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“Karmayogi ” book on Shri E. Sreedharan : Gita for all the Project Managers

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Finally, today I completed reading this beautiful book “KarmaYogi” A biography of E.Sreedharan. Without any doubt I can say this book is a “Gita for all the Project Managers”.

I am a fan of Shri E.Sreedharan from my college days. The assertiveness, the honesty, mighty power of this Project Management stalwart always fascinated me. I am a big fan of people who take risks and assertively do what they believe without fearing anything.
However, I always wondered from where do these mighty people like E Sreedharan derive their strength from. How are they fearless. Is it just because on the grip of their subject. Is it because of their people management skills. It has everything to do with their value system which is Strong like a fort which is built because of spiritual strength. Such fearless, assertive people who are best in whatever they do are sincere servants of God. Immaterial of the religion they practice, the strength they derive because of the connection to God makes them strong, charismatic and humble.This brings immense grace, they have an aura which is unmatchable to any others.

Do buy this book and read it leisurely chapter wise, while reading each chapter research for videos, news ,documentaries related to each major project. You get to learn so many project management lessons, lessons of values, strength and resilience.

Do gift this book to all the people you care and want them to be best version of themselves.

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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Posted in Complex Human Mind, Life's Like That, My favorite Personalites

Strength of a Woman

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Some of the Indian advertisements, movies on women empowerment, feminism and equal society are misleading.

We see a girl in Saree or Salwar Kameez with Bindi, long hair ( basically it’s to depict illiterate state of that girl) joining a spoken English course, learning English and we see empowered version of her in “Jeans and Tee Shirts with short hair”( to depict the empowered state of her). Basically the morons want to convey that sticking to your roots, being traditional you can’t learn English or get empowerment.

We see a dark/ dusky skinned dull girl failing in everything and she applies “Fair and lovely”, she becomes clever, active and successful.Heights of assoholism of Indian advertising.

Dressing or skin color or being masculine doesn’t mean empowerment. They don’t define or contribute to the strength of Woman.I ain’t against in western dressing or whatever dressing..in fact I am fond of my Veramoda or whatever dresses equally to the extent I love my Kanchivaram silk sarees or Cotton Sarees. However, I feel funny when people start judging your “strength” by your dressing, your levels of “Aggressiveness” and other parameters. Being “Womanish” is not weakness, it is the absolute “Strength”. To fit into the World, woman need not make herself like a “Man”.

If we want to see real Women of Strength of India, We need to refer to the Women in Indian History. “Strength of Woman” ain’t in unnecessarily proving they are better than men. Strength of Woman is in celebrating the power of feminity and not letting anyone daring to treat you in disrespectful manner.

Radha Rani is one such woman.In my honest opinion, She is epitome of feminity and how powerful she is being feminine is something interesting.
It’s not that we can manage to live like her in 21st century, however there is so much to ponder, think about and realign our thoughts on “Feminism” 🙂

Among Radha’s innumerable transcendental attributes, below are few:

Radharani is very sweet and most charming to look at;
Radhika’s eyes are doe-like and restless;
Sri Radha’s face is smiling and every blissful’
Auspicious, beautiful lines adorn Sri Radha’s lotus hands and feet;
Srimati Radharani is the most exceptional singer and vina player;
Radha’s words are charming and pleasing;
Radha is expert at telling jokes ;
Srimati Radhika is exceptionally humble;
Radha is the embodiment of mercy and compassion;
Sri Radha’s intelligence and wit surpasses all;
Shyness is the shining gem in Radha’s character’
Srimati Radharani is the beacon light of modesty and never swerves from the path of honesty;
Radha is never perturbed by worldly sorrow or misery;
Sri radha has unbounded gravity and sublimity;
Radha possesses Mahabhava, the highest sentiments of love;
Radha’s transcendental glories are shining in all the worlds;
Sri Radha is most affectionate to her superiors;

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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Remembering Brave, Beautiful, Brainy Iron Lady : Ms Jayalalitha Jayaraman

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Some people influence you a big time, they might be a bunch of paradoxes, they might be having great flaws, however the positive traits in them are that great and influential that we are bound to fall for their charm and magic. The Brave, Beautiful, Brainy Iron Lady Ms Jayalalitha Jayaraman is such influence of my life. I dont claim she is my role model, however the positive traits in her are amazing and we have somuch to learn from those traits.

I have grown observing her as a Politican of Tamilnadu. Her role in Tamilnadu Politics and in National Politics. I was always fascinated by her guts, audacity and her leadership skills.She was a Queen Bee who ruled the TN Politics, which was hugely dominated by Men. She not only just survived but RULED to the BEST of her ability.

It is not easy even today for a woman to take up leadership roles even in corporates easily, it is not easy surviving the management level challenges. And Indian Politics is one such field which is totally hostile to Women. Even in such hostile environment of Politics, She made her mark and ruled like a QUEEN BEE. She is admired by millions of her admirers across the World. She is well known for her administrative capabilities and people friendly schemes.

On December 5th, She expired after battling illhealth for  70 plus days at the age of 68.

 She ruled the hearts of people. She was one of the resilient, shrewd, popular Politicians.She inspired the girls to dream big and how to be fearless.She inspired all the girls how not to quit.She inspired how to be courageous and not to get disheartened of the insults and how to make a comeback.

Mam Jayalalitha!!!Your life is an inspiration to the girls of the Nation. May your soul rest in peace.

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Here is a beautiful interview of Ms Jayalalitha with Ms Simi Garewal, this 2 part interview is one of her best interviews, do check the episodes.

Part 1:

Part 2 :

Rest in Peace Ms Jayalalitha Jayaraman. You ruled the hearts of people. You were one of the resilient, shrewd, popular Politicians.

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This post shared on Facebook by Charanya Kannan sums up just why Jayalalithaa held such a special place in the hearts of not only her followers, but those who knew her as well.

Read the post here.

She was only 16 years old when she starred opposite M.G.R in Ayirathil Oruvan. The entire cast & crew would stand up every time the veteran actor walked in, but the Church Park educated, English speaking Jayalalitha sat there with her legs crossed, reading her book. It was this audacity that went on to define the rest of her political career. Obviously, she was a charming, multi-faceted actor who was trained in various dance forms. But not so obviously, she was well read and witty, she was intelligent and she knew it. It was not merely her affair with MGR that drew her to politics, it was her prolific ability to speak in English & Hindi with an intellect that could match an economist. When MGR died, she sat conspicuously at his head for an entire two days, relegating his wife Janaki to a sidelined spot. Janaki’s aids tried to push her away, in fact pinched her, stepped on her feet, but she refused to budge. When she got on to the carriage for the final procession, she was visibly pushed off it in front of all television cameras. This effrontery was what would help her survive all those years of politics that would follow. The entire party split into two after MGR’s death, but four years later united under her leadership to form one formidable opposition.
She won against all odds. She was a white skinned Brahmin in a party that thrived due to its Dravidian anti-class rhetoric. She was a glamorous actor who cannot, by definition, be taken seriously. Above all, she was a woman trying to ascend to power in 1980s in Tamilnadu. An unmarried, childless woman. To put it in context, she was not only walking a path of thorns, she did it in an oxygen less chamber while her arms and legs were tied. It’s a feat that she survived at all, not to mention that she actually thrived. In 1989, when she opposed Karunanidhi’s presentation of the budget, she was almost disrobed in the assembly. This was in addition to being the recipient of lewd comments and hair pulling. This is probably the highest documented insult that a woman has ever faced in a state Assembly. Yet she persisted. She came out of that incident more guarded than ever before. She wrapped herself in layers of clothing and stopped wearing any jewelry at all. She succeeded at ‘desexualizing’ herself and branded herself as ‘amma’ (mother), the only known way to gain respect in that highly testosterone filled environment.
Everyone knows her as the person who silences opposition and who creates sycophants who fall at her feet and worship her. This was the only possible way she could command, consolidate and hold on to the otherwise elusive power. If she was any more cordial than this, she might have as well been an airhostess.
She played popular politics. When the DMK promised laptops, she provided table fans, mixers and grinders instead all branded with her cherubic photograph on it. She accumulated disproportionate assets in 1996, and has faced her share of atonement. However, no one else, not even men, could have been a formidable opposition to the DMK that has systematized corruption and nepotism in ways that she couldn’t. Forget her followers who baselessly immolate themselves or cut off their fingers in a spree of blind devotion towards her. I have spoken to several civil servants of the state who claim they function with lesser interference under her leadership than under the other party.
And with four and a half years of her term left, there is no single leader that can fill her void. It will be several years, even decades, before another woman can even remotely achieve what she did in a state like Tamilnadu. Now her statues will come up all over the state, and for once I’m glad. In a few generations, all that will matter is that there is a woman’s statue as well, and that statue is not a mere kannagi who was venerated because she was a perfect wife, but of a woman who was a true and powerful leader of her own merit and her own making.

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Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Questioning and Challenging: Real Way To Learn

Whether it is Vedic times, Whether it is times of Jesus, Whether it is times of Prophet, Whether it is recent times of Socrates…the only way we learnt is “Questioning and Challenging in constructive manner”.

And Wise people were tolerant to listen to questions and challenges and helped the seeker in finding the answers by thyself with proper directions.

In my college days our Physics Professor, Dr. Sudhakar Puttagunta never solved the physics problems by himself, he used to question us several right questions and we used to solve beautifully complex Irodov problems too easily and in the end we used to feel victorious.

Here, again we have this amazing person Devdutt Pattanaik . His books, his lectures on “Sanatan Dharam” ( will not call “Mythology” as I believe, it was real, not “Myth” and it was History, thanks to Don Amit for  correcting me on this aspect ) are immensely Scientific, logical and beautifully explained. All the questions we have on Sanatan Dharam are beautifully explained by him. It’s a pleasure reading his stuff.

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Yesterday was lucky enough to buy his new books and must say, they are new additions to my treasured possessions.
Do check them if you get chance 🙂

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Inspiring Life Of Neerja Bhanot

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So many news articles, reports about the brave lady #NeerjaBhanot are in internet newspapers, TV these days as the biopic on her life is released in the name #Neerja movie. #SonamKapoor played the role of Neerja and definitely this is the best movie of Sonam Kapoor.

I do not want to give you introduction about Neerja Bhanot, because there are wonderful articles on internet, please do take  some time and Google them.

All I want to do is suggest you to watch this movie along with your family members. Why should we watch this movie?

1) To bring the human in us alive :
We are in unrestive, hypocritical, selfish times. Whether at work or in society we don’t do any help without any gain, we don’t maintain any relations without any profit. The rat race for power, money better life can be won when we are less humane, less empathetic, more selfish and we support our crap by saying ” we are being practical”. And if we take time and check the story of this brave lady Neerja, for few minutes we are going to sit back and think ” What…did this lady saved ~360 lives without any arms and she didn’t bother to save her own life even though she had chance to save her life first”. Ain’t this braveheart story an eye opener to us. Her life story is definitely an inspiration for us to bring back the human in us alive. A pinch of humanity and a pinch of less selfishness makes this World better place for all of us.

2) Heroes do have Fear, however they use their Fear as Fuel for their Courage:
We all have fears, some of us show the fear, some hide the fear and some use their fears as Fuel to bring courage in them. The way Neerja handled the 17 hours of hijack time, how she managed her fear and how she showed courage and helped people is remarkable.This is definitely an inspiration for us. When we are in deepest trouble and facing our fears is the time to show courage.

3) It’s the life in years that matters not the length of the years: We die each present moment worrying about past moment or thinking about future moment. It’s ok life gets fu@*d up sometimes, without our involvement our dreams get shattered, we lose confidence in our abilities, we lose trust in our skills and strengths which we were good earlier. However what matters is, gaining back our confidence in ourselves, in our skills and restarting our life with the help of family and friends is very important. Just a bad time is not a bad life. And we are not sure about tomorrow and what matters is present moment, putting our heart and soul in our present moment is what matters. The way Neerja restarted her life after a bad marriage and the way she got back her glory as a successful model and Air hostess with help of family and friends is inspirational.  She was only daughter of parents, She was lovely sister of two elder brothers.

What are you waiting for, go and watch this movie with your family and definitely the story will have positive impact on you. It’s time to celebrate the story of braveheart Neerja Bhanot.

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Beautiful Susan Boyle :)

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It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

~George Eliot

In my childhood I used to wonder about this quote of Eliot. I used to think its just nonsense. However, as I grew, I understood how life gives you interesting tests and how we need to protect our dreams and why we should never give up, why we should believe in our dreams until we turn our dreams into reality. Above all…its never too late 🙂

Other day, came across wonderful video about Susan Boyle. I was immensely inspired by her story and her energy levels. I think, it would be nice if you can see the video by yourself 🙂 . Check this major event in Susan Boyle’s life  and stay inspired 🙂

Do Check  Susan Boyle’s Story here :http://www.susanboylemusic.com/us/story/

Susan Boyle performs Duet with Elaine Paige

Here are the lyrics:

Nothing is so good it lasts eternally
Perfect situations must go wrong.
But this has never yet prevented me
From wanting far too much for far too long.
Looking back, I could have played it differently
Won a few more moments, who can tell.
But it took time to understand the man
Now at least I know, I know him well.

Wasn’t it good (Oh so good)
Wasn’t he fine (Oh so fine)
Isn’t it madness he can’t be mine.
But in the end, he needs a little bit more than me
More security (He needs his fantasy and freedom)
I know him so well.

No one in your life is with you constantly
No one is completely on your side.
And though I move my world to be with him
Still the gap between us is too wide.
Looking back, I could have played it differently
Learned about the man before I fell.
But I was ever so much younger then
Now at least I know, I know him well.

Wasn’t it good (Oh so good)
Wasn’t he fine (Oh so fine)
Isn’t it madness he won’t be mine
Didn’t I know how it would go,
If I knew from the start.
Why am I falling apart.

Wasn’t it good
Wasn’t he fine
Isn’t it madness he won’t be mine
But in the end, he needs a little more than me
More security (He needs his fantasy and freedom)
I know him so well
It took time to understand him
I know him so well

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu