Sunday, December 16, 2007

A hero!

I just wrote in to this guy cuz he has to guts to stick to his aims and follow what his heart says… and he has been doing this since 1989!!!! Whew! Hes my hero of the day!


Best Regards,

Raghunandan Jagdish


CEO & Director, Nandan GSE Pvt Ltd

Works: D 205 MIDC Turbhe, Navi Mumbai 400705 INDIA

Office: C15, Nanddham Industrial Estate, Marol Maroshi Road, Mumbai 400059 INDIA

Ph: +91-22-2763-5508/09  Fax: +91-22-2763-5510


You'll fly in the right direction with us...


P Please consider the environment and do not print this email unless absolutely necessary. NANDAN encourages environmental awareness.



Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Re: Om Shanti Om

hi divya,

i can help... dont know about downloading but you can certainly watch
them online... no guarantee for picture quality though :)

have fun!


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Re: Om Shanti Om

Does anyone know of a place on the internet from where "Hindi" movies can
be downloaded? ;) I'm so envious.

<raghu@nandan-ind To> "'Adhivarahan, Pramoth'"
13/11/2007 11:22 , Divya Maheshwari/India/IBM@IBMIN,
"Rajat Kapoor \(Rajat Kapoor\)"
<>, "'Vani
Bundela'" <>,
"'sangeetha somanath'"
"'Jaison Jose'"
Om Shanti Om

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OSO is a cool movie… reminded me a lot of my younger school days with
the slapstick, plays, etc…. also a terrific method to assure a super
success when u incorporate all ur friends into one song (numbering
close to 50 of bollywoods whos who!)
Deepika looks cute sometimes (except the item numbers where she looks
like a slut)….
Superhit is guaranteed!

Best Regards,

Raghunandan Jagdish
CEO & Director, Nandan GSE Pvt Ltd
Works: D 205 MIDC Turbhe, Navi Mumbai 400705 INDIA
Office: C15, Nanddham Industrial Estate, Marol Maroshi Road, Mumbai
400059 INDIA
Ph: +91-22-2763-5508/09 Fax: +91-22-2763-5510

You'll fly in the right direction with us...
P Please consider the environment and do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary. NANDAN encourages environmental awareness.


Om Shanti Om


OSO is a cool movie… reminded me a lot of my younger school days with the slapstick, plays, etc…. also a terrific method to assure a super success when u incorporate all ur friends into one song (numbering close to 50 of bollywoods whos who!)

Deepika looks cute sometimes (except the item numbers where she looks like a slut)….

Superhit is guaranteed!


Best Regards,


Raghunandan Jagdish


CEO & Director, Nandan GSE Pvt Ltd

Works: D 205 MIDC Turbhe, Navi Mumbai 400705 INDIA

Office: C15, Nanddham Industrial Estate, Marol Maroshi Road, Mumbai 400059 INDIA

Ph: +91-22-2763-5508/09  Fax: +91-22-2763-5510

You'll fly in the right direction with us...


P Please consider the environment and do not print this email unless absolutely necessary. NANDAN encourages environmental awareness.



Monday, October 22, 2007



                 IDOL worship ?


IDLE worship ?




IDEAL worship ?

After  immersion  .. ? 

The Day after .. 

Would you like your Gods bulldozed like garbage   ?

and treated like this ... ?


or dumped like this ?

left to rot for scavengers to feast ...   ?

Lying at your feet ...Helpless .. Abandoned by worshippers !

Maimed ?

Desecrated ?

And you create a hue and cry when some statue in your city gets 'desecrated' ?

You burn down busses and call for bandhs ?

Was that statue a GOD,


Is this GOD only a Statue ?

You decide. 

Wake Up !
This is our GOD !


nothing will happen to you if you don't forward this mail.

But it would be great if you can do it to avoid real desecration !





Saturday, September 29, 2007

GSB Ganpati of Wadala







Saturday, September 22, 2007


An Introductory Guide

by Peter Carter

Business process reengineering (often referred to by the acronym BPR) is the main way in which organizations become more efficient and modernize. Business process reengineering transforms an organization in ways that directly affect performance.

The impact of BPR on organizational performance

The two cornerstones of any organization are the people and the processes. If individuals are motivated and working hard, yet the business processes are cumbersome and non-essential activities remain, organizational performance will be poor. Business Process Reengineering is the key to transforming how people work. What appear to be minor changes in processes can have dramatic effects on cash flow, service delivery and customer satisfaction. Even the act of documenting business processes alone will typically improve organizational efficiency by 10%.

How to implement a BPR project

The best way to map and improve the organization's procedures is to take a top down approach, and not undertake a project in isolation. That means:

  • Starting with mission statements that define the purpose of the organization and describe what sets it apart from others in its sector or industry.
  • Producing vision statements which define where the organization is going, to provide a clear picture of the desired future position.
  • Build these into a clear business strategy thereby deriving the project objectives.
  • Defining behaviours that will enable the organization to achieve its' aims.
  • Producing key performance measures to track progress.
  • Relating efficiency improvements to the culture of the organization
  • Identifying initiatives that will improve performance.


business process reengineering expert: Peter Carter

Business Process Reengineering expert: Peter Carter

Peter Carter is Managing Director of Corporate Information Systems Ltd, a UK firm providing consultancy and training services in business process reengineering and associated areas.

For the benefit of students, Peter has written some additional business process management articles providing answers to frequently asked questions.

Companies look for help with business processes can contact Peter Carter.

Once these building blocks in place, the BPR exercise can begin.

Tools to support BPR

When a BPR project is undertaken across the organization, it can require managing a massive amount of information about the processes, data and systems. If you don't have an excellent tool to support BPR, the management of this information can become an impossible task. The use of a good BPR/documentation tool is vital in any BPR project.

The types of attributes you should look for in BPR software are:

  • Graphical interface for fast documentation
  • "Object oriented" technology, so that changes to data (eg: job titles) only need to be made in one place, and the change automatically appears throughout all the organization's procedures and documentation.
  • Drag and drop facility so you can easily relate organizational and data objects to each step in the process
  • Customizable meta data fields, so that you can include information relating to your industry, business sector or organization in your documentation
  • Analysis, such as swim-lanes to show visually how responsibilities in a process are transferred between different roles, or where data items or computer applications are used.
  • Support for Value Stream mapping.
  • CRUD or RACI reports, to provide evidence for process improvement.
  • The ability to assess the processes against agreed international standards
  • Simulation software to support 'what-if' analyses during the design phase of the project to develop LEAN processes
  • The production of word documents or web site versions of the procedures at the touch of a single button, so that the information can be easily maintained and updated.

The software we use by choice is Protos, a very comprehensive Dutch system that has been translated into English. Protos meets all the above requirements, and many more, and is better than any system originated in English that we have seen.


To be successful, business process reengineering projects need to be top down, taking in the complete organization, and the full end to end processes. It needs to be supported by tools that make processes easy to track and analyze. If you would like help with your BPR project, please contact Peter Carter.

(c)2005 Peter Carter



Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Annoying Indian Questions

Next time you get asked an annoying Indian question, answer it like on, it's funny!


Q. What does that red dot on women's forehead mean?

A. Well, in ancient times, Indian men used to practice archery skills by target practicing by aiming at their wife's red dot. In fact, that is one of the reasons why they had many wives. You see, once they mastered the art of archery and hit the target....


Q. You're from India, aren't you? I have read so much about the country. All the wonderful places, the forests, the snake charmers, the elephants. Do you still use elephants for transportation?

[note: This one we were actually asked in August '93 by a real estate agent when house-hunting in Boston.] A. Absolutely. In fact we used to have our own elephant in our house. But later, we started elephant-pooling with our neighbors, to save the air. You see elephants have an "emissions" problem.....


Q. Does India have cars?

A. No. We ride elephants to work. The government is trying to encourage ride-sharing schemes.


Q. Does India have TV?

A. No. We only have cable.


Q. Are all Indians vegetarian?

A. Yes. Even tigers are vegetarian in India.


Q. How come you speak English so well?

A. You see when the British were ruling India, they employed Indians as servants. It took too long for the Indians to learn English. So the British isolated an "English-language" gene and infused their servants' babies with it and since then all babies born are born speaking English.


A variation to the above is a compliment --- "You speak very good English."

Response: Thanks. So do you.


Q. Are you a Hindi?

A. Yes. I am spoken everyday in Northern India.


Q. Do you speak Hindu?

A. Yes, I also speak Jewish, Islam and Christianity.


Q. Is it true that everyone there is very corrupt?

A. Yes, in fact, I had to bribe my parents so that they would let me go to school.


Q. India is very hot, isn't it?

A. It is so hot there that all the water boils spontaneously. That is why tea is such a popular drink in India.


Q. Are there any business companies in India?

A. No. All Indians live on the Gandhian prinicples of self-sufficiency. We all make our own clothes and grow our own food.

That is why you see all these thin skinny Indians -- it is a lot of hard work.


Q. Indians cannot eat beef, huh?

A. Cows provide milk which is a very essential part of Indian diet. So eating cows is forbidden. However in order to decrease the population of the country, the government is trying to encourage everyone to eat human meat.


Q. India is such a religious place. Do you meditate regularly?

A. Yes, sometimes I meditate for weeks without food and drink. But it is difficult to keep my job, because I have to miss work when I meditate like that. But the bosses there do the same thing. That is why things are so inefficient there.


Q. I saw on TV that people there walk on burning coals. Why do they do that?

A. We don't have shoes. So we burn the botton of our feet to make it hard so that we can walk.


Q. Why do you sometimes wear Indian clothes to work?

A. I prefer it to coming naked.


Q. How do you celebrate Thanksgiving day in India?

A. By roasting an American....


Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ingredients for success



·        Each of the points below may not be applicable to everyone, but most, in some way or another, will be

·        They are ingredients for success not only in your career, but, more broadly, for anything that you do ( e.g., nonprofit work or any aspect of life)


Service:  Always remember you are in a service business, regardless of your industry.  Service means that you should return telephone calls promptly and complete assignments on time.  Service also means that you should make the client or fellow worker know that he or she is important.  Treat them as you would want to be treated.

·        Service is a relevant concept in almost anything that you do because no matter how high you rise in your job, or anything else, you are basically servicing someone else

·        Even as a boss, how you deal with someone under you is a reflection of who you are, so in that sense you have to think about servicing them

·        Service as a concept transcends looking at business as a service industry; it goes to a fundamental way of dealing with people.  Essentially, service is recognizing that everyone is equal and that you must treat everyone the way you would like to be treated

·        You get business by treating people with dignity and respect.  But service goes beyond winning business; it goes to achieving contentment in life

·        When you treat people with dignity and respect, and understand that you are there to service them, you will get it back and be a lot happier for it


Integrity:  People respect people with integrity.  People with integrity respect themselves.

·        Integrity is, essentially, doing the right thing, and at a big company like Lehman Brothers, integrity is the cornerstone of a good culture

·        Integrity is a sense that we are above simply "making a living," and in that sense it means turning down a profitable piece of business when the business is not the right thing to do

·        On a number of occasions at Lehman Brothers, when people have done things we were not comfortable with, even when they were big producers, we have let them go

·        In matters of integrity, you have to take a stand


Teamwork:  Teamwork means working with a client or fellow worker as a team member.  It is unbecoming to say negative things about your teammates.  Helping others will encourage others to help you.

·        At Lehman Brothers one of the reasons we are successful is that we are a firm of "we's" not "I's"

·        Individuals are very good at certain things, but there are gigantic gaps in our individual abilities.  If you are able to share things and work together as a team, you can get the best out of everyone – this is a very powerful thing

·        In terms of success, if you are a good team player, then others will be good back to you.  If you are selfish, then what goes around comes around

·        Therefore, to be successful you need to strive to be a good team player.  If it is not reciprocated, then that's the other person's problem

·        Companies that foster a positive team environment and that don't have a bunch of stars are more likely to be successful


Focus:  It is important that you work efficiently and that you are focused on a particular project.  Do not worry about extraneous elements that are not relevant to the particular project.

·        Focus and energy (the next ingredient) are best considered together

·        If you are going to be successful at something, you have to be focused on it

·        There are tricks to staying focused.  For example, a lot of successful people keep a clean desk, except for the one thing they are working on at that time.  This way there are no distractions so they can just focus on that one thing and be productive in that moment in time

·        Building structure into your life, even artificial rules like a clean desk, is a great way to improve focus

·        It helps to think of focus in terms of a laser versus a flashlight.  A laser that is directed will go very far.  With a flashlight, you may get a lot of light around you, but it won't go very far


Energy:  Whatever you do in life, you must put the time and effort into it to be successful. There is nothing like hard work.

·        Building off the flashlight analogy, energy is like the battery

·        In the working world, energy is how many hours you spend, and focus is how productive those hours are

·        Together, focus and energy are important to success because you need the focus to be productive and the energy ( i.e., time commitment) to make it work

·        However, focus and energy create a conundrum, namely that the more you focus and the more energy you commit to something, the more you do so at the exclusion of other things ( e.g., family, friends, other interests, etc.)

·        When you think about success as a broader concept than just "success at work," you have to be balanced

·        The only way to square this circle is through productivity.  If you are focused and productive, you can accomplish more in a shorter period of time than others can in a much longer period of time

·        People who are successful, in the broader sense, tend to work very hard to put structure in their lives in order to be focused and productive in the time they dedicate to something, so that they still produce quality work and have time for other things


Thoroughness:  If an answer comes easily, you should rethink it.  Thoroughness means being aware of the totality of an issue and thinking through the various contingencies.  Thoroughness does not mean writing long involved analyses, but rather thinking through all the issues that would be embodied in such analyses and presenting solutions in a clear, concise way.

·        Thoroughness separates the really great people from the not-so-great people

·        Thoroughness means that when you look at a problem, you don't just see the question that is asked, but that you look more broadly at the issue not simply to answer the question, but rather to really understand what you are dealing with

·        Understanding is basically learning, which is a great thing.  Every question is an opportunity to grow and become better because you are learning

·        It is important to be careful not to give immediate answers if you can avoid doing so.  Even when you think you have seen a lot of things a lot of times, everything has a nuance

·        Therefore, it is important to step back, think about things, do the work, make sure you understand and really get involved before providing an answer

·        People respect people who are really thorough, and they will listen to them because over time they will know that thorough people don't just say things unless they have done the work


Practicality:  Your job is not an academic pursuit.  You must understand your business, and your advice must be practical in the context of that business.  Practicality means that you must read newspapers.  It requires that you understand what your business or your client's business is trying to do and that you structure your advice around it.

·        While it is nice to think and dream in terms of theories, when it comes to servicing people, you need to be practical

·        Practical means solutions that are actually doable

·        Practical also means that you do things that make sense within the context of the event or circumstances


Ingenuity:  Perhaps a client might ask a specific question that would get "no" as an answer.  But maybe the client should have asked a different question.  You should find a way to get the economic result the client wants – even if the route is somewhat different from the implication of the question asked.

·        Ingenuity is about creativity and really understanding what a client or someone is trying to do

·        For example, they may be asking how to get from "a" to "b," when they really want to get to "c," but for whatever reason think they need to go to "b" first

·        Allow yourself the luxury of not being confined to "the rules" when you are thinking about something.  So many things can be done in ways much different from the way they are being done now

·        Think about what you want to accomplish, whether it is right or wrong morally, whether it is right or wrong for your client, how it can be done, and then, as an afterthought, fit in the rules (because at least in the case of the laws and regulations, you have to)


No Politics:  Do not get involved in office politics.  The most important thing is to do the work efficiently and well.  Quality work is the best political statement.

·        Office politics is a colossal waste of time

·        Ultimately what people want from other people in a business is for those people to make them look good and to make the firm look good

·        When you play politics, you will be wrong 50% of the time.  It takes a lot of time and energy, it's phony and it puts stress on you

·        If you catch yourself playing politics, stop it!  If you don't have something good to say about somebody, shut up (unless you are saying something directly to them as constructive criticism)

·        Never go out of your way to bad-mouth someone because it suits someone else or some political agenda.  It creates a bad environment that is not good to be in

·        Politics is not important.  Doing quality work is important – doing quality work is something you control and this puts you and your work in control of your destiny, rather than nonsense that doesn't pay the bills


Frankness:  You must be honest.  Do not try to fool people or give the answer they would like to hear unless you believe it.

·        It is important to tell people things the way in which you see them. This does not mean to be disrespectful

·        You gain a lot of respect just by being honest.   It doesn't mean you will always be right, but at least people will know you have no agenda

·        There is a premium on people who have no agenda but to do the right thing


Listen:  You must listen to what people say.  Ask questions when you do not totally understand what they say.  Follow up on what is said and sometimes, on your own time, you must learn about their issues.  The best time to give your view is after you thoroughly understand the problem.

·        Listening is hard because in the course of a conversation there are a million things going on:  concepts conveyed, how they perceive you, how they perceive your firm, nonverbal cues, etc.

·        A good listener is someone who is not afraid to ask the "stupid question."  It is almost guaranteed that someone else has that same question but is afraid to ask it.  At the end of the day, what matters is the quality of the work product, and if you go into something with unanswered questions, the work product won't be as good

·        A good listener also pays attention to nonverbal communication.  You should listen beyond the words spoken.  Open your eyes to the total communication (e.g., hand gestures, facial expressions, body language, etc.)


Confidence:  Views are received based upon the confidence that you have in the views given.  You must understand and totally believe in the advice before you give it, because recipients will be nervous if you show a lack of confidence.   The best way to be confident is to thoroughly understand the nature of the problem, the logic of the advice and how it fits into the needs of the business.

·        No matter how much you know about something, if you tell someone something and you are wishy-washy, they won't pay attention

·        The best source of confidence is really knowing what you are talking about (which goes to all the things in this list of ingredients), and after that you can work on your delivery

·        Confidence also goes to your mental health.   If you really know what you are talking about, you will have less stress


Read, Write and Speak:  Read to keep up with the business.  Write articles to learn new things that may be different from the problems that walk in the door.  Speak at conferences so that you develop speaking skills.

·        Not everyone is going to publish articles and books; however, reading, writing and speaking in some combination should be helpful to anyone

·        Writing things down in a serious way (e.g., publishing) is one great way to really understand and figure things out

·        Most problems in the workplace are things that come through the door; therefore, most of our knowledge is based upon random events or problems, and we develop ourselves randomly

·        Also, if you get something from a client, no matter how hard you try, you will always be biased and the problem comes packaged with narrower facts.  When you write or speak about something, you are looking at it in a much broader and unbiased way.  When you try to understand something objectively, with no agenda, you are much better off in terms of your knowledge base

·        Whether you do the above by reading, writing or speaking, the key is that it shouldn't be work.  It is important to have a thirst for knowledge outside of the random events that come at you in the workplace

·        Speaking at conferences has enormous benefits.   First, whatever you know gets advertised.  Second, you are forced to learn because you won't get in front of people without knowing what you are talking about.  Third, it is typically good for your firm to have people out there representing the firm.  Fourth, people (co-workers, potential clients, etc.) appreciate you doing these things (it is amazing how many thank you e-mails and requests for copies of your speech you will receive after a conference)

·        If you prepare for an event, spend time learning the topic and the event doesn't occur, you are still well ahead of the game because you have gained knowledge that will help you be better at what you do



·        All of the above are important in broadening you out and making you more efficient

·        If you know something well, then your productivity will go through the roof because you won't be examining this little thing or that little thing; you will know the context of it, and be able to look at something in a more focused and productive way

·        These points can apply to anything, including your personal life

·        Ultimately, success is having a life where you feel comfortable with who you are.  It is being respected as a person and not simply for the position you hold.  The points made here are a view of some of the ingredients that help make success possible.  The ultimate answer to being successful is not what others think of you, but what you think of yourself   




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