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Current Stage – Consolidation!

This is how I would like to see this stage as – Consolidating my health, work, personality amongst all priorities.

Work – its going rather well so far (touchwood) with UX & Digital Business responsibilities & got an amazing Boss to interact daily with as a friend, mentor, guide.

Health – Solid effort going in here & do not want this to get impacted in any way. Reduced frame-size, increased strength, stamina, daily workout sessions with right set of positive & vibrant people is extremely helpful.

Personality – I have been wanting to become a more calm, controlled, serene, fewer words, more giving, letting go person for some time now. I am glad to say that I do see with time, people, efforts – things are moving in that direction.

Household responsibilities along with eating habits – This was a major cause of worry in my case as I was quite lazy & careless like a (tom) boy towards this. However with time, effort & people again – I have learnt to take care of these things as they are extremely crucial to lead a happy & balanced life. Now I eat, sleep on time – somehow if I can change the food at office – it will be perfect.

Friends/People/Family – With maturity & experience, I have learnt to appreciate the kind of people I want to have around me while keeping others at bay. Gone are the days when I used to get confused among friends, situations & used to find myself gasping for escape. Glad to have found more solace here – Finding my Man is the only gap waiting to be fulfilled.

My startup/business – Having my own Digital Consultancy is what has come as an ideal solution for me – Let us see if I do this or something else. The school + studio + organic farm + yoga retreat house Dream also awaits. Refinement is awaiting & other pieces waiting to fall into place.

Travel/Photography – This is the only spot I feel am not doing 100% justice to given the amount of travel & clicking I used to do till 1 year back when every week I would just take off locally and every 2-3 months some place out. However, this piece is also getting consolidated now by pushing me into doing only great memorable trips solo or with 1 or 2 people I really wish to be with. Am sure my clicking results have grown & will continue to amaze everyone!

Amen!

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India – a method to the chaos

This statement is quite casually put to explain the way India operates to people trying to understand Indian system.¬†Even scientifically a lot of institutions have ¬†tried to find justification to the above statement with no consolidated results to showcase so far. But it won’t be wrong to suggest that above statement DOES explain a lot what is wrong and still correct with Indian system. Someone can hear a song – “Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani.. (Still heart is Indian despite everything).

The traffic is the first and perhaps biggest system management representation of how Indians operate, how they flung the rules, how considerate they are towards others. Not to say that everyone is bad or everything happening here is wrong as 1000+ people die everyday in India on road but as the optimist shall say 1crore+ people are saved as well :). The requirement is definitely for making traffic laws and law guardians ie traffic policemen/ladies more empowered – increase their salaries, make them more accountable, train them, help them in becoming no less efficient than an army officer or an investment banker for that matter.

Same can be said for law & order situation in India – the police administration, the judicial system are pillars without which any democracy or country will fail. In India, there are millions of ways of finding loopholes in here to find a way for yourself. A highly functioning country cannot afford to have 1 in 2 policemen who have oodles of pounds added around the tyre region who fail to empathise forget giving help to the needy. Again, a revamp with focus on their basic qualification, aptitude, attitude, fitness, salary structure is in the order.

Agriculture, Municipal societies, Education, Medical, Government services sectors are representing above examples’ chaos as well.

There have been a few sectors which have seen privatisation post the liberalisation policy of 1992 – Aviation, Telecom/Communication, IT services, Media, Food & Beverages, FMCG, Banking, Pharmaceuticals, Construction/Infrastructure are chief I can recall among others. These sectors have seen practices from abroad coming into implementation, a good level of competition to out do each other, high influx of educated youngsters joining them, consistent growth & contribution towards GDP, certain positioning at international scenario for India.
Not to stress that jobs in these sectors are in high demand at engineering, MBA and other colleges.

My country is great – nobody can deny or takeaway that from me. Am moment and again filled with the optimism for the highest notch that my country can reach. I am also one of those old school people who value the rich culture, family values, history values that my country keeps close to Her heart. Though what is required along with the Govt reforms is change of approach/attitude of my own countrymen/ladies – to not think of themselves first at every opportunity. In public places – think for the public too, while in a queue – keep your patience for others too, while driving or being driven – respect other people’s comforts/lives too.

Today, my country is highest growing nation in the world – its no mean feat achieved basis hard work of countrymen favoured by govt policies. Let us not stop till we are able to provide every single Indian anywhere in the world with clean food to eat, clean water to drink, healthy air to breathe, clothes to cover, shed to protect heads and few other basic amenities along with respect, dignity to withstand anything.

Love, Power & Amen!

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The Importance of Clarity!

A lot of problems in my life has been solved via having some short & long term perspective basing on what you want. It is a funny process about how one gets his/her own clarity about one wants. It involves about 35% focus on what you want, 40% focus on where you are and remaining 25% focus on where have you come from.
Allow me to describe more here :

  1. 35% Focus on where you see yourself, doing what, with which kind of people, things, feeling what, where, etc. etc. Detail it as much possible – on paper, in your mind. It is aligned to the theory of “The Secret” which says about universe talk and it will grant your wishes if you are clear about what you want and ask for it consistently enough. [Future]
  2. 40% Focus on where you are, how you are, what are your strengths, weaknesses, limitations, possibilities, etc. etc. It is about the concept of Yoga – self awareness and as per my most critical exercise which 99.99% people fail to do correctly. They have misconceptions about themselves and their surroundings and hence are not able to understand what to do next. I feel this is the root/foundation/basis from where you can grow.
    You have to be well placed on what you are, how you are and absolutely comfortable, at peace with it. [Present]
  3. 25% focus on where you were and where you come from – Your habits are hard to die and especially with increasing age when you happen to have full awareness and perspective. Your approach, way of working, personality, way of talking, mental strengths, comfort level with people, etc. are things which you carry with yourself wherever you go and they take alot of time and effort in changing. Some conscious effort and dedication can bring a lot of results.
    But to achieve what you wish to achieve you have to connect the dots from behind to understand where you have reached so far. [Past]

I generally follow this approach before making any important decision – personally or work wise with the luxury of time provided. Hope some of you find merit in it to encapsulate and share your experiences.

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Few thoughts for nurturing Startup Talent..!

While the whole euphoria around startups, funding, techie demand salary hike is great – I also hear a few voices trying to make some sense of the whole noise. This noise is great almost like RocknRoll, a new culture emission – but how disrupting it can be in an undesirable way also need to be assessed and addressed. So these voices need to be heard and make sense of.

Am all for startups especially technology startups – I did my Btech & MBA with some %of thoughts over starting my own business someday. This phase where people are leaving their corporate jobs for startups is quite encouraging.
Though there are 90-95% of such people who have a sound financial backing in the form of their parents, spouse, savings, etc. So it is a jump but more of a calculated jump which again am not against but just trying to break the myth of the whole daring concept being so great.

Some of them are doing great in terms of generating employment, new business models, creating new desired customized roles, serving customers at large, etc. even though profits remain far fetched.
However I want to draw attention to two aspects which have repetitively been discussed lately :

  • Food startups going a bust including other Rocket ventures : We have all read about the story of Foodpanda, Eatlo, Freshmenu as well Jabong hitting rock bottom. What do you think went wrong here exactly?
  • Housing, Tinyowl forced to cut down team sizes in 3 figures : What do you think happens to these fresh kids and their families? How do they feel about startups, founders and these companies?

These two points are some waterfall developments to what a lot of people have felt while working with in these startups including myself.

I again want to reiterate if I have haven’t – the learning is great almost exponential, the ownership is bigger than ever before, the possibilities of doing so many things even better.
But at what cost? This needs to be analysed well by everyone before joining the wagon – if you are ready to pay any cost including health, wealth, family, career then yes please do try this. It is a RISK/GAMBLE – how well you will come out from it is driven a lot by your personal credentials.

Startups just should not aim to get bigger with stories and words, words, words. That is all the fancy stuff that needs to be ignored even by the puniest minds.

Startups become companies when they are more mature, sustainable, process oriented, long lasting, consistent and above all encompassing.Their decisions impact economy and societies at large – this fact can not be ignored and when startups start behaving in this acceptable fashion they shall be deemed SUCCESSFUL.

Right now including the biggies are just trying to be one!

My concern though 0 with the founders (as they will definitely end up earning loads), is a lot for the crowd who are getting pulled towards it simply for words like startup, e-commerce, etc. Time to Open Your eyes!

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Dear Women- do not give in!

That’s the word.. Do not ever give in!

Its tough being a woman as you are told, u heard, u feel, etc. But it is tough being anyone and they just learn to be themselves with the same gutso.

So you might be sidelined more, you might be leched at daily, you might be expected to give up everything for the sake of your family, it must be physiologically tougher for you, you might not have that many same gender idols to look at, etc.etc. but still do not give up!!
Always remember that for any situation and any person be it the celebrity or a poor man on platform, it requires extra effort and the zeal to get through.
The answer that you need to ask yourself at the end of everything is that who are you and what do you want?

There is a way around everything, you have to just go and pound on it.

Do not wait for the govt to create quota for you, or the companies to create special work profile for you. Be a leader, do not procrastinate, do not wait for others approvals.. Just believe in yourself and go for it. You shall discover your mojo on your own!

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My professional career & current status [Present..]

Where I am currently & what I am interested in (Digital Product Solutions) is divided in 3 stages:

– Product Innovation Cell (dominated by IITians & extremely critical to be fast evolving)
– Business expansion & ownership (most of the MBAs with engineering degrees fall here – including me), easiest I feel compared to the other two..
– Customer Delivery if product needs delivery (weakest link currently in India & needs maximum investment & focus)

I fall into the venn space of 20% of first and 80% of second stage.. which gives me a lot of ownership to execute ideas..
My btech degree with retail sales (offline+online) experience tends to fulfill this well.. what my work experience though does not bring into light is my creative bend of mind which I think is my USP to blend a learning from painting class into e-commerce space to turn into something bigger..

I wish to become more significant in this space & provide more easy to adapt solutions for Indian consumers (especially in rural & tier 2/3 cities) along with ensuring the execution..

Amen!

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The phase when you filter more & more people!

Filtering out people who don’t seem to believe in you.. who you don’t seem to get along well with, despite effort gives a lot of clarity in life & helps in shaping it a lot more suitable to your overall aim of being a happier & calmer person!
I don’t mean to have people who tend to be yes-men (or women), I believe to have people who inspire you to be better, you speak for themselves but happen to touch a chord base with you and most importantly who make the going through tough times easier.

In past 6 months I believe, I have tried to act a lot more stubborn by refusing to take anything (mostly harsh words) which seems to be unacceptable to me. My parents feel it has a lot to do with hormonal issues but I feel it has to do everything with my determination to becoming more self sufficient & independent about my approach! I don’t feel guilty about it somehow..

Getting rid of a lot of people (relatives and some friends) who seemed to stake control in my life wrongly seems to be the best decision so far..
I don’t know exactly how my destination will turn out to be but I am quite sure for now I feel a lot more free & empowered with this action..

I would rather have few but those who believe in me & my methods than those who enjoy showing me lesser..