I was born in Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) in India. The town is famous for various personalities who made it big in spiritual circuits. Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, Mahant Swami Maharaj & Osho (Rajneesh).
The small town has some disadvantages when one charts a career for the want of resources and connections.
Just two days back i joined a “Books and Beyond” group in WhatsApp on an invite by a young friend and well wisher. I was excited, curious and wanted to know more about books. I felt a bit perplexed. One because the group had 99% ladies whom i hardly knew. Secondly the books being discussed were not read by me earlier and i felt same low self esteem as i did when i was studying in Hindi Medium School till class 8th.
Studying in Hindi Medium School strengthened my Hindi vocabulary and vernacular first language but in career it was English which i knew was going to help me speak a global language and help in clearing competitive exams in career.
I took some early lessons by a English Teacher in my colony who was catholic christian and help me get on with Wren & Martin in class 6th and 7th. I am still learning the language and vocabulary but it caught me on with the language.
As luck would have it my job in IT Industry started with Indian Languages on Computers i.e. with Multilingual Computing and we did killing business till Unicode came into picture and global software giants also adopted it.
The point about small town syndrome is that being in a place and studying in a college where local politics and mindset were not so nurturing, i personally haven’t gone back to my Alma Mater since 1995. But recently when i wanted to share memories of the place and town Jabalpur, I got enthusiastic responses and collaboration proposals for writing and curating blogs on Jabalpur.
The images shared are by Pratik Patki from Pune & we hope to bring more blogs on this topic soon.
When i told my colleague Vivek Bhattacharya (24×7 Learning) that i was enrolling for Advanced Program in Strategic Management, he asked me this question “Why”?
For me learning has been a passion. Most of the jobs i take up are for learning something new. The course was one of the three which i had applied at IIM-Calcutta why sending the application but i was shortlisted for this program.
For me fee in 2008 was hefty for an upcoming online course like this one. But what did i get?
Apart from the learning on a subject like Strategic Management, Case Study Method and Online Learning through NIIT Imperia, what i got was amazing list of peers in the program.
As three of us met in 2017 at Ahmedabad, we realized that networking with old peers and pals teaches a lot of life and profession as a whole. All three of us were part of technology industry and could learn a lot over a small conversation over breakfast.
An program/ course gives you a great set of people whom one connects with. The connections and contacts are important to carry forward in life, learn and also share the learning with peers).
I am sure the college graduates shall take note of this and keep connecting beyond the online world of Facebook and LinkedIn.
MS-CIT is a popular computer literacy short duration program. It stands for Maharashtra State Certificate in Information Technology. More than just a certification it is hard work of many entrepreneurs spreading the light of knowledge to the masses.
MS-CIT originated in Maharashtra under the guidance of a public limited company Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation (MKCL) where I was one of the founding employees and was lucky to be on board in its formative years.
Using computer may sound an easy task for all of us these days and its our privilege to
have access to computer and Internet. However in early 2000’s a majority of the population including school and college kids did not have access to these.
MKCL not only provided a course curriculum, elearning platform and an initiative for this course, it also helped establish an entrepreneurial ecosystem of small computer training centres to spread their wings. In 2005 when I was managing the operations, we had close to 4000+ centre spread across the state of Maharashtra catering to over 1 million learners. The figures have been magical as on current date. Please visit http://www.mkcl.org for latest details.
I am so happy to note that one of the channel partners of MKCL “Keerti Institutes” is closing its SME IPO in stock exchange today under the company name “Keerti Knowledge and Skills Limited”.
May a thousand flowers bloom in this garden of knowledge.
In this age of sophisticated planning, GPS and Mobile, we travel for the sake of uploading pictures on Facebook and pushing tweets on twitter. At least i do it now.
However, my most memorable travel journey was in the pre- technology dominated days when we (5 friends) decided to travel at the snap of fingers. The nearest hill station was Pachmarhi and there was no google in those days. We just heard that it’s a tourist place.
In my earlier Facebook post “The Dark Train and a Bottle of Rum” , i just gave a glimpse of the journey to Pachmarhi.
Little did i mention in this post about the freedom given to us by our parents for adventure. In teenage years and as youth we even don’t count the pocket money and moral support given to us by our parents in these growing years.
Looking at the current generation, such trips are business ideas being en-cashed as travel and tourism grows up by various entrepreneurs. For us it was a natural process. Now it’s a school or a company customized travel trip which allows an access to natural places such as hill stations or a hike in the valley.