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Solitude

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on November 22, 2018

 

In the advancing years of life, people long for solitude. In solitude their mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. Solitude is refreshment for their souls and creativity’s best friend. People of advanced age normally likes to keep low profile. This may be due to the bone of contention with younger generation. At this stage solitude will be a bliss. It is the joy of being alone and empowering.

I love solitude.

In my present age when I am partially getting off from work , the few hours of freedom I get  ( solitude ) gives me opportunity to introspect. In solitude I can talk to my soul and listen to my heart. Mostly, I find the answers.

I am sure that meeting and chatting with my old friends definitely gives me refreshment. But due to the exigencies of today’s life it is difficult to achieve this. The digital platform definitely helps me to chat thru media and helps me to some extent . In solitude, I am able to bring to my mind and visualise those days I spent with my friends . It is relaxing and helping to bring relief from the effects of tension, anxiety etc.

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Attitude

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on November 10, 2018

ATTITUDE

I recollect a Panchathantra story I read years back.

A merchant who was doing lending business in his town wanted to go for pilgrimage . He asked his son to manage the business in his absence. He asked his son to see the past records for necessary guidance. But, the young son was a conceited person who thought he knew better than his father. He thought he would use his wisdom to do better business to prove his mettle. In the first week of his business a small vendor came to him for a loan for his small business. As he was a pavement vendor and was not having any security to offer other than his personal assurance the young merchant refused to loan him. The vendor told him that his dad used to give him money as and when required. He also added that he was prompt in repayment. But the young Banker was not convinced and returned the vendor disappointed. This happened with other small traders as well. The young merchant approached big clients like jewellers, textile showrooms etc offering loans. One diamond merchant opposite to his shop asked for a large amount. The Banker was happy to lend him money even without any security as he was having a large shop. After few years the old merchant came back and took over the business. On verification of the accounts he found that large amount was receivable and repayments were in defaults. He has also noticed that the son has advanced to unreliable people. After assessing the position as a whole the old merchant called his son and told that he did not heed to his advice and financed to bad clients. He told that the small  vendor used to repay the loan promptly . The jewellery merchant was not reliable and was a defaulter in the market. He added that a trader used to become creditworthy  by paying promptly to his creditors. He told that the small vendor who was refused loan was always prompt and was having an attitude to repay his debts on time and was dependable.

The young person learned from his mistake.

The Transformation

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on September 5, 2018

I fondly remember and cherish the pubescent days of my life in the native village. That was around  50 to 60 years back. Life was more enjoyable and delightful compared to todays. Digital inventions or artificial intelligence were not heard of on those days. Even though telephones and electricity were not available people were happily living together. People were in general empathetic towards fellow citizens. They used to help each other. I have seen the following features on those lives compared to today’s nuclear families.

People used to do odd jobs freely for their needy neighbours   like painting, changing of thatch palms, cleaning of the ponds/ wells Etc. Houses were kept open during day time for neighbours to frequent. Even the walkways to other parts  used to pass through various houses. Well water used to be pure and sweet like mineral water. Ponds used to be there in most houses which were kept clean for bathing. Children used to swim in the ponds. Fruits and vegetables were totally free from pesticides as those were grown organically in house yards. People used to gather together in the evenings to chat. Children used to play in the play grounds or temple grounds. Most of the people used to be busy in their farm works or trades and were doing their jobs honestly. People used to walk miles to go to neighbouring places. This has kept most of the people healthy. All the festivals were celebrated jointly by all. Religious harmony was much better than today. While brooding over the depressing state of mind in the old age I used to remember those childhood days to delight my mind. But, today those things are foregone in my village also. Wells and ponds are rare today. The advancement of digital life has taken away all those advantages. The temple grounds are empty. The remaining few ponds or wells are not usable. Roads have come connecting all houses. The village walkways passing thru  houses are not there today. Many people do not know each other. Today, while we can make video calls to people living in other continents we do not know our neighbours. Digital advancement has made man more self-centred.

Genlite’s Performance in FY18

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on April 4, 2018

The financial year 2017 – 18 was very special for Genlite. During the second part of the year Genlite was appointed by KOEL as an additional GOEM for Telengana state mainly to augment growth in that state in addition to TN/Kerala and Pondicherry. Genlite has proved this right by performing well during the four months after their inception in that State. Genlite sold 5170 gensets in their territory during the report year as against 4583 sold in the  previous year registering 13% growth. Genlite has also registered 18% growth in value sales mainly due to increase in higher HP genset sales. While they sold 239 HHP sets in the previous year, their sales jumped to 324 HHPsets in FY 18. They could also sell 17 nos CRDI sets ( 750 KVA and above ) as against only 3 nos in FY17. It is also noteworthy to mention here that all these CRDI sales were achieved in a market dominated by Cummins for many years. Genlite could also become only the second GOEM in the country to surpass 5000 numbers. I feel this achievement , at a time when most of the GOEMs were struggling for growth , was due to the dedication and hard work  of Genlite team and their KGDs. I have to add here that the support they received from KOEL made the  work easier.  I request all  Genlite team mates to draw inspiration from this sterling performance and work for more achievements in FY19.

Welcome address by KPR on 22nd Sangamam

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on September 21, 2017

Good Evening. I welcome you all to this beautiful hill station Dharmashala , which is bathed in the glory of mother nature and Buddhist Culture. As His Holiness The Great Dalai Lama stays here , this place is also called as Little Lhasa.

This is our 22nd Sangamam. We started our Sangamam in 1993 , just on conclusion of our 10th year in business. As our Dealers Meet used to be a confluence of KOEL , GOEM and KGDs we named it ‘The Sangamam’ – like the meeting of three rivers Ganga , Yamuna and Saraswathi.  In Sangamams, we gather to spend time together, relax and rewind ourselves.

We do this almost every year and I gracefully and gratefully cherish the fact that this unity has helped us to hold the ground for the last 34 years. Each and every member of Genlite family gets a due share of the pride of this achievement. They have grown with Genlite and Genlite has grown with them. With each passing year this bond of love is binding us closer and closer. With this synergy only we are able to nurture our Goodwill for years. Our relationship with our Principals , Dealers and Customers have been built on the solid foundation of our Goodwill.

End must be justified by means. Goods must be supported by Goodwill. For over three decades we have been steady and stable like the DG sets we supplied. Hence today Genlite is not just some people in the genset market. Genset is Genlite for many people. Once our customer always our customer.

In a market economy the customer is certainly the deciding factor. While they were exclusively concerned with the quality of product or its brand till few years back , today they are asking much more from the present competitive market.

Quality of product , promptness in delivery , competitive price and effective product support – the customer wants all these today. In other words , customer is keeping all of us on our toes.

The only thing that is constant in life , is change. We all face changes every day.

When I started my career way back in 1969 , calculators were not available. We used to do summations manually. Forty – fifty years back  people mostly  used to travel  4 – 5 kilometres by walk or cycle only. But, today people travel even one kilometre by a vehicle.  Today, artificial intelligence or machine intelligence is more important than a person’s intelligence.  Like that we see several changes in our life . Only difference is that earlier changes were slow, but now it is fast.

We have to move with the changes. We should have the vision to foresee the changes expected to succeed in our life.

In 1998 , Kodak company was selling 85% of all photo paper requirements of the world. They were having an employee strength of 170000. They were one of the cash rich companies of the world. In just three years thereafter their business model disappeared due to the digital inventions and they became bankrupt . They did not know in 1998 that in just three years people would never take pictures on paper film again.

We can  expect changes in our business model also. Many European countries have stopped using diesel as their fuel. Even though this cannot happen in India immediately, according to our PM by 2030 diesel may not be in use in India also. The other day union environment  minister was advising manufacturers and consumers to think of alternate fuels.  Of course , our principal KOEL will be more concerned on this and will find solutions to this . Here I would like to quote famous Charles Darwin who told that

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent,

But the one most responsive to change.”

 

 

 

Time and again , we have been facing challenges of different types. We have countered them with strategies appropriate to each. With the patronage of KOEL , dedication of our sales force and the support of our Customers Genlite is forging ahead with sure and steady feet.

Before concluding I quote an old saying:

” Never Give up. Today is hard, Tomorrow will be worse,

But the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.

Let our synergy bring better growth and results in the coming years for all of us. At this 22nd Sangamam let us stay together for a while and once more renew our Goodwill for one another.

I welcome you all for a very happy and pleasant Sangamam.

I ‘ is the most deadly alphabet. ‘ I ‘ is just like a knot on a twine. We can see many persons having egotism who are excessively conceited in themselves. They cannot progress in life. Just like the knot on a thread their egotistical nature will block the progress/success in their life. The egotistical persons want their importance in everything. They want everything to their expectations. ‘ I should be respected ; I want this ; I am not informed ; I will only do this. My expectations , my desires – everything surrounding ‘ I ‘ ‘. They want their importance to be acknowledged .They want to take everything/all credit for themselves .This attitude will not help them to achieve success in life. In love also, these people want love/affection themselves and may not give importance to their love to their partner. They may not be giving importance to their partner’s needs. They may be sympathetic , but not empathetic. The more you live a life giving importance to ‘ I ‘ , you will always be frustrated. They will not have real pleasure in life. They will invite depression. In one of the Bhajans it is mentioned like this : ‘ Oh Lord , let me not have Ego/the feeling of oneself in me , instead let me have the feeling that all others are like me’. For progress/success/ harmony in life we should not have that ‘ I ‘ feeling, instead we should have empathy ( others are also like us ) which will keep us happy always. This change in attitude will remove all tensions/depressions from our life.

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on May 24, 2017

5 Secrets of Genlite’s success

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on February 18, 2017

Genlite is completing 34 years in business now. What are the secrets for the steady and consistent growth and success of this 200+ crores company ? I can give five major reasons for this.

  1. Power of Customer’s Trust.

Genlite stood always for the customers. Our team has given prime importance to customers’ needs. With honest and transparent approach , genuine pricing and extending timely support our team ensured that customer is always with us and approached only us for all their future needs.

  1. Product Quality.

Genlite did not compromise on quality. Our Gensets won accolades for quality from our Principal as well as customers. We use best  quality products for manufacturing and ensured that the Gensets conform to all quality standards. We have won quality award from Kirloskar several times and our products are ISO certified.

  1. Sincere Rapport with our Principals.

Our rapport with our Principal, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd., is nurtured over last four decades, based on a convergence of interests and common Goals. Genlite used to be one of their Best GOEMs always.

  1. Dedicated Dealer Network.

Twenty Dealers spread over TN and Kerala are our vital link with customers. They are our extended arms and , our consistent growth is due to their unstinted support. Our value of sales increased more than 200 times since our inception.

  1. Efficient Working Genlite Team

We have time tested , sincere and professional working team always catering to Customer needs and expectations.

It has been a rough and tough course, but we have caught up with the pace of persistence.

Our motto is building Trust and a lifetime Bond with our Customers

Unniappachettan

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on February 12, 2017

The sudden and untimely demise of Unniappachettan last month was shocking and painful. It was a personal loss to me. He was my friend, guide and well-wisher. He was neighbor in my village. But, our friendship and interactions started in 1970 when I was working in Federal Bank and he was working in KSEB in same place. In most evenings we used to stroll together discussing various matters – personal and common. He was a very pleasing, empathetic and humorous person. Our natures were always complimentary. We worked together in the village for the successful conduct of the temple festival when the community was unable to do that due to lack of funds and cooperation. After my transfer to Kolkata we were away for many years. Thereafter we used to meet only when I used to go to my native village for seeing my aging parents. Of course we met during the wedding of our children. He was also abroad for few years on some other assignment. After retirement he utilized his free time in educating young and old. He studied the old scriptures like Vedas and Upanishads and taught others. During our rare meetings thereafter we used to interact on our rich heritage. His erudition of Upanishads has impressed me a lot. Lastly our close interaction was around 2007- 08 when he came to Chennai for the placement of his niece Ramya. This brought our families closely and eventually we could arrange an alliance for Ramya in Chennai. His wife, who was his all time companion passed away untimely in the first week of January. Her sudden death came as terrible shock to him. I was there to console him. Even though he was composed at that time I could gather the deep pain of his mind. Before his children leave after the last rites he could also leave peacefully from this world.  I lost my good friend.

Lord Krishna says: “An erudite person who is a friend to all, seeing all equally and finding God in every living thing will also leave peacefully from this world “. Unniappachettan was one person like that.

Patience – An effective tool for success

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on January 24, 2017

I used to advise everybody the need for inculcating patience as the most essential virtue in us for peaceful life. After advising others I myself lost my temper the other day while talking to my longtime associate. It was unfortunate that I was not able keep my cool in difficult situations, like I used to do comfortably in my heydays.

I know very well that when you are old your capability comes down and you become less effective. At this point you have to be more patient to have tranquility and peace. Patience will only save you from mental agony when you are aged and isolated. When you are retired from active work your  advices will not be heard by others. Hence keeping quiet and patient will only save you from stress and disturbances.   In fact, all through my career spanning 47 years I could keep calm and unperturbed in any difficult situations. This has helped me to win over many of my seniors and subordinates.

Remember that  Patience is the ability to not be troubled by life’s changes , delays, or other undesirables. It is the ability  to maintain stillness in the midst of disappointment. A powerful benefit in practicing patience is that you cultivate the peace of mind to guide yourself out of these moments. See these moments of self reflection as opportunities to strengthen yourself in self control and grace. Also remember that one of the weapons used by Gandhiji in the war of India’s independence was patience.

 

ATTITUDE

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on December 29, 2016

My old colleague in banking career once asked me this question that how am I continuing in my career with the same enthusiasm for 47 years . Even though I replied casually that it was because of my attitude towards Karma, this question had gone deep in to my mind. How am I not getting tired of this repetitious work ? Of course, it did bore me at times and I used to refresh/recharge myself by taking a break for few days. This was normal with anybody. But, I feel the main reason was the dedication/commitment towards the work. Even though the work habits were same from the beginning of my career, I felt more responsible after starting my own enterprise. Starting with strength of below 10 members in 1983, today I am responsible for the livelihood of nearly 250 families directly or indirectly. This feeling of responsibility is giving me the zeal and enthusiasm for working fresh every day. However, I am very much contented today since my colleagues and children can carry on with the mantle now even without my presence. I learned in my long career that for successful conduct of an organization you need to have some essential qualities.

Firstly, you have to lead from the front. You have to be there with your team and have to be a role model before asking them for discipline.

You should also have integrity, patience and humbleness. The team will honestly follow you if you are leading them with these virtues.

You should win the confidence of the team for the success of the organization.

I feel we can make any job/career interesting and promising if we have the right approach and attitude towards that.

My friend was in full acceptance of my views.

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