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Indori Dil Se
Greenery all around and sun rays trickling through dense tree leaves. Parrots and peacocks moving around freely. That was our first dwelling not long time ago in this very town. Would you believe?
It’s almost fifteen years now since I moved to Indore along with my small clan. I had no friends or relatives here. It was an unknown land for me where I reached on a routine transfer in my job. Little did I realize then that it would become my permanent abode. Now I have my entire world here.
It was love at first sight for me and my family. We loved the Indori delicacies, moderate climate and warm people here. The city seemed to have a progressive outlook with so many good quality educational institutions, multiple job and business opportunities, a growing medical and pharmaceutical hub, buzzing industrial belt and SEZ and all the innovative citizen initiatives that surfaced on an ongoing basis.
There is hardly any need to mention here that I and my family have turned foodies by now as all Indoris essentially are. I am especially fond of poha and paneer tikka. Such delicious vegetarian food cannot be found anywhere else on planet earth.
Soon after landing in Indore, I started exploring all the schools of Indore along with my son Anurag. He liked the one which had the best sporting facilities. That school provided him the best rajma-chawal for lunch and he also found his best friends for life here. He is in New Zealand now but his heart always beats for Indore.
I discovered Laughter Yoga in the conducive environment here and have had the fulfillment of propagating it locally and globally along with my wife Radhika. I am proud that the first laughter session of the day for the entire world starts from Indore every morning over Skype.
My association with Laughter Yoga has helped me to be in good company of illustrious people who work for good causes in Indore. This lovely city has enabled me to touch many human lives with laughter and sunshine for which I shall be eternally grateful.
I would like to see Indore flourish in the future as a wellness, educational, IT and industrial hub with a lot of development in the basic infrastructure.
Courtesy: Sunday Times, Indore
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I have had the privilege of introducing Laughter Yoga in the State Bank of
and laughing with thousands of my colleagues during the last year. India
I have recently completed thirty-two years of my service in the State Bank of
. It has given me bread, butter and a respectable place in the society. Now, it is time that I give back something to this great institution. I am sure my humble contribution will bring cheer to some of the souls here. I would like to be remembered as a messenger of love and laughter when I retire from the Bank. India
We started the journey of laughter on the 13th of September, 2010 when we inaugurated the Laughter Club of State Bank Learning Centre,
with a bunch of newly promoted officers. Whoever came to the learning centre after that has had a brush with laughter yoga. We laughed every morning with a small group of willing laughers from all the groups who poured in week after week. A shining feather in our cap was training thirteen young trainee officers as laughter yoga leaders who eventually earned internationally recognized certification while they were at the campus. How can one ever forget the fun evening filled with gibberish nonsense, laughter exercises, singing-dancing-play-laughter and games arranged by newly recruited assistants! Indore
I got opportunity twice to make presentations at the grand auditorium of the
, Gurgaon before officers from all over the country. I am really grateful to the General Manager and Principal who participated in the laughter sessions with total childlike playfulness on both the occasions which has engraved a deep respect for him deep in my heart. State Bank Academy
It seems that the Almighty has been showering copious blessings from the top. I also showcased laughter yoga at the
State Bank Staff College and State Bank Institute of Information and Communication Management located in . I conducted a laughter yoga session for bank guards, assistants, probationary officers and faculty at the State Bank Learning Centre, Hyderabad Goa. It was a unique experience as all of them laughed from their being level making it absolutely difficult to distinguish differences in their grades as they laughed like kids.
Last week, we have started Chetana Laughter Club at our new State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana),
set up to groom fresh officers of the Bank. Henceforth every new officer of the Bank will have a tryst with laughter yoga at the beginning of her career and ‘Very Good Very Good Yay’ as her mantra. Indore
The laughter virus has meanwhile spread to other centres –
Kanpur, Lucknow, Goa, Nagda, Nagapattinam etc. – through some well meaning trainers and officers. It is indeed good to hear that those who laughed with us for a while, have gone back and started propagating laughter it in their own way. What more can one desire!
I have put up the concept of laughter yoga briefly before the Chief General Manager and Head of the Strategic Training Unit and he seemed to like it. The former CGM and Head was all for it and mentioned it to the Deputy Managing Director and Corporate Development Officer when she visited
to inaugurate State Bank Foundation Institute. She already knew a lot about the benefits of laughter yoga and appreciated the endeavour of using it in human resources trainings. Indore
I am also grateful to the Director of my Institute for permitting me to use laughter yoga as ice-breaker, energizer and wellness routine during the training programmes.
My mission is to touch the lives of all the two hundred and twenty-two thousand employees of the State Bank of
with Laughter Yoga for their health, happiness and well-being. India
(Before I close, I would like to share that my wife Radhika has been with me all along in this mission.)
- Jagat Singh Bisht