Saturday, April 8, 2017

Always a Pleasure to teach Wonderful Students at Georgetown University

It's a great class again! I am so lucky

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Celebrating Everyone's Festivals

Growing up in India, I celebrated a lot of festivals Pongal, Ugadi, HoliDussera, Diwali. and many others  During these festivals special dishes were made, we wore new clothes.  We looked forward to other festivals. Friends who celebrated other festivals like Ramzan shared their food and sweets. We look forward to eating the flavorful  Biriyani or Hyderabadi Haleem 

Also exciting was when  friends who celebrated Christmas, shared with us cakes and Plum pudding.

Today, living in the US, love the period at the end of the year where people of all faiths and religions celebrate the holidays as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and of course as a general term "Holidays". We have a nice Christmas "holiday" tree, the kids enjoy looking forward to Santa's visit and open their presents on Christmas Day.

You have to share festivals and appreciate every opportunity to celebrate. What ever you are celebrating this season, Happy Holidays and Wish You a Flavorful New Year!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Leadership and Tall People - Remember James Madison A Founding Father Was Not Tall

CEOs Don’t Have to be 6 Foot Tall. James Madison Shows Us How

I went to the Rockville library to listen to David Stewart, Author of “Madison’s Gift Five Partnerships That Built America”. According to David O. Stewart Madison was the “ significant Founding Father and framer of the new nation”.

David goes on to say “ Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, James Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. Forming key partnerships with Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, and his wife Dolley, Madison achieved his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic ”

Feeling proud of this fact about James Madison, you look at what Malcolm Gladwell says in his book Blink “ I found that on average CEOs were just a shade under six feet. Given that the average American male is 5’9″ that means that CEOs, as a group, have about three inches on the rest of their sex. But this statistic actually understates matters. In the U.S. population, about 14.5 percent of all men are six feet or over.”
I am still going to take inspiration from James Madison and then I see this article in INC magazine by JOHN WARRILLOW Founder, The Value Builder System
John accepts that he is short but ends the article with “If you’re short, fear not. While you may have an uphill battle for the corner office of a big company, you’re the perfect height to start your own.”
Ok I am confused, USA was built with the force of persuasion and influence of James Madison who according to David was not taller than 5ft 6 but in today’s world leaders have to be tall and if not they should seek to setup their business if they are short. Does this make sense?

Then +RACHEL FEINTZEIG says in a Wall Street Journal article “Aiming for a job in the C-suite? Height helps, according to a new study.”
It is not helpful that USA Today says “ CEOs say being bald doesn’t impede success and, given a choice, it’s better to be bald than short.”
The Economist continues to convince everyone by saying “ The typical chief executive is more than six feet tall, has a deep voice, a good posture, a touch of grey in his thick, lustrous hair and, for his age, a fit body. Bosses spread themselves out behind their large desks. They stand tall when talking to subordinates.”
What’s the point of this post? It seems that the tall folks have a better chance of being CEO’s but them if you are short , don’t despair. Take heart from James Madison and even go and read David.O Stewart’s book. David says James Madison succeeded by bringing people together and partnering with them. Hope to see you in the CEO’s office soon.
How tall are you or your company’s CEO?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Your Dreams Are Your Motivation

Friday, February 13, 2015

Disturbing story. Walking visiting parent injured by police

This one hits home tearfully. A lot of us who moved here miss our parents and very often they come here to visit and be with their  grandkids.  They miss their community back home and one of the most enjoyable past times for visiting parents is to take a morning walk.

This story is sad because you can see from the video that force was unwarranted and the result is heartbreaking.  

This is not an isolated case.  My relatives have told me of being stopped and questioned by police while walking and they presumed it was since their whole face was covered with a scarf and a cap that they wrote due to the winter they address not accustomed to.

We always advice or elders to carry our business cards with our phone number , in case they got lost in their pockets.  Apparently reaching into the pocket can cause a reaction.  It's sad to think that this happened at  8 am in the morning not at night.

I however caution anyone reading this to generalize the US based on this.  Most law enforcement folks I have met are incredibly smart,  human and love their jobs and the community.  Many of the police departments are trained to handle instances where language is an issue.

If you see any elderly person taking a walk in your neighborhood hope you will say "hello"  and "thank you for visiting"

Story describing the incident with photos

Video from the dashcam and the original call to police

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When Emotional Distances Matter and You Lose a Person You Love.

It is never a good thing when your  phone rings at mid-night. Yesterday Dec 19th 2014 we got the news that my father-in-law E Gopal Reddy passed away after almost two years of a struggle with leukemia. When your friends, colleagues and the community  participates in fund raising for cancer research you support their efforts  and never think that this will strike home so close.

In 2012 when we heard the first diagnosis, We rushed to be supportive to him and our family. It was a trying time for him a perfectly normal individual who loved being with people to suddenly struggling with his own health. 

What is the ROI of life? You suddenly realize that all you wanted was the ability to continue to experience life the same way.that you are familiar with. The first thing that you think of is how do we go back to status quo where everyone was happy meeting regularly and enjoying success and experience of living. 

My father in law was always kind, protective and always wanted others to be happy. He was always looking forward to other's happiness.

When you lose your favorite people, you realize that  you wish you had spent more time with them and the physical distance does not help. We wish we were closer and helped you in your journey to peace and happiness. Our last conversation was about making sure the kids were happy and taken care of. Thank you for all all that you did in bringing up your kids and making me part of the family. I hope you slept happily realizing your kids love you and are happy with the love and affection you have provided to them. RIP E Gopal Reddy

You were kind, you cared . We will miss you.

The memories of the happy times together will keep you in our minds forever.

We are on our way to India to be with the family. If you ever have a chance to help with the research and treatment of cancer, we hope you will contribute to your favorite cancer research foundation.