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Contents of the issue dated December 25, 2012 ‘Power’ presentations - Conference on Tamil Nadu power dynamics, Gujarat story – MCCI & IEF Yoga Nidra - Balaji Gorantla A platform to create interaction among directors S. Srinivasan, Founder, Indian Institute of Directors Help in raising growth capital Abhijeet Dhar, MD, Callidus Capital, Mumbai Meet David 5.0 David Appasamy, Strategy consultant, Chennai Right connections for Indian businesses Gavin Young, New Zealand Consul General Looking for the next Instagram Alexander von Kotze, V. N. Jagadeesh, Next Big Idea Doesn’t take a lifetime to build value Meena Ganesh, CEO, Pearson Education Services Events CII Seminar on Applied Innovation AMP Technologies launch event 60 Secs Chief Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy Oscar Pereira, MD, Cheryl’s Cosmeceuticals 60 Secs Chief Questionnaire Disclaimer: "Management and editors do not necessarily agree with the views of the authors in their articles, the guests in their videos, the readers in their letters, and the query editors in their replies. The editors, authors and / or publishers shall not be responsible for any kind of result generated out of any action taken on the basis of suggestions, etc., made in any of the write ups, interviews contained in any part of the magazine or for any error, omission, commission to any person, whether subscriber or otherwise. The copyright of all the materials printed herein including articles, queries and replies etc., rests with the publishers".

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‘Power’ presentations ‘Conference on Tamil Nadu power dynamics and future perspectives’ Organised by the Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry and India Energy Forum, December 15, 2012, Chennai

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T. Shivaraman, President, MCCI P. S. Bami, President, India Energy Forum & Former CMD, NTPC R. Raghuttama Rao, MD, IMaCS K. V. Rangaswami, Advisor to Chairman, Larsen & Toubro Ltd. Anil Razdan, Former Secretary (Power) S. Kabilan IAS (Retd), Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission J. Mahin Selvan, Director - Power, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd. B. Bhambhani, Convenor (Power), India Energy Forum N. Suresh Kumar, VP-Head (Thermal Power Plant) L & T Construction T. Sankaralingam, MD, BGR Energy Systems Ltd. D. J. Pandian IAS, Principal Secretary, Energy & Petrochemicals, Govt. of Gujarat V. Subramanian, Former Secretary, MNRE S. Gomathi Nayagam, Executive Director, Centre for Wind Technology (C-WET) Pashupathy Gopalan, VP & MD, South Asia Operations, MEMC, SunEdison C. N. Srinivasan, Partner, CR Narayana Rao LLP, Architects K. Balu, Former Director, Nuclear Recycle Group, BARC T. J. Kotteeswaran, Station Director, Madras Atomic Power Station, Kalpakkam P. Puthiya Vinayagam, Associate Director, IGCAR, Kalpakkam M. Subramaniam, Southern Zone Convenor, India Energy Forum Amarjit Singh, Secretary General, India Energy Forum

Playlist Gujarat ‘power’ story December 25, 2012

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Yoga Nidra An effective ancient tool for modern day executives Balaji Gorantla In this fast-paced life, we have forgotten to listen to our body. We are generally unaware of our physical stress, lack-of-sleep and even hunger, which when aggravated to serious levels cause mental stress and lifestyle diseases. Physical stress when ignored or suppressed with pain killers will find its way out through the mental route leading to mental stress, poor performance at work, anger and strained relationships. Ancient Indian wisdom is laden with many tools, techniques and practices to make our living peaceful, simpler and happier. Yoga nidra is one such tool, which was culled out from the treasure and delivered to the world by Swami Sivananda. In yoga nidra, along with awareness, pranic energy and oxygen are guided to each and every cell of the body, relaxing, energising and activating them. This has two-way advantage. One, it helps to relax the body and reduce stress at the cellular level. Two, long and consistent practice of yoga nidra helps us to become aware of messages from the body and take necessary action at the right time. Other advantages These include:   

venting out of suppressed feelings and emotions; enhanced deep breathing with awareness thus helping the heart to pump blood more efficiently; and sufficient supply of oxygen to nerve and brain cells helping them to function better. All these translate to stress-free mind, better and balanced decision-making at the work place.

My personal experiences include: 

Once when I was running temperature with body pain, I could become aware that it was due to lack of sleep on account of continuous travel and pressure at work. I felt body needed rest more than medicine. I simply rushed home post-lunch and practised yoga nidra twice – once

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in the evening and again at night. Next day, I was able to be back at office with renewed energy. No medicines. Now, whenever I have a long or hard day, I simply go for another round of yoga nidra after reaching home. This relaxes me immediately. Very frequently, I correct my posture at work place as I am now more aware about messages from the body, even while engrossed in serious work. Yoga nidra with visualisation of day’s activities has helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses, which led to founding my latest venture Ankur Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd.

(The author is a promoter of BLISS Group of companies based at Chennai www.ankurlearningsolutions.wordpress.com)

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A platform for interaction among directors

S. Srinivasan, Founder, Indian Institute of Directors, Chennai “Why I started the Institute�

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Help in raising growth capital

Abhijeet Dhar, MD, Callidus Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd, Mumbai “Where there is repeat consumption for brands�

Private equity syndication, M&A advisory, structured finance

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Meet David 5.0

David Appasamy, Strategy consultant, Chennai “Primarily for SMEs in IT services�

Earlier interaction as Executive Director, Madura Micro Finance Ltd, Chennai

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Right connections for Indian businesses

Gavin Young, Consul General and Trade Commissioner, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Mumbai “We see two-way opportunities” “New Zealand is a strong advocate for free trade and was the first developed country to enter into a free trade agreement with the People's Republic of China. We also have free trade agreements with many other nations, including Singapore, Thailand, Australia, the ASEAN nations and Malaysia. Australia and New Zealand have one of the most open economic and trade relationships between any two countries, effectively giving our exporters duty-free access to 25 million people.” (http://business.newzealand.com)

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Looking for the next Instagram

Alexander von Kotze, V. N. Jagadeesh, Next Big Idea “Giving young entrepreneurs access to capital�

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Doesn’t take a lifetime to build value

Meena Ganesh, CEO and MD, Pearson Education Services “TutorVista: Zero to thousand crore in four years”

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Events AMP Technologies launch event

CII Seminar on Applied Innovation

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60 Secs Chief

Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy December 25, 2012

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Responses to 60 Secs Chief from Sharad Mehra 1) One teacher I remember, and why My Principal, Mr Chatterjee. He taught me the importance of work ethics and values. 2) One most valuable work lesson, thus far The cream always rises to the top. 3) One thing I look for the most in a new recruit Positive attitude and a desire to learn. 4) One thought from a book I am currently reading It is from a recipe book: “There are no shortcuts to a good dish and a great life.� 5) One tip for time management Respect the value of the time of others. 6) One key thing in my fitness routine Regularity. 7) One signal that tells me there is a problem When everything around seems normal. 8) One technique for handling anger Give yourself time and think hard before you speak. 9) One essential ingredient in my investment portfolio Prudence. 10) One good thing about the new generation Energy and fearlessness. 11) One worrying thing about the young Too digital, losing the human touch. 12) One thing that clinches a deal Fairness and empathy. 13) One definition of values December 25, 2012

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A set of personal beliefs that should not change because of circumstances or time. 14) One way that I use for resolving conflicts Putting yourself in the shoes of others makes all conflict resolvable. 15) One favourite activity when travelling Reading. 16) One indicator of performance Happy and motivated team. 17) One macroeconomic variable I keenly watch GDP growth. 18) One dream I’d like to chase, later in life Open a restaurant where I will be the chef. 19) One good way to foster innovation Encourage out-of-the-box thinking and allow your team to disagree with you. 20) One clue that tells me I’m the leader When my team looks up to me to take a final decision. ** What’s your feedback about the questionnaire? Interesting, though at a few places more clarity is required. Do you manage energy costs in your company? Yes. How do you view the ‘slowdown’/ ‘recovery’? A cyclical pattern that has stood the test of time. Recovery will follow a slowdown. Can you state the outlook for your industry in a line? Extremely positive and the key sector to drive the growth of the country. How do you de-stress? Shut my mind off, switch my cell phone and read or listen to music. December 25, 2012

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Oscar Pereira, MD, Cheryl’s Cosmeceuticals P Ltd December 25, 2012

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Responses to 60 Secs Chief from Oscar Pereira 1) One teacher I remember, and why? Mr Colaso. He taught me to question without fear of reprimand. 2) One most valuable work lesson, thus far Strive for wisdom, which is proper and judicious application of knowledge. 3) One thing I look for the most in a new circuit Integrity. 4) One thought from a book I am currently reading Too often, managers think that people development occurs once a year in performance reviews. It should be a daily event. Customer visits are a chance to evaluate your sales force. Factory visits are an opportunity to meet promising new line managers. A coffee break at a meeting is an opening to coach a team member about to give his first major presentation. Think of yourself as a gardener, with a watering can in one hand and a can of fertiliser in the other. Occasionally you have to pull some weeds, but most of the time, you just nurture and tend. Then watch everything bloom. 5) One theme for time management Delegate tasks to capable others and un-clutter your life. 6) One key thing in my fitness routine Cardio exercise. 7) One signal that tells me there is a problem Negativity. 8) One technique for handling anger Yoga. 9) One essential ingredient in my investment portfolio Invest a major part of surplus back into the business. 10) One good thing about the new generation They are open to change. 11) One worrying thing about the young Low moral values. 12) One thing that clinches a deal Being magnanimous. December 25, 2012

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13) One definition of values Keeping my word. 14) One way that I use for resolving conflicts Confrontation communication with those involved. 15) One favourite activity when travelling Reading. 16) One indicator of performance Fulfilling targets. 17) One macroeconomic variable I keenly watch Never spend more than what I earn or am capable of earning. 18) One dream I’d like to chase, later in life Skin Care Clinic in every major city in India. 19) One good way to foster innovation Delegation. 20) One clue that tells me I’m the leader There are people following me. ** What is your feedback about the questionnaire? Some of the questions are too personal, keeping in mind that these answers are going to be available on the Internet. Do you manage energy cost in your company? Yes. We do not use greenhouse gases and ingredients that damage the environment. How do you view the slowdown/ recovery? Cheryl’s Cosmeceuticals is not experiencing any slowdown. In fact our factories are working overtime to meet increasing demand. Can you state the outlook for your industry in a line? The beauty and cosmetic industry is on a high-growth curve and will continue to do so for those who manufacture products that deliver outstanding results. How do you de-stress? Spending time with family, exercise and yoga. December 25, 2012

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60 Secs Chief for Business Leaders

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