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Training for Trusteeship

Last year, I had written a post on Trusteeship as part of a selection criteria for an International workshop to be held in Sri Lanka in September. Thankfully, I was selected after 3 rounds & got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to represent India at this exclusive 8-day workshop for youth leaders of SAARC countries, called Training for Trusteeship. It was organised by Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER), in association with UNESCO National Commission, the Earth Charter Initiative Costa Rica, the World Future Council – Germany and the US Embassy, Colombo UN Year of Youth and the UN Year of Forests.
The workshop was held at Kegalle in Sri Lanka from September 4th to 11th. It was a unique forum for young leaders from various South Asian universities and youth organizations. It was a thrilling experience to say the least. They all came from diverse cultural, religious, geographical and professional backgrounds. These outstanding young leaders in the region had been engaged in development activities over a period of time and had managed to bring about a positive and progressive social change in their respective communities & regions.
With other youth leaders of the SAARC countries
The concept of trusteeship is emphasized to bring home to these young leaders the notion of responsible management of our inherited culture and resources for the benefit of those who are to come after us.
This workshop is aimed at inspiring youth to do what they can as individuals and future leaders to change their countries for the better by working across the cultural, religious, disciplinary and institutional divide in serving their communities.
During the course of the workshop, we met, interacted and learnt from international experts in social media, climate change, social advancement, peace and conflict resolution, international law, and biodiversity.
Delegates from India, after the Country Presentation
I’ve always been passionate about building ethical, responsible and profitable organizations and also be a part of the policy-making process. 
Through TFT, I’ve added to my repertoire – elements of cross-cultural understanding & peace-building and access to collaboration with other South Asian regions to fight various ‘common’ issues. I hope to partner with other South Asian organizations in the near future and execute well-planned initiatives across the region.

Giving my Project presentation on Youth Empowerment 
It was a fantastic learning experience indeed for every participant. Personally, this international exposure was very beneficial for me. Prior to this conference I was not really have the ‘Big Picture’of the South Asian region and was really focussed on getting things done on a local level. This conference has really opened up new horizons for me. I strongly believe that a good social model is one that can be replicated effectively in any context/region with minor modifications. Through the workshop, I received access to a large network of individuals and organizations at the international and regional level. Hoping to work closely with them in the near future.
Delegates from all the South Asian countries pose for a picture on the Cultural Eve
Delegates from India & Pakistan with H.E. Judge Weeramantry on the Cultural Eve

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Invictus

I came across this wonderful short poem by the English poet- William Ernest Henley, recently. This poem has been very influential and has acted as a powerful message to many people, political figures like Nelson Mandela, Aung San and quoted time and again in many films, TV shows, novels and newspapers.

The word ‘Invictus‘ means unconquered or undefeated in Latin, and it represents Henley’s struggle with tuberculosis, which he developed while he was still very young.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.  

In the fell clutch of circumstance.
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance.
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

This poem illustrates the true meaning of courage (as Henley understood it), even in the face of death, and creates an image of holding on to one’s dignity, despite the obstacles life places before us

William Henly has depicted his life in this poem. It represents the moments of pain and struggle that created many obstacles for him. Although he did indeed face many challenges, in time, he realized he was the sole controller of his fate. By writing this poem, he conveyed a message with bravery and perseverance, which he applied to his own life as well. Through Invictus, Henley demonstrated the message of determination, courage and the will to survive on his own.




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About Me…


I’m back with my second post. In this post, I’ll reveal some more of ‘Me’. Before people read my future blogs, they ought to know me to some extent, atleast.
Before I start with my bio-sketch, let me share with you all one of my favourite theories here….

“According to me, the World can be divided broadly into 3 categories. Firstly, the Inventors, i.e the Engineers/Scientists(includes even the ones who don’t possess the elusive degrees). This category is responsible for the Creation of every Man-made thing. The Second club comprises of the Enablers(who are the intermediaries and are responsible for the delivery of the products from the Inventors to the Consumers). They take care of the Sales’ elements. The third category consists of the Consumers themselves. It’s a cyclic process wherein the consumer of a certain product will again become an inventor and create something else out of that product or simply become an enabler and help the product reach out to further consumers and the process continues.”

And thats about it. Now, proceeding with ‘my story’……

I’d describe myself as an introspective, cooperative, directive and expressive person. I consider ‘people’ to be my highest priority and I like to have things organized, settled and planned out.

I’m a Technocrat in the field of Information Technology, but my passion for Business Development and Consulting brought me into my current domain. Presently, I’m responsible for the management of Business Development and Service Delivery at Dot Now Social, a Management Consulting startup firm. I’ve been associated with Rotary International, NEN, ACM and AIESEC in the past. I’m an ardent Cricket lover, a Quizzing enthusiast and a big-time fan of Sourav Ganguly. Also to add to this long list- a part-time philosopher, poet and a budding singer.

I’m passionate about Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Branding and Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism and Social media. I aspire to be an Entrepreneur!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m deeply passionate about Leadership. From my modest experience at the helm, I inferred that Effective and Positive Leadership is the solution to every problem. A Leader can make or break the entity he’s leading.

Having lead diverse teams throughout my life- from being the Class Prefect to Captain of School cricket teams; organizing fests at college and leading sales teams to raise funds for them, being the editor of a college newsletter and heading societies at school and college, I’ve done it all. And with each experience, I’ve matured, and strived to become an improved Leader.

Before I close this post, I’d like to quote that 
Leadership is a journey, and every leader evolves through this journey to become a bigger and better Leader