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The three envelopes

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on April 26, 2015

Boss, while handing over the charge to the new incumbent gave him three envelopes. The envelopes were marked 1, 2 and 3. He told the new person to open them only when he is in doubt or encounters any problems. In the first instance when he needed an answer he would open cover no.1 ; next time envelope no.2 and third time no.3.The new boss took charge and implemented his ideas/strategies to carry on the company successfully. After few months he faced problems and opened the cover no.1. ‘ Put the blame on your predecessor ‘ , it was written there. He explained accordingly to the board of Directors. He continued the works in his own style. After an year or so when he faced failures he opened cover no.2 where it was written – ‘ Start new projects ‘. He presented his strategies to the management and started some new projects to increase the revenue. This went on for some time and when he faced criticisms / problems he opened the envelope no.3 to find an answer. It read – ‘ Make another three envelopes ‘.

I miss you Ravi ( Ravindran )

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on April 9, 2015

I write this with great sadness over the unimaginable loss of my close friend and guide Ravindran, to renal failure yesterday. He fought a brave and strong battle for few years but the kidney failure would not allow him to get better. He took each day in stride, never really complaining, and always hoping that with regular dialysis he could get on with his life. I was amazed at his perpetual optimism even when things looked bleak.
He was a wonderful friend to me who was guiding me for over 50 years with his gentle inspiring nature. Starting from 1964 he was in my thoughts guiding, influencing and inspiring me in my activities.His approach and attitude towards his friends and relations were steady and firm always. In our 51 years of association, our relations and his attitude and friendship with me were unchanging. In times of distress, talking to him proved a great consolation.His belief in life was the importance of being authentic with people, saying what needs to be said, which made him different from others. Also I always admired his valuable and truthful advice which I will surely miss.
Only two months before we sat and chatted in his house for few hours. We were recollecting various interesting incidents since 1964 at different places.Even I was amazed at his sharp memory. We used to interact twice or thrice a month even in spite of the distance between our domicile.
I remember the words of Pandit Nehru at the sudden demise of Gandhiji – ” The light has gone out of our lives. ” Ravi was like that to me. I surely miss his guidance and inspiration.