Nivin’s Granma, Shoba Ranjitsingh, made this little book about him for his second birthday. Nivin’s Granpa and Granma (paatti and thatha) live in New Zealand where Granma works at Maungawhau School in Mount Eden, Auckland, teaching reading and writing as a Learning Support. She starts her workday at the Reading Club, where students come and read to Granmas and Granpas who volunteer their time to listen to the children read and help the children understand what they are reading. It is a fun way to start the day. The Reading Club has a variety of books at different reading levels. There are awards, stickers and book vouchers for consistent effort and the children love the club. Shoba wrote a set of “simple verses for little hearts” for her ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students. She was surprised that the children learnt the verses easily and loved performing them. So, she decided to share them here in this book. Shoba can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Little Me, Shoba Ranjitsingh’s first children’s book, she combines her love for words and art with her love for children and her passion to teach ! This book includes:An easy-to-read story for your toddler .10 simple verses for little hearts.Strategies to help children with reading and writing.Hand drawn pictures to encourage children to draw
Michael loves writing articles, resumes and poetry. He is an active writer on Medium. He enjoys playing and spending time with his two-year-old son Nivin. He’s a Biryani lover, sports buff and an avid reader. He has lived in two countries, India and New Zealand.
He loves helping others find their dream job through his resume service. He designs medical devices for use in hospitals through Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.
10 Tips to Create Your Stand Out Resume
Don’t let your resume go unnoticed; follow the tips given in this book and make a perfect Resume. This booklet is a handy step-by-step guide on how to write your resume. Sample resume is included.
Ms. Sahithi Chimalakonda is a happy gladiator who enjoys her life to the fullest, leading a psychedelic life! She still believes there is more to know and discover in life, including God! That’s why she calls herself an agnostic! She is a globetrotter, having visited 25 countries and 37 cities/towns in India. After she completed her B. Tech (Computer Science) from JNTU, Hyderabad, she went on to do her Master’s in Management Studies at IIM, Calcutta, and was part of the Student Exchange Programme from ESCP-EAP, Paris, France.
Magic Hour at Forty
Art meets poetry in this magical creation by Sahithi Chimalakonda, as she takes you on a voyage through myriad emotions … Created by her for her 40th birthday, this book is a work of pure art from the heart ❤!
N.K. Raghupathy, IAS (Retd.)
From humble beginnings to retiring from the prestigious post of Chairman of Staff Selection Commission in 2013, Mr. N.K. Raghupathy, an IAS officer of the 1975 batch, has come a long way. Despite financial hardships in his childhood days, he completed his education with the help of merit scholarships. Mr. Raghupathy had always been a bright student in his school and college. He completed his BSc (Chemistry) in 1971, securing the first rank in his college. In 1973, he completed MSc (Chemistry) as a gold medallist, the first rank holder in the university. He joined IAS in 1975 and was the topper of his batch in West Bengal, the State he was allotted. It was during his tenure as Settlement Officer in West Bengal that Mr. Raghupathy felt the need for formal Management Training to perform his job well. This led him to take a sabbatical from work to pursue an MBA (specializing in Corporate Finance and Foreign Trade). He graduated with distinction in 14 of the 18 papers and as a second rank holder.
He served the Government of India in various capacities besides occupying important positions in West Bengal. He started as a Sub-Divisional Magistrate in West Bengal and later served as Additional Deputy Commissioner and Settlement Officer between the period 1977 and 1984. He served as the Regional Director, Staff Selection Commission, Chennai, between 1984 and 1988. Following this, he served as the Secretary of the Board of Revenue in West Bengal and Ex Officio Joint Secretary and later as Ex officio Special Secretary to the Government of West Bengal during the period 1989–1992, and his work was much appreciated. He joined as the Regional Development Commissioner, Chennai, under the Ministry of Steel in 1992 and was elevated as the Joint Secretary in the same Ministry in 1995. In 1997, he went on to serve as the Divisional Commissioner, Jalpaiguri. Between 1999 and 2000, he served as Secretary, Home (Personnel and Administrative Reforms) Department, Government of West Bengal. From 2000 to 2002, he served in the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, West Bengal, as the Resident Representative at Chennai and Ex Officio Secretary/Principal Secretary and Resident Representative and Ex Officio Principal Secretary to the Government of West Bengal between 2000 and 2002.
He was appointed as the Chairman of Tuticorin Port Trust between 2002 and 2007. From 2004 to 2007, he concurrently held the post of Chairman & MD, Sethusamudram Corporation Ltd. The PSU was involved in creating a long off-shore navigation channel, which would have been an engineering marvel if it had been completed. He was appointed as the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & PD, in the year 2007. In 2009, he was made the Chairman of Staff Selection Commission, New Delhi, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2013 at the age of 62. His tenure in the Staff Selection Commission was marked by Reform of the Selection Process, time-bound and quick recruitment and candidate-friendly procedures.
Mr. Raghupathy was the trendsetter in using Twitter for conveying policies and schedules to the public and for interacting with job seekers. He was the first government official to use the Social Networking platform as a major communication platform in 2009. His tenure saw record recruitment to non-gazetted posts in the Government of India.
Memoirs of a Villager: Part 1 – Against All Odds
There are many books that talk about how to survive a war zone, but not many about how to survive among corrupt politicians and bureaucrats without compromising one’s integrity. Here is a true story of a man who always spoke his mind, displaying extraordinary courage, even if it was contradictory to the views of his higher officials. “Memoirs of a Villager” is an honest portrayal of an IAS officer, Mr. N.K. Raghupathy, and the story of his life. Take a peek into the life of an exceptionally hard-working and sincere IAS officer of the 1975 batch. Known for his commendable work as a senior officer in the Government of West Bengal, he made an outstanding contribution by reforming the recruitment process in the Staff Selection Commission during his tenure (1984–1988) as the Regional Director and much more.
It is common belief that people who achieved high in life were born with a silver spoon – this book will show you, in all simplicity, how someone beat the odds to win in life and contribute to society.
Memoirs of a Villager: Part 2 – Politicians: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
This book by the famous Mr. N.K. Raghupathy, IAS, is about his experiences with a few eminent politicians during the course of his tenure as a civil servant. What do we know about politicians? We only know what the media paints in our minds. However, here comes a bold and honest opinion of a multitude of them from the eyes of an IAS officer who worked with them.
His observations are powerful and yet from the heart as he goes about commenting on the integrity and vision of some of them, while opening up about the vindictiveness of others. You’ll find it hard to put this book down until you’ve finished it!
I am a bhakta (devotee) of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Coimbatoreand Rishikesh from 1996. Apart from several other scriptures, Swamiji had designed and taught Bhagavad Gita – HSP (5 volumes – 1895 pages).
I have studied the HSP word by word more than 15 times and also conducted classes at my residence at Hyderabad and Tirupati. I have also attended several short-term courses conducted by Swamiji both at Coimbatore and Rishikesh.
I have associated and interacted with Brahma Gnani Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati from 1996 to 2012.
I have continuously studied Swamiji’s Bhagavad Gita – HSP from 2001 till now.
As advised by Swamiji, I have been conducting Gita classes for several years.
At an early age of 21 years (1961), I had satsang with an elderly (53 years) devout Durga upasaka – my manasika Guru Om Prakash Kaushalji at New Delhi which lasted for several years.
One day, in 1961, he took me to a Brahma Gnani and Lord Krishna Bhakta Hussan Lal (70 years), and at the request of Kaushalji, he went into dhyana and told Kaushalji that this friend of yours will study Bhagavad Gita in later years. This came true in 2001. This gnani could have the vision to see what I am going to do after 40 years. At that time, I had not even an inkling of what Gita is. I knew only about Ramayana because my father used to do Valmiki Ramayana parayanam.
Earlier in 1949/1950, when I was studying in Class 4 or 5, my father was transferred from Chennai to New Delhi where he put me in the nearest school which was an Arya Samaj School. In this school, reciting Gayatri Mantra and Shanti Path was part of daily prayers. In addition, every Saturday, a Havan (Homam) used to be performed where all the students had to participate. From then on, doing Gayatri japa became a part of my life in all situations at all times, wherever and whenever possible.
Now I understand how Karma works in and around everyone through different events/circumstances/situations, people (friends and foes) you meet, etc., to take one on a certain path which includes one’s sukha, dukha, success, failure, etc.
“Shraddha” in Samskritam is generally translated as “Devotion” in English. But in my view, devotion does not adequately represent the meaning of Shraddha – it could be somewhat like this – wholeheartedness, heart and soul in it, etc. Shraddha is an essential quality, and the real key for all kinds of knowledge, including spiritual knowledge. Gita also says so.
It is evident from the scriptures of Sanatana, which means eternal Hindu dharma, that irrespective of nationality, religion, faith, education, culture, caste or gender, every human being has in him or her the requisite intelligence to understand God. This book is an attempt to provide some guidance to achieve that goal.