Saturday, June 30, 2007

MBM History Linked With MBM Folks

1. By Aalok Jain

I am sure some of us are second generation MBM students.

My father's younger brother (Chacha) Sh. Sukhpal Singh was a graudate of Electrical Engineering from MBM the year I was born i.e. 1964. He has retired couple of years back as Chief Project Engineer from Rural Electrificatiosn Corporation.

Deepak Jain's father Sh. K. C. Jain also studied at MBM. Interestingly Deepak's father also retired from Rural Electrification. At the time of our admission at MBM, my uncle as well as Deepak's father were at Rural Electrification Corp Jaipur and thats how we stayed together for initial few years in college.

Another common thread between few of us, studied at Kendriya Vidhyalaya Bajaj Nagar Jaipur.

Me off course
Deepak Jain was 1 year junior to me
Rajiv Saxena was 1 year senior to me
Naveen Pilania was 2 years junior to me
I am forgetting one more name, unfortuntely he failed in first year at MBM and was in civil, as far as i know he is also an MLA in Rajasthan.

I would welcome more of our friends to share if more are second genration MBMites. Some of us like Himanshu had their siblings also in MBM, maybe few more.

2. By Devendra Gupta "lloyd"

Common thread from Alwar, studied at Happy Higher Secondary School and Raj Rishi College.

Ajay Agarwal (since class 6th)
Devendra Rustagi (he was in Happy school till class 8th, then moved to our school, his father Sh. K. K. Rustagi and my eldest uncle Sh. R. P. Gupta studied together)
Ashutosh Paliwal (I think he was 1 year senior to me)


On wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ MBM_Engineering_ College

College site

College history
http://www.mbmcolle htm

Courtesy By Aalok Jain

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Aalok Jain

Feb 1988: Yeah thats right to May 1988 worked for a miniscule scientific isntruments co as Sales Engineer selling things to many research institutes across North India, got fed up early with continuos travelling, well this was at Delhi.

June 1988 to Oct 1990: Worked as production engineer in airconditoning field on a paltry salary of Rs 1200/- PM, and at the time of leaving I was working as Sr Engineer with 3000/- PM and in between struggled to start our own factory with Himanshu Jain and somehow due to bad finances we closed down, I had to repay loans taken over next couple of years, I am sure it must have been same with Himanshu, though we never ever discussed that in our life, I am sure we would have succeeded if we were not so gareeb.

Oct 1990 to May 1996: Started as Trainee Engineer with a co at Delhi and got promoted same day as Sr Engineer (what is the secret ....) and transferred to Ahmedabad and worked well during the period to finally rise upto Dvisional Manager - West Zone. This co was in airconditioning and building construction and did well in both fields, and during this period met my future wife and after lots of family discussions finally got married in Nov 1992 and I was blessed with my son in 1993 end.

But pareshan aatma ek jagah nahi rah sakta tha, so moved off.

This time from June 1996 to Sept 1996 at Dubai: For an American Giant in airconditioning, well quit the job due to ...

And came to Mumbai from Oct 1996 to Jan 1999 at Mumbai: Again in airconditioning with Blue Star ltd as Regional Manager Construction and National Accounts manager and Regional Traning Manager - was doing well but somehow felt that there is too much ...., for the first time after working for 10 years.

And again moved from Jan 1999 to Sept 2000 with Carrier India: As Regional Service and Training Manager, enjoyed this job too, worked as teacher for this duration and must say I have apptitude for teaching, I was a certified teacher on airconditoning, certified by carrier USA. But woh kahte hain na pair main chakkar tha, so decided to move back to Dubai, to earn some dough.

Oct 2000 to Oct 2006: Ji haan I can work for long duration too hahaahaha, here I was at Dubai working for a local co as Sales & Design Manager, enjoyed working, but fell sick early last year, was on almost death bed at Pune from Jan to April 2006, and felt that I cant take the pressure of this high pressure job any more and decided to move on to a comparatively low pressure job (but thats not so hahaha). Meanwhile my wife and son had decided to shift to india in 2005, as my son Aakash was not so happy with education here. He is in class 9th now and taller than his mom and I am sure very shortly he will be taller than me.

Since Nov 2006 working with Sharjah Ruler: In one of their co as Head of Design and estimation, Project sales and installation. Initially I was supposed to do something else, but due to circumstances, again into high pressure situation.

I have an interest in teaching or engineering consultant in airconditioning. I have realised that I have potential for teaching, so may be, and guys I am still same, same low tempered guy, dont still mix up with people (hahahah I have not stopped telling lies, but except for this line all others are facts).

Well guys to be honest since I am living alone at Dubai these days I really needed touch of my old dear friends, cause I hardly made any new ones in last 20 years.

And also I take this oppurtunity to say Sorry to all my friends, I know I must have done loads of pranks during college life, but then if I didnt do, would u guys have remembered me? Do u people recall those simple padaku guys we used to have with us? am sure not.

Khair while writing all the above things, I lived lots of past moments.

Since I left Jodhpur I had met some of us at different stages of life over the period of time, well let me recall:

1. Deepak Jain
2. Sandeep Mathur
3. Rajiv Singh
4. Rajiv Parekh
5. Nitin Gupta
6. Himanshu Jain
7. Malay Tandon - at Pune but couldnt meet him in ages
8. Manoj Mathur - we keep meeting
9. Harish Dharnia
10. Sunil Gupta - Railways wala
11. Mukesh Tibrewal
12. Praveen Dhar - ab woh Praveen Sharma ho gaya hai
13. Praveen Bhandari - met him more than 15 ears back or so at Delhi railways station
14. Deepak Diwedi - ek din Mumbai airport par mil gaya
15. Professor Hemendra Arya
16. Kamaldeep Singh
17. Rajiv Saxena
18. Naveen Pilania
19. Pramod Karnawat
20. Rajesh Seth - at the time he was working at Ahmedabad
21. Ramesh Joshi
22. Rishi Shrivastava - we were together for a long time at Ahemdabad
23. Ramesh Awtani
24. Sudhir Soni

Someone told me once that Sanjay Gandotra is also at Dubai. Does anyone have his contact?

I am sure kafi bore kar diya maine, but am sure u guys will agree that I was in flow of emotions.

Love u all.


kabhi milanaa kabhi Khonaa
kabhi saath saath chalnaa
yai hai jindagi ka melaa
tum saath saath ho naa?

kahin Bheed, hai Ghanairi
kahin rah hai andheri
kahin roshni ki khushiyan
kahin machliyan sunhaeri
kabhi seediyon pe chadhna
kabhi dhal par phisalna
yai hai jindagi ka melaa
tum saath saath ho naa?

kabhi charkhiyon ke chakkar
kahin shor baaje saa
kuch fikre aur dhakke
kuch muft banta saa
rangeen bulbuon saa
kabhi aasman main udna
yai hai jindagi ka melaa
tuma saath saath ho naa?

kahin maut ka kunwa hai
kahin mashkharon ke jaadu
kabhi dher saare gubbare
kahin mogre ki khusbu
kabhi jindgi ko silna
kabhi dard ko pirona
yai hai jindagi ka melaa
tuma saath saath ho naa?

By Aalok Jain

Sunday, June 24, 2007


Jo Sapna kal raat sanjoya
aaj subha vo kitna khoya
tum hoti to
kucch hanste
kucch batein karte
kucch sunte kucch apni kahte
tum hoti to ...

Kal jane hum aur kahan hon
duniya ki kashti mein baathe
naa jane kis aur ravan hon
aaj shaam
kitni bebas thi
tum hoti to ...

Kucch ladte Kucch Gappein Karte
ye fursat pal kitne din ke
kat jaate yon hanste khilte
tum hoti to ...
tom hoti to ...

Saath baathte
man khidki ke dar khul jaate
khli hawa kucch aandar aati
umas bhare man ko
thodi rahat mil jaati
tum hoti to ...

Kya malum ki
tum kaise ho
bahut vyast ho
ya meri taraha hi gumsum
ghute ghute ho kucch to bolo
koi khabar do
tum hoti to ...

Haath tham kar
saath baathte
phir aankho ki nami hamare
sukhe man ko tar kar jaati
jeevan par chikati partein bhi
dhul kar chamak khushi le aatein
tum hoi to ...

By Aalok Jain

Friday, June 22, 2007

Malay Tandon

Immediately after leaving college join HCL & still in HCL, only work profile & location keep on changing with time. Presently in Pune.

In between got married & have a 10 year old son now.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Ajay Gupta "ssaii"

After MBM, I prepared for Civil Services & IES. Got selected in IES and allotted Indian Railways.

After one and half year probation I was posted at Western Railway HQ, Mumbai with different capacity, I worked there for almost 8 years.

From Mumbai I went to Banglore for about 2 years. At Banglore we have one production unit which produces Wheel and Axels for Indian Railways. The posting was very challenging and I worked as supply chain manager there.

Then I was posted in Bikaner Division for about 7 months.

Indian railways in going in a big way for E-procurement so I have been asked to come to Railway Board to monitor the same. After initial hitch such as Schools and House now I am comfortable at New Delhi .

Personal: Got married in 1997 and I have two sons of 8 yrs and 3 yrs.

Piyush Gupta's Father

1. From Devendra Gupta "Lloyd"

Hi Piyush and family,

We are sorry to hear such a huge loss in your personal

Aapko aur aapke parivar ko, MBM parivar ki aur se
hardik samvedna aur Bhagwan aap logo ko yeh dukh sahne
ki shakti de.

Ham sab unki atma ki shanti ke liye prarthna karte

MBM Family

2. From Devendra Kumar Sharma

My condolences - may his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to you & your family members.


3. From Dr. Anupam Bhatnagar

Dear Piyush,

It is very sad news and we were expecting some good fortunes after our reunion but it is a shocker. We pray almighty to strengthen you and all of your family members to bear this collosal loss and may the soul rest in the peace.

Dr. Anupam Bhatnagar

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Information on Heart

A chat with Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees

The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?

1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?
Ans: No

Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?
Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?
Ans: Yes

Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you
suggest to de-stress?
Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?
Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints.

Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?
Ans: Mother Theresa, who was my patient.

Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?
Ans: Extremely rare

Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age (I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?
Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart?
Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?
Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?
Ans: Yoga helps.

Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?
Ans: All oils are bad.

Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?
Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position, place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?
Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.
Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also,sedentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart
attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?
Ans: Yes.

Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?
Ans: Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child

Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart? What precautions would you recommend?
Ans: When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?
Ans: Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?
Ans: No.

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
Ans: No.

Qn: How would you define junk food?
Ans: Fried food like Kentucky, McDonalds, samosas, and even masala dosas.

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?
Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?
Ans: No.

Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?
Ans: Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?
Ans: No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?
Ans: Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
Ans: Yes, a strong relationship, since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?
Ans: Diet, exercise, drugs on time, Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?
Ans: No.

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?
Ans: There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?
Ans: No.

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?
Ans: Nature protects women till the age of 45.

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?
Ans: Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkups if you are past the age of 30 (once in six months recommended)...

Send it to all your nearest and dearest.......which should be many..........

Courtesy By Pramesh Thadani "Lloyd's friend"

Devendra Kumar Gupta "Lloyd"

Let me take all of you back in 1988 since we left from college.

March 1988 - July 1988: I was a bit confused what to do, to start job or ... Finally because of Mr. Sandeep Sancheti I took another study task and joined M. Tech Program in Microwave Electronics from Universiy of South Campus Delhi and set for Two year. By Nov 1990 I finished my M. Tech and got 2nd Rank in Class.

Nov 1990 - June 1991: I joined PhD program at IIT Care Department in Delhi and finally my IIT ambition gotfull filled. But infortunately (not like Vibhakar) left in the middle with the hope some day I will complete.

June 1991 - August 1991: After a deep thought I started professional carrier with VXL India Limited atFaridabad, Haryana. You may not be know this place, but if you follow TV Serials, then you can relate this place with HIMANI, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa winner among the girls !!

August 1991 - Dec 1997: Joined CDOT, enjoyed every moment. Met with couple of MBM friends - Vibhakar, Ashok Jain, Rajesh Seth, Satya Parakash Nuwal, PremRaj, Ajay Aggarwal, Devendra Sharma, Umesh ChandraGupta, Om Prakash Soni and Deepak Dwivedi in Delhi at different time.

Jan 1998 - till date: Moved to USA in Jan 1998, worked for couple of companies in California, Texas and NewJersey. I also started my own company with two partners but could not work out because of funding. If all of you can give me funding I can start one more time. Working from last 15 years in Telecom area for ASIC/FPGA design.

Personal: Got married in 1993, had a boy Viabhav in 1994 and a girl Manisha in 1998. Both are India Born and still Indian.

Will be happy to share more after seeing the response from all of you.

Amitabh Choudhary

We all have a common starting point. That is March, 1988 when out results were out.

I headed to Chittorgarh courtesy Padam dad. He had an acquaintance there and I landed a job there.Thanks to Padam (20 years belated!!! Anyway that is amitabh true Indian style.).

Month of Aug was very lucky, I ended up with 7 public sector jobs and I chose for BARC (DAE). Vivek Sanadhaya was also selected there and joined DAE. Stayed in Mumbai for a Dream year in Anushakti nagar. The only scary thing was too many people so I took transfer to Indore. I worked very hard as a scientist officer till 1997. Till 1996 luck kept on smiling and after that I fell out favour with the boss (All dirty politics) and decided to go for higher studies in 1997. I did M. Tech (electromagnetics) and came back in 1999 thinking to make a new beginning but rot had already set in.

DAE did not remain the holy place to serve nation, so I decided to resign in 2000. It was hard to resign because by then I was SO/E a reasonably senior position 7 years back and promotion was due immediately. But never look back, when you decide to move on.

Compromise with ideals was something I had never learnt.

I got offer from Philips Semiconductors (Now it is call NXP semiconductors), Netherlands, as Sr. RF and microwave design engineer and they promised complete relocation with family so I decided to take the chance. Things worked well here, good team work and above all very transparent environment. What surprises me about Netherlands is that they do not encourage any competition but whole focus is on team work. If you are not a team player, you are not a player! (how great you are doesn't matter.). Honesty and higher moral standards at work holds me here. Here at work, I have a feeling of someone wanted so I stick on.

For job security reasons I have taken Dutch citizenship but It pinches in my heart. By soul, I am always Indian and I will die Indian. I am getting old!!

Let me make an honest confession. I am becoming religious!!. I always thought I am master of my destiny but not anymore. I have made a complete u turn. Now Destiny is my master. I have stopped making any deliberate efforts to achieve a particular aim. I just work hard to finish what is on my hands. When it is done, something else comes on plate from destiny to work on.

Read inspiring profiles on following link for motivation (of course! they are all Indians)

Vibhakar Shrimali

Yet student, and pursuing my PhD programme at IIT Roorkee.

Amitabh Hindi Patra

भाईयोंहम कौन हैं.हमारी क्या पहचान है.न हम शुद्ध लिखते हैं,न हम शुद्ध बोलते हैं. भाषा का सरलीकरण तो समझ मॆं आता हैं परन्तु हिन्गलिश क्या है? क्या हम भाषाई आत्महत्या कर रहे हैं?

इन्ग्लिश सीखना क्या व्यापार के लिये जरुरी है?चीनियॊं ने तो नहीं सीखी फिर भी हमसे दस (और शायद १०० गुणा) व्यापार करतें हैं.उनके यहाँ हमारे मुकाबले १०० गुणा विदेशी निवेश भी है.

ज्ञान क्या होता है,पापा? मेरे पुत्र ने पूछा."जिसे महसूस कर सकें,जिसे प्रतिदिन जी सकें और जो हमारी आत्मा का हिस्सा बन जाये ताकि उसे हम शेष उम्र जी सकें".

य़दि ज्ञान मातृभाषा में नहीं हैं तो क्या हम ज्ञान आधारित अर्थव्यवस्था बन सकतें हैं?य़ह मेरा प्रथम प्रयास है हिन्दी सीखने का सच्चे दिल से.इसलिये ताकि मेरा बेटा हिन्दी सीख सके.रामायण पढ़ सके.मैने बाहर आकर अपनी माता को पहचाना.आगे कोशिश यह है कि मेरा बेटा इतनी देर न करे जितनी मैने करदी.शेष फिर जब मैं थोड़ी और हिन्दी सीख लूँ.अमिताभ

Devendra Kumar Sharma

Since graduation, 1st in fauz 5 yrs

Then Ericsson's Global GSM Projects 9 yrs (in about 7 countires) with parallel self business in last 4 yrs with ericsson

Now garments import-export & hotels business - based in Italy.

Thank You From Manisha (Lloyd Daughter)

Rajesh Agarwal

I have one Son -15, one daughter-9 and of course one wife.

Working with JK Tyres almost since begning.

I really miss the college days and want to live it again.

Great Values! Something we should all strive for!

by Subroto Bagchi, Chief Operating Officer, MindTree Consulting, India

Welcome Address by Subroto Bagchi, Chief Operating Officer, MindTree Consulting to the Class of 2006 on July 2, 2004 at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore,

India on defining success. I was the last child of a small-time government servant, in a family of five brothers. My earliest memory of my father is as that of a District Employment Officer in Koraput, Orissa. It was and remains as back of beyond as you can imagine. There was no electricity; no primary school nearby and water did not flow out of a tap. As a result, I did not go to school until the age of eight; I was home-schooled. My father used to get transferred every year. The family belongings fit into the back of a jeep - so the family moved from place to place and, without any trouble, my Mother would set up an establishment and get us going. Raised by a widow who had come as a refugee from the then East Bengal, she was a matriculate when she married my Father. My parents set the foundation of my life and the value system which makes me what I am today and largely defines what success means to me today.

As District Employment Officer, my father was given a jeep by the government. There was no garage in the Office, so the jeep was parked in our house. My father refused to use it to commute to the office. He told us that the jeep is an expensive resource given by the government - he reiterated to us that it was not 'his jeep' but the government's jeep. Insisting that he would use it only to tour the interiors, he would walk to his office on normal days. He also made sure that we never sat in the government jeep - we could sit in it only when it was stationary. That was our early childhood lesson in governance - a lesson that corporate managers learn the hard way, some never do.

The driver of the jeep was treated with respect due to any other member of my Father's office. As small children, we were taught not to call him by his name. We had to use the suffix 'dada' whenever we were to refer to him in public or private. When I grew up to own a car and a driver by the name of Raju was appointed - I repeated the lesson to my two small daughters. They have, as a result, grown up to call Raju, 'Raju Uncle' - very different from many of their friends who refer to their family drivers as 'my driver'. When I hear that term from a school- or college-going person, I cringe. To me, the lesson was significant - you treat small people with more respect than how you treat big people. It is more important to respect your subordinates than your superiors.

Our day used to start with the family huddling around my Mother's chulha - an earthen fire place she would build at each place of posting where she would cook for the family. There was no gas, nor electrical stoves. The morning routine started with tea. As the brew was served, Father would ask us to read aloud the editorial page of The Statesman's 'muffosil' edition - delivered one day late. We did not understand much of what we were reading. But the ritual was meant for us to know that the world was larger than Koraput district and the English I speak today, despite having studied in an Oriya medium school, has to do with that routine. After reading the newspaper aloud, we were told to fold it neatly. Father taught us a simple lesson. He used to say, "You should leave your newspaper and your toilet, the way you expect to find it".

That lesson was about showing consideration to others. Business begins and ends with that simple precept.

Being small children, we were always enamored with advertisements in the newspaper for transistor radios - we did not have one. We saw other people having radios in their homes and each time there was an advertisement of Philips, Murphy or Bush radios, we would ask Father when we could get one. Each time, my Father would reply that we did not need one because he already had five radios - alluding to his five sons. We also did not have a house of our own and would occasionally ask Father as to when, like others, we would live in our own house. He would give a similar reply, "We do not need a house of our own. I already own five houses". His replies did not gladden our hearts in that instant. Nonetheless, we learnt that it is important not to measure personal success and sense of well being through material possessions.

Government houses seldom came with fences. Mother and I collected twigs and built a small fence. After lunch, my Mother would never sleep. She would take her kitchen utensils and with those she and I would dig the rocky, white ant infested surrounding. We planted flowering bushes. The white ants destroyed them. My mother brought ash from her chulha and mixed it in the earth and we planted the seedlings all over again. This time, they bloomed. At that time, my father's transfer order came. A few neighbors told my mother why she was taking so much pain to beautify a government house, why she was planting seeds that would only benefit the next occupant. My mother replied that it did not matter to her that she would not see the flowers in full bloom. She said, "I have to create a bloom in a desert and whenever I am given a new place, I must leave it more beautiful than what I had inherited". That was my first lesson in success. It is not about what you create for yourself, it is what you leave behind that defines success.

My mother began developing a cataract in her eyes when I was very small. At that time, the eldest among my brothers got a teaching job at the University in Bhubaneswar and had to prepare for the civil services examination. So, it was decided that my Mother would move to cook for him and, as her appendage, I had to move too. For the first time in my life, I saw electricity in homes and water coming out of a tap. It was around 1965 and the country was going to war with Pakistan. My mother was having problems reading and in any case, being Bengali, she did not know the Oriya script. So, in addition to my daily chores, my job was to read her the local newspaper - end to end. That created in me a sense of connectedness with a larger world. I began taking interest in many different things. While reading out news about the war, I felt that I was fighting the war myself. She and I discussed the daily news and built a bond with the larger universe. In it, we became part of a larger reality. Till date, I measure my success in terms of that sense of larger connectedness.

Meanwhile, the war raged and India was fighting on both fronts. Lal Bahadur Shastri, the then Prime Minster, coined the term "Jai Jawan, Jai Kishan" and galvanized the nation in to patriotic fervor. Other than reading out the newspaper to my mother, I had no clue about how I could be part of the action. So, after reading her the newspaper, every day I would land up near the University's water tank, which served the community. I would spend hours under it, imagining that there could be spies who would come to poison the water and I had to watch for them. I would daydream about catching one and how the next day, I would be featured in the newspaper. Unfortunately for me, the spies at war ignored the sleepy town of Bhubaneswar and I never got a chance to catch one in action. Yet, that act unlocked my imagination. Imagination is everything. If we can imagine a future, we can create it, if we can create that future, others will live in it. That is the essence of success.

Over the next few years, my mother's eyesight dimmed but in me she created a larger vision, a vision with which I continue to see the world and, I sense, through my eyes, she was seeing too. As the next few years unfolded, her vision deteriorated and she was operated for cataract. I remember, when she returned after her operation and she saw my face clearly for the first time, she was astonished. She said, "Oh my God, I did not know you were so fair". I remain mighty pleased with that adulation even till date. Within weeks of getting her sight back, she developed a corneal ulcer and, overnight, became blind in both eyes.

That was 1969. She died in 2002. In all those 32 years of living with blindness, she never complained about her fate even once. Curious to know what she saw with blind eyes, I asked her once if she sees darkness. She replied, "No, I do not see darkness. I only see light even with my eyes closed". Until she was eighty years of age, she did her morning yoga everyday, swept her own room and washed her own clothes. To me, success is about the sense of independence; it is about not seeing the world but seeing the light.

Over the many intervening years, I grew up, studied, joined the industry and began to carve my life's own journey. I began my life as a clerk in a government office, went on to become a Management Trainee with the DCM group and eventually found my life's calling with the IT industry when fourth generation computers came to India in 1981. Life took me places - I worked with outstanding people, challenging assignments and traveled all over the world. In 1992, while I was posted in the US, I learnt that my father, living a retired life with my eldest brother, had suffered a third degree burn injury and was admitted in the Safderjung Hospital in Delhi. I flew back to attend to him - he remained for a few days in critical stage, bandaged from neck to toe. The Safderjung Hospital is a cockroach infested, dirty, inhuman place. The overworked, under-resourced sisters in the burn ward are both victims and perpetrators of dehumanized life at its worst. One morning, while attending to my Father, I realized that the blood bottle was empty and fearing that air would go into his vein, I asked the attending nurse to change it. She bluntly told me to do it myself. In that horrible theater of death, I was in pain and frustration and anger. Finally when she relented and came, my Father opened his eyes and murmured to her, "Why have you not gone home yet?" Here was a man on his deathbed but more concerned about the overworked nurse than his own state. I was stunned at his stoic self. There I learnt that there is no limit to how concerned you can be for another human being and what is the limit of inclusion you can create. My father died the next day.

He was a man whose success was defined by his principles, his frugality, his universalism and his sense of inclusion. Above all, he taught me that success is your ability to rise above your discomfort, whatever may be your current state. You can, if you want, raise your consciousness above your immediate surroundings. Success is not about building material comforts - the transistor that he never could buy or the house that he never owned. His success was about the legacy he left, the mimetic continuity of his ideals that grew beyond the smallness of a ill-paid, unrecognized government servant's world.

My father was a fervent believer in the British Raj. He sincerely doubted the capability of the post-independence Indian political parties to govern the country. To him, the lowering of the Union Jack was a sad event. My Mother was the exact opposite. When Subhash Bose quit the Indian National Congress and came to Dacca, my mother, then a schoolgirl, garlanded him. She learnt to spin khadi and joined an underground movement that trained her in using daggers and swords. Consequently, our household saw diversity in the political outlook of the two. On major issues concerning the world, the Old Man and the Old Lady had differing opinions. In them, we learnt the power of disagreements, of dialogue and the essence of living with diversity in thinking. Success is not about the ability to create a definitive dogmatic end state; it is about the unfolding of thought processes, of dialogue and continuum.

Two years back, at the age of eighty-two, Mother had a paralytic stroke and was lying in a government hospital in Bhubaneswar. I flew down from the US where I was serving my second stint, to see her. I spent two weeks with her in the hospital as she remained in a paralytic state. She was neither getting better nor moving on. Eventually I had to return to work. While leaving her behind, I kissed her face. In that paralytic state and a garbled voice, she said, "Why are you kissing me, go kiss the world." Her river was nearing its journey, at the confluence of life and death, this woman who came to India as a refugee, raised by a widowed Mother, no more educated than high school, married to an anonymous government servant whose last salary was Rupees Three Hundred, robbed of her eyesight by fate and crowned by adversity - was telling me to go and kiss the world!

Success to me is about Vision. It is the ability to rise above the immediacy of pain. It is about imagination. It is about sensitivity to small people. It is about building inclusion. It is about connectedness to a larger world existence. It is about personal tenacity. It is about giving back more to life than you take out of it. It is about creating extra-ordinary success with ordinary lives.

hank you very much; I wish you good luck and Godspeed. Go, kiss the world.

Courtesy By Anupam Nagar

Jayanti Lal Lunkad

In Construction Busines at Mumbai.

My wife, Kavita, is a House Wife. We have one son - Rachit, 10th Standard, and one daughter - Sakhshi, 8th Standard.

Manoj Mathur

Since graduation... one year with RSEB.

Then joined Vayudoot as GET. Was there for two years.

Moved to Indian Airlines in 1992 and presently working as a Senior Aircraft Engineer.

I am in Bombay "Mumbai" since 1997.

My wife, Nidhi, is a homoeopathic doctor. We have two sons-Manaank, 12 years, and Naman, 4 years.

Wake Up Call TAJ MAHAL

"Namaste, Walekum salaam and Sat Sri Akal" Folks,

OK now time to break silence after a week or two. I was very-2 busy with my work because my boss promised me to chain me with my office chair if I do not complete work for new product before my vacation (Finally, sher ko sawa ser mila added by "Lloyd"). Fortunately I could break free and finished it before my 7 weeks vacations to India.

I never waited for anything so much in my life as I am waiting for this holiday. Long deserved vacation after 6 years.

After breaking free, the first thing which caught my eyes was a small article (see the link at the end of the email) complaining that Taj Mahal is lagging behind in voting because of lack of awareness among the people and neutrality on the part of government.

No time to complaint. It is a bad habit. Just go out and do your bid. But question is why I should get involved? How I am benefited?

Well! over last six year I realised that we never do image building. So people see us as a country of weaks and poors. (That is why we are discriminated against). We simply do not care about our image. In modern new world you have to build image (True image, of course!). I believe in positive racism. My race is Indian and it is my identity. I will carry it with me even after I die. If my children decide to put a plak on my place of cremation, I would like it to read "Amitabh Chowdhary (The Die hard Indian!). Nothing more or nothing less.

So I do not want it (my race) to be seen coming from a weak or poor race, who do not have even a wonder in their land. It is simply not true! We are not weak or poor. We are a country of 300 million strong middle class. So WHY THE HELL ON EARTH WE ARE LAGGING BEHIND IN VOTING FOR TAJ. If we are truth full about our riches of 300 million middle class (More than whole Europe population) why do not we go to Internet cafe to vote for TAJ. Why cannot we sponsor Rs 100 to pay for the people who do not have money to pay for Internet cafe charges so they can also vote for TAJ. Why cannot we give people our mobiles and ask them to SMS for TAJ. Just sponsor SMS's worth Rs 100 so those who are not on mobile ladder can vote for it. The BAI who cleans our utensils, our Sabji Wala, our Majdoor Bhaiyaa who cleans garden. This all multiplies 300 million to 1.2 billion.

Remember what present president of India Dr Abdul Kalam said. "Takatwar hi takatwar se baat karta hai". We must have sabse bada BUM, building, dam, missile, the best wonder of earth and of course SABSE BADA BAMBOO (MBM Style). Then only people will recognise us. Still keep in mind we do not fight. We are Gandhians. But not to have a recognisable deterrent would be utter foolish. Be non-violent but still give impression that you are strong and firm.

The message of being a GRAND NATION comes from having TAJ MAHAL on top of the list. Here I want to bring one thing to your notice. We cannot afford to loose. Either we should have had withdrawn out of race as Egyptians did for Pyramids or we have to win. Egyptians realised that lack of Internet and mobile users will put Pyramids behind. So their government put the Pyramids out of race because it was simply not a level playing field. But we made the second choice because Indian government was not Jagrook (conscious) enough. So we decided to take on the battle. Remember loosers will be prisoners of their conscience.

So go on and fight this Internet and mobile battle. We have the best monument in world. (by the way We have first 100 best monuments in world!). Government of India has its own inertia so I disagree that government should do anything. In India schools are run by private teachers in every corner of gali, provide the best students in world,our nook and corner hospitals provide excellent quick treatment, our street sports man on and off win some world class tournaments. So in summary we are very independent people with true (best) democracy who can make everything impossible to happen without government's help. So let us do it now!!!

VOTE FOR TAJ !!!!!!.

In last remember Gita, the driving force of life. Lord krishna said "do not bother about fruits, Karma is most important." Will you please do your Karma? I leave it upto you to decide what you should do and how you should do it.

See you soon in India on get together.

Courtesy By Amitabh Choudhary