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THE OCCASION WAS the biennial seminar for Rotary magazines serving the Asia Pacific region – and follows the seminar for all Rotary magazines in Evanston, USA, in 2012.
Principal business of the seminar was to discuss terms of a new five-year Rotary International licence for regional magazines, along with other key issues relating to a single data subscription scheme for all magazines, digital delivery, common branding, modern website development, and future promotion of major events such as Rotary Conventions.
To ensure all visitors obtained maximum benefit from their week-long visit, the host organising team – led by Rotary News India Editor TK Balakrishnan – sought the services of Global Adjustments. Needless to say, the four-hour cultural “lesson” was an outstanding success. The skill and expertise of the staff of Global Adjustments was praised by all participants. Taste of India immerses guests into Indian culture through their five senses. Participants experienced the fragrance of flowers, the beating drums, and the sight of traditional dancers as a traditional welcome. They tasted traditional South Indian food and felt Indian fabric wrapped around them. Global Adjustments trainers guided participants through an insightful view of India while sharing the beautiful artifacts and architecture in their uniquely designed facility.
“A thumbprint of life, living and history in India in just a few hours”, said RDU Board Chairman Des Lawson. Filled with interactive experiences and plenty of great photo opportunities, Global Adjustments’ Taste of India program is the ideal introduction to India for business delegations, tour groups and government agencies. Groups up to 30 can be accommodated at any time. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I am happy to have invented the flash memory, which you now use for your digital cameras” said Mr. Vinod Dham in a quiet unassuming voice. He is best known as the “Father of the Pentium Chip”. The Dhams were in Chennai on a personal visit as guests of ISGN Novasoft.
We held a “Taste of South India” for them and they deeply appreciated the guests of South India, who blessed them with wishes of 16 treasures (“16 pettruperuvazhvuvazhga” translating into “hope you get the 16 precious things of life and live it fully”).
The evening also included a dance performance performance by students of Gopika Varma’s school of dance, “Dasyam”. They performed a Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam and a Kuchipudi piece and left the audience enthralled.
When Mrs Dham walked into our Centre, she spoke with sadness of the garbage on the streets of Chennai, and when she left, she said she was so glad for this culturally rich evening, or she would have left with not much of an impression at all. Mr. Dham added how rich the interaction was with the diverse people he met. A lovely and memorable evening indeed for all of us!
Vijayadashmi is a special festival day in the Hindu calendar which is a very auspicious day for starting a new form of learning. Global Adjustments celebrated this year by starting something called Collective Wisdom.
In our training department, we are constantly trying to find ways to “upskill” young Indians to be prepared for the world. Issues like showing initiative, business writing, summarizing information, and many other things discussed in Upworldly Mobile sometimes don’t come easy. While we are passionate about seeing these skills instilled in young Indians, we also know that two heads are always better than one when it comes to the How.
Thus, we invited 10 thinkers to our India Immersion Centre to ask a few simple questions about one topic: Assertiveness. Moderated by Mr. Eric Gossard of Hospira, we examined the idea of what assertiveness is, how it fits in the Indian culture, and how to teach it to people. The event was extremely stimulating for those who attended: a mix of small business owners, students, trainers, professors and corporate heads.
As we continue to work towards making Global Citizens, it will take more than just one of us thinking. At Global Adjustments, we know that we need to rely on our “extended family” to reach this goal. Be on the lookout for more Collective Wisdom gatherings!
The Training Team
(Here’s a hint if you want to be invited for the next one: make sure to comment on Ranjini’s Business Line articles.)
The Taste of India module is a cultural experience offered by The Indian Immersion Center in Chennai.
For more information on the existing Indian Cultural experiences, please visit http://www.globaladjustments.com/culturalprogrammes.html or contact: email@example.com
This article was published in the printed edition of the The New Indian Express newspaper on 5th of September 2011.
India Immersion Centre and Ericsson sponsored a Greening India Campaign initiated by Ericsson India Private limited (see the first announcement).
36 Schools were made aware of this Green Initiative, and 10 Schools actively participated involving 12000 Students in all. The 7 schools that qualified for the final presentation held on 28th July, 2011 at India Immersion Centre, Global Adjustments were:
1. Kumararani Meena Muthia Matriculation Higher Secondary School
2. Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School
3. Bala Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School
4. St Dominic’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School
5. Vaels Billabong High International School
6. Hari Shree Vidyalayam
7. Sacred Heart matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chruch Park.
All the schools ran a comprehensive range of Greening Schemes, creating an awareness not only in their school but also in the community. The 3 winning schools are – St. Dominic’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Bala Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School and Kumararani Meena Muthiah Matriculation Higher Secondary School, and the differentiating criteria for the winners were the extent to which the awareness was created and spread in the community.
St Dominic’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, worked on seggregation of paper and plastic waste in all classrooms by placing 2 separate bins in each. They also made vermicompost with leaves and paper separately. The 1st prize went to them because they took the initiative to the neighbouring schools like St Helen’s and got them to participate too.
Bala Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School involves all the grades in paper recycling and makes their own recycled paper in their labs and uses it for making charts, invites and envelopes.
Kumararani Meena Muthiah Matriculation Higher Secondary School has a team to monitor collection of waste food after lunch break and making compost out of it in ‘Khambas’ a series of special clay pots.
We firmly believe the awareness imparted to the young students will continue to grow and spread.
The India Immersion Centre at Global Adjustments hosted a unique traditional farewell to Andrew Simkin and wife Bess Simkin. Andrew is returning to the US after a successful stint in Chennai as the Consul General for Southern India. The event was attended by consuls of several nations and the ambassador of USA, Peter Burtleigh.
The farewell included a Indian traditional blessing with rituals from an Indian wedding (“Maalai Maatral” or the exchange of garlands) and some additional blessings from the five elements – Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Aether (Space). The farewell ended with a traditional Tamil blessing wishing that the Simkins receive all 16 treasures of life (“16 pettruperuvazhvuvazhga” translating into “hope you get the 16 precious things of life and live it fully”).