Thursday, 21 June 2018

International Yoga Day 2018

Another Yoga Day.
Usual hype. Media overload. Photo-ops. Celebrities galore.
But those who do yoga योग regularly, it is just another day. Like this senior citizen at Rameshwaram sea shore.

What is Yoga? It is best described by this line from Bhagwad Gita भगवत गीता , "Yoga is the journey of the self through the self to the self".
Yoga helps us understand our inner self.
Yoga gives us better self-control.
Yoga inculcates self-discipline.
Yoga for health.
Yoga for happiness.
Yoga for inner peace.
The government of India has given the theme 'Yoga for Peace' for this year's International Day of Yoga

For those of us who enjoy yoga every day, yoga is a way of life.
Like this grandpa-grandson combine! A grandson adds different flavour to the asanas आसन. Browse here.

Ghumakkad had also compared Yoga with Golf. Both help us develop better concentration. How? Browse the story here.
Even Elfo our Cairn Terrier who is no more, knew when I was on the yoga mat in the morning. He had lost his eyesight, but he could maneuver himself to reach me. Read the story 'Who will nudge me now'.

Yoga is India's gift to the world, Ghumakkad said so earlier. We wish the citizens of the world a Happy Yoga Day. May Yoga bring peace into your life.

       - Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/ 21st June, Yoga Day 2018

#Yoga #WorldYogaDay #YogaForHealth #YogaWithGrandson #Mind #GhumakkadHarsh #GhumakkadHB #YogaForPeace #self #yogaandgolf 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Rolling Pin and Golf Club

"The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" goes the old proverb. Simply stated it means that cooking food for a man is a good way to win his affections. What about the way to a woman's heart? Ghumakkad has a take on this. "The way to a woman's heart is through her kitchen"! Sounds silly? You can try it out! Of course many guys may also say that the way to a woman's heart is through shopping! But it is the kitchen- take it from me.

Kitchen is fine but what do you do if you don't know how to cook? Learn to cook buddy. Never mind if you have been married for 42 years and haven't entered the kitchen except for leaving your soiled plates. You are never too old to learn! This is exactly what happened to me the other day. 
With a frozen shoulder, Neeta was in pain trying to roll the dough for making savouries and snacks for our upcoming travel. Ghumakkad jumped in and confidently held the rolling pin. To do what? I took a deep breath and recalled the golf pro's lessons 25 years ago on how to hold a golf club. Not too firm but not loose either. I did the same with the rolling pin. Thereafter, it was smooth sailing. Rolled the dough and cut the pieces for frying- all by myself! Big job- eh! And thus I found the way to my woman's heart albeit after 42 years! So you guys, what are you waiting for?
Being an engineer, has some plus points. Such as slicing the dough in straight cuts and parallel lines. See the picture.

Another set of parallel cuts this time perpendicular to the previous set! Sounds complicated? See the picture. 

How does the finished product look like? 

Now you know the way to a woman's heart. Go try it. If you succeed, thank me. If not, try again!

Life is enjoying such tiny moments, day to day chores and helping each other. Hope you enjoyed browsing the short story.
We end with a picture of another favourite pastime of Ghumakkad-- watching the sunset together!

Thanks for browsing. Stay connected.

      -  Harsh-the-Ghumakkad with Neeta Bhargava/12th June 2018
#Life #Togetherness #Joy #Heart #Smile #GhumakkadHarsh #GhumakkadHB

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Life and Wildflowers

"May your life be like wildflowers, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day" goes an old proverb.
Extreme summer, but periwinkles sustain the heat and add colour to our otherwise dry flowerbeds. These wildflowers called 'sada bahar'  सदा बहार in Hindi, are pretty hardy. I captured one bloom in the evening to create this PQ-picturesque quote. Enjoy.

You may browse some of the earlier PQs based on flowers and listed below:
Wildflowers allow yourself to grow
Where flowers bloom so does hope
Rose petals and life
Nature and patience

Nature's lessons are infinite!
Greetings on World Environment Day 2018.

Thanks for browsing

     - Harsh-the-Ghumakkad with Neeta Bhargava/ 2nd June 2018

#PQs #PicturesqueQuotes #Flowers #Life #Periwinkle #Ghumakkad #GhumakkadHB #GhumakkadHarsh #EnvironmentDay 

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Value-based Leadership

Can we live with values in today's world?
What is value-based leadership? Is it mere theory?
How does it help an organisation? 
Can we develop business leaders who practice the values?
Are values only for the website of a company?

All this and much more.
Ghumakkad had the privilege to interact with senior technology leaders of an MNC ranked 5th in Fortune-500. It was most satisfying to share some real-life experiences to bring out the power of values. People like Dr Abdul Kalam who lived by his values, came to mind. You may browse 'The Missile Goes Silent'- my tribute to this great son of India. It brings out some of the values which he practiced. 
Some of you may say 'But everyone is not Dr Abdul Kalam'! Agreed. There are countless others who have excelled in their lives and retained their values. A sample of 50 such 'commoners' can be browsed in our book a preview of which appeared in an earlier story 'BITS of Success is Released'.

The discussions covered a wide spectrum with participants sharing their challenges. Am happy that we could address their real-life issues. An enriching workshop for me indeed! 

Unlike other posts, this time no pictures.

Would like to end with a quote by Thomas Jefferson who said, 'In matters of style swim with the current, but in matters of principle, stand like a rock'. You may browse this PQ- Picturesque Quote- in our earlier post 'River and Rocks'.

You are welcome to post your comments and experiences on this very apt topic.
Thanks for browsing.

      - Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/ 30th May 2018

#Values #ValueBasedLeadership #Fortune500 #ThomasJefferson #StandLikeARock #GhumakkadHB #GhumakkadHarsh

Friday, 25 May 2018

Ghumakkad Turns Six

Hurray, your own blog turns Six today!
Time for gratitude to each one of you for browsing our posts.
Time to look back.
And time to chart the course ahead.

The year that was
Highlight of the year ending 25th May 2018 was a series of stories under the banner 'Proof of the Pudding'. It showcased Ghumakkad's former students who have now become entrepreneurs.They have chosen diverse fields and their stories are inspiring indeed. These stories have collectively logged more than 8000 page views.

MBA Graduation
Business Area
Venture Name & Location
MBA(HR) IBS(2010)
Career Coaching
HRscope Consultants, Patna
MBA(HR) IBS (2010)
Entertainment/ Theatre and Performing Arts
XpressionZ, Bangalore
MBA(Mktg) IBS (2012)
Image Consultant, Corporate Trainer
Tualmagis, Mumbai
MBA(Fin) IBS (2012)
Designer Soaps- manufacture and supply
Soapatite, Indore
MBA(Mktg) IBS(2013)
Designer Apparels and Accessories
Preksha Jain – The Fashionate, Kolkata
BBA IBS(2013)
Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby
ILove9Months, Kochi
BBA IBS(2013)
A Gourmet Dessert Studio
17 Sugar Street, Hyderabad
Employability Skills Training
Digi Freaks,Hyderabad
PGDM(Fin) VVISM (2016)
Digital Marketing, Web/App Development
Aresol India, Visakhapatnam

During this period we also posted two guest stories which were appreciated by the readers. The first guest story titled 'Fallen but not Forgotten' was contributed by Trixie Asirvatham from Bangalore. It was a vivid account of a memorial service for WW-I martyrs.
The second guest story titled 'Male Showstopper' by Koushik Gopinath from Mumbai brought alive his brush with the tigers of Ranthambore in Rajasthan.
Another story which caught the fancy of the readers was 'Hand-me-Ups'. Ghumakkad shared his joy of wearing the shoes handed-me-Up by his grandson. Have you received any hand-me-up so far?

The joy of giving-- has been the theme of the alumni of BITS Pilani 1970-75 batch. Their noble act of  Guru Dakshina गुरु दक्षिणा - honouring and felicitating their former teachers even after 42 years, is noteworthy. Their story crossed 1000 page views. BITS Pilani is Ghumakkad's alma-mater.
In the travel section, our story 'Marvel in Marble' had 700 readers browsing it. It brought out the glory of Ranakpur temple in Rajasthan.

Which is the other marble structure known world over? Yes, the Taj Mahal in Agra! Our story 'Taj@Dawn' was appreciated by many readers.

Ghumakkad is also a teacher. 'Who Inspires a Teacher'- this story on Teacher's Day 2017 touched the hearts of another 600 readers- fellow teachers, students and former students alike!

All of us love our old school, college or the university. 'What has Changed in Pilani'- Ghumakkad's story brought nostalgia to 2600 readers-- mostly BITSians perhaps!

The Picturesque Quotes- PQ series continue to ignite the readers. One of the PQs posted during last 12 months:

No one likes to write an obituary. But we keep losing people in our lives. India lost its eminent scientist, thinker and institution builder Dr PM Bhargava on 1st August 2017. You may browse Ghumakkad's tribute to him  'World of Science loses a Crusader'.

When Ghumakkad turned Five 
For those who missed browsing, we reproduce below the story when we turned five last year on 25th May 2017. It gives a snapshot of each of the sections of our blog namely Travel, Wildlife, Environment, Teaching, PQs, Obituaries, Books, Reunions, Fitness and Poems during 2012 to 2017.

Ghumakkad turns Five

Ghumakkad's blog-- your own blog-- completes five years on 25th May 2017. It is each one of you who has helped us sustain this exciting journey. A journey of exploration, adventure, thrill and discovery. When we started off, we never knew we would reach out to so many netizens. With just 234 page views in first 12 months in 2012-13, your blog has now crossed 92,500 page views. 

It took three years when 'Ghumakkad crossed 25,000 mark'.
But it took just one more year to reach the 50,000 milestone. And the next 42,5000 page views came in this year taking the count to 92,500! Credit for achieving this landmark goes to each of you.

Numbers don't matter. What gives us a kick is when someone travels all the way to Port Blair or Africa based on our picture stories and gives us a pat on our back! We feel humbled in adding happiness to your lives.

Over last five years, you have liked and appreciated more than 6000 photographs in this blog taken around the world--spread over 230 posts with 30 embedded videos.

Of course, the journey continues. As we said earlier, 92K page views in cyber world is no big deal. But for a non-commercial, non-political, non-religious and non-celebrity blog it means a lot. It is truly a humbling experience for me. 

Credits: Many readers have given regular feedback to enrich the blog. Please allow Ghumakkad to mention few regular readers (please pardon us for omissions if any!):

(Late)Manorama Bhargava
PSP Sarma (Octogenarian)
Trixie Asirvatham
BD Bhargava(Octogenarian)
N Sridhar
Pramod-Helga Lakhotia
Umesh Dhyani
Pramila and Mani Thomas
Rajendra Singh
Sunil Sud
M Sitaram
Manasi Panigrahi
Aditya Jain
R Raghuram
MV Vasudevan
Suchitra Chowdhury
Raj K Mehta
Vinod Dhanuka
Avinash Tiwari
Supradeep Sen
Pradeep Mohan
Ashok Kota
Masthanaiah Aluru
Arun Dhupar
A Ramnath
Vivek Chawla
TJ Master
BU Vuppala
Lakshmi and NR Ravi
RB Dhavare
Vinay Prasad
PG Bhat
K Gopu
Parag Sharma
Anand and Farida Jain
Kirti Sharma
JA Rama Moorty
Kingshuk Nag
Brijesh Kalra
GR Nair
Swati-Swayam Mishra
Vasu Iyer
BK Nagaraj
Pradeep Siwach
C Raghuram and many more

Credits are also due to: CD Sawant,  RRN Chowdary, Deepti Thakur, A Mohandas, S Rammohan, LV Mohandas, S Santhanam, AVS Madhav Rao, S Raghavan, Sangeeta Agarwal, V Ramachandran, Chaitanya Shiroor, Vijay Bal, Umesh Kumar and the entire Bhargava clan spread  around the world. 

Time for a quick recap. Our first story five years ago was titled 'Exploring Bhutan Part-1: The Team'

We started off as a travelogueChange is part of our life and soon other subjects got added. The flavour of the blog has thus changed. We invite you to sample some of the stories spanning various aspects of our life. You may click to browse any of the posts hyper-linked in parenthesis:

You can also search within the blog for any topic of your interest.
Once again we would like to thank each one of you for your continued support  and encouragement. Ghumakkad hopes to bring you more pictures, more stories and more insights into our life.

Hope you enjoy the blog as much as we do creating the stories for you.
Thanks for browsing and being part of our exciting journey.

   - Harsh-the-Ghumakkad with Neeta Bhargava/ 25th May 2017/ 

 As we have always said, for a non-political, non-religious, non-commercial and non-celebrity blog like ours, every reader counts. Numbers like 135,000 page views (our current count) are minuscule in the web world. What matters is bringing joy to your life. After reading the obituary of our dog Elfo, so many readers shared their own grief when they had lost their dog. Similarly, after reading the entrepreneurial journey of ten of my students, many readers felt inspired. Numbers don't matter, your smiles and appreciation do. 

Is it a coincidence that we had exactly 42,500 page views during each of the two preceding years? Talk of consistency! Or is it the theory of marginal utility showing up? Again, for us numbers don't matter, your connection does! Stay connected.

Once again, thank you for being part of this exciting journey. You have made Ghumakkad what it is today!

     -Harsh-the-Ghumakkad with Neeta Bhargava/ 25th May 2018

#GhumakkadHarsh #GhumakkadHB #SixthAnniversary #BlogAnniversary #HarshBhargava #ThrillOfWriting #JourneyOfLife #BringingSmiles