Saturday, June 11, 2016

Meditation at Aikya

We are currently living in Aikya Apartments, Off Banergatta Rd in Bangalore. Madhavi, our younger daughter, designed this complex. We moved in to Aikya in December and we immediately noticed a sense of unity (true to its name!) and fraternity in this complex. Behind this is Mr. Ranga Rajan, a venerable elderly gentleman, who gives more than 10 hours per day all around the year, unstintingly and whole heatedly, in self-less service of the community. He is ably supported by the managing committee and we started enjoying the wonderful energy in this community. We have plans to travel to Europe and USA for 3 months and thereafter shift to our new home at Devlali. In a conversation with Mr. Ranga Rajan, I expressed my interest to give back something to this community that has welcomed us with open arms and where we have experienced some delightful atmosphere that was so elusive in the countless communities we lived in the past 45 years. The short workshop on meditation was result of that conversation.
The vent was very satisfying and fulfilling to me because of the wonderful, focused and attentive participation of the group which many having deep rooted interest in yoga, spirituality and personal growth.  I am grateful to Mr. Ranga Rajan and the managing committee for the opportunity and do hope that I will ahem more opportunities to share with such a wonderful group.

Stress Managment at Arrow

My old friend Sanjeev Keskar has moved from PMC to Arrow as the MD. Sanjeev has been wonderfully supportive and encouraging. he gave me two opportunities at Freescale , another at PMC and now at  Arrow. I enjoyed the short workshop and it was a great privilege to share with a sales team which was willing to keep their mobiles  off and focus on how to manage stress. I congratulate Sanjeev for his leadership and the team for their participation and willingness to tryout new tools and techniques with an open mind and an open heart.
I keenly look forward to a deeper engagement with this group.

Wellth Managment Retreat at IMT, Nagpur

This event was very special to me in more than one way Prof. Brahma, a friend of Gen Chatterjee in Auroville, has become a friend over the years. he and Mrs Brahma liked my workshops very much. Prof. Brahma teaches at IMT, Nagpur and in a conversation with the Dr. Subhajit Bhattacharyya, 
the Director, suggested me as a possible visiting faculty in the area of Personal Growth.
When I spoke to Dr. Bhattacharya, he wanted me to first do a week-end program for the Faculty Members! I was more than delighted, in fact I was ecstatic to have an opportunity to share with such an erudite group - the faculty members of one of the top business schools in India. Wow! But, at the same time, I was apprehensive and scared to do a week-end retreat for such a  learned group! I decided to grab the opportunity and thanked the Director for his enlightened leadership!
The actual event took off here the prelude started. The IMT campus is about 40 km from the  city and most of the faculty members stay in the city and commute to the institute.  I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that all faculty members living in the city have checked into the guest house on Friday evening! The most pleasant surprise for me was the spontaneous participation of the group. Sometime, I saw a lot of reluctance in closed groups  in workshops. The participation in IMT points to an open environment with curiosity and thirst for learning - the true hall marks of an educational institution. I congratulate the management, leaders and every one of the group who contributed in building such an open culture.  It was my pleasure and privilege to have had an opportunity to share with such a wonderful group.
The icing on the cake was the learning's I had as a facilitator and the highest reward was the friendship with many of the group.
I really look forward to go back to IMT and enjoy a long and fruitful association with this great institute.