Category archives for Reflections

Lavender in Bloom

Lavender in Bloom NS Rajan   As if they are on duty On a magical calender They bloom in blissful beauty These blossoms, all lavender.   ( Jacaranda Mimosifolia_NSR: The Jacaranda,one of the popular trees of Delhi though of Brazilian origin, is known for its ornamental delicacy and low branching structure. Its bell shaped, purply […]

Organization Design: Bridging Strategy and Execution

Organization Design: Bridging Strategy and Execution   NS Rajan The imminent need for a new organization structure is usually manifested in statements you may hear across the enterprise, reflecting a morass of current disconnects, for instance: “We seem to have got our strategy worked out, but why are the results not coming?”, “One function doesn’t […]

Nurturing the Vision

Nurturing the Vision NS Rajan An organisation without vision and values is like a house built with sand. A vision provides shape and direction to the organisation’s future and its values describe the underlying ethos of how the organisation intends to operate, as it pursues its vision. Setting a vision is indeed at the very […]

Haazir Jawaabi: Repartee

Haazir Jawaabi: Repartee NS Rajan This post is a warm tribute and expression of thanks to a tweep I have never had the opportunity to meet. Every day a phrase or a line in Urdu is posted as a challenge and I have attempted the privilege of completing the couplet, a literary riposte any lover […]

Leadership: Institution building

Leadership: Institution building NS Rajan “Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation” observed Benjamin Disraeli. Institutions are understood and ‘identified with a social purpose and permanence, transcending individual human lives and intentions, and with the making and enforcing of rules governing cooperative human behavior’. What makes an institution […]

Leadership: Shakespeare’s letter to a new-age CEO

Leadership: Shakespeare’s letter to a new-age CEO NS Rajan Dear CEO, Heartiest congratulations to you on being the captain at the helm of affairs. ‘Be not afraid of greatness — some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em’. Let the mantle sit on you lightly. ‘There is a tide […]

What a Lovely Day

    Fifteen years ago, my daughter, who was then six years old, deftly delegated the task she was to complete to an unsuspecting father; to select a poem that could be read by her at school. I made the mistake of being presumptuous and thought I would compose a small poem myself, rather than […]

Understanding the Young

Understanding the Young NS Rajan When I visited XLRI some months ago, I shared a thought with the batch passing out: ‘the best of me, perhaps, is behind me; the best of you is beckoning you.’ Over the years, it has been a great source of joy and learning to have worked with the younger […]

Leadership: Triumph in Adversity

Leadership: Triumph in Adversity NS Rajan Leading a team is difficult indeed, and leading them in a crisis is exponentially more difficult. How you rally the team when the chips are down and your ability to create positive expectations is the real litmus test of a leader. “Sweet are the uses of adversity”, observed Shakespeare, […]

The Real Hero

The Real Hero  NS Rajan The quest for the legendary “hero”, a simple panacea to solve all our problems, is often a mirage. Groups do not become teams just because someone calls them so. Nor do teamwork drills alone ensure team performance. The deemed heroes may play a significant role in pursuits that are individualistic […]

Ennikalu: Elections

ఎన్నికలు : Elections NS Rajan: ని సు రాజన్   ఎదలో  రొద ఎదో  భాధ  నరనరాన  ప్రతి  ఎముకన  మరి  ప్రాకుతోంది  నిస్సహాయత  ఆశతో  వోటేసిన  ప్రతినుధులు ఏమ్పిలై  ఆశలను  మట్టికలిపి  పార్టీలను  మార్చారు  పదవుల  చదరంగంపై  వీళ్ళు పడి  చస్తున్నారు  వేచాను   ఎన్నికలకు  విసిరివేద్దాం వీళ్ళనని ఐదేళ్లకు తిరిగి  వచ్హాయి ఎన్నికలు మరోసారి ఇద్దరు  నిలబడ్డారు  అటువంటి  వాళ్లేను వోటుంది చేతిలో  వేసేది  ఎవరికో  చేసేసాను  సమర్పణం  గంగలోన  నా  వోటు  దుర్భాగ్యం  ఇది  దుర్మార్గం  మనసు  మండింది  కడుపు  ఎండింది  […]

In Search of Magic Moments

In Search of Magic Moments NS Rajan    We are all indeed too caught up with the world , leading an event filled life, moment to moment, never  finding enough time for reflection, which can perhaps enrich all the moments to be. William Wordsworth in his evocative sonnet laments wistfully that “The world is too […]

Seek Not Our Land

Seek Not Our Land NS Rajan   How can you buy or sell The sky or warmth of the land? Can you steal the sound of a shell? Or plunder the sea of its sand?   What is free, who are we to bequeath? Air shares spirit – supports all life Wind that gives us […]

You Deserve a Great Career

You Deserve a Great Career NS Rajan   We are indeed a miracle of life. Even as billions of species have gone extinct, our ancestors have been the beneficiary of biological good fortune and tenuous existence. Jacob Bronowski, in his “Ascent of Man” highlights the wonder that unlike the other species that survive on genetic […]

Rainbow of Love: Prema Dhanassu

  Rainbow of Love NS Rajan  Halcyon clouds, my dear, are dancing Soothing rain has swept the cool air of spring Ahoy, look there’s the gossamer rainbow Spangle of luminous resplendence, lo What tranquil glory, graceful providence Divine  elegance  matches your brilliance Shall I send you, honey, to that land of colours Such gorgeous  hues […]

Ummeed Zinda Hai: Hope Lives

Ummeed Zinda Hai: Hope lives NS Rajan   Ummeed phir bhi zindaa hai jab inkaar karte ho tum Waqt zaroor lagtaa tho hai shagoofon ko khilne yoon   Raat guzar rahi hai, ranjish ki wajah kya samjhoon Ek aur ishaara karloon, ek aur gunaa bhi karloon     उम्मीद  फिर  भी  ज़िंदा  है  जब  इनकार  […]

Nela Jaarina Poovulu: Fallen Flowers

నేల  జారిన  పూవులు: Fallen Flowers NS Rajan : ని. సు. రాజన్   చివరికి  నేల  జారిన  పూవులు  కుడా   పరిమళాలు  వెదజల్లుచున్నాయి  మరి  మనసుండీ   మనుషులు మంచిని  కురిపించరే?   Even flowers that have fallen down Are emitting such sweet fragrances Alas, most men bestowed a heart Are yet to spread kindness and cheer   ( To Serve_Central Park: Flowers, a true […]

Towards a Brighter Morrow

Towards a Brighter Morrow NS Rajan Intellect, indeed, is the new form of property. Focused intelligence, the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and know-how, is the key differentiator in these times. We have come a long way from the days of Adam Smith, who postulated the ‘new’ world economics in his seminal “ Wealth […]

Father and Son

Father and Son NS Rajan   SON: Twenty one am I, educated, but not rich Am soon on my own, dear Father, teach and enrich   FATHER: Most of life’s wisdom consists of being wise in time Bestow your energy and youth earning a dime If you don’t have any by the time you are […]

Guftagu: Conversation

Guftagu NS Rajan WOH:    “Manzil mil hi jayegi bhatakte huye hi sahi                   Gumraah tho woh hai jo ghar se nikle hi nahi” वो :    “मंजिल  मिल  ही  जाएगी  भटकते  हुए  ही  सही                    गुमराह  थो  वो  है  […]

Fail, To Succeed!

Fail, To Succeed! NS Rajan It’s amazing. How often do you see that on the hint of failure, fears take charge of the heart. On the other hand success and even the prospect of it eggs man to stretch that bit more and willingly so. Life is a two- sided coin and as one tosses […]

Udaas Tamanna: Desire Mourns

Udaas Tamanna NS Rajan   Barse shabnam falak se moti ban ke Zulf-e-taabdaar se leke, palkon pe chhalke Uske rukhsaar-o-lab se dil par tapki Udaas Tamanna, shabnam se haar ke   बरसे  शबनम  फलक  से  मोती  बन के  ज़ुल्फ़-ए-ताबदार  से  लेके   पलकों  पे  छलके  उसके  रुखसार -ओ -लब  से  दिल  पर  टपकी  उदास  तमन्ना,   शबनम  से […]

As Blushing Clouds Flee

As Blushing Clouds Flee NS Rajan Strolling on the beach, watching sun beseech Yet again hopeful to sleep with Sapphic sea As dusk heralds calm, writing a new psalm Restful realms beckoned pure at heart to see Moan of dove’s ardor, woos the gentle air Moment’s intimate of eternal endeavor true Let languorous lamp from […]

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