PM Essence
Editor’s Note  
SoumenDe
Dear Friends,
 
Greetings from PMI Bangalore India Chapter!
 
Last month, three personalities cornered most of the media space of our Country. Two of them are self-made leaders and lead the two biggest democracies of the world. No prizes for guessing them right.
US President Barack Obama, who was invited to be the Chief Guest for Country's 66th Republic Day celebration by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In one of the interview Obama mentioned that both of them have one thing in common. They both came from a very ordinary background and they had plenty of challenges during their childhood. Obama's parents, were divorced during his childhood and Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea at a railway station, and later ran a tea stall near a bus terminus. The third personality, R. K. Laxman, unfortunately is no more with us. He died on the same day the above two personalities met on 26 January 2015. Laxman's father was a headmaster and he was youngest of six sons. Laxman being a self-taught artist, scribbled obsessively over the walls and floors of his Mysore house despite being regularly ridiculed for it. Keen on acquiring formal training, he applied for Mumbai's premier art institution, the J J School of Art but was unceremoniously rejected as they felt he did not have the right kind of talent. Determined to be a cartoonist, Laxman left Mysore, shuttling between cities and assignments - going through a very bumpy ride, before he joined Times of India in 1947. From there, he went on to become India's most prominent cartoonist, whose eloquent brushstrokes made his caricatures legendary. His greatest gift was the ‘Common Man’, the eternally bewildered man who looked at the event mutely as the 'men' in his cartoon took the country for a ride. When Laxman was asked about the stress of producing new cartoon every day, he had reportedly told “Every day is just like a first day; the agony, the pain. You cannot tell yourself, today I am going to be first rate and tomorrow second rate because I am tired. You owe it to yourself to be consistently excellent”. The sheer success of these personalities are truly inspiring for PMs like us. The challenges of childhood never dented their 'self-belief’ and ambition to succeed and as Laxman said we owe to no one else but to ourselves to be consistently excellent - the hall mark of a successful professional. Whatever be the illness, challenge, difficulty, disappointment, crisis in our life, if we hold on to our dream with self-belief and a strong determination to succeed with hard work, we will break free from the shackles of the past and achieve lasting success.
 
Happy Reading.
Thanks and Best Wishes,
Soumen De, PMP
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Editorial Board
Murali Santhanam, PMP
Namita Gupta, PMP, PMI-ACP
Rama K, PMP, PMI-ACP
Shikha Vaidh, PMP, PMI-ACP
Soumen De, PMP
Vittal Vijayakumar, PMP