Archive for February, 2008

how to enjoy & still not stumble?

February 10, 2008

Another dose of reflection or insight, huh?

Well, how can a trip to Gir & Girnar on a dark starlit night go without any inspiration?

It was a wonderful experience while we were all getting down the Girnar hills.

Only couple of days had passed after the No Moon’s day. We walked on stony path for maybe quarter of an hour and reached a somewhat plain open area, all in the ‘beautiful’ darkness. It was couple of hours after the sunset and the weather was quiet cold (unusual for a day in February) but the uphill walk on the mountain terrain had generated enough body heat to make me take off my jacket. We then closed our eyes and tried to meditate in the serene environment. The silence and the environment were truly blissful. We could even ‘see’ and ‘feel’ the wind moving from one side to another.

Then came the beautiful sound from a distance – it was the ‘vaishnav jan’ instrumental tune. It was so pleasing to the ears that I wanted it to go on and on. I felt that it was coming from quiet a distance but that was not true. The source of sound kept coming closer till the guy playing it (on cell phone or recorder?) was just next to me. The experience of silence and then the soothing music lasted for minutes but I wanted more of it.

We then started to walk down the hill. We were instructed to walk in pairs (there was a wild animal nearby and probably that is the reason we had to stop the meditation and leave the place). While walking down the hill we had to strain our eyes in the dark to avoid tumbling on the uneven rocks. However, I chanced to take my attention off the path and look up towards the star studded sky … Wow! What an enchanting sight it was?

It then clicked to me — doesn’t this happen many times in our lives? We are so busy worrying about not stumbling on the path that we forget to look up & enjoy the big picture — the masterpiece called life!

But, then you cannot even risk stumbling on such a path in the dangerous darkness … so what’s the solution? Well, it is really easy … do what we were suggested to do in the dark jungle — hold hand of someone else and go in pairs!

I am sure holding hand of someone else will keep both of you safe while giving you the chance to even look up! (Even the law of probability suggests that chances of both looking up at one time will be half then what it is when you are walking alone)

Let’s reach out and hold hands of our own fellows, but don’t clinch them too hard 🙂


i make it to the ToI Ahmedabad

February 7, 2008
IIM-A students on creative leadership trip to Gir


(7 Feb 2008; Page 7)

Ahmedabad: Over 30 participants of the postgraduate programme for executives at IIM-A are headed to Gir forest and Girnar. The trip has been planned as a part of creative leadership course and the batch leaves campus by Friday.
   The course is a advance level elective course. It will be conducted by Krishnesh Mehta, faculty of Industrial Design and Strategic Design Management at NID. The course has been designed very specifically to inspire innovative leadership through the use of latest neuro-scientific understanding.
   The unique teaching methodology is based on experiential format where participants have to practice ‘brain physiology altering techniques’ drawn from the latest in modern science like sound light entertainmentresonance, neuro-psychoacoustics to the best of ancient techniques. The activities draw inspiration from Indian ancient scriptures and other works from abroad. The trip to the Girnar and Gir jungle on the coming weekend is the practical for this course.
   “The course has generated huge interest in our class and created an impact. Participants believe this has contributed immensely to their personal growth. The course relies on experiential component and hence creates contexts and environments around which people can experience,” said Harsh Thakkar, class coordinator.
   “These techniques are going to help us boost our emotional and spiritual quotient.” says Rita Gupta, one of the participants of the course.