Monday, October 26, 2009

Finding the Professional

A few months back, I had the opportunity to visit a one-of-its kind Outdoor learning programme called Pegasus around 3 hrs ride from Bangalore in the middle of nowhere. That opportunity landed me among a batch of bright engineers and managers, all anxious and excited to
explore the possibilities of the programme. The motive for this team (me
one of them) was three-fold. First, we were expected to participate and learn from the outcomes of the programme so to apply them in our daily work. Second, To evaluate the programme and bring in new ideas so to adapt the activities for our organisation's work culture and customer
centric practice. And third, to relax, enjoy and have a great time.

I am not here to describe what all happened there, which is supposedly to be kept secret, but to
reflect the outcomes of the same. The 2 days gave us a chance to go beyond our cliché , our invisible bindings and forces that keep us stuck to what we know. The variety of activities that we all participated brought the best and worst of all us in open, thereby giving us a chance to rediscover the "Professional" in each one of us.
Today, while reading Subroto Bagchi's new book "The Professional", I was not surprised when he mentioned an interesting incident with the Pegasus camp, and how he found true leaders among the team of individuals who had been to this camp.
A great read. If you guys haven't got a chance to read the book, grab a copy now. Its an excellent read. Or you can grab the last issue of Forbes magazine and read the review for the same.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What Am I Reading these days ?

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Do you think Entrepreneurship can be taught, learned or is it an instinct?

Entrepreneurship can be taught, learnt and is an Instinct too.
There are countless examples to prove that Entrepreneurship is an instinct. Look at the rags to riches stories, how ordinary people start with a small setup and end up being a role model for all budding entrepreneurs. 
Entrepreneurship as a Science can be taught, but not the Art.

Now, what is Art and Science of Entrepreneurship. Science is the executional principles of starting and then growing as an Entrepreneur. Embracing an idea, building a product on the idea, pitching to a VC and other steps in the life-cycle of a startup. The Art of Entrepreneurship is the guts and instinct that cannot be taught. It is the Spirit and urge to build something valuable. This cannot be taught, but it can be acquired but not learnt. The great stories of Entrepreneurs, their efforts, their losses and wins act as a catalyst to inspire and to instil the spirit. This is because as Humans, we learn more through 

A budding entrepreneur is like a Child, who looks for inspiration and motivation from his/her parent. The parent in this case are those wonderful individuals who have built and sustained great organisations. Therefore, I feel there is more than need to connect these children with parents.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Random Pics

Valley of the Digital

My Old Book Rack

Gloomy View of the City (15th October 2009, 3:50 PM)

Old is Gold

Friday, October 09, 2009

IT is Kolkata

I landed in Kolkata on Thursday, a cloudy day mostly bringing
in lot of lazy moments for me. Slept the whole day. The next
day I was really interested in exploring the IT landspace
in Kol. And there I was on this Website :

Not much of fancy events though compared to Bangalore, where
everyday something or other is happening on IT events front.

But nonetheless, It makes me feel that IT in Kolkata is still
an half-written book, which needs lot of work, and initiative
to stand up against the mights of Southern cities.

I would love to hear more from you guys on this. Add your
comments on this, and lets start a conversation.

Friday, October 02, 2009

What a Picture

Today I found this photo in my mailbox sent by one acquaintance.
The Picture was taken from Nandi Hill, Bangalore around early
evening some days back, shows a part of the city in rain.
Now who ever took this, must be real fortunate to capture
this nature's beauty. I say its WOW.