Book ‘Reflections..On living, loving and Working’ launched at Great Lakes Chennai


Chennai, 19 February 2019: Dr Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Chairman & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai along with Mr. Shailendra Tipparaju, Serial entrepreneur, Founder – Colosseum Group today announced the launch of their book – ‘Reflections .. on Living, Loving and Working’ at Great Lakes Campus located in Manamai, ECR.

Published by Fondessan, Book ‘Reflections’ is an adaption of life experiences by Dr Bala and Mr Shailu who come from humble backgrounds but grew to move mountains by uncorking the bottle of self-belief and toasting it with intent & fortitude. This book, through the lens of the authors, will empower the readers to look inwards, as it more of a mirror than a journal.

The book launch also saw an interesting talk on ‘7 Steps to Build Intelligent Enterprise’ by Mr. Surendra Tipparaju, Principal AI Architect in Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Domain, Microsoft. The talk presented a step by step approach to build an intelligent enterprise based on evidence & learning derived from working with various enterprises across the world at various stages of readiness to adopt AI.

Foreword by Dr Bala:

When an eighty something year old and a forty something year old put their minds together, time stops and magic is created. Among many of the delightful and futuristic thoughts we were able to incubate, we also hit upon the idea of a book. This book is not your edge-of-the seat thriller or a run of the mill entertainer. In the following pages, you will find, thoughts, ideas, moods, emotions, suggestions – if you will. The book is to be read a few pages/thoughts at a time, somewhat like the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series (although ours is way more colourful and contains far less narrative!). Assimilate the contents of those few pages and ruminate. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised at the universal applicability of the ‘ism’s that appear in the following pages. Furthermore, depending on your frame of mind, you will find different perspectives and interpretations too. There is something for everyone. You will be able to identify with much of the material in the book. Its beauty lies in being able to take you back in time to cull out so many memories to which you will surely be able to relate parts of the book! Prepare to be transported back in time to relive the experiences of your childhood, arguments with friends, precious moments with loved ones, duels with rivals, exhilarating wins, crippling losses – any memory that your beautiful mind has stored away in the hope that one day, some meaning may be derived from that specific experience. Wisdom and absurdity, experience and naïveté, brain and brawn, emotional maturity and youthful exuberance, values and attitudes – are all beautifully juxtaposed in a stimulating panorama of colour and text presenting a veritable feast for the eyes and ears. After all, we did promise you magic! We are different; we make the difference and here in the pages of this very book, we deliver to you, the difference! I sincerely hope you enjoy reading the book every bit as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

About the authors:

Bala V Balachandran – J.L. Kellogg Distinguished Professor (Emeritus in Service) of Accounting & Information Management, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, Founder, Dean & Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management, India

A teacher by qualification but an academic entrepreneur by choice, Bala Balachandran is one of the best known names in the Indian and American Management Education landscape. His teaching days began as early as 1960 while as a student at Annamalai University, India from where he moved to Carnegie Mellon, Dayton and finally to Kellogg at Northwestern University in the USA where he served as Distinguished Professor for almost 35 years till his retirement in 2008. Prof. Bala has been a key player in revamping the Management education landscape in India since the early nineties. He part of the team that recruited the first set of faculty members for IIM Bangalore in the late 60’s. . The Government of India conferred on him, the ‘Padmashri’ in 2001, in recognition of his contribution towards higher education in India.

Shailendra Tipparaju, FounderColosseum Group:

Shailu is a serial entrepreneur who has built several successful businesses over the past two decades. As a patriot, artist, technologist, educator and a mentor – Shailu’s mission is to showcase the heritage, culture and power of India to the world, and in the process, be a mode of Global Citizen. He believes in enriching people’s lives in creating opportunities for them to shine. Through his thought, word and deed, Shailu has helped many practice the art of success through self-belief.