Private Sector

A deep dive into nostalgia

Author: 
Ashok Mathur

Ashok Mathur was born in 1969 in his ancestral house, an old haveli in the heart of Chandni Chowk, and brought up amidst the rich history of Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi). He graduated from Delhi University and served as a non-working journalist in a leading media house in New Delhi.

A fifth-generation Dilliwala, Ashok now takes heritage and culture lovers on walks in the narrow by-lanes Old Delhi, sharing his knowledge about its lost lifestyles with students of history, sociology, anthropology and architecture.

The mind — it doesn't ask you for the time, place or date to ooze memories from its invisible alleys — it just flashes memories in front of your eyes in a second, leaving its impression for days, years and generations maybe, though sometimes you have to coax it and pray to it to churn out a desirable memory and the result is, you may fail.

Musings of an octogenarian on the human predicament

Author: 
V. N. K. Kumar

Professor V. N. K. Kumar is 82 years old. He believes that in his previous incarnation before retirement (or so it seems now), Prof Kumar was a chartered Mechanical Engineer and graduated from IIM, Ahmedabad.

Prof. Kumar has worked in Industries like TATA Engineering and Locomotive Co., SAIL and CUMI as Training manager. He has taught in institutes like Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi as a professor of management.

Prof. Kumar has two sons and three grandchildren. He is presently living in Mysore with his wife.

In the years to come, our descendants will want to know what it was like to be alive now, during the Great Pandemic of 2020. But memory is an imperfect instrument. It fades, it fragments, it’s easily rewritten.

For the sake of those stories we’ll tell one day, I wanted to write down the feel of this moment while my impressions are fresh.

A lively discussion in these corona times

Author: 
Jatinder Sethi

Jatinder Sethi was born in Lyallpur, now Faisalabad, in pre-Independence India. He finished his M.A. (English) from Delhi University in 1956, and went off to London to study Advertising in 1958. He passed his Membership Exam of The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (M.I.P.A) in1965, and joined Rallis India in Bombay. Later, for over 20 years, he worked for the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Now retired, he helps his son in his ad agency in Delhi.

Doubting Thomas

Author: 
Baljit Ahluwalia

Baljit Ahluwalia is a veteran trainer with over 25 years of experience with the Indian Air Force and the corporate world. Leadership and management were his transfer skills with the Air Force middle level and senior level officers. He continued to train the senior officers in similar skills in the corporate world as well. But the context was especially designed to the ‘felt' needs of the private sector. As a motivator Baljit honed the personality traits of the participants with the theoretical aspects woven into their application at work place.

Baljit is a pioneer of training in BPO/KPO industry, having published several papers and case studies which are used widely. He relates to his trainees easily and addresses his audience at their threshold level. Baljit is a popular speaker and a panelist in discussion forums.

Introduction

The last decade of the 20th century and the first decade of this century saw the mushrooming of BPOs in our country. The reason for the boom was the plethora of infrastructure, abundant young manpower and good training facilities. Young graduates with computer skills wanted a decent pay package and a great work ambience.

Learnings in Teaching

Author: 
Piyali Kanabar

Piyali Kanabar is into several fields related to education. She is a teacher straight from the heart, having served Bhavan's Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir as a teacher for over two decades. She’s also a corporate trainer and presently runs an institute in Nagpur catering to soft skills training and personality grooming called 'So What? A Center For Counseling and Professional Perfection'.

Piyali serves as a Cambridge Council examiner of BEC and trains students, professionals and housewives in spoken English. She also trains students for examinations like the IELTS, GRE, GMAT, PTE, SAT, TOEFL and CAT.

Piyali undertakes behavioural counseling and guidance. She is a member of the Nagpur Toastmasters Club at the Gold level and a member of India Peace Centre. She is involved with Seva kitchen, serving free homemade food to caretakers of patients.

A life is strewn with several shades of threads, each contributing its hue to your life but you have one special colour. Yes, for me it had always had been my family, my husband, my kids. As I moved on in life, I happened to get another love of my life in the profession of teaching which I always coveted. I generally would wear the sarees of my mom and enact as a teacher, later I designed my study habits in a way that I would become my own teacher and teach myself. I loved the whole teacher game a lot.

The Summer of Sam

Author: 
Rakshat Hooja

Rakshat Hooja lives in Jaipur. In his late thirties, he is still trying to figure out what to do in life. Currently, he is working on a project to set up a community college in Jaipur. He loves watching sports and reading and discussing about politics.

Reminiscences of teachers and principals

Author: 
Niti Paul Mehta

Niti Paul Mehta was born in 1932 in Bahawal Nagar (now in Pakistan) in pre-Independence India. As his father was in the Indian Railways, he had to change schools each time his father had a transfer. Thus, he was educated in various cities of Punjab and finally graduated from Government College, Rohtak in 1953. He did his Bachelors in Teaching from Vaish College, Rohtak and his Masters in English from Aligarh Muslim University. He retired as Vice Principal of a senior secondary school in Delhi in 1993 and continues to live in Delhi.

Editor's Note: Shri Mehta's articles, middles and short stories have appeared in almost all the major national dailies and magazines. Some of his articles have been included in anthologies as well. Many prominent writers have quoted his work in their books / articles. At InOurDays.org, we are very privileged to have published four pieces by Shri Mehta earlier. Here are two more.


A seat in the bus and my vote

In my younger days I used to travel by bus while going to work. It was no small or easy feat those days. Traveling by bus was an ordeal. In the morning I caught a bus to go to work. In the afternoon I would catch a bus to come back home. Both ways the bus would be full of teachers.

Reminiscences at Random

Author: 
Niti Paul Mehta

Niti Paul Mehta was born in 1932 in Bahawal Nagar (now in Pakistan) in pre-Independence India. As his father was in the Indian Railways, he had to change schools each time his father had a transfer. Thus, he was educated in various cities of Punjab and finally graduated from Government College, Rohtak in 1953. He did his Bachelors in Teaching from Vaish College, Rohtak and his Masters in English from Aligarh Muslim University. He retired as Vice Principal of a senior secondary school in Delhi in 1993 and continues to live in Delhi.

Editor's Note: Shri Mehta's articles, middles and short stories have appeared in almost all the major national dailies and magazines. Some of his articles have been included in anthologies as well. Many prominent writers have quoted his work in their books / articles. At InOurDays.org, we are very privileged to publish four pieces by Shri Mehta here.


Private diary. The dead Phone. And thy Kingdom!

Of all the diaries you maintain that of your memory is the best — the most private, intimate, detailed and honest. It is the best recorded diary.

My experience with the Internet - good or bad?

Author: 
Jatinder Sethi

Jatinder Sethi was born in Lyallpur, now Faisalabad, in pre-Independence India. He finished his M.A. (English) from Delhi University in 1956, and went off to London to study Advertising in 1958. He passed his Membership Exam of The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (M.I.P.A) in1965, and joined Rallis India in Bombay. Later, for over 20 years, he worked for the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Now retired, he helps his son in his ad agency in Delhi.

“Not quite the web we wanted,” says World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee.

I am Jatinder Sethi, 88 years, residing in Gurugram, India. Net Blogger!

One of the first comments on the internet to my first blog post about my birthplace, Lyallpur (now in Pakistan), that, surprisingly came just few days after it appeared on the web (2012.09.015), was from two young Indian girls studying for their PhD in Berkley USA. They sounded thrilled as my blog reminded them of their own grandfather and his life.

Life: blunders and hopes

Author: 
Kavita Batheja

Kavita Batheja holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and has served as assistant professor of Chemistry in various private higher education institutions. She is passionate about teaching, writing and the environment, especially on issues related to groundwater — its contamination, scarcity and misuse. Presently on a break from her teaching career due to family responsibilities, she likes to write in her leisure time.

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