We all are responsible.

18 12 2014

we all are responsible_peopleBetween 1971 and 2011 cases of rape registered a 873 percent jump in India. That is the biggest among all categories of crime. Not just India, the entire world scenario is bleak in this regard. At around every 2 minutes a sexual offense gets registered somewhere in the world.

While me along with the team at Mindful Ventures is occupied with promoting the idea of a ‘World Without Rape’,  the question that keeps coming up from across is “what should I do about it? I haven’t done anything wrong, and so there is nothing I could do about it.”

My response, “If it is happening, we all are responsible”

The onus of change approaches us, the generation living today. If it happens, as a unit of this society, we must accept responsibility.

If we do not act now, it will be never.

More than 95% of cases of rape have men as the victimiser. To me this simply means us, as societies have not raised good sons. Two simple things that any man can do is a) be a good son and b) raise a good son.

Until we raise our sons to be good, to be sensitive, to be responsible and caring, we cannot contain this brutality.

Individuals, families, Institutes, organizations we all need to do our bit, and create a world without rape; for us and for generations to come.

Is it too much to aspire for? I don’t think so.

What am I doing about it? – Below is how I chose to respond.

A) As an individual : I make a promise ‘I will never let women around me feel insecure. I will act to provide for her safety.’

B) As an entrepreneur : To the best of my abilities I am working to mobilize resources so as to establish an enterprise which becomes a catalyst for change. Mindful Ventures has taken up the initiative ‘World without rape’ with the above intention. We are not activists, we are a team trying to be a catalyst. To create interventions which has the ability to plant the seeds of change in the collective mind of the community. Mindful Ventures aims to do its bit by using music, poetry and visuals to spread the message of sensitivity and hope. Music video ‘kadach/shaayad/maybe’ is scheduled to release on youtube on 14th of January, 2015.

C) As an artist : Art plays a tremendous role in shaping the collective conscience of a society, and at the same time art is the record of the cultural fabric of the society at that point in time. As a writer, visualizer and a spoken word artist I wish to influence the collective minds of the community in the best possible way.

Yes I take responsibility for the brutality that exists in the society; and above is how I choose to respond. I am sure any one who aspires for a world without rape, will find his/her own way to do their bit.





Krishnaverse #2

29 05 2014

Student : Sir, I understand the attitude of ‘giving more’ or ‘keep doing the new’ or ‘keep contributing’, whatever way we may put it. And to an extent these attitudes does open up various faculties of an individual’s persona and help him expand. But I feel, the flip side of this attitude is, sometime, even after doing a lot, if it has not transformed into economies or if the given activity has not yielded any tangible uplift than, one feels frustrated. For example a young dynamic chap who is jumpy in his career direction, may find himself nowhere in spite of putting in years of work experience and in spite of dozens of so called ‘contributing’ efforts. At such a point one feels a loss of direction; one feels ones heading nowhere and so stays dissatisfied?

Sir : Not necessarily! Not necessary that one would become dissatisfied.
What could happen with positively inclined people is – in given settings just see what best you can create, or offer. Sometimes, what happens in industrial lines, or in certain types of actions, that we think we are good at; and therefore we want to be in that only and consider that as direction or focus. But it doesn’t have to be that ways. Responding to the given environment with the potential we are, is important, more important. And that might sometimes deprive us from those lines of expertise or direction. The so called directed movement sometimes you may have to fore go, you might be denied those things because in the given environment those things may not have any place.

Suppose you are a good painter and in given environment there is no scope for expressing your painting skill, but still you are a potential. Can u respond to that environment where there is no scope for painting, painting as we understand? Well, it cud be a simple talk on the surrealist trends, painting can also be talked out, or a painting could simply be lived. It doesn’t have to be necessarily and every time an expression that is known to us only. We know the expression of painting in a certain form, and that only doesn’t have to be a manifestation of our talent. It could be in other ways, sometimes even in ways which we cannot imagine right now. That’s where innovation takes place, that’s where new things come up, creation comes up, that’s how world goes ahead. Whatever technological manifestation we see these days you wouldn’t have imagined that a couple of centuries ago, but than how did it all came into being? That is what the ‘non-wastage’ of potential I am referring to.

Secondly, dissatisfaction with the way we are living and the way we have lived in past so many years or so many seasons, is fine. This is what our restlessness is- You got to be restless about status quo so that you will create new things. Only if you are restless about the status quo about the given things you will be able to create something new, isn’t it?
So to that extent restlessness, yes, it is required. It is at the core of innovation, at the core of creativity. But if restlessness is because of dissatisfaction then it is a tricky issue.

“We are restless not because we are dissatisfied; we are restless because though we are satisfied, at that point of time the potential is not being used. We are satisfied, so we are restless not because of the dissatisfaction or otherwise, we are restless because the potential is lying idle, it’s not being put to use and that’s why we are restless. I can do something more…I can chew a little more….and therefore I do not consider these two as synonyms, dissatisfaction and restlessness.”

Understand the secret of success is satisfaction. You got to be satisfied if you want to take a successful step forward, dissatisfaction would not lead us there. I wouldn’t confuse our thought process by putting them as synonyms. You might have to look at it that way.





I wish to die, now – Video brief

3 05 2014

As mentioned in an earlier blog, as a new author, I need to be sensitive about my readers doubt. And I need to address the barriers that might prevent a mindful individual to engage with my writing.

With this thought a careful campaign is being gradually put in place to generate greater engagement.

This video is a brief about what the book “I wish to die, now”, is and what a reader can expect from it.

As an expressionist this is my maiden attempt to engage with readers from various cultures and societies. The campaign is an attempt to bridge that gap so that a sustained connection can be made at higher cognitive level.

Here it is – the video brief on “I wish to die, now”.

Happy exploring !

Mihir





Krishnaverse #1

29 04 2014

Student :  Sir, I get varied responses to my decision of moving to this new job which for some is not as healthy as the one I left. For me, may be coming to this city (ahmedabad) was of some social value, and at the back of mind I do harbor the urge to be independent. Quite a few of such factors led me to this decision. And I am fine if I am not comfortable for a while, its ok. But then these various views leave me perplexed.

Sir : Not falling prey to comfort zone dreams is a good thing, and I fully agree there…but then one doesn’t have to be on the extreme side either; a fine balance is what is required. See it’s not about our safety or safety nets that matter, what matters is at no point in time our potential to contribute should go wasted, whether it gets translated in economies or not, what is important is that wastage has to be controlled. Because a wastage now is a wastage forever, you see. that’s the danger. So we have to be a little careful about that. Every day the contribution has to get recorded. If we work in that spirit, its fine. Whether you are stationary or jumpy, it may not make any great difference; so long that you are contributing and not sitting idle.
That’s the kind of thing we can do…this is a ‘karma- bhumi’ this place, all said n done we should hold to it; we should give, every day we should give – that’s how we can shape up the world in our own small bit. You contribute, plan it that way.
When I heard you are being a bit jumpy it appears a bit risky, but then you are not sitting idle, you are doing your best . So that’s fine. No need to remain perplexed.





Krishnaverse.

29 04 2014

Most of ancient Indian knowledge is written in the form of ‘verse’ known as ‘shloka’ or ‘sutra’. A sutra is like a seed, from which thoughts would emerge. A Universe is the term used to define ‘all that exists’. ‘Krishna’ – the hindu god who gave profound wisdom to his devotee and relative ‘Arjuna’, said it all in the form of verses, which is celebrated all across the world as the ‘Gita’ (song of god); this happened while the world was at the cusp of a mythical time zone.

For me and hundreds of students all of this comes through our teacher Dr. KVSM Krishna. Since classroom days to real life situations filled with dilemmas, he is a teacher who is always around to make us learn the ability to take our own decisions. Over a decade and a half a lot of us students would have interacted with him and many who continue to do so, have learn a lot  from these conversations. These conversations contain a lot of meaning for everyone who is a student of this University called Life.

A few of those conversations that happened with me, a few with someone else, but were shared with me, I am attempting to bring them here in the form of question and answers, for every student to learn and enrich himself/herself.

This i would like to term as ‘Krishnaverse’.

The next blog will be a first in this series.

 

My earlier writings on Dr. Krishna can be found here :

https://mihirgajrawala.com/2009/05/10/a-teacher-as-is-see/

https://mihirgajrawala.com/category/my-musings/dr-krishna/

Note : My faculty of memory and comprehension is extremely limited in comparison to the quantum of wisdom Dr. Krishna would have shared. The writings I present will be contained by this limitation. I request every reader to consider this as my interpretation of a conversation and not a verbose representation of what he would have said or meant. I apologize for any wrong comprehension that I might end up doing in this process. My intention is to share with many, what some of us have learn from him.

I also invite other students to share the conversations they had with Dr. Krishna over this years. I will be happy to articulate them to the best of my abilities.

 





Shifting Paradigms of Entrepreneurship Strategy.

26 04 2014

Shifting Paradigms of Entrepreneurship Strategy
(in a new world order driven by the rise of New Media)

© mihir gajrawala
Published on http://www.mihirgajrawala.com on 26.4.14

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New Media : a phenomenon created due to the advent of social media converging with the tremendous spread of mobile technology. The key features (at this point in time), being on-demand access to data, inherent interactive feedback capability and community formation potential.

It has been an age old dictum in our business tradition – ‘it takes 1000 days for an enterprise to set up, after which one may think of driving it to above average profits’.

Does this still hold true? Try this…
It took Instagram 730 days to turn itself into an enterprise valued at a humongous $1bn, around ` 5500 crores. Around 24 months back, Facebook came up with an IPO having valuation at a staggering $100 bn; the point is it took the company less than 3000 days to reach here. This social media behemoth went on to acquire a 5 year old start up – Whatsapp-for an unbelievable sum of $19billion dollars. These are not the only events. Let’s take an Indian example. Cisco Systems, the technology behemoth took a 17% stake in a lesser known start up, Qyuki – founded by Shekar Kapur and AR Rahman, at a great pricing of `27 crores. And this was even before the beta version launch.

Just look around in the spectrum of New Media and the concept of time value of money seems to be going through a fundamental change. And if we delve deeper it seems the global consumer behavior is changing dramatically leading to sweeping transformations in the contemporary business environment. Every paradigm that we know is changing, already.

So what are the fresh paradigms shaping up?

Let’s go back in time to put our discussion in a better context.

Powered by the discovery of electricity, entrepreneur/scientists worked on it and some life changing inventions took place during the late 18th till late 19th century. These phenomena carried on in the entire 20th century leading to the invention of computer followed by the Internet. The world has changed. The skill sets existing a century before are not even known now. Who would use Human or bird messengers for communication, you had telegraph and later email. Who would have even imagined that the skill set of making earthen vessels would become redundant before steel and other metals came into being? But nothing could stop human imagination, and with it the world order went through change.

The prime driver of this change was the human craving for ‘convenience’. In today’s scenario, ‘convenience’ & ‘ease’ are being taken over by a totally new set of values, which is – the human craving to express, to share and eventually to INFLUENCE. The change occurring today is potentially far more impactful than what the world has ever seen earlier.

And we are all part of this change. We have changed. Our motives to do ‘something’ are going through a sea change. And the reason I am quoting this change to be more powerful is the speed at which it is occurring. What earlier took centuries to occur, now may just happen in decades or even years.
You don’t take pictures to make an album to show to your kids, you take them to instantly share it with your community. You do not wait for a weekly film review, but you are plugged into the first show tweet review. You do not have to wait for tomorrow’s newspaper to tell you what your favorite sportsman did on his birthday; he would have already shared it with his followers on Twitter. You do not need to have ‘contacts’ to let a film maker notice your story, you connect with an expert on Qyuki. Before we even leveraged ‘networking’, the concept of ‘community’ is taking over. While as a nation, we still haven’t ended bloating about ‘outsourcing’; the early signs and power of ‘crowd sourcing’ is out to behold!

Creative individuals from across the world come together to develop new art or commercial offerings; a phenomenon unthinkable just a few years ago. Entrepreneurs have now an option of crowd funding at their disposal, and thousands of new start ups are coming up just because of the availability of such unique funding. These phenomena are huge, considering they are bringing about a sea change in the existing understanding of the idea of ‘ownership’.

We would be blind if we are not seeing this. The new paradigms have already emerged in the world of Entrepreneurship strategy. And we all know that business has to follow where the ‘community’ is heading.

Let me list down what’s happening:
• Job creation as the prime motivator of entrepreneurship is taken over by ‘potential to co-create’
• The demise of stand-alone firm as the primary unit of competition; linear hierarchic firm structures are giving way to multi polar, decentralized structures – where the skill, power and control is spread widely across individual firms/individuals.
• The demise of nation-state as the principal unit around which international economic activity is organized and conducted.
• The focus of business is shifting from ‘the firm’ to ‘the community’

Based on all of these the over arching trend in front of us is :
‘Shifting focus from consumption economy to influence economy’

As entrepreneurs we cannot over look this trend. Every aspect of enterprise creation is changing in a phenomenal way. We will need to develop ways to identify community based opportunities for developing capabilities and acquiring the specialized resources needed to compete in today’s fluidic market place, and we need to understand our own strategic value in the context of shifting focus from Investment management to Access management.

Driven by need of convenience we created a consumption based economic model and ended up given control and power to Investment houses. This may soon become obsolete. Driven by the desire to ‘express’, an Influence based economic model is emerging leading to hand over control and power to those with ‘Access’.

Do you wish to wait till suddenly you realize that no one uses earthen pots any more? As evolving entrepreneurs we have to understand the essence of this emerging paradigm and generate keys to long term entrepreneurial existence.

 

Inputs taken from :
1) Shekhar Kapur’s Speech at NASSCOM India Leadership forum 2013
2) “Changing Paradigms of International Entrepreneurship Strategy” Paper published by Richard W. Wright & Leo-Paul Dana in the Journal of International Entrepreneurship in 2003.





” I wish to die, now ” – available on amazon Kindle

18 04 2014

 

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I took a while to prepare myself for this. It took a basket full of encouraging words from  patrons, reading enthusiasts and academicians for me to finally put my compilation out there in the market. Yes the kindle edition of “I wish to die, now” is up and available across all major amazon online stores across the globe. All you need is a kindle or a kindle reader on your device.

I genuinely look forward to this organic expansion of my thought realm by way of connecting to thousands of readers all across the globe. I am keen to see whether my thoughts are able to find a resonance in the worlds which I have never been exposed to.

Below is a brief description of the book for you to take a buy call.

happy exploring !

MIhir Gajrawala

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“I wish to die, now”, is an individual’s tryst with himself; a passionate attempt to set the self free – a self that is holed in conventions, a self that is trapped in conditions and a self that is bound by compulsions. The author uses the medium of words to let the trapped energy of within, manifest itself. These are not mere essays or articles; these are the reflections of a sensitive soul, which is craving to break out.

The reader will encounter a variety of thoughts that will make him/her get closer to his/her deeper persona. From belief systems to communal behavior, from entrepreneurship to gratefulness, from politics to friendship, from philosophical prose to romantic poetry, from essays to opinions – it is a really broad canvas, which is a potent space for an exploratory reader to dwell in.

As Nietzsche puts it, “one must have chaos inside oneself to give birth to a dancing star”; the passages in the book will take the reader closer to the chaos that exists within him/her. It will make you question, it will make you wonder, and it will shake away all your inertia and bring you closer to your true being.

Irrespective of your interest in the specifics of subject matter, the book will connect you to the thoughts presented. The book will give a fillip to your sense of exploration and wonder.

And all of these come out as scintillating word sketches from a first time author, who describes himself as an expressionist.

“I wish to die, now” will make you want to live, even more!

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here’s the link to the amazon page.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JQYK2YK

If you happen to buy the book, I request you to take time out to give your review on the amazon page. That shall really help me to know how my thoughts are being perceived.