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This is with reference to the article, entitled “Brave Men In Blue” by Rashna Ardesher in the Sept.-Oct. 2002 issue of CHANGE.
I gift you a photo of a Horse-Drawn Fire Engine. The sight of a beautiful pair of horses drawing a bright red fire engine, manned by men wearing a blue uniform with brass studs, enthralled the young painter William Cooper. In 1947, the artist transferred his memory on to canvas and presented the painting to the then Municipal Commissioner, who felt that the painting could be placed appropriately at a fire station, and presented it to the central fire station.
The last Horse-Drawn Fire Engine was commissioned in the year 1925. Well, this is the year I was born, and thank God else I would have had to ride “horses” to fight the fire!
Acts of Honesty
It is noteworthy that even in difficult times, blue-collared employees are honest. They do not believe in momentary materialistic gains. The fear of God is instilled in them, which prevents them from doing a wrong. Such instances also show their feelings for their co-employees.
We thank you for sending us a copy of the Sept.-Oct. 2002 issue of CHANGE.
The lead article “Change for Renewal” is very articulate and focussed while discussing about “Management of Change in Godrej”. I fully agree with the view that our chalta hai, chalne do attitude and our belief in karma that all is ordained, and our lack of work culture have irretrievably damaged our present. It is this mindset which poses the greatest challenge for organisations going for change.
The coverage on Bank of Baroda’s effort on “Women’s Empowerment” is very illustrative and factual. The feedback of few staff members and entrepreneurs regarding their experience with Bank of Baroda adds credence to the coverage. Please accept our sincere thanks for acknowledging our Bank’s efforts towards “Women’s Empowerment”.
Overall, the issue was very informative and gave a very good reading.