Friday, December 10, 2021

Webinar: Success Management: Indian perspective from Mahabharata, Panchatantra, Chanakya and others.

Success Management: Indian perspective from Mahabharata, Panchatantra, Chanakya and others.

Come join me on Dec 11, in a webinar on Sanskrit wisdom on business and leadership!
Prior registration is required.

India has been a highly flourishing civilization for at least 3-5 thousand years, if not more. Material prosperity doesn’t come only from spirituality. A vast realm of Indian wisdom is untapped by modern thinkers and those in the making for the future.

In this short introductory series of four 1-hour sessions, we cover some ideas about economy, business, wealth, leadership, human motivations and mind as found in various popular Sanskrit works, which may not be very well known outside the Sanskrit circles. Guaranteed with informative and interesting tidbits as well as deep thought provoking wisdom, and viewpoints that you may not have thought at all.

Along with Language Curry, I am giving a webinar of 4 one-hour sessions over two weekends. 

Duration: 4 one-hour sessions.
When: Sat/Sun Dec 11 & 12, 18 & 19    at 8 PM
Registration: Required.
Medium of instruction: English

For further details and registration, please see Registration page at Language Curry.
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Medium of instruction - English

In this short introductory session of four hours, we cover some ideas about economy, business, wealth, leadership, human motivations and mind as found in various popular Sanskrit works, which may not be very well known outside the Sanskrit circles.

What is the Indian take on wealth, prosperity, economy, commerce, hard work, industry, leadership, managers, tax, learning and earning? What are the identified qualities of a wise and successful person?

Session 1:
Introduction to the aspects of Indian literature and thoughts around the topic of management, leadership, wealth and attitude towards life. It will open with some tasty samplers from various works. It will kick off with a 10-step ladder that creates a comfortable and prosperous society by creating good leaders - something modern management and leadership gurus and psychologists also grapple with. It beautifully sums up the vision and mission of any economic project and policy.

Session 2:
Mahabharata is considered the greatest epic of the world. A treasure chest of ideas and information about its time, and perennial wisdom. The greatest empire of its time and Vidura is the prime minister and one of the wisest of its characters. This session will cover many ideas from Vidura regarding administration, management, leadership, projects, long term planning and the qualities of the wise and the fool.

Session 3:
Everyone has read the animal stories of Panchatantra and Hitopadesha, thanks to Amar Chitra Katha. This session will provide a peek into the real work, which is way beyond the kids comics, but meant for future pillars of administration and government. The street smart wisdom for managers, leaders, employees alike! We will see how Indian wisdom has treated the concepts of wealth, prosperity, earning, use or lack of it, business, entrepreneurship, hard work, tax, giving, happy and unhappy boss, knowledge and application, networking and planning.

Session 4:
We will look at various Sanskrit maxims or pithy sayings that have a deep impact on modern work ethics and attitude to life and leadership.

Opium eater and the boatman; position and responsibility; Slithering lizard and Ghajani; Arundhati star in leadership; Perched eagle; Of bees, flowers and grass; Threshold lamp; Planting a mango tree; Water wheel; Crow spoils the curd and many more maxims and how they apply to workplace and life.

For further details and registration, please see Registration page at Language Curry.
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(c) Shashikant Joshi । शशिकांत जोशी । ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः ।
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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Sanskrit and Leadership - Webinar organized by IIT Kharagpur under Sanskritotsav 2021

The journey to success is a marathon, not a sprint.

Come join me in a webinar on Sanskrit and Leadership!

The wisdom of Vidura, the prime minister of the great empire in Mahabharata has its special place in the vast field of Niti Shastra - the literature of policy, governance, administration, leadership, management all rolled in one.

I will cover Indian thoughts on economy, wealth, prosperity, along with a sampler of Vidura Niti in the webinar I am delivering as part of the Sanskritotsav2021 (Sanskrit Festival 2021) organized by IIT Kharagpur, Ministry of Education, Samskrita Bharati, AICTE.

  • Date: 28/11/2021 (Sunday)
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Joining link ( )
  • Meeting number: 2513 337 8387
  • Password: sanskriti_2021

Below is the communication from the organizers at IIT Kharagpur.


Warm greetings from the  Sanskritotsava 2021 team, IIT Kharagpur! 

Hope you are enjoying our lecture series on exploring the wealth of Sanskrit Knowledge Traditions initiated on Sanskritotsava 2021 as part of the nationwide Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations being organised by the Centre of Excellence for Indian Knowledge Systems, Sanskriti Club with the  collaboration of AICTE, Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) Division of the Ministry of Education at AICTE, Delhi, and Samskrita Bharati

For those of you who have missed the previous lectures, you can access the videos from this link.

In continuation of the Sanskritotsava 2021, there will be a talk on the topic ' Sanskrit and Leadership - 9 Success Factors from Vidura Niti Shastra' by Shri. Shashikant Joshi and the session will be chaired by Professor Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, former Director and Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur.

The poster of the talk is attached. We request you to attend the talk and widely share the message in your networks and to your family and friends. The link to join the talk is mentioned below:

Date- 28/11/2021 (Sunday)
Time- 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Meeting number: 2513 337 8387
Password: sanskriti_2021

Thank you.
Look forward to your wholehearted participation.

Team Sanskriti club, IIT Kharagpur

(c) Shashikant Joshi । शशिकांत जोशी । ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः ।
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Friday, April 16, 2021

Attitude Shift - Sanskrit Maxims for Contemporary Life and Leadership - ebook


Sometime back, I had written the above book called Attitude Shift - Sanskrit Maxims for Contemporary Life and Leadership.
It has been an embarrassingly long while since the last project. 😞
I am now creating online content, but hope to write some more books very soon.

The book is out of print now, but I am happy to say that the book is now available as an ebook download.
Click here to purchase from outside India (Paypal. Save the file locally with download arrow)

Please do send in your comments and feedback via email given in the book.

From the Foreword:

Education through English medium tends to cut people off from the beauty and wisdom contained in Indian languages. It is to the credit of Shashikant Joshi that using the same medium of English he has conveyed the distilled wisdom of ancient Indian maxims, selected from the vast sea of Sanskrit literature. Moreover, he does so in a language to which the modern SMS-texting generation can relate.

We live in an age of information overload, in which we often lose sight of the distinction between information, knowledge and wisdom. The objective of Attitude Shift is not only to communicate ancient wisdom in today’s idiom but also to make it applicable in day-to-day life. One must remember, though, that wisdom is an end in itself and not just a means to better management practices. The very first nyāya, Ahibhuk and the Boatman, is about spiritual realization and not merely about mundane concerns. In Indian tradition, there is no dichotomy between material life and spiritual life. The maxims chosen in Attitude Shift point towards that continuum; they are applicable to worldly as well as spiritual pursuits. They are meant for contemplation. Their real purpose is to make us better human beings first, and subsequently better managers.

Shashikant has used a light conversational style to drive home the message, in his words “The take home message,” but I find the language notes at the bottom very interesting. Interpretation of the maxims is subjective; the language notes take the reader to the original source. One can draw one’s own conclusions. Therein lies the usefulness of this book, which for Shashikant has been a labor of love. It should interest both young and old readers; the older ones will get the perspective of the youth and the younger ones the insights of the old.

Chiranjiv Singh

Former Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka

Former Ambassador of India to UNESCO


From the Preface:

"The photo captures the basic traits of a leader. No one is born as a leader. Only money can be inherited, and in some countries, even the position. We call it as dictatorship, not leadership. Title is not a cause, but the result of leadership. Titles do not make leaders; leaders make titles. So, step out of your titles, your big shoes; or the big sandals, as the case maybe. 


Have a vision as grand as the ocean, nothing less will suffice. For when you aim for the ocean, you may be lucky enough to get a lake. Do not be afraid of your vision. 


Go embrace it with passion and have courage to take on the ocean, even if on your own! Everything else – determination, execution, persistence etc. – is required for success even if you are not a leader. However, these are essential to be a leader – courage to dream, courage to think beyond oneself and courage to start alone!"

Shashikant Joshi

BTech, Computer Science (IIT Kharagpur)

MS, Computer Science (University of Minnesota)

Author, Speaker, Sanskrit Enthusiast.

(c) Shashikant Joshi । शशिकांत जोशी । ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः ।
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