Dog, Yogi, Banyan Tree!

 

Often, we meet so many people in life.

We go through so many situations.

There’s so much of learning and experience from those situations.

 

What do we do of all that?

There’s just two things to be done;

1) Keep those experiences to yourself

2) Share it with the world so they can grow.

The Author, Rajan Sankaran through his book “Dog, Yogi, Banyan Tree” has mentioned all of the stages of his life where the people/animals/trees gave him a learning and a purpose.

I believe the main purpose of life is how it’s pictured in the movie “Lucy”. It says that we have to pass on what has been learned to the next generation. Good or bad, whatever it is, sharing what was learned is considered as the most important purpose of our existence.

In the book there are 28 short stories which lays down like a map of the life of Rajan. He has mentioned how his parents left an impact on his upbringing. There’s stories about his professional career right from how the seed was sown to how the tree blossomed and he succeeded. There are stories where he has got a learning from a dog and also a cat.

In short, I too could relate a lot from reading these stories. I have met few people in my life. It is because of what I learned from them is what I am today. Like one guy who could not speak English properly was made fun of every day for almost 1 year in college. But he took it in stride. Today, it’s a bit better than what it was years back and he has grown into a good businessman. I feel proud looking at his positivity and never say never attitude. That’s what sometimes helps me take a call on a situation in front of me.

While I can write in detail about all these stories, it would not do any justice to you readers. It’s best that you read it yourself. Yes, you will definitely relate to few or most of the stories.

If you feel you need more stories and more learning, do visit www.dogyogibanyantree.com which is the page the author has setup as a community where everyone can come ahead and share their stories where they had an experience or a learning.

 

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If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

 

Today I finished reading a book named “When Change Happens” by Lalit Jagtiani

The book in general is about Change management.

Change management is a process of aligning employees with the desired change in the organization. This concept is applicable not only in corporate lives but also in every other part of our life. Change is inevitable indeed.

Firstly, the book begins with the protagonist Matt who is bored with his work. The monotony is creeping up with him. He soon gets a call from his superior where he gets to know he will be part of a trained task force of 15 people who will be change agents in the organization. Their ulterior motive is to bring a change in the employees efficiency!

When I started reading this book, there was so much I could relate to it as I’m working too. Yes, change is necessary. It’s possible that you are good at you’re work or you’re lagging behind always. What’s worse is when you don’t know where you’re heading and what are you doing.

I must say that the author has done a fantastic job by linking this concept with a corporate executive kind of a character. That’s how people; old or young can relate to. They have been in his position once in their life. They can know what all happens in the organization right from appreciation to politics to promotions to back stabbing!

It’s that way I could finish this story in 2 reading sessions.

 

I’d earnestly request all of the professionals to definitely read this book as a concept like this needs to be highlighted a lot more often that it currently has.

The book embarks a journey of how most of our problems can be solved internally itself.

  • We don’t need to find reasons for low sales if we find out why our sales team is not motivated.
  • Also, we don’t need to find out why the company is not faring better against the competition if we cannot find out why the inter departments are fighting among themselves to get the best team award!
  • We don’t need to keep hiring people all the time if we can find out why are they leaving in the first place.

With a shared vision where both the employee and the organization benefit, there will only be success and growth! To change, we need to know why is it needed and what benefits can it get to the organization.

However, it’s easier said than done! There’s a lot of effort which will be needed to put in. Only changing your working style won’t help. Consistency is the key for success over the years.

In conclusion, we cannot do anything alone. We need to get through this together!

 

You can visit the website for the page – #WhenChangeHappens by clicking here – LINK

You can also purchase this book via Amazon by clicking here –  LINK

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Some books have stories that can have such a large impact that you’d be stuck with the story for

a long time. This is one such story.

The book is wholly and solely about the love story of Ajay Pandey & Bhavna Pradhan.

It varies right from the,

1. First time they met.

2. First date.

3. Their time spent in college.

4. Post college/work stage.

5. Marriage.

6. Till the last breath.

I’ll give you a peek through this book which should give you an idea of what you must expect out

of it. Then I’ll also add a bit of pros and cons too just to make it clear.

Synopsis:

Ajay and Bhavna happen to meet in IERT where they both study. A few meetings, a lot of drama

(which has to happen in a love story) does take place. Then there’s love, which follows with

trust and commitment issues. This stage almost will be such that you could either relate it to

your love story or to a friend/relative who might have experienced this. Both being from

different castes creates a lot more drama.

I won’t write much about the Marriage and post marriage part because that’s where the story’s

USP lies. The people who are married would love to hear the fights which take place like it’s a

daily chore. Incidentally when I was reading this book, my colleague who is married read a

chapter with me where these two fight. He laughed his ass off and said that the fights are same

everywhere. There are 2 endings given by the author; one with a happy ending for those who

like it that way. The other one is the truth which is for those who want to know the actual

ending; raw and plain.

Pros:

1) The book has a lot of cliche moments, funny and humorous takes.

2) He’s written the book in such a fashion that there will be many moments where you

could relate a few moments to your own life.

3) The characters used are well explained, nothing felt out of line.

Cons: 

1) I just found one shortcoming. The start of the book for almost until the first hundred

pages couldn’t keep the grip and I almost did not have the want to read it. The

inquisitiveness was almost dead. It picked up pace in the later half at a drastic speed.

2) And this one’s just for the author. Ajay dude… you should have proposed way way way

earlier than you did. But better late than never.

But if you would see it clearly, that can’t be actually considered a flaw because this is a real life

story. It’s displayed how the story took place. We are so much full of drama that we need a huge

dose of it in every book to satisfy that urge. However, if you have that urge maybe this book can

disappoint you.

My overall suggestion would be that you give this book a read and it will leave you with a lot of
emotions.
I’m Proud of you Ajay. Well written. Thanks for sharing your story!
You can buy this book from the links mentioned below.

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