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Winds of Change!

Walking in the rain, on my regular evening saunter, I am reminded of this fantastic travelogue “Chasing the Monsoons” by Alexander Frater. A resident of Vanuatu, he came to India just to witness the magic of the Monsoons – fascinated by the stories he’d heard about this unique weather system that made it an annual habit to soak the India subcontinent in joy. The story outlines Frater’s experiences from the moment he greets the rain-bearing clouds, making their first landfall at Kovalam Beach, near Trivandrum, and journeys with them to Cherapungi in Meghalaya. A fascinating tale!

The journey of the moisture laden winds begins deep in the Indian Ocean! The summer heat causes excessive evaporation and changes in pressure over the ocean surface and sets into motion a series of changes which result in rain over the Indian Subcontinent.

Events or factors that influence your life or your career need not happen in your immediate neighbourhood or within your organisation – they need not occur in the immediate past either. An event that occurred a decade back or a change in another organisation can impact your prospects favourably or unfavourably.

–          Many years back you failed to complete a post-graduate program because midway through the course you lost interest; and now organisation considers only employees equipped with post-graduate degrees for higher positions.

–          The appointment of a new person to a decision–making role in one of your Major Accounts can change your prospects of further business from this organisation.

–          The introduction of a new product in the market by your competitor can impact your product’s Sale – like how Motorala was crushed by Nokia’s stylish phones and later Apple and Samsung did the same to Nokia with their smartphones.

Occasionally the Monsoons play truant – they fail to live up to expectations; this year the Meteorologists have predicted that the El Nino Current (a sea current that flows in the Pacific Ocean) may cause changes in the wind profiles over the Indian Ocean and reduce the amount of rainfall over India. Imagine that! An oceanic current in the Pacific can impact agriculture in Maharashtra and Andhra.

Stock Markets in India crash on account of market weakness in USA and Europe, BPOs in India have to shut down when policy changes are made by the US President, factories in India go out of business due to cheaper production facilities in China and Taiwan.

–          What are the factors that ring in changes your business?

–          How do you stay successful in your job?

–          Which are the trends that seem to be catching on in the market?

–          Why do relationships that seemed rock solid suddenly fall apart?

At times the change can be favourable – that happens when we have been preparing for it and even anticipating it. We were aware that its inevitable and would occur sooner or later.

But a lot of discomfort and pain would be in store if we fail to notice creeping change – its possible that we ignore / disregard such things because they are considered insignificant or a stray occurrences. But all those small changes cascade over a period of time into something big and sweep us off our feet.

Should we permit the rain water to build into a flood that washes us away or should we permit it to pour over us as a gentle shower that cleanses and rejuvenates and maybe even hold it in reservoirs that help nourish our crops.

As a metaphor for change the story mentioned at the start would seem a bad example to follow, because the author waited for the rain to reach him first; but he was waiting there only because he was aware of most probable date of its arrival. It would be beneficial for us to sense impending change much before it becomes a full-blown reality.

Let us harness the winds of change as the motive force that leads to bountiful harvests.

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  1. Jamy
    June 10, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Almost poetic my friend!

    • JayadevM
      June 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Hey Jamy

      Thanks! Tried something different. Glad to get good feedback on this.

  2. June 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I agree with Jamy above: Poetic it is. I would like to further add that it is prophetic too! You have transcended seamlessly from describing the journey of monsoon from deep within the Indian ocean accumulated over time to the lands, to the impact of events happened in the past and in long off places in people’s lives.

    • JayadevM
      June 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Umashankar

      Tried to reply to your message earlier in the day – from my phone – but it did not go through. I get irritated by the poor control features on the phone. So here goes:

      Coming from a poet your comments are high praise for me. Tried a new style and it worked for me. Thank you for the nice words .. Thrilled no ends!

      Well, poets, writers, painters, singers, philosophers and scientists are enamoured by the magic of the monsoons .. so are laymen like me. 🙂

      Look forward to hearing from you again.


  3. June 15, 2012 at 2:42 am

    That is one of my favorite books, always makes me want to chase the rains 🙂
    What you say about keeping up with change is very important. People always sense change and how it is going to affect them. Most of the times, they tend to think or pretend to think that it is not going to affect them and finally fall prey to their own hidden fears

    • JayadevM
      June 16, 2012 at 5:35 am


      I have read that book 3 times I guess … time for another go at it. Fabulous!

  4. June 15, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Loved that rain picture, makes me long for the monsoons 😦

    • JayadevM
      June 15, 2012 at 6:10 am

      Thank you, Bindu! I am experiencing the dry spell in Bngl. Desperate need for rain here and elsewhere

    • JayadevM
      June 16, 2012 at 5:34 am

      Thank you, Bindu!

      Yesterday Bangalore got a few dark clouds and roughly 20 drops of rain …. so you can look forward to some rain in the days ahead. 🙂

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