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By Somali K Chakrabarti

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Sprightly steps taking off

the ground, splashing mud,

Stretch and sprint, 

Smile beaming on the face!

Leaping hurdles, firm in faith

The runner’s spirit soars on wings!!

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Women who won the Nobel Peace Prize

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Women who won the Nobel Peace Prize

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Today as the world celebrates Woman’s Day, here is a tribute to the 16 women laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize from 1905 -t0 2015, to commemorate their contribution towards humanity and peace. Life was not exactly a bed of roses for most of them, some of them were even looked down upon in their own country but how they dealt with the insurmountable difficulties made the world proud of these Nobel women.

Malala Yusufzai

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Malala Yusufzai

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” ~ Malala Yusufzai

Born in 12 July 1997, Mingora, Pakistan, Malala Yusufzai  is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, to date. After having suffered an attack on her life by Taliban gunmen in 2012, she has continued her struggle and become a leading advocate of girls’ rights.

She was 17 years old in 2014, when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

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6 Inspirational Quotes on Nation Building

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6 Inspirational Quotes on Nation Building

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Today as India celebrates its 67th Republic Day, the country honors the bravery of its martyrs and soldiers in the Republic Day Parade. For the first time in the history of  India’s Republic day Parade, a foreign (French) contingent has marched down Rajpath on this occasion. With the theme of women empowerment gaining traction, an all-women stunt contingent has performed during the event.

 

Here are  some quotes on Nation Building to capture the spirit of Republic Day. I was nominated  by Shweta M of BODHI  – an awesome spiritual blog interspersed with esoteric/ metaphysical concepts.

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A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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The Age of Peace – Championing the cause of peace

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The Age of Peace – Championing the cause of peace

By Somali K Chakrabarti

What lures young people into terrorism? Can anything be done to prevent people from indulging in violence? Is it ever possible to establish peace in society?

I am sure, such questions must have risen an umpteen number of times in your mind whenever you would have heard or read about violent terrorist attacks. Such attacks are mostly  orchestrated by people who are brainwashed by radical organizations to carry out the acts of terror. The indoctrination, and involvement of youth in terrorism is a highly alarming trend that seems to have caught up all over the world from Nigeria, to Kenya, to Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Paris, and lately Pathankot.

The rising threat of terrorism leaves a common thread of concern across the world.

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8 Inspirational Quotes on Teachers

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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.

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It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein

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Why Employee Engagement creates value for your business.

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What prompted me to write this post was a discussion on a Linked In group about the role of  ‘Chief Inspiration Officer’ in an organization in inspiring employees and creating an engaged workforce.  The fancy title caught my attention and I followed through the discussion. As always, the discussion had people with different viewpoints. While some thought that this is absolutely the ‘wave’ of the future, others were not very optimistic about the prospect for such a title. However the objective of writing this post is not to elaborate on the role of ‘Chief Inspiration Officer’.  I will instead talk about the need for employee engagement at work.

It is a well accepted and often reiterated statement that  for any business to be successful, it should be able to successfully execute  its business strategy, not only once, but over and over again. To be competitive in the long run, every business needs to repeatedly do something that appeals to its customers. It also needs to possess some unique resources that continue to give the business an edge over its competitors. Such competencies and resources that are valuable, rare and inimitable render a  sustained competitive advantage to an organization.

Though most organizations claim that their people are the source of their competitive advantage, but we know for a fact that only a few organizations succeed in effectively leveraging the intellectual capital and unique abilities of their employees to achieve extraordinary results. Creating and delivering value on a sustainable basis,  calls for the presence of engaged workforce in an organization.

Engaging your Employees
Engaging your Employees

What does ‘Employee Engagement’ mean?

Employee engagement is defined as: ‘employees willingly contributing to the work while putting in intellectual effort, experiencing positive emotions at work and making meaningful connections to others at the workplace [[i]]. Read more

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