By Somali K Chakrabarti What I value most As I sat down to write this post, I asked myself ‘What do I value most?’
By Somali K Chakrabarti How many times while reading a gripping book, or while seeing an awesome movie, or while watching an interesting game have you been completed fascinated by the performance of the artists, singer, writer or player and wondered at what makes them so amazingly talented. Blessed are the people who are born with unique talents and are more gifted than others. When talent is honed and nurtured with rigor and discipline, and presented with the right opportunities, it leads to extraordinary results. Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield. The time you spend with your best is, quite simply, your most productive time. ― Marcus Buckingham
By Somali K Chakrabarti Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, Thou Dispenser of India’s destiny. Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, Dispenser of India’s destiny, Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind, Gujarat & Maratha, of Dravida, Orissa and Bengal, It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas, mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges, and is chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea. They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise, Thou dispenser of India’s destiny, Victory, Victory, Victory to thee. English translation of India’s National Anthem “Jana Gana Mana” by Rabindranath Tagore In the year 1911, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote a hymn in in Sanskritised Bengali “Jana Gana Mana” that was to be sung for the first time at the 26th annual session of the Indian National Congress in Calcutta. The Morning Song of India James H Cousins, an Irish poet and the principal of Besant Theosophical College at Madanapalle in Andhra Pradesh had heard of the song. He invited Rabindranath Tagore to spend a few days at the college. At his behest, Tagore sang Jana Gana Mana in Bengali before a…
By Somali K Chakrabarti Litterbug is the name; to litter is his game. He is one you will adore, for his qualities galore. This is the story of the 7 year old little Litterbug Cute little Litterbug is just back from school. Hungry as hell, he throws around his bag and yells for food. His doting mother hands over an apple and some bananas to him. The little Litterbug eats the half apple and throws the other half right out of the window. ‘My son will grow up to be a great cricketer one day. See how he strives to perfect his aim!’ Mother Litterbug utters aloud drooling over the antics of her lil one. The banana peel follows the half eaten apple out of the window as she lovingly looks on. He tears open a packet of chips, takes out his notebook, and starts scribbling vigorously to finish his homework before he goes out to play.
By Somali K Chakrabarti ‘AND‘ – the simple 3 lettered word represents the spirit of empowering yourself to pursue different tracks, without having to turn your back on one path for choosing the other. One dimensional labels have, for long, been used to typecast women. Time and again you are told that you can be either a successful homemaker OR a successful professional, a caring woman OR an ambitious woman, a demure woman OR a brazen woman. Unfortunately such stereotypes are painfully restrictive, leave women with little choice, and have dissuaded many women from reaching their potential. Now is the time to give a chance to ‘AND‘ . I will tell you about two women, born in different times, almost 70 years apart, and how OR and AND have influenced their lives.
By Somali K Chakrabarti “And here, over the portals of my fort, I shall cut in stone the word which is to be my beacon and my banner. The word which will not die should we all perish in battle..” – Ayn Rand, The sacred word Taking on from my last post on Forts and Palaces in Rajasthan – Pictures from the 19th century Part I, here I continue further with the imaginary leap back in time, and present pictures and photographs from the 19th century of the historic forts and palaces of Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bundi, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer. . Palace of Bheem and Padmini, Chittorgarh, ca 1885 Engraving of Padmini’s Palace in Chittorgarh, by Edward Francis Finden and Patrick Young Waugh, ca 1829
By Somali K Chakrabarti “Sublime wonders lie in store, I am shown a regal residence; a mighty kingdom, an empire with more grandeur than before …” – E.A. Bucchianeri, Poetry for the Phantom of the Opera Forts and palaces never fail to fascinate me. These rare examples of architecture offer a glimpse into the past grandeurs and reveal many a story of kings and their kingdoms, the wars they fought, the courts they held, and the way they lived. Here are some pictures and photographs from the 19th century that capture the oriental magnificence of the historic forts and palaces of Rajasthan. . Amber Fort, ca 1860 Amber Fort, part of Raj mahal & Maota Lake, watercolours by William Simpson ca.1860 Eleven kilometres to the north of Jaipur, is the town of Amber. The impressive fort and the palace complex, on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake was built at Amber, in the late 16th century by Akbar’s famous general, Raja Man Singh (ruled 1592- 1614). Alterations and additions to the palace structures continued throughout the 17th century and beyond, until the fort was finally abandoned in 1727.
By Bhudeb Chakrabarti Good leadership consists of motivating people to the highest levels by offering them opportunities, not obligations. ~ Lao Tzu Nature of Motivation Motives are expressions of a person’s needs and personality. Even though you may find it comforting to believe that all your actions are a result of conscious deliberation, but at times, unconscious motivations may lead to actions without your complete awareness or understanding. Your behaviour is controlled on many occasions by external forces, though on many other occasions you may do things based on your discretion, for their intrinsic value. Motivations are not static in nature. A person may be motivated for one job but when he or she is put for some other job, the same person may not feel motivated. The levels of motivation also vary from person to person. A leader must understand what gives people the impetus to act in a particular manner to achieve alignment of their goals with his/her own goals. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams Different theories help us to understand better the concept of motivation:
By Somali K Chakrabarti Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. – Bern William The life of Louis Zamperini, is a tale of unbroken human spirit. Louis Zamperini, a US Olympic runner, who became a fighter in the World War II, was marooned in the Pacific ocean for 46 days, survived the ordeal of a Prisoner Of War (POW) in Japanese camps, and later turned into an inspirational speaker, exemplifies resilience. A wayward child, Louis had taken to smoking and drinking, early on in life, and was often picked up by the local police for getting into brawls. His parents were first generation Italian immigrants who had moved to Torrance, California, in 1919. Their repeated efforts to discipline Louis were discounted by the defiant kid; but the constant encouragement of his brother Pete, influenced Louis and he started taking an interest in sports. His racing abilities soon came to be noticed, as he started improving and winning races, including the national high school race, in which he broke the record set during World War I. Louis went on to participate in the 5000 metres race in 1936 Olympics, where he finished the final lap so fast (in 56 seconds…
By Somali K Chakrabarti “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combination of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.” ― Sun Tzu India being a large country, the culture and tradition of a part at one end of the country are distinctly different from another part at the other end. The vast multitude of art, music, dance, food and traditions add to the cultural diversity and enliven the country with shades and hues of different colors, but not without presenting their own set of challenges. We are, often, so oriented to our customs and traditions that most of us tend to judge others solely by the values and standards of our own culture. We don’t desist from complaining about how foreigners perceive us, but then we Indians have our own yardsticks for judging people from other states. Deeply ingrained in our psyche are the cultural prejudices that we have grown up with.