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About Hari Baskaran
Hari is a Business Leader, Mentor and Executive Coach with a long track record of achievement. He has groomed and developed high performance teams and mentored team members who now hold responsible positions in several leading companies.
Hari is an avid cyclist and trekker and is interested in photography, philosophy and travel. He enjoys participating in long distance cycling events and dedicated his last 250 km ride at the Desert 500 event, in Rajasthan, to care and rehabilitation of disadvantaged children affected by cancer. His books cover thrilling experiences of his travels across the globe; a moving account of his family all of whom are victims of cancer and a ring- side view of a path breaking outsourcing project.
Hari is an alumnus of the Indian Institute Of Management, Bangalore, India and the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai, India. He was the Executive Director in Xerox India and the Executive Vice President in HCL Infosystems Ltd. Prior to his retirement.
Hari studied at St. Mary’s Anglo Indian High School, Chennai and lived the formative years of his youth in Royapuram.
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Hari Baskaran’s book, Celebrating Active Ageing, will benefit all people approaching retirement and those well past it. It advocates a lifestyle that enables health and vitality way into the seventies and eighties. The book is inspirational and encourages readers to draw up their own unique active ageing agenda with a deliberate and purposeful approach to life.
Celebrating active ageing embraces a holistic approach to life, all aspects of which—such as physical activity, diet and nutrition, and spiritual and social engagement—are covered in a compelling and appealing way.
The narrative is light and free-flowing with emphasis on real-life experiences and developing and maintaining a sense of joy.
“Excellent read with very interesting anecdotes and experiences. I enjoyed reading it.
This book will transform lives.”
—Shiny Surendran, Sports Nutritionist, Chennai
For those who like to cock a snook at Anglo Indians, consider this: Their military prowess resulted in the formation of legendary military units in the pre-independence era that are active in the Indian army even today. Examples include Skinner’s Horse, founded by Lt. Col. James Skinner, and the Shekhawati Brigade, formed by Col. Henry Forster.
Air Chief Marshal Denis La Fontaine, Admiral Ronald Pereira, Lt. General Reginald Noronha, the Keelor brothers, Eric Stracey, Ruskin Bond, Melville de Mello, Olympian Leslie Claudius, Wilson Jones, Frank Anthony and Derek O’Brien are some among many Anglo-Indians who are household names in India.
Why then has the community been subjected to so much prejudice?
These Bloomin’ Anglos is a succinct, balanced view of the community and a must-read for Anglo-Indians, including those settled abroad.
“This book would be most welcome and gratefully received by the surviving members of our community and would do us great honour. I have had great difficulty explaining to my wife, who is Welsh, and children who I actually am! We have had very little knowledge of our roots and reading your book was quite insightful.” ― Dr. Julian Adie
“Well-written and quite gripping in its own way, I think the essence of the book is its narration and literary style. The life and times of the Anglo-Indian community are well depicted and brings out the goodness in them – a sort of innocence.” ― Arun Balakrishnan
The book covers what makes for good programme management and successful outsourcing of service operations through in- depth studies of thirteen of the early adopters of this programme. Each story provides rich material for use as case studies in training programmes and is also very good instructional material for those involved with customer services and outsource programme management.
The book covers some of the issues that led to less than acceptable results from the companys perspective and how these could have been avoided.
This book is based on my reflections on those breath taking experiences that I had captured in my personal blog Up Up And Away.
I had also taken a whole bunch of photos on each of these visits and stored the same on Flickr and also an external hard disk. My Flickr account is http://www.flickr.com/photos/charmwood.
The experiences covered mind boggling events such as flying in a World War1 vintage Tiger Moth , listening to the renowned Opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa , riding on snow mobiles in Finnish Lapland, witnessing an FI race at Monza , partaking of the exquisite dishes prepared by Phillipe Rochat, besides visiting the temples of Angkur Wat, to mention just a few .
This book does not cover all of the overseas visits I had made in the unforgettable decade. There were many more visits covering Rome, Barcelona and Marbella in Spain, Stuttgart & Dusseldorf in Germany and more. I have just picked some of the outstanding experiences for this book and plan to write about the other equally thrilling experiences in the next book.
My wife accompanied me for most of these visits and that made these experiences that much more happy and memorable. The accounts of these visits include many additions, which she reminded me of and which I had inadvertently over looked. She also performed the unenviable task of proof reading and correcting the original script.
All these experiences would not have been possible without the grace of God . While writing these recollections, I have constantly felt the deepest gratitude and thanks to the Almighty.