Challenges of Working Together


How Personality Similarities / Differences affect relationship – AT WORK or OUTSIDE?

In continuation to the previous case study…

What IF – A highly skilled but disorganized Doctor has to work with a very organized assistant / Nurse?

Dr. Scalpe is a renowned surgeon with over 20 years of practice. His skills are amazing and is globally known for his surgical abilities. He is also well known as a developer of newer techniques.

And he is always assisted by Nurse Perfect.

Before any surgery Nurse Perfect ensures that all the paperwork is complete, all the SOPs are double checked in the prep for the Operation Theatre. The instruments are well ordered and laid out. The Anaesthetist is reminded and case papers sent to all in the team. If Consultant doctors are required they are always pre notified to be on call. Radiologists, Path labs, Hospital admin are all in synchronicity when Nurse Perfect is in control of the Operation Theatre.PreOp is always clockwork with Nurse Perfect around.

She is so thoroughly proactive and planful that every small detail is always thought out proactively by her and her team of OT nurses.

Many of Dr. Scalpe’s peers credit Nurse Perfect for his reputation and success.

Dr. Scalpe, on the other hand, is purely focussed on his medical skills. He is oblivious to all the support that Nurse Perfect gives him.

Dr. Scalpe repeatedly scatters papers, is very cluttered and very spontaneous and moody…

Not only is he personally disorganized, he creates ambiguity and surprises by the minute.

Creating disharmony and constant pressure on Nurse Perfect.

She is always on tenterhook to manage these “mood based tantrums” of Dr. Scalpe!

Nurse Perfect always tries to discipline Dr. Scalpe and has only been unsuccessful.

And the more she tries the more he rebels!

She is at her wits end and is constantly wondering if there is ANY way to remedy this situation?


What are the tugs and pulls likely if a highly skilled but disorganized Doctor has to work with a very organized assistant / Nurse?

Please share any such similar experiences you may have come across.

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Challenges of Working Together!

How Personality Similarities / Differences affect relationship – AT WORK or OUTSIDE?


CASE STUDY 1: Dr. Orderly and Ms. Jenny

(Organised v/s less or disorganized)

Dr. Orderly is an Oncologist who loves to keep everything in order. His work desk is absolutely spick and span.

When a patient visits him, he expects a folder to be presented to him with the filing done perfectly.

His usual routine is to read the notes, pull out the pencil from his pocket (which is placed 2nd in order next to the Cross Gold pen) with a flair, circle the details of the patient and write down his comments next to the report data.

He has a structure to his conversation with the patient and at the end of the meeting, he has a specific place to write down the advice, referrals, tests and also likes to fix the next appointment.

Dr. O takes great pride in sharing that he has personally designed the format of the document (SOAP notes) for his OPD patients.

He is so meticulous and orderly that he immediately knows when Asst. Jenny (his skilled but somewhat tardy assistant) has touched his table. Either his paperweight has been moved, or the angle of the mouse or keyboard that he uses has been disturbed!

Asst Jenny is very experienced and learned. She has a wonderful temperament, which soothes and calms patients visiting Dr. O. Her first contact with the patient almost is magical and many patients look forward to the visit to Dr. O to be able to see Asst Jenny.

Unfortunately, Asst Jenny and Dr. Orderly have a standard daily spat! Dr.Orderly will want the Folders to be kept ready for him in a particular manner, with papers filed perfectly as desired by him and every day there is something amiss!

Sometimes the Paper has not been aligned when the filing was done (misaligned punch holes) to papers not stapled etc etc.. to more serious themes – wrong papers in the wrong file!!

Dr. Orderly yesterday was completely upset because one of the pages of the blood tests was missing from a patient’s file. It was subsequently found in the next patient’s folder!

Is there any way to remedy this situation? Should Dr. Orderly tolerate Asst Jenny?

Can he change her?


What are the tugs and pulls likely if a highly Organised doctor has to work with a disorganized assistant/nurse???

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In conversation with Dr. Sandeep Patwardhan, Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon!

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In our pursuit to assist the youth to make the Right Academic/Career Choices, we have interviewed several successful individuals from various professions.

We have Dr. Sandeep Patwardhan, Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon, well known across India and all over the world for his work especially with children.

For Dr. Patwardhan, helping children get better, the constant drive to innovate, learn different things and hard work has contributed to his success.

How did Dr. Patwardhan decide to pursue medicine? What were his motivators and passion? What determined his journey into medicine and what role did destiny/coincidence and mentors play?

Below are snippets of his interview… An insightful guidance for students who are at crossroads trying to select the right career, and also for parents, especially in India…

AND we recommend that you also hear the full recording click on the link below…

Dr. Patwardhan has been passionately working in the field of Pediatric Orthopedics for the past 18 years. Pediatric Orthopedics is quite a young profession and a specialty in itself.   Dr. Patwardhan is one of the first Pediatric Orthopedic surgeons from Pune!

CB5: So what is Orthopedics all about? What does a normal day for a Pediatric orthopedic look like?

Dr. Patwardhan: The word Orthopedics is derived from “Ortho” meaning crooked and “Pedia’ meaning child. So we deal with children less than 16 years of age – Pediatric Orthopedics deal with children’s fractures, paralytic conditions, spastic kids, cerebral palsy becomes a big part of our treatment repertoire, tumors, deformities and growth related issues. So if you have crooked limbs, I can straighten them for you, short limbs, I can make them longer, we can make a limb shorter, birth defect reconstruction like a dislocated hip, an absent thumb, missing bone, so we can reconstruct it and give better functioning, better life.”

‘Pediatric’ Orthopedics is fascinating because in the first 16 years of life you are evolving and changing with time. Once you are an adult, your structure and form are fixed: If it’s broken you fix it if it’s damaged you replace it. That is what it is. It is mechanical.

My interest was more biological, Pediatric Orthopedics offers us the thrill of using our brains in addition to our hands, coming to a diagnosis, making a decision, what dose to give, following them up and watching them evolve is a satisfaction. So kids whom I fixed when they were 2 years old and now they are 22 and completely functioning alright is a different level of satisfaction.

Another interesting point to note is that in India we have a population of 1.25 Billion and almost 400 million are kids. And there are only about 70-80 dedicated pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the country. So all this is 85% of workload and then we have been training the next generation by conferences, seminars.

However Orthopedics is not a glamorous career, it is lowest paid of all orthopedics, it is not high flown but there are volumes. We can do more good for more people, it is just a matter of perspective, in making a career decision.

CB5: Why and how did you select Orthopedics? What made you select Orthopedics?

Dr. Patwardhan: I grew up in a studious environment, my father was a scientist and mother was a teacher. What you wanted to do had nothing to do if you didn’t have the marks. And at that time, it was always hierarchical, the top guys went to medicine, the second top engineering, and so forth. And secondly the era we grew up in there was nothing like Chatur Knowledge Networking, we did not have many informed options available.

I just got the marks, engineering admission happened before medical, I took admission for engineering, I attended college for a month, but then the medical list was out, I got into medicine as it was clearly top in the hierarchy.

I did not have any kind of passion or early inclination for medicine. No informed decision, it just happened, where I am today is a fluke. It naturally occurred to you and you evolved in that direction subconsciously.

I believe birds of a feather flock together, so I guess you migrate towards a specialty that suits your personality.

“Personality plays an important role, I cannot imagine myself as a Gynecologist, there are certain personality traits required even in medical professions and people gravitate towards their personality is what I have observed.”

Personality decides if you will opt for surgical branches or the medical branches. If you want to think and be an intellectual kind, go for Physician side, people who want to be hands on go towards a surgical side.

So I wanted to go for general surgery, but then I got an opportunity to work in the Orthopedics department, and I found a completely new world. This was more result oriented, less morbid, lesser emergencies more physically oriented as compared to general surgery. It suited the personality again. Ortho was an upcoming branch and it was a specialty in itself.

My philosophy of life has been that, if you keep on consistently working in a particular way, generally good things happen, there is no reason for bad things to happen.

What appeals to your talent – you gravitate towards it, youngsters should identify what excites them and what skills they have and accordingly choose a career! If you have the quirk to innovate, modify things, come up with new things, newer ideas and continuously want to keep evolving you will enter a subject which is more biological and skillful, then you will publish more you will write more, teach more!


CB5: What makes a person successful?

Dr. Patwardhan: Is this the constant drive to innovate. I always want to make any surgery affordable, quick and early recovery. So every time one needs to think how can I make it faster, cheaper and more efficient!

You need to challenge the science, what if I do it the other way, then a new technique evolves, then you have enough work on it, then you write a paper and that becomes the new science.

So now I have publications that are changing the way people are looking at things and that is one parameter of success for me and it’s no more monetary.

As you grow older you are not really working for money, your results and the ability to become the game changer for that field in your immediate vicinity is what drives one every day. At the end, if I could teach 5 more students, if I could help 5 more crippled kids become alright that is the success for me.

“Unless you have the willingness or passion for helping others you shouldn’t get into medicine.  Service to humanity is the big chunk.”

You need to deal with all kinds of people, you have to play with some, joke with some, pinch some, scold some, be arrogant with some. And always remember that they have come to you because they have a problem and there is nobody else who can solve it for them. It can give you confidence it can give you arrogance too but then it’s a fine line. So if you think that this translates into this much money then you are in a wrong profession.

This profession is for service, the money will come and it will always be greater than what you need.

CB5: Any notable/significant achievements?

  1. Mukul Madhav Foundation, we are doing free surgery for spastic kids in Satara, Ratnagiri district and we have identified over 700 children with spasticity.
  2. Under Saraswati Foundation we conduct programs, train students and teach how to treat fractures,
  3. Teaching PG students how to examine, treat and make decisions
  4. Travel to places where expertise is not available and provide services.

I guess that is success enough for me.


CB5: To reach here you must have made many Sacrifices. Would you like to share some?

Dr. Patwardhan: Time is the biggest sacrifice! Personal, Family time and time to socialize is lacking.

Health suffers at times.

“If you want to do so many things you need to be physically and mentally fit.”

CB5: Any advice you would like to give all our readers?

Dr. Patwardhan: One should not take life too seriously, we plan too much, take too much advice, analyze too much. Things happen and they happen in the right direction, depending on your personality, your interest, your environment and how you guide yourself through it.

The journey is the fun, not the end point. If you look at medicine and say I want to become MS Ortho and that’s the end of it, you are going to be unhappy. Once a doctor always a doctor, you cannot do anything much with your life later. There are only a handful of people who have changed tracks after Medicine.

Know yourself first, and CB5 would help people to know themselves better and you then need to believe in it.

You should have supreme self-confidence! I always had it. Everyone during my 10th said he is going to fail but I got 99%. I never knew I had it until it was pointed out, so be confident in whatever you do. Insight is the key, you need to realize that you can do it, once you get that nothing can stop you from succeeding.

We thank Dr. Patwardhan for sharing his experiences and wisdom.


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Interview with Dr. Pradnya Dhokrikar- Small Animal Veterinarian


In our pursuit to assist the youth to make the Right Academic/Career Choices, we have interviewed several successful individuals.

This interview is with renowned Veterinarian, Dr. Pradnya.

She is a highly qualified subject matter expert who is on a continuous learning journey, consulted by many in her profession in India and abroad.

For Dr. Pradnya, love and passion for animal well-being, empathy for pets and their owners, communication skills and dedication have been the contributory success factors.

Reading her interview will be insightful, motivating and will give direction to people who have love and passion for working with animals.

Read on to find what she has to share about her profession and Veterinary practice.

CB5: Dr. Pradnya Please share some detail about your current professional activities. What do you do?

Dr. Pradnya: I am a small animal veterinarian  – I treat cats, dogs, birds, and turtles. I have been practicing in Pune since 1995. My clinic – “PETS CLINIC” offers a complete range of veterinary services including physical examination, vaccination, diagnosis and treatment, spay/neutering, dental care, surgical care, blood work and preventive medicine.

CB5: What is the degree that one needs to practice as a veterinarian? How did you decide on this line for your formal education? What made you select this line of study?

Dr. Pradnya: My basic degree is Bachelors of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc); thereafter I did Masters in Veterinary Medicine (M.V.Sc) in Mumbai and then another Masters in the US – MS Small Animal Surgery.

As a school going girl (1970-80) I had many options to decide like Theater, TV (was a new opening in 1970’s in India), studying law. But I took our pet Pomeranian dog – Bosky to a veterinarian in Mumbai – Dr. Doshi and then I decided I would be a Veterinarian. The Vet’s way of handling my dog and other patients, his client interaction – all impressed me as a 10th-12th std girl and helped me to choose my career.

CB5: How did you begin your profession?

Dr. Pradnya: Soon after I completed my M.V.Sc, I started working. First I did house visits, but I soon realized the need of having a clinic, where the patients can be treated in-house and “ PETS CLINIC” was set up in 1990.

CB5: What do you enjoy most about your job as a Veterinarian?

Dr. Pradnya: The most rewarding/enjoyable part of my profession is to treat and help animals on a daily basis,The chance to promote health of the pets, the joy of resolving a dystocia (difficult labor) and holding the newly born puppy/kitten in your hands, a very sick animal who walks with a wagging tail. The happiness is endless!

Also to relieve the pet of its suffering that has experienced terminal or chronic illnesses is not enjoyable but satisfying that as a vet, I could help them cross the rainbow bridge in the least painful way.

CB5: In your opinion what are your success factors? What elements about your personality help in this success?

Dr. Pradnya: Success factors:

a) Communication skills- very important. Through talking, listening to owners, observing the body language of owners

b) Scientific knowledge- The training and skills achieved during rigorous learning years. Knowledge of anatomy, diseases and behavior patterns.

c) Empathy/ Compassion- Towards both – animals and their owners. To be able to put animals and their owners at ease during their visit.

d) Dedication and passion for animals

e) Being available and

f) Quick decision making


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CB5: What are the significant achievements in your present career that you would like our readers to know?

Dr. Pradnya: 27 years ago I started a very basic clinic, where I would treat and vaccinate animals. Now we have a full-fledged clinic with facilities for advanced care and referrals. New graduates are interested in learning/practicing at my clinic. Few students have also started their own practice after working with me or have gone abroad to work or practice.

Academically, I was awarded the Rotary International Scholarship to pursue Masters Degree in Small Animal Surgery in the US and last year an Externship in Ophthalmology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Israel.

CB5: What were some of the sacrifices you had to make to reach the level of success that you have achieved?

Dr. Pradnya: Long years of Study –  almost 7-8 years.

It hurts/ pains when I have to euthanize an animal/pet

One has to be on call – No private life

Physically and mentally demanding. Sometimes emotionally too.

CB5: Would you have any advice for the younger generation, especially someone who is at crossroads trying to select an education path, say someone between ages 14-21 years?

Dr. Pradnya: Those who want to be Veterinarians- think, think and think….

You have to love and have a passion for animals. This is not a getaway if you don’t get into medical school.

If you are here to make money, you are greatly mistaken. You are in the wrong profession! Expect to earn 15%-25% less of what human doctors make. Expect to work long hours, not get lunch, stay late after work. You have to witness a lot of sad (very sad) and depressing cases. Have to deal with owner’s who are unhappy/stressed out.

Being a Veterinarian is not glamorous. It is often very depressing, heart-wrenching job.

CB5: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?

Dr. Pradnya: I love my job. I have passion for animal well-being and I honestly cannot see myself doing anything else as a career

CB5: Thank You for the wonderful interview. We are sure that your words of experience will help our young readers and parents gain better insight about Veterinary Doctor as a Profession.

CB5: That was Dr. Pradnya Dhokrikar- Small Animal Veterinarian, giving us deep insights on her experiences in choosing and rising in the profession.

Hope this gives our readers a new perspective about Veterinary Doctor as a Profession

Until our next Blog on another interesting profession…

Thank You



Interview with Pratap Jadhav- Interior Designer, National President, Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID).


In our pursuit to assist the youth to make the Right Academic/Career Choices, we have interviewed several successful individuals from various professions.

The second in the series is Mr. Pratap Jadhav, Interior Designer, National President, Institute of Indian Interior Designers.

For Pratap, the fun and thrill he gets out of design and creativity, his communication skills, fair practices, compassion and dedication have been the contributory success factors.

Read on to find what he has to share about his Illustrious Career…

CB5: Mr. Jadhav… As an Interior Designer, you are in a very interesting and creative profession which actually impacts everyone… Can you please share with us some detail about your profession? What do Interior Design specialists like you do?

Pratap Jadhav: I am an interior designer by profession and we have been now working for last 27 years in Interior design consultancy. We have largely been doing residential, high-end residential, corporate offices and commercial projects. It has been a wide spectrum, but we have a very selective clientele. Because of our approach of not overdoing and keeping it simple. We try and limit the number of projects we do at a time, because we aim for the best for our client and every project that we do.

Parallel to this, I am also heading the professional body as the National President of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) in India. So a lot of effort and contribution has been done from our end for the profession of Interior design in India.

CB5: How did you decide on the field of Interior Design for your formal education? What made you study Interior Design??

Pratap Jadhav: We have it in the family, my father was an architect, so we obviously had some creativity in our blood. But the reason I did not opt for architecture was that I wanted to run away from five years of education , I was always fascinated by the interior spaces. One  actually deals with client psychology on day to day basis, understand each and every person in their family, or people working in the offices and understand human behavior, human psychology, culture. Interiors felt so intriguing at that time, rather than doing architecture because it would go on for years and interior projects would get faster outcomes. I was being a little rebellious then. I was actually planning to go for advertising but then destiny was to make me an interior designer.

CB5: Very Interesting! And Where did you study ID? What were/are your motivators? Who are your icons?

Pratap Jadhav: I studied in Marathwada Mitra Mandal, it was the first batch of the School of Interior Design, blessed with a wonderful faculty like Hemant Khire and R.M Kulkarni. They are still my gurus, and they groomed us so well that we don’t call ourselves as accomplished designers even now, as every day we learn something, we understand something new. This field is still very new and young so to say, it’s still growing and you have to keep your eyes, ears, all senses open to be able to absorb and understand this.

My father, was a big ideal for me, highly creative person, the projects that he has done I feel are still contemporary. His work, his principles on which he laid his foundation, his practice throughout his life, the respect that he garnered from the family, from the clients, from the entire fraternity, from the public at large was something which has made my being into this field little easier, as the ideal was at home itself. I could see his success and I could see the satisfaction on his face, he was never bogged by anything else and he was always a focussed individual throughout his life. He was also a leader, he headed Nasik’s IIA center, so even some of the leadership qualities in me are inherent. He was “THE” reason I got into all this. I try and follow his principles, an absolutely non-corrupt man, fair and very sincere to his work – I think I learned that from him. So my father was my biggest motivator. Apart from him, in practice, I adore the work of Charles Correa, Ramesh Edwankar along with Chandrashekhar Kanetkar. I tried to learn a lot from them. These have been an inspiration and because of whom the whole design process or the design ability or the design understanding grew.




CB5: Wow…when you have such a set of mentors how can you escape success? And what do you enjoy most about your work as an Interior Designer?

Pratap Jadhav: Nobody can copy you, nobody can replicate what you have done. It’s not possible, even if I open the book and I try to replicate something, it’s not going to work, so that’s the thrill. The first day of my college we were told to draw a line and one single line also cannot be repeated even by ourselves. So that uniqueness and fun that one gets out of that creativity was something which excites me.

CB5: In your opinion what has made you successful? What are your success factors? AND What elements about your personality help in this success?

Pratap Jadhav: I can come across people, I can speak well, I have been very sincere, fair like my father, my principles have been laid and I can’t compromise them. Being able to communicate effectively is one of my biggest assets and again thanks to my father who made me participate in debates and competitions, elocution competitions from my childhood. So that gave me a stage here and got opportunities. My ability to be able to do public speaking has given me a lot of openings and opportunities in life and plus the principles I have, the philosophy that I follow and something which supports all this to make me a better leader.

CB5: What are the significant achievements in your present career that you would like our readers to know?

Pratap Jadhav: A happy family, secondly we have done really good work which I enjoy myself, I don’t know how much of it is appreciated but otherwise we have niche clients, we don’t do lot of projects at a time, our work has been published, as a leader I have been appreciated for my work throughout India and across Asia Pacific. Additionally,  on 7th July I will be awarded as a Prime Leader by CNBC TV and Chamber of Commerce of Dubai. So these are highs in life, but  I believe the highs or satisfaction that I get through every project that I complete, that’s where I feel we have achieved, because we put in a lot of effort and energy in getting a project done. Though I feel because of my IIID, some part of it has been left out, research could have happened more, we could have done better sites than what we are doing, but still, at the end of the day, we get the results. So we are enjoying the process, that’s where the gain is that’s where the appreciation that has come from across India, across Asia Pacific board of designers. It gives us a good feeling that we work, we are approached, we are appreciated. The work is happening, the sites are coming up well, we are evolving every day we are doing better work every day.

CB5: What were some of the sacrifices you had to make to reach the level of success that you have achieved?

Pratap Jadhav: Huge – the only sacrifice I feel is my time to my family which is largely reduced because of my commitment to IIID. I have traveled extensively in the last 2.5 years, hardly get time to be with my family, and my daughters, but nevertheless, I feel that there is some gain. They will look at me as an ideal and follow it in their lives. But still, I feel at times I could have given more time to them.

Even in office a lot of my absence is been felt. I haven’t been giving a lot of time, but because of the wonderful staff that I have and the quality of delegating things to people which helped me in IIID leadership is also helping me here. I just do the work of my core competence that is design. I don’t do anything else, my staff is the one working day in and day out. My man Friday Ankush Ghare is my life line at work along with my design staff.

CB5: So focussed hard work appears to be an important mantra! Would you have any advice for the younger generation, especially someone who is at crossroads trying to select an education path, say someone between ages 14-21 years?

Pratap Jadhav: Work hard, gain as much knowledge as you can and then be proactive. Keep doing work, don’t look at the time. It pays ultimately. Be fair in your practices. I see a lot of younger generation getting into wrong practices or trying to establish their practices in wrong ways. I strongly believe if you work hard, if you are fair throughout your practice, it might take a decade or a half but at the end of the day what comes to you is the satisfaction and also recognition, money follows.

Read more. Reading is something which the younger generation is not doing right now. Huge amount of reading is required to have a holistic approach towards design. We have to understand humanities, culture, religion, to be able to be a good designer!

Become Self Aware. I have been blessed, there were some extremes in my personality which were pointedly identified in the CB5 and it has helped me gain confidence and leadership that was accepted at IIID and now I have been asked to repeat the tenure and it’s all because of that one thing that was pointed out and it has helped me a lot. It has given me a wonderful insight. I have recommended so many of my friends to do CB5 and benefit from the counseling, because I myself strongly believe that CB5 has given me the mirror that I could stand in front of and understand myself so well.  I feel CB5 is a very scientific way of knowing yourself. So I must thank Ms.Chatura Damle and CB5 for the same.

CB5: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?

Pratap Jadhav: I would rather talk of two things – Design and Leadership.  We were always driven by trying to achieve timeless design solutions, so even though our office space is almost 10 years old, it looks like it has been done yesterday and 10 years down the line it will still look like it has been done yesterday. So this is what we try to achieve, trying to be minimalistic. I know this is a little difficult and heavy term for me to use at this age. Even though I am 52 right now, trying to be minimal, trying to eliminate things that are not essential in space and trying to make it better, user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. I strongly believe that SPACES INFLUENCE YOU, YOUR LIFE so that is the reason we have come out with the mission of “Taking design to the masses” at IIID, for last few years. There is a notion that design is only for the elite, which is not so. Every individual in this country or in this world deserves a lifestyle and we have not let design reach those classes which are on edge. That is what we are driven towards now. We had a design yatra which was 26000 km’s, taking design to the masses, we had 12 episodes on NDTV Good times repeated thrice, we tried to reach to the masses to make them understand what design is. We conducted 450 programs across India and 45 projects have been undertaken by IIID. Because we do something as a design, it stands as an ideal, people do understand how design can influence their life and how it changes. The chaos that we see around in the society right now can largely be reduced if we have a nicely designed society. So that’s our mission, that’s where we head towards, that’s where I would like to work.

Education is another field that we have worked in. 31 colleges are affiliated with IIID. We are trying to enhance the quality of education in Interior design in India. We have formed the Council of Interior Design Education. We are trying to get licensing to practice Interior Design in India.

CB5: Thank You for the wonderful and detailed interview. We are sure that your experiences will help our young readers and parents gain from your experiences.

CB5: That was Mr. Pratap Jadhav, President of IIID giving us deep insights on his experiences in choosing and rising in the profession. Hope this gives our readers a new perspective about Interior Design…

Until our next Blog on another interesting profession…

Thank You



From Veterinary Medicine to Acting, Television to Movie Direction & ScreenPlay: The Nitish Bharadwaj Story


In our pursuit to assist the youth to make the Right Academic/Career Choices, we have interviewed several successful individuals.

The first in this series is our interview with the famous Dr. Nitish Bharadwaj, Actor, Director and Screenwriter.

For Dr. Bharadwaj, passion for cinema, hunger for knowledge, persistent hard work and constant search for originality while being different, are the contributory success factors.

Read on to find what he has to share on his CAREER movement…


CB5: Please share some detail about your current professional activities. What do you do?

NB: After having tasted flavors of various walks of life in India & abroad, I am now completely focused on my film career, mainly as a director & screenwriter.

CB5: Your formal education and your professional career have different tracks…How did you decide on the line for the formal education? What made you select this line of study?

NB: My love for horses & tigers made me choose Veterinary Medicine for formal education. Moreover, I was hell bent on not becoming a ‘human doctor’, which was considered the 1st choice in any middle-class household. So, in a way, I rebelled to choose Vet Medicine.

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CB5: When and How did you get into your current area of work? What were/are your motivators? What made you change your career path as defined by your formal education?

NB: I was trained in children’s theater and was taught all the aspects of theater, esp. writing, art direction, make-up, lights, music and lastly acting. It remained my hobby all through my formal education. I kept on acting or directing on stage. My only motivation for the stage was the challenge it offered in every new play. However, I was also tremendously attracted to Cinema for its magic of storytelling, the art, costumes, music but mostly its unlimited scope to go beyond one stage. This aspect of theater always restricted my creativity. Cinema allowed me to break rules, form newer boundaries… there was no limit on my creativity.

As a person, I need newer horizons to conquer in life & theater shows as well as cinema gave me that fodder. There was no end to my dreaming, no restrictions at all. So, when I felt stagnated as an asstt. Vet at Mumbai Racecourse, the natural shift for me was theater & films. I made that as my career.

CB5: What do you enjoy most about your current profession?

NB: Ability to create, which I believe is God’s own ability. To weave a story from a seed of an idea & to dream for months to write a screenplay. Then the toil of making it for celluloid where I am involved in every department of cinema. It offers me an opportunity to research in diverse fields other than films, such as history, art, literature, architecture, music, costumes, fashion, metallurgy, trade, human behavior & psychology. I learn something new every day and with every new subject. This keeps the fire in my belly alive; the fire to reach new destinations, fire to excel & outperform my past work. I can not ever stagnate in life. That would finish my zeal of life.


CB5: In your opinion what are your success factors? What elements about your personality help in this success?

NB: My success factors ?- Passion for cinema, hunger for knowledge, focus on hard work, ability to immerse in something that I believe in, constant search for originality & to be different than the crowd.

Success? It is a relative term. I just enjoy the journey. In my heart, I am a child who wants to explore new horizons, set my own goals & achieve them.

CB5: What are the significant achievements in your present career that you would like our readers to know?

NB: My portrayal of Lord Krishnā in Mahābharat, Parshuram in Vishnu Puran, a Gandharva in a Malayalam film ‘Njan Gandharvan’ & my directorial debut film in Marathi titled ‘Pitruroon’. I must move on to bigger & seemingly more difficult subjects for my next films as a director.

CB5: What were some of the sacrifices you had to make to reach the level of success that you have achieved?

NB: Sacrifices? Not really. God has been extremely kind to me; so were my supportive parents. But the ups & downs of professional as well as personal life taught me a great deal & have made me a person mature enough to take on the mantle of a film director. LIFE IS THE BEST SCHOOL!

CB5: Would you have any advice for the younger generation, especially someone who is at crossroads trying to select an education path, say someone between ages 14-21 years?

NB: I think I have something to tell the parents, and it applies to me too. Keep the children away from the false virtual world for as long as possible and expose them to various things like books, art, sports, music, drama, dance, literature, food … from the age of 4 till 14, so that they realize where their passion lies. They must be soaked in these options to begin with. It is now almost proved that modern tools of communication are making anti-social robots & slaves out of our children. Practice restraint & teach restraint to your children. Gadgets should be made available to kids when they absolutely need them. Bring your kids closer to nature & not iPad screens. Nature humbles you, teaches mutual respect. Don’t buy your children’s love with gifts. The best gift a parent can give his/her child is ‘quality time’. If a parent achieves this, the child will automatically choose its education &/or career path wisely.

One can sustain a lifetime only in a field which is closest to one’s heart. And mind you, money has never brought happiness, peace & a sense of fulfillment to anyone in life. Demonstrate this to your child & your job is done.

I know it sounds easy but is difficult…. Peer pressure etc. etc. … but then, it isn’t impossible anyway!

CB5: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?

NB: ‘The Manual of the Warrior of light’ by Paulo Coelho

‘The art of man-making’ by Swami Chinmayanand Ji and of course…

The ‘Bhagvad Geeta’ by Lord Krishnā.

If possible, the Yoga & meditation, to be learnt from a qualified Guru.




Unconventional Careers


We are all posed the following question at some point of time in our lives – “What are your plans ahead?”

A few years ago the answers would have been, Engineer, Doctor, Lawyer, Software developer etc. However, today we hear some out of the box and interesting answers like Growth hacker, Video jockey, Shoe Designer, Chef etc. Career preferences have changed drastically over time. People are pursuing something they are passionate about, accept new challenges and are also willing to take risks associated with a varied career.

Today there are an infinite number of unconventional career options available. These careers have their own advantages and disadvantages. Unlike conventional careers, they give us a sense of uniqueness, change, being different, spontaneous and fun. Also still there is much less competition as compared to the conventional courses. The disadvantage is that any unconventional career carries with it a sense of insecurity, temporariness and more based on the whims of the role holder. It requires a lot of patience, hard work, and courage to keep moving forward. People in the unconventional career need to find their own way in a world that encourages the conventional, tried and tested ways. Conventional careers like Engineer, Doctor etc bring with it a sense of security and a higher chance of finding jobs, provided one has gone through the grind of a rigorous co-curricular and extracurricular discipline. Conventional careers also have high competition and the stress that goes with it.

Students need to make a SWOT Analysis before making a Career decision. It is important to consider one’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Knowing one’s abilities, personality, interests, passions, hobbies and an awareness of these hobbies can be transformed into careers is important. It is useful to ask oneself the following questions:

  1. Do I have the requisite knowledge and skills for a particular career?
  2. Do I have a supportive and encouraging family?
  3. Do I know someone in a similar career and how can they be of any help to me?
  4. Do I have the right personality for a particular career?

Sometimes an offbeat career may take longer to settle down and make a living. Having patience, perseverance, willingness to work hard and a supportive family is helpful in the pursuit of an unconventional career choice.

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Who should make the Career decisions?


Choosing a career is an important decision students and parents need to make. We have all heard people say ‘follow your dreams’ but what if parents are the ones preventing you from following your dreams?

This is the story of Rohit Das (name changed). We studied together in junior college and later he got into Engineering, as his father wanted him to be a Mechanical Engineer. Although he was never interested in pursuing Engineering, being the ideal, responsible son he never confronted his father about his dislike for the subject. First year into college, a few backlogs in the first semester, few more in the second one resulted in an overall Year Down. Next year same scenario – few backlogs but somehow managed to pass the First year of Engineering. Second Year into Mechanical Engineering and history repeated – one more Year Down. You can imagine the kind of pressure he must have been through. He had completely lost confidence and had started considering himself worthless.

However, during these 4 years, he had been actively doing a lot of Volunteer work, hosting and managing a lot of different events. Something which he really enjoyed and that made him happy. But his father disapproved of all these and sometimes even house arrested him. However, he did not say anything to anyone. By this time all his batchmates had already completed graduation and some had started doing their masters or got into jobs. He felt left out.

Four years into all this, and then one day the built up frustration and pressure just blew off steam. He got into an argument with his parents and gave up engineering. His parents did not understand and were not at all supportive. In fact they turned a blind eye to his failure in Engineering college. They made a deal with him that he had to prove to them that doing Business was where his passion was. To validate his belief he took an Aptitude, Interest and Personality Test. And within two months he was in the UK pursuing Bachelors in Business with Entrepreneurship. Today when he compares himself to his peers he can’t stop thinking that all of them have completed their Masters, have started earning and moved on in life and he is still in the First year of graduation!

Let us sit back and analyze this situation. The parents own an auto motor company and therefore wanted their son to be an Engineer. By enrolling him in an education that Rohit disliked, they wasted a lot of money over fees (we all know how high the Engineering college fees are), leading to a lot of stress and mental pressure for everyone, loss of self-confidence and the list goes on. Alternatively, if his parents had communicated with him in the beginning, listened to what their son wanted instead of forcing their decision, things would have been different. Potentially, today they would have an open channel of communication and shared a healthier parent-child relationship.

So how can parents and children have a healthy relationship is the question. Parents need to sit down and have an open conversation with their children right from the early days, they should willingly listen to their child’s thoughts and ideas. Communicating through discussions and consultation will lead to better outcomes than forcing one’s opinions and lecturing kids. Parents also need to be observant about their child’s likes and dislikes, interests, talents, strengths, weaknesses etc right from early childhood. Having an open channel of communication, a safe and supportive environment will encourage the teen to share the stresses that he/she might be undergoing, thus encouraging dialogue and possible solutions.

So, should parents select a career for their child or should children themselves decide what they want to pursue?

Every parent dreams of a successful career which offers stability, job security and economic independence for their offspring. Parents want their children to follow them or select something similar to what they have done or wanted to do.

In India, Engineering, Medicine, and Civil services are careers which are considered to be secure and prestigious by most parents. However, times are changing, Engineering/ Medicine no longer seem to be the chosen careers offering high paying jobs. It is difficult to get into government services with the growing competition. Newer career options are emerging with changing technology.

In such a scenario, it is important that parents facilitate the process of career selection by equipping their child with the requisite knowledge and skills, being self-confident and trusting that he/she will take the right decisions. When parents make all the decisions for their children, they send a signal that “you are no good” and children develop lower self-confidence and self-esteem. As a result, children may not be happy with what they are doing resulting in underperformance which might in turn restrict them to excel in their personal and professional life. Over time this can lead to depression and may lead to some students to committing suicide. Parents should support their children and give them direction but not force them to pursue something their children are not interested in. In turn, the children should communicate openly with their parents understanding that it is concern for their well-being that drives parents to be protective and autocratic.

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Master of Oneself, Captain of the Mission


Great goals are achieved when there’s a focused effort while taking into account all the possible variables. They say great changes come from within. Have you ever wondered what makes something great? It is the quality of person, thing, place or experience that adds positively and heightens all that comes in contact with it. For instance, a great personality adds to not just their own life but to the community as well.

“Great things are achieved with the first step”, is a well-known quote. The secret lies in the fact that it is not just the commencement but the continued efforts and step-by-step execution to stay on track.

How do we bring greatness to our everyday life? One of the possible answers is the word ‘motivation’. If we can discover a person’s source of motivation, we can understand a great deal about them. Motivation is the source of inspiration; a source of constant energy to achieve goals. The quality of this motivation- whether it is a strong one or not, will decide the success of the tasks one undertakes. It is often motivation alone that sets a ‘leader’ apart from the rest. The self-starter spirit, the open-mindedness to new ideas and the ability to put in the required effort to set up and achieve a goal are all linked very closely to a person’s motivation levels.

The fact of life or situations is that problems do arise. No matter how many safeguards one has, hurdles come up as there are a hundred different variables that make our lives come together. For example, the relationship between colleagues could be ineffective due to miscommunication and misunderstanding; or the task taken up by a team may take longer to complete than they anticipated. Motivation helps to remind us that when there are problems, it is important to keep going on ahead. The spirit to keep one’s eyes on the prize and spread the cheer amongst the people is the force to keep living for.

This spirit can be drawn from a number of places. One of those can be by pursuing a hobby or a sport. As clichéd as it may sound, spending quality time doing something one truly loves helps develop a healthy mind and body. Going for a long bike-ride, swimming, traveling, reading or pursuing music, all bring to us a different flavour to our everyday lives, engaging the mind in activities to activate it. An outgoing, people-oriented person could indulge in playing team sport; a person who is detail-oriented could dabble in studying entomology- the possibilities are endless and just by trying something new, it re-kindles the thirst for knowledge and a sense of achievement that boots the self-esteem.Family, friends and our social circles keep us refreshed and active. Even simple conversations can boost up our mood. Learning about someone else’s experiences motivates us to do follow through on our own, making it important to have social interactions – be it social media or in real life. All the different aspects of life bring together a complex and well-rounded personality.

Family, friends and our social circles keep us refreshed and active. Even simple conversations can boost up our mood. Learning about someone else’s experiences motivates us to do follow through on our own, making it important to have social interactions – be it social media or in real life. All the different aspects of life bring together a complex and well-rounded personality.

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Squad Goals: The tricky territory of assembling the perfect team.


They say that the essence of a good work environment is a team that works well together. As a Manager it is very important that all the cogs in the system are compatible with each other and work swiftly and efficiently as a whole. But all these team members need to get along or at least be able to work together in order for the organization to benefit from them.

The job of the manager or the recruiter, then, becomes one akin to that of a chef. They can make sure that all the ingredients are present in the perfect proportions to make it a recipe for success.

The key ingredient to add to this recipe, however, is “personality”. Different personalities are like assets to any organization. They bring in their own unique perspectives on any matter and it is through the dialogue of these varied perspectives that new ideas emerge.

But we need to make sure that the personalities are well-balanced to make a good team. This isn’t always easy. If there are too many headstrong people, the discussion phase of a project never ends. If there are too many introverts, the team doesn’t communicate properly. If there are more people who cannot keep to deadlines, there is no scope for the project to succeed.

What managers need is a mix of people who contribute individually to make their team a success. But how does one assemble this team of Avengers without the help of the SHIELD? How can one make sure that the Tony Stark and Captain America don’t spend most of the mission fighting over the color of the curtains?

Personality tests help immensely for this. It is very important to know your employee inside out in order to put them in a team they’d thrive in. And while companies often do background checks and aptitude tests, personality assessment is a lesser known but far more effective tool to make sure that the team building is flawless.

A person who likes taking up new challenges and is open to new experiences is more likely to do better under a leader who will let their employees be. A conscientious, routine-loving fellow in a team of creative heads makes sure that the deadlines are followed. Of course, it takes some amount of practice to get this mix right but the results are worth it.

It is an art that is easy to master provided there is science in the form of assessment tests to back it up. So it’s all about knowing your employees! CB5 helps in getting the right team in place.

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