On the road less traveled

How easily did I thank all that being a Montfortian gave me in my 13 years with the institution during my farewell speech in 2010; little did I realize then what it actually means to be one. I think it’s a process of continuous encounter; I still fill with gratitude everytime I witness this moment of truth.

With high hopes and many dreams that moving to a metro city brings along, I moved to Delhi, the capital city of our country to do my graduation in Mathematics from Hansraj college, University of Delhi. Hansraj had some of the most amazing people, interesting conversations and oodles of energy for me in store. I had the best days of my life there. With some relationships for the lifetime, experiences to build upon and skills developed in the 3 years of graduation, I started working for ‘The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Delhi-NCR, a global organization that fosters entrepreneurship globally. 1 year at TiE was like a mini MBA program for me.

Life was good in Delhi; interesting work, many friends, weekend parties. In between all these jazzy things, something was missing. What was wrong? There was no time to think about this question either. I kept struggling with the question.

Then I got introduced to ‘The Landmark Education’ and ‘The Boundaryless Initiative’, the sources of some of the most profound conversations of my life. I could identify the ambiguity in my thoughts, words and actions. With support of my people, drawing inspiration of being an entrepreneur and in search of the answers, I finally decided to go back and check with the roots itself.

I have moved back to Roorkee now, my small town near the foothills of the Himalayas. It was a decision taken by the heart. I wanted all the time in the world to do things I would like to do -watching sunsets, learning music, reading, going to the mountains, sitting beside flowing rivers, playing chess or a game of billiards, cooking for myself, writing, painting, listening to music and being child-like, once again. I wanted these beautiful things to be part of my day-to-day life, not something stacked for holidays only.

In search of answers, taking actions to expand my awareness and passionate to build Uttarakhand, I have started working in education sector. Under Oxyzen Learnings, we conduct Management and Behavioural Training programs committed to igniting individual and collective intelligences. Through National Management Development Foundation, we focus on creating quality environment through various educational initiatives. Transcending boundaries, both geographical and psychological, NMDF’s platform coalesces leaders in education domain to interact, introspect, explore and disseminate the best practices.

Our first project is an International Conference of Schools from all across India, “Education for Tomorrow” at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar. The dates of the conference are December 21, 22, 23 2014. It will be a unique mix of Power of Technology and Energy of Vedic, Yogic and Meditative Sciences. Through this movement, we are committed to redefining education system by taking best practices from Ancient Education System, Incorporate technology and evolve the purpose and process of education for Tomorrow.

It has been almost 6 months that I have shifted and it is nothing less than a journey. I have more time to create an organization of my dreams, expenditures have gone drastically down, I spend less time in traffic and more time with family, I work for longer hours without worrying about reaching home late and arranging dinner, I am more open to receiving beautiful pleasures that Roorkee offers – as simple as an early morning walk beside ganga. I am not sure of what being an entrepreneur will bring along and what shifting back to Roorkee has in store for me but I am sure it’s going to be a journey of inclusive growth and constantly simplifying life. I am excited to explore new horizons!

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From the known to the unknown -1 : The mysteries of my people

Sitting in my small new office, sipping over a cup of coffee and attempting to focus on the new project I was working on, something happened. I sensed a drop of sweat on my hand in that AC room. My head was paining. I did not know what it was all about! May be about the charm of what it used to be, or may be about the excitement of the journey I have set myself on or may be about the mystery of how it will unfold. And there I was, exasperated at the instant, right before the feeling of strange belief and thrill hit me. I wasn’t sure what was happening. I wanted to cry. I was smiling instead. It was the 3rd day since I shifted to my small town.

Strange things were happening around. I came back to my home, just like I have thousands of times before. But this time it was different. I think everyone wanted some answers from me. There were awkward stares and smiles; may be because I had left my job and came back home to start my own company.  I woke up the next day right at the time I was getting up for the past 1 year; for my job. Getting back to senses on finding parents around instead of friends, I slept again. Was I trying to avoid something? I got up late and went to meet the people I was going to work with. And unexpectedly, we started working the same day. I was amazed at their orientation towards taking actions ‘now’ than ‘soon’. There was a pinch of inspiration at that moment. I went back home late that night. We were working.  At home, I could again sense those awkward smiles waiting for me to answer something. I think they were not prepared for me to get back home that late.  Leaving office by 6pm and reaching home by 8pm was what they remembered from the big city, I should have been home by 6:05pm in my small town by that reference. It took them almost a month to understand I wasn’t in a job now, I was creating my own company and it took me even more to understand that this was not easy for them. Nobody was leaving their jobs, some were shifting; nobody was shifting to lesser financial earnings, mostly were going up in that context; nobody was going to a smaller town, all were craving for the bigger ones. It really took us time before things got settled, but I am happy they did.  🙂