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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.

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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.

See the Divine light with in you

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on December 27, 2016

There is a story about a gullible person who was returning to his village from a distant place. As it was dark he lighted the lantern. As he was able to see only a distance of 6/7 meters with the lamp he was not ready to move on since his house was kilometres away. He was anguished and started crying. Another person passing by started laughing on hearing his agony. He told the foolish fellow that the light of the lantern will also move with him and he will be able to see the travelling path to reach home. The villager was so innocent and ignorant on this. When the other person explained the fact he came out of the darkness ( ignorance ) in his mind  and could move and reach  home. The villager was not able to see the light within him due to his ignorance.

We endeavour for our happiness. But mostly we end up with unhappiness. If we use our wisdom we can remove this unhappiness. In order to get happiness by any means we deviate from the moral principles and end up in agony. In such situations we forget to use our wisdom and only act upon our desires. An old dialogue between a Guru and his disciple is relevant here.

The disciple asked Guru , what is the best way to achieve  Moksha – The ultimate contentment ? In reply, Guru asked him; ‘How do you see the objects’. He told that in day time with the light from sun and in the night with moonlight. ‘How do you see the sun and moon ?’ asked the Guru. ‘ With my eyes ‘ was the reply. ‘ If you close your eyes , how do you understand the objects ?’ Guru continued the question. ‘ Using my wisdom’ was the reply. ‘ How do you conceive your wisdom ?’ – Guru. ‘ With my inner soul/mind’ – replied the disciple. Guru: ‘Understanding that self – what you came seeking lies within you. God lies within. ‘This is the content of the famous Upanishad statement  “Tattvamasi” – You are that.

 

 

Anger – Your worst enemy

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on July 24, 2016

In our life  there are occasions when we react angrily or retort in a fit of anger . But , the fact is that if we act in a fit of anger we always kill our reputation, ruin our character or integrity. It is told that Anger can make you do things that you will regret. Stay in control of your anger. Do not let your anger control you.

In Ramayana when Rama was asked to go to forest for 14 years by his father , brother Lakshman  in  a fit of rage vows to imprison his father to make Rama the king. But, Rama controls him and tells him to renounce the anger which otherwise would ruin his character. Even in Bhagawad Geetha Chapter II , Lord Krishna explains the perils of the vice Krodha ( anger ). He says that a person loses all his virtues if he cannot control his anger and act upon it. From anger comes delusion and from delusion comes loss of intellect. Hence Lord advises that one should renounce Anger.  Anger can be controlled or totally eliminated only by developing virtues like patience and tolerance. All successful people in life have these qualities.a

In Pursuit of Happiness

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on July 3, 2016

Our life journey is in fact in pursuit of happiness. We work and earn for the ultimate aim of having a happy life. But, happiness cannot be pursued, has to be perceived. Happiness is a state of mind, a state of well-being created by positive emotions.

During the last few years I make it a point to take off from the office routine every month to spend time in my holiday home. The idea is to relax and spend time in the village with the countrymen. I feel contented and feel happy when I interact with them. These moments teach me that the real happiness in life comes when you are modest and unassuming. Here I remember an incident during our dealer meeting several years back at Wayanad. We were having an MD of a leading Ferrous Industry as our guest. After the business session we were visiting waterfalls. I and my manager were walking along with the guest behind the group. The village lads were playing cricket on the wayside with a broken rubber ball. Our guest asked the boys why they are playing with the broken ball which was not moving at all.  They told him that they did not have money to buy a new ball. He gave the required money immediately and asked them to buy and bring a new ball. In the meantime he suggested us for taking black tea from a way side small shop. When the ball came he wanted to take the first shot with the new ball. He enjoyed those few minutes in their company. He did not forget to shake hands with those lads before leaving the place. He told me later that he enjoyed the time with them rather than visiting the waterfalls.

We get happiness when we make others happy. There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody. “

MUSINGS

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on May 30, 2016

 

In this advanced electronic age when the young generation is more knowledgeable , it is deplorable  that abuse and disrespect of elders/parents are on the rise . We read everyday news on crimes against parents by children on various issues. Most of the relations  have become money related today including relations between parents and children. Few years back while I was staying in Annanagar  I was having a retired customs officer as my neighbor. He used to come to me for  week-end drinks and chitchat. He used to enjoy those sessions most since he was neglected by his wife and children. While he was in service he used to get very warm welcome from all. But , once retired from service his bad time started.  He was totally neglected by his wife and employed children as if he was a burden to them.  

Another senior gentleman I met in an old age home recently. As he looked more orthodox I inquired about him to the sister in charge. She told me the sad story about him. He was a senior corporate executive retired few years back. After retirement he partitioned his house properties to the two sons and a daughter. Thereafter he used to stay with them alternatively. The wives of his sons and his son-in-law were reluctant to accommodate him for long. He used to hear abuses from them. Ultimately, he reached the old age home where he found solace.

While climbing steps of success in their career many youngsters forget to /find no time to take care of their aged parents. It is sad that some children are not only neglecting their elders but also abuse them. There was an incident in USA where a billionaire philanthropist spent most of his leisure time for charity activities. His ailing mother could not get his attention even.  She used to lose her sleep on many occasions waiting for him to take dinner together. One day when he was very late, the lady asked him the reason for such delay. He told her that he was held up at an orphanage sponsored by him. While appreciating his good gesture the old lady mumbled: ” Please remember that charity starts  at home  “. The son was aghast and wept  silently. Later on he felt apologetic and took care of his mother giving more love and comfort .

We always recount our problems and difficulties to our mother. However, we never ask or try to know her difficulties. While we enjoy late night dinners and parties , she may be keeping herself awake waiting for our return spoiling her sleep/health. As she is the embodiment of patience and tolerance she keeps her difficulties herself. Of course, there are many people who understand this and take care of their parents/elders well.

 

 

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