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Quote of the day
“I waited for 30 years to realise my dream” said Rachel Shetty, Team Manager of the U19 Women’s cricket team which won the first ever U19 World Cup in January, 2023. What was her dream ? of wearing the India team’s blue jersey. She dreamt of it as a 23 year old and had to wait for 30 years to see it coming true – not as a player but as a manager and coach. In the interim, Rachel donned many hats of a wife, mother, corporate honcho, motivational speaker, Professor of Sports Management and Lions club leader travelling across the world. All along, her dream, her desire was kept alive AND she was working towards the same in different ways !
This was one of the key messages from the dynamic, effervescent and articulate Rachel on the eve of #IWD2023, celebrated by the Bangalore chapter of ICSI, where many women (including me) with 20+ years in the profession of company secretary were felicitated. It is worth recalling her talk on this occasion, as she narrated her personal experience interacting with the U19 girls who are predominantly from the hinterland of India.
Archana Devi didn’t have money to travel by bus. Her mother (who wears a gunghat) is her biggest strength. She faced the village community’s barbs that she sold her daughter to someone in Kanpur, until they all saw the girl play in the winning U19 cricket team. She persisted that her daughter must win her place in the team and wear the blue jersey.
Falak Naz is from a family that lives in a 250 sq.ft house and has fought the odds to break out of her community’s restrictions to play. So have her parents who have a meagre income. Rachel has taken it upon herself to mentor the girls and support them in every possible way. She ensured Falak gets her space to do her namaz and learn basics of English to converse. She even helped her and the other teens in the team prepare their invoices. This she says has bonded them better.
Najla, a Keralite teen in the team has a father working as a coolie and a home maker mother. They had mortgaged their property to send Najla for training. So when the player received Rs. 23 lac as part of the Rs. 5crore award amount announced to the team by BCCI, she was quite lost. Never had she seen such a money in her life nor dreamt of. I guess she couldn’t have imagined the number of zeroes in front of ‘23’. Confused, she approached Rachel innocently with a ‘what-do-I-do-with-this-money-face’. Rachel advised her to give Rs. 10 lac to her parents to get the property papers released from the loan sharks and keep the balance in a fixed deposit, lest ‘relative-vultures’ snoop in on her for the money. Rachel feels such small but timely and significant support greatly satiating.
Narrating few more such instances from her close interactions with the 16 year olds, Rachel admitted that cricketing journey has taught her humility, with stories of innocent girls imprinted in her mind. It is from their lives that we can learn a lot – a life of dreams, hard work, resilience, grit, sacrifice and success.
Urging all of us to do some service for atleast 1 hour a day, she shared her experience of teaching English to the girls free of cost apart from being the team manager. The anecdotes of their struggle to ask for simple things like omelette or juice in restaurants and international flights (because of language issue) were amusing but it brought out the importance of communication and being able to articulate what one wants. And of course her own ways of empowering them as part of the grooming.
Rachel’s message to the women –
Remove the veil of age. Learn from youngsters.
Don’t give up on dreams. Keep working at them until they materialise.
Develop good communication skills.
Exhibit good team spirit.
Resolve conflicts internally and externally at home and work place.
Come out of the comfort zone, ‘raise your hand’ (meaning volunteer, take the initiative) if you want to take up something.
Communicate what you want clearly – to your spouse, parents so that they help you realise your dreams. You don’t get unless you ask.
Do one small thing a day without monetary expectation – Service with a smile. This creates a bond.
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Adjudication Orders under Companies Act, 2013
The Registrars of Companies across the country have been exercising their powers as Adjudicating Authorities to issue Orders adjudging penalties under the Companies Act, 2013.
Our team has compiled and summarised the Adjudication Orders for the period January- March 2023 as available on the MCA portal. While many Orders have been passed against suo moto applications, corporates may note that ROCs are issuing notices for seemingly small violations like lapses in letterhead, not mentioning CIN or website, DIN, not affixing the name board at the registered office.
Click here to read the summary of the ROC Orders.