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Vishwanath’s First Century and a Kick start to my... It is amazing how a small incident can make a crucial difference to your life and career. This was what Vishwanath’s test debut did to me. I was a relatively junior official in my company. I knew I was...

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Meeting Satyajit Ray......and into Ashani Sanket (Satyajit Ray and I have had very little in common, personally and certainly not professionally. Most mornings I drove past Ray's house on Bishop Lefroy  Road and parked my car close by. I had, however...

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AMRITABHASHINI and its Fading Footprints In the Wikipedia pages on Kottakkal, there is a mention of Amrutabhashini . I quote ,” The development activities of women included modern publications such as Amritha Bhashini and Bala Chandrika, published...

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Another Family Reunion Family Reunion-May 11, 2014 The Kizhakke Covilagam family reunion I attended in 2010 was my first experience of attending the annual family meet, started ten years ago. I attended it a second time...

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Medical Education: Is Ethics part of it ? July 31, 2014 diagnostic tests It is high time that a formal course in ethics is made an integral part of medical education. An administrator of a leading hospital in Mumbai, herself a doctor, told...

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Why this Kolaveri di…….indeed why?

Category : Non Profits

The phenomenal success of Kolaveri di is now being discussed in marketing sessions at leading management institutes. Dhanush would probably be the first to agree that the unintended consequences of his effort should not be elevated to the outcome of a grand marketing strategy. It is a fun song. It just happened.

Reporting in the Times of India of 5 December, Chitta Unnithan quotes an IIM Professor’s reference to the song as “a perfect example of viral marketing, which has created a huge difference in the world of publicity”.

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DR K C K E Raja

Category : Miscellany

FOND MEMORIES – Of Dr Kuttiettan Raja

(Of a Life that made a difference to many lives.)

At the age of twelve, I was told by my mother and uncle that I would shift permanently and pursue my school and college studies in Delhi. My uncle took charge of my life from then onwards and I spent over 19 years, the most impressionable years of my life with him. Till his death in 1963, he tried to give me the best he could.

Today, at a distance of 48 years, I can perhaps see and feel his presence with a deep sense of love and gratitude. I am recording for my own satisfaction observations on what I have seen and heard of him during those years.

As a member of what was once one of the most orthodox families in Kerala, he had many firsts. He was the first member of our family (all three branches) to become a medical doctor, the first to go abroad for higher studies (going abroad was then frowned upon by the conservative, senior members of the family) the first Indian to hold the highest post in health administration in India.

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The Japanese Threat and the Long March to Kozhichena

Category : Miscellany

As I drove from Kozhikode to Kottakkal last summer, my eyes suddenly spotted the word Kozhichena on a small signpost. Did it ring a bell? It did. Of my first and only visit more than 60 years ago, under strange circumstances. Of the Japanese threat and of our school’s long march to Kozhichena in my second year in high school.

Kozhichena’s claim to recognition lay in its being the training hub of the Malabar Special Police (MSP). The MSP was a para military force , set up by the British Raj soon after the Moplah Rebellion in 1921,to handle all forms of disorder in the Malabar region which then was part of the Madras Presidency. The MSP was  specially trained in the brutal tactics of torture. Even we , the children, had heard of their skills of savagery. In the pre- independence period,MSP used their tactics indiscriminately on whoever fell into their hands, be they communists, communalists or congressmen.

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Floating Supermarkets in Kerala!

Category : Non Profits

Here is an interesting video from the Wall street Journal on an innovative retailing venture in Kerala, India! A win- win ! Pl follow the link.

http://online.wsj.com/video/floating-supermarket-caters-to-indian-villagers/AF2D474B-97BE-4661-AF30-9236E410A7B9.html

Kottakkal and the Malabar Six

Category : Miscellany

This is a slice of an educational experience I had during early schooling at Kottakkal. An experience that is almost a forgotten dream from a mythical past. Days at school filled with fun, frolic and yes, fear.

I studied up to the III Form (8th Std) at Kottakkal before my mother and uncle decided to shift me to Delhi. In the best Mrumakkkathayam tradition, my uncle decided to take care of me , his only sister’s only son. This meant our shifting to New Delhi when I was only twelve.
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An Approach to Planned social Change: Social Marketing

Category : Non Profits

Marketing of social causes-referred to as Social Marketing- has, over the years,  grown into a specialised application area. The growth has been slow but significant. Be it in fundraising ,health communication, or social welfare program,s the social sector has been increasingly looking to marketing expertise for conceiving an agenda of action and then implementing it.

This was not so  way back in late 1970’s when I started teaching the subject.The place was the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management of the University of Mumbai and the class, the first batch of students doing the Masters Programme in Marketing Management. The subject had not become fashionable then and had not entered the curriculum of any other programme including the full time MMS programme.

The Director, Dr Varanasy Murthy himself had put together the syllabus. When he told me to handle it, I was nervous and said I did not have the expertise to teach the subject. He said” If had found an expert I would not have called you. Try to coordinate the programme. Organize presentations by leaders of social service organisations and research bodies and get your students to analyse them in marketing terms and come up with solutions”

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Lucky enough to be associated with Prof. Raja

Category : Feedback

I am lucky enough to be associated with Prof. Raja for the last ten years. I could learn many things from him because of the long and extensive interaction with him. I am happy that not only I but now many, many others on the web will be benefited from his ideas through his website.I really liked the article titled “Turning a Person into a Brand” on the website. I expect many more such articles to come on the website.

Devang Desai,
GIDC ROFEL BUSINESS SCHOOL, VAPI

Indeed good recognition of your excellent work

Category : Feedback

Indeed good recognition of your excellent work over the years acknowledged by some of the renowned personalities. On a personal front it has been wonderful knowing you and Indira as good human beings. Best wishes, always.

Dr Vinod Karnik,
Chairman – Sygnet Consultants

Pulling Together

Category : Learning Resources

These motivational series on leadership and team building are of absorbing interest. Simple and direct and yet captures your imagination. Management trainers would find them useful.

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Knowledge @Wharton

Category : Learning Resources

One of the sources that I frequently turn to for quick updates on current business trends, is Knowledge @Wharton website. You will find on that website analyses of thoughts and practices in the world of management, interviews with leading thinkers who are shaping the lives of millions through their power or influence.

Knowledge @Wharton is the Wharton School’s online business journal. It is an expression of the School’s willingness, perhaps eagerness, to share its intellectual capital. → Continue