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BLOG | Why Shillong corporates working in Delhi fail to start a venture in Pine City?

BLOGS | June 30, 2018: 

By Aiborlang Andrew Chyne

I have always asked myself this question for years even before starting my career in the Corporate world. As I started my career at an entry level in one of India’s renowned MNCs -HCL – BPO Division in 2009, I began to realize the actual picture of Corporate world.

Life in the corporate world is always glamorous, from the kind of office space you are in, to the facilities provided at work. It is a different feeling altogether and I’m sure it would take another 100 years or more for Shillong to have such an office infrastructure for enterprises or business organizations.

For a typical person like me, working in a fully AC-ventilated office is a luxury because work for me is just about getting myself preoccupied in the most useful manner and the idea of an office-infrastructure was never on my mind.

However, some of us failed to start a self-employed venture or small business because of some of the following reasons:-

  1. Being away from home, we would prefer to work in established MNCs where salaries are credited before 30th of every month, mostly in the IT and BPO sector.
  1. We still have a very narrow concept of work. We often feel that our job is just about going to the office, do our job and come back home.
  1. We often have this blind faith that if we have a tag of major brands like TCS, Infosys, HCL or IBM in our resumes, we would easily get a job back in Shillong. In other words, having a blind faith in brand names.
  1. Very few of our parents are aware of corporate institutions. At times, we often misguide them by the kind of positions we hold in the organization.

No doubt, one needs to appreciate oneself for being selected to be a part of the Corporate workforce of Delhi NCR irrespective of the industry or brands one works for, but we need to realise that it is the people that constitute a brand name and a brand-name does not exist by itself.

Despite the common financial problems that one faces, one needs to understand that a white-collar job in an MNC is the first step of ruining one’s own career. As per my experience, established MNCs have too much hierarchy and let’s not forget the bureaucracy or red-tapism in such organisations and I just wonder how people survive in such environment. I can only pray that they learn something new about their work in which I found it highly doubtful.

One can learn a lot when one works in a startup or take new initiatives in an organization. As per my experience working in startups, the main drawback is that salaries are always credited 7 or 10 days late. There are no provident funds or health insurance and forget about the leave policy, one just can’t think of it.

The scope of learning and development is huge in startups because you are being encouraged to experiment new concepts, be it in marketing or product development for different domains. At times, you would be required to work more than regular working hours, I still remember in one of my startup careers, I was asked to send a report on Christmas Day, 25th of December because I was taking care of a pilot project which was still at its nascent stage, back in the year 2014. I do feel sad doing an office work on Christmas but can’t help it when situation demands.

In startups, there is no hierarchy or red-tapism and employee engagement is at the highest because startup founders and co-founders don’t have the luxury of resources available and manpower is always scarce.

Shillong Corporates of Delhi needs to be encouraged to work for startups because it is the only option to be able to start their own venture in their hometown and to survive or else we would be like dead leaves that gets carried away wherever the wind blows.

And last but not the least, never use contacts or lobbies to start your career because it is nothing less than taking a short cut to success.

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(The writer is a Business Development Consultant from Shillong)

Will Rev Thomas Jones’ literary gift to the Khasis end with mere writings sans recognition?

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie | Shillong, June 22, 2018:

REMEMBERING REV THOMAS JONES – ARGUABLY THE FATHER OF KHASI ALPHABETS 

Hundred and seventy seven years ago, one of the major tribes of Meghalaya – the Khasis were without a written script, without a lingual identity and without a literary history. However, all of that changed with the arrival of Reverend Thomas Jones, also popularly known as the Founding Father of Khasi alphabets and literature.

Shillong’s Clinton Massar is impacting lives, one picture at a time!

Interviewed by SHWETA RAJ KANWAR | June 18, 2018

In an age where social media rules a major portion of urban life and where fake news and rumours travel faster than light, some people are trying, in their individual capacities to make the world aware of the sufferings in their surroundings using this very tool combined with their talent and passion to make humans more empathetic towards one another. This is the story of a photographer from Shillong who is using his photography skills to tell stories to the world through a unique concept known as ‘Social Change Photography’.

CLINTON MASSAR

A social worker by profession, Clinton Massar completed his Masters in social work from Dibrugarh University, Assam and is a freelance photographer with training in basic photography. This has helped him to take up projects and explore more from this field while working with organizations on various kinds of research projects. He does a lot of solo travels and feels strongly about issues related with women, children and youth. Currently leading the AIESEC (International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences) – Shillong chapter in the state of Meghalaya, he loves travelling and meeting new people and is mostly involved in ‘social change photography’ which is a new concept that brings in the element of ‘photography for social change’ whereby social issues are addressed through photography – like advocating for women’s’ rights, child rights, etc. It is not a very lucrative sector and does not really come in with a hefty income but it’s a passion through which he has been able to make a positive impact- however small or big, in various spheres of life.

“When I was in Mumbai and I was working with the survivors of human trafficking and although I could not take the pictures of these survivors, I came up with an idea where I did a workshop with them and taught them basic photography which prompted them to go around and create their own stories. After this exercise, I sat together with them and tried to understand and analyze why a particular picture was so important to them. I also taught them about picture editing while keeping their originality intact in all of the pictures”, he says while speaking to this writer.

“It was more like a therapeutic session for them where they were given an opportunity to express their views and through their pictures. When you sit with them you travel with them on their journey and are able to share their stories and become part of their experiences”, he adds while speaking at a Women’s Day event in association with North East Network based in Meghalaya.

Throwing more light on his recent projects, he says, “I did a recent project in Guwahati where I worked with an organization called Snehalaya wherein I took pictures of the children who were abandoned or who reside in orphanages. Those pictures were later sent to Germany and were displayed in an exhibition in a sort of ‘Fund-Raising Gala’ event. The money that came in through those pictures were used for fulfilling the basic needs of these children.

I have also worked in Motphran in Shillong with the women of Iewduh market whereby I interviewed them and asked them about their problems.

Hence documenting the problems through pictures bring out a lot of hidden stories that speak to some people and by using this as medium, actions can be taken for their well being. It might not sound very huge but this is my passion and I continue to do it”, Clinton says with a determined grin on his face.

But this passion also comes with a lot of hurdles as he goes on to say, “There are several drawbacks because as it is, ‘social change photography’ is a new concept and it will take time to pick up pace. But we must not undermine the power of storytelling through photography which is more engrossing for the audience and helps to bring out the reality in an effective manner”.

Several things happen around us but all we tend to do is ignore them. Convincing people about the effectiveness of this kind of photography has been a difficult job. But again it is nice to know that organizations like Northeast Network (NEN) and others understand the work I am doing and I am really looking forward to engaging myself and my skills in many such kinds of collaborative works which will have long term repercussions and may also bring about a change in terms of framing policies for the ignored sections of society.

Clinton has collaborated with a number of organizations like Faith Foundation, North East Network (NEN), Kshamata (Mumbai) and with its volunteers in Goa, Medha in Lucknow, Child Aid Network from Germany and Snehalaya in Assam among many others.

Talking about future plans, Clinton rues that although finance becomes a big problem in the kind of work he is pursuing, he wants to continue with what he has been doing while bringing in more young people into the threshold of photography that aims at highlighting social issues.

“I truly believe that if more young people come and become part of this domain, a positive societal change will truly take place. I would love to develop projects on issues like women empowerment, children’s welfare, achieving sustainable development goals and related issues. Using research in photography, collaboration between various social networks, with schools and colleges working under this domain is what I aspire to undertake in future”, he adds.

As an advice to upcoming photographers intending to use their skills in bringing about a social change, Clinton has a word of caution for them- “This is not a commercial line at all, despite the fact that photography can be a really very lucrative activity, ‘social change photography’ requires breaking certain norms, coming out of one’s zone and involving oneself in somebody else’s journey to bring out their story in an effective manner. The most important thing about this is passion- touching lives through photography is a really special thing to me, being the voice for the voiceless is what I aspire to do and I would certainly encourage more young and passionate photographers to use their talents for the service of humanity.”

The links to some of his works can be found here: Clinton Clicks


The writer can be reached at shwetarajkanwar@gmail.com and shweta@thenortheasttoday.com

Meghalaya Police to face virtual challenge head-on; to use social media as weapon against rumour mongering

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie | Shillong, June 14, 2018:

With social media continuing to become a cause of concern for the enforcing agencies, considering the number of cases being blown out of proportion across the state, due to irresponsible usage of the internet, the Meghalaya Police is coming up with a strategy to tackle this problem in the virtual world.

Leading by example, IAS officer Arunkumar Kembhavi comes up with solution to beat Shillong traffic

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie

Shillong, May 31, 2018: 

First stops – West Jaintia Hills and West Khasi Hills; Next stop – Shillong!

While some orate their way to popularity, few others by exhibiting their talents, lesser known individuals tread the steps of recognition, and manage to find appreciation in the hearts of the people by doing what they do best – Being Humble.

Leading by example, this IAS officer from Karnataka has earned quite a name for himself in Meghalaya and is widely known in the districts where he had served as — The ‘People’s Deputy Commissioner’.

BJP MLA’s statement on ‘Hanuman being world’s 1st tribal leader’ shocks tribal-dominated Northeast

Shillong News Desk | Shillong, May 26, 2018: 

And everyone thought that claims made by the Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb on India, being the place of origin of the internet, millions of years ago, was an epic statement of all times! But hear this — another BJP MLA from Rajasthan has said that the Hindu god Hanuman was the world’s first tribal leader.

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