Chairman’s Reconnect 4 – ‘Determination to succeed is the better part of success’

1 October, 2013

My dear young friends,

Last month I visited IISc, Bangalore to chair a session on “Life, Science and spiritualy” in the All India Conference on “Science and Spiritual Quest-Integrating Capabilities with values” on 1-2 Sept 2O12 besides visiting C-WET, Chennai for their R&D Council Meeting on 22-Sept-12.

Both the visits left some deep impressions on my mind. I wish to share my experience of Chennai visit in this letter and propose to cover my Bangalore visit in the next letter.

While I was checking in for Jet Airways Flight No. 9W 0338 starting from Mumbai at 09.00 am on 21-Sept-12; my Laptop was exchanged at the Airport security. I could arrange repeated announcements but all in vain. During the flight also, announcements had no result and I was quite worried for losing precious data and equally puzzled about my committed presentation in the afternoon for the HoDs of ReGen Powertech-A leading wind Turbines manufacturing Company. I had finalized a presentation of 6O-slides which went away with the lost Laptop.

On my arrival at Chennai, I had an option to call the HR Head and regret for the planned presentation. But then I thought it would be a diffident option causing embrassment to him as he would have already notified all his HoDs on the basis of my early morning mail confirming the session.

Landing at Chennai Airport at 11 am and reaching Hotel “Ambica Empire” past 12 noon, I mustered courage to reconstruct my presentation on the “Hotel desktop in the Business Lounge” from some old information resting in my pen drive. I presumed that the Business Lounge computer in a Hotel such as “Ambica Empire” would have an UPS. But to my surprise it was not there and after all my corrections, the power went off and my work of nearly one hour was lost. When the power came back, I had to redo all of it, all over again, pressing “Ctrl S” frequently.

I still managed to reach my destination at 2.30 pm against 2.15 pm confirmed and had the privilege of their hearty welcome & hospitality. We could still start the session at 2.45 pm and finish it by 4.45 pm without any break and to their full satisfaction.

My Laptop has been traced with some one in Delhi, who has apologized for his mistake. However, it is yet to be retrieved.

As you can see the opportunity to address the senior officials of ReGen Powertech tested my ‘fighting spirit’ and “self-confidence” at this age, to meet my commitment. On my return journey from their office to my hotel, I received a message on my mobile from one of my classmates and Ex- Vice Chancellor Shri Awadhesh Khare stating that “The determination to succeed is the better part of success

If you stretch your nerves you can turn volumes just like a rubber band when stretched can hold together a large volume.

Tomorrow is Gandhi Jayanti- Birth day of Bapu, more important than any of our birthdays; Let us celebrate remembering father of our nation whom “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood

Satyamev Jayate !

Best wishes and Regards,

Dr. B.S.K.Naidu

M.Tech., Ph.D., CBI Scholar, D.Engg., FNAE, Hon.D.WRE

Chairman, Great Lakes IEMR, Gurgaon, NCR, Delhi
Co-Chairman, Advisory Council, Great Lakes-Bauer Global Energy Executive MBA program, University of Houston
Former Director General (NPTI & CPRI / REL)

No job is small or big, the way in which you do, makes it small or big (c)

Great Lakes @ Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2012

With early rays of Sunday sunshine, the Great Lakes family came together to be part of one of the most grand events and  one of the richest marathons in the world, to be flagged off from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Supporting the cause of greenery under “Green Delhi, Great Delhi”, the GL team had been working closely to promote awareness among the citizens of the city to make it a cleaner city to breathe planting more trees and help them grow and live.

Over the two months post-registration for this mega-event, Branding Committee with students roped in competitions to build on the theme for the event and exhibit their creative pursuits in coming out with the banners and posters. The fraternity showed great enthusiasm participating in the competitions, the best of which was to be the official GL banner and posters.

Close to 50 students and faculty members registered for the event were regularly informed about their fitness and preparedness for the 6km run.

The day saw the already enthusiastic student community, under the leadership of our Director, with the banners and posters heading towards the origination point. It was a star-studded field of celebrities and a lot of Delhiites supporting various causes for the social well-being and upliftment.

The weather was good at the start but later on it became humid. But, the spirits of the students was just enlivening supporting the cause all the way.


Following the end of the run, the complete team assembled at Nehru park , down and dusted , but the call for a soccer match is never a let go and never without being suitably awarded. 

Subsequently  a few students unwound with a few lighter moments between students and our Director, Japenese notes and tunings on guitars by our budding artists.

Finally, the entire lot moved back with cherishing memories of the day.