In the management of our organisation I interviewed thousands of people. Finding the right person is always a challenge, because nothing can be certain. After much time I learnt a better formula. It is to consider all relationships as journeys. There is the individual's journey, and the organisation's journey. So during the interview and the reviews I always tried to gauge which journey the individual was on, and whether it was generally in line with our journey at least in t
Ages ago, I left India to settle down in Dubai, seeking to start life afresh. It was tough going for me. Dubai is like this alluring, gorgeous, woman. She is cunning, tough and has a stone for a heart. Even in crisis I retained my 'happy-go, genuine' type of nature. This makes it easy to make friends and develop relationships. I was soon busy, pursuing several projects. My bank manager Kannan and I soon became friends. I sought Kannan's advice on many things and he was more t
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive.
If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child lives with jealousy, he learns what envy is.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with
In 2002, due to unavoidable circumstances I left India, seeking to start life afresh in Dubai. It was tough going for me, Dubai is like an alluring gorgeous and clever woman with a stone for a heart. Even in crisis I retained my 'happy-go, genuine' type of nature. This makes it easy to make friends and develop relationships. I was soon busy, pursuing several projects. My bank manager Kannan and I soon became friends. I sought Kannan's advice on many things and he was more tha
Being eccentric by nature, people think I must be a billionare. In reality we are all eccentric. Since the opinions of others matters little to them only the powerful, wealthy and very poor, dare to display their true nature. The rest of the people have to struggle and conform to generally implied norms of behaviour. We are all wealthy, but we are mostly confused about what constitutes wealth. Money and assets by themselves cannot bring happiness. Happiness is not a goal but
My wife had served us a delicious meal and my thoughts flashed back to my mother. I had gone to meet my mother as I often did. As always with folded hands, I bowed to mother and touched her feet. Gripping me by the shoulders she picked me up and embraced me. The glowing delight on her face was all encompassing. After a brief update, she stood up and said, "You must be hungry? Let me get you some lunch. It's hot out there, you must be thirsty, what would you like to drink?" M
Many people ask, 'Why has it been that every society has placed great emphasis on preservation of female virginity until marriage?' Most people believe that its old fashioned nonsense instituted by patriarchal societies. Actually its evolutionary biology at work, where every creature's primary biological responsibility is to successfully pass on its genes to the next generation. Simply put 'survival of the fittest'. Humans are much too complex and hypocritical so scientists o
Facebook - Twitter - linkedin - SikhNet Investment in our young is the key to our future prosperity and happiness. At the request of my friend Jaiprakash Singh (JP), who runs the 'Sujata Schools' in Hyderabad and Moinabad, I held a discussion with the students from the 10th class. JP's idea was for me to inspire the children. Well I don't know about that, but I was certainly stumped by the students. At the end of our discussion, I posed the question to the girls and boys, 'W
When they grow up, young birds leave the nest. So in 1985 three years after we got married, Mohini and I moved out from my parent's home to make space for the families of my two younger brothers. We decided to rent a small flat at Salunke Vihar on the outskirts of Pune. Salunke Vihar was a relatively large government built township meant to provide affordable housing at relatively low interest rates and soft payment terms, to our soldiers and their families. The township offe