India Life

Rendezvous with the Rains

An evening downpour cannot be enjoyed without a steaming cup of coffee! Sampurna Majumder relates one of her many experiences of enjoying cappuccino after getting drenched! And there it stood in the kitchen shelf. Beckoning me with its tantalizing smell, a hot steaming cup of cappuccino, sprinkled with cocoa powder. My desired one, one which I yearn for, every minute and every second, whether am jovial or sad or experiencing severe mood swings. Heavy rains slashed against the window panes. Droplets had gathered on the glass pane giving it a smoky and sensuous look. The leaves were in the best

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Education HR Opinion Recruitment Workforce

HR – Support Function to Strategic Function, the Irrefutable Paradigm Shift

Ganesh Subramanian writes on how HR has come a long way from being a support function to a strategic function and why it deserves a lot of importance HR as a function has come a long way from the days of personnel management to being an integral part of any business strategy. As much as this awareness among the business community is pleasing, it is equally depressing to see that still a vast majority of people, be it employees or businesses, view HR as a function that doesn’t deserve respect or importance. What are the reasons for this incongruent view?

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Digital Media Education Marketing

The Variations Presented By The 5th P Of Marketing

Our anonymous Marketing expert talks why the 5th P has many definitions and almost every professional presents a variation to suit his/her convenience.  To a lot of people, the 5th ‘P’ of Marketing has been determined by the business, in which they are in, try asking a person in Logistics or Supply Chain management and they would call attention to packaging. To an advertising agency or a brand consultant, the 5th ‘P’ would remind you of positioning, for a person inclined towards human resources and insights, the 5th‘P’ would be people. Emerging trends in communications place the 5th ‘P’ to be participation. Today

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Happiness Life Love Optimism

Learning Optimism With the 24×7 Rule

It is a gift to understand how to embrace optimism within oneself and in others. It is an even greater act of generosity to be inspired by optimism from others and to be willing to receive it. “We have the capacity to be a natural recipient of ideas”, says Anthony Tjan, CEO and Managing Partner of the VC firm Cue Ballad and Vice Chairman of the Advisory firm, Parthenon. Do we truly see the good in something or someone? Are we natural critics, cynics or optimists? Do we often think of what might be wrong with someone or something before we

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Education Generation Y HR Workforce

Organizational Values – New Age Ingredient for Sustainability

Gurulakshmi Iyer- Hait talks of why Business of business need not always be business and why importance to culture and value building can actually yield positive bottom line results That business purpose and business mission are so rarely given adequate thought is perhaps the most important cause of business frustration and failure – Peter Drucker “Don’t lie”,” Do not steal”,” Respect the elders” are some of the gyaan our parents and teachers give us time and again. We would either decide to follow those or not to without even realizing their relevance in our life. Value is definitely not an

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Education Generation Y Life Office Gossip

An Ode to My First Job: Season One – Episode 1

Our youngest writer Kushal Khandelwal talks of his high hopes from an MBA degree and 6 figure salary expectations. How it all came crashing down like a pack of cards as he entered his office on the first day. You’re pretty much the most recent entrant & the youngest person at your company. You get all the bitch work – and sometimes don’t get credit for doing it. You stay late and most importantly, what you’re doing now is NOT what you want to be doing the rest of your life. Where are you working??? Your first job… where else God Damn It. Fresh

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Education India Workforce

Glass Ceiling in Industrial Relations – Has The Time Come For Eradication?

Gurulakshmi Iyer- Hait, an HR professional, highlights the reasons for women to be behind in the Industrial work force and reasons why they would succeed more than men here. As an HR professional when I read that women have entered all spheres of corporate world, it really makes me proud. At the same time it triggers my thoughts too.Have they really occupied all top positions? There may be many other portfolios where women may not have been given appropriate place,but being from HR background my thoughts are really restricted to my profession. When I think further from my experiences I

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