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Rebuilding on so many levels!

25 Mar

My last post here was on 4th January’13, I never imagined in my worst nightmare what happened in the days between 5-7 Janurary’13 and since then what has happened.

Things though far from normal, seems to be on track to at-least regaining 80-90% normalcy if not 100%. It may take a good many months, but then somethings are beyond our control.

Its been 3 months and 2 days since I came(23rd Dec’12) from Bangalore to Mumbai as my mom was admitted in hospital(19th December’12) and the diagnosis was yet to happen as to whats been ailing my mom past 5 months.

And then things started to unfold…one after another.

Started with Meningitis(caused by a very strong bacteria known as Listeria), then a type of Cancer(Non-Hodkins Lymphoma), then she went into Septic Shock and was in ICU for 6 days and during this she also got Pneumonia(caused by a again very strong bacteria called Klebsiella). This was followed by not one but 3 severe neuropathy condition – Peripheral Neuropathy, Radiculopathy, GB Syndrome.

Needless to say, our family has been going through hell and the hell like a blind tunnel at times doesn’t seem to end. How bad was it? Well let me say I pray everyday that not even 10% of what we have gone through should happen to my worst enemy.

Nothing is more disturbing  unsettling, traumatic than the health and seeing the suffering of your loved one, specially when its your parents and specially when its your mom.

The good thing is that here I am alive – more stronger, more resilient, more positive, more optimistic –  to tell all that what happened.

What has happened has happened, we cannot go back in time and undo all that…but what we can do is what in our hands. To rebuild, to regroup, to face it, to see what can be done, to see how we can best handle this, how we can come out of it and how we can continue to be positive, be full of hope and faith as we have always tried to be.

Except for prayers we are not looking for any help from anyone as frankly no one can understand, no one can feel, no one can empathize what we have got through. Only those who go through and see in front of them the suffering can feel the pain.

But yes prayers do have this magical power attached to them.  🙂

I do wish to chronicle some part if not all here on my blog, not to share my problems but may be to inspire others who may be going or who have gone through it.

I don’t have a structure in place yet, so lets see how the future posts look like…who knows I may even write a book on it! 🙂

Rear view mirror in car is smaller as its utility is limited. Such is life! No point looking back…

…Onwards to rebuilding…Onwards to a better tomorrow…Onwards to a better life…in myriad colors and shades.

Life is what we make of it…regardless of the situation.

 

Anirudh

CEOs, Get Out of the Way!

3 May

http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/nayar/2012/05/lets-just-get-out-of-the-way.html?referral=00563&cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-daily_alert-_-alert_date&utm_source=newsletter_daily_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert_date

Very well articulated by Vineet Nayar(CEO, HCL Technologies Ltd.)

In today’s uber fast-changing age, its the employees(specially new recruits) who have the inclination to change if something is not right and/or improvise the current systems. Ideally the top management and people hanging on to their cosy chairs must acknowledge, appreciate and apply feedback. Of-course not every feedback may be in the interest of the organisation, but if majority is saying the same, there has to be some truth in it.

Organisations who stay in the past, will soon become a thing of the past!

P.S. – I just commend Vineet’s approach to employees, how easily he is approachable and trying to connect with his employees first, through various mediums! 

Fantastic Read : The Twelve Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned So Far

3 May

Great post by Tony Schwartz !

Few excerpts :

1. The more we know about ourselves, the more power we have to behave better. Humility is underrated. We each have an infinite capacity for self-deception — countless unconscious ways we protect ourselves from pain, uncertainty, and responsibility — often at the expense of others and of ourselves. Endless introspection can turn into self-indulgence, but deepening self-awareness is essential to freeing ourselves from our reactive, habitual behaviors.

2. Notice the good. We each carry an evolutionary predisposition to dwell on what’s wrong in our lives. The antidote is to deliberately take time out each day to notice what’s going right, and to feel grateful for what you’ve got. It’s probably a lot.

3. Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.

4. Never seek your value at the expense of someone else’s. When we’re feeling devalued, our reactive instinct is to do anything to restore what we’ve lost. Devaluing the person who made you feel bad will only prompt more of the same in return.

To read the remaining go here!

Recommended Read : Managers Don’t Really Want to Innovate

3 May

http://blogs.hbr.org/ashkenas/2012/05/managers-dont-really-want-to-i.html?referral=00563&cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-daily_alert-_-alert_date&utm_source=newsletter_daily_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert_date

So true in majority of companies!

Book Summary #1 : The Secret Letter of The Monk who Sold His Ferrari

23 Jan

P.S. – After much of fighting inertia and procrastination, I have finally got around doing this! Already working on the next one now! 🙂 Please note this is just a summary of the book, not a review!

Book Summary #1

 The Secret Letters Of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

 By Robin Sharma

Background

In the prequel to this book, the main protagonist – Julian Mantle, is a high powered courtroom lawyer who from the outset is any professional’s dream – Making good money, having a Ferrari, travelling all over, marriage, kids. But from inside nothing is going right for him – his health is on a downhill, he has no time for his family and his marriage is on the rocks. He finally realises he can’t go on like this when he gets a massive heart attack at the age of 45.

He leaves everything (even his Ferrari!) and goes to Himalayas in order to get his life back. There he meets a monk and his life seems to be recycled like never before. He is looking much younger than he looked at 45; his face is all radiant and glowing. He is finally living and enjoying life in its entirety!

In this sequel of a book, Julian decides to help his nephew – Jonathan Landry who is going through a similar phase in his life. He sends him on a journey to collect the various 9 amazing talisman accompanied by life-saving letters that carry the extraordinary secrets that Julian discovered when he went to Himalayas.

On a remarkable journey around the globe to places such as Buenos Aires, Paris, India, Shanghai to name a few, Jonathan meets some amazing people who live the wisdom which Julian shared with them and in the journey reclaims his life!

 

Quick Brief of the Nine Life-saving Letters

Letter 1: The Power of Authenticity

The most important gift we can give ourselves is the commitment to living our authentic life. To be true to ourselves, however, is not an easy task.

 

Letter 2 : Embrace Your Fears

What holds us back in life is the invisible architecture of fear. It keeps us in our comfort zones, which are, in truth, the least safe places in which to live.

 

Letter 3: Live with Kindness

It is important to remember that just as our words are our thoughts verbalised, so our deeds are our beliefs actualized. How we treat someone defines how we treat everyone, including ourselves.

 

Letter 4 : Make Small Daily Progress

The way we do small things determines the way that we do everything. If we execute our minor tasks well, we will also excel at our larger efforts.

 

Letter 5 : To Lead Your Best Life, Do Your Best Work

There is no insignificant work in the world. All labour is a chance to express personal talents, to create our art and to realise the genius we are built to be.

 

Letter 6: Choose Your Influences Well

We do not move through our days alone or apart from the world around us. And so we must always be aware of the things and the people we allow into our lives.

 

Letter 7: Life’s Simplest Pleasures Are Life’s Greatest Joys

Most people don’t discover what’s most important in life until they are too old to do anything about it. They spend many of their best years pursuing things that matter little in the end.

 

Letter 8:  The Purpose of Life Is To Love

How well you live comes down to how much you love. The heart is wiser than the head. Honour it. Trust it. Follow it.

 

Letter 9: Stand for Something Bigger than Yourself

There are no extra people alive today. Every single one of us is here for a reason, a special purpose – a mission.

 

For more on each of the letters, you can buy the book here –

Amazon

Flipkart

 

I also found some very interesting statements/quotes (from the book) worth thinking about : 

“Our daily behaviours broadcast our deepest beliefs.”

“It doesn’t matter where you are going, just who you are becoming.”

“Night hides many things, but reveals others.”

“The way you relate to others reveals the way you relate to yourself.”

“Why is that often we allow ourselves to treat family in ways we wouldn’t treat friends – or even those we don’t know? Probably because we assume they will forgive us. But that’s no excuse. “

“You would rather shop than live?”

“The more addicted you are to having; the less devoted you will be to becoming.”

“Real happiness doesn’t come from accumulating things.”

“I’m not going to live the same day over and over again, and call it a life.”

“You can’t move forward while looking back.”

“There is nothing you can do to change the past.”

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Hope it was helpful!

 

Anirudh

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