Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Why did People support Modi?

People of Gujarat gave their verdict in favor of Narendra Modi once again. Political experts might have got surprised or shocked by the outcome which was seen clearly from the comments being passed during whole day on the news channels on Sunday.

These experts and leaders forget that in democracy one should respect decision of ballot box. Unfortunately, media and leaders outside Gujarat fail there. This is the point which triggered defeat of Congress. Many voters feel insulted when national media gives so much biased presentation on Gujarat.

Modi had nothing to do to garner the support, but to press on these sentiments. His biggest advantage was the control on communal riots during his tenure. Which other chief minister can make a claim a better record than this? Not a single man day was lost in Ahmedabad due to curfew in last five years.

Congress leaders coming from Delhi and media does not want to talk about the positive side of the Gujarat. People here are more tolerant than any other place, communal or caste divide here is lesser than any part of the country. People do not want to be labeled as a community or a vote bank. They want some one to call for their respect. Had congress and media only debated on the development issues, result might have been different.

Hatred and law & order was favorite topic of panels. Can we recheck the facts from home ministry data, so that truth comes on the surface. Does it really show Gujarat worse than any state? Then what was the basis of news editors and leaders from out side crying for the same here. Do we expect people of Gujarat to accept that Delhi is more safe than Ahmedabad?

Society in Gujarat is definitely polarized. This polarization is not on the basis of caste or religion, but is on ideology. State leaders of even Congress do accept that their party leaders sitting in Delhi have brought defame to the state and caused the debacle.

BJP was on back foot due to indiscipline within the party, failure in Uttar Pradesh and incomplete promises. Anti incumbency factor was there, otherwise seven ministers would not have lost.

People changed their mind and came out to defend “Gujarati Asmita” – Modi has become symbol of it.

On the other side Bharat Solanki in his blood has local political understanding. He has a great support base in central Gujarat. Shankar Singh Vaghela was the architect of BJP networking in nineties. Together they make a winning combination. But they lack guts to speak truth on the face of central leadership who still wants to do politics on caste and religion combination.

Gujarat is a state of entrepreneurs. People are keen for development and business. Any leader or party who supports and work for on these agenda would lead the state irrespective of the debates on national news channels. We should appreciate it and see as a change in politics of the nation. If this happens even states like Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand would be back on the business map of the world as they were centuries ago.

There can be some patches in the history which will always give pain. One should learn lesson from them and move forward and carry on the business. Growth comes from the efforts of today and the days to come and not by shedding nostalgic tears on past. Otherwise no part of the country can develop. Right from 1947 every state has its defamed past. Let that go in the history books and work together to right future. What Gujarat is trying.

This is a lesson to be learnt from the verdict of December 23.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Habits die hard

In olden days grand parents used to tell bed time stories to children instead of watching television serial. These stories carried some moral values, some learning and some dreams to build the future ambitions. These bed time stories were playing major role in building character of the person as he or she grew later.
Same is applicable on the professional life of a person, it is the training and handling of the person in their early part of the career which moulds them to creat a leader or a follower. The habits of resposibilty, discipline and sicereity is groomed in a person by the initial mentor at the work place. Following story tells us how strong is the effect of the habits.
An old man lived in a certain part of London, and he would wake up every morning and go to the subway. He would get the train right to Central London, and then sit at the street corner and beg. He would do this every single day of his life. He sat at the same street corner and begged for almost 20 years.
His house was filthy, and a stench came out of the house and it smelled horribly. The neighbors could not stand the smell anymore, so they summoned the police officers to clear the place. The officers knocked down the door and cleaned the house. There were small bags of money all over the house that he had collected over the years.
The police counted the money, and they soon realized that the old man was a millionaire. They waited outside his house in anticipation to share the good news with him. When he arrived home that evening, he was met by one the officers who told him that there was no need for him to beg any more as he was a rich man now, a millionaire.
He said nothing at all; he went into his house and locked the door. The next morning he woke up as usual, went to the subway, got into the train, and sat at the street corner and continued to beg.
Obviously, this old man had no great plans, dreams or anything significant for his life. The habit of begging in him was so deep rooted that the wealth generated could not distract him. Had some one guided him in the early days on how to meaningfully invest and use money he might have grown as an investment guru or a finance company director.
He remained focussed to what he had learnt and was enjoying the same. It might have been a bad work from our point of view. But we learn a lesson develop a hibit in the team mates, let them enjoy it rest comes on its own. As a trainer be commited to develop right habits. All credit or discredit in success or failure of a person should be given to the person under whom a professional starts his career and idenfies its role model.
It is not important what people would achieve, important is how they get satisfied. Money ofcourse, is not everything in the life. Not even for a begger.

Quote of the Week :

Leadership is not about the size of your office or title on your business card, its about the depth of your commitment & your passion to get things done.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Who knocked at the door?

One day in the office all were tense and unhappy. This was the day when yearly increments were announced based on the performance appraisals of the previous year. Some were sad because after the hard work all 365 days management did not reward them. There were those who were given handsome rise and yet they were unhappy as the announcement was far below their expectation. Some of these decided to put up their papers next day. Atmosphere was heavy all over. Every body was busy cursing the non professionalism of the management, but hardly any one was willing to analyze their attitude. This cycle of action and reaction can be traced all over the world since ages.

There was a farmer in Africa who was happy and content. He was happy because he was content. He was content because he was happy. One day a wise man came to him and told him about the glory of diamonds and the power that goes along with them. The wise man said, "If you had a diamond the size of your thumb, you could have your own city.

If you had a diamond the size of your fist, you could probably own your own country." And then he went away. That night the farmer couldn't sleep. He was unhappy and he was discontent. He was unhappy because he was discontent and discontent because he was unhappy.
The next morning he made arrangements to sell off his farm, took care of his family and went in search of diamonds. He looked all over Africa and couldn't find any. He looked all through Europe and couldn't find any. When he got to Spain, he was emotionally, physically and financially broke. He got so disheartened that he threw himself into the Barcelona River and committed suicide.
Back home, the person who had bought his farm was watering the camels at a stream that ran through the farm. Across the stream, the rays of the morning sun hit a stone and made it sparkle like a rainbow. He thought it would look good on the mantle piece. He picked up the stone and put it in the living room.
That afternoon the wise man came and saw the stone sparkling. He asked, "Is Hafiz back?" The new owner said, "No, why do you ask?" The wise man said, "Because that is a diamond. I recognize one when I see one." The man said, no, that's just a stone I picked up from the stream. Come, I'll show you.
There are many more." They went and picked some samples and sent them for analysis. Sure enough, the stones were diamonds. They found that the farm was indeed covered with acres and acres of diamonds.*
We always find a wise man pointing us a greener grass on the other side. They influence our attitude and we get confused in identifying whether the sound is of an opportunity knocking our door or some miscreant causing a noise. We run away from the scene leaving behind acres of diamonds. Opportunity is always under our feet. We don't have to go anywhere. All we need to do is recognize it, act on it and not get sailed by some over wise person.
Professionalism needs consistent efforts to excel. Rewards come on its own they should not be set as benchmark of performance. Accept responsibilities with the right attitude, you need not to go any where diamonds are right under your feet.

"Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way." -- Booker T.Washington

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Build a Team before a House

There is a very famous proverb – behind a successful man is a woman but who is behind a successful leader, yes… of course a team. It is a team who make a manager hero or zero so before entering into a venture have your team in right place.

Get convinced yourself with the law - “Teamwork leads to success”, before convincing others. First of all a manager must have firm conviction that teamwork will work wonders. “ If your team members have forgotten remind them the following story:

A flock of hungry pigeons were flying across the sky in search of food. Having traveled a long distance, they felt tired and settled down on a tree. Just below the tree, they saw grains strewn all over the ground. The pigeons were happy to have found enough food to eat. All the pigeons came down from the tree and started eating the grains. As they were doing so, a huge net fell on them and trapped them all.

The pigeons were taken back. They noticed a hunter sitting at a distance from the tree, a bow and arrow in hand. The pigeons realized that it was the hunter who had attracted them by strewing the grains and it was he who had trapped them in the net. The hunter got up and began to move towards the pigeons.

The leader of the pigeons spoke “Friends, we are in great trouble. The hunter will catch us if we do not act swiftly in a few seconds. There is only one option available at this moment. Let all of us use our force together and fly up along with the net. If all of us use our force and fly together, we can fly carrying the net along with us. Let us start now.” All the pigeons agreed with him and flew high, carrying the net along with them. After traveling sufficient distance away from the hunter, the pigeons settled on a tree and carefully came out of the net, one by one, and thus escaped the evil design of the hunter.

Every leader tries to make a team and many of them do fail also. They do fail because they fail to understand difference between a group of people and a team. A group is a mere collection of persons. It becomes a team when its members have a common goal. It is the common goal that links the members of the team. So, the leader has to set the goal and communicate the objective of the goal.

Next task is to select the right people. If all are Sachin Tendulkars in the team India will still not win the match as they can pile up runs but who will take wickets of the opponents? So there should be Zaheers and Kumbles too. In a team, all the members use their own strength to balance each other’s weaknesses. Team building requires lot of care in choosing people who will work in tandem and support each other.

The toughest jobs can be completed with great ease if each individual in a team works to the best of one’s capability in coordination with the other team members. The focus should be on the progress of the whole team and not just individual growth. Team building is a continuous process more balanced and objective driven a team is more successful the leader is.

Now decide what a manager should do first make a good comfortable office or …. ?

Saturday, September 1, 2007

What You Get is What You Do

Companies hire professional with the hope that they would contribute to the company in achieving their targets. At the time of interview both make promises to each other and set expectation levels at each other. Both shake hands to depart with dreams of great future ahead. But that day turns out to be the last such a day in their lives.
If a survey is carried out about how professionals are satisfied with rewards given by the company, the result would be near 100% dissatisfaction, isn’t it? Why does that happen? One factor is the selfishness which gets deep rooted in the employees with each passing day. They unlearn basic rule that professionals are committed to their work and not the rewards. In the process objectives are lost and who is the ultimately loser in this transformation …. The company or ….. the employee.
Following is a moral story which many of us might have read or listened, yet brows through the lines again :
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, "This is your house... my gift to you."
The carpenter was shocked! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.
So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.
What do you feel now ? Just by putting you paper on the way to next earning junction are your responsibilities over. Who knows the last house made by you might be there with you for ever with a blot of non-performance.
If you agree with me, surely you would get the best house to live in peace rest of your life. Good luck…..

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Puttar - The Innocent Man, A lovely Father

For most of the world 4th June, 2007 was just another day, but it was a nightmare for my family.

My father whom we all called “Puttar” was a central binding force. He used to call every young one – “Beta” irrespective whether the person was known to him or not. This four letter word when uttered by him was so polite and rhythmical that the person hearing the same was getting attached to him. But fortunately last time when could speak this word – “Beta” it had all pains, though spoken after gathering all energies had just made a movie to still photography

Puttar- Shri Shiv Prasad Dubey was born officially on 10th October, 1935. His actual Birthday was 23rd November. We were celebrating his birthday three times in a year above two dates and the day according to Hindu calendar.

Being son of a farmer and a village school teacher he had very limited resources in the childhood. Learning and reading was his hobby and this only made him to do graduation and post graduation from Agra University. No one in family or relation was there to help him pick the subject at under graduate level so he opted for Hindi – the language close to his heart.
M.A. with Hindi had very little job opportunities. Having adventured in business and sales of books of two publishers of Agra he finally joined Indian Railways in the year 1963 with the dream to travel across whole country. He traveled a lot mostly in rail not for leisure, but as a part of service – on duty tours

Puttar had initial posting at Kota but in a very time got transferred to Agra where he worked till 1970. Then he got an opportunity to work in a school library so took transfer a very small towm in Rajsthan - Gangapur City. This was an important railway station on Bombay - Delhi route as the engines of long distance train were being changed over here. Otherwise there was nothing in the city except three schools, two of them run by the Railways.

Dad himself was fond of reading so for us to immitate him wad easy, that was the time in life me and my elder brother got taste of reading and started to buy and read Chandamama, Parag, Nandan and Champak.
The person in place of whom my father had joined school library returned back after some time and so he was asked to join loco shed or else return back to Agra. Though very disappointed with the events he chose to stay back in Gangapur City. He made himself more active in the Pashchim Railway Karmachari Parishad (PRKP) an union of railway employees supported by then Jansangha. This union had very less membership but its ideology my father found more promising as the leaders of other two unions – Employees Union and Majdoor sangh -Congress supported outfit were so corrupt that they were in making money even from the class IV employees. Soon he increased membership of PRKP, his love for books remained intact.

He kept on trying and at last in the August 1973 he received a chance in the library of Railway Staff College of Baroda. There was no monetary gain on the contrary new city was going to costly. Yet, he opted to carry out transfer to an unknown place as he thought if he is with book his children too would love books and become intelligent. Early days in Baroda were very difficult low income and new expenses. A room was taken on rent within the staff college. He himself wore repaired pants with patches, but new uniforms for his both sons.

He cycled more than 10 Kms daily in morning to drop kids to school. He expressed several times that he wanted the kids to be doctor. This dream of him none of the sons could full-fill. Though he never expressed anguish for the failure of sons, but got reflected many times later when ever career was talked.. He always tried to provide facilities to children more than his capacity. He even sold of his ancestral land in the village Garhi Purani. This sacrifice of him we could never repay.

Life in Baroda was the best phase of life for every body in the family. After initial struggle we settled there. Dad started giving tuition to the children of professors in the staff college. Many times those professors forgot to pay the fees, but this helped him in establishing him as a learned person. During his college days he had been college General Secretary of student union, that leadership resurfaced again once he joined Northern India Cultural Association (NICA). This association got him respect and recognition to a very large number in the city.

It was this association which made him to forget the partiality done at the time of promotions in the college. It was pity the college which was training professional to run the Indian Railways ignored sincere work of him. His qualification and honesty was ignored every time. When less qualified and insincere colleagues were promoted he used to get upset, but he diverted all his energies in the constructive work to expand base of NICA. At one time the membership figure rose to more than 1,000 families.

Normally such associations become a place for wealthy people to show off their strengths and a pastime activity. My father used this platform to bring lower middle income group family at one place and give an exposure to their talent. Many can take credit now for the successful staging of Ram Lila in Baroda, but twenty five years ago if some one could dare to gather hundreds of participants, it was Mr Shiv Prasad Dubey. Baroda had traditional mix of Gujarati and Marathi culture, Ganesh Chaturthi and Garba in Navratri was in the blood of people. Garba as such is an excitement the way it was performed in Baroda. These were the days rehearsals for Ramlila were to be done. So it was impossible to get actors for Ram Lila. He was the binding force for people behind the screen. Some might still remember him as Narad in Ram Lila. Yo won’t find character of Narad in Ram Lila, but it was introduced in Baroda to co-ordinate various characters on the stage.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

WHAT AFTER 12th General Stream

Sunday was the first day of form submission for those who passed from General Stream.

Like last two days rush of students and parents was seen at all colleges offering BCA and BBA courses. Queue of the BCA aspirant was more than the BBA. It gives indication that the careers in the IT is gaining popularity in the state.

Amongst all the top colleges H.L. Commerce College was the most preferred for the students from all corners of the state.

Lacking of counselling was missing as many students who had not opted at least one of the subject required for admission in BCA also waited in the line for hours till at the end where the forms were rejected without giving a satisfactory reason.

Many students have already decided to make career in accountancy and are busy in CPT preparation. College admission forms for B. Com would be available after two days. Many rankers want to pursue CA, yet B.Com is ranked third.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Two days after the Gujarat HSC general stream results were published and heavy rush of students was seen at almost every college which offers BCA or BBA course in Ahmedabad.

University authorities failed to provide sufficient number of Admission forms at all the colleges of the city. Students and parents had to run from one college to the other in the hope to get forms from some place.

As no college has mechanism to handle huge rush, students and parents were forced to face vandalism and stand in queue in the hot summer in open grounds of these colleges.

Forms submission would start from Sunday and many students do not have forms to be submitted to the college of their choice.

Parents were praying that media would raise voice pressurise Gujarat University to provide relief by either extending dates for form submission or making available enough number of forms.

If Gujarat University and Colleges can not handle properly, they should have given 5 or 6 forms to each student at their schools.