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Hi, Sharing some of my favorite illustrations. Each one of them got me thinking and I could relate them to my life experiences. Happy to share them all with the team - along with a personal note.

 


Leo’s Roar


Things aren’t always what you expect. Even little things. I ran into a fellow Indian in Edinburgh, Scotland the other day, a Punjabi, and much to my surprise he spoke with a Scottish brogue! Not even a hint of our traditional English accent. Which got me thinking … you can’t take anything for granted. You have to be open to new ideas and new experiences. It’s my new axiom: things are never what they seem. Especially people (and lions, too.) Too often we judge each other by our appearance or our expectations, and never see their true self. We have to do better. We have to get to know each other. And guess what, we’ll find amazing things about each other … and learn from each other.

A Challenge for August

So … to encourage getting to know each other better, I’m challenging each of us (me, too) to learn something new about a co-worker and report our findings during the September org-wide call. You have to be ready. Knowing Dean, he’ll call on 10 random team members and ask them to present their most surprising fact about a co-worker. You’re warned. He’ll probably ask Payal to include our comments in the next issue of BUZZ, too.

New Ideas

Let’s build this concept of learning: not taking life for granted and developing our sense of professional inquiry. It’s actually simple. There are 3 steps to professional inquiry. First, identify the problem or issue you’re interested in. Second, search for answers or information in textbooks, journals, and online (think Google). And, third, ask co-workers, mentors, teachers, family, friends, or your supervisor. It’s amazing how much you can learn by following these three steps, in order. IN ORDER. It’s important you don’t just jump to the last step and ask the boss. We (each of us) has a personal responsibility to do thorough research before we throw up our hands and ask for someone to tell us the solution. That doesn’t mean you can’t ask for guidance … what is the real problem, where can I find info, or how should I proceed. But be judicious. Try first. And, don’t neglect talking with non-professionals or those who will use the products of our work. For example, when Dean was a young engineer with Shell Oil he was tasked to solve the problem of an oil storage tank overflowing. It seemed very straightforward. He needed to design an alarm system that shut the fill valve when the oil in the tank reached a certain level. Piece of cake. It didn’t take long to come up with an alarm (a float actually) that triggered an electric circuit that closed the intake valve. But before publishing his solution, he went to the field site and spoke to the old (an uneducated) field worker who maintained the site where the tank was overflowing. When approached for his input, the field worker (after getting over his surprise that an engineer was actually asking his opinion) provided information that wasn’t readily available, what had been tried in the past, what worked and what didn’t work. And … why the specific expensive and complex electrically-actuated valve that Dean specified could be replaced with a much less costly mechanical valve that was readily available and easy to use. Dean incorporated his ideas into the final design and it worked like a charm! Lesson learned.

Let’s summarize:

1) Identify the Problem.

Always start by making sure you’re solving the right problem. You can waste a lot of time solving the wrong problem. So take the time to completely understand the full problem. The rest will be easy. Question your assumptions at every step to be sure you’re on the right track. It’s a good idea to brief back your findings to your boss, too, to ensure you’re both on the same track.

2) Research Solutions.

This step is the grunt work. Do an online search, spend time in the library, and refer to your trusted textbooks and technical manuals. Turn over every rock to gather data and potential solutions. And do some creative thinking … in and out of the box. There are always multiple ways to solve any problem. Don’t settle for the first that comes to mind. List several before comparing each against the other. One may be faster, one may be less expressive, one may be complicated, and one may be simple. Go for the Goldilocks solution … the one that’s just right. (You may have to look up the story of Goldilocks and the three bears to understand this reference.)

3) Ask.

Last, but not least, ask. This step isn’t a get-out-of-jail, tell me the answer step. It’s the validation step. Think of it as a peer review or user acceptance step. This step is crucial to making sure your solution meets the user’s needs, as well as being technically sound. Napoleon, the famous (infamous) emperor of France surrounded himself with army generals to plan his battles. But he always made them brief him before they published.the order. And he would regularly call for a corporal to polish his boots while he took the briefing. At the end of the presentation Napoleon would ask the corporal if he understood the plan. If the corporal understood, he directed the generals to publish the plan. If the corporal didn’t understand the plan, he sent it back for revision. Napoleon knew that the best plan was one that even a simple soldier could understand. Be sure to find your Napoleon’s Corporal.

Next Month

By the way … I’m on my way home to Gujarat. Hiren has been kind enough to allow me to travel with him to Ahmdebad. My twin brother Leon is going to stay with Dean. You’ll meet him on the next org-wide call. It’s time for me to interact with the rest of the team and see our new office building. I’m homesick, too. I’ve been away from the Gir National Park for too long. I have to renew my H1L visa, too. (Yes, that’s a special visa for lions.).

So … until next month, as Kunalsinh says, ““Be Safe, Work Hard, Eat Well, Sleep Tight”. I wil

Bye for now … Leo


India - Gujarat: The unusual lion sightings on India's beaches


The coastal areas of the western Indian state of Gujarat are now home to more than 100 lions. Experts say it shows that their natural habitat is shrinking.

The Gir forest in Gujarat - the only natural habitat of the Asiatic lion - had around 400 lions in 2020, according to a state forest department estimate. The rest of the state has around 275 lions, of which 104 have spread themselves across 300km (186 miles) of Gujarat's coastline.

"Normally, it is difficult for lions to adapt to a coastal habitat, but they have no option because of scarcity of land," Dr Nishith Dhariya, a wildlife scholar, says.

Lions were once widespread across Gujarat, but their numbers shrank to a mere dozen in the early 20th Century, mainly due to hunting and drought.

Since then, conservation efforts have helped their population soar in the dry, deciduous Gir forests. But many experts have said for years that the Gir sanctuary has become too small for the territorial animals.

Forest officers say the lions began reaching coastal regions in the 1990s because of territory wars.

"A lion normally requires a territory of around 100-sq-km (38-sq-mile), and this area also includes three-four lionesses living with their cubs. As the cub grows into an adult, he either takes over the territory from the old lion or leaves the pride to find a new territory," says Shyamal Tikadar, a top state forest official.

The lions reach coastal areas because they usually follow the Heran river, which passes through the Gir forest and meets the Arabian sea in Somnath district.

This means that people like Uday Shah - who has a farmhouse by the sea in Veraval district, 80km (50 miles) away from the Gir forest - are now used to seeing lions regularly on the beach.

"We were scared at first when we saw them, but now they don't bother us," he says.

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Raksha Bandhan

11th - 12th August

Happy Weekend

13th - 14th August

Independence day

15th August

Janmashtami

19th August

RAKHI DAY

11th Of August

The story of Raksha Bandhan is related to the Hindu epic Mahabharata. In Mahabharata, Lord Krishna once cut his finger which then started bleeding. Seeing this Draupadi then tore a piece of cloth from her saree and tied it on his finger to stop the bleeding. The piece of cloth then became a sacred thread.

Considering the cloth that she tied a sacred thread, Krishna promised her that he will protect her from all evils throughout his life. When the Kauravas tried to disrobe Draupadi — after pulling her by her hair, dragging her to the court, and manhandling her — Krishna salvages her dignity by providing immeasurable reams of cloth to keep her covered.

The act of Draupadi tying a piece of cloth on Krishna's wounded finger is synonymous with Raksha Bandhan — a girl tying rakhi on her brother's wrist and he, in turn, promising to protect her just as Krishna protected Draupadi.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

15th Of August

“Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” is being celebrated across the country on the 75th year of independence.


Facts about the Indian flag :


The Indian national flag with 3 horizontal stripes of red, yellow and green was hoisted on 7th August 1906 at Parsee Bagan Square, Kolkata. The first variant of our current national flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya in 1921. The current flag with saffron, white and green stripes with the 24-spoke Ashok Chakra was officially adopted on 22nd July 1947 and hoisted on 15th August 1947.

The Indian flag is manufactured and supplied from only one place in the country. The Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha (KKGSS), located in Dharwad, Karnataka, has the authority to manufacture and supply the Indian flag. According to the Bureau of Indian Standards, the national flag is manufactured only with hand-spun and handwoven cotton khadi bunting.

JANMASHTAMI DAY

19th Of August

The festival of Janmashtami is crucial as it marks the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, who plays an integral part in Hindu Mythology. Lord Krishna was born on Krishna Paksha in the month of Shraavana on the Ashtami Tithi. Sri Krishna is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

On the auspicious day of the sacred tithi of Janmashtami, people belonging to all age groups actively take part in the festivity. The children dress up like Lord Krishna and are very excited to take part in the plays organized by the community of the life of Lord Krishna. The elders engage themselves in the arrangement of the puja and fast for it all day long. They also cook prasad for the puja, and after midnight when the puja is done, they break their fast with the prasad and sweets offered to them.

  • The birthplace of Krishna, Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) is splendidly decked up on the occasion. During this time, the swings of Krishna’s cradle dresses up in pretty flowers. The main celebration takes place at Mathura’s Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir.

  • Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh) is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna had spent a major part of his childhood. No wonder, the birthday of krishna is celebrated with great zeal in this holy city. The Madhuban in Vrindavan is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna performed Raas Leelas. Many folk performances take place at Madhuban during Janmashtami

  • Dwarka, Gujarat has earned a historic recognition as the kingdom of Lord Krishna. On the day of Janmashtami, the temple premises look breathtaking with an array of beautiful lights and vibrant decorations. The Dwarkadhish Temple worships Krishna in his infant form, with kirtans and bhajans. The temple authorities embellish Lord Dwarkadhish with gold, diamond and other precious jewellery.

  • In Maharashtra We must have seen the act of Dahi Handi in many popular movie scenes and songs. In this practice, a pot (pitcher) of curd is hung at a great height from ground level. Young boys, symbolising Lord Krishna, form a pyramid, and one particular person climbs up the pyramid to crack the pot. They chant ‘Govinda, Govinda’ while taking part in the stunt.

Ganesh Chaturthi

31st Of August

Ganesh Chaturthi, also called Vinayaka Chaturthi, in Hinduism, 10-day festival marking the birth of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, the god of prosperity and wisdom. It begins on the fourth day (chaturthi) of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September), the sixth month of the Hindu calendar.

The First Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration Dates Back to The Era Of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja
The first historical record of the Ganesh Chaturthi dates back to the era of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, when Shivaji invited people for Ganpati processions.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak Started Public Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations
In the year 1893, freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak transformed the festival from a private celebration to a grand public event to unite India against the British.

It is believed that Lord Ganesha is the original writer of the epic Mahabharata. The great sage Vyasa found Lord Ganesha worthy of understanding the Mahabharata. Thus, He decided to recite the Mahabharata to Ganesha and asked him to write it without any interruption. One of the stories says that Ganesha broke his tusk and used it to write the rest of Mahabharata when the feather quill broke down in between.

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