November 2020

Dear Friends,

J.R.D. Tata (29 July 1904 – 29 November 1993) was Indian aviator, entrepreneur and chairman of Tata Group.

Born into the Tata family of India, he was the son of noted businessman Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata and his wife Suzanne Brière. His mother was the first woman in India to drive a car and, in 1929, he became the first licensed pilot in India. He is also best known for being the founder of several industries under the Tata Group, including Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Motors, Titan Industries, Tata Salt, Voltas and Air India. In 1983, he was awarded the French Legion of Honour and in 1955 and 1992, he received two of India's highest civilian awards the Padma Vibhushan and the Bharat Ratna. These honours were bestowed on him for his contributions to Indian industry.

He was the trustee of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust from its inception in 1932 for over half a century. Under his guidance, this Trust established Asia's first cancer hospital, the Tata Memorial Centre for Cancer, Research and Treatment, in Bombay in 1941. He also founded the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS, 1936), the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR, 1945), and the National Center for Performing Arts. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

The front page story – “Perfection is the habit, not an attitude!!” narrates the legacy of Japanese for perfection.

In happenings section, we have covered (i) virtual training programmes on Bio-methanation technology (ii) Commissioning of Bio-methanation plants at Rameswaram (iii) Discovering Traditional water body (Gaja Teertham) (iv) Celebration of Sadhana Diwas and usual Networking etc.

In the wisdom section, Deepak Chopra in his usual style tells us that we have unlimited powers  provided we discover our  internal  pain killers,  Tony De Mello gives us a key to health and happiness by dropping the illusions – changing our old tapes and finally the extracts from the famous book – Blinded Eye gives us a glimpse of how the westerns were prejudiced and ill-informed about Indians.

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