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Tags: AIESEC Co Founder, Alumni AIESEC, Electrolux, Electrolux Alumnus, Mr. Simon Liliedahl, President of International Division, Stockholm
That awe-inspiring moment when you know there is no stopping.
I experienced one of those sacred moments today.
At 2:20PM UTC+8 I left Electrolux Singapore office to head to a local university to meet someone special. I was looking forward to meet this someone since almost 5 years now; I knew someday I would, just didn’t know when.
Today, I met the co-founder of AIESEC (AIESEC was started in 1948 by students from seven different countries after World War 2). One of the actual few people who conceptualized the idea of AIESEC, the essence of AIESEC and unknowingly defined the way we are today.
He said, ” We never started AIESEC because we wanted to spread peace, of course that was a parallel agenda. We started Association internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales because students in Europe at that moment were locked, they couldn’t travel, couldn’t learn new languages, couldn’t meet new people. Unable to explore the world, we needed AIESEC”
“I wanted to go on an internship, work at one of the best companies in Sweden. I wanted to make a difference to my life”, He added.
Whatever they did in 1948, whatever AIESEC is now but it for sure is ‘an international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential’. He shared his experiences of setting up AIESEC, of his internship in Shell France and how he came back to Stockholm to do something amazing. Join Electrolux.
Yes. This was the most EPIC moment of our networking session, Mr. Simon Liliedahl is also an Electrolux Alumnus. Now I know why he was smiling at my business card. Mr Simon joined Electrolux right after his graduation and internship with Shell France. He joined as a Door-to-door sales man and the he told us a lot about his role, clearly he loved it.
Since then, he spent 40 years in Electrolux. ’40 Amazing years’ as he described them. Simon took various roles from Sales Manager to International Sales lead and was also the President of International Division during his last few years in Electrolux. He shared his stories of Expansion of Electrolux in various Asian countries, the constraints he faced during expansion in Japan, India, The Philippines, Singapore etc. He also shared his experiences with various politicians around the globe (specially China) and his continued interaction with AIESEC.
(Picture from an old Annual Report of Electrolux 1977)
Post his legendary stint in Electrolux, he was a respected Member of Parliament in Sweden and now is the Chairman of Liliedahl Sweden International AB and a Board of Director for S&J Asia-Pacific Ventures PTE Ltd. At age of 89, he is still able to humorously argue with a bunch of young lads from AIESEC Singapore, can run a company and make sure others run one efficiently too.
This was simply inspiring. Sometimes I wonder how many AIESECers have such legendary Electrolux stories and that would I be able to live a similar one. Ah now I know what it means, ‘Growing at Electrolux’.
His key message, “Everything in Life is as clear as Mud” - He concluded his session by wishing all of us an amazing career and great life.
I shared this on Facebook earlier, “Meeting the co-founder of AIESEC was a once in a life-time opportunity, knowing that he served Electrolux for 40 years has now inspired me to make this opportunity worth a lifetime”
I feel I’m at the right place. Electrolux, Thinking of you!
Tags: amazon kindle, Julian Dalbert, New York Life, The Creed of Julian Dalbert
Last week I published one of my first works on Amazon Kindle. I won’t say it’s one of my best works because I know it’s not. But this book (a manifesto) is for sure my experimental attempt with a new writing style. I term this writing style as “Broken and lost”.
You can read more about Julian Dalbert on Amazon; but allow me to give you an insight into his character with few sentences or rather few tweets.
The Creed of Julian Dalbert
Being Dalbert: Dyslexic when normal; Normal when drunk. Suffers from Asperger Syndrome.
Drinking Preferences: Drinking is an art. Not everyone is an artist. Best part about getting drunk; writing a BBM Broadcast to all his friends. Best part about getting others drunk; Sex.
India: Mumbai is most glamorous city in the world (Apart from New York of course. NYC runs the world)
Education: One year of Schooling from DPS, New Delhi. Hated it. Hostel life was awe-inspiring. Education is nothing but another avenue for good business.
Love: Has ‘been’ with 28 Girls. But is still in love with one (cliché right? No.)
Fantasy: Write a novel about His & Ayn Rand’s sexual affair.
Work & Travel: Currently working in New York as a Data analyst in the field of Economics. Has been to 31 Countries; got drunk in most of them.
Find the book at Amazon with 8% discount for Indian Region: The Creed of Julian Dalbert Or Borrow it for free from the Kindle Library.
Read more: The Lost End of Julian Dalbert.
Tags: Adam and Eve, Bintan, Electric Eel, Indonesia, Shady Shack, Steal a boat, The Red Moon, Travel
Most of us; at least the sane ones have a checklist for almost everything. Whether it be planning their family life, their career, their baby’s career or their holiday…there’s always a checklist. I had a similar checklist for my last weekend. This weekend involved a little bit of IT, literature, art, cooking, traveling, discovering, developing, flirting and of course Drinking. It also involved a trip to Bintan. I will post more about the Bintan trip in my later posts for now if you want to read what I predicted about out trip, check out my previous blog post here: Bintan; Eve’s Reality and a Parallel Universe.
Now the checklist:
LegendCheck: Achieved Oops: Fail Sort Of: Partially achieved or attempted
1. Send an email to everyone in the office (over 170 people) introducing myself as, ” Hi, My name is Gaurav and I will be your…” – CHECK.
2. Publish my first work on Kindle (Amazon) – CHECK.
3. Stand on the lower deck of a ferry with a German and a Brit friend looking at the Sunset over Singapore while the ferry crushes it’s way through the South China Sea. – CHECK.
4. Meet a random Israeli-American and doubt him to be a spy – CHECK.
5. Enter a shop, flirt with the cashier (female) and buy an entire crate of Beer – CHECK.
6. Try talking to an Indonesian in English in an Italian Accent – CHECK.
7. Take a Roadtrip from South-West Coast of an Island to the North-East Coast of the island with the moon rising from the sea on your right – CHECK.
8. Stay two nights in a wood house built right at the edge of the sea on the beach with coconut and papaya trees around – CHECK.
9. Eat Mee Goreng for breakfast, lunch, dinner – CHECK.
10. Swim 200 meters into the sea in search of a football (buoy) while the full moon shines bright over you – CHECK.
11. Play “Paintball” with “Electric Eels” in a group of 8 amazing people just because one of them confused ‘a thin long tree leaf’ to be an Electric eel. – CHECK.
12. Run after a live cock (with intentions of eating it) with a Swiss knife (Cock = Male Version of Hen) – Sort Of
13. Carry a magnetic compass throughout the trip and check for direction every time we take a turn. Being John Locke, #Lost – CHECK.
14. Live without Blackberry, 3G or Wifi for 3 days, 2 nights – CHECK.
15. Buy Cheap alcohol from duty free like I buy coke from the super market. – CHECK
16. Live without Twitter for 3days, 2nights – CHECK.
17. Sleep on a Banana leaf under an umbrella on the beach with Shades on – CHECK.
18. Take showers (and poop) in wooden toilets with no door locks, no flush – CHECK.
19. Compliment a girl to “keep her hair down” (open) (in bollywood style) and making sure she keeps it like that throughout the entire trip – CHECK.
20. Play football with the football player – CHECK.
21. Run on a beach while a Nazi chases you with a thick wood excavated from the sea – CHECK.
22. Look for sea urchins to step over – Oops.
23. Catch live sea food like jelly fish – Sort of.
24. Cook food for 9 people over a beach fire using Aluminum foil – CHECK.
25. Climb a papaya tree, grab the papaya fruit and cut it open with a Swiss knife in bollywood style – CHECK.
26. Compare Indian wedding with a Taiwanese Wedding – CHECK.
27. Swim to a random abandoned fishing boat and try to steal it – Sort Of
28. Sing the Mr. Lobo Lobo song throughout the trip just because the owner of the place was called Mr. Lobo. – CHECK.
29. See a bitch deliver puppies – CHECK. Sort Of.
30. Eye flirt (and eye talk) with a random Indonesian women over lunch – CHECK.
31. Wake up Eve in the morning – CHECK.
32. Take a dip in the sea every hour. – CHECK
33. Manage to bargain and get a discount of 5000 Indonesian Rupiah on your massage after flirting with the manager. – CHECK.
34. Play a non-stop nonsense rhyme game with beers somewhere in the South China Sea. – CHECK.
35. Wake up at 7:30am to see the Sun rise from the Sea. – CHECK.
36. Watch a RED Full moon emerge from nowhere in the sea with a clear thick red reflection in the sea – CHECK
37. Run half nude along the sea while a lighting thunder storm hits the coast with really high wind speed. – CHECK
38. Be called “Hard” and “Handsome” by a 48 year old female masseuse. – CHECK.
39. Stand ‘proud’ next to a trash of 132 beer cans consumed over 2 nights, 2 days – CHECK.
40. Listen to RadioActive – ImagineDragons and write the above – CHECK.
That was my Checklist Prodigy of 40. Will write more (and post pictures) about Bintan in the coming posts: Shady shack, The Red Moon, Eve & Adam, Ships in the Sea and The Bintan.
(The list is in no specific order)
Tags: amalgamation, Ayn Rand, drop of dew, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing Month, Nature, rain drops, Ruskin Bond's Poetry Style
These rains So holy and art divine Thy monsoon breeze With the aroma of the holy sand. I can see them fly’n The amalgamation of nature and man Of renders The grass of my land Drop of dew. Could we hold it in our hand? I can see them whine’n The moist barks of trees Birds, The chirping and that notorious sound Mother Nature. Is this heaven that I have found? I can see me dance’n Complex it is, Understanding the wrath of nature And our existence on this land It’s like reading Ayn Rand. Let me do the Try’n. Go to [NaPoWriMo -4] | Go to other [NaPoWriMo Entries]
Tags: Ruskin Bond, Writing
I think I always wanted to do this. Perch in the comfort of a warm quilt, partake a cup of some classic Brazilian coffee and slant out the window at an alluring bed of roses. I know I know; now I am enunciating in the ‘Ruskin Bond language’…I have my own reasons for the same.
The feeling of being empowered to write is always unique. Not twice will you have a similar intent, similar thought and similar feel to write. It’s somehow always varied.
It has been over a month since I have scribbled something and actually put it to use somewhere. I think this moment seems to be an apt moment, for yet another awe-inspiring comeback.
Last night I posted a picture (above) with the poetry I wrote for An Anthology of Contemporary Cheerharan. I kind of did it on purpose, I wanted to know the general perspective of people who had liked our Facebook page. I wanted to know what they expect from us; what they think ‘we are doing’.
People reacted both positively and negatively to the same. Well, I am not sure if I am even in the capacity to define positive or negative yet but yes, people were supportive.
From the comments, I could figure that some people were condemning our initiative as if it was initiated to solve the upfront feminism issues of India, change laws of India, eradicate the problem of rape from India and educate India. I have no intention of doing any of that. Yes, I want people to read about the social issues, the hardship that Indian women face in a form of literature & art but knowing this, I also know I will not be able to solve or ‘eradicate’ this problem from our country.
When I was writing this poetry, I did not think of any of the elements that would bring about change…I was thinking about this 16 year old girl I met few years ago, stranded on Bandra station, destined to be a prostitute, lost, broken and helpless. I could not solve her problem then, I cannot solve her problem now. But I know it would have not existed in the first place, only if she received the care she deserved in the first place. And such are my experiences that have led me to express my opinions in the form of literature.
Julian Dalbert once wrote: ”We are trying to attempt something that great poets and writers master. In our attempt; lies our satisfaction”
On the other hand, I am glad it produced four hours of engagement on the Facebook page.
It’s actually, very simple…I like writing and I feel for this social issue. So rather than writing about a cheeky high school love story; I write about this.
There are times when I am lost; lost in the realities of life and in the life of dreams. Sometimes, it’s more than just being lost. I am confused; sort of demotivated. This is precisely when I listen to my ‘Profound’ dose of motivation.
To summarize; whenever I feel low I listen to ‘Last of Mohicans – Enya’ and read William Ernest Henley’s Invictus and trust me; it sorts me out.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
Tags: Dreamer, Dreams, Julian Dalbert, Life in dreams
Ever had a dream so real that it made it impervious for you to comprehend whether the dream is the reality or the reality the dream. Ever had a dream so real that it made you anxious when you couldn’t complete the same. Ever had a dream so real that the dream was the exact reflection of the life you have always wanted or deserved. Ever had a dream so real that you wish you could stay there eternally.. Ever had a dream so real that now your life will have traces of the life, you dreamt about.
Hi. My name is Julian Dalbert. I am a dreamer – so is everyone. Last night I had a dream – I think it was early morning. I was in a train; then I was in a university. I had friends – lots of them. We sometimes played basketball on the river court. Yes, there was river flowing through my university. I think I was studying something related to engineering because it was hard to find women in my dream. Very hard. I was not a university hero or stud or cheer leader or captain of any sorts. But I had friends - lots of them. I took Spanish coaching lessons – I know this because the green board said, “El Santo Padre”. I had very simple decent clothes on – nothing shiny of any sorts. I don’t think I was rich – because rich people had girlfriends. I didn’t. The rich always mocked my friends – I always gave them back what they deserved. They fought with hands. I fought with words & pens. I was happy. I was Julian Dalbert. And suddenly my 7:15 am morning iPad alarm rang. Soon. I was in a pair of shiny shoes, expensive clothes. I read messages from women about dinner scenes tonight. I saw some kids playing basketball near the tall building. Saw. People spoke Chinese around me. Soon. I was at office with colleagues. No friends. And then I realized not all dreams in life are dreams and not all life in dreams are life.