Entries by Venu Payyanur

Self-Respect or Self-Deprecation 

KV Venugopalan If you want to know how good your company’s products are, attend your competitor’s sales meeting. And if you want to know how bad is their product attend their Support Executives meeting. And this behaviour is universal. Why? Those at the senior management level might say that we are our worst critic and […]

Indian Analytical Companies – Mantra for success

Indian analytical industry is passing through another difficult phase currently and most companies are struggling to meet their budget and expectations of the stakeholders. How do you ensure that the impact of business slowdown is minimum for your company? In their book ‘The Discipline of Market Leaders‘ M. Treacy and F. Wiersema argue that no […]

Secret of Success from Bhagavad Gita

Gita teaches us the art of living. It brings proper perspective to our thought process and guides our action towards success and fulfilment. It shows us the way forward. Knowledge gives us proficiency. Applied knowledge is efficiency. Right knowledge applied at the right time, at the right place and the right way gives us effectiveness. Effectiveness leads us to success and glory and that is what Gita teaches us.

Theyyam and Life lessons

“The measure of a man is what he does with power,” “Theyyam” is a popular ritual art form of worship of North Malabar in Kerala, India.  The Theyyam dance is performed in front of the village shrine and in the houses as ancestor worship. The Theyyam period is typically from the month November and comes […]

Leaving a Legacy

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” —Benjamin Franklin Can you visualize yourself inside a coffin and all your friends, relatives, colleagues and others standing around it? What would you like them to talk about you? That you were a […]

Arrogance leads to destruction

Parikshit was a great king who ruled righteously and protected all. Yet, one day he did an action that was unpardonable which led to his death. Even though he was tired and fatigued, arrogance of being a king made him insult a Yogi who was on deep meditation, because the silent Yogi did not answer […]

Sibling Rivalry

When children of the same parents behave differently and at times fight each other, we wonder what is happening. Only in Hindi movies, we have seen that separated on birth one becomes a Police officer and other a Villain and fight to death or reconcile at the end. However, the truth is different. Even though […]

Origins of Terrorism

 Throughout the history of mankind, societies have tried to balance between individual rights and the mighty coercive power of the State. There were many political unrest and associated deaths and destruction in India due to the compulsory acquisition of land for industrialization, building of dams, defence installations, new capital formation, etc. That includes issues we […]