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A bDoyenb in Banking

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Mr.Seetharaman, Acting General manager of Doha Bank, is one who has gone a long way to achieve, desired results, which has resulted in rewards and awards in the recent past.

Focusing on SMART ideas i.e., S-pecific, M-easurable, A-chievable realistic, and T-ime bound ideas, we are witnessing Transformational Banking systems, erasing the old transactional systems of virtual contact to actual contact, and the processes are endless.
Mr.Seetharaman, Acting General manager of Doha Bank, is one who has gone a long way to achieve, desired results, which has resulted in rewards and awards in the recent past. The Banker, the international banking magazine based in London, bestowed on Doha Bank,b The Best Bank in Qatar for 2004bfor a second consecutive year. Doha bank is one of the nine banks in the world, which has successfully been awarded the BS7799 security certification for banks, for various operations.

Finding his roots from the State of Chennai (TamilNadu) in India, the district of Thanjovoor, provided the educational platform to complete school and University, specializing in the field of commerce and graduating as a gold medalist. Seeking to expand his knowledge he ventured to study Chartered accounting (CA) and was able to complete the course from the city of opportunities-Mumbai. His career path was mapped by joining a global accounting firm in Mumbai, which later provided the opportunity to take up a foreign assignment in the United Kingdom-London, then to work with The Bank Muscat in Oman, and for the past 2 1/2 years establishing himself, with Doha Bank in Qatar.
During college days he was associated with theater and Drama at the time when Shivaji Ganeshan the epitome of Tamil cinema was reining the silver screen. Seethraman has to his credit a few stage shows which are based on mythological characters which were staged by the Sooryakanti Theaters, during the year 1977. Building on family values, and respect to culture and tradition, Mr. Seetha Raman, cultivated a holistic approach to map his lifebs progress. This treasured component of values, tradition, and culture is credited to his parents who provided adequate support thus inculcating these essential elements, in his lifebs journey.
Walking the fast lane, we see Mr. Raman as one who has adjusted his physical clock and compass, thus able to put into perspective quick response, and direction. Possessing the characteristics of an Arian born on the 4th of April, loves the color blue, with immaculate dressing habits, with a choice of right combinations in selecting Shirts and Suites thus bringing in a homogeneous match of shades, ideal to wear for the occasion. The Italian designs, of Carreuti are one of his favorites, but prefers Indian Designer makes. Choosing his own wear, enables him to present that required distinguished look, with the bow ties and vivid colored pocket handkerchiefs. To maintain a sound mind and body, the choice to be a vegetarian has provided for his mental abundance and health.

On topics like Qatar schools and communities Mr. Seethamram maintained a more restraint attitude than the enthusiastic passion he has with bBankingb. Opportunities are available world over in telecommunication, and Information Technology, for every one. The Indian community remains the most preferred man power in every segment, be it skilled or unskilled. Though the job security in the gulf is not guaranteed, there are many avenues and options available. Contrary to the widely held perceptions, Indians are hard working and have real potential in maintaining standards. There are areas where we have limitations, for instance, skill in communications and refinement in our organizing capacity, comments Seetharaman. Viewing the education system, in Qatar Mr. Raman recommends, providing a competitive and ever progressing process systems, which would put the Schools into good stead with parents and produce the desired results. This line of reasoning of Mr.Raman helps to explain recent initiatives from, some prominent schools from India. Keeping in stride with the social issues, Seetharaman, who had been the chief guest in an anti smoking campaign and received the first copy of the newsletter from the minister, affirmed that Doha Bank would give the anti-smoking movement due importance.
Seetharaman, in his capacity as Acting General Manager used the process of empowerment to extend services to corporate, retail areas of banking, treasury, investment, project and corporate finance advisory services, brokerage, IPO and wealth management. Focusing on more productivity and modernizations, Mr. Raman saysb We understand our customers and have customer driven products and services, like home loans, Auto loans, and childrenbs savings clubb. We have tailored made products suited to their need and we communicate and deliver the goods to their satisfaction. Being the pioneers in SMS banking, the bank offers to settle bills and invoices through SMS. Taking pride in the achievements, he mentions bWe offer credit card free for life, which has real value, added to it. Contrary to modernizations, my strength was the feasibility of acquiring the knowledge of accountingb. Doha Bank is the largest private sector bank in Qatar, with over 50,000 customers serviced through a network of 16 branches 4 pay offices and 63 ATM facilities, which is the only bank in Qatar who has marked its presence in USA with its New York operations. In his address to the public, Doha Bank Chairman Mr. Salah Mohamed al-Jaidah credits the success to teambuilding, as mentioned bI compliment my Acting General Manager R Seetharaman and his team, who have successfully been able to re-engineer the variety of products to benefit the customers constantly, and there is more in the offingb. Interestingly, such vast choice of modernizations does not make task any easier. bI.T. infrastructure must be highly dependable and robust to run the business and maximize profitabilityb.b said Mr. R.Seetharaman.
Let success roll onb&b&b&..

Satish Menon_A Profile of FilmMaker

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Bhavum, Satishbs first full-fledged South Indian feature film subscribed to an in-depth theme that was a viable fit in a post-globalization Urban India. The film captures the struggle between the conscious and unconscious mind of a young couple whose happiness is stretched when their love, lifestyle, and fidelity are challenged with the arrival of the wifebs sister, a woman with a mysterious past.

Bhavum, Satishbs first full-fledged South Indian feature film subscribed to an in-depth theme that was a viable fit in a post-globalization Urban India. The film captures the struggle between the conscious and unconscious mind of a young couple whose happiness is stretched when their love, lifestyle, and fidelity are challenged with the arrival of the wifebs sister, a woman with a mysterious past.

Satish Menon

Changing course from your academic stream to a creative one must be quite a challenge. From an environmental engineer to directing stage plays, evolving documentaries and producing and directing short films, calls for mental abundance and focus as we see in the career of Satish Menon.
A home away from home in Florida is where life blossomed for Satish, since his father pursued a career at the University of Florida-Gainesville. Beyond family relationships, the experience of living and indulging in Indian culture was never thrust upon him. The career re-mapping led to desired results b he was able to direct, produce and film, documentaries and short films from an Indian perspective. In a candid confession, Satish Menon states that his profession, as an environmental engineer, was an occupation which sustained him from starving and provided a roof over his head. His respect for his academics is also admirable, when he says, benvironmental engineering is not any less glorious; it has its purpose and avenues for creativity, but my dream seemed more in tune with the cryptic sense of expression which films facilitate.b
The initial decision of bI want to make a movieb was not just a thought that crossed his mind one fine Sunday afternoon. It was his love and involvement in evolving quality local stage plays that triggered his dormant potential to write, produce and direct four short fiction films and a documentary. Under the flag of Visual Possibility Inc., where Satish holds the office as a founder and managing partner, the full length feature film Emotions of Being was made. His prominent short films Awake (2001; 6 minutes 16mm), Where does Storm water go? (2001; 26 minutes Mini DV), Cookie (1998; 3 minutes 16 mm), Lost in the Garden of Eden (1998; 47 minutes Super VHS), The Soiled Plate (1996; 42 minutes Super VHS were directed, produced and screened. Reflecting on his first south Indian feature film Bhavum, which revolves around the people of Kerala, Satish was brimming with excitement and his thoughts were expressed with profound intelligence. This is what he had to convey b films and drama are a mode for creative expression. bSince I like to reflect upon contemporary society, selecting a theme and story that fit the current state of mind of the middle class life in Kerala was an utmost necessity.b
Bhavum, Satishbs first full-fledged South Indian feature film subscribed to an in-depth theme that was a viable fit in a post-globalization Urban India. The film captures the struggle between the conscious and unconscious mind of a young couple whose happiness is stretched when their love, lifestyle, and fidelity are challenged with the arrival of the wifebs sister, a woman with a mysterious past. Making this film was part of that revolutionary process required to be sustained and further subscribe to an advanced learning of the technical side of film making. Therefore, working on economies of scale, Kerala, located in South India, was selected as the knowledge imparting centre.
The finances at his disposal, and the characters to fit the script were evaluated and validated, which brought in the likes of Murali Menon and Jyothirmayi who play the lead role. Mitha Vasisth brings to life an intense role, which justifies her presence. Cinematography was handled by Sunny Joseph, an experienced hand. The awards and acclaims that followed Bhavum were enormous. State awards for Best Debut Director, Best Film 2002, and Lead actress received Special Jury mention at the National Awards 2002. The high emotional intensity that set in for being one of the coveted movies to be screened in many film festivals namely, Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles, Key west India Festival, Asian Film Festival of Dallas, Cinefest Doha, 5th Cinefan Delhi, Indian Panorama IFFIb 2003 needs a mention. The film has been selected to be screened at the Cairo International Film Festival in Oct -17th.
It is not an independent effort that brings success. The team work, to which Satish subscribes calls for praise. Satish showers compliments on his cinematographer Sunny Joseph. bFrom the perspective of a director, especially a first-time director, it was wonderful to have Sunny as my cinematographer, because he was never intrusive. He was patient from the word Go. Read the script, made his suggestions, gave his opinions, but most importantly, listened to what I had to say and then moulded his response to maximize my intentions. As the production progressed, it seemed like, Sunny knew exactly what I was thinking, and that helped the push-forward. For a an amateur director, where every other thing was going wrong, the support and his ability to adjust to work within my time and resource constraints were crucial and I could only stand in awe of himb. Ruggedly handsome and a very pleasant human being, Satish Menon is a shy, self-involved individual, who prefers to be left alone. Surprisingly, just plain and ordinary, lost in self thoughts, and living to achieve, his own dreams. Poignantly devoid of any vices, this man of recluse, is a vegetarian and loves food, ranging from Thai, Italian, Mexican, and Indian but mentionsb I am not picky, I love foodb.
A workaholic by nature, Satish Menon is composed, and able to put bFirst things Firstb. His love for music transformed from Rock nbRoll while in his teens to Jazz and classical (both Indian & western). On his friendsb circle, his thoughts were- bI spend most of my time on my own, with the exception of a few close friends with whom I loved spending time, I usually find my home (my apartment in Chicago) a place for solace and quiet contemplation.b On evolving stories, he says: bStories develop out of experiences and assessment of the environment around you. I collect my memories, random but frequent. It takes its time to metastasize and get a form, which invariably starts as an idea, then as a concept and then, it takes a shape of a story that evolves organically. bSo the process of my writing is very long. I let it embryonicalIy grow in my thoughts for a while. Further, once it develops in parts, I distribute them to a page and keep moulding it, until it is coherent.b
Since the time I remember, I loved movies and as I grew up, I began to sense the importance of movies in being able to express what words alone could not accomplish. Therefore, Ibm using movies to express my self, if I might be so bold to suggest that. Does one have to be married to know what marriage is about? bMy life is filled with experiences that help me relate to most human conditions, although I am single and relatively young. The fact that I can observe, experience and understand the condition of people apart from me, lends to tell stories that can be universal. But letbs put it this way, bdoes a man have to be a woman to understand and write about her wants and desires?b I do not think so. Again, the movie stands for itself. The fact that I have never been married should not prejudice my interpretation of a marriageb&b bDuring several public screenings of Bhavum, I was delighted to witness the rapt attention of people and the joy they derived from watching the film. usually, the screening followed a Q&A; session, which is mostly very polite, but good to hear peoplebs perceptions, curiosity, and what they admired in the film. Relating elements of the film that I would not have thought of, which helps me see the film, in a new perspective.b When asked about the next project, Satish mentioned that he was currently writing a script based on a novelb& which could not be revealed at this juncture. Simultaneously, Satish is working on a documentary highlighting the conditions of battered immigrant women. The scripts contain fictitious and real individuals who are personally known and the characters are combination of people within the circle of friends and outside. Therefore, in a sense, they are real people and the stories are bona fide. He promises it will be a complex human relation, in the midst of this non-interactive world

Changing course from your academic stream to a creative one must be quite a challenge. From an environmental engineer to directing stage plays, evolving documentaries and producing and directing short films, calls for mental abundance and focus as we see in the career of Satish Menon.
A home away from home in Florida is where life blossomed for Satish, since his father pursued a career at the University of Florida-Gainesville. Beyond family relationships, the experience of living and indulging in Indian culture was never thrust upon him. The career re-mapping led to desired results b he was able to direct, produce and film, documentaries and short films from an Indian perspective. In a candid confession, Satish Menon states that his profession, as an environmental engineer, was an occupation which sustained him from starving and provided a roof over his head. His respect for his academics is also admirable, when he says, benvironmental engineering is not any less glorious; it has its purpose and avenues for creativity, but my dream seemed more in tune with the cryptic sense of expression which films facilitate.b
The initial decision of bI want to make a movieb was not just a thought that crossed his mind one fine Sunday afternoon. It was his love and involvement in evolving quality local stage plays that triggered his dormant potential to write, produce and direct four short fiction films and a documentary. Under the flag of Visual Possibility Inc., where Satish holds the office as a founder and managing partner, the full length feature film Emotions of Being was made. His prominent short films Awake (2001; 6 minutes 16mm), Where does Storm water go? (2001; 26 minutes Mini DV), Cookie (1998; 3 minutes 16 mm), Lost in the Garden of Eden (1998; 47 minutes Super VHS), The Soiled Plate (1996; 42 minutes Super VHS were directed, produced and screened. Reflecting on his first south Indian feature film Bhavum, which revolves around the people of Kerala, Satish was brimming with excitement and his thoughts were expressed with profound intelligence. This is what he had to convey b films and drama are a mode for creative expression. bSince I like to reflect upon contemporary society, selecting a theme and story that fit the current state of mind of the middle class life in Kerala was an utmost necessity.b
Bhavum, Satishbs first full-fledged South Indian feature film subscribed to an in-depth theme that was a viable fit in a post-globalization Urban India. The film captures the struggle between the conscious and unconscious mind of a young couple whose happiness is stretched when their love, lifestyle, and fidelity are challenged with the arrival of the wifebs sister, a woman with a mysterious past. Making this film was part of that revolutionary process required to be sustained and further subscribe to an advanced learning of the technical side of film making. Therefore, working on economies of scale, Kerala, located in South India, was selected as the knowledge imparting centre.
The finances at his disposal, and the characters to fit the script were evaluated and validated, which brought in the likes of Murali Menon and Jyothirmayi who play the lead role. Mitha Vasisth brings to life an intense role, which justifies her presence. Cinematography was handled by Sunny Joseph, an experienced hand. The awards and acclaims that followed Bhavum were enormous. State awards for Best Debut Director, Best Film 2002, and Lead actress received Special Jury mention at the National Awards 2002. The high emotional intensity that set in for being one of the coveted movies to be screened in many film festivals namely, Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles, Key west India Festival, Asian Film Festival of Dallas, Cinefest Doha, 5th Cinefan Delhi, Indian Panorama IFFIb 2003 needs a mention. The film has been selected to be screened at the Cairo International Film Festival in Oct -17th.
It is not an independent effort that brings success. The team work, to which Satish subscribes calls for praise. Satish showers compliments on his cinematographer Sunny Joseph. bFrom the perspective of a director, especially a first-time director, it was wonderful to have Sunny as my cinematographer, because he was never intrusive. He was patient from the word Go. Read the script, made his suggestions, gave his opinions, but most importantly, listened to what I had to say and then moulded his response to maximize my intentions. As the production progressed, it seemed like, Sunny knew exactly what I was thinking, and that helped the push-forward. For a an amateur director, where every other thing was going wrong, the support and his ability to adjust to work within my time and resource constraints were crucial and I could only stand in awe of himb. Ruggedly handsome and a very pleasant human being, Satish Menon is a shy, self-involved individual, who prefers to be left alone. Surprisingly, just plain and ordinary, lost in self thoughts, and living to achieve, his own dreams. Poignantly devoid of any vices, this man of recluse, is a vegetarian and loves food, ranging from Thai, Italian, Mexican, and Indian but mentionsb I am not picky, I love foodb.
A workaholic by nature, Satish Menon is composed, and able to put bFirst things Firstb. His love for music transformed from Rock nbRoll while in his teens to Jazz and classical (both Indian & western). On his friendsb circle, his thoughts were- bI spend most of my time on my own, with the exception of a few close friends with whom I loved spending time, I usually find my home (my apartment in Chicago) a place for solace and quiet contemplation.b On evolving stories, he says: bStories develop out of experiences and assessment of the environment around you. I collect my memories, random but frequent. It takes its time to metastasize and get a form, which invariably starts as an idea, then as a concept and then, it takes a shape of a story that evolves organically. bSo the process of my writing is very long. I let it embryonicalIy grow in my thoughts for a while. Further, once it develops in parts, I distribute them to a page and keep moulding it, until it is coherent.b
Since the time I remember, I loved movies and as I grew up, I began to sense the importance of movies in being able to express what words alone could not accomplish. Therefore, Ibm using movies to express my self, if I might be so bold to suggest that. Does one have to be married to know what marriage is about? bMy life is filled with experiences that help me relate to most human conditions, although I am single and relatively young. The fact that I can observe, experience and understand the condition of people apart from me, lends to tell stories that can be universal. But letbs put it this way, bdoes a man have to be a woman to understand and write about her wants and desires?b I do not think so. Again, the movie stands for itself. The fact that I have never been married should not prejudice my interpretation of a marriageb&b bDuring several public screenings of Bhavum, I was delighted to witness the rapt attention of people and the joy they derived from watching the film. usually, the screening followed a Q&A; session, which is mostly very polite, but good to hear peoplebs perceptions, curiosity, and what they admired in the film. Relating elements of the film that I would not have thought of, which helps me see the film, in a new perspective.b When asked about the next project, Satish mentioned that he was currently writing a script based on a novelb& which could not be revealed at this juncture. Simultaneously, Satish is working on a documentary highlighting the conditions of battered immigrant women. The scripts contain fictitious and real individuals who are personally known and the characters are combination of people within the circle of friends and outside. Therefore, in a sense, they are real people and the stories are bona fide. He promises it will be a complex human relation, in the midst of this non-interactive world

Dreams from America

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Highlighting one such example of a woman that has been able to transform and grow from rather stringent cultural societies, to a modern and visionary individual is Ms. Valsala Sekhar

The world is progressively moving forward with improvements, and developments in various spheres. Man has used his wisdom from inventing the wheel, to technology that has gone into taking him into, the moon. Dominance of Man in every field has given rise, to womanpower, who desire recognition and understand the need to explore their dormant competence levels that exist within them. This has resulted in giving the male counter parts a rush of adrenalin to improve their competitive advantage. Women have been able to make great inroads, within all fields, molding themselves into excellent Leadership and Management roles within organizations as well as in family setups.

Profile-Ms.Valsala Sekhar

Ms.Valsala was born and groomed within a middle class and strong cultural focused family in a village named Vithura, in the District of Trivandrum. Academically she completed her Bachelors from, bWomanbs College, Trivandrum, and further went on to complete her Masters from University of Maryland USA. She was able to balance her academics with extra curricular activities whereby she had the honor to represent Kerala University in the hockey team. Her ability to take on Competitive Examinations in India landed her the opportunity to serve as the first Women Inspector to be directly recruited into the Customs and Central Excise within the State Of Kerala. The beckoning of the West and the opportunities lying ahead, Valsala moved into the United States with her husband Mr.Chandra Sekhar, who is a Rating Manager with Patterson Smith Associates, an Independent Insurance Agency. In order to enhance her opportunities she completed her Masters from the University of Maryland, which eventually landed her an assignment with the United States Senate Technology Development Division, as the Project Leader for Software Quality Assurance. All Praise and Honor for Ms. Valsala for being the first individual from the State of Kerala to be assigned with such an enviable Position.

Balancing her commitment with Profession and family, Valsala has been successful in the upbringing of her two daughters, who were able to script their careers with the able guidance of their mother. Malini the eldest daughter aged 24, a graduate from Wellesley College-Massachusetts and presently working with the United States Senate Energy Committee as Staff Assistant. The younger daughter Sonia aged 18 is a final year student in High School. Maintaining family traditions, to preserve and sustain the cultural background, the children have taken great interest in Indian Art and trained themselves to be competent Bharathnatyam Dancers taking part in various cultural programmes.

THE QUEST

In her search to sustain and encourage the Indian community to hold steadfast to culture and art, and not embrace the western values she maintained an active role within the Kerala Association of Greater Washington (KAGWC). This provided her the platform to bring together numerous families who unsolicited their inputs, which eventually cascaded to a single focal point, their desire to encourage and sustain the rich cultural themes. In one of her Quotes, bI always tell my children that India may be poor or a developing country, but we are not behind anybody when it comes to cultural wealthb. During her association with the Indian Community, she revealed that Dance, Drama and other kind of performing arts were her passion even before coming to the United States. She had used her ability to coordinate and act in school and college plays and dance functions.

Valsala subscribed to every organization, which promoted the cultural heritage of Kerala, in order to transfer her contribution of knowledge and build relationships, which is a strong attribute of the people of Kerala. Nevertheless, the life of Indo-American Keralites have always revolved around a strong attachment to culture and values, which projects the intensity of Indian Cultural Heritage that is absorbed into ones routine of life.

The younger generation exposed within the western culture, adapt to the western life style, and this has prompted Valsala to establish an Organization-thus the birth of USHAS- that promoted cultural programmes within the United States and also bring in exchange programmes highlighting the rich cultural heritage that exists in bGodbs on Country-Kerala.

ACHIEVEMENTS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

Valsalabs deep conviction and desire to promote Indian culture promoted her to co-ordinate numerous cultural programmes/festivals, which represent Kerala, held in the city of Washington. During the years of co-ordination and reaching the unconsciously competent stage of producing stage programmes/festivals Valsala progressively understood the need to bring about quality in order to communicate to the Indian and non Indian Community.

USHAS which means bdawnb and the acronym for bUnited States and Hind Artists Societyb is being used as a platform to bring rich culture to Indo-American people of Kerala origin and well as non Indian people who value and treasure the rich Cultural Heritage. Enhancing the awareness of Indian culture, and the life of Indian immigrants in the United States, Television was used as a medium to reach out to the masses across the Western and other continents of the world.

In one of Valsala interviews with Asianet during the programme bSuprabhathamb in the year 2000,she was able to highlight a holistic view on the life the Keralities the fortunes and misfortunes that befall them.

Thus, various scripts were studied to bring out the essence of Life of Keralites in the United States through Television serials. The serial bAmerican Dreamsb is one such serial that is being telecast after conducting an exhaustive analysis on the life of Keralites by Mr.Renjith Shanker. Shajiyem the well-known director can boat of casting some veteran actors like Padmini, Geetha K S, Ravi Vallathol, Mallika Sukumaran and Sarath, in addition to a host of talented local actors, in the lead roles. The telecast of the serial, took a while since there were major technical hurdles along the way, but Commitment and Determination by Ms. Valsala transformed her aspirations into reality, and today the bAmerican Dreamsb has a wide viewer ship. American Dreams may be viewed on Asia net Prime Channel at 9- 8am IST every Sunday.

On the Final question on the objective of USHAS

Valsala concludes,b I think we have all the elements to put together an excellent product, and if nothing else, I think it will be wonderful leaning experience that gives the artists from here and India a chance to creatively work together and interactb.