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Prayer at Work

Every organization that manages to survive for at least 10 years has, I think, at least one good practice that it can proudly boast of as its ‘Best Practice.’

But how do you define a best practice? I can already imagine you asking this. Well, my idea of a best practice is a positive activity that is so deeply ingrained into an organization’s culture that it seems to happen almost automatically, requiring no supervision or intervention to keep it going.

In my current place of work, for instance, we begin our day at 10 AM by standing together in a common hall for a short prayer session. Lata Mangeshkar’s song ‘E Malik Tere Bande Hum…’ is played on the music system and all we have to do is stand with folded hands and hum along. As soon as the song ends, the music system is switched off and the hall reverberates with everyone saying ‘Om’ thrice, loudly and clearly.

The lyrics of the song have universal appeal as they are devoid of any references to any religion or prophet. This is important as India is a diverse country and organisations cannot afford to indulge in activities that isolate individuals.

I look at this daily prayer session as a best practice because

1. This practice is so wonderfully simple and deceptively easy to follow that it seems to happen daily almost automatically, which is, I think, a great thing, considering the fact that every other process requires a strong driving force. Without that force, everything falls flat and things fall apart.

2. It helps employees in starting work with positive vibes towards each other.

3. It inculcates a sense of humility and unity under all circumstances as everyone, including senior management, participates in it.

My organization is, I think, the only car dealership in Delhi NCR that follows this practice.

I recently read an article in LinkedIn about an organization where people have a short dance session before hitting work. Isn’t that wonderful? A great way of staying fit too.

Do comment, dear readers, and let me know about the best practices followed in your ieganization

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Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai

This recent pic of mine reminded me of the opening lines of a Bollywood song mentioned above in the title. Its literal translation is “What’s Behind The Blouse?” That’s pretty straight and simple, isn’t it?

It is the metaphorical meaning, however, that arouses passions and raises controversies on what it represents, the female sexuality.

Way back in 1993, when the film Khalayak was released, its choli-ke-peeche song was banned both on All India radio and Doordarshan Television because it was considered vulgar and obscene, replete with double meanings.

But banning never helps, does it? It only whets the craze. In spite of huge criticism, the song became a rage and the film picked up lots of Filmfare awards.

Here is some free advice for still-not-bestseller writers. First get your books banned.

First Commercial Jingle

First crush, first date, first affair, first kiss…Who doesn’t remember them? Anything that happens to you for the first time always remains unforgettable, doesn’t it?

On 14 April 2019, my husband Sukhangshu Chatterjee reached an important milestone in his theater career as a Voiceover Artist.

He recorded his first commercial jingle after first translating the matter into Bangla and singing it as per the original tune.

Click here and listen.

https://vocaroo.com/i/s0HvVJFdmCds

It made us all feel very proud and happy for him.

One Special Monday

 

Monday, 8 May 2017, turned out to be a super special day for my family! It made me glow happily, like the moon basking in the glory of a shining star.

While the hot, orange-yellow sun blazed outside in a clear, blue sky over the dazzling, golden-yellow Amaltas flowers, my husband Sukhangshu presented a program inside the Jamia Millia University premises on the occasion of Tagore’s 156th birth anniversary celebration. I was pleasantly surprised to see that most of the audience too were dressed in yellow!

In his soft, gentle voice, Sukhangshu talked about Tagore’s famous stories ‘The Kabuliwala,’ ‘Tota Kahini,’ and ‘Homecoming’ to a spellbound audience, which included my 21-year-old daughter Suroshri and me.

For Sukhangshu, this event was another feather in his cap, worth cherishing all through his life, because getting invited to speak on Tagore in a reputed University like Jamia Millia is by itself a big sign of recognition for the work he has done till date in theater and theater education in schools.

The program was interactive in nature. The participants wore bright yellow tops, T-shirts, and kurtas in keeping with Tagore’s ideas on beauty of nature. Somewhere in the middle of the program, while Sukhangshu took a break, a group of children performed a dance based on Rabindra Sangeet, a collection of songs and music composed by Tagore. They looked very cute. If Tagore had been present that day, I am sure he would have been very happy too.

In the end, Sukhangshu was gifted a lovely momento made by the children of Aseem- Asha Foundation.

Just before we left, we were shown around the arts gallery by the organizer Aseem Asha Usman himself and the artist kids who created those lovely paintings and photographs. All the works on display  were inspired from Tagore’s works. It was really amazing to find so many talented, young people under the same roof.

Here are some photos I clicked that day.

Program banner: These were placed all over the place. Sukhangshu is in 3rd row, 1st pic.

Here, Sukhangshu is talking about Tagore’s story on education, ‘Tota Kahini.’ The children made the session lively by singing a few lines in chorus from Sukhangshu’s Hindi adaptation of this story.

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Sukhangshu, in the backdrop of paintings and photographs…

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Organizer Aseem Asha Usman

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The Audience

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The children, performing Rabindra Sangeet nritya.

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An excerpt of a page of the program booklets distributed among the audience.

And now the momento ceremony…

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Outside the auditorium, as we walked out…




Que Sera, Sera

 

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This pic throws up a lot of unanswered questions and you wonder what this couple is talking about. They are standing close to each other, engaged in a serious discussion, looking ahead, but not at each other. Perhaps they are on the verge of breaking up.

The girl is back from office or studies, it seems. She has a sense of purpose because she is holding a purse and she is properly dressed. But the boy apparently has a casual approach, if you go by his chappals and the slightly upturned collar of his T-shirt. Another possibility is that they are just good friends or perhaps just a brother-sister couple. Whatever it is that this couple is engaged in, this pic makes me worry about them and I hope all goes well with them in future…

They reminded me of these lines from Doris Day’s song, “Que Sera, Sera.”

When I grew up and fell in love,

I asked my lover,

What lies ahead,

Will we have rainbows day after day?

Here’s what he said to me.

Que sera, sera,

Whatever will be, will be.

The future’s not ours to see,

Que sera, sera…”

 

Phul Gaindwa Na Maro…

This Marigold flower reminded me of an old Hindi song sung wonderfully by Manna Dey…Phul Gaindwa Na Maro, na maro, Lagat Karajwa Mein chot…Really wonderful poetry with lots of double meaning…It means “Don’t hit me with a Marigold flower, don’t hit me, it hurts my soul… ”

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My New Page “Speeches.”

I have just added a new page “Speeches” on my photoblog.

Here is the link: https://jasbirchatterjeephotoblog.wordpress.com/speeches/.

I feel really proud of this new page because it indicates how much I have evolved. I had never imagined that one day I would be so confident with the mike and perform on stage without any fear.