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Walk by the Bay

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Gulaab gang and management

Gulaab gang and management

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Lessons from Percy Jackson

Lessons from Percy Jackson

 

 

 

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I just finished reading Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus series and it still not out of my head. Rick Rordian is an absolute genius to have imagined and penned this entire series. And the idea of having Greek & Roman mythologies seems quite challenging at first thought, but bang on kudos to the author for such a brilliant delivery at the end. It’s extremely gripping. Coming to what lessons we can learn from this series (I might add some points from the Olympian series as well)…

  1. Each one of us is Uniquely gifted:

Firstly to begin with, no matter what you are, how you are, believe that you are special and unique. Percy is ADHD and Dyslexic, which is not his limitation but his strength. He has his own special talents and strengths that other normal kids do not have.

Uniqueness is not only for Percy here. It’s for every demi-god. Like Percy has special powers for when it comes to water, Annabeth has a wisdom that no other have, Jason to control wind and lightening, Hazel for underworld senses and powers, Leo for the fire and engineering, Frank to be whatever he wants to be, Piper for her charms-speak, Nico for his underworld powers, shadow travel, etc.

Perhaps not everyone is a son of Poseidon or any other god, but we all have God-given gifts: strengths, talents, that when the time comes can save us and others.

  1. Team Work and Trust:

Each character had its own part to play. 7 demi-gods on quest along with 2 other demigods (Reyna & Nico) and a Satyr. Any task or project needs a group of people with certain strengths. Imagine entire quest being managed by only Percy and Annabeth or Jason and Piper… They would have surely failed. Because to defeat Gaia (mother earth) there were series of quests. Each bits and parts were taken up who had the capability to complete it.

  1. Project Management:

Break one big project into small-small step-by-step projects. Like a Quest to defeat Gaia, the first thing to do was to unite Greeks and Romans and to that Hera needed to have some plan to do so. She planned it was a success. Then Greek camp had one Roman demigod and Roman camp had one Greek demigod. The very first step (quest) was to rescue Hera, then free Thanatos, then find mark of Athena, then close the doors of death and finally prevent Gaia to awake by bringing the mark of Athena to camp half-blood by a Roman Leader.

When you break the project into bits, it becomes easier to achieve the smaller milestones which finally leads to the achievement of the main goal.

  1. Time & Crisis Management:

I think here’s the mastery of the heroes in Rick Rordian’s series. Every quest has a certain timeline which if missed results to the end of the world. When the team goes for a quest, they are clueless of they are going to come across. At every step there’s a crisis. Me as a reader is thoroughly convinced, ok, now I think nothing can happen and then the author surprises. Even at the last fraction of a second a game can change.

What more I can learn about crisis management here is. To deal with any situation or crisis, it is a very easy option to give up. What allows you to continue to fight till your last breath is your future that motivates you. In this series, a motivation to fight till last breath could vary moment to moment, like to save your love, save your friends, to not let the sacrifices of your friends go in vain (like Bob and Damasen), to save the world, to live a life with your beloved, etc. Anything that you want to live for… forever… can help you in crisis management. It will give you strength, will-power, faith, possibility.

  1. Resource Management:

Resource Management and Allocation is the biggest challenge. Whether Hera chose the correct ones or not was to be revealed with the time. Why not Reyna, Clarisse or any other demigods? Why Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank? Hera had very finely selected the 7 demigods of the prophecy, knowing their strengths and weaknesses. Preparing for it even before they were born.

Of course, we cannot do that, but yes, we can definitely have a hawk eye to identify a resource for a project. Imagine, Frank not one of prophecy demigods just coz he didn’t look like a quest material. Hazel, for being introvert and considering herself as inferior coz she didn’t belong to the same era. Every employee should get an opportunity to identify and play to their strengths. Never under-estimate their power. Respect and consider the introverts or employees who have not got an opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities.

It’s not the quantity of resource but the quality of resource that matters. It was 7 demi-gods versus entire world – Gaia, giants, small gods, titans, etc. 7 demigods, played and combined their strengths, didn’t felt egoistic or smaller to ask for help. It’s ok to ask for support. It’s ok to ask for help. You are not meant to be a super human all the time.

  1. Trust your instincts:

Your instincts are your best friends. Trust them. Not everything fits in logic, nor it is necessary for everything to fit in logic. Your instincts can save you 😛

  1. Choose your own path:

I learned this one from Jason. For most of the series Jason was confused.  He had been Roman all his life, but after coming to camp half-blood he realized how much he love the Greeks and their culture. Still, he wavered between the two worlds, unsure of what he wanted.  Finally he gets some great advice from one of the wind gods. He is told that “A wind that blows aimlessly is no good to anyone.”  When Jason decided to be Greek he took on a new identity, and with it came a new strength. He finally knew who he was and who he was meant to be.  It was this new foundation that gave him the courage to dispel his mother’s mania, and later give the Praetorship to Frank.  Jason proved that the fates can only govern so much. It is up to you to choose your path. “You can’t choose your parentage. But you can choose your legacy.”

Not only Jason, but all… Percy, Annabeth, Piper, Leo, Frank, Nico chose their own path.

Throughout the series (1 and 2) Nico was the dark character. In Blood of Olympus, however, Nico undergoes a transfiguration. In becoming friends with Reyna and encouraging her to share her secrets, Nico realizes his own hypocrisy. In the battle against Gaea when Nico finally shows all his underworld power, he is surprised to see that his friends still love him.  He realizes the truth: no mask can cover us forever, but even when our most unlovely sides are revealed we can still be fully loved.

Darkness earlier too was the path chosen by Nico and the new brighter side too was his choice.

  1. Laughter always helps.

I love how the author inserts humor into the book’s darkest moments. He seems to be reminding us that only joy can cast out fear. And yes, never to forget Leo when it comes to sense of humor. I never have any favorite character as such, but for Leo scenes, I always looked forward for some new inventions and his PJ’s 😀

Am sure you too would love Leo’s humor and entire series too. There’s much more I can write, but for the moment I would end for this article.

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Love is “Ek cutting chai”

Love is “Ek cutting chai”

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You must be wondering about this article title. No matter what you are doing, which part of the world you are, if you are an Indian, ek cutting chai surely brings a broad smile on your face, water in your mouth, some freshness in taste and rejuvenated mind. A sip of adrak-wali or masala chai brings a contentment that’s unbeatable. “Ek chuski” … “Ek chuski chai ki kimat tum kya jaano – ek ehsaas hai, ek pal ka (its a feeling of a moment, living for the moment)”

And if its a “Tapari” chai, the glass of chai with raindrops pouring in it, you are completely wet and you feel cozy when you put your hands around the warm tea glass. A blessed sensation. With raindrops on your face, you keep blinking your eyes, keep holding a glass of tea and enjoy the coziness – cold and breezy rains, a warm feeling in your hands and a taste in your mouth… complete refreshment of mind, body and spirit… and even emotions.. a moment that makes you forget your tiredness… Isnt this love? Love is all around us, may be never notice it. All these small small moments are love moments. Do you have any such moments?

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If God was a Banker!

If God was a Banker!

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For the first time, I will be writing an article on this blog a “book review”. I just completed reading the book “If God was a Banker”.

First time, i experienced the world of a Corporate Bank. While Bank continues to be a very needy part of our life, the back-end could be something different.

What I liked about this book (also what I learned):

1. How the sales at bank work:

It starts from late 1980’s. Book gives me an interesting view of how MNC’s entered into India. What opportunities did they saw in India. How credit cards came in place. How all these loans system came in place. How banks expanded their vision to the vision of common man and monetize on it. How concept of BPO’s started in India.

2. Working with Integrity, don’t compromise on your values to achieve your dreams:

It’s very easy to lose your grip to the greed. It’s always tempting. A person who has a weak relationship with its conscience can easily fall for it. It takes an immense belief in values, and chose a path of honesty and integrity when you are alone in the sea of glamour, power, greed, addiction to flesh, fake-reputation of cool dude. It takes a great amount of patience, tolerance, strong relationship with your conscience, honesty, integrity in everything you do, maturity, responsibility to stay connected to your ethics and values. Else, you will regret after few years, and may be it can be too late. By that time you could have lost your loved ones, their trust, your career, your respect, all possessions. Though material possessions you can always get it back. But the spiritual loss is something very difficult to accept and get over. You may have achieved that position, your dreams may get accomplished, but the price that you pay for it without integrity is much more. You will regret every action of yours, every words of yours, every achievement of yours. Chose to be in integrity of life and not indulge into any activities like lobbying, bribing, deceiting, dis-respect people, play with people’s life or play with their emotions.

Two character of this story Swaminathan and Sundeep, who started the career with an MNC bank at the same time, same day. But the paths they chose were different. Swaminathan, a man full of integrity in every area of his life and Sundeep, a complete opposite character, from day one he started with deceit, he reached peaks, he ruined lives and careers of many people, he deceited his own organization that gave him everything – a friend, a position, a wife, success, money, family, material possessions, luxury… but he deceited each of these. But life has its own way to pull you back and make you grounded.

3. Always stay connected to your source / roots, Never let success reach your head:

No matter what, at the end of the day, your friends with whom you started your journey will stay with you thru all thick and thin. You may have forgotten them in your success. You may have missed talking to them while climbing the staircase of success, ignored them, been arrogant with them, hurted them, you cheated them… but they are the only one who will stand for you when you need it.

Aditya – man who hired Swaminathan and Sundeep in MNC bank, also their boss – who was the source of success of these 2 people. If Aditya havent given them an opportunity to lead the launch of new loan products in the indian market on day of the job, they would have doing some clerical job after a month of management training. Aditya then leaves the job to start his own business. Swami wants to join aditya as for him aditya has been god. Aditya denied coz swami will not make great career with his startup. Aditya considered Swami and Sundeep as their younger brothers and treated them, guided them, mentored them like his younger brothers or family. Sundeep showered Aditya with his arrogance and dis-respected / insulted this wonderful relationship.

Natasha his wife – he kept on cheating his wife with multiple physical relationships with different women’s, extra marital affairs.

Swami, his friend – all his life, sundeep was jealous of Swami’s intellect. His own success rooted from swami’s intelligence. And later on in career, he bribed and bought and sold various designations. One day he was happy to have swami working under him and then forcibly send him to a new initiative of banks of starting a BPO, which no one wanted to jump in.

On the say when the global CEO, on the judgement day of Sundeep on all his activities and goof-ups, he was rescued by Aditya and Swaminathan. Natasha knew everything but chose to remain quite give Sundeep another chance.

At the end, Sundeep realized how for decades he had been screwing up lives of so many people as well as his best pals. At the end of the day, these best pals only came to his rescue.

What i did not find convincing in this book:

The story narrates about nearly, 10 to 15 years of life of 2 characters Sundeep and Swaminathan. The climax is not accepted. One cannot ignore the number of lives Sundeep ruined – personal lives as well as careers of his colleagues / subordinates…  its not handful, its in multiple 100’s. If people commit suicide / get divorced / sexual harrassment / promote or demote not on the basis of deservability, etc… It’s not to be ignored and just be forgiven.

Sundeep in these decade story, have always been shown as lucky enough to come out of situation without any punishment or any cost to pay for his illegitimate actions. He always thought.. “good its over and am saved”… the climax was no different.

Am sure many readers would not find the climax that can be accepting!

Otherwise, its an easy read, no glamorous language.


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