by ASHIT SARKAR
(Extracted from My Homepage)
A "SHOULD READ by all" article published in PERSONNEL TODAY, and recently in KERALA PERSONNEL on this 'inevitable' topic!
ONE RANK, ONE PENSION DILEMMA
Discusses the recent vexing OROP controversy.
(An article covering this very vital subject in the highly competitive Indian scenario post liberalization)
PERFORMANCE BASED AWARD SCHEME
(An article discussing the concept, and explaining a methodology with a practical working example - for the above recent way of rewarding)
HR CHALLENGES IN THE NEW MILLENNEUM
(Write-up/presentation made during the prestigious Asia Pacific HR Conclave as 'The Guest of Honour Keynote Address' - Jan 13 to 15th, 2000 - at The Nehru Center, Worli, Mumbai).
Reported widely in the press, and published in several journals.
The following first three articles may be read in the sequence to follow in stages - being relevant to management students/junior management, middle management and then senior management respectively - to develop the understanding of HR logically. Then, the last one adds value about motivation concepts, whilst discussing 'Empowerment.'
PEOPLE MANAGEMENT - OLD WINE ??
(An Article discussing the BASICS of Personnel & HR function as it developed in India, and the differences or perceptions in the changing scenario historically. The debate regarding the right title, whether Personnel or HR - published in 1998 in "Personnel Today")
HR MANAGEMENT - CHANGING CHALLENGES
(A follow-up sequel to "PEOPLE MANAGEMENT - OLD WINE" above - published in PERSONNEL TODAY - highlighting further changes in this vital function)
(An article published recently, on this very debatable topic!)
MOTIVATION THEORIES to EMPLOYEE EMPOWERMENT
(An article on HR Strategies to Get the Best from the People - published in the Annual Issue of NIPM/Kerala and also in HUMAN RESOURCE)
GOOD HR PRACTICES
A presentation made during an NIPM Seminar in Oct 1999, describing a case study of a highly successful HR Intervention at Britannia's Delhi Factory to meet changing business needs with full support and co-operation from the workers and union
EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT BEYOND TRAINING
(Discusses further value addition beyond the Training activity)
POLICY CHALLENGES for HR - ROLE of DIVERSITY
A check-list for HR Managers whilst considering Diversity.
DEFINED BENEFIT vs. DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PENSION Schemes
A Case Study of Britannia Post 2003. An article discussing the two types of Schemes, and the sad mishandling by Britannia (as reported by the Economic Times nationally on Dec 10, 2004), and later published in PERSONNEL TODAY.
Follow-up reports in Economic Times of Sep 17, 2007 may be seen by clicking here,
and the later report of Feb 18th, 2008 - here.
Also, see The Business Standard report of Jan 01st 2008.
EcoTimes report of Jan 10th, 2009 giving details of Interim Pensions ordered by City Civil Court, Bangalore
Business Standard comprehensive report on Apr 9, 2010 regarding City Civil Court, Bangalore order on the PWA's court case
AND LATER, Report on Court's verdict on Sep 23rd 2015
Bengaluru court directs Britannia to pay pensioners their dues
BRITANNIA BETRAYAL - FORGOTTEN PROMISES??
(An article about the sad 2003 turn-around of Britannia's values related to the Pensions for their ex-employees, extracts and condensed versions of which were reported or reproduced in or by the press), as above.
PRESENTATION to The NATIONAL COMMISSION on LABOUR
(Recommendations made in October 2001 for Labour Law reforms, at the invitation by the NCL Study Group)
THE ART & THE SCIENCE OF COMMUNICATION
(An article about the basics of the Communication process, and how to increase it's effectiveness)
GET SELECTED - Success Tips for Job Applicants
(A very popular article published both in the English media, as well as in Bengali newspapers at Kolkata, and subject of many presentations to the Management Student community.)
As a follow-up to the article, you might reinforce the skills through the following presentation, which emphasizes the key-points:
MAIN POINTS of the above SELECTION PROCESS article
are presented in this Flash Slide show.
(It runs automatically, but by clicking, you may advance quicker)
SOME NON-PROFESSIONAL, EASY READING ITEMS:
MEMORIES WORTH SHARING....
(Some light-hearted memorable and amusing incidents - all true - between the "Big Boss" & very junior staff during my ITC days!)
An article reflecting the parents dilemma as their 9 year young son has to join Boarding School in 1969.
(published in the Centenary Issue of "The Scindia School", in 1997)
As a post script, it also includes the reminiscences of the very same ex-student about his visit in 2002 with many of his 1976 batchmates to commemorate their Silver Jubilee Reunion at their 'alma-mater'!
Jayaji House, Scindia School, Gwalior
MY ITC STORY reflecting my days
and life in ITC (1953 to 1982)!
THE QUOTA PARADOX
(A 'tongue in cheek' satire - you may quote me on this recent controversy!)
IS IT ETHICAL to EAT MEAT?
(An article for a New York Times Magazine contest 'Calling All Carnivores" - in support of the above - which did not win, but may still be interesting to read!)
THOUGHTFUL AND SERIOUS:
THE BRAHMO SAMAJ, and RAJA RAMMOHUN ROY
(Extracted, Developed & Composed by: Ashit Sarkar)
Gives the history, the main doctrines or philosophy and the details of the social and relegious movement almost two hundred years ago (also known as the Bengal Renaissance) started by Raja Rammohun Roy, as well as a sketch of the biography of this extraordinary person.
It also includes a tribute written by Ms Gopa Chanda (click to see)
FINALLY, MY (unpublished) AUTOBIOGRAPHY:
That's Me - Over the Years - to date! (from 1938...)
FOR THOSE INTERESTED: You may peruse a write-up of a personal narrative depicting the various on-going transitions in my life - that I have appropriately titled
BEFORE I FORGET....
I must caution you that it is fairly lengthy (over 34,000 words!) and will be time consuming! So relax and be comfortable first, if you are still really keen to go through the above chronicle (with some photos). You could plan to even read it in installments! 'Bye for now...
IF YOU WANT THE LYRICS of 'MY WAY': CLICK HERE
A-whop bop-a-lu bop a-whop bam boom
VIDEO EXPLANATION on DISEASES/CONDITIONS/TESTS & DIAGONISTIC/SURGERY & TREATMENT PROCEDURES - CLICK HERE
A MOST USEFUL MEDICAL EXPLANATORY TUTORIALS with ANIMATED GRAPHICS by NIH
ALSO, HAVE FUN READING, AND UPDATING YOURSELF with the latest:
CLICK to see The Headlines from: !
To see (Do not miss NY Time's Sunday Magazine)!
Views Available - in Company Structure!
Co Structure View
(Just Mouse over these images!)
With the compliments from:
No droppings Thankfully!
OTHER INTERESTING READING MATTER
(not worth missing!)
A Compendium of some Superb articles by William Safire
published in the New York Times Magazine - 'On Language'
- for all those who love the English Language!
includes: "SO TO SPEAK", "BUMP" & "FUR BALL" etc.
MUMBAI NOT BOMBAY - another article (closer to home!) by William Safire in New York Times
on the practice of renaming cities
"RELIGION IN THE NEW MILLENIUM"
A very well analysed and balanced lecture delivered at the Bangalore Brahmo Samaj on the occasion of the 173rd Maghotsav Celebrations on 26th January 2003 by Dr. D. Jeevan Kumar, Professor of Political Science, Bangalore University, Bangalore-560056. He discusses Gandhiji's views about "What is relegion? and What is its Purpose?" and goes about to link it's relevance with Raja Rammohun Roy, and the Brahmo credo. (You may see below...)
An excellent essay from the New York Times (by ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG) - so well researched on points and counterpoints about the very complex "religion and belief" issues, aptly described as:
"Lost in the hullabaloo over the neo-atheists is a quieter and potentially more illuminating debate. It is taking place not between science and religion but within science itself, specifically among the scientists studying the evolution of religion."
A serious write-up that needs time to study and understand some of the complexities....
"LAWS OF NATURE, SOURCE UNKNOWN"
Another fascinating essay attempting to throw light on the complex topic over the centuries to answer unanswerable questions about science and faith, laws that govern them - which is in fact a kind of chicken-and-egg problem with the universe and its laws. Which came first - the laws, or the universe? Read on......
An excellent essay on dietary issues that anyone interested in "food & health" must read. Three short edicts: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." summarizes the lengthy 10000 words discussions - for those who may wish to skim the essence of the write-up!
A great knowledge based article indeed...
ENJOY or KNOW YOUR BOOZE
An interesting compendium explaining the different alcohols - and a 'wishful' chart of benefits that one must take with a pinch of salt!
PLAYING WITH PAPER GOLD
A great article in The Telegraph by Dipankar Dasgupta - Professor of Economics, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, explaining in simple terms about the basics of a country's Economy for the layman (drama around the stretchable mighty dollar)
STEVE JOBS COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS to STANFORD STUDENTS 2005
Three stories from Steve about his own life - such an encouraging start - that is so readable and thought provoking - DO NOT miss it!
This address may also be Heard & Seen in a video presentation by clicking here, or on the image below.
The end of the American age of denial.......Welcome to the real world!
A very thought provoking article giving a summary of war's History since last century - seen from the American perspective - a brilliant piece of analysis!
DRIVING IN INDIA
Do not miss this hilarious article from the net expressing the views of possibly an NRI during a visit to India! (Pictures added by me!)
A most interesting NUMBER COUNTING concept
that explains that despite the principle that "time moves on at an absolute steady pace", in our perception it surely fluctuates wildly where age is concerned - both slowing down and speeding up! (A MUST - TO BE SHARED PIECE!)
THE GREAT FORGETTING and TOTAL RECALL
Two New York Times articles
by DAVID BROOKS and GARY MARCUS on Memory, well worth reading to understand about human absent-mindedness!
PLEASE DO PAY DUE RESPECTS to our National AnthemLinks to Youtube presentations on many different versions of
the Indian National AnthemThis list above includes the full Bengali version of all five stanzas (with the words) written by Rabindranath Tagore, and sung by Ms Swagatlakshmi Dasgupta, as well as another recent one by 39 voices of well known singers, and other versions.
Just the soul-stirring music of our National Anthem without the words may be heard with visuals of our soldiers seen by clicking on the National Emblem Satyamev Jayate image below:
WELL-WORTH LISTENING TO
The Greatest PC Mysteries-Solved! PCWorld's editors band together to provide very useful tips on many problems, with detailed links. VERY HELPFUL...
20 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT BROWSERS & THE WEB - A 61 page very informative booklet issued by Google Chrome, well worth reading to learn the basics!
Multiple Ports on Your PC: What Do They Do for You
From PC World - By LOYD CASE - An article explaining the various connectors and ports on the PC
The Fight Against [email protected] (and Other Spam)
From NYTimes - By TOM ZELLER Jr. - An article discussing Internet Spam
CYBERTHIEVING & KEYLOGGING
Two very informative articles in New York Times by Tom Zeller Jr. for PC enthusiasts
20 GREAT FREE OPEN SOURCE DOWNLOADS
An excellent article in PC World, reported in the Washington Post. Very useful info for PC devotees looking for reliable free software. (cnet.com is another safe source)
28 PIECES of COMPUTING ADVICE THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME - from PCWorld.
A very useful article by Mark Sullivan that all regular computer users should read, and follow.
STEPS TO GET YOUR COMPUTER RUN RIGHT
How to get your PC working well - right from the start - by Rob Pegoraro of Washington Post; it gives some great tips for you to work on. Well worth the few minutes reading time...
WHEN MALWARE STRIKES: HOW TO CLEAN AN INFECTED PC
May 2013 PC World article by Lincoln Spector. Useful guide.
HOW TO AVOID SUSPICIOUS WEBSITES
An usefull guide and tips from Download.com Blog, with links to help in managing the above
How CELL-PHONES WORK read the Discovery article detailing the basics and more - so understandably!
The answers given in the two C/Net Newsletter links below are very useful guides to PC enthusiasts:
(1) "HOW TO GET MY PC BACK TO SHAPE", and also
"ADVICE FOR A CLEAN START on a brand-new computer"
(2) "WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP SPAM"
OR for LAUGHS
You might like to see the LAUGHING OUT LOUD pages below:
My thanks to many unnamed friends who shared some of these presentations with me, and consequently, now with you!
Laughing Out Loud - Page 1 (SPECIAL ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE)
Laughing Out Loud - Page 2
Laughing Out Loud - Page 3
Laughing Out Loud - Page 4
Laughing Out Loud - Page 5
MYSTERIOUS NUMBER ELEVEN - from Sep 11 News.com pages...
Over & above the 11 ENIGMA in LOL - 2
BUT YOU MUST READ THE TALE of MONK's 'MONASTERY LIFE' TO "CELEBRATE"!
(YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THIS "CAREFUL or CARELESS" COPYING SESSION)
> .... to TEX TEXIN's Homepage ...(see below):
Laughing Out Loud - SPECIAL for ENGINEERS!
See interesting "ODD SIGNS" - from Tex Texin!
Another enjoyable Tex Texin collection "REAL ADS"!
An interesting "HOTEL SIGNS" collection by Tex Texin!
SEE THE ORIGINAL "FACTS ON FARTS" by Brenna Lorenz,
(Do excuse me, for the delicate subject - without any odour or sound!) and also,
links to some 'unusual' OTHER LORENZ-PULTE PAGES - More great stuff from Heptune!
LEARN FROM THE TINY FROGS...
A MUST-SEE Interesting Analysis of "WHO WORKS FOR INDIA!"
(who else - but just YOU & ME!!)
AND, THE TED TALK ON BLOOD
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