Bangladesh Musings

Getting Started We conducted a research for a youth beverage brand in Bangladesh in late May this year. We had failed at trying to wriggle out of work with a feeble refrain, ‘we don’t know Bangladesh’ and other dastardly options like reminding the client of our competitors well established in Bangladesh. The client persisted with simply, kindly and firmly saying, he was well aware, and can we please complete fieldwork…

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Good Health Musings

In a fast-paced, ever-changing world, we are constantly on the move. Home, family, kids, work and social commitments dominate, as does the proverbial race from home to work and back on weekdays. Late nights at work, long hours of commute, outings on the weekends, friends and family commitments and catching up on chores and rest has become a way of life for many people. Sadly, with such a busy lifestyle…

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A plausible conversation between the Lumiere HR Desk and a new joined (Lumiere Lite) on why its mandatory to be at office each Monday.

A conversation between a Lumière fresher (Lumière Lite) and the Lumière HR Desk (HRD); Lumière Lite is wondering: why do I need to come to office (Nerul) every Monday? I can use my time so much better working from home. Such a waste of time and energy traveling all the way…   HRD: Welcome aboard, Lumière Lite… you will be set alight to bring about your multiplier…   Lumière Lite:…

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Women’s Day Musings – March ‘08

There is a special woman in each of our lives, some one we want to think of and celebrate. While the list of women celebrities grows by the day, there are millions of invisible ones. Whether in our homes, our work places, on railway trains, in small huts that one drives past, there’s something in every woman that calls for a standing ovation. Be it courage, resilience, tolerance for physical…

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JANUARY ’08 MUSINGS

December to January marks the time for ‘discover’ or ‘re-discover India’. Its not difficult to cherry-pick wide eyed newbies at airports, ashrams, management school campuses, malls, temples and streets. Each one of us here has played host at some time or another. We take our cultural prescript “athithi devo bhava” seriously. It makes playing host pleasurable and rewarding, especially if the guest is curious, happy to explore, open and receptive….

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A short look at Dharavi before Slumdog made it famous.

70 Dutch students from Erasmus University wanted to find out what drives innovation and enterprise in different settings. One view was to get exposed to families who live on no more than $2 a day – their concerns, aspirations, dreams and stress points – their world view and what makes them hopeful of the future. We facilitated their 2 day visit in January 2008. December to January marks the time…

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November Musings

Pondicherry is repose for the spirit. It is a pit-stop in the journey, offering a salve of calm, sitting easily besides the clamour of noisy small town traffic and accumulated garbage. The French Quarters on the Eastern side and the Tamil Quarters on the Western side are separated by a double carriage-way. A distinctive promenade along the Bay of Bengal is an interesting walk. Rocks and small benches make inviting…

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January Musings

Have a wonderful 2007. New Year is a time for fresh beginnings and nothing fosters a sense of freshness, more than a great holiday. It’s good to be back after a whole 9 days of being on leave. The holiday was refreshing with quality family time. We enjoyed KL and Singapore. I’d like to share a few lessons that Singapore taught me. A significant take away is the ‘Merlion’ the…

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The Lumiere Playground

Our profession presents continuous opportunities to work with new, never before domains and challenges. It’s a profession where learning is a way of life and a critical survival tool. Peter Senge’s landmark book, ‘The FifthDiscipline’ is an enlightened, inspiring and insightful book. It teaches how organization learning can give organizations their edge and can serve as an effective blueprint relevant for learning needs of all organizations. Senge writes, ‘as the world becomes more interconnected and…

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Lumiere,the application of the ‘Fifth Discipline’ framework to the way the organization learns, saves and shares learning.

Monsoon Musings – A Learning Organization Our profession presents continuous opportunities to work with new, never before domains and challenges. It’s a profession where learning is a way of life and a critical survival tool. Peter Senge’s landmark book, ‘The Fifth Discipline’ is an enlightened, inspiring and insightful book. It teaches how organization learning can give organizations their edge and can serve as an effective blueprint relevant for learning needs of all organizations. Senge writes, ‘as…

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