A small temple that quenches thirst

If there is an oasis in the spiritual desert, then it is here – a small, beautiful piece of stonework that relives all stress when merely glimpsed. Stand on the stone steps and let the cool breeze moisten your skin. A place that satisfies equally the body, mind and soul. In the surrounding fields and villages, nothing like this exists — the architecture, the artistic stonework emerges from nowhere, making one wonder: What stories does the intricate artwork conceal? There used to flow nearby (or still is?) a small stream whose water was sweet. I can dimly recall tasting the water and its subtle sweetness when I was very young. On a subsequent visit, the stream had dried up, and the holed up water undrinkable. The heavenly fountain of life has an end too. Photo Courtesy: Peter & Jackie Main ...
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Response to – An Open Letter to India’s Graduating Classes – NYTimes.com

An Open Letter to India’s Graduating Classes – NYTimes.com. The India Ink blog column carried this piece of advice from a consulting firm employee a few days earlier. The letter is addressed to India’s new graduates and postgraduates (from engg. and business schools) and carries a typical employer’s expectations, experiences and words of advice to the soon-to-join younglings at work. The piece generated some heated discussion and angry reactions for its truth-on-your-face writing style. Here is a rather sketchy attempt to address the same audience, but from the perspective of an employee with 10 years of experience in the corporate world. Dear friends, Leaving college to join workplace is both an exciting as well as challenging time. The workplace is a sphere of life that till now had remained a half-mystery, and it was all too convenient to lose oneself in the invigorating atmosphere of college life. The postgraduates may differ on this, for they are already half-way through to the employer’s door. But...
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The workplace of tomorrow

Buzz words like leaders, leadership, and training leaders of tomorrow are very popular and can be encountered everywhere, from schools and colleges to large corporations. Work is now seen as being done by teams led by team leaders rather than an individual completing a fixed job in his or her individual capacity. The idea behind team building and leadership seems to be that work can be done rightly and efficiently by gathering a team or group led by a leader. If there is a group then there must also be someone who is their leader – who supervises a team of followers, provides goals, shows the way, takes action, solves problems, keeps the morale high, resolves internal issues, and gets the work done. So fashionable is the term leader that its corollary, followers, is seen by some as unrelated, associating it rather with a team. What properties or abilites describe a ‘leader’? A leader is someone who takes the lead, normally in...
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