Last month, we visited the Company Garden in Mussoorie. Walking in, we saw lines of trees covered with pink flowers. From a distance, they looked like Cherry Blossom.
As we walked closer, we saw lines of trees in full bloom, covered with incredibly gorgeous pink-white flowers. Mildly fragrant, they resembled lotus buds in shape and color. I was mesmerized by the beauty of these unknown flowers. I got its name from a gardener – Magnolia Blossoms.
I spent quite some time, absorbing the ephemeral beauty – the gardener had said, “you are lucky madam, they bloom for just 2-3 weeks in a year”
Getting into the car, I read more about them. Indeed, Magnolia Blossoms bloom only once a year, that too provided the trees are well nurtured – right weather, nutrients, soil, sunlight etc.
I was struck by the contrast in our lives and expectations we have today: instant gratification! We live in times when same day delivery of orders is considered too long, competition ever striving to reduce it – going up to 10 mins!
In a world that puts speed over everything, guess Magnolia Blossom in these 2-3 weeks conveys a poignant message:
At the outset, I would like to thank you for stopping by my Blog.
I believe that there is nothing right or wrong in this world. What’s right in this moment and context may be wrong in another moment and context. This belief has inspired me to name my blog ‘Perspectives’.
Perspectives is a platform for me to share my experiences, thoughts and perspectives on various subjects. You may have a different point of view. I look forward to hearing them, these are the triggers for rich and deep conversations.
On personal front, I live in Mumbai, India. I love to read; Somerset Maugham and Nevil Shute are my favorite authors. My favorite books are The Razor’s Edge, Mrs. Craddock, Chequer Board and Gone with the Wind. I am thankful to my father who inculcated the habit of reading in me early on.
I am also passionate about traveling, I have been to most parts of India and to several countries across the globe.
On professional front, I work in Human Resources function. Over two and half decades, I have worked across multiple industries and cultures. I focus on Leadership Development, Talent Management, Visioning and Culture, Large-scale change, Employee Listening & Engagement, Employee Well-being, Inclusive work culture, HR effectiveness, Behavior and Mind-set shifts through sustained interventions
I currently lead Organization Effectiveness Function for Aditya Birla Group, a $44.3 billion conglomerate with 120000 employees across 35 countries.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading my blog. I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.
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