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PM Essence
Editor’s Note indianflag
SoumenDe Dear Friends,

India celebrates her 68 Independence Day on 15 August 2014. On the eve of Independence Day, we Indians have countless reasons to feel proud about. Many Indians have reached pinnacle of their corporate career by taking the top job in some of the world's largest companies. To name a few Satya Nadella, Indra Nooyi are some of them. Unlike freedom fighters, they had to fight battle of a different kind- battle to balance family commitments (which are so deeply entrenched in Indian value system), along with their professional commitments. 
Recently Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo CEO, in response to a question whether accomplished women have it “all”, responded with headlines grabbing statement “I don't think women can have it all. I just don't think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all”. As expected, there were a group of people who agreed with her and the other group who disagreed. When I reflected, my first reaction was that this applied not only to women but men as well. We have to spend long hours in office to meet our project deliverables, spend our free time in learning new things, make time for networking at professional events and spend our leisure time pursuing our hobby (say photography, trekking etc.) - trying (rather hoping?) to excel in everything we do. It is only but natural that this question of “work-life” balance invariably crosses our mind. For some there is a sense of guilt and for others there is a sense of rationalization. The first thing we need to do is to define what “all” means to us. If “all” means we have to excel in “all” we have to do, then it is a far too stretching. Like a guitar, if we stretch too little we do not get right “notes” or if it stretch too hard the wire snaps and we get no “notes” at all. However, if we are able to stretch it just right, we strike harmonious and melodious “notes” from our guitar of life. Living a life that is deeply satisfying, requires strategizing careful choices, investing time for those choices regularly, practicing self-awareness and discipline. Being a PM, I am tempted to draw analogy that each of “choices” are our enablers or intermediate milestones that will make our personal and professional life happy and satisfying. To overcome this challenge of selecting right “choices”, we need to assess and negotiate with “ourselves” what we expect from them. We volunteers at our Chapter are no stranger to this challenge. But we have been able to do a superb job in striking this balance as we continue to engage in different volunteering activities along with personal and professional commitments. Hope you will like this edition of Essence and continue to provide your whole hearted support in exchanging your thoughts, feeling and experiences with us.
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