The House Magazine of the Thermax Group Volume 41 No. 1 January-March 2011
Volume 41 No. 1 January - March 2011
A M Roshan
As green covers shrink and streams and ponds dry
Natasha Rodricks-Naidu up, birdbaths offer a welcome refuge. On hot summer
days, though one has to keep an eye for that prowling
cat, who can resist the pleasures of a cool drink and
a refreshing bath?
Production & Circulation
S Muthukrishnan Birdbaths offer relief to people too, especially in
growing cities. There is something soothing about
Vyoma Graphics, Pune watching birds dip their wings in water and spray
themselves wet. As you get absorbed in the rituals
of birds at their bath, the daily din of the city slowly
recedes, and you are blessed with a rare moment
(Picture : Istockphoto.com)
Life does not imitate art,
it imitates bad television.
– Woody Allen
Printed on recycled paper
Correspondents : J. Natesan Heating Vikas Tripathi Cooling R. Venkatesh Services Harshad Rajopadhye B&H Arjun Baidyaray
Power D. Bhanja Enviro Chetan Sathe WWS Veena Coutinho Chemical N.Haridas TECC Sunil Godse HR Sneha Patil IR S. Chandak
Administration Aditi Vakil BTG Jenny Alexander Finance Asmita Kshirsagar RTIC Kirti Pitale Mumbai Rama Subramanian Delhi
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2 What’s New?
Thermax solar system burnishes an integrated energy project for Mahindra's
automobile plant near Pune Swiss energy award for a European project using
Thermax chiller Work begins on the supercritical boiler manufacturing facility
at Satara Thermax contributes to the national energy efficiency mission.
Meher Pudumjee talks of the Thermax Board retreat and the interesting external
presentations made there by the Bajaj top management; and reiterates why a
passion for operational excellence ought to drive everything at Thermax.
8 Up Close
In a chat with A M Roshan, Abhaya Bhargava explains how Thermax, poised for
big growth, can effectively handle the sourcing challenges through vendor
partnerships, standardisations and by leveraging the power of team work.
10 Round up/Limelight
Thermax Inc. gets a new CEO OHSAS certification for Power division
Celebrates women's day Industrial cleaning technology tie up with Israel
JSW Energy gets help from Thermax chemicals for the timely commissioning of
its power boilers Picnicking at Dapoli Bry air, Greentech and sport awards
And achievements of Thermax employees and their children
The Commencement address delivered by J K Rowling at Harvard in 2008 on the
relevance of failure in one's life and the importance of imagination over magic to
change the world.
P Srinivasan describes his enchantment with trains and finds out he is not the only
fan of Indian Railways Neha Deshmukh shares her expertise at mallakhamb,
as a player and trainer And the editor comes to terms with ever changing
Dealing with editors' bloated egos Mastering NGO buzzwords before you ask
for those funds And a poster that has an interesting take on payslips
Thermax Brings the Solar Edg
Thermax Brings the Solar Edg
to Mahindra s
The Thermax team at site available through a green
with Mahindra's Ravindra
More (right) : a unique first energy option spurred the
for auto industry project.
At the paint shops that need
high levels of heating and
cooling – 3.6 mm/kcal per
hour and 416 TR – the
challenge before energy
WHAT'S managers was to integrate
renewable energy and
NEW ? conventional systems and
reduce overall energy
intensity of fossil fuel. An
exclusive solar option was
t Mahindra's auto manufacturing unviable. Studying the
facility in Chakan, Pune, Thermax energy patterns of the paint booth that used
has provided an innovative solar a conventional LPG fired hot water
energy- cum-waste heat recovery based generator for heating and electrical chillers
solution that will drastically reduce the use for cooling, the Thermax team harnessed
of fossil fuel and carbon dioxide emission. solar energy and waste heat, and put
The combined heating and cooling system together the various components that would
integrates 70 solar dishes and an array of eventually be integrated:
equipment – waste heat recovery units,
vapour absorption chiller and heat pump, >Solar dishes and a 120 TR multiple effect
heat exchanger and hot water generator. chiller provide cooling water at 70C to one
A unique first for any automobile plant, the of the paint shops, reducing electricity
system will help Mahindra save 1476 tons of consumed by the two electrical chillers.
fossil fuel (LPG) and 184 When solar energy is
MW/hr of electrical energy not available, the
annually at its paint booth. Thermax chiller can
also operate on LPG
The project took nearly two
and natural gas.
years from concept to
commissioning, and involved
Thermax's solar, cooling and
>Waste heat recovery
units tap the heat
waste heat recovery
from the paint booth
expertise. The auto major's
requirements of cold water at
exhaust, let out at
70C and hot water at 1050C
high temperatures. In
for different processes at two
the water circuit
of its paint shops, and a
formed between the
keenness to make them
Vapour absorption heat pump:
40 % saving of LPG
Path-Breaking Energy Project
Path-Breaking Energy Project
heat exchanger, hot water generator and
heat pump – supplied by Thermax – hot Thermax supplied the entire system
water at adequate control and safety, is components including the solar dishes and
delivered at the desired temperature integrated them. The project makes use of
(1050C). the versatility of vapour absorption
technology and also makes optimum use of
>An LPG fired vapour absorption heat solar energy. When heat from the solar
pump extracts heat from the water dishes is not enough – evenings and during
circulated from the cooling tower to off-season – to activate the chiller, their low
support both the electrical and vapour grade heat is made use of for vapourising the
absorption chillers. This recovered heat LPG used at the plant. This in turn saves
along with heat from additional LPG firing energy cost in the electrical heating
helps the pump to step up the temperature conventionally used for this job.
of water returning from the second paint
shop. This results in a 40% saving of LPG. Mahindra can recover the investment
cost of Rs. 8 crore for
Thermax in Solar Thermal
he foray into solar thermal space in 2008 was a natural move for Thermax, committed to providing
sustainable energy-environment alternatives to industry. Today, it offers hybrid systems that work on
dual firing mode, solar energy chipping in to supplement and save energy generated from
conventional fuels. Thermax's Solar growth unit (GU) today deploys solar concentrators – dishes and
troughs – to support customers for a variety of applications such as heating, cooling and cooking. To
support its initiatives, Thermax acquired Supreme Ray Solar System (SRSS), a small scale unit in Hadapsar,
Pune, that manufactures parabolic dishes. This was followed by technological upgrades of the product to
suit customer applications and all-weather conditions. At Thermax's Research Technology and Innovation
Centre (RTIC), new products like concentrated parabolic collectors and troughs are being developed and
fine tuned to give better value to customer offerings.
Besides Mahindra, Thermax has several client solar thermal installations: Hotel Clarke's Amer at Jaipur
and ITC Maurya, Delhi where solar dishes generate low pressure steam for laundry and room hot water
service; Magneti Marelli, an Italian company, located in Maruti Suzuki's supplier park in Haryana that uses a
solar hot water based chiller for air conditioning; SRM University, Chennai and National Engineering
College, Madurai District, which cooks food for 4500 and 1000 students, respectively, with solar dishes.
plays a key role
in a top Swiss Energy Award
at Basel and
(inset) : Giuseppe
I WB, a power, water & telecom company
in Switzerland committed to develop
environmentally viable energy sources,
has won the country’s prestigious Watt d’Or
Award for a top energy project. The Award
Stücki, an area in Basel that has developed
in the last 12 years and today has a 32,000
square metre shopping centre, a business
park and a 140-room hotel. The area is close
to two sources of industrial heat, a hazardous
winning project, Stücki Power Box uses a waste incineration plant and a waste water
double effect Thermax chiller that works on treatment unit. IWB harnesses the waste
waste heat in the town of Basel to provide heat from these two sources to heat and
air conditioning and cold water to shopping cool the Stücki complexes during winter and
malls and office buildings. summer.
The Award from the Swiss Federal Office of During summer, the hot water delivered
Energy aims to mitigate the adverse effects of by the waste incineration plant at 1700 C
climate change and honours organisations activates the Thermax chiller to provide
that promote sustainable energy practices. It cold water. The chiller, incidentally,
is given in January every year for the best happens to be the largest chiller installed in
energy projects of the previous year under Switzerland.
various categories. This January, IWB won Says Giuseppe Bazzi from Thermax Europe,
the award in one of the five categories. the subsidiary, “ It is truly an honour to
The 995 TR (3.5 Mw) double effect partner IWB’s clean-energy initiative.”
Thermax chiller caters to the needs of
Work begins at the site of supercritical
boiler facility in Maharashtra
Site of India's 3rd
supercritical boiler facility
at Satara, and (inset)
the bhumipujan function :
supporting the national
effort in power sector
T hermax Babcock & Wilcox Energy
Solutions Private Limited, the Joint
Venture took a decisive step when
bhumipujan was held at the 105 acre site at 65,000 sq. mteres of covered space. When
Shirwal MIDC, Satara on 17th March. completed by end 2012, it will
Meher, Pheroz, Unny and Ravinder were have an annual capacity of 3000 MW in
present on the occasion along with Deepak the first phase.
Chopra, Chief Operating Officer of the JV
and his team. The Joint Venture is keen to contribute to
the national effort to upgrade power
Planned at an investment of around Rs. 800 generation capacity and the new
crore, the facility will have three shops – manufacturing facility in Satara, when
section, panel and header – spread over completed, will support its initiative.
Thermax contributes to the national
energy efficiency mission
T hermax will contribute significantly to
the implementation of the National
Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency
(NMEEE), driven by the Ministry of Power
and Trade (PAT) is
expected to save
about 10 million metric tonne of oil equivalent
and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). As a (mMtoe) by 2013-14.
BEE certified energy service company (ESCO) it Through mandatory reports for the industry, BEE
will conduct 16 baseline energy audits for will set targets and establish the specific energy
designated consumers in textiles, paper and pulp. consumption of the concerned industry. The
By certifying energy savings that could audit will also report energy efficient
subsequently be traded, Thermax would help to implementations and actual saving potential
improve efficiency in large and energy intensive available in the plant.
industries and facilities. The scheme, termed
I would like to start by offering our prayers Rajiv brought in a very different dimension
and best wishes to the people of Japan. to business – that of homeopathy, which
many of us found fascinating. As someone
Not only have they endured earthquakes newly introduced to homeopathy, I was
and a tsunami, but are now going through naturally keen to listen to him.
the nightmare of nuclear radiation. May Every company manages itself “to keep
God grant them the courage to get through well ”; resist from dis“ease”, keep out stress,
this very difficult and painful time misalignment and the ills normally asso-
ciated with organisations as they grow.
Just as nature (our DNA) or nurture
(environment) affects a person's health,
L ast month, we had an excellent
two-day Board retreat in Khandala.
On behalf of the Board, I compli-
ment Unny, our EC members and some of
the SBU heads who joined us for an
organisations are also susceptible to decay
and decline when there is a mismatch of
alignment and care within.
Immunity is a dynamic force which works
inside out, just like homeopathy;
engaged and healthy discussion.
strengthening the body or organization
Let me bring in a few glimpses of the retreat, from within so that the root cause is
mainly focusing on the talk given by our focused on. When something goes wrong
guest speakers. Unny presented a likely in our factories, we tend to blame the
scenario for the world in 2020 where power material not arriving on time, the machine
and influence would shift from the West or the customer not lifting goods and so
to Asia, with China dominating the on. But, if we were to ask the 5 Whys each
proceedings. time, the root of the problem invariably lies
Although the Asian economies are doing in some form of misalignment, lack of
a lot better than our counterparts in the strategy, communication or training –
West, we are certainly on another bumpy which Rajiv calls the “immaterial” world.
and challenging ride, considering the Rajiv's theory on misalignment is so true. It
following factors: reminds me of my favourite analogy – that
1. The world is no longer predictable; it of an orchestra, where each musician
is getting more and more complex. would play her piece with passion, but in
Consider where China had been 10 years complete harmony with others, sensitive to
ago as against where it is today; or her fellow musicians as well as the guiding
whether an uprising in Tunisia and Libya baton of the conductor, so that what is
would spread to Egypt, Bahrain and created is one grand piece of music.This is
possibly Saudi Arabia, or its impact on oil how it should be in organisations too. But,
prices.These were never imagined and often the internal customer suffers due to
today, we don't know what will happen ego clashes, lack of training, process
next and where. Climate change is breakdown or a couldn't-care-less attitude,
another imponderable. and we end up annoying our external
Why do I bring customers, as well as adding wasteful
up 'Operational Similarly, what we have achieved in the expenditure to our balance sheet.
past, how our competition had been is no
Excellence' indication of what it will be in the future. Bajaj is an organisation with a turnover of
At Thermax we need to be very agile and Rs. 12000 crore and profitability of approx.
time and not take our success for granted. 21% quarter on quarter.They achieve
again? Why 2. The cost arbitrage between India and the
consistent performance by squeezing out
every bit from operations, eliminating
does our Board West may no longer remain a competitive waste and putting together a systematised
want to review advantage, given our low productivity of process. In Thermax, we call this Oper-
manpower, increase in wages and rapid ational Excellence (Opex). Bajaj began its
Opex; why do deterioration of governance resulting in journey of Opex 20 years ago, but it really
we want to see inefficiency of the entire ecosystem. took on momentum in the last 10 years,
how Opex is At the retreat, we were honoured to have with Rajiv and Pradeep driving the
Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto and Pradeep
embedded in Shrivastava, COO, Bajaj Auto opening the Some highlights from Pradeep's talk,
our business retreat with excellent talks that set the tone useful for businesses in Thermax :
for the next two days.
strategies? 1. The real effectiveness and
competitiveness in Opex will come when one type of game; but if she concentrates
Opex goals are aligned with business on her game – her serve, her opponent's
strategy. moves – then the game will turn out very
2. Setting 'High' aspirational targets for differently.
Opex: we may achieve them over time, Kudos to the Water and Waste Solutions
but the goal needs to be significant, so (WWS) group for the many new initiatives
that when we achieve them, it will be due to which the group's attrition levels are
aligned with our business strategy. the lowest in Thermax, the general mood
3. Constant PDCA (plan-do-check-act) is upbeat and as an outcome of the many
cycle must incorporate the learnings in changes made, profitability has improved
new actions. (a few years ago it was a loss making
division). I visited their assembly unit in
4. Vendor partners, contractors and TCAs Bhosari, where they have started working
who understand our customer's needs, within the cluster programme of CII along
would be of tremendous help to improve with the veteran Mr. Narasimhan.The
our products and processes. change I witnessed was significant and yet,
5. Focusing on a reduced range of products. I was told only 5% of the work is
If we don't gain market share from each completed; we have a very long way to go.
of our large range of products they could I am happy that many people are involved
become a distraction and a liability. in the process at Bhosari and this is where
we perhaps need our vendors to partner OPEX is all
6. Everyone needs to be involved for daily
improvements. Aware of the aspirational
with us too. about
goal, we can brainstorm with others, try Why do I bring up 'Operational Excellence' “deletions”
out innovative ways, possibly fail a few time and again? Why does our Board want
times and eventually learn from our to review Opex; why do we want to see – cost, time or
failures. All this will build a strong how Opex is embedded in our business waste.
strategies? You've probably heard the
capability into the organization,
propelling it towards excellence. poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson – “the old
I remember Mr.Vinod Grover of the Kaizen
order changeth, yielding place to new”. need excellent
This “new” is going to be a reality! Our processes run
Institute saying that Opex has to be a customers are becoming more demanding,
journey from “complexity to simplicity” for and rightly so; their expectations have and by ordinary
it to be sustainable. It is all about “deletions” will continuously increase.
– cost, time or waste. Organisations need people to
excellent processes run by ordinary people We are a wonderful company, with good, deliver
to deliver excellent results. committed, capable people, who have
always embraced challenges; however, excellent
This brings me to a question that has been today's challenges are not just “here and
nagging me for a while – why is it that we results.
now”, but those that demand a change in
are unable or unwilling to let people go off our very DNA – those that will strengthen
to other departments or divisions in the the foundation of our organisation on
company? Could it be because our processes which we can grow and flourish. Many
have been made complex and so we are companies started the process 20 years
dependent on individuals to get the job ago; we began in 2004, but will need to
done? This is something that we need to shift into the overdrive mode to catch up
think through, seriously. and move ahead to become a truly world
Passion for excellence should drive class organization. I have every confidence
everything we do – whether it is an assembly in Thermax to deliver.
of products on the shop floor, the
receptionist handling a visitor, a salesmen
looking after our customer “after ” he has With best wishes,
placed an order, or a service engineer
anticipating a need of the customer and
providing it. If we are only obsessed with Meher Pudumjee
achieving the top and bottom line, we would
never give our best or look at innovative
ways to improve, to excel. It is like a game of
tennis where if the player's mind is
constantly on the scoreboard, she will play
Vice President, “We have action heroes.
Can we aim
shares with A M
Roshan his varied
experience of work
places, and explains
for some process heroes?”
why we should deploy
our open culture for bhaya Bhargava who heads the Sitting at his office in Chinchwad, I get a
partnerships across Corporate Sourcing function at quick sketch of Abhaya's growing up years:
the company and with Thermax is not a home grown schooling in Lucknow, electrical engineering
manager. He came to Thermax just two years degree from Roorkee University (now an IIT)
vendors to meet the ago. He is from the new breed of professionals and selection in the Indian Navy as an Acting
challenges of growth. with experience of other work environments, Sub Lieutenant in his pre-final year. But he
who know they have been brought in to didn't join the Navy and instead opted for a
question the status quo. His nine years at corporate career. Ordering tea for me, he
Siemens and nearly 21 years with Wärtsilä puts in an anticipatory apology for the delay.
help Abhaya to look at Thermax with But the tea arrives almost immediately. I ask
detachment, and see both the stars and the him about his life at Siemens and Wärtsilä.
potholes. “I learned a lot from both places: German
UP CLOSE He feels that our desire for change is a major
strength. “It is exciting to be part of Thermax,
precision, the importance of standardisation
and attention to details, from Siemens.
transforming itself through business Wärtsilä taught me the typical Finish
excellence practices and design-to-cost simplicity of design and meticulous planning.”
projects. And I am sure, not many other
companies have Open Forums or the MD's At Siemens he was fortunate to find a mentor
quarterly sharing of news with senior in his first boss, S V Gopalan “who truly
managers.” But this appreciation is tempered moulded me with his personal commitment.”
by his misgivings about some aspects of the Abhaya says he has taught him certain basics
Thermax work style. “Strangely, this openness like “leverage your strengths, don't dwell on
is missing in some critical areas. For example, weaknesses – ours as well as those of others!”
sharing vendor performance data across He used to emphasise that no job is complete
divisions, so helpful to the supply till you collect the 'C' forms and the expired
management professionals, does not happen.” bank guarantees, he remembers. Joining
The divisional glass walls, force us to work in at a time when Wärtsilä's first Indian
islands of our own creation, he feels and the manufacturing plant was being established ,
practice of “gentle reminders” does not foster he got hands-on experience in a variety of
team work either. functions – building the factory, sales support,
Today, global sourcing of products, electrical design, procurement and project
components and services account for nearly management, setting up computer networks
65% of Thermax's annual revenue. The and getting QMS/EMS/OHSAS
function is poised to play a bigger role as certifications.
the company aims to move into newer We get back to the subject of sourcing. I ask
markets and segments with targeted revenue him the best way we can plan for and execute
of Rs.10, 000 crore in the next few years. the huge volumes in procurement that we are
While sourcing products and components going to see.
globally from hundreds of vendors, Abhaya
and his team will have to strike the desired Abhaya says he is confident we shall achieve
balance between quality, delivery and cost to our goals, by creating powerful partnerships.
ensure reliable performance at customer “We should not forget that today's vendors
projects and production facilities. also have the power of choice. We need to
work hard to be the preferred customer for to cover other performance parameters like
them,” he explains. How would you rate quality. As a part of partnering with divisions,
Thermax on vendor partnerships? “We have dedicated sourcing managers are to be
our share of success stories, but we can do a embedded in the business groups.
lot more.” He says Thermax's partnership
Standardisation of processes and formats will
with Tata Steel for web-based ordering of
also introduce some desirable shift in the
tubes used in boiler manufacture is an
approach of people in Thermax. “We have
excellent example. For such partnerships to
our share of Param Veer Chakras (action
succeed, it is usual to expect vendors to walk
heroes). Can we aim for some Param Vishisht
more than half way. But, he feels it is in our
Seva Medal winners (process heroes),” he asks
interest to take the initiative and make things
wryly and points out that it is with seva that
happen. “We do have the culture and the firm
we can hope to achieve real customer care.
foundation to build on.”
Our conversation turns to personal styles and
He is clear we need to attract and retain
habits and it is interesting to see Abhaya turn
sourcing talent and train them to move
his critical gaze on himself. Over three
beyond price negotiations to contract
decades of office life, he says he has been far
management. It is also necessary to scale up
too reactive in his personal life. “Now I am
our systems, processes and infrastructure to
realising the need for bring in more balance
match the three-fold increase in procurement
and do things that I have wanted to do. For
we are about to witness. Abhaya also
example, reactivate my habit of reading, and
envisages risk identification and mitigation
maybe take up photography once again.” He
strategies to be in place, as we move forward.
fondly recollects it was Nevil
Now that Internet has integrated markets, are Shute's novels that first
we locating new potential partners in new induced in him the
geographies? “We have already benefited desire to be an
from sourcing seamless tubes among other engineer. “I love to
“We should not forget
things from China. There, they have the drive, but of late that today’s vendors
capacities and offer price advantages.” What I am really concerned also have the power
about quality? “Seeing is believing and it is about my personal of choice.”
our job to inspect rigorously and thoroughly.” carbon footprint.
Abhaya says his team is already focusing on I know I must do
supply markets in Vietnam, Korea and Turkey something about it.” I can see
amongst others. Central and Eastern Europe that he is revisiting his first boss's
are promising and “Western Europe certainly lessons in trying out change in one's own
needs to be revisited, especially when they are personal life.
reinventing their efficiencies.” A vendor
portal is in the making and when integrated
to the Thermax website will facilitate
Thermax's sourcing initiatives.
To move ahead and tap into the range of
opportunities before our businesses, Abhaya is
emphatic we have to be agile to exploit the
full potential of IMT systems and ERP
platforms. He says constant updates can
happen only if we maintain and accelerate
our tempo of standardisation. It can also help
his own group to shift from reactive to
proactive modes. “With robust systems and
processes we can quantify, measure and
improve… sense the temperature before it
touches flash point.” Already, key pointers to
vendor performance like delivery accuracy are
provided online, an initiative that will expand
is the new CEO
of Thermax Inc.
tephen Braley (Steve) took over Steve is a science graduate in
as CEO, Thermax Inc., a 100% Chemical engineering from Worcester
subsidiary of Thermax Limited, Polytechnic Institute, USA. His
in January. In his new role, Steve will interests include boating, gardening,
lead the team in USA, improve market walking, golf and recently, cricket.
expansion and brand presence. Steve is married to Susan and they
ROUND UP Steve had worked with Hercules Inc., a
Fortune 500 company for 31 years in
have three children, Dave, Kevin and
manufacturing, sales and global supply. Fireside welcomes Steve and wishes
He has also managed his own business him a rewarding career with Thermax.
and worked with Chemical Service Inc.
There's always a
A retrofit job heavy stock, and propane as an additional
by Services fuel. They also wanted burner automation to
(Cooling & include continuous flame supervision and
Heating) SBU has heat recovery from flue gases.
come in for praise Without the advantage of a standby heater,
by SI Group, a the Thermax team retrofit the burners
world leading within the stipulated 10-day shutdown time
developer and and included the PLC based control panel to
manufacturer of handle the three fuels. The scope of the
chemical inter- project included design, detailing, supply and
mediates. The commissioning of the retrofits – air blowers,
client has a 5 mm gas train and air preheater, besides the
kcal per hour API burners and PLC. By offering solutions for
thermic fluid heater with four multifuel and multiple burner combustion,
burners in its New Mumbai plant. the C&H Service team provided the SI
They wanted to convert the firing sequence Group a valuable energy upgrade.
of the burners to natural gas or low sulphur
MASISA installation :
I n February 2011, Thermax
commissioned a thermal oil heater at
Maderas Y Sinteticos De Mexico
(MASISA). The company produces
laminated chip boards for furniture and
heater, connected to the process load of
wood chip board and lamination lines, is the
first from Thermax supplied to the Latin
Pleased with the performance of the heater,
interior architecture across Central and MASISA’s chief engineer, Alfonso Lara was
South America. pleased with the heater performance and
The Thermax heater that burns wood bark sent an appreciation letter to the team led by
chips at their Durango factory is equipped Ajay Chaudhary.
with pulsating grate, PLC and SCADA. This
at JSW Energy
T hermax performance chemicals
group has supported JSW Energy
Limited in the timely
commissioning of boilers at its upcoming
1200 MW (4x300) power plant at Jaigad,
The new installation could take time and
JSW wanted a quick solution to the
JSW and Thermax jointly worked out a
plan and used coagulant Maxfloc-T, a
Ratnagiri. performance chemical at the Bhavi river
During commissioning of the 2nd unit, the treatment plant to improve the quality of
project team came up against instability in water with regard to the colloidal particles.
the commissioning of boilers. JSW was It dramatically had a dramatic effect on the
already a Thermax customer for its cooling silica levels in the boiler drum and JSW
water treatment program. Investigations could commission the boiler smoothly.
showed colloidal silica in the feedwater JSW has placed repeat order of Maxfloc-T
breaking down to reactive silica in the boiler to continue the treatment program. It has
drum and causing the problem. Colloidal also decided to install a Thermax ultra-
silica came from the Bhavi river that fed filtration plant instead of procuring it from
water to the demineraliser plant and it was a competitor who has supplied its existing
clear that it would need an ultra-filtration DM plant.
plant to sort out the problem, completely.
ixty improvement projects were drafting; standardisation of various
displayed at the third operational engineering packages, procedures, check
excellence (OPEX) convention in sheets and components; pre-engineered
February. Besides SBUs, there was growing systems; parametric designs; development of
participation from corporate functions like customised engineering configurators, and
EXIM, Excise, CSG, Finance, Safety and data base and retrieval systems.
CMG, as they used the structured problem Thermax top brass present at the convention
solving (SPS) methodology for better reiterated the need “for OPEX projects to
efficiency. significantly impact real challenges faced by
There was a special focus on the engineering divisions, and for every single employee to
function and 25 projects across SBUs were strive for excellence in his or her job.”
displayed. These included automation of
Women for women
T hermax women employees celebrated the centennial international
women's day with lesser privileged women from Patil estate, a nearby
slum. They focused on the theme 'Women for Women'. In an
interactive workshop presented by Ecoexist, an organization that converts
useful things from waste, the participants were provoked to rethink
alternative uses for trash
Loud cheers and laughter accompanied a satirical skit of a young boy, fussed
over by his parents and society like they'd do for a girl. A puppet show on the
subject of early marriage, early pregnancy and women empowerment; a
traditional lavani performance; refreshments, fun and games made this joint
celebration a memorable event.
Celebrating Women's Day : awareness and empowerment
P ower division received the BS
OHSAS 18001:2007 certificate in
January this year. The certification
will help its construction sites manage
special efforts in the certification.
BS OHSAS 18001: 2007 is an
occupational health and safety management
British standard. Its benefits include
occupational health and safety (OH&S) customer satisfaction, reduced operating
risks while improving performance. The core costs, improved stakeholder relationships,
team and internal auditors were felicitated in legal compliance, improved risk management
March during the Safety week for their and proven business credentials.
OHSAS team with auditors : focus on health and safety
T hermax welcomed the Danstoker and Omnical team on
their first visit to India. They interacted with Thermax
teams at the Pune head office and manufacturing facilities
in Chinchwad and Savli.
A get-together at the Corinthian Club, Pune, gave our overseas
colleagues a flavour of Indian culture, hospitality and cuisine.
At the get-together : relishing Indian hospitality
and Meher at the
convention : making
T he standard product group of Water
and Wastewater solutions (WWS)
division hosted the 6th review
meeting of CII Engineering Cluster. Thermax
is one of eight companies that are part of the
month cluster program focuses on 5S, TEI,
flow manufacturing and quality, material and
sustenance management. Delegates from CII
and the other companies like Crompton
Greaves, Cummins, Godrej and Spirax
CII Hybrid Engineering Cluster to improve Marshall visited the Bhosari plant and
operational excellence and make the factory audited the progress. Meher emphasised the
premises world class. need to sustain the good work done while
Mentored by C. Narasimhan (former Narasimhan spoke of enhancing internal
President of Sundaram Clayton), the 24 competitiveness.
T he picturesque beach at Dapoli, 240 km
from Pune, is a popular attraction for
Thermax employees who need a break.
On a two day picnic in January, 50 mates
from the B&H utility group
enjoyed games of housie, cricket,
throwball and badminton.
In February, the B&H engineering
team also headed straight to the
beach, played fancy dress and
boogied till the wee hours at their
annual get together.
Fancy dress and games :
break time at the beach
T he Thermax soccer team
bagged the 2nd runners up
trophy in the Corporate
Soccer Fest in Pune. In the
qualification matches, Thermax
beat Uninor, Imagination
Technologies, and Bubere &
Associates (Mumbai). They drew
with Forbes Marshall but lost to
HDFC Bank (Mumbai) in a tightly
contested semi final.
an evenly contested men's final
while in the women's section,
the BTG team defeated the
Barbie Bandits. The best all
rounder prize for men and
women went respectively to
Pradip Karnawat and
Dhanashree Dhobale. Satyavan
Sawant won best batsman and
Akshay Kulkarni won best
Thermax's Cricket team was also runners up Being a sport :
in the Inter Company Cricket Tournament (clockwise from top)
(20-20) organized by Maharashtra Cricket Cricket team, Cooling
Champs, Soccer team,
Association. The Team trumped KSB pumps BTG women's team.
and Atlas Copco but were beaten by
Kirloskar Oil Engines.
In Crickomania, the annual internal cricket
tournament at Thermax, 61 teams hit it out
over four weeks of qualifiers. Cooling
Champs trounced the Chemical Warriors in
M S Unnikrishnan, Thermax
Managing Director and CEO
receiving the Distinguished Alumni
Award from Dr. S S Gokhale,
Director of Visvesvaraya National
Institute of Technology(VNIT),
Nagpur. He was one of the ten
former students honoured at the
golden jubilee celebrations of
VNIT in December 2010.
receiving the award :
for multi effect
most innovative product design category.
P Babu and Shanmugamuthukumar,
he Thermax Cooling division won
the runner-up prize in the 6th Bry-
Air annual national awards for the
source temperature rises. This chiller can be
used for solar airconditioning and process
chilling when there is not adequate solar
energy and during off season when the heat
designers of the new system, received the Bry-Air awards are the national level award
award at an impressive function held in for excellence in HVAC&R given for
Mumbai. categories like product design, system design
The winning design is a multi-effect and student projects. The cooling
absorption chiller combining solar systems engineering team had earlier won the
with conventional heat sources. It runners up prize in 2010 and the top prize in
automatically increases its coefficient of 2006 and 2007.
performance from 90°C to 180°C as the solar
hermax can now boast of a infrastructure :
state-of -the-art datacenter, engineering
a reliable and secure infrastructure data
for IT operations that minimises
chances of disruption. The facility in the 2.8 km fiber cables laid in the Chinchwad
Business Technology Group office in factory ensure reliability of IT infrastructure.
Chinchwad houses computer systems, The datacenter supporting the ERP initiative
telecommunications, storage systems, could embrace the 10 gbps paradigm when it
environmental controls (air conditioning, becomes scalable and safeguard engineering
fire, water, smoke suppression) and security data from accidental hardware failures.
Messaging with your feet
F ifty Thermax employees with spouses and
kids in tow ran the Pune International
Marathon in December. The 3.5 km silver
jubilee charity run attempted to promote Olympic
sports in Pune.
The Mumbai Marathon, as in earlier years saw
Thermax employees participate with their friends
and families. Of the forty members who
participated, nine ran the 21 km half marathon
while 31 completed the six km dream run. They
raised Rs. Eight lac for Thermax's partner NGO,
Akanksha, and won the award for the company
that raised the highest employee contribution. The Pune Marathon : together for a cause
funds would help Akanksha reach out to more
Funday with the family
T wo hundred and forty employees
including their families began the
new year on a cheerful note at a Fun
Fair organised by the RD Aga Community
Center team in January.
Santa Claus, Mickey and Noddy entertained
the children while the women played games
and queued to get mehendi decorated on
their palms. With a portrait artist and a stand-
up comedian in attendance, it was a
memorable outing with the family.
Meeting cartoon friends : memorable outing
T he Corporate Social Responsibility
team organised blood donation
camps at various Thermax locations
on 16th February to coincide with the death
Hospital and the Rotary Club of Pune Sports
City, saw 898 donors in Pune, as well as the
Savli facility, Gujarat, each contribute 450 ml
of blood. All donors were awarded a
anniversary of its founder Chairman and certificate and donor's coupon card.
MD, Rohinton Aga.
The camps, held in association with Sassoon
annual day with
T he chief guest at the annual day Stoking
celebrations of the K C Thackeray their young
Vidya Niketan English Medium
School was Suman More, a rag-picker and
member of Pune Municipal Corporation's
SWACH initiative (Solid Waste Collection welve hundred students gave vent to
& Handling). She shared her own story of their imagination as they decorated
struggles and accomplishments with a crepe skirts, fashioned hand-print
receptive audience of the Thermax managed hats and crafted paper dolls at an art festival
school. in Pune. The participants were from the
The program included an exhibition of Akanksha managed municipal schools in
scientific experiments, songs, dance, poetry Mumbai and Pune.
recitation and drama. Proud parents Thermax employees joined other volunteers
applauded their children along with Anu, to help the children explore their creativity
Meher, Unny and the Executive Council and create their own works of art.
members of Thermax.
Suman More (left) at the Art fest : unleashing
award function : story of hardships the fun of creativity
T hermax Chinchwad factory struck
gold (after winning silver last year)
at the Annual Greentech
Environment Excellence Awards by the
Greentech foundation. The award
recognised the team's achievement in
environment management in the
Patil and Mathur
engineering sector and successful (right) receiving
implementation of Environment the award :
Management System (ISO 14001) in the The Greentech Environment Excellence recognition
Awards are presented to various companies of environment
Chinchwad factory. B K Mathur and management
Vishwas Patil from the Health, Safety and and organizations for outstanding
Environment group accepted the award on performance in environmental management,
behalf of Thermax. industrial safety and security.
Tie up with Israel
T hermax Services (Cooling and Heating)
announced a tie up with CQM Israel to
market Automatic Tube Cleaning
system (ATCS). The technology provides a
comprehensive, cost-effective and online fouling
mitigation solution for condensers and heat
exchangers. In addition to energy savings, the
system is easy to use and is reliable, worldwide,
for its greater simplicity in design.
CQM and Thermax :
bettering industrial This product finds application for condenser tube
processes cleaning in VAM, power plants, and shell and
tube heat exchangers for industrial processes.
ATCS has the backing of the required supply of
consumables and service contracts.
opal Mahadevan, Thermax's
finance chief was conferred the
award for Best CFO 2010 for
'Capital goods and engineering industry
in India', by the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of India (ICAI). Amarjit
Chopra, President ICAI, presented him
receiving with the trophy and citation at the
the award : awards' night in Kolkata
best CFOs The 13 member jury drawn from
industry, banking, media and politics was
Accolades headed by Adi Godrej, Chairman of the
safe way is the
he 40th National Safety Week was celebrated at the safety
Chinchwad factory in March to increase awareness about awareness
safety practices among staff and workers. Organised by the
health, safety and environment department, the safety oath was
administered to all department and plant personnel. Contract staff from
shop and fabrication attended a training programme on gas handling.
200 people participated in a skit competition, a quiz for supervisors and
the safety committee, and a drawing contest for children.
T hermax with its channel associates showcased the
products of Heating, WWS and Chemical businesses in a
CII exhibition at Haridwar in March. The exhibition
focused on Uttarakhand as an investment destination for
industries. The Thermax stall had visitors from the engineering,
hospitality, chemical and pharma sectors.
team : at the CII Thermax also participated in the 'Everything About Water Expo
India' exhibition in Mumbai, in January. And the 16th AUCBM
(Arab Union for Cement and Building Materials) exhibition in
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.
t the 4th national conference of
Steamtech 2010, Yashwant Ranaware
from B&H presented a paper on
condition assessment and remaining life analysis,
'Beyond Run, Repair and Replacement
Yashwant has also been a regular contributor on
Yashwant : subjects related to boiler O&M and life extension
documenting services to Steam & Boiler Review, the trade
expertise publication that organised the conference.
R akesh Ravish was felicitated with a gold medal by
the Army Institute of Technology, Pune, for
topping the mechanical engineering stream.
Rakesh also has the rare distinction of topping in all four
years of his graduate programme. A 2010 graduate
engineer trainee, Rakesh is a project engineer in B&H on
the GE project to be commissioned in Algeria.
hailesh Motghare, a project engineer
with Heating is a Certified Project
Management Associate (CPMA) after
successfully clearing the Level D examination
in November 2010. Shailesh has been
working with Thermax since 2004.
Judo world champ,Deepvenus
ixteen year old Deepvenus competed with participants from
33 countries to win gold at the World Junior Kurash
Championship organized by Judo Federation of India. She has
trained with Singapore's national judo team and has also
participated in the Asian junior sports exchange games inTokyo.
She is a gold medalist in Delhi for 2009 and 2010, and a silver
medalist in the 2010 All India School National Games
Championship, Delhi. In the past three years, she has won 19
medals at various state level judo competitions. Deepvenus hopes Deepvenus :
to strike gold for India in the Olympics. She is the daughter of Vijay the Olympics
and Sunil Sachdeva, from WWS, Delhi.
T welve year old Shreyas stood first in the "Maharashtra
& Goa young youth mega drawing competition 2010"
for his drawing on the theme, Sunflower farm. Four
lakh students participate in the contest conducted by Sakal
and Gomantak newspapers. Jyoti and Suresh Nikam from
TECC were proud to see their son's drawing published and
displayed in an exhibition.
Math whizzes,Snehal and Sanya
anya was felicitated in Mumbai by Rajendra Singh, former Chief Minister
of Uttaranchal, for ranking 14 in the all India Abacus math competition.
Sanya, a 3rd standard student of Jnana Probobdhini School, Nigdi is the
daughter of Amrapali and Ranjeet Date from B&H Services.
Snehal, an eleven year old student of CMS High School, Pune, is an All India
rank holder and school topper in both subjects in the Maths & Science
Olympiad. She is the daughter of Nayana and Vitthal Satlawar from Solar
Snehal and Sanya : young scholars
Delivering the Commencement Address at the annual meeting of the
Harvard Alumni Association in 2008, J K Rowling, the creator of
Harry Potter, talks about how failure gave her an inner security helping SIGNPOSTS
to rebuild her life. She tells her listeners that we do not need magic to
change the world as we have the power to imagine better.
resident Faust, members of the The commencement speaker that day was
Harvard Corporation and the Board the distinguished British philosopher
of Overseers, members of the faculty, Baroness Mary Warnock. Reflecting on
proud parents, and, above all, graduates. her speech has helped me enormously in
writing this one, because it turns out that
The first thing I would like to say is 'thank
I can't remember a single word she said.
you.' Not only has Harvard given me an
This liberating discovery enables me to
extraordinary honour, but the weeks of fear
proceed without any fear that I might
and nausea I have endured at the thought of
inadvertently influence you to abandon
giving this commencement address have
promising careers in business, the law or
made me lose weight. A win-win situation!
politics for the giddy delights of becoming a
Now all I have to do is take deep breaths,
squint at the red banners and convince
myself that I am at the world's largest You see? If all you remember in years to
Gryffindor reunion. come is the 'gay wizard' joke, I've come out
ahead of Baroness Mary Warnock.
Delivering a commencement address is a
Achievable goals: the first step to self
great responsibility; or so I thought until
I cast my mind back to my own graduation.
Actually, I have wracked my mind and heart of whom had been to college, took the view
for what I ought to say to you today. I have that my overactive imagination was an
asked myself what I wish I had known at my amusing personal quirk that would never pay
own graduation, and what important lessons a mortgage, or secure a pension. I know that
I have learned in the 21 years that have the irony strikes with the force of a cartoon
expired between that day and this. anvil, now.
I have come up with two answers. On this So they hoped that I would take a vocational
wonderful day when we are gathered together degree; I wanted to study English Literature.
to celebrate your academic success, I have A compromise was reached that in
decided to talk to you about the benefits of retrospect satisfied nobody, and I went up to
failure. And as you stand on the threshold of study Modern Languages. Hardly had my
what is sometimes called 'real life', I want to parents' car rounded the corner at the end of
the road than I ditched German and scuttled
Many prefer not to exercise their off down the Classics corridor.
imaginations at all. They choose to remain I cannot remember telling my parents that
I was studying Classics; they might well have
comfortably within the bounds of their own
found out for the first time on graduation
experience, never troubling to wonder how day. Of all the subjects on this planet, I think
it would feel to have been born other than they would have been hard put to name one
they are. They can refuse to hear screams less useful than Greek mythology when it
came to securing the keys to an executive
or to peer inside cages; they can close their bathroom.
minds and hearts to any suffering that does
I would like to make it clear, in parenthesis,
not touch them personally; they can refuse that I do not blame my parents for their
to know. point of view. There is an expiry date on
blaming your parents for steering you in the
wrong direction; the moment you are old
extol the crucial importance of imagination.
enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies
These may seem quixotic or paradoxical with you. What is more, I cannot criticise
choices, but please bear with me. my parents for hoping that I would never
experience poverty. They had been poor
Looking back at the 21-year-old that I was at
themselves, and I have since been poor, and
graduation, is a slightly uncomfor-table
I quite agree with them that it is not an
experience for the 42-year-old that she has
ennobling experience. Poverty entails fear,
become. Half my lifetime ago, I was striking
and stress, and sometimes depression; it
an uneasy balance between the ambition I
means a thousand petty humiliations and
had for myself, and what those closest to me
hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your
expected of me.
own efforts, that is indeed something on
I was convinced that the only thing which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is
I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels. romanticised only by fools.
However, my parents, both of whom came
What I feared most for myself at your age
from impoverished backgrounds and neither
was not poverty, but failure.
At your age, in spite of a distinct lack of was going to be what the press has since
motivation at university, where I had spent represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution.
far too long in the coffee bar writing stories, I had no idea then how far the tunnel
and far too little time at lectures, I had a extended, and for a long time, any light at
knack for passing examinations, and that, for the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.
years, had been the measure of success in my
So why do I talk about the benefits of
life and that of my peers.
failure? Simply because failure meant a
I am not dull enough to suppose that stripping away of the inessential. I stopped
because you are young, gifted and well- pretending to myself that I was anything
educated, you have never known hardship or other than what I was, and began to direct
heartbreak. Talent and intelligence never yet all my energy into finishing the only work
inoculated anyone against the caprice of the that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded
Fates, and I do not for a moment suppose at anything else, I might never have found
that everyone here has enjoyed an existence the determination to succeed in the one
of unruffled privilege and contentment. arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set
free, because my greatest fear had been
However, the fact that you are graduating
realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a
from Harvard suggests that you are not very
daughter whom I adored, and I had an old
well-acquainted with failure. You might be
typewriter and a big idea. And so rock
driven by a fear of failure quite as much as a
bottom became the solid foundation on
desire for success. Indeed, your conception of
which I rebuilt my life.
failure might not be too far from the average
person's idea of success, so high have you You might never fail on the scale I did, but
already flown. some failure in life is inevitable. It is
impossible to live without failing at
Ultimately, we all have to decide for
something, unless you live so cautiously that
ourselves what constitutes failure, but the
you might as well not have lived at all – in
world is quite eager to give you a set of
which case, you fail by default.
criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say
that by any conventional measure, a mere Failure gave me an inner security that
seven years after my graduation day, I had I had never attained by passing
failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally examinations. Failure taught me things about
short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was myself that I could have learned no other
jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is way. I discovered that I had a strong will,
possible to be in modern Britain, without and more discipline than I had suspected;
being homeless. The fears that my parents I also found out that I had friends whose
had had for me, and that I had had for value was truly above the price of rubies.
myself, had both come to pass, and by every
The knowledge that you have emerged wiser
usual standard, I was the biggest failure
and stronger from setbacks means that you
are, ever after, secure in your ability to
Now, I am not going to stand here and tell survive. You will never truly know yourself,
you that failure is fun. That period of my life or the strength of your relationships, until
was a dark one, and I had no idea that there both have been tested by adversity. Such
knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is with humans whose experiences we have
painfully won, and it has been worth more never shared.
than any qualification I ever earned.
One of the greatest formative experiences of
So given a Time Turner, I would tell my my life preceded Harry Potter, though it
21-year-old self that personal happiness lies informed much of what I subsequently wrote
in knowing that life is not a check-list of in those books. This revelation came in the
acquisition or achievement. Your form of one of my earliest day jobs. Though
qualifications, your CV are not your life, I was sloping off to write stories during my
though you will meet many people of my lunch hours, I paid the rent in my early 20s
age and older who confuse the two. Life is by working at the African research
difficult, and complicated, and beyond department at Amnesty International's
anyone's total control, and the humility to headquarters in London.
There in my little office I read hastily
If you retain the ability to imagine yourself scribbled letters smuggled out of totalitarian
into the lives of those who do not have regimes by men and women who were
risking imprisonment to inform the outside
your advantages, then it will not only be world of what was happening to them. I saw
your proud families who celebrate your photographs of those who had disappeared
existence, but thousands and millions of without trace, sent to Amnesty by their
people whose reality you have helped desperate families and friends. I read the
testimony of torture victims and saw pictures
change. We do not need magic to change the of their injuries. I opened handwritten, eye-
world, we carry all the power we need witness accounts of summary trials and
inside ourselves already: we have the executions, of kidnappings and rapes.
power to imagine better. Many of my co-workers were ex-political
prisoners, people who had been displaced
from their homes, or fled into exile, because
know that will enable you to survive its
they had the temerity to speak against their
governments. Visitors to our offices included
Now you might think that I chose my those who had come to give information, or
second theme, the importance of to try and find out what had happened to
imagination, because of the part it played in those they had left behind.
rebuilding my life, but that is not wholly so.
I shall never forget the African torture
Though I personally will defend the value of
victim, a young man no older than I was at
bedtime stories to my last gasp, I have
the time, who had become mentally ill after
learned to value imagination in a much
all he had endured in his homeland. He
broader sense. Imagination is not only the
trembled uncontrollably as he spoke into a
uniquely human capacity to envision that
video camera about the brutality inflicted
which is not, and therefore the fount of all
upon him. He was a foot taller than I was,
invention and innovation. In its arguably
and seemed as fragile as a child. I was given
most transformative and revelatory capacity,
the job of escorting him back to the
it is the power that enables us to empathise
Underground Station afterwards, and this
man whose life had been shattered by cruelty Unlike any other creature on this planet,
took my hand with exquisite courtesy, and humans can learn and understand, without
wished me future happiness. having experienced. They can think
themselves into other people's places.
And as long as I live I shall remember
walking along an empty corridor and Of course, this is a power, like my brand of
suddenly hearing, from behind a closed door, fictional magic, that is morally neutral. One
a scream of pain and horror such as I have might use such an ability to manipulate, or
never heard since. The door opened, and the control, just as much as to understand or
researcher poked out her head and told me sympathise.
to run and make a hot drink for the young
man sitting with her. She had just had to And many prefer not to exercise their
give him the news that in retaliation for his imaginations at all. They choose to remain
own outspokenness against his country's comfortably within the bounds of their own
regime, his mother had been seized and experience, never troubling to wonder how it
executed. would feel to have been born other than
they are. They can refuse to hear screams or
Every day of my working week in my early to peer inside cages; they can close their
20s I was reminded how incredibly fortunate minds and hearts to any suffering that does
I was, to live in a country with a not touch them personally; they can refuse
democratically elected government, where to know.
legal representation and a public trial were
the rights of everyone. I might be tempted to envy people who can
live that way, except that I do not think they
Every day, I saw more evidence about the
have any fewer nightmares than I do.
evils humankind will inflict on their fellow
Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to a
humans, to gain or maintain power. I began
form of mental agoraphobia, and that brings
to have nightmares, literal nightmares, about
its own terrors. I think the wilfully
some of the things I saw, heard, and read.
unimaginative see more monsters. They are
And yet I also learned more about human often more afraid.
goodness at Amnesty International than I
What is more, those who choose not to
had ever known before.
empathise enable real monsters. For without
Amnesty mobilises thousands of people who ever committing an act of outright evil
have never been tortured or imprisoned for ourselves, we collude with it, through our
their beliefs to act on behalf of those who own apathy.
have. The power of human empathy, leading
to collective action, saves lives, and frees One of the many things I learned at the
prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal end of that Classics corridor down which
well-being and security are assured, join I ventured at the age of 18, in search of
together in huge numbers to save people something I could not then define, was
they do not know, and will never meet. My this, written by the Greek author Plutarch:
small participation in that process was one of What we achieve inwardly will change outer
the most humbling and inspiring experiences reality.
of my life.
That is an astonishing your existence, but thousands
statement and yet proven and millions of people whose
a thousand times every reality you have helped
day of our lives. It change. We do not need
expresses, in part, our magic to change the world,
inescapable connection we carry all the power we
with the outside world, the need inside ourselves already:
fact that we touch other we have the power to imagine
people's lives simply by existing. better.
But how much more are you, Harvard I am nearly finished. I have one last hope for
graduates of 2008, likely to touch other you, which is something that I already had at
people's lives? Your intelligence, your 21. The friends with whom I sat on
capacity for hard work, the education you graduation day have been my friends for life.
They are my children's godparents, the
people to whom I've been able to turn in
Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? times of trouble, people who have been kind
enough not to sue me when I took their
Simply because failure meant a stripping
names for Death Eaters. At our graduation
away of the inessential. I stopped we were bound by enormous affection, by
pretending to myself that I was anything our shared experience of a time that could
other than what I was, and began to direct never come again, and, of course, by the
knowledge that we held certain
all my energy into finishing the only work photographic evidence that would be
that mattered to me. exceptionally valuable if any of us ran for
So today, I wish you nothing better than
have earned and received, give you unique
similar friendships. And tomorrow, I hope
status, and unique responsibilities. Even your
that even if you remember not a single word
nationality sets you apart. The great majority
of mine, you remember those of Seneca,
of you belong to the world's only remaining
another of those old Romans I met when I
superpower. The way you vote, the way you
fled down the Classics corridor, in retreat
live, the way you protest, the pressure you
from career ladders, in search of ancient
bring to bear on your government, has an
impact way beyond your borders. That is
your privilege, and your burden. As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but
how good it is, is what matters.
If you choose to use your status and
influence to raise your voice on behalf of I wish you all very good lives. Thank you
those who have no voice; if you choose to very much.
identify not only with the powerful, but with
– Sourced from
the powerless; if you retain the ability to
imagine yourself into the lives of those who
do not have your advantages, then it will not
only be your proud families who celebrate
trains crossed en
route, and also
another analysis on
whether those trains
were on time. In spite
of the Internet
explosion, the humble
‘Zonal Railway Time
tables’ printed every
still remember the thrill of seeing a
year continue to be an absorbing joy and
website in early 2000s, the 'Indian
Railway Fan Club' which has thousands
of members deeply passionate about trains. How do you identify a fast moving train? The
The club had been formed in 1989 by a group easiest way is to look at the markings on the
of Indians in the USA and is growing in coach: not the name board which is often
strength every year. blurred by the speed. For example, SC
marked on a passing coach indicates South
I promptly joined the club as I have loved
Central which means the train could be based
trains since the time I can remember.
from Hyderabad. The number of AC
Tracking trains, their routes and timings has
Coaches – how many AC 2 tiers and 3 tiers –
been a passion and a hobby with me. My
in the train would be another indicator. You
oldest memory of a train journey is by the Blue
put two and two and rightly guess that it is
Mountain Express from Chennai to Ooty at
17032 Hyderabad- Mumbai Express! Also
the age of five. The journey is spread over two
the noise of the engine hauling or horn can
trains – a broad gauge from Chennai to
Mettupalayam and a metre gauge “toy train"
on the ghats from Mettupalayam to Ooty. As
be a giveaway : the Bangalore bound Udyan
Express has those chunky WDP 4 Diesel VOICES
Engines even on the electrified Mumbai Pune
a true rail fan, I did not like the toy train ride.
I remember enjoying more the bigger broad
gauge train trip as it was the real thing! Indian Railways has its own method of
assigning Station Codes. Some, like PUNE,
During my school years, I used to avidly
look plain and simple; ADI for Ahmedabad
follow The Hindu newspaper announcements
can be puzzling; SBC for Bangalore City is
on new trains as well as notifications about
downright confusing and only R for Raipur is
speeding up of trains as they switched over
from steam to diesel traction and from
diesel to electric. I was excited by the The numbers and markings on our trains
introduction of 'New Super fasts' in the late form a whole language by itself. Members of
1970s – Tamil Nadu Express, Coromandel the railway fan club exchange such snippets
Express, and Gitanjali Express. My habit of of information. And communication between
knowing almost all train timings across India them can be cryptic and specialised. Once
then earned me the title of "walking & I texted a veteran rail fan, based at
talking time table" . Hyderabad “I am in HYB today. Can we
catch up at SC [Secunderabad Railway
During these early years, I must have had only
station] at 1800?” He texted back, “Sorry
one or two train journeys in a year. But my
I am in SBC. Reaching tomm by 2786.”
virtual journeys through the time tables took
me to many stations and routes. Growing up In spite of today's crowds, clutter and frenzy,
and travelling more, many of those virtual the hypnotic clatter and rhythm of the train
stations became real to me. I realised how a always has a magical effect on me. Though
large and important station like Bhusaval can the journey now-a-days is often in an AC
actually be quite chaotic and unclean. compartment, weather permitting,
I still love to spend at least half an hour on
The numerous train journeys also gave rise to
the window seat of a non-AC coach. That's
the practice of "marking time" on trains
the way to savour the delightful sights and
which meant closely following the time the
sounds of the train in an unadulterated
train passed through each and every station,
the speeds at different sections, the various P Srinivasan
My experience as a
T here are times I miss the competitive
atmosphere, the months of practice, the
hunger to win, the local felicitation events
and congratulatory wishes from my teachers and
Pune. Mallakhamb has made me fit,
strong and flexible. It has taught me
concentration because yoga is a
prerequisite to practise mallakhamb.
And my concentration has helped in
classmates. But then I now look at the children
I coach, their affection and respect, and the faith my studies too.
their parents have in me. And I feel happy. It is
good to know that some of them too can win Costume and physical restrictions
national honour in mallakhamb (pole gymnastics) prevent girls from playing this sport
like I did. beyond a certain age. During this
journey my dream was to receive the
My parents wanted me to learn and play a Shri Shiv Chatrapati Award, given
Maharashtrian game. There was by the Maharashtra government
mallakhamb, a traditional Indian sport in for outstanding performance in
which a gymnast performs feats and sports. But unfortunately, it
yoga with a vertical wooden pole or didn't come true. Now, my next
rope. It was originally introduced as big challenge is to coach young
exercise for wrestlers during girls who would become
the Peshwa reign in competent state and
players. Of the
20 students I
my sister, Ruta, has
Maharashtra, but gradually
been the first to turn
developed into a competitive
my dream into reality.
sport of its own. It is a game
She was awarded the
played against gravity. Rope mallakhamb is
Shri Shiv Chatrapati
a modification of the game for girls.
Award for 2008-09.
I started playing rope mallakhamb at the age of Three other students have
nine and there were only a few students who been selected at national level and
practiced this uncommon and difficult sport. others are state level players.
I cried a lot when practicing on the school ground
Securing the 2nd rank in the national
and sometimes went home without playing.
level judging exam has helped me
Initially, there was nothing to create any interest
make my students technically more
for me in this game, but for my parents' and
competent. As a coach, you only
coach's support and encouragement. After one
expect your students to do well.
year, I started taking part in competitions. I won
There's nothing more important.
my first prize at the age of eleven and from then
During the last summer vacation, a
onwards there was nothing to stop me. I won
girl from Nasik came to Pune with
many medals and set new targets after each
her mother to learn from me. She was
achievement. I practiced daily and surpassed many
here for around 8–10 days and she
challenges in this game. In nine years, I took part
was very happy with all she had
in three National Games where I won tw0 gold
learnt. She recently called to say that
and a bronze. I was selected to perform at the
although she hasn't informed her
international GOPIO (Global organization of
parents yet, she is returning to Pune
people of Indian origin) convention in Mauritius.
during her vacations this year too, to
It was one of the best experiences for me, since
continue with her training. This, I
only 10 girls were selected to represent India.
feel, is my biggest achievement.
The sport has taught me discipline through long
Neha Deshmukh hours of practice, something I follow even today
Water and Wastewater when I coach children every evening at a school in
ll the favourite words of NGO-speak are
Editor now aired in the makeshift corridors and
canteens of Juba, the fledgling capital of
South Sudan which recently voted for secession
erhaps, due to my humble from the north. Top of the list are “empowerment”,
professional origins, I have been “capacity- building” and “stakeholder” (not someone
mocking the pomposity and actually carrying a stake). “Governance”, “civil
pretensions of editors who not only think they society”, “facilitators” and “disadvantaged” follow
are infallible but believe they set the national fast behind. British NGOs have a fondness for “focal
agenda. It is a pathetic fantasy. Politicians who flatter us do so to groups”. Americans like anything that leads to
ensure a good press in the publications we edit. All we journalists “inclusion”, especially of the “excluded”.
have are the best seats in the tournament. We are privileged
Such terms' joy is that they are nice and woolly,
spectators, not players.
hard to define and harder still to contradict: who
I call my dog Editor because he is stubborn, wilful and thinks he could possibly turn down the chance to enhance
knows everything. I use him as a metaphor for the bloated egos of development practitioners' facilitation
editors. Myself included. skills for the capacity-building of gender-
– Vinod Mehta, disadvantaged women?
in the 15th Anniversary Issue NGO-speak is particularly cherished and fostered in
of Outlook magazine the grant applications that smaller NGOs have to
file to the bigger ones. Using the right word is all. “
If you don't know the buzz words,” says an NGO
director, “you hardly have a chance to apply for
– The Economist, January 2011
. . . And this poster
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Growing with international associates
This February, Thermax welcomed its
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channel managment group organised the
three day event as part of the Thermax
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Delegates from Asia, Middle East and Africa
shared opportunities and
challenges for Thermax in
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It was an occasion to
and engage in a
meaningful ' ',
a dialogue for mutual