tsundoku

I have always been a great admirer of many things Japanese. Last year I remember readings books about “KonMari” and “Ikigai”. While the former made me think about decluttering my world, the latter influenced me deeply about well being and the well lived long life.

In recent times I have heard about one another Japanese word which seems to connect tsundokuwith me and hopefully many of you who are #book #lovers – “tsundoku” – which refers to the act of acquiring reading materials (books) and letting them pile up without being read. As a bibliophile myself and an equally voracious reader, I can tell you honestly that I always buy more books than I can ever finish reading. This ensures that many books remain on the shelf that I wish I could read, but remain unread.

Are you a tsundoku? or Do you tsundoku? — not sure which one is the right usage, but I am sure you get the meaning 🙂

Choose stories wisely

It appears that we are products of the stories we listen and grow with. It is therefore not surprising that narratives form an important source of character, culture and society.ECO_036

This thought is not new. Interestingly Plato had written about it in his ‘The Republic’: “… Then it seems that our first business is to supervise the production of stories, and choose only those we think suitable, and reject the rest.  We shall persuade mothers and nurses to tell our chosen stories to their children, and by means of them to mould their minds and characters which are more important than their bodies.  The greater part of the stories current today we shall have to reject

As we begin our new year, it is therefore critical that we choose our stories wisely, for ourselves, our friends, family and who we influence, for lives will be changed forever based on what we listen, choose, share and tell.

Choose wisely, Live wisely!

Wishes for a wonderful 2019!

God Jul

‘Merry Christmas’ in English or ‘God Jul’ in Norwegian!Christmas 3

I have always visualized Christmas as something snowy, dark and cold with Santa Claus making it rainy (with gifts), bright (with colors) and warm (with love). It is a very family festival with most time spent sharing gifts and having a nice chat over a hot meal. Growing up in a tropical coastal town I never experienced the snow, the darkness or the Christmas 1cold.

 

But this year life provided an opportunity to experience all three on Christmas. Celebrating Christmas in the Arctic is very different from the Tropics. It is cold, dark, and snowy and feels like what I used to read about in the books. The Santa Claus, of course, remains mythical even so high up North 🙂

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Christmas is a celebration of a human being’s greatest possible act – ‘giving’. The less said about it and more done, the better. Practice it and realize its power for yourself.

 

Merry Christmas and God Jul (pronounced ‘yool’) once again!

A historian passes into history

Obituary of Prof Dwijendra Tripathi

Getting up this morning to the news that a cherished teacher passed away was not a happy start. Prof Tripathi wrote the Oxford History of Indian Business, the Oxford History of Contemporary Indian Business and the Concise Oxford History of Indian Business among many others. He wrote one of the earliest articles on Indian Entrepreneurship in the Economic and Political Weekly. He probably held the first ever chair professorship on entrepreneurship in India, the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Chair Professor of Business History and Entrepreneurship at IIM Ahmedabad. He was instrumental in setting up The Journal of Entrepreneurship and the Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship – both of which can easily be seen as visionary acts.

 

Beyond all his academic accomplishments, Prof Tripathi was a wise human being. I don’t Picture 209think there was anyone who disliked him. Anyone who came in contact with him left improved by his wise counsel. I have been one of those lucky ones. I had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with him on many occasions. I particularly enjoyed my conversations with Prof Tripathi when I was writing an article building on his work. They helped me not only develop the article but also become a better human being.

 

History and him remained inseparable. As a historian passes into history, Prof Dwijendra Tripathi will be remembered fondly for a long time to come.

My FPM Convocation

As shared earlier I defended my doctoral thesis in April 2018. On 30th June 2018 Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) hosted the 19th Convocation of its Academic Programs. Happy to share that I participated in the convocation and received my “Fellow in Management” title. Incidentally I am EDII’s First Fellow.

Here are some photos from the event:

I am a Fellow in Entrepreneurship

What?

Thats what my friend asked me when I told him that!! 🙂

Here is my rather boring explanation: Fellow Program in Management (FPM) is a doctoral level program offered by various institutes in India. The FPM is an All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approved four year doctoral program. When you complete the program successfully – which includes coursework, thesis and viva-voce/defence; you become a “Fellow”. The Indian Institutes of Management have been a pioneer in granting this title. In recent times many other institutes have been offered permission to run these programs. Note: All FPMs being offered are not AICTE approved. Kindly check.

Since I recently completed my FPM from The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad, I am now officially a “Fellow” of the institute. Prof. Sunil Shukla (Director, EDII) was my research guide. Prof. Amit Dwivedi and Prof. Lalit Sharma (Faculty Members, EDII) were my thesis advisory committee members. Prof. Sasi Misra (Institute Professor, EDII) was my FPM Executive Committee Chair. Prof Mathew Manimala (earlier Professor, IIM Bangalore) was my examiner for the final viva-voce. Raj FPM Viva PhotoCompleting my FPM in front of an august group of Indian researchers, was both an honour and privilege. The photo on the right is a happy memory captured after the defence and viva-voce with my Thesis Examination Committee (the five people who sat in my viva-voce).

EDII was the first institute to start a FPM (doctoral level program) in entrepreneurship in 2014. Since the institute’s FPM is focussed only on entrepreneurship, I think I can tell people that I am now officially a “Fellow” in Entrepreneurship.

My thesis was titled “Corporate Accelerators: A grounded study of motives, manifestations and measures”. I have a couple of papers based on my thesis under review in “Top Tier Academic Journals in Entrepreneurship”.

Thanks to all of you who helped me go through this long and arduous journey. I am now ready for a career in academics.