The Best Seller She Wrote- Review by Ruchi Bhatia ( @rucsb)

How many times does it happen with you that you read a novel and you think – What the hell, How does the Writer know about my Life ? Well , this happened to me as I was reading “The Best Seller she wrote” by Ravi Subramanian , the best seller himself. This is the first book of Ravi that I read even though I have heard his name before and he has been famous for mysteries, thriller and banking series. ( God is a Gamer, Bankster, The Incredible Banker, What If God is a Banker) I tweeted- The Book is Unputdownable, not because it was mentioned in the book, the book really is engripping read, an engaging story. You wont rest until you are on the last page. And if you readers are lucky , you will get to read the sequel of The Best Seller she wrote soon. But Do remember and Thank me ( rucsb) , who asked him to write the sequel first. Here is my twitter review of the book in the Tweets Format. Tweet Exchanges with Ravi, All you Woman who have hots on Ravi feel jealous 😛

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Invited to Moderate #IHRChat and as Curator of the Month

Dear Friends, You are all welcome to Join me on twitter as I moderate an important discussion on @Ihr_chat on  25 Nov, Wed 7 PM IST on mental & emotional well being at workplace ‪#‎Ihrchat‬


If you missed the chat, here are the Insights and Storify version 


Book Reveiw : Mistress of Honor

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Unputdownable.
A saga of love, courage and sacrifice ,This book grows on you.
Potnis, a captain in the Indian army meets the love of his life Pansy during Operation Blue Star. Their romance blossoms into a beautiful child Rihana. Rihana grows up to find herself surrounded by Men of Honor. Will Love precede over or Does Country comes first for Army Men ? Read more to find out in this lovely tale of courage and love.
Excerpt from the book –

“Time and Forgiveness will let help you let go of things and heal your wounds”

Mistress of Honor
The book is a must read , a saga about Love, courage and sacrifice.
The story is about Potnis, an Indian army officer, how he meets his wife, Pansy during Operation Bluestar ..From the birth of Rihana , how daughter of Pansy and Potnis turns into a young lady , The book is an engripping read.
The events are real which gives more authenticity to the lives of the characters weaved in the form of stories. There is a story within a story.
Pansy is a BBC reporter who lost her parents in Operation Bluestar and Major Potnis earned Kiti Chakra for his bravery during the operation. How they two meet and fall in love, get married is a intriguing read. The reader gets to know about the nuances and finer details about the sacrifices made by families in Armed Forces .

The story moves forward to the events played out during 1987 by LTTE.
The reader gets to know the glimpse of Life of an army major, & learns about the characters – his wife, Pansy & his colleague Shamsher in depth.

Shamsher is Potnis’s Friend and plays a major role in the entire lives of Potnis and Pansy.

The second part of the book is the story within the story . Story of Rihana, Advik and Kabir.

Highlights of the book ~

Sometimes we become judgemental about people without knowing their pain and experiences.

Who is Advik, How is Advik related to Kabir & Rihana ?

Kabir and Advik join NDA which turn boys into Men of Honor is an interesting take into this book.

Will Rihana and Advik fall into Love ? Did Rihana marry Advik ? Or does the love for country comes above everything else for Men in Defence Forces ?
Read this interesting research based book to know about Life in Defence Forces,Characters who sound real, Life in Army, sacrifices made by Women of Honor.

Open Educational Resources for HR professionals


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MOOCs offered by Coursera, Udacity , EdEx have gained much popularity over last few months. Corporations have started to experiment with MOOCsfor skill development and as a low cost innovative solution to manage learning needs of the employees at large scale . When it comes to Open Online Educational Resources , HR Professionals need not look far for their own professional development. Through this blogpost, I share some of the useful OER for HR Professionals.  
  1. IndiaHRChat – Hosted by Dr Tanvi Gautam  every month. #IndiaHRchat is a monthly twitter chat aimed at creating conversation with/for the Indian HR community. Every month a guest is invited as Expert and a chat discussion follows for an hour on a predetermined HR topic . Insightful knowledge nuggets get generated in real time during chat discussion.  As the saying goes, The smartest person in the room is the room , IndiaHRChat is a demonstration of collective intelligence & represents true power of a community. Dr Tanvi Gautam has wider network and interviews experts across the globe & share insights through Podcasts which are my absolute favorite.  Hashtag #IndiaHRchat
2. IndiaHRLive – Hosted  by Nisha Raghavan . IndiaHRLive is a live TV for HR professionals. Nisha interviews HR & Industry experts every week . You are likely to meet key HR & Industry experts and get to hear them live.  Hashtag #IndiaHRLive
3.  Gautam Ghosh BlogGautam Ghosh has earned reputation as a Thought Leader in Social HR . His blog is a great resource to stay current on various aspects of Talent,  HR and Design of Open Transparent Organizations. Gautam curates and highlights interesting HR initiatives through his blog posts and shares his insights on HR trends & initiatives across the industry through his blog.
4. CiteHR Community – Hosted by Nabomita Mazumdar , offers real world insights through collective professional intelligence on Human Resources. Do you have a question, problem or a situation in the field of HR you are grappling with, chances are your questions would have already been answered on CiteHR , or you will find several HR professionals coming to your rescue to provide solutions to your problems or specific situation. HR members openly share their knowledge and experience. I Thank Nabomita  for tagging me sometimes to engaging & interesting HR discussions happening on the forum.
5. Abhijit Bhaduri BlogAbhijit  Bhaduri is the author of 3 books & Chief Learning Officer at Wipro. He writes interesting blog on variety of HR , business and current topics.   Abhijit writings are influential , not just limited to  HR , and is reflective of wide range of interests across Movies, Books, Music . Abhijit is queit selective in what he tweets.  I am appreciative of  Abhijit ‘s twitter curations too.

6. Meghan M Brio Blog – . Meghan writes a popular HR blog on Forbes.  Meghanthrough her writings cover  leadership, career, HR tech and social enterprise .  

7. Luis Suarez Blog – Professionals who have a deep interest in KM, Social & Open Business, Social Learning, Enterprise 2.0  may already know Luis. He is a popular and  well known Thought Leader on Social Media . He writes an interesting blog which covers aspects of Collaboration, Knowledge work, Communities, Social Learning and Open & Transparent Business .Luis and I have worked together for a brief period of time on Social media adoption across the enterprise and I have picked his brains a lot while working together on the key initiative. I look for opportunities to work with him as there is a lot to learn about Communities, Collaboration, and Open Business and Changing nature of work from him . Few years back,  I had my first novel experience of participating in online sessions organized by Luis where hundreds of global IBMers participate and exchange in online knowledge exchange in real time ( similar to twitter chat discussions). Luis shares his deep knowledge & expertise through his blog regularly.  
8. Jane  Hart Blog A must for all Learning & Development professionals to learn concepts of PKM ( Personal Knolwdge Management) and emerging Learning Frameworks.  
9. Khalid Raza Blog  –Khalid is a dear friend and colleague at IBM. He shares his experience, observation, opinion along with practical tips and advice on social media through his blog Social Glamor. I & Khalid worked together to conceptualize initial framework for India HR Hub – A community for India HR professionals @ IBM India. Khalid is involved with Social HR Programs and initiatives at IBM. He knows how to keep the audience engaged and make online communities work. I look for opportunities to work with Khalid as work is fun and engaging with him.
10. Dr Lynda Gratton Blog – I revere Dr Lynda Gratton’s work for her insights, strategic HR trends , studies on organizational behaviour & research on Future of work.

For guidance on  Who to Follow on Social Media , refer to SHRM list or  Top 30 HR, Recruitment and Social Media Industry Professionals to Follow on Twitter  , a list curated by Kunjal Kamdaar.

 

Which HR people you follow & learn from on Social Media ?

 

Demographic Dividend or Demographic Disaster

1. India’s future growth depend on supply of skilled workers .  Can India can achieve target of upskilling 500 Million workers by 2022 ?
2. Acc to a research , 80% of the workforce in urban and rural areas does not possess any identifiable marketable skills . What can be done to change this situation ?

3. Employability of graduates coming out of our educational system is becoming a matter of great concern. Only 25 % of graduates are employable. What steps Educational institutions  need to take to churn out graduates with employable skillset ?

4. Are some of Educational institutions often out of touch with the needs of the industry, producing graduates with skills that are outdated or irrelevant ? What more needs to be done to change the situation and  strengthen Industry Academia partnership ?

5. Innovation is critical to create qualified, specialized and global talent pool that will fuel needs of Industry. What role can Corporates play to experiment new ways of creating, developing and maintaining talent ?