immemorial our culture has produced many great teachers and equally
praiseworthy disciples. From the likes of Sri Krishna and Arjuna in Mahabharata
to the teachers and students in a school, we get to witness this subtle love in
every fields of life.
sanskrit sloka, “GururBrahma GururVishnu
GururDevo Maheshwaraha Guru Saakshaat ParaBrahma Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha,”
points out that a teacher is on par with the great God himself. Guru is praised
as the absolute master of his/her disciple. Oftentimes a teacher is considered
greater than our own parents.
may have given us life but a teacher gives us the knowledge to live. A teacher
shapes our future, makes us competent, and gives us the tools to succeed. A
mentor is like the mythological touchstone which turns a metal to gold. A
mentor is like a cook who prepares a tasty dish out of raw vegetables. A guru
is like a killer who hunts down his disciple’s limitations. A gurudev is like the Sun who burns himself
to dispel darkness with his light. A mentor is like the Noah’s ark which makes
you cross oceans in times of great deluge.
words of Shri Adi Shankaracharya, a teacher is far superior to touchstone
because it only turns metal to gold, but a teacher creates other teachers.
Alexandra K.Trenfor once said “The best teachers are those who show you where
to look, but don't tell you what to see.” Like the god, the best teachers work
in mysterious ways to make his disciples competent.
the God, a teacher’s greatness cannot be summarized in a few words. A teacher
is not limited only in the academia but we come across them in our day to day
life. A baby, bubbling in bliss, teaches us to be happy. Isn’t the baby a
worthy teacher? There’s a teacher in all of us and everywhere around us, after
all, knowledge is not given rather taken.
On Teacher’s Day, Here are 5 Interesting Facts
about Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
In India we
celebrate teacher’s day on 5th September - the birth anniversary of Dr.
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. His works and achievements have inspired many youths
of India and has popularly become the nation’s teacher. Being the first vise
president and the second president of India, his teachings and accomplishments
cannot be summarized in one blog; however, we have narrowed it down to 5 facts
to appreciate his achievements.
Here are the 5 Interesting facts about Dr.
?He was a great philosopher who introduced
western philosophies into indian thought. He mastered the hindu classical
philosophies such as the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Brahmasutra. He was also
familiar with Buddhist philosophies, Jain philosophies and western philosophies
of Plato, Plotinus, Bradley, and Bergson. British philosopher Bertrand Russell
said that Radhakrishnan being appointed as the President of India is the
greatest honor to philosophy.
?With his lecture in the Oxford University, he
took Indian philosophies to global scale and also made a platform for
facilitate India’s freedom movement.
?In 1931 he received the knighthood from the
then emperor King George V for his excellence in teaching. He was even honored
with the ‘Order of Merit.’ For his contribution in the field of education he
has received India’s highest civilian award the Bharat Ratna. In 1975, he was
awarded with ‘Templeton Prize’ by the Templeton Foundation.
?On one occasion, when Dr. Sarvepalli
Radhakrishnan was moving to Calcutta, his students transported him in a flower
carriage pulled by the students all the way to the railway station.
?It is believed that In an answer against
racism he once commented that the God baked a piece of bread more than needed
and they were called the dark skinned once. When God baked undercooked, they
were called Europeans and the perfectly baked were called Indians.
He has been a great teacher and successfully leaded
India in tough times. During his tenure as the president, India fought wars
with China and Pakistan. He was the vice chancellor of Andhra University and
Benaras Hindu University. He was the ambassador to UNESCO and received the
Bharat Ratna in 1954.
5 Indian Teachers Who Have Shaped our History
and our Youth
fortunate to have so many great teachers who have shaped our history and our
youth. They have left their mark with their knowledge and guide us with their
teachings. Their words still act like a beacon that reveal us the right path to
success. Although mother India a produced many great teachers, we have
considered only 5 in this blog. So without further ado, here are the top 5
Indian teachers who have shaped our history and our youth.
Born as a
prince and later lived as an ascetic, Gautam Buddha has laid the foundation of
mass teaching. After receiving enlightenment, he travelled across the India to
preach his teachings to common mass including people from royal families, holy
men and criminals.
Gautam Buddha Quotes:
?Three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the
moon and the truth.
?You will not be punished for your anger; you
will be punished by your anger.
?If your compassion does not include yourself,
it is incomplete.
?There is no path to happiness, happiness is
?When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But
when you love a flower, you water it daily.
Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
man of India is dear to the hearts of many Indian youths. He served as the 11th
president of India and popularly known as the People’s President. He received
Bharat Ratna for his contribution in space and nuclear programme. He was a
leading scientist at DRDO and was the project director of India’s first
satellite launch vehicle (SLV-III).
Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Quotes
?It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is
very hard to win someone.
?All birds find shelter during a rain. But the
eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds. Problems are common, but attitude
makes the difference!
?It Is Very Easy To Defeat Someone, But It Is
Very Hard To Win Someone.
?Don’t read success stories, you will only get
a message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success.
?Difficulties in your life do not come to
destroy you, but to help you realize your hidden potential and power. Let
difficulties know that you too are Difficult.
Tagore was a great poet, and writer of him time. His writings still influences
today's youth engaged in literary works. His early writing were in bengali
which became widely popular after its translation in english. He was the first
Non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
Rabindranath Tagore Quotes
?You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and
staring at the water.
?By plucking her petals, you do not gather the
beauty of the flower.
?It is very simple to be happy, but it is very
difficult to be simple.
?Death is not extinguishing the light; it is
putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
?Age considers; youth ventures.
Vivekananda had a profound impact on Indian youth with his soul piercing
writing and strong discipline. He was a disciple of the great saint Sri
Ramakrishna, and later established the Ramakrishna math to propagate his
mentor’s teaching to the world. Soon after his teacher’s demise he lived a
recluse life living only on alm received from devotees. He has written a few
book which still widely popular among youths as it encourages its readers to be
strong and have strong discipline. His teaching to our youth is unforgettable.
Swami Vivekananda Quotes
?Be free; hope for nothing from anyone. I am
sure if you look back upon your lives you will find that you were always vainly
trying to get help from others which never came.
?Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not
even in mind.
?Where can we go to find God if we cannot see
Him in our own hearts and in every living being.
?The world is the great gymnasium where we come
to make ourselves strong.
?Like me or Hate me, both are in my favor, If
you like me I am in your Heart, If you hate me I am in your mind.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
In India we
celebrate teacher’s day on 5th September - the birth anniversary of Dr.
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. His works and achievements have inspired many youths
of India and has popularly become the nation’s teacher. During his tenure as
the president, India fought wars with China and Pakistan. He was the vice
chancellor of Andhra University and Benaras Hindu University. He was the
ambassador to UNESCO and received the Bharat Ratna in 1954.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Quotes
?A literary genius, it is said, resembles all,
though no one resembles him.
?Books are the means by which we build bridges
?To look upon life as an evil and treat the
world as delusion is sheer ingratitude.
?The idea of Plato that philosophers must be
the rulers and directors of society is practiced in India.
The prophets of spirit make history just by standing
Posthumous Bharat Ratna
Awardees of India - Part 1
Ratna is the most prestigious and the highest civilian award of India, awarded
to great performers of any field, although it was originally limited to
achievements in the field of art, literature, science and public services.
Bharat Ratna is recommended by the Prime minister to the President of India.
The medal itself is in the shape of a sacred fig leaf with ‘Bharat Ratna’
printed on it in devnagari script. Nelson Mandela and Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan
are the only to non-Indian personalities to have received the Bharat Ratna
award. It was only given to living personalities and later in 1966 the
criterion was changed to be given posthumously.
Here are the Five first
posthumous receivers of Bharat Ratna award:
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904–1966)
He received the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1966. He was the second
prime minister of India who popularized the slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan.’ He
believed that self-sustenance and self-reliance are the foundation of a strong
Kumaraswamy Kamraj was great politician who played an important role
in both pre and post Independence. He was the chief minister of Madras, under
whose administration Madras flourished in the fields of education and
industrialization. For his contribution to nation he received the highest
civilian award, posthumously in 1976.
Acharya Vinoba Bhave (1895–1982)
Acharya Vinoba Bhave was a nonviolence activist and an avid follower
of Mahatma Gandhi. He started the ‘Bhoodan Movement’ and was the recipient of
the Ramon Magsaysay award in 1958. He once said "All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the
sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts." He received the Bharat
Ratna posthumously in 1983.
Marudhur Gopalan Ramchandran was a film actor who later became a
famous politician and philanthropist. He was popularly known as MGR and was the
chief minister of Tamil Nadu. He was the
first popular film actor to be the chief minister of a state in India. He
received the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1988.
Also known as father of Indian Constitution, Dr.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was a jurist, politician and social reformer. He has
known to fight against untouchability and caste system. He was posthumously
awarded Bharat Ratna in 1990.
Have you watched the movie-The Last Samurai? How could someone like a
character of Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), hired by ‘Imperial Japanese
Army’ to gun down the traditional samurai, turn in favour of the later? The
answer is simple: His previous superiors didn’t show as much love and
compassion as his new leader Katsumoto did. Although defeated, Nathan Algren
was spared for his courage and was treated as one of the samurai. He was shown
their culture and way of life and got something to fight for.
A company's success primarily depends on the people they work with:
the employees, firms, other agencies, investors, and others. A leader must show the love and compassion,
which are scanty in most companies. A leader must learn to let go of his/her
subject’s mistakes and show them the right way to do it. There has to be an
exchange of trust to keep the system intact. After all, in a competitive
market, where surviving is a war, the leaders must not let fragility grown
within the company.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the
Leap... and Others Don't - James C. Collins
Quote: “A company should limit its growth based on
its ability to attract enough of the right people.”
In the same movie, the samurai did make an impact because they had the
right people with right skill and similar vision. The imperial soldiers won,
because they employed Japanese people with the right skill and similar vision.
In the end the Emperor Meiji made a confident decision because he got in
communion with just one man with the right skill and similar vision.
The adage “Like begets like” cannot be truer. The company’s success
depends primarily upon the people they hire. When they have the right skill and
a similar vision, sky is the limit. Companies must focus more on hiring not the
most eligible people, but the right people.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is
Hard - Chip and Dan Heath
Quote: “Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant,
This is one of our favorite! Irrespective of
large funds, workforce and market needs, most startups and companies fail because
they don’t take measurable and relevant steps. When the stakes are high, you
cannot leave any stone unturned and the above mentioned quotes include some
majorly important stones. In the movie “The Last Samurai”, the inexperienced
Nathan learned to wield a Samurai sword in a short time because he was trained
for specific moves and in a timely, disciplined manner.
if you are told to name 3 legends of India that you are proud of; who
would they be? Your favorite personalities are likely to be Mahatma
Gandhi (freedom fighter), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (scientist), Dhirubhai
Ambani (business man). Sure, they contributed everything they can and
even more and their name will be remembered indefinitely. But, India
has put forth many other great personalities, whose names have
relatively blurred out among modern generations. This blog is an
attempt to turn back time and read out the pages of history and
revive their names whose contribution and impact was too great to be
Ki Rani Lakshmibai (1835 - 1858)
named as Manikarnika, she was a legendary figure in the Indian
Rebellion of 1857. Lakshmibai was the name given after her marriage
to Gangadhar Rao, the Raja of Jhansi. Soon after the death of Raja in
1853, The East India Company under Governor-General Lord Dalhousie,
installed the Doctrine of Lapse, which put her under his protection.
She was asked to leave the palace at the Jhansi fort.
determined not to give up Jhansi, assembled an army of volunteer
soldiers and began the rebellion against the British by joining The
Sepoy Mutiny of India in Meerut. The Indian Mutiny was the first war
of independence. She was accompanied by many warriors including Moti
Bai, Kashi Bai, Khuda Baksh, Gulam Gaus Khan and many others. She
died on 18 June, 1858, a day after acquiring the Fort of Gwalior
along with Tatya Tope.
is called the “Joan of Arc” of Indian Independence. For her
courage, leadership and calm persona, the General Sir Hugh Rose
commented on the report of battle of Gwalior that she was remarkable
for her cleverness and beauty, but was the most dangerous of all
Chandra Bose (1858 - 1937)
Jagadish Chandra Bose was born in Munshiganj – present day
Bangladesh. He started his education in a vernacular school (Bengali)
which ignited his interest in the study of nature, as stated by him
in a conference at Bikrampur. Despite the poverty, his father
Bhagawan Chandra Bose encouraged him to become a scholar.
is considered a leader and a legend in the field of wireless
telecommunication. He invented a coherer which could detect radio
waves. With pressure from his friends he was forced to patent it on
1904. He became the first Indian to have a US patent.
publicly demonstrated the first ever wireless radio transmission in
1895, which was ignored at the time; however Guglielmo Marconi made
the demonstration in 1897 and come into limelight. Today, modern
scientists consider J.C. Bose to be a true pioneer in wireless radio
all, J.C. Bose invented the Crescograph, using which he was able to
demonstrate that plants too have feelings. Ahead of its time, the
Crescograph could magnify up to 10,000X. He brought into light that
plants do react to pain and affection.
there is a small crater with a radius of 91 kilometers on the Moon
named after him.
Seksaria (1888 – 1946)
in Nawalgarh in the present-day Rajasthan, Govindram Seksaria is
world famous Indian Businessman who started his career during the
British Raj, when survival and growth of Indian firm was risky and
unsupportive. He started as an operator at the Bombay Cotton Exchange
and later became a board member. He was one of the original members
of East India Cotton Association. He was the founding member of the
Indian Stock Exchange. Later he got into bullion, and commodities
market. In 1934, he became a member of the New York Cotton Exchange
till his death. He was also the member of the Liverpool Cotton
Exchange. Later he got into sugar, copper and wheat exchanges of
various American and British cities.
is known as the Cotton Kind of India. On his death the bullion
exchange, cotton exchange and stock exchange were shut down for a day
as a tribute to Govindram Seksaria.
are not the only ones! Mother India has produced many such great sons
and daughters over time. We will surely keep updating and posting
blogs with the contribution of number such personalities. For now, it
is time to contemplate on their impact and still learn what we can.
As a result of in-depth research by the professional at the Gitanjali Awards, it has been revealed that the trophies and mementos manufactured in India and overseas are quite similar. And this has greatly affected the process of recognition and appreciation. None can argue with the fact that the advent of new and innovative technology had improved the quality of these awards to a great extent but still they lack creativity and inventiveness. As a result of this, quite often it has been witnessed that the winner of an IT competition and the winner of the dance competition are awarded trophies that are quite similar to one another due to lack of choice.
And this is the most significant reason behind the success of Gitanjali Awards. Their vast and diverse range comprises of tailor-made mementos and trophies made specifically for distinctive occasions that make them stand out among the rest. It seemed like the faces of the token of appreciation in this ever evolving world especially in India had seemed to become stagnant. The Gitanjali Awards strives on the basic concept that they need to discriminate between these token of appreciation and that’s the reason Gitanjali Awards comprises of the vast collection of trophies and mementos which discriminate the winners are achievers of one field from the other.
Different popular and infamous media companies, power companies, Agricultural Industries, Hospitals, Oil Companies, Cultural Association, Government Organization, and Schools and Colleges use the services of Gitanjali Awards to recognize and appreciate the achievements of their working personnel. None can undermine the value of appreciation as it helps the companies and the individual in bringing out the best portrait of themselves, which ultimately helps the company and also the individual in achieving success in different aspects of their life in the near future. Appreciation is the best form of motivation, the knowing of the fact that the efforts of an individual are recognized in an organization rejuvenates their motivation and help them to achieve their goals and reach the level of success they always dreamt of.
Recognition is always treasured!
Remember your first cup, your first certificate! Your name being called-up to the stage, then a roaring sound of applause, the crowd looking up to you, the priceless feeling of holding that bright golden cup in your hand. Feels great right!
This story goes roughly the same for everyone, these little memories still light-up our day. But, it doesn’t have to be a medal or a certificate to make you feel great. A cup is a tangible expression of something subtle - ‘recognition’, which could also be expressed with a simple gesture such as a hug, a ‘Thank You’ note, or... just a smile! That being said, an award certainly motivates when you preserve and showcase these symbols on your office desk or in your study.
In the words of Alan Alda - “Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.”
Call it science or human emotion... recognition just works! It makes you believe on your efforts and gives a feeling of exaltation which is rooted deep since the cave-man time. This impetus or appreciation has pushed great minds to give more effort, to be better, and bring forth ‘breakthroughs’ to shape our civilization. From the first games at Olympia to the first giant leap by mankind, their success was the result of recognition and appreciation.
Just like the treasures are stowed in the depth of earth, recognitions are stored in the depth of heart ... only … it’s inexhaustible!
So, is it wrong to say “Recognition is always treasured” ? What is your take on awards and recognition? Share with us on comments! Some say that money is a better motivator than a cup, we disagree it with all our guts....