By Somali K Chakrabarti Problems are only opportunities in work clothes! ~ Henry J. Kaiser. This comment from Kokila on my post ‘Being Unreasonable may lead to Innovation’ triggered the thought for this writeup. We often whine about the no of problems that surround us and the difficulties that we face in our day to day lives. But then there are those who persevere under trying circumstance and turn the constraints into opportunities. Here’s the story of Toyota, a business that emerged successfully out of severe constraints during its formative years, guided by people who sought new perspectives to look at problems and worked around the constraints.
By Bhudeb Chakrabarti The monsoon set in quite early this time in the high hills of Mizoram. It was raining incessantly throughout the day and night in the middle of July 1986. Zemabawk, on the outskirt of Aizawl, was the location of CRPF headquarters. I was posted as DIG CRPF, responsible for overseeing the operations of all CRPF battalions deployed in Mizoram. The Mission On 30 June, 1986, the Govt of India had signed a “Peace Accord” with the Mizo National Front (MNF) ending the two-decade old insurgency in the ”Land of the Highlanders”. CRPF was assigned the mission to receive MNF cadres at designated places and take over their arms and ammunitions for handing over to the Army. Subsequently the MNF cadres were to be escorted to a Peace Camp “Remna Run” on a high ridge near Tui- Vamit-Tlang, a windy village, at one extreme end of Aizawl. Parva and Marpara were the two earmarked places through which the MNF returnees were to enter Mizoram from Bangladesh and lay down their arms and ammunitions. The Terrain Aizawl, set on the ridges of steep hills is flanked by the lofty peaks of the beautiful Durtlang Hills.
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 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 Nature is the best designer . Nature has been a perennial source of inspiration for many! Artists, architects, designers imitate the design patterns of nature; poets describe its beauty and scientists try to unravel the mysteries of nature. A deep look into nature unlocks imagination, and inspires creativity. Nature paints the most wonderful pictures that can take your breath away and engulf you in their majestic beauty. One can not stop marveling at the designs of nature. The spiral of sea- shells, the swirl of rose petals, and the arrangement of sunflower seeds, air vortex created by the flapping of wings of insects, the galaxy spirals and even the eye of a hurricane follow a geometrical pattern that is represented by the Fibonacci series. Here is a collection of quotes that highlight the connection between nature and creativity and the creative inspiration that you can draw from Nature. What is Art, monsieur, but Nature concentrated? ~ Honore de Balzac
By Somali K Chakrabarti If it is true that the future of a country lies in the hands of its youth, then it is equally true that the future of the youth is shaped by their teachers. 5th September is the day dedicated to the teachers. A great teacher is like a great artist, who ignites the minds, makes a subject interesting and engrossing, and inspires students to explore the subject and its application in greater details. Like a potter shapes the clay, good teachers have the ability to mould students and shape up their personality by influencing their thinking. Here are 8 inspirational quotes on teachers. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein
By Somali K Chakrabarti Change is inevitable and one must learn to adapt to it. In a world that is changing continuously, one must learn how to deal with change. Change is not always easy and transitions are not always smooth. The most successful are the ones who perceive the changes quickly and adapt themselves to those changes. Here are 10 inspirational quotes for ‘Managing Change’, which serve as a reminder that the best way to adapt to change is by changing your own outlook. There are three constants in life: Change, Choice and Principles . ~ Steven Covey It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change. ~ Charles Darwin
” Talk to yourself once in a day. Otherwise you may miss an excellent person in this world.” – Swami Vivekananda. “Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mohandas K Gandhi
On 18th of July, in the year 1918, Nelson Mandela was born in the village of Mvezo in South Africa, who grew up to be anti apartheid revolutionary, served as the President of South Africa and became a great champion of humanity for the world. Here are some quotes from Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations On life What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. On death Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity. On determination Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. On time I never think of the time I have lost. I just carry out a programme because it’s there. It’s mapped out for me.