Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Journey that was ....The Journey that will

After  spending 16 years in job , I decided to start again from scratch , unlearn everything to learn new things . This sounds exciting for a person  in his late twenties or early thirties but I  am touching the magical figure of 40 very soon - then sounds stupid . But it is what it is and this is how I am .

I ended my service life on 31-July-2016 from a company called Prometric to ride on the  adventurous journey of entrepreneurship .

I will try to publish and share my exciting story with you guys -

stay tuned ............more to come .

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Khalil Gibran on - "The Marriage"

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Some 34 years old memories of Sudha Murthy: The First Lady Technical Officer in Tata Motors

Sudha Kulkarni Murthy needs no formal introduction that she is wife of Narayan Murthy , that she is chairman of Infosys Foundation , that she is a devoted social worker and an acclaimed writer .
Here I am putting the excerpts from her write up that she written on 24-July-2004 on the occasion of JRD Birthday that was published in the ‘TELCO Magazine ‘ .

It was probably the April of 1974. Bangalore was getting warm and gulmohars were blooming at the IISc campus. I was the only girl in my postgraduate department and was staying at the ladies' hostel. Other girls were pursuing research in different departments of Science.

I was looking forward to going abroad to complete a doctorate in computer science. I had been offered scholarships from Universities in the US ... I had not thought of taking up a job in India .

One day, while on the way to my hostel from our lecture-hall complex, I saw an advertisement on the notice board. It was a standard job-requirement notice from the famous automobile company Telco (now Tata Motors)... It stated that the company required young, bright engineers, hardworking and with an excellent academic background, etc.

At the bottom was a small line: 'Lady Candidates need not apply.'

I read it and was very upset. For the first time in my life I was up against gender discrimination. Though I was not keen on taking up the job, I saw it as a challenge. I had done extremely well in academics, better than most of my male peers...
Little did I know then that in real life academic excellence is not enough to be successful? After reading the notice I went fuming to my room. I decided to inform the topmost person in Telco's management about the injustice the company was perpetrating. I got a postcard and started to write, but there was a problem: I did not know who headed Telco.

I thought it must be one of the Tatas. I knew JRD Tata was the head of the Tata Group; I had seen his pictures in newspapers (actually, Sumant Moolgaokar was the company's chairman then) I took the card, addressed it to JRD and started writing. To this day I remember clearly what I wrote.

'The great Tatas have always been pioneers. They are the people who started the basic infrastructure industries in India , such as iron and steel, chemicals, textiles and locomotives they have cared for higher education in India since 1900 and they were responsible for the establishment of the Indian Institute of Science. Fortunately, I study there. But I am surprised how a company such as Telco is discriminating on the basis of gender.'

I posted the letter and forgot about it. Less than 10 days later, I received a telegram stating that I had to appear for an interview at Telco's Pune facility at the company's expense. I was taken aback by the telegram. My hostel mate told me I should use the opportunity to go to Pune free of cost and buy them the famous Pune saris for cheap! I collected Rs30 each from everyone who wanted a sari when I look back, I feel like laughing at the reasons for my going, but back then they seemed good enough to make the trip.

It was my first visit to Pune and I immediately fell in love with the city. To this day it remains dear to me. I feel as much at home in Pune as I do in Hubli, my hometown. The place changed my life in so many ways. As directed, I went to Telco's Pimpri office for the interview.

There were six people on the panel and I realized then that this was serious business. 'This is the girl who wrote to JRD,' I heard somebody whisper as soon as I entered the room. By then I knew for sure that I would not get the job. The realization abolished all fear from my mind, so I was rather cool while the interview was being conducted.

Even before the interview started, I reckoned the panel was biased, so I told them, rather impolitely, 'I hope this is only a technical interview.'

They were taken aback by my rudeness, and even today I am ashamed about my attitude. The panel asked me technical questions and I answered all of them.

Then an elderly gentleman with an affectionate voice told me, 'Do you know why we said lady candidates need not apply? The reason is that we have never employed any ladies on the shop floor. This is not a co-ed college; this is a factory. When it comes to academics, you are a first ranker throughout. We appreciate that, but people like you should work in research laboratories.

I was a young girl from small-town Hubli. My world had been a limited place. I did not know the ways of large corporate houses and their difficulties, so I answered, 'But you must start somewhere, otherwise no woman will ever be able to work in your factories.'

Finally, after a long interview, I was told I had been successful. So this was what the future had in store for me. Never had I thought I would take up a job in Pune. I met a shy young man from Karnataka there, we became good friends and we got married.

It was only after joining Telco that I realized who JRD was: the uncrowned king of Indian industry. Now I was scared, but I did not get to meet him till I was transferred to Bombay. One day I had to show some reports to Mr Moolgaokar, our chairman, who we all knew as SM.. I was in his office on the first floor of Bombay House (the Tata headquarters) when, suddenly JRD walked in. That was the first time I saw 'appro JRD'. Appro means 'our' in Gujarati. This was the affectionate term by which people at Bombay House called him.

I was feeling very nervous, remembering my postcard episode. SM introduced me nicely, 'Jeh (that's what his close associates called him), this young woman is an engineer and that too a postgraduate. She is the first woman to work on the Telco shop floor.'

Friday, 13 June 2008

Munawwar Rana

The excellent URDU Poem (Sher) by Munawwar Rana over 'The Mother - Maan' . Not sure you remember the SUB TV (Now it is a subsidiary of SONY Channel ) and one of its famous program used to be broadcasted on Sunday .I can not remember the name of the program but it was a class in itself .It was being hosted by Ashok Chkradhar and latter Mr. Shailesh Lodha took the Podium .

Some of Sher by Munawwar Rana from the same programe -

kisi ko ghar mila hisse men ya koee dukan aayi
main ghar men sabase chhota tha mere hisse men man aayi ...

labon par uske kabhi bad'dua nahi hoti,
bas ek maaN hai jo kabhi khafa nahi hoti...

is tarah mere gunahon ko wo dho deti hai,
maaN bahut gusee mein hoti hai to ro deti hai...

maine rote hue poonchhe thhe kisi din aansu
muddaton maaN ne nahi dhoya dupatta apna..

abhi zinda hai maaN meri mujhe kuchh bhi nahi hoga,
main jab ghar se nikalta hoon dua bhi saath chalti hai...

jab bhi kashti meri sailab mein aa jaati hai
maaN dua karti hui khwaab mein aa jaati hai

aye andhere dekh le munh tera kaala ho gaya,
maaN ne aankhein khol di ghar mein ujaala ho gaya

meri khwahish hai ki main phir se farishta ho jaun
maaN se is tarah liptun ki bachcha ho jaun

'munawwar' maaN ke aage yun kabhi khulkar nahi rona
jahan buniyaad ho itni nami achchhi nahi hoti

lipat jaata hoon maaN se aur mausi muskurati hai,
main udru mein ghazal kehta hoon hindi muskurati hai

Munawwar Rana

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

New Exam pattern in India (Revised):

Are we living in a country of reservation? Are we really honest while making 'RESERVATION' a policy or a way to exploit the political mileage?

I do not know or honestly saying not interested in knowing.

I got an email from one of collogue, Anant Jha , which is an analogy but truly describe the 'Reservation System' . (Thanks goes to ARJUN SINGH - HRD Minister, Government of India)

1. GENRL - Answer ALL questions.

2. OBC - WRITE ANY one question.

3. SC - ONLY READ questions.



Tuesday, 29 April 2008

The basics of Patanjali’s Hath Yoga or Astang Yoga

The science of Hatha yoga is attributed to Shiva – one of the trinity in the Hindu pantheon. Sage Patanjali systematized the art of Yoga around 500 BC and wrote the first textbook on the subject called Yoga Sutra.
The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root word “yuj” which means to bind, conjoin, attach. Yoga is the art of bringing an incoherent and scattered mind into a coherent state of making a communion of the jivatma, or human soul, with paramatma, or supreme soul. When the mind, intellect, and self are in full control, one is liberated from the feelings of sorrow and pain, and a state of bliss or enlightenment is achieved. And that is what Yoga is all about.
Patanjali describes Yoga as consisting of 8 limbs or parts – hence he named it Ashtanga (Eight) yoga. These 8 limbs are:

Yama (moral commandments)
Niyama (self purification by discipline)
Asana (body posture)
Pranayama (control of the breath)
Pratyahara (control of mind from the domination of senses)
Dharana (concentration)
Dhyana (meditation)
Samadhi (a state of super consciousness where the individual becomes
one with the universal spirit).

Yama and Niyama control our passions and emotions. Asanas keep the body and soul healthy and strong and in harmony with the nature. These three parts – Yama, Niyama, and Asanas represent outward quests or Bahiranga (External) Sadhana .

The next two stages – Pranayama and Pratyahara – teach us to regulate breathing and help us to free our senses from objects of desire. These constitute inner quests or Antaranga (Inner) Sadhana.

The final three stages – Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi – take us to the inner most compartment of our soul. The idea is that the supreme spirit is within us – known as Antaratma. Therefore, these final stages are called Antaratma sadhana.

Each topic in Aashtanga yoga is very broad in its scope. In this topic, we shall concentrate on the third limb, viz., Asana. Asana are not mere gymnastic exercises. They are body postures that develop agility, balance, endurance, poise, and great vitality of body and mind.


Asana have evolved over 1000s of years to exercise every organ system in the body. There are supposedly 8,400,000 asana. The system of asana is truly very ingenious. The central idea is to devise a body posture in such a way that a particular organ system is exercised and toned by compressing, or stretching, or twisting certain body parts while being in perfect balance. The real importance of asana lies in the way they train and discipline the mind. The yogi conquers the body by the practice of asana and makes it a fit vehicle for the spirit, particularly for the supreme soul.
The naming system of asana is very significant and it embodies the principle of evolution. Some asana are named for vegetation. Others are named after insects, aquatic animals, amphibians, birds, quadruped, and other animals, human embryonic state, legendary heroes, sages, and the gods of the Hindu pantheon. The different body postures taking these different forms of life symbolically underscore the importance of life, no matter what bodily form it takes, because of the Universal Spirit that exists in all of them

In my next post I will write the details of ‘YOGASANA’ .

References: 1. Patanjali Yogsutra (Shankar Bhashya Tika)
2. The Raj Yoga – by Swami Vivekananda