Category Archives: My Diary

Yesterday done, came and gone.

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On a Sunday, today, I was checking my Facebook Page and I find a clip from the mid season finale of Grey’s Anatomy (S15 E9) with, as always, an excellent background score. And I Googled to find the song….Bones by Garrison Starr on YouTube…And since then I have heard the song umpteen times…lyrics below as much as I could type…My favourite lines in bold…

Oh child, when you are weary,
Weary deep down in your soul,
Hear my voice rolling like a river,
I won’t ever leave you alone…no no no…

Ain’t no chain gonna hold you down.
Ain’t no grave gonna hold you now.
Yesterday done, came and gone.
Ain’t it time to bury the bones.

Oh child, when you’re in darkness,
Them devils circling around,
Don’t you go thinking it’s hopeless,
Takes some getting lost to be found…oh oh ooo ohhh…

Ain’t no chain gonna hold you down. oh oh ooo ohhh…
Ain’t no grave gonna hold you now. hmmm hmmm hmmm
Yesterday done, came and gone. oh oh ooo ohhh…
Ain’t it time to bury the bones.

Take me down to the river.
Wash me clean in the water.
Take me down to the river.
Wash me clean in the water.
Take me down to the river.
Wash me clean in the water.
(Repetition)

Ain’t no chain gonna hold you down.
Ain’t no grave gonna hold you now.
Yesterday done, came and gone.
Ain’t it time to bury the bones.

Take me down to the river.
Wash me clean in the water.
Take me down to the river.
Wash me clean in the water.
(Repetition)

Worth repeating, again and again. Takes some getting lost to be found…Yesterday done, came and gone. Take me down to the river. Wash me clean in the water…oh oh oooo ohhhh…hmm hmm hmmm…

A very captivating finale…yet another elevator moment in Meredith Grey’s life…Great work Team-Grey’s Anatomy!

…Ashu Bolar

 

 

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Healthcare Media: Trends and Challenges

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Last month I was to take a session on this topic. Before creating the presentation, I kept on thinking of the possible trends and challenges in media and communication, healthcare or otherwise. Well, the leading trend is Going Digital, for any form of communication or media or project. But what about the challenges?

Hmmm, Digital – can be a challenge. Any scientific invention has its pros and cons – advantages and disadvantages depending on the person using it and his/her intention/s.

Interpersonal Skills – yes a challenge, if all in a team are not aligned towards the common objective, and if the team comprises of members from different backgrounds, which usually is the case. This can be solved through sessions of grooming, team building and project meets.

Gen – By this I mean which Gen do you belong to? Gen X, GenY, Xennial, Millennial, Gen Z? Each generation has its own characteristic—extremely unique, a differentiating feature.

I belong to the Class: Gen Y, Sub Class: Xennial.

Yeah, born in 1982, I have witnessed a tremendous transformation in the communication channels…
From the ring (rotary) dial phones to the cordless phones to the cordless phone sized mobile phones to the smart phones and the touch screens…Nokia, O2, Motorola, Blackberry, iphone, Samsung – name it, and I have used it all!
From the box televisions to the flat LED/LCD screens…
From the telephone dependent long dialing Internet connections to the instant Internet connectors, dongle and WiFi…
From the typewriters to desktops to laptops to tablets…
From the hand-held video games to the onscreen Play Stations…
From the film cameras to digital cameras to phone cameras…
From writing diaries to blogging…
From listening to music on Walkman to ipods to phones…
From Floppy Disks to CDs to DVDs to Pen Drives to cloud storage…
From the time when pictures where clicked on some special occasion to the era of ever-clicked selfies…
From the hours of chatting on phone, to typing on chat windows, to sending SMS, and now WhatsApping…
From searching the books in the library to the very convenient Google Search…

So far I have seen it all, adapted to most of it, and waiting to see, experience and learn more.

Good or bad? Well, I think, one has to change with time. And one thing my generation has learnt is to evolve continuously–keep adapting, be flexible– because we did not have much of a choice. Adapt or extinct was the case.

I think, adaptability to technology (may not be applicable in other areas) is a prominent feature seen from Gen Y onwards. Earlier Gen, not so much, which is something that most of the time poses as a very big challenge. But even impossible says I-am-possible. So, where there is a will, there sure is a way.

The audience to the event was Faculty Members of Ajeenkya D Y Patil University, Pune, and the talk was well received.  I am glad I was invited and looking forward to more such sessions were I too get to learn before I talk/discuss on a topic.

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Some interesting website on Gen I came across while doing my research are as below:

Till next blog post, happy reading!

…Ashu Bolar

Some Random Thoughts…

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These days I have time, so I spend good 60 minutes or may be 90 minutes a day on Facebook. Now, I have followed many Wise Quote Sites…additional gyan is always helpful…

I follow The Earth Tribe, Positive Energy, Relationship Rules, Goalcast, TTT (Terribly Tiny Tales), Aunty Acid, AND, Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, Simon Sinek, Marc Jacobs…a few more may be, but these are my preferred ones when it comes to likes and shares.

Some interesting lines – phrases – facts that I have come across…

Laugh with people, not at people.

For the past two years I am finding people doing otherwise. I guess time to weed the weed.

We rise by lifting others.

Yeah, I do, but no one does that to me. I feel the drag or the push almost always.

Everyone deserves second chances, but not for the same mistake.

I agree. Life is too short to repeat mistakes anyway.

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Agreed. Why waste someone’s time and life. If you want to play the field, then there is a huge playground out there; find a player, not someone naïve who will feel cheated, used and lonely in the end.

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True. I am blessed, I have such friends.

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Hmmmm…and hmmmmmm…a loooooonnnng wait….hmmmmm….

Now, this one I love…

Stop the habit of asking people to get married because their agemates are married. Even you, some of your agemates have died but nobody has asked you to die.

So yes, people who have read this won’t ask me this question next time, and those who do, well there’s the answer.

I LOVE AUNTY ACID…I JUST LOVE HER!

 

AND I LOVE FASHION…and that’s so me.

 

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It says it all. A beautiful statement.

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Hmmm…Agreed. The sooner, the better.

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Solo trip…hmmm…on my list…

Please visit the Terribly Tiny Tales Facebook page to read the entire piece. It is a good one.

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Yes sir, agreed. But the recruitment cell and team leads need to get this one right. I have witnessed many such murders due to mere stupidity of recruiting the wrong person that too in a leadership role. Sad. But I won’t offer tissue paper to anyone crying over it for the losses faced as common sense was not applied in the first place.

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Yes, but it is dangerous to practice when surrounded by hypocrisy. But I think it is possible, not impossible though to be practiced with care.

One very quote by Simon Sinek was, “Leadership is not a license to do less. Leadership is a responsibility to do more.” Unfortunately, superior designation sometimes creates superiority complex, which is difficult to treat and tolerate.

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Ok, don’t get me wrong. I was just sharing some random thoughts. Not giving advice 🙂

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Well, for now, we will stop here. I guess my Adrenaline and Dopamine levels are high and GABA is low. I get carried away sometimes while writing a post 😉 So let me have a  hold on my emotions 🙂

Hope you liked what you read. Please do share your views as comments.

Till next post, take care.

…Ashu Bolar

 

Today is an opportunity to get better. Don’t waste it.

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Yep, I took this opportunity to get better three years back. As a Person, yes I have learnt a lot, specially in the HR and OB classes. As a Professional, yes, again I am more polished, enough to shine a lot.

Right now, I am waiting for the next right opportunity, a long wait.
So, I guess, my shine is blinding people now 🙂

And that reminds me of another quote:
“In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Why I chose this ad?
Because it has my batch PGPMX-5 in the ad with me in the extreme right 🙂

Best wishes to all the future participants!

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Published in Times of India, Page-3 on Wednesday, 13th June 2018

#IIM Indore #PGPMX Mumbai #IIMI

For program details, visit: https://www.iimidr.ac.in/executive-programmes/post-graduate-programme-in-management-for-executives-pgpmx/

– Ashu Bolar

Tempus fugit…Time flies…

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Sunday, 4th October 2015 was my first day at IIMI Mumbai Campus as a participant to the PGPMX Batch-5. And Wednesday, 28th March 2018, in the 19th IIMI Annual Convocation, I graduated–one journey ends and another begins.

Time flies…so what do you do? What do I do?

I can’t clench it, I can’t catch it, I can’t cage it.
So I fly with it, matching its pace as far as I can, as long as I can.

Some great people have said…

  • Life is too short to worry about anything, you had better enjoyed it because the next day promises nothing. (Eric Davis)
  • Life is too short for long-term grudges. (Elon Musk)
  • Life is too short to do anything that’s not challenging. (Michael Mayer)
  • Life is too short to have anything but delusional notions about yourself. (Gene Simmons)
  • Life is too short to spend hoping that the perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart. (Kevyn Aucoin)
  • Life is too short to blend in. The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. (Paris Hilton – this one, I take it very seriously 😉 )
  • And I loved what was said by the Chief Guest, Mr. Aditya Ghosh (President and Whole-time Director, IndiGo Airlines) during the Convocation speech
    “Don’t be prisoners of your mark-sheets.” An A-grade doesn’t mean there is no scope for enhancement and a D-grade doesn’t mean end of the world.
    Life is too short to be a prisoner of your mark-sheet. – Well, that’s my conclusion.

I have been blessed to be associated with the best of best educational institutions. One being IIM Indore. And every convocation, the words from my favourite book echoes in my mind…

“It is a far far better thing that I do, than I have ever done.

It is a far far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”

– A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Yes, being a part of every academic institution was indeed a better thing that I did, than before.
And every time when I share the knowledge gained, it gives that rest, that peace, than I have ever known.

I know for sure all the graduates will be successful, some sooner, some later in life. Thus, I wish every participant, of this, and all the future convocations, best wishes to be a good citizen and a great human being. Achieving goodness and greatness is a learning process, sounds easy but in reality it is difficult.

Siddhi Moolam Prabandhanam – The Root of All Achievement is Management – that’s what the IIMI crest reads.

And I believe with management, it is possible to achieve both goodness and greatness.

Tempus fugit…time flies,
therefore, Carpe diem…seize the moment
because Que sera, sera…whatever will be, will be.

All the best. God Bless. Jai Hind.

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– Ashu Bolar

IIMI Plexus Conclave

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Alumni Meets, a very interesting concept. You meet and greet professors, senior and junior batchmates, peers, friends, once-upon-a-time/ongoing frenemies, batch-competitors (read rivals), some good characters, some annoying-species. But all in all, it is a great networking opportunity.

I have been lucky in life to be an alumnus associated with many academic institutes, but this year, for the first time, I attended IIM Indore PGPMX Alumni Meet scheduled on Saturday, 24th February 2018 at IIMI Mumbai Campus and Park Hotel, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai.

The event initiated at IIMI Mumbai Campus with the inauguration of PGPMX (Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives) Batch-9 followed by PGPMX Alumni interaction with the IIMI Director, Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan and Professor Kajari Mukherjee, Chair – PGPMX, IIMI.

There was an interesting and informative session (as always) on ‘Indian Economy – the present and the future’ by Prof. Ganesh Nidugala, Faculty – IIM Indore. He is the favourite economics professor of almost everyone. I doubt if anyone could have taught International Finance as best as he did – at least to me – because being a medical graduate, and yet I understanding International Finance means some great job done!

Professional Trainer’s Team from SAS Institute enlightened the alumni with a bird’s eye view on Business Intelligence & Business Analytics through application of SAS. Technology can do miracles. And every data narrates a story. Connect the two and one can be a modern day magician.

Later in the evening, at Hotel Park, all participants experienced an ice-breaking and engaging Plexus Conclave – thanks to Dale Carnegie Training Team for all those intersession activities! The conclave had two illustrative sessions by IIMI Faculty members – Professor Abhishek Mishra and Professor Omkar Desai and two intriguing sessions by Industry Guest Speakers – Mr. Sushil Borde, Head, Reliance Innovation Leadership Centre and Mr. Tushar Pradhan, CIO, HSBC Global Asset Management.

And the evening concluded with photo session, all alumni receiving a box containing Indore Sweets and Farsan, as well as a handy IIMI branded Leather Organizer, and of course, all of us relishing a delicious dinner.

Thanks to Sanjay Gupta (PGPMX-1) for all the coordination and to the IIMI Student and Faculty teams that contributed in making this event a success.

Some glimpses from the event as below and more can be read on the webpage: https://www.iimidr.ac.in/news-events/first-pgpmx-alumni-meet-and-conclave-plexus-held-at-mumbai/

Looking forward to Plexus-II…

…Ashu Bolar