Every action I have taken, has always led to a positive change. I am also witness that every correct and timely action shied away from, left me a little less of the person I see myself as. I, hence, prefer being a doer.
About me (Tushar Kansal):
I am a blogger on http://www.tusharkansal.com and a social media enthusiast. The Blog is titled “Indus Churning” since I feel a special connect to river Indus. My Mother belongs to the clan of Lord Rama, Guru Nanak and hails from Gambat, Mohenjodaro, Sindh. The Vedas were written in Indus Basin (Indus was called Sindhu, from which the word “Hindu” comes and people living beyond Indus and following plethora of beliefs and systems, but bound by Vedic call of all paths leading to God, were thence referred as Hindus). I firmly believe that if we follow Vedic Dharma, in these ever-changing times, then Indus will churn and bring us to our much-deserved glory.
I consider myself to be a function of 3 spiritual moorings:
Relationship with my own self: This defines my relationship with God. To be a good human, I have to foremost, respect myself. I can only respect myself if I feel good about being me and that comes from right thoughts/ deeds. My actions, then, determine how spiritual I am. Bhagwad Gita advises action, irrespective of the fruits of it, as a key path for attaining Moksha. It goes perfectly with the Vedas: What happened was good, what is happening is good and what will happen, will also be good – If you are centered on your Karma, you can’t but see the world like that. And that’s pure peace! I also concur with Buddha who preached that all of us can become God, or Buddha-like. This relationship is the core of Hindu teachings and embedded in me.
Relationship between me and Nature: I grew up in Roorkee, nestled in foothills of the Himalayas. All my childhood memories are spun around Mother Nature – The wide, gushing river; monstrous flow, plenty of fish, greenery all around, the mango orchards, the Farm houses with cuckoo nests, dense jungles with diverse flora and fauna within, sparse population, the chimes from the Temple bells, speck clean surroundings and the lovely maintained gardens. Those times – Fursat ke raat din, the fresh air, the smile on everybody’s faces and the relaxed pace of things!
Environment is the biggest axis, after spirituality, for Hindus and I feel blessed amongst nature. I truly subscribe to nature’s laws and believe we need to be aware that we exist in them. Each atom within is a manifestation of nature’s intelligence and more than abiding by it, we must value it. Our Guru’s have preached and practiced love for nature – indeed, all Hindu Gods have a definitive connection with the environment. The birth of my son and daughter enlivened me to this aspect and also allowed me to rise above all things petty.
I have felt the truth of nature that the entire world is an interconnected system and anything one puts into it, eventually comes back, even if through some other source.
Relationship between me and Other Human beings: Each happening in my life, reinvents me. No matter how much I grow or which circumstances prevail, it is me who witnesses it. The meeting point of my soul’s contact with another soul has to be that the Krishna in me interacts with the Krishna in him. Love has to lead to abundance, as described in the Bhagwad Geeta, for the all of us. I have to keep accumulating good Karma’s by my contact with other souls – by always being on Dharma’s side. Dharma, be by “sewa”, or by quenching “Adharma”, or by other means, but always guided by a love unadulterated by lust, anger, greed, attachment or conceit.
Right since my childhood, I was a Happy-go-lucky, jovial character. I was known for lighting up any gathering, being a good orator, a Hindi singer, good in group discussions and having a robust emotional balance.
I grew up in small towns, picked Science post Xth but always loved History and Geography since School days. I schooled in Delhi, graduated in Haryana, worked in Nagpur and Mumbai but finally settled in my hometown Delhi, my city since 1984. I am academically trained as an Engineer and MBA (Financial Management) from University of Delhi. I was Chief Prefect in School and Treasurer in MBA, both adding to my confidence of handling responsibility. I was also awarded the title of “Tansen” in School.
I was always an avid reader and proud owner of a Library of 1,000 books (non-fiction) at home, most of which I donated to the public Library, after reading. Being an educationist, I have been fortunate to have addressed hundreds of youth on various issues – my interactions with them made me conscious to their need for direction and on utilizing my experience in guiding them towards a better life.
Professionally, I did lot of ground work as an entrepreneur besides holding prominent positions in large MNC’s like Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Aircel, Times of India and MTS India. Till 2014, I was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of DLI, a company owned by PE Fund Guggenheim.
I am currently Chief Speaker @ Cosmic Power, my Training company catering to the needs of people from all walks of life.
Readers might like to view my columns on websites of Business World, Indian Defence News, Business & Economy, Indian Economist, Digital Market Asia, OpIndia etc. Google my name and you will find them, or go to my LinkedIn profile for the links – My LinkedIn Profile
I maintain a great working relationship with my team and seniors, take ownership of my work, go by the motto that passion for doing what you are made for – gives joy, believe that inherently fair and good people rise to the top and consider a good health as most important for a long lasting work life. I also hold the view that what we do is not what we are, so never leave your human side in the rat race of corporate life.
My other professional principles:
- Never forget that the most capable people you find will eventually rise, being deserving
- It takes a true Leader to get people more capable than your own self to work for you
- Professionalism commands that you keep on developing company processes and stick to them – that builds the organisation
- Those who stick the longest and weather the thick and thin of corporate life – eventually are winners
- In the end, what will matter is the work that you did and the way you conducted yourself, not the petty things in life
- Man to Man contact is most important – beyond technology, there is a place where solutions lie; and that is by going straight to the other person to just say “Namaste” and sit with him
- To improve the world, change begins at home. Be the change you want to see, then aim to improve one person at a time. A new day is another day and a new person’s life can be made better by making him better, but the example has to be first your own
- There is no place for vendetta in corporate life since markets eventually weigh worthiness of each individual and one is allotted a role which he or she is worthy of
Moments of Truth:
- In 1997, I was on board a local train which was jam packed and there was not even an inch of space to sit. I was coming from MP and the heat of the plains was sweltering. A foreigner couple was standing with the lady being visibly in ill health. The man requested for a seat from me for his sick partner, but I refused. The guilt which followed for months was eye opening and changed the way I looked towards those different from me
- In 2004, when me and my wife were about to get drowned in Jollyboy island in Andaman and Nicobar
- A young, bright, self-esteemed office boy Nikhil who committed suicide in 2005. I always thought highly of him. It was only after his demise that I came to know of the grovelling hardship undergone by those with meagre resources
- A close investor, who is as humane as one can be, very grounded inspite of being very rich, lost her parents and both her children in a road accident in 2016. The sense of bereavement was intense and brought home the timeless truth of how ephemeral we are, ultimately
I got connected with issues facing our society and ongoing developments in our polity in 1994. Since that time, I have closely followed the developments in my country.