“Romancing de Life”. A complete life enhancement programme. This programme was really a programme which thought me how to live a smart life. I had learnt how to do each and every thing in a right manner. This programme had completely changed my lifestyle.
FINALLY IT WAS A GOOD AND A LOVELY PROGRAMME
Varnika Varadh (Participant, RdL)
Nice but would it been an outdoor venue it would have been more interesting a lot.
Kapil Subramoniam (Participant, RdL)
I became fearless and it’s a kind of self motivation programme. It helps us to develop self-confidence through this programme I learnt a lot of things. In this programme I had a quality time with my new friends. we enjoyed the whole day.
M.Swarnalakshmi (Participant, RdL)
This programme does not end within two days. But it will be continuing for life long as per the idea of the programme and moreover I learnt a lot from this program not just about the hobbies but about the real face of the life and I definitely think that I can make many changes in my life from this programme and the way the programme held was nice and I got attracted towards Capt. Subramoniam Sir.
K.Prasanth (Participant, RdL)
It was a very good programme. I enjoyed the two days. I learnt many things and could see a lot of things.
S.Shravan (Participant, RdL)
It was a great session and I came to know about many new things and learnt new. It was interesting and useful.
As there were few people it was more interaction section and able to concentrate more.
All were useful and if there is a mistake also they point out and correct it at that time, which I like a lot.
Deepak C Gupta (Participant, RdL)
Navin Gettu (Participant, RdL)
I honestly accept that this two-days programme is really a package of skills, Skills say life personal skills and interpersonal skills and everything from nook and corner of what do we do in our daily life.
Mainly I thank this programme for its interpersonal skills, group discussion, or an organizing skill, I have heard about that but first time I have practiced in it, and some initial ways of self defence first aid are also very helpful.
And I wish to learn some of the skills with some more depth such as martial arts and trekking.
I. Arun Kumaran (Participant, RdL)
Capt. K. R. Subramoniam,
As you already know, I was frequently making extended business trips to Chennai during late 2006 & early 2007. During this period, I came in contact with “Fulcrum Tours & Travels” (hereinafter referred to as “Fulcrum”) in connection with securing reliable transportation arrangements during my numerous visits to Chennai, India from my home in the USA.
I was extremely impressed with “Fulcrum’s” ability to make complicated travel arrangements within and outside Chennai without a single failure. “Fulcrum” staff always adjusted to my frequently changing travel needs and consistently delivered what was promised. Especially considering Indian conditions of multiple uncertainties, I view “Fulcrum’s” performance in this area, to be truly remarkable.
Additionally, on several occasions, I had the opportunity to discuss other issues with Capt. Subramoniam of “Fulcrum” and was pleasantly surprised to find out about “Capt.’s” skills in the area of “Team Building”. I am sure that initially he picked up these special skills while he was in Army. However, he really took a keen interest in this area and developed some excellent training programs which are now being offered through “Fulcrum”. I am confident that most medium and large size Indian companies will significantly benefit from these programs.
During my 30+ years of large scale Project Management work in the USA, I have been involved in several “Team Building” programs. As I was sharing some of my experiences in this area with Capt. Subramoniam and one of his “Fulcrum” partners, I realized how developed “Fulcrum’s” programs already are. I am absolutely certain that with passage of time, these programs will only get even more targeted and effective.
I would strongly recommend that the management of any medium or, large size companies in today’s India, seriously evaluate benefits of Fulcrum’s “Team Building Programs” which I am sure, are being continuously developed and customized by Capt. Subramoniam and his colleagues.
Director – Project Risk Management
Foster Wheeler North America Corp.
Perryville, New Jersey 08809
Dear Mr Subramaniam ,
Good day. The training program that you had done with Lotte India Corporation Limited had indeed made a everlasting impact on all the people who had the opportunity to avail their presence for the same. I was surprised to find that the other employees of the concern who did not come for the program had a cult in the mindset that they have missed something special which in itself says how good the program was.
The program as such had inculcated people to come out of the mind blogs and now days the relationship between people has improved to a great extent.
The training program has evinced an output which does excel the expectations as such. A special word of thanks is due to Capt. Subramoniam who had executed the program in such a way that it was a program involving fun and learning.
I wish that we as an organization would have the opportunity to conduct similar programs in near future.
Looking ahead towards a long term friendly business relationship.
Thank you all for making this trip memorable. I am sure the regulars ( who had been on the previous treks) will agree that this trek was by far more challenging and adventurous and terrain was not easy. As in any event there will always be some scope for improvement and I would like all of you to spend some time and pen your thoughts.
A special thanks to Capt. Subbu, you lived up to your title.
Risk Advisory Services
Ernst & Young Pvt. Ltd.
TPL House, No. 3 Cenotaph Road, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamilnadu 600018, India.
Great people do great things… it's about my first OBT. Yes i have draw together the words to express my gratitude for our team heads who made the week end a wonderful time.
No reason to bid a smile to others but we have a lots of reasons to thank this organisers. Few of them are here…
The Captain Subbu from the fulcrum created the ground warm and sometimes heat. The guidance and the experience he shared with us in deferent segments will help us in the days ahead. I wondered on looking towards the power we reached when we are being as a team and works out. He extracts the talents from every one and the magic he made us proud to be in our admin family.
The team we are the real TEAM… I AM PROUD OF BEING IN TO THAT.
It was really a memorable trip for all of us.
We had a great time during our stay at Talakona especially the walk to water fall and the trek next day morning. We not only enjoyed the trip but learnt some very good things which we can carry forward with us for rest of life. We are really lucky to get a friend like you from whom we can look to learn many things.
The food too was amazing.
I am attaching couple of photos. But many other wonderful moments are captured in my mind
Thanks & Regards,
Mahi & team
1. Collared dove 2. Great horned owl 3. Ashy prinia
4. Shikra 5. Small blue kingfisher 6. Coucal
7. Red-whiskered bulbul 8. White-breasted Kingfisher 9. Hawk cuckoo
Readable Version Of The Above "Outlook Traveller" Article - August 2008
BIRDING IN CHENNAI
Vaishna Roy finds bird magic in the heart of metropolitan Chennai
When I train my glasses on the tree about room ahead, at first I can only see branches. Then one of the branches slowly resolves itself into a shape. And I take in my breath sharply. It’s a phenomenal sight. The great horned owl, sitting there like an ancient god, about two feet high, surveying the land within a majestic head that surmounts what looks like a lion’s mane. I could watch it for hours; it’s magical, like something that apparated out of Hogwarts.
Just as magical is the fact that I am in the heart of metropolitan Chennai. The reserve forest of Nanmangalam where I am standing is a stone’s throw from nasty, dusty Velacheri. In fact, my car is parked on the main road and we just walked into the woodland that lines the road here and stretches across to Tambaram. This dipping, rising stretch of wooded hills and valleys, filled with birds and other small wildlife, is one of the last bits of green still standing, and it’s gut-wrenching to wonder how long it will be before the insidiously expanding city eats this up too.
As we stand atop one of the hillocks, we spot Indian robins and bulbuls, palm swifts and koels and drongos in profusion, and a glimpse of the great owl as it takes off for another perch in the forest spread out ahead of us; while away to the right, the white urban sprawl with its boxes and chimneys crouches menacingly on the edge of the green.
From one such white concrete box I have emerged, much earlier than normal for me, four mornings this last month to discover the joys of birdwatching in Chennai. Well, to be honest, I am one of the lucky few who sees white-breasted kingfishers, purple sunbirds, even hoopoes in my garden, and I wake up this time of the year to the piercing call of the glossy black koel who nests in the mango tree in my backyard. But I am greedy for more, so I collar Capt. Subbu and we head first to the Guindy National Park, one of the World-wide to be located in the middle of a city. What a find! In the first few minutes, we spot rufous treepies, magpie robins, red-vented bulbuls, kites, tailor-birds and parakeets; and the abandoned polo ground inside is awash with yellow and red-wattled lapwings with their distinctive ‘Did you do it?’ cries. With shouts of surprise we greet the sight of dozens of endangered star turtles walking ponderously about the field, while a brown hare darts away, a mongoose looks up surprised, and deer, naturally, are all over.
Next visit is Nanmangalam, whose highlight for me is the fabulous owl, of course, but also a clear sight of the majestic coucal (or crow pheasant), the black-shouldered kite, and the shikra, a type of hawk. We also spot the ashy prinia, spotted dove and common iora, thanks to Capt. Subbu and his extraordinary eyesight.
The Pallikaranai Marsh is liable to make you a bit miserable. What used to be 100 sq km of birds’ paradise has been systematically reduced by development and dumping to a measly 10 sq km today, with mountains of rubbish still looming over the rest. What’s left of the marshes you see from the mephitic roadside, which means it’s not exactly a delightful walk but you get up to such a wealth of birdlife that anything seems worth it.
Stylish black-winged stilts, plump purple moorhens, darters, herons and egrets abound. You have to be careful to avoid occasional sightings of the Naked Rumped Human but aside from that it’s pure pleasure. We head for another stretch and there’s a pristine white pelican meditating on the gleaming water, surrounded by a host of dabchicks swimming and fishing busily.
There’s a solitary flamingo, waiting regally for a careless fish, while a few dramatic black-headed ibis float by. Then we get lucky – a pair of the rare glossy ibis lands right in front while the pheasant-tailed jacana, in exotic breeding plumage, saunters in the background.
The Adayar estuary, seen from the broken bridge a the far end of Elliot’s Beach, used to once teem with water birds but habitation has put paid to that, and of course, it’s the wrong season. It still makes a charming vantage point though, with land birds galore. I see my first green bee-eaters and Loten’s sunbirds in dozens but I’ll treasure most the spectacular sight of a veritable flock of coppersmith barbets, resplendent in red, green and yellow, landing on a bush just a stretch away.
I have always traveled far – Bharatpur, Ranganathittu, Vedanthangal – for the pleasure of birding. And now I discover this booty in my backyard so to speak. I’ve decided I should reward myself with a fine pair of binocs.
Best Time: 5am-8am, September – March.
Carry: Water, binocs, favourite field guide, snacks.
Avoid: Big groups, small children, cellphones, strong perfumes, tetchy co-walkers, going alone.
Contact: Birder and MNS member Capt. K.R.Subramoniam undertakes guided tours (9841575740, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dear Captain Sir,
First of all I thank you for sending the book "Romancing de Life, Live Smart - Live a Royal Life" through Mr. Satish. Some of the main quotes touch my heart that I am mentioning below:
- Communication without subject is blindness - subject without communication is dumbness
- A leader has to be in the front to pull the people, at the rear to push the people and in the middle to give shoulder to the people
- More and more faceted activities make a person more shining and worth living
- Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success
- The common man never learns from any of his experiences; the normal man learns from his own experiences; but the smart man learns from others' experiences
- The effectiveness of an individual multiplies when he delegates the power
- 'I's and 'D's
- The only way to predict your future is to create it
- You have to be clean and you have to be seen clean
- Good habits
- A person can be a visionary only if he focuses his attention on others' welfare
- Be a path finder and not a fault finder.
- A true friend is a friend and is beyond any classification
- Most of the achievers have achieved because they converted their passion into profession
- Extend genuine help to genuine people
- Perseverance pays and you have to be tough physically and mentally to achieve anything in life
- Tomorrow will come every day, but today comes only today. So finish off this day's work by today itself
- Try to identify your weakness and turn them to your advantage to make them your strengths.
- Never come in to over-smart work as it may damage your image and reputation
- Fill in the gap before you fall in to action
- Great work starts with a humble beginning.
- A small steps in mind - a Giant leap in life
All the best.
Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L & T)
I enjoyed reading your book in Connemara Library. It was very inspiring and intellectually rewarding. I have recommended your book to my classmates and friends.
I have written few articles in The Hindu newspaper. Please find the link below. Please do give your valuable feedback
I have a few questions/doubts ?
1. why people join armed forces when there are other NON RISKY, GOOD MONEY MAKING career options ?
Because in a fraction of second anything can happen in military operations.So what drives people to join armed forces.Is it love to serve the motherland? Dont they have FEAR OF DEATH ?
Recently I saw flash news at the bottom of a news channel - Army convoy in Kashmir valley attacked by terrorist and 2 soldiers were killed fighting the terrorists. For others it may be a small statistic but it is an irreparable loss to the soldier's family.My heart bleeds on hearing such news. 2. How to overcome FEAR of anything? and especially FEAR OF DEATH? could you please give some tips strategies ?
3. How some people are able to do heroic deeds.without bothering about their own life, they take risk and choose to protect others.They very well know they may lose their life in operation?like fighting terrorists. What is their state of mind?how is it possible?is it Army training ?
4. How to survive in a tough situation without giving up?In armed forces people learn to survive in toughest situations,thats what I heard.How to survive ? Could you please give some tips/strategies used in Armed forces which makes people survive in tough situations without giving up.
I understand you will be a busy person.But I would be grateful if you could take some time off and clear my doubts and say a few inspiring words.
Thanks & Regards,
Capt. Subbu's Reply...
Dear Mr. Karthik,
Greetings from Capt. Subbu!!!
My sincere thanks for your feedback on my book and it's really a motivation for me...
Gone through your mail and noted the clarifications that you have asked for about Army mindset and will be glad if you could call me sometime late in the evening over phone and my mobile number is 98415 75740...
Happy reading and have a nice day...
Dear Captain sir,
Hi sir, Hope you are happy there. I just finished reading your book "Romancing de Life". Not just reading, I learnt a lot sir. initially, when I heard the title of your book I imagined a lot because of the word romance. Actually, I am fond of books falling under romance genre. And self development books.
I started reading just like that. But your start with the explanation of ROMANCING PERIOD pulled me in. And then I continued to read the book with full involvement. Many of your lines and topics reflected my life and my nature like looking myself as a hero after watching a film, like your friend who have good memory power but not utilizing it properly.But in my case, Instead of a friend like you, my dad is doing the job of encouraging.
All your headers are awesome, especially some headers like ACHIEVERS, POWER AND APPLICATION OF MIND, THE HOUSEWIFE ATTITUDE, THE CHICK AND EGG STORY, MONGOOSE STYLE, NATURE LOVER, HELP OTHERS TO HELP YOU, SELF APPRAISAL and more....
Proud to feel that I am not living under IF AT ALL category. But I have a syndrome to be liberated from..my mind used to tell that u should not do that. But at some cases, I wont listen to that HAVE TO WORK ON THAT. Apart from these I think I have some more work to do in developing the personal skills.
I never heard that the personal skills includes these many things. The main thing that attracted me a lot towards this book is the way you narrated the topics with your simple real life experiences. Hats off sir. I m really impressed to ur real life situations as a captain, employee and more as a nature lover.
After reading your book, I am feeling a light falling on my dark dream of writing a novel. your words on how you started, progressed and finished the book, still beating at heart. Hope for a novel soon...but it may be a kind of fiction one. And I wish you to write your real life experiences as a book that u explained here as examples sir.
"THE ONLY WAY TO PREDICT YOUR FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT"
Overall you have done great job captain. It is a GEM for me. you deserve it sir.
I forget to tell you that am missing your "Slingshot Enhancement Programme" sir. And I would like to hear invites from you. If you proceed any activities like trekking, bird watching and nature activities, WHEREVER and WHENEVER....
Dear Ashok (Capt. Subbu)
I have received the book Romancing de Life. Thank you very much. Again I have started reading. From my reading i could understand the efforts put in by you for writing this book. A good attempt and I wish to appreicate you for your diversified venture. I am also very happy and feel proud of you for your way of thinking and the way of doing things differently. I wish you all the best, thank you,
Dr. B. Nagalingam Pillai,
Director, Faculty & HR Development,
K N S K, College of Engineering
Therekalputhoor, K.K.Dist - 629 901.
Dear Capt. Subbu,
Thanks a lot for sending me a copy of your book. I have been reading it and find it enlightening. Thanks a lot,
S. Theodore Baskaran
Retired Post Master General,
26, Asha Township,
Bangalore - 560 077
Hats off to your book Captain!
I started reading your book long time after I bought the book and then I felt that I missed all those days of not reading your book. When I started reading the book I thought of reading one topic a day but I read many on my first day itself as the book is very impressive and it tempted even a non-reader like me to read more topics on my first day itself. All your given topics and examples are attached to everyone’s life and in some way or other I also came across in my day to day life. Even if I forget the topics after sometimes, all your good examples stay in my mind stable.
Special thanks to you Captain as I have cultivated the habit of reading books starting with your book. No one can get an opportunity of clarifying the doubts in person with the author all the times, which I do with you. Happy to be your reader! This book will be a great success and my best wishes to you to write many more books like this!!!
Dear Capt. Subbu,
This book reminds me of none other than Ayn Rand, Jeffrey Archer, Arthur Hailey, P G Wodehouse, Sidney Sheldon, Edgar Allen Poe ( the Poet ) Wilbur Smith, and so many authors from the ester years. The narration especially takes a beautiful stride towards LIVING EACH MOMENT happily. In fact it took me nearly 8 months to complete the BOOK and I guess it is something FANTABULOUS
Capt. Manian Krish