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Measuring up to a recruitment drive

Published in Lessons for Life

This story is from my experience while I was working at the Auriya Gas Power Project (AuGPP) of NTPC. I remember this story vividly; like it happened yesterday.

When this incident took place I was posted in the HR (erstwhile known as P&A) department and was looking after Administration. During those early formative years, the project was my learning ground. Being at the initial stage i.e construction, the project was a hub of activities. I was simultaneously involved in many complex and hectic activities, dealing with administration, security related issues, liaising with State Government Authorities and interaction with local people, etc.

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About Rings and Balls..

Published in On the Job

The fragrance of past is sweet sometimes when you sift through the dusty pale yellow papers, more so when you revisit old memories after 23 years. Cherished past unfolds like a movie as you close your eyes.

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Water from Another World

Published in On the Job

I remember the days when I was at Korba, the Korba Super Thermal Power Project of NTPC.  It was the year 1987 when we were doing the erection of the second 500 MW unit i.e. Unit #5 of the plant.  The erection cycle of the 500 MW was of about 42 months from the start.

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Visualize and Animate

Published in On the Job

Life at NTPC project sites had some unique flavors. Failing to achieve something was not the talking point. Efforts put in the day was gossiped more about. Expert advice from people who "have gone there and done that" was available for the next day. Learning was natural, effortless, but always with fun - and never without a story to remember and share with others. These interesting and often hilarious stories - using the most appropriate real life examples - could always explain complex problems of engineering, project planning, human relations in the simplest language. This tradition was so popular and effective that often times, one key word of a story was good enough to summarize a complex problem or an extended routine quite clearly, quickly and effectively.

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Signals from the Moon !

Published in Technology

1984, LA Olympics.
Those were the days when satellite and DTH TV had still not come to India and television broadcast was limited to major Indian cities and "larger" second tire cities. Raipur was two hundred KM from Korba and had a regular TV broadcasting center.

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Walk the Talk

Published in People

When we have hands on real life experience about how certain things work, we can go to great lengths to demonstrate what we know so that others can learn and take correct decisions. But it needs fearless fortitude to uphold what you believe in - when it means putting your career and sometimes your own life at risk.

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24 wires !

Published in Technology

Many times in life, a journey becomes more enjoyable and interesting than the destination. Often we forgot tasks we completed and the achievements that came along, but we always remember the the manner in which it was done, the people who were with us, and the unique situation that we were in.

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The Sixth Sense

Published in Technology

Ingenuity and creativity comes from the need to perform tasks that others would consider impossible.  In order to perform these feats of magic, you need to develop a 6th or a 7th sense. That gives you the ability to think outside the box.

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