VibzContentCart is all about celebrating life, our golden times, and charting promising future ahead. There could not have been a better reason than this, to publish the únfiltered thoughts of my school batchmate Shwetha Srivathshan. A mother, an entrepreneur, and a writer. What adds to all this is her ability to reach us to levels of introspection through her on-point conversations. I welcome her and thank her to be one of the esteemed contributor panel for vibzcontentcart.com
Monday, 2 November 2020
People say that it takes a village to raise a child. Never before was it so relevant than the present time? We, humans, are 'social animals' and have always surrounded ourselves with people, living and growing in communities and being together. However, today we are in our very own silos even when we are surrounded by people.
Earlier, when the world was a simpler place, with people having simple needs, where it wasn't necessary for both parents to work to either earn/follow a passion, where the family came first and where consumerism had not caught up with people's lifestyles, people chose to spend free time with friends and family and neighbors, just helping sometimes, just caring, just listening or just plain sharing. But, today, even though we are all well-connected, with smartphones, emails, social media, and fast transportation, we still aren't as close as we used to be.
I remember as a kid, apart from my school and TV, my favorite entertainment used to be hanging out playing with my friends and in later years, chatting with my friends and neighbors. I have spent many an hour talking with the aunty living behind our house while my mom and she finished their respective chores of washing utensils or clothes, etc.
Those conversations may not have been as informative as the educational videos or National Geographic of today but taught us many soft skills and helped us express ourselves. We shared opinions and gossip, laughter and recipes, dreams, and frustrations. Not only that but in case of emergencies, your neighbors and friends could be trusted to look out for you/kids and you never felt stuck alone. I remember visiting a lot of our neighbors and friends during Diwali and Christmas and the like, wishing them the seasons' greetings and eating home-made savories and sweets and them visiting us in return but nowadays, the maximum I see is fancy wishes and stickers on Whatsapp/via phone calls and doing the same.
But, today many of us are in a situation where both parents are working and a lot of kids are either in after-school/daycare programs or very preoccupied with their school work, activity classes, or plain net-surfing/online games/video watching; so much so that many of us are unaware of the beauty of having a supportive neighborhood that will stand by us in our time of need, sometimes even more than our relatives.
Today, I sadly notice that a lot of our neighbors keep their doors shut at all times (not that I wish to pry on their private lives but a warm genuine smile, a little wave never hurt anyone), never visiting you/your other neighbors without a need (while the few that do are pretty much of the nosy-neighbor kind), and being judgmental more often than not.
I am not generalizing with an intent to offend but fondly reminiscing the benefits of the good-old-days.
I do miss the good-old-days. I am all for growing modernization and technology and medical achievements but aren't human beings supposed to be more than just material beings? I am not being a cynic or pessimist, but I see that it does take a village to raise a child and more (no human being can claim to have done 'everything' he/she ever did without anybody's help), but, the world we live in, needs more effort from us, to give us that loving, caring village surrounding us. Is it too much to expect friendships and random kindness from people that surround you?
Have we, in pursuit of our freedom and privacy, become more and more solitary instead of the 'social animals' we are supposed to be? Our society has become polished, filtered and an unrealistic dome of disconnected arrangements. Thoughts???
I am Swetha and I live in Chennai. I, with my husband, co-founded our company, Leadengine, through which we help other companies 'Sell better'! I have done my Masters in Chemistry with a gold medal to my name and have made a career in Marketing and Content Writing. I am a voracious reader and I love writing too. However, if I am not doing either, then I am busy being a wife and a mother to my two lovely daughters.
Sunday, 1 November 2020
क्या आपने कभी शहतूत खाया है? ये तो जैसे हमारे बचपन का अभिन्न हिस्सा है. कुछ ऐसी ही यादें ताज़ा करने के लिए और उस खट्टे मीठे स्वाद को दुबारा ज़ुबान पर लाने के लिए विब्ज कंटेंट कार्ट की तरफ से मैं 'शमौना सैमुएल ' का आभार व्यक्त करती हु। उम्मीद है आपको उनकी ये प्रस्तुति बोहोत पसंद आएगी. अपने कमैंट्स ज़रूर से शेयर करे।
शहतूत का पेड़
याद है तुम्हें वो शहतूत का पेड़ बड़ा,
जो हमारी गली के बीच में था खड़ा,
उसके आगे जाने की इजाज़त नहीं थी,
हमारी हद वहीं तक सिमटी थी।
जब उसमें शहतूत आते, तो मेला सा लगा रहता था,
उसके नीचे, बच्चों का रेला सा लगा रहता था,
ऊपर चढ़ने का किसी का साहस नहीं होता था,
उन्हीं से गुज़ारा करते, जो नीचे पड़ा होता था।
जिस दिन कोई भईया या अंकल पेड़ पर चढ़ जाते,
हम भी झोली फैला कर नीचे खड़े हो जाते,
सबके घरों में उस दिन शहतूत की दावत होती,
कौन कितना खाएगा, माँ - बाप की आफत होती।
जिसने सबसे ज़्यादा शहतूत लपके, वो ज़्यादा खाएगा,
जो सबसे छोटा है, वो रो रोके घर सर पर उठाएगा,
धोकर खाने हैं या नहीं, ये सबकी मरज़ी होती थी,
कल दुबारा आना है ये बात पक्की होती थी।
अब न वो शहतूत हैं, न बच्चों का रेला है,
जाने कौन कहाँ है, खड़ा वो पेड़ अकेला है,
मन तो करता है कि एक दिन जाएं सब,
उस पेड़ का शुक्रिया अदा भी करें,
और उसको गले लगाए हम,
बचपन में बहुत साथ दिया था उसने,
मुफ्त में शहतूत खाने का सुख जो दिया था उसने
अब याद करते है उस मीठे स्वाद को
बचपन में सिमटे शहतूत के पेड़ को।
Monday, 15 June 2020
Whispering Woodz welcomes our guest blogger for the week, Mrittika Ghosh. A multi-talented, versatile senior educator who has been working continuously towards betterment of management practices in education industry. I thank her for sparing her precious time and throwing some light on the topic for today, "FEAR MANAGEMENT IN ORGANISATION".
Fear is something that is we all have...
Fear is something that is inescapable...
Fear sometimes blinds us to what is right and what is wrong..
Fear dictates our thinking; it even rules our relationships..
So much about fear...??? But WHY???
Fear is one of the most powerful emotions. It has a very strong effect on your mind and body.
Fear Management in Organisations
Fear is good at some point of time. It plays the role of a motivator, moderator and helps in survival tactics too. But now a days many organisations are using fear so that their goal can be achieved in a limited time.
Is it really beneficial in long run?
Studies show that instigating fear in management processes has given birth to very serious issues in modern world. Employees are suffering from stress and emotionally neglected. Their hard work is not appreciated at regular intervals, which ultimately leads to depression. Organisation use fear as a tool for but in many circumstances instead of productive work, it leads to infusion of negative atmosphere and lack of creativity.
Indicators of Fear Management in Organisations:
- Management focuses on what is done wrong and displays frequent criticism of our work.
- Boss yells at employees and uses public humiliation as a weapon.
- Organisation has an abnormally high rate of employee turnover.
- Induces resentment between employees which leads to conflicts of interest.
- Organisation plays and allows others to involve in blame game, " It wasn't me!"
- Destroys creativity and acceptance of change, forcing people into unconscious patterns of behaviour.
- Spends more time micromanaging than watching the external forces controlling the processes.
- Find ways to interfere new employees and ongoing projects.
- Emphasises more on repercussions of missing a deadline, rather than rewards of completing a task.
Often management believes in being stricter or following the carrot and stick approach to manage processes. But is that effective? Can it be a root cause of the possible disconnect between the top management and subsequent levels of staff and employees? How to bridge this gap? Is fear everything or just a wholesome approach to make things work? What can we do, to avoid fear management and still grow?
Meaningful Changes in Organisation not by Fear, But by Positive Reinforcement:
- Focus on what is being done right, should focus more on positive encouragement.
- Praise in public and discipline in private.
- Delegate responsibility to capable employees with leadership qualities.
- Reward actions that foster team development, creativity and innovation.
- Accept multiple avenues of goal accomplishment.
- It is fare enough to share the organisation's good and bad with the employees directly related to it, rather than being temperamental and making awkward decisions.
The process of mindset change, within management will take time. However, if we manage in possible way and encourage people to overcome their fear, then it can get started as soon as possible, Let this fear be not a blockage to productivity.
FEAR is not Face Everything and Respond.
FEAR is Foster Encouragement and Responsibility.
The world is grappling with the pandemic. The economy is witnessing an all time low and the leading companies are now actively engaged in either lay-offs or pay cuts. On the other side, there are few, that are challenging these adverse times and taking care of their employees in the best possible way.
Asian Paints, an Indian Paint Manufacturer is going fearless. It decided to hike the salaries of its employees to boost their morale in difficult times.
Can our management practices leave fear aside and adopt a more harmonious approach to make this organisation not hierarchical, but an equivocal entity?
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