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Suicide Prevention – What you can do

Prevent Suicides

All of us are keen to help prevent suicides but we need to learn how to do that. Vichitra Dargan, a brilliant psychologist, shares her tips on how to help.

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Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 21 – Failure/Success

Chapter 2 Verse 37 हतो वा प्राप्स्यसि स्वर्गं जित्वा वा भोक्ष्यसे महीम् | तस्मादुत्तिष्ठ कौन्तेय युद्धाय कृतनिश्चय: || 37|| hato vā prāpsyasi swargaṁ jitvā vā bhokṣhyase mahīm tasmād uttiṣhṭha kaunteya yuddhāya kṛita-niśhchayaḥ hataḥ—slain; vā—or; prāpsyasi—you will attain; swargam—celestial abodes; jitvā—by achieving victory; vā—or; bhokṣhyase—you shall enjoy; mahīm—the kingdom on earth; tasmāt—therefore; uttiṣhṭha—arise; kaunteya—Arjun, the son … Read more Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 21 – Failure/Success

Why failure is good …

At the end of May this year the results of the 12th CBSE board exams were announced. This year nearly 1.1 million candidates appeared for the Class 12 exams, which were held between March 9 and April 29. Girls as always performed better than boys as out of 4,60,026 girls 87.50% passed and 78% of 6,38,865 … Read more Why failure is good …

Misplaced Priorities !!

On May 10th a 23 year old Army officer was shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir when he was off duty attending a wedding. A year and a half back on Jan 17th 2016, a 27 year old student committed suicide. The student committed suicide in Telangana and the Chief Minister of Delhi came down … Read more Misplaced Priorities !!

If you haven’t let your kids fail, you have failed, already…

While there is a lot of focus, of late, on the importance and learnings of failure, at work and also in life, going through the phase immediately after what you have termed as a failure on your part is not easy. It’s very difficult. It looks great when you read such stories of failures in fiction books and the occasional movies. 

Having gone through bankruptcy myself in mid nineties through business mishappenings, I can understand the emotions and feelings facing failure, and the huge consequences that come with it. It took six years for me and my life partner to come out of the financial mess. But the insights and learnings that we got out of the failure is immeasurable. In fact more valuable than the program that I did from IIM Ahmedabad in the late nineties that was central to our recovery. While you may not be prepared to fail you should be ready to learn from the failure(s) and mistakes. 

As parents, it’s very important to let your kids, fall and/or fail. Small or big. You don’t have to motivate them to fail but you can always support and help them. My parents never scolded or offended us post our business disaster but supported us right through the recovery phase in innumerable ways. Their tolerance for our failures was a huge contributing factor in our growth.

Here is an interesting article on the subject of patents letting their kids fail. 

Parents: let your kids fail. You’ll be doing them a favor

It’s easy to quit but don’t..

Life is strange. Unpredictable. Cruel, sometimes.  Sometimes life gives you one solid blow, and you are almost buried. It could be a loss of a job, break up of a relationship, closure of business, chronic and debilitating illness…a long list of items that can virtually cripple you. You are left to face a series of … Read more It’s easy to quit but don’t..

The ‘F’ word that has to become acceptable!

Well, well, well, I certainly did not intend to highlight the ‘F’ word, made of four letters, that forms part of the “expletives” vocabulary. What I wanted to highlight is the fact that while success is highly celebrated and appreciated, and pursued relentlessly almost by everyone, the role and importance of Failure, and the lessons … Read more The ‘F’ word that has to become acceptable!

Fear of failure

Twenty four years back, I attended the first MILT convention at Bangalore, called “Sangam”. Krishnan and I had been married a few months then, and (late) Reddy’s wedding gift was our trip to Bangalore and attending the convention. There were several technical papers presented and one of them was on “fear” and how to be … Read more Fear of failure