Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 10 – Fear

Through the Bhagavad Gita, I feel Lord Krishna tries to remove the two biggest fears that human beings have – the fear of death and the fear of the unknown. In several verses, he keeps re-inforcing the message of the soul being immortal and just the body dying. This is verse 20 of Chapter 2 … Read more Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 10 – Fear

Padmasini… like Grandmother, like Granddaughter

On the 20th of this month, it was twenty years since my Periyamma passed away. When Kokka posted that on the family group chat, it brought back several memories of her…. Infact my very first blog ever was a dedication to her – The First day – Meeting inspiration. Padmasini Periyamma was named after her grandmother (my … Read more Padmasini… like Grandmother, like Granddaughter

Remembering CEC Seshan

Happy National Voters’ Day. Today, I was remembering the man who reminded the entire nation that we have a Election Commission of India with a Chief Election Commissioner …. Mr. T. N. Seshan. A maverick who changed the Indian Election scene forever. Some people are truly rare and Mr. Seshan is definitely rare. The Model … Read more Remembering CEC Seshan

Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 9 – Reality

Chapter 2 Verse 19 Lord Krishna is considered an avatar of Vishnu and the most complete of his avatars. There can be a debate about whether Lord Krishna is a God or if there is a God at all, but its abundantly clear that Krishna is a being of supreme intelligence and he is far … Read more Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 9 – Reality

Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 8 – Lifecycle

Life is a cycle and Chapter 2 Verse 18 seems to talk about this .. well, everything is cyclical and ever changing. अन्तवन्त इमे देहा नित्यस्योक्ता: शरीरिण: | अनाशिनोऽप्रमेयस्य तस्माद्युध्यस्व भारत || 18|| antavanta ime dehā nityasyoktāḥ śharīriṇaḥ anāśhino ’prameyasya tasmād yudhyasva bhārata anta-vantaḥ—having an end; ime—these; dehāḥ—material bodies; nityasya—eternally; uktāḥ—are said; śharīriṇaḥ—of the embodied … Read more Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 8 – Lifecycle

One from my trousseau….

In August 1990, I went with Krishnan and my mom-in-law to a sari store in Chetpet called Varadarams. On the way there, Krishnan braked suddenly at the traffic signal in front of Pachayappas college and the bike fell sideways. I sat on the road. Neither one of us was hurt, but a few students from … Read more One from my trousseau….

Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 7 – Imperishable

Am not sure if Lord Krishna ever thought that man would create plastic to rival the imperishable soul…. he might have changed verse 17 of Chapter 2 slightly if he knew or maybe he has said something in some other verse to tackle the imperishable plastic !!! Chapter 2 verse 17 is as follows – … Read more Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 7 – Imperishable

Missing Rahul …

…. Dravid not Gandhi. I stay away from watching Cricket nowadays because it irritates me to watch talented young players playing without application. I know every cricketing pundit will come out and lynch me with their technical analysis, but am speaking as an observer and a student of human behaviour. Take the last match at … Read more Missing Rahul …

Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 6 – Transience

Chapter 2 Verse 16 We live our temporary lives as though we are here forever… and give importance to things that don’t last.  Modern firms are so caught up in the quarterly results that they miss focussing on their long term strategy and thereby fold up. Strange, but true. Krishna seems to speak about this … Read more Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 6 – Transience

Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 5 – Poise

Chapter 2 Verse 15 The word “Poise” means balance, equilibrium, grace or control. In today’s world, these words are only used during a dance performance, never for interpersonal interactions. The 15th verse from chapter 2 according to me speaks about poise in everyday life. Being graceful, in control and poised is actually liberating. यं हि … Read more Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 5 – Poise