కవితార్చన – 2

వానా వానా వల్లప్ప
మా హైదరబాదు గ్రేటప్పా
నల్లా నాలాల్ లేవప్పా
నదులూ చెరువులె ముద్దప్పా
నయగార గొప్పేందప్పా
మాకంతకు‌మించిన ఫ్లో అప్పా
డ్రైనుకు మూతలు లేవప్పా
మునిగిన శాల్తీ గోలప్పా
కారులు బైకులు వద్దప్పా
పడవలు గొడుగులు మేలప్పా
దైర్యంగడుగు వెయ్యప్పా
దేవుడె నీకు దిక్కప్పా
రస్తాలెతుకుట వేస్టప్పా
నీ కిస్మతె నీకు‌ ఉందప్పా
ఆశే చావని జీవప్పా
అలుపెరుగక ఓటు వెయ్యప్పా

కవితార్చన – 1

జననం మరణం మధ్య మనిషి జీవితం
పరుగులు పెడుతుంది అనుకుని శాశ్వతం
ప్రేమ ద్వేషం మధ్య మనిషి జీవనం
పడదు అడుగు ముందుకు త్వరితం
ఆస్వాదించాలి ఆది అంతం మధ్య ప్రయాణం
ఆనందించాలి అనుబంధాల మధ్య ప్రణయం
ఆ ప్రయాణం నుదుటి రాతలో
ఈ ప్రణయం మన చేతిలో
ఆ దూరాన్ని కానలేము
ఈ దూరాన్ని దాటలేము
అశాశ్వతమైన జీవితములో
ఈ జన్మకు పెనవేసుకున్న బంధాలివి
కడవరకు కాకపోయినా
కలిసి నడిచేవరకయినా
మౌనాలని మాని
కోపాలని దాటి
పంతాలని వీడి
పయనిద్దాం హాయిగా

Workplace Transformation – 2

Future of workplaces are being redefined..

Another peice of excellent thought leadership on this topic.. this one is from Tracey Racette Fritcher, HCS of ServiceNow

Stay focused. Stay productive.. Stay tuned for innovation..

#vcubez #employeeexperience #collaboration #productivity #teams #alignment #profitability #costoptimization #facilities #businessoperations

https://www.reworked.co/employee-experience/how-remote-work-will-impact-the-management-of-employee-experience/

Workplace Transformation – 1

It is here and now. Even as we read this message, the way we work is rapidly changing in a big way…

Changing the way we work, live, play and learn..This is the Vision statement of one of the best companies and the leadership team i had the opportunity to work for early on in my career.

The vision is now fast becoming a reality..

World is starting to realise and even expedite this change in the way we work, albeit pushed by an unfortunate pandemic situation.

We will have an innovative platform released soon to help  manage this change. The platform and solutions will not only improve employee and customer delight, but also better shareholder value and societal impact.

Joining our human spirit and the innovative platforms, together the world will come out of the current challenging situation in a much better way than it entered into it..

Stay focused.Stay productive..Stay Tuned for Innovation…
 
#vcubez #transformation #change #work #life #learn #play

https://www-marketwatch-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/guid/B436CAFC-953A-11EA-8340-95FDE6EE78E0

Green Eyes, Brown Skin, Broad Nose.. Time to think outside the circles?

As a person who gives lot of importance in life to harmony, it is painful to hear  whats happening in USA.

I personally experienced the warmth that the great Indian monk, Swami Vivekananda famously said at a Chicago conference more than 100 years ago “brothers and sisters of america”. A land of freedom – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I always had beautiful experiences making friendships with people during my stay in USA.

The colour of the skin, eyes, hair or any other physical attribute neither hindered nor entered our minds.

I did hear about racism being a reality in some families, societies and suburban parts of the country in a subtle manner. But thanks to all my friends, co-workers, bosses and others that i fortunately never experienced it during my stay or travels around the country.

May be i was plain lucky, but i would like to think from the bottom of my heart that it is the norm. For me, there is no other reason to think otherwise based on my life experiences and also for the benefit of future generations.

USA is a nation that most of the world looks upto as a benchmark.

Many believe that, if only majority of their citizens are as educated as that of USA, then their countries would also be as developed, prosperous and advanced.

Such a great place is being burnt today by its own children. It is heart wrenching to see my brothers fighting with each other on the streets just because they happen to have different colored skins.

My heart feels brothers and sisters of this beautiful country would soon get the nation back on its rightful course.

Let’s overcome the challenge of looking at mere bodily differences as barriers of lives blissfully coming together.

The idea of race, gender, caste, creed, nationality are interesting..

Iam told that iam a brown indian hindu brahmin male. I wondered what it really meant.

When we think of it, there are multiple identities for human existence.

These set of identities start at the center with me, the individual.

Since i am born with a specific gender, it pushes me into a circle of gender identity. Also followed by a circle of racial identity. Both of which are not a personal choice but determined by the genetic makeup.

Then comes the circle of family, caste and creed identities at birth.

Then i have a circle of society and national identity based on my birth place and residence.

When extended further, it expands to the circle of humanity.

And finally, as per my personal belief, there is an identity with an all pervasive soul that combines the entire nature together as ONE.

In this manner, we are all made to associate with a few identity circles at different stages of our lives. 

Everytime we associate with these identities, we tend to become part of some exclusive circles.

Depending on which circle has the most influence at a given time and place, we become part of an either oppressive or victim group and are forced to express accordingly.

Some of these identities are very deep at genetic levels, may be for a purpose and destiny. Some of them are personal choices we exercise throughout our lives.

I am happy with my personal identity of both genetic and personal choices, but I don’t like to think of them as some exclusive circles that i need to be trapped into permanently.

Instead, i would love to see them as steps to create a beautiful staircase towards the identity of the universal spirit.

If i am anyway striving, let me strive for that union with the universal spirit bringing harmony with all circles and beyond.

ALSO READ ABOUT FEW THOUGHTS ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HERE..

Nature’s Fury

nature’s fury…

it is tough to handle when people mess too much with it.

No personal wealth, health or the nations GDP, economy, borders and military can save.

It knows no boundaries and has no partiality towards any social status, region, religion, caste, creed, gender and other..

It respects no political boundaries and doesn’t need to be politically correct.

Too much credence we give to the human progress (scientific or social) is an eyewash when the nature is furious and it will do what it does…

All it takes is one invisible new virus and/or microorganism to shake the entire humanity around the world rendering the entire social and scientific leadership helpless..

Times like this perhaps are a reminder to spend sometime going beyond physical sciences and understand the metaphysics and the philosophy of nature and our existence..

Crime,. Policing and suggestions for improvement – part 2

We also as society needs to evolve. Media, social service organisations and civic leaders all have to play a role in this.

Everytime such incidents happen‌, unfortunately populist focus is more on punishment of culprits alone. Punishment is very much needed but it is only reactionary and doesn’t address the real issue.

Even if unfortunate, the public outpouring of sentiment at such times of crime should be funneled to shake the 3 wings (legislative, executive and judiciary) from lethargy for taking some proactive measures.

Continue reading “Crime,. Policing and suggestions for improvement – part 2”

Crime, Policing and a few suggestions for improvement

Deeply saddened with yesterday’s rape and murder incident of a young doctor in Hyderabad. Police should certainly focus on nabbing the culprits and taking them to court to give them the most appropriate punishment for criminals of such a henious crime.

Unfortunately the punishment, candle light marches, introduction of additional legal laws alone will not necessarily stop the next incident to happen.

Nirbhaya incident in Delhi a few years ago and all the activities afterwards didn’t stop yet another similar incident by another set of young, drunk, illiterate truck drivers.

We need to address the root cause and not just the immediate postmartem and focusing on very similar activities. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is insanity.

I think there should be some crowd sourcing of ideas on this topic and then create a focused group of experts for implementation to address the root cause.

Some of my quick thoughts in my blog here as well as series of tweets this morning.

Iam sure there are many other good ideas, please share yours as well.

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Remembering Mahatma

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary. Mahatma is the father of the nation but also one of the key architects of this eternal land, Bharat i.e. India.

Few are destined and mandated to shape a nations history.

1. Mahatma Gandhi – Architect of Independent India

2. Sardar Patel – Architect of United India (living in Hyderabad, always indebted)

3. PV Narsimha Rao – Architect of Modern India

4. Narendra Modi – Architect

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Howdy, Modi

USA and India, two major democracies of the world, complement well.

India is a land of spirituality – eternal, energetic, and the pursuit of bliss

&

USA is a land of freedom – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

No better time than the leadership today to further it.

Howdy, Modi. wishing the event @ Houston, TX all the best.

waves of transformation in the world

Notwithstanding debates about future of automobile industry (uber/ola vs own-car), world economy will certainly be dictated by following:

– Generational/Aspirational Shift
– Business Model Shift
– Technology Shift
– Consumer Awareness Shift

Policy makers of all the major countries should be willing to address them in order to recalibrate for the new world.

Venky Rao #economy #catchthewave #transitions #aspirational #consumerawareness

Search party

Many times we don’t know ourselves.

We assume our identity to be the new clothes (new body for our soul) that we put on and forget our true self.

Then we keep searching everywhere to get self realisation.

We need to take a step back, reflect and look inside and we will be able to realise the self.

In search of truth – Blissful journeys of Venky Rao

http://www.venkyrao.com

keyūrāṇi na bhūṣayanti puruṣaṁ

केयूराणि न भूषयन्ति पुरुषं हारा न चन्द्रोज्ज्वलाः
न स्नानं न विलेपनं न कुसुमं नालङ्कृता मूर्धजाः ।
वाण्येका समलङ्करोति पुरुषं या संस्कृता धार्यते
क्षीयन्ते खलु भूषणानि सततं वाग्भूषणं भूषणम् ।।

नीति शतकम्

కేయూరాణి న భూషయంతి పురుషం హారా న చంద్రోజ్వలా

న స్నానం న విలేపనం న కుసుమం నాలంకృతా మూర్దజా

వాణ్యేకా సమలంకరోతి పురుషం యా సంస్కృతా ధార్యతే

క్షీయంతే ఖలు భూషణాని సతతం వాగ్భూషణం భూషణం

– నీతి శతకం

keyūrāi na bhūayanti purua hārā na candrojjvalā
na snāna na vilepana na kusuma nālaktā mūrdhajā |
yekā samalakaroti purua yā sasktā dhāryate
kīyante khalu bhūaāni satata vāgbhūaabhūaam ||

– Nīti Śatakam

Translation:

Bracelets do not decorate a person, nor do necklaces glittering like the moon.Nor bath, nor smearing the body with fragrance, nor flowers, and nor decorated hair.

Nor bath, nor smearing the body with fragrance, nor flowers, and nor decorated hair.

Only that speech embellishes a person, which has been upheld with cultural refinement.

Indeed, all ornaments decay. Ornament of speech is always the real ornament.

Find your game

Recently a young student shared this with me. Not just the young graduates but most of us face this at different stages of life and feel stuck. Isn’t it?

If we can’t win a stupid game, it is time to change the rules.

If we can’t change the rules, change to a better game for us.

Let that monkey and bird play that game.

There is enough water in the world for seal and fish to not only survive but have fun and live a blissful life.

Penguin will find its habitat, so are the dog and elephant and will find their strengths to blissfully live their lives rather than feeling lost and failed.

Monkey will succeed in that monkey business since even the bird will soon leave it and soar high in the skies.

Trash

The plastic and styrofoam trash at the restaurants is a man made problem that should be addressable.

If we created the mess, we should be able to get out of it, atleast we hope.

In the name of progress, many times our civilization created short term band-aid solutions. We later understand that they are more messier than the problems they were supposed to address, if any.

Iam sure the better sense will prevail in the society and we realize some simpler solutions used earlier were better and we re”search” and innovate again 😅

The mother earth must be laughing. She has seen many civilization in its history over millennia biting to dust when the so-called progress was not inline with the greater good.

Its a cycle and we will also either get out of this junk pile or the mother knows how to discipline its children.

Artificial general intelligence

https://openai.com/blog/microsoft/

Microsoft
Invests In
and Partners
with OpenAI
to Support
Building
Beneficial AGI

I would like to believe these types of deals will focus more on creating the practical aspects of stitching together disperate narrow AI together for a greater good.

I don’t think AGI as the theoretical general intelligence platform will be a reality in any foreseeable future. The concept of AGI needs new paradigm in science and technology for it ever to be a reality.

However it is realistic to expect that over the next few years, we will move towards stitching together different pieces of augmented / narrow AI systems. These will mimic a professional and not a person. AI based Medical and legal professionals that use multiple narrow AI is what we may have that can replace these professionals.

But to create AGI with personality is no where in near future. It however provides for a good theoretical discussion and media coverage.

#AI #AGI #ML #computervision #articialintelligence #artificialgeneralintelligence #neuralnetworks #chatbots #venkyrao #iamvenkyrao

Fearlessness and Decision making – part 1

Fearlessness and decision making are part of a closed loop system feeding eachother.

Fear is a natural feature built into all the species to manage risk. Managing that fear for the best next course of action aka “decision making” is what most of the personality, leadership development that we develop over time.

Each of us make decisions all the time in our daily lives.

Postponing a decision aka “procrastination” is also a decision based on the circumstantial evidence and considered to be best course of action at that time.

Sometimes delayed decisions can lead to catastrophe similar to hasty decisions.

We need to strike that correct “balance” in this decision making. It seems even more important when it impacts larger good beyond self; e.g. teams, organisation, society and countries..

Several ways we continue to learn and enhance these as we journey along..

Few things that help us in this journey include

  • personal development like yoga
  • having a good set of advisors and boards

Some of these enhance our ability to deal with the two important things – fearlessness and decision making.

More details in the next post..

please share your thoughts as well..

#decisionmaking #fearlessness #entrepreneurship #leadership #venkyrao #iamvenkyrao #boards

Innovation at work

A true example of innovation and entrepreneurship at work.

Ethnographic study, passion, perceiverance, first pilot customer, continuous learning and innovation, customer delight surveys and empathy to achieve the intended outcome👍

The video is in one of the regional languages in India called “Telugu”. The innovator/entrepreneur featured in this video not conventional educated and spoke in his native language. He invented and innovated a machine for the benefit of his own community of weavers in this part of the world. He received several awards in India and also his life story was recently released as a feature film.

Artificial General Intelligence

With the current basis of our science and technology, Artificial Intelligence in any foreseeable time will only address the augmented and narrow intelligence aspect.

We will further enhance the capability of human sensory power for the regular and challenged of the world. And enhance value in niche areas. This may also be the best use of the current state of AI work in the world.

For the true Artificial General Intelligence, the roots are to be found in Philosophy, Spiritual Sciences. Most likely in ancient scriptures of wisdom. It needs for us in this generation of scientists and technologists to shed the false ego and study those scriptures keeping aside the religious and cultural affiliations.

We haven’t even fully cracked the nature vs nurture puzzle. Genetic knowledge, Morals, Ethics,Reinforced learning, expert systems incl parents to teachers to life in general…

In my humble opinion, Artificial General Intelligence is not just another technological problem to solve but its about understanding human and leads to/by wisdom. It is not going to happen anytime soon with the current direction.

AGI is the ultimate pursuit but i believe the world will explore and benefit more from augmented / narrow intelligence in the next few decades.

History -vs- ‘His’story

Today i received a message extolling the virtues of Punjab and as a tribute to its great son, Maharaja Ranjit Singh on his birthday (13th Nov 1780). Maharaja Ranjit Singh is certainly one of the great sons of this Karma Bhoomi called Bharat. The thing that irked me in the message was a reference to how king Porus of Punjab dared to stop Sikander in his world conquest. It was mainly about the use of the words Sikander and Porus, since both are

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