As I sit down to write this, I am recovering at home from the novel coronavirus. It all started with my annual nature detox trip to Jindal Nature Cure Institute back in Nov 2020. It’s kind of a health vacation that I look forward to since past few years — combination of crash diet, soups, fruits, and plethora of organic treatments replete with ayurvedic massages, enema, colon hydrotherapy, accupuncture and many more. …

Life lessons for surviving & thriving

Just finished reading this wonderful book by the daredevil survival maestro “Bear Grylls”. He is widely known for his famous survival television series called “Man v Wild” on Discovery channel. This book offers 75 fundamental lessons drawn from his life expeditions in a simple, yet relevant manner that can provide succour to many in these extremely dynamic times.

In his own words, “Sometimes light can be tough, but I hope this can serve as a good route map to guide you through the challenges and on towards your dreams. …

You’ve just landed a job interview for a position you really want. Congratulations.

What the Experts Say

One common piece of advice is to “take charge” of the interview. According to Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a senior adviser at Egon Zehnder International and the author of Great People Decisions, “You need to help interviewers do the right thing since most of them don’t follow best practices.” He has interviewed more than 20,000 candidates in his 26 years as a search consultant, and feels that most interviewers fall prey to unconscious biases and focus too heavily on experience rather than competence. …

Its about your own story — authentic & powerful.

Interviewing — Tell me about yourself (Part 1)

How do I prepare for an interview? I am not sure what the interviewer will ask or ponder upon? I am not sure what should I ask the interviewer? Am I well suited for the role or under-qualified? Will I get this job?

I am sure all of us working in corporate world may have experienced these heightened sense of anxiety at some points in our life. After all, it is natural human psyche to do well, or to be seen as competent or fit, under any circumstances. Given the times we…

That’s me playing the villain “Vajra” in a Pongal Play — my first acting experience.

I am fortunate to live in a multi-cultural apartment where we seamlessly contribute to and celebrate festivals of every community. Last year, I was approached by Pongal dramatics committee with an unusual request: “to take part in their annual Pongal mythological drama and play the role of a villain”.

My first thought was, how could I? I have never performed on stage. And a villain on top? However, after a few nudges and dose of self-talk, I still said Yes with a deep sense of hesitation.

What followed was daily practice sessions, voice recording / dubbing, enacting our lines in…

Resurgence of e-commerce

Is this the demonetisation of “brick and mortar” moment?

As I write this, the global pandemic has entered more than 180 countries worldwide impacting > 2.5 million people and causing approximately 176,000 casualties. In US alone, 26.4 million Americans have filed for unemployment since the crisis began. Closer to home here in India, we are in a complete lockdown mode since March 25 (31 days and counting) and millions of people have been advised to stay indoors.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros, cautioned that “we have a long way to go. He added that “the world cannot go back to the…

The art of resume writing. Get your hands dirty!

According to research, recruiters spend an average of only “6 seconds” on each resume. It is one advertisement among many thousands, competing for attention. You have to think carefully about what to say and how to say it so the hiring manager thinks, ‘This person can do what I need done”. In essence, it is about getting your hands dirty as you begin to paint, the canvas is all yours.

In this article, I would like to share my own experiences with regard to some of the basic, fundamental approaches that one can leverage as one goes about building their…

Amit Gundecha

Medium for good. Wanderer. Lover of Simplicity. Ex: Google, Apple. Qualified Chartered Accountant with over 17 years of global corporate experience.

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