to me too. We have successfullsy come to the 30/30 day blogging marathon though it was not named so.

Some of the best learning have taken place during this 30 day period, foremost being that self discipline can be taught to oneself only thing that we need to realise how important we have done so.

I also got to know a lot of people who are into your timelines the best wiried and how they match the existing nano tales.

In some ways we all need to be realistic and look at whats in store for us and how it can transform our day to day lives and make for interesting read!

Thanks again to all those who were reading otherwise this exercise would have been a just an assigmbe stay

 

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Road less travelled!

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This is a very nice idea to think about especially when we see so many people going for the sameness in everything we do. A little bit of being offtrack I believe will be interesting in the sense that we will be different and doing what we want to do.

The call of your heart versus the stability of the mind in terms of looking at it practically will be a very important decision that you will have to take. Quite often we negate the call of the heart because its is not supported by logic and sometimes never by analysis.

The strength of your taking the road less taken is proportional to your being breathing that idea and living that idea. It should not be fashionable but be really worth it and we should be doing what we want to do in real terms.

These days becoming a writer or a cricketer has become the craze, simple because we get avenues ready and open to barge in. But the idea cannot be just a publishing author but be a phenomenon. Or be the cricketer every club should like to hire for IPL.

One more way to take the road less taken is to answer the question if we enjoy what we do, if not then we need to seek answers to that and finally get to identify if that was the calling of our life. Give wings to the dreams but again as you do so stand on your feet because you need to take that shot to fly in the sky.

You should be happy if you try this early in life, that’s when there isn’t any pressure for you to work for others. Not that you cannot find your calling later in the days but the time to execute would be a little less though it need not matter much.

While you are at it, I mean trying to find your calling, I have realized that we need to work our best to rise upto it and its a challenge much more than what we thought when we quit working for others.

It would have been easy sometimes working for others but when you work for yourself, there isn’t anyone overseeing you nor holding a performance appraisal for you, its all you and yourself actually. Get to that strength and stature as you decide to work your way to achieving your dreams.

Cheers! One post a day 29/30

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Guru Vargam Samarpan: A celebration of Teachers!

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It was an evening with a difference, principals, teachers and management of schools had gathered to celebrate the wonderful work of theirs –  the profession of teaching on the 14th of September at COINDIA Hall.

Thanks to Boddhi Academic Consulting a new outfit into end to end academic consulting in association with The Renes Summit, the event Guru Vargam Samarpan had the teachers being celebrated and how they were inspiring a generation. It had a great line up prolifica academics and mentors who shared their ideas on education and how we need to change the education for the future.

Smt. N Srividya, the Principal of Meridian International a CBSE school from Tiruchengode in her Guest Speaker’s speech spoke on ‘I am unique’ a very down to earth approach to being a teacher and as a head of the institution how they can inspire the teachers and students to excel and get ahead in life.

She led the audience through her journey of teaching and expressed her delight at how she is still in touch with her students and still have a say in their life. This she said was a teacher’s greatest asset and she was proud of the same. Apart from her academic credentials, she is a grand daughter of Subramania Bharathiar.

In his address as a Guest of Honour  Shri. H G Jeya Harish, the Senior Principal of Sri Ranganathar Schools took us on a different path, dissecting without any reservation on  what ails the present system in a nice presentation.

He called upon teachers and principals to make the school a joyous place of learning and that could change the way the student will look up to studying and also his interests in the subject will also increase rather than he getting disinterested as it is happening today. He also stressed the need for value based education and also how the system should be able to make the students inquisitive and also make the teachers raise to the level.

It was the time for the Chief Guest of the day to inspire next. Shri N C  Nandhagopalan, the Secretary of PSG Schools and PSG College of Arts and Sciences in his address emphasized the need for understanding the Indian culture and also have pride as citizens of this country. He also outlined how Indians are making a big impact the world over and how they are regarded as equals because of their hardwork and sincerity.

He dwelt on the need to appreciate Literature and languages and also the need to teach English especially the grammar that will help the students in future be communicative. He also stressed the need to read so that teachers can continue to teach since teaching is a process of learning.

As a part of the celebration 12 teachers from various institutions were awarded with Best Teacher Award for 2014 and  three Principals were awarded the Eduprenuership Award.

Earlier Ms. Reni Auxilia, CEO & Founder of The Renes, and Principal Consultant, Boddhi Academic Consulting welcomed the gathering. Mr. Mahesh Thulasi, CEO & Lead Consultant of Boddhi Academic Consulting proposed the vote of thanks.

One post a day 28/30

Picture clicked while presenting a Momento to Smt N Srividya, Principal, Meridian INternational, Tiruchengode. Mahesh Thulasi is on the right

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Ambassador and the car!

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Yesterday while driving near the Race course, I saw a Ford Figo with a board of Central Income Tax Commissioner or whatever in the red board that you are so used to being seen as a sign of those powerful Central Bureaucrat.

But I wasnt amused. the car was so tiny that it fails to evoke the respect forget the fear which would come out later. The charm of a white Ambassador cannot be equaled by any car for sure, its is a sad ending for the car that they will no longer be producing them anytime from now.  But the loss is not just ornamental, its a culture that we will soon see vanishing.

The Ambassador or the amby as it was called was a sign of prosperity those days and people have told me that they had waited anywhere between 8 months and 2 years to own one. I remember only a doctor owning a car in our new locality and that was a white Ambassador some 30 years ago.

The Ambassador was a delight to watch in a convoy and every politician worth his name would have had this car for sure. It gives you the smell of power especially if you happen to have a car with a red beacon on top.

This was the national car if you call it, imagine the Rajpath morning on an Independence day or the Republic Day, the convoy of white red beacon lit ambys make for such a great sight. It was also touted to be one of the safest cars around. If you have any doubt, you should check with Chandrababu Naidu, the present chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, whose car escaped a land mine explosion and he was unhurt too some years ago.

These days no one talks high of bucket seats, those were standard in Ambys.

Some of the trivia on Amby include it being exported to Japan and UK for being a taxi. On the other hand it won hands down in the clash of Indian and world taxis in a shoot out video for Top Gear programme in BBC.

I believe Rajinikanth the superstar and Mammooty the malayalam star use Amby as their regular car. The car which was a part of heritage and history will no longer be around after few years, but the memories it evokes could quite be an emotional one. It was a part of growing up for me.

Big cars, no redesign for over 50 years and ruled the roost as a taxi on some metros and then some cities, now will see them as a nostalgic piece on road.

We will be seeing them on movies in the future if someone is making them in retro, where we can see the collector getting down from a white Ambassador car. Then it will be travelling back in time!

(By the way the title was one I had used earlier and I liked it and so I thought will go with the same.)

One post a day! 27/30

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