My Diary – Collaborative and Sustainable Design of the Nature

December 4th, 2016

Today morning, I spent some time at Madras Club admiring the Nature. The cyclone had just passed by Chennai 2 days back and since then there were small drizzles intermittently. The Parrots, Egrets, Crow, and Myna were enjoying a beautiful day of the nature. Suddenly, my mind was connected to the power of ‘Panchabhoota‘.

I knew ‘Panchabhoota‘ as five basic elements on which nature is built but not interlinked to the relationship among them.
1. Five elements of ‘Panchabhoota‘ are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.
2. Water flows through canals, rivers and seas & oceans; air and space are omnipresent; earth needs water and air to grow life.
3. Now the problem is to connect water with earth uniformly for growing any form of life.
4. Here, fire (heat) plays the role of water evaporation.
5. Air plays a role in distributing evaporation.
6. Space gives a storage of evaporated water in the form of clouds.
7. The actual process of connecting earth and water happens through rains.

What a Collaborative nature and designed unending cycles of sustainability!


Teaching with the World Peace Game

December 3rd, 2016

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4’x5′ plywood board — and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.

A must watch video on spontaneous LEARNING through world peace game. Please take out 18 minutes of time.

Relationship is a Not Dependency

November 30th, 2016

Now, for most of us, relationship with another is based on dependence, economically or psychologically. This dependence creates fear, breeds in us possessiveness, results in friction, suspicion, and frustration. Economic dependence on another can perhaps be eliminated through legislation and proper organization, but I am referring especially to that psychological dependence on another which is the outcome of craving for personal satisfaction, happiness, etc.

One feels, in a possessive relationship, enriched, creative, and active; one feels one’s own little flame of being is increased by another and so in order not to lose this source of completeness, one fears the loss of the other, and so possessive fears come into being with all their resulting problems.

Thus, in this relationship of psychological dependence, there must always be conscious or unconscious fear, suspicion, which often lies hidden in pleasant-sounding words. The reaction of this fear leads one ever to search for security and enrichment through various channels, or to isolate oneself in ideas and ideals, or to seek substitutes for satisfaction.

Though one is dependent on another, there is yet the desire to be inviolate, to be whole. The complex problem in relationship is how to love without dependence, without friction and conflict; how to conquer the desire to isolate oneself, to withdraw from the cause of conflict. If we depend for our happiness on another, on society, or on environment, they become essential to us; we cling to them and in case of any alteration in each of these, we violently oppose because we depend upon them for our psychological security and comfort. Though, intellectually, we may perceive that life is a continual process of flux, mutation, necessitating constant change, yet emotionally or sentimentally we cling to the established and comforting values; hence, there is a constant battle between change and the desire for permanency. Is it possible to put an end to this conflict?

– By J Krishnamurti


My Diary – Earning while learning – New Education Pedagogy

November 27th, 2016

We had a two-day Mission Samriddhi Summit 4 at Chennai where we spent time listening to various initiatives that are driving the social impact.

Here, I am sharing Project Agrindus – Integration of AGRIculture and INDUStries that was initiated by Dr. T. Karunakaran at MIGRI, Wardha to educate children of deceased farmers’ families in the district of Yavatmal, Maharashtra. He selected 35 children of the deceased and designed a great programme based on the principles of Nai Talim.

A few observations from the programme are listed below:

1. He designed an integrated programme on Personal Development, Knowledge Imparting and Skills Development (4 hours each).

2. The 35 students were divided into groups (pair each) and were asked to form virtual companies.

3. Every student pair would be given two acres of land where they would be guided to cultivate crops as per their choice.

4. The profit from their cultivated land would be sold by the students and 60% of the proceeds would be given as income of the students.

6. There is a computer centre where all the students would be given basic training on computer programming.

7. Experts from Scientific Agriculture and Industry were called in to voice their experiences and provide students ‘Hands-on’ techniques that improve productivity of the land.

8. The students were familiar with the company’s nuances and every student were named as Directors of the company.

9. In last 5 months, there was a case of M&A among 2 out of 10 companies.

10. The students have grown the agriculture land so well that they will take back between Rs. 30,000 and 50,000 on completing the course.

This is the first time in an education system where students are being paid (earning) formally while learning.

Kudos to the new model of education which can be absolutely relevant in Rural development context. These 35 students will be the next-generation entrepreneurs and leaders of ‘Self Empowered Units’ (Rural India) like what the IIMs have produced for managing a corporate structure.


‘Just ideas’ to ‘Implementation of ideas’ – Unmukt

November 6th, 2016

I will be conducting a full-day programme on Design Thinking named ‘Unmukt‘ on 26th Nov 2016, Saturday at Hotel Sofitel, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A lot of people who visited FinTech 8012 Design Center, wanted to attend the programme. And fortunately, this time we’ve decided to allot 40 seats for the external participants.

The programme covers powers of boundary-less thinking (Unmukt) and how Design Thinking helps in moving from Mystery of Business to Heuristics and then to Algorithm. It also talks about the role of emotional elements in moving Design Thinking from ‘Just ideas’ to the ‘Implementation of ideas’.

I am attaching a cost of Rs.10,000 per participant. This is to demonstrate serious interest in the principle of Design Thinking and Unmukt. This fee will not be collected by anyone in my office. The participant has to donate Rs.10,000 to charity of their choice and communicate to the programme coordinator.

Dr. Anbu Rathinavel from School of Design Thinking is coordinating the programme. Those who are interested can write to

My Diary – Power of Designs of Traditions and Connecting Families

October 12th, 2016

Yesterday, we celebrated Vijayadashmi or Dussehra. Interestingly, it is celebrated in North India as a day of celebrating good over evil and at the same time it is also celebrated in South India as a day of Guruvandanam – celebrating learning, initiating learnings.

My few observations

In South India:

1. Ayudha Pooja i.e, worshiping all tools and vocations is about celebrating power of knowledge and skills in our lives. Goddess Saraswati represents power of knowledge.
2. 9 days are celebrated worshiping – first 3 days are devoted to Wealth (Goddess Lakshmi), physical health (Goddess Durga) and the last 3 days to Mental growth – Knowledge (Saraswati).
3. The houses were decorated with heritage dolls/idols on multi-level staircase stands. These decorations connect all new members of the family with the memories of grand parents in form of physical objects like dolls. Each doll/idol represents – who got it and in which year. It’s a Platform for sharing family stories similar to what in management we call Fireside stories.
4. All the 9 days have different kinds of lentils or also known as Sundals as a giveaway after the Pooja.
5. Ayudha Pooja is a tools worship day with complete Pen down.
6. The 10th day is day of new initiatives, signing up for new Gurus or Schools and thanksgiving to Gurus.

In North India:

1. I grew up in North India where the festival was celebrated in a very different manner. It’s a season of Ramlila.
2. The complete story of Ramayan – which I call it as “Do’s and Don’ts of human life” – is played in every nook and corner by every community.
3. Over 10 days, it is an opportunity for the local play artist to play various roles in Ramlila. For kids like us, it was an opportunity for enjoying Mela and fun for 10 days. The Ramlila typically starts post dinner and continues till late night. It is also a mechanism for fund raising for local temples.
4. Similar to South India, Navratri (9 days) is also celebrated but the focus would be around the life and ideals of Ram.
5. In my family, my mother used to grow wheat on 1st day in a small pot. Within 10 days, the wheat (Jau) grows more than 8-12 inches. This tradition symbolically represents seeding of the new crop. The typical tikka to brothers is performed by sisters of the family with token of gift from brothers.
6. We have a tradition of writing a ANNUAL DIARY on this day where we record attendance on that festival, major events in the direct family, major events in extended family and then important national and international events along with major commodity prices.

I have not experienced the traditions prevalent in East or West India, except the celebration of worshipping Durga. I will request someone to update about East India and West India. Please correct my understanding also.

My learnings in both traditions are about creating family bonding, creating new energies and reiterating learning as a habit.

What a wonderful and holistic design for 10 days of festivities and connecting families year after year. These traditions build on us without even making any effort and become part of our DNA.

Ayudha pooja done for all kinds of tools, vehicles and instruments as part of the festival

Ayudha pooja done for all kinds of tools, vehicles and instruments as part of the festival

Heritage dolls arranged as part of Navratri

Heritage dolls arranged as part of Navratri celebrations

My Learning – Human Cell Factory

October 5th, 2016

Production capacity: Average adult human being body produces 5,000 – 7,000 crore cells per day.

Rate of Red Blood Cells, the fastest growing cells are produced at 2 million cells per second.

What a speed and accuracy and we even don’t notice it.

Cancer is an outcome of just 1 error in the above production line, which creates a havoc.

Listen to your Heart in a literal sense

October 4th, 2016

Listening to my heart has different connotations, but here I am talking about listening to heart in a literal sense.

Today, I was listening to my heart. We all know it pumps blood 72 times a minute that means 4,000 times an hour, which means 96,000 times a day; and in a year, it translates to 350 million times. It performs all functions completely unnoticed. I take this function for granted because it comes to me naturally. In the modern world, where my mind attention is linked to its economic value, whereas my heart gets no attention since it comes from a free economic tag.

Inherent Design Principles of Energy Distribution System:

1. One cycle gets completed in 0.8 secs – which means the blood in lungs is cleansed and it pumps back the blood for distribution through arteries.

2. Design of separation of impure blood and pure blood is done through four compartments system called Atrium and Ventricles.

3. Design of complex arterial distribution where every part of the body gets energy supply 72 times per min in the form of Oxygen and Sugar. This process works close to 1 lakh times a day.

4. Design of collecting waste generated by all cells also happens 72 times per minute or 1 lac times a day. This process is conducted by equally complex venal system.

5. Another beauty of the design is that all 4 systems – Energy distribution system, Waste collection system, blood purification and pumping system are fully connected end to end.

Connecting all the dots. As soon as I listen to my own heart, my respect for its contribution to my life increased multi fold.

My Diary on Gandhi Jayanthi

October 2nd, 2016

In all living forms, science has discovered Genes – which is encoding of repeating itself.

Question – is there something in all living forms – ‘I am Different’.

My observation is that ‘I am different’ is not only characteristic of Humans but also in lowest form of living form – plants

1. Each plant has different shapes of leaves. This differentiation is not required for producing food.
2. Few plants grows vertically and other grows horizontally. This differentiation is not required for survival.
3. Every flower produce a unique design of flower – from shape of sepals, petals or arrangement of sepals or petals, even color patterns are unique. This differentiation is not required for reproduction.
4. The fruit produced by each plant is unique with different texture and taste. This differentiation is not required for anything except ‘nature of giving’.

All the above 4 elements are not required for repetition or reproduction. Each plant or tree need not express so differently to reproduce themselves which is related to Gene theory.

I want to know if anyone working on THEORY OF BEING DIFFERENT.

Lifetime Achievement Award by CII

September 30th, 2016

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Govt. of Tamil Nadu have conferred me the Lifetime Achievement Award on 28th September, 2016. I feel humbled by the recognition from peers and colleagues of the industry.

This is an outcome of vision of Konarks and Partners at Polaris who dared to dream big and achieved it.

This is an outcome of the customers who trusted with their critical banking system technology with us.

This is an outcome of the wisdom of the all the Board Members as well as consultants who advised us at every step in our journey. Above all these, it is also an outcome of the support of all of you who helped me in shaping up my thinking.

Thank you one and all.