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In NDNK : Technology
Ashish Arora
NDNK Tech
Aug 24, 2020
Hello everyone, Call me Som. A soldier and a military leader for past 31 years. Saw active service when I was deployed in Op Meghdoot in Siachen Glacier in 94-95, in Op Parakram in 2001-02 in Kupwara and I was back in Kupwara when I commanded my Unit in Counter Infiltration role on the LC in 2008-09. How am I here? It was in 2017-18 as my retirement started coming closer I got thinking what will I do with myself when I retire at a young age 😊of 54. I’ll retire in July 2021. I considered and rejected the thought of joining a corporate job - after serving the National Flag I didn’t want to become just another cog in the wheel of a profit-making machine. Serving the community and that too rural community was high on my agenda. Adopting a sustainable lifestyle and livelihood was next. Ensuring optimum utilisation of ancestral agricultural land as a trustee for the benefit of local community was also in my thoughts. I realised there were large skill, mindset and knowledge gaps which I needed to fill to make this transition from forces to farmland. From military to development sector. So I have been spending last two years attending various programs and fellowships - India Leaders for Social Sector( ILSS); Prashn Vikas Ka - a dialogue on rural development; LEAD India fellowship; NDNK-1 ; course on fish farming and an introductory course on Permaculture have been part of this effort. The best part of this journey is the amazing set of people I have met along the way. We are सह यात्री now.. Some of them are here - Ashutosh from ILSS, Sneha from Lead India, Ashish and Nitesh from Prashna Vikas Ka, Rahul Garg and Saurabh from NDNK 1, Shrikant and I did the Permaculture course together but we have known each other for some time now. I was a ‘Non-techy’ (a term used for humanities students ) at NDA and I suffer from tech and ‘matho-phobia’. So I was hesitant to join in this one.. but Ashish gave me courage. So I am here to learn from and with you all. I’m based at Bhagalpur in Bihar. ( I was driving the whole day- it’s a special day as today I kick started my fish farming venture by releasing fingerlings of Indian major Carps )
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INTRODUCTIONS :)
In NDNK : Technology
Ashish Arora
NDNK Tech
Aug 24, 2020
Hi My name is Ashutosh. I am a full time seeker and learner and part time (unpaid) cook 😀. The lockdown has allowed me to convert my hobby into an every day activity (now I wonder if I can still call it a hobby?!!! :) It brings most joy and satisfaction and allows me to experiment. I am also a mountain person having grown up in DDun but currently reside at sea level in Mumbai. I have always chosen the path less traveled - Be it in my corporate career of 23 years or personal choices or more literally while trekking in the Himalayas. In my corporate career I have worked from truck assembly line, to selling and marketing watches, tea and garments, to setting up many businesses, as diverse as a 2 Bn USD refinery to a UAV spin out from IITK. I was in PE and investment management function for 13-14 years till I chose to transition to the social sector 2 years back. After setting up the India operation of an international Foundation and launching some innovative ‘first in the world’ structures, I had decided just before the Covid avalanche reached our shores, to take at least a 6 month sabbatical. While I have not been able to do many of the things i had planned as must be the case with many of us, the last 6 months have been great and full of learning. They have allowed me to reconnect with myself and friends, going all the way back to the 1st standard. I participated in the sessions on Economics convened by Ashish, which got over 5-6 weeks back. I have in the interim been in an intense course on Making of Indian Contemporary History at Ashoka University under Prof Sunil Khilnani.l which gets over in 1st week of Sep. Technology and its impact has always been an area of fascination, when I got a chance to invest and nurture a few companies to scale and success. Having never studied the space formally, I am keenly looking forward to the next few weeks of reading and exciting discussions with all of you. Many of you are already known to me from our Economics class. I have persuaded a few of my friends from 25 and 21 years back to join this course. As you must have realised I can go on and on. So now I put a full stop to this long introduction. Can’t wait to get started. Happy reading and learning.
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