Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fwd: A good message - because we need each other

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From: Ranjit Santakumar
Date: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 9:13 AM
Subject: A good message - because we need each other

This is the "wear your seatbelt" ad from the UK - made by a guy not hired to do it.  Because the cause is important to him, he came up with this idea and now it's being hailed across the world as a 'beautiful' commercial. 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fwd: Fw: What Ratan Tata did for the Mumbai victims.... a every Indian should know

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From: Ranjit Santakumar
Date: Wed, May 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM
Subject: Fw: What Ratan Tata did for the Mumbai victims.... a every Indian should know

Kindly Take few moments to read this, its really worth reading..........Thank You.

Ratan Tata is the chairman of Indian Hotels who own the Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai, which was the target of the terrorists last year.

Hotel President a 5 star property also belongs to Indian Hotels.
The following is really touching.

What Ratan Tata did for the Mumbai victims.... Don't miss!!!!!!


A. The Tata Gesture

All category of employees including those who had completed even 1 day as casuals were treated on duty during the time the hotel was closed.

Relief and assistance to all those who were injured and killed

The relief and assistance was extended to all those who died at the railway station, surroundings including the "Pav- Bha ji" vendor and the pan shop owners.

During the time the hotel was closed, the salaries were sent by money order.

A psychiatric cell was established in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences to counsel those who needed such help.

The thoughts and anxieties going on people's mind was constantly tracked and where needed psychological help provided.

Employee outreach centers were opened where all help, food, water, sanitation, first aid and counseling was provided. 1600 employees were covered by this facility.

Every employee was assigned to one mentor and it was that person's responsibility to act as a "single window" clearance for any help that the person required.

Ratan Tata personally visited the families of all the 80 employees who in some manner – either through injury or getting killed – were affected.

The dependents of the employees were flown from outside Mumbai to Mumbai and taken care off in terms of ensuring mental assurance and peace. They were all accommodated in Hotel President for 3 weeks.

Ratan Tata himself asked the families and dependents – as to what they wanted him to do.

In a record time of 20 days, a new trust was created by the Tatas for the purpose of relief of employees.

Whatg is unique is that even the other people, the railway employees, the police staff, the pedestrians who had nothing to do with Tatas were covered by compensation. Each one of them was provided subsistence allowance of Rs. 10K per month for all these people for 6 months.

A 4 year old granddaughter of a vendor got 4 bullets in her and only one was removed in the Government hospital. She was taken to Bombay hospital and several lacs were spent by the Tatas on her to fully recover her.

New hand carts were provided to several vendors who lost their carts.

Tata will take responsibility of life education of 46 children of the victims of the terror.

This was the most trying period in the life of the organisation. Senior managers including Ratan Tata were visiting funeral to funeral over the 3 days that were most horrible.

The settlement for every deceased member ranged from Rs. 36 to 85 lacs [One lakh rupees tranlates to approx 2200 US $ ] in addition to the following benefits:

a. Full last salary for life for the family and dependents;
b. Complete responsibility of education of children and dependents – anywhere in the world.
c. Full Medical facility for the whole family and dependents for rest of their life.
d. All loans and advances were waived off – irrespective of the amount.
e. Counselor for life for each person

B. Epilogue

How was such passion created among the employees? How and why did they behave the way they did?

The organisation is clear that it is not something that someone can take credit for. It is not some training and development that created such behaviour. If someone suggests that – everyone laughs

It has to do with the DNA of the organisation, with the way Tata culture exists and above all with the situation that prevailed that time. The organization has always been telling that customers and guests are #1 priority

The hotel business was started by Jamshedji Tata when he was insulted in one of the British hotels and not allowed to stay there.

He created several institutions which later became icons of progress, culture and modernity. IISc is one such institute. He was told by the rulers that time that he can acquire land for IISc to the extent he could fence the same. He could afford fencing only 400 acres.

When the HR function hesitatingly made a very rich proposal to Ratan – he said – do you think we are doing enough?

The whole approach was that the organisation would spend several hundred crore in re-building the property – why not spend equally on the employees who gave their life?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

FW: A photo with a great meaning in it ...

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From: Sailan Palliyil Narendran
Date: Tue, May 11, 2010 at 5:42 PM
Subject:FW: A photo with a great meaning in it ...

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From: Jyo


"Don't talk while he drives"

Monday, May 10, 2010

cartoonist yesudasan on manorama vs toms /

കോടതിയില്‍ കള്ളം പറയാന്‍ പാടില്ലെങ്കിലും അത്യാവശ്യത്തിനു ചില്ലറ കള്ളങ്ങളും മലയാള മനോരമക്ക് വേണ്ടി ഞാന്‍ കോടതിയില്‍ പറയേണ്ടി വന്നു. ഇപ്പോള്‍ ദുഃഖം തോന്നുന്നു.
ടോംസിന്‍റെ മകളുടെ വിവാഹം വര്‍ഷങ്ങള്‍ക്കു മുന്‍പ് ചേര്‍ത്തലയില്‍ വെച്ചാണ് നടക്കുന്നത്. ഇതിനകം ടോംസ് മനോരമയില്‍ നിന്ന് പിരിഞ്ഞിരുന്നു. ഇരുപതും മുപ്പതും വര്‍ഷം ഒരുമിച്ചു ജോലി ചെയ്യുകയും ഉണ്ണുകയും ഉറങ്ങുകയും ചെയ്ത മനോരമ സുഹൃത്തുക്കള്‍ അനേകരാണ്. വേണ്ടപ്പെട്ട എല്ലാവരെയും കല്യാണക്കത്ത് കൊടുത്തു ക്ഷണിച്ചു.
കാറില്‍ നിന്നിറെങ്ങിയ ഞാന്‍ പള്ളിക്ക് ചുറ്റും ഒന്ന് കറങ്ങി. വേണ്ടപ്പെട്ട ആരെയും കാണുന്നില്ലല്ലോ- മനോരമയില്‍ നിന്ന് പിരിയുകയും മനോരമക്കെതിരെ കേസ് പറയുകയും ചെയ്യുന്ന ടോംസിന്‍റെ പുത്രിയുടെ കല്യാണത്തില്‍ പങ്കടുക്കെണ്ടതില്ലെന്നു എല്ലാവരും ഒറ്റക്കെട്ടായി തീരുമാനിച്ച പോലെ - ഉണ്ണുന്ന ചോറിനോടാണല്ലോ കൂറ് വേണ്ടത് - കോട്ടയത്ത്‌ എന്ന് മാത്രമല്ല എല്ലായിടത്തും ഇതാണ് സ്ഥിതി. മാതൃഭൂമിയിലും മംഗളത്തിലും ഇതു തന്നെ സംഭവിക്കും. ടൈംസ്‌ ഓഫ് ഇന്ത്യയിലും ന്യൂ യോര്‍ക്ക്‌ ടൈംസിലും ഇത് തന്നെ സംഭവിച്ചുകൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നു - മനസ്സിനൊരു വല്ലാത്ത ഭാരം. സുഹൃത്ബന്ധത്തെപ്പറ്റി ആലോചിച്ചു ഞാന്‍ പള്ളിമുറ്റത്ത് നില്‍ക്കുന്നു. എന്നെ ആരോ കെട്ടിപ്പിടിച്ചു. ടോംസ് തന്നെ. അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്‍റെ പത്നിയും അടുത്തുണ്ട്. ടോംസ് എന്നോട് പതുങ്ങിയ സ്വരത്തില്‍ പറഞ്ഞു: "യേശുദാസന്‍ ഞങ്ങളുടെ മാനം കാത്തു."
അങ്ങനെ വിളിക്കും. പ്രതികരിച്ചില്ലെന്നിരിക്കും. വിളിച്ചില്ലെന്നിരുക്കും. വിളിക്കാന്‍ മറന്നെന്നിരിക്കും. മലയാളത്തിന്‍റെ മനപ്രയാസ്സം!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Fwd: what a news

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Date: Thu, May 6, 2010 at 7:41 PM
Subject: what a news
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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Fw: Life thoughts by Duckky.

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From: Ranjit Santakumar
Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:04 PM
Subject: Fw: Life thoughts by Duckky.

Marriage changes passion.
Suddenly you're in bed with a relative.

I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with 'Guess' on it.
So I said 'Implants?' She hit me.

How come we choose from just two people to run for president and over fifty for Miss America ?

Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can't even get into my own pants.

I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!

When I was young we used to go 'skinny dipping,' now I just 'chunky dunk.'

Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press 'Ctrl Alt Delete' and start all over? AMEN, AMEN !!

Why is it that our children can't read a Bible in school, but they can in prison?

Wouldn't you know it.....
Brain cells come and brain cells go, but FAT cells live forever.

Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed outside?

And remember: life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

s e a r c h

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