True to the chagrin of the frequent
economy class fliers in us, the general compartment was a cattle class. Mortification
took a back seat to the fact that it was the last train to Howrah from Contai
for the day. I suddenly became conscious of the ignominy, writ large at my face,
to be chanced upon as disregard for others. A four hour ride in a compartment
that had its toilets occupied with flowers and vegetables that would be made
available to the snooty and plastic card heavy wallet consumer in me, the very
next day at the hyper market!
The compartment was a canopy of
coyness, for the hands of the male passengers were brushing unabashedly against
the uninviting breasts of the female passengers, till I realized that the
triumphant shouts were the counts of the number of black or the red ‘sets’ in a
humble card game of ‘29’. And, it took less than ten minutes for us to get
absorbed in the game and even interrupting and offering unsolicited inputs for trading
and ‘trumping’ the Jack,…
Our trip to Varanasi had a singular objective. It was all about bonding beyond the realms of a relationship as a father and son. The idea was to discover what is missing in our relationship and start working towards reinforcing the missing links, so that we evolve as matured adults in our respective roles in fortifying our relationship. The journey started on the 9th of June, 2016. By 5.00 pm in the evening, we had packed our bags and ready to start this interesting journey.
We reached Varanasi on the morning of 10th June, 2016 and checked into our hotel.
Our hotel was located at a quaintly named, Englishiya Line close to the cantonment and the railway junction. It has remained the way since the British left with their Raj, leaving no trace of anything British, off course! The hotel has a decent review across the digital portals of Trivago, Bookings and the TripAdvisor and was fairly living up to its reputation of a 4 star user review. The breakfast (buffet), morning newspaper, trave…
As a consultant to the “succession
planning” exercise for the position of the CEO, the initiatives included
Agreed upon incubation for the candidates identified (internally) to go through the practices, process and proficiency at the client
headquarters overseas for the role.
The candidates were integrated into special projects with
the idea to give them the exposure to the intricacies of the role.
The participants were subjected to an “assessment center to
find the exactness and fitment for the role, after the internal assessment was
found to be inadequate to adjudge the appropriateness of the candidates for the
The concerns at the incumbent’s
The two candidates in question were found below par for the
role which necessitated considering a third candidate to undergo the similar
process as devised for the two other candidates. The third candidate was the
Head of Human Resources who incidentally was privy to the process,
recommendations, feedback and develop…