From Bandra To Churchgate – A Journey Of Distance And Time

I have always believed in keeping myself physically fit through exercise. In this increasingly competitive and unpredictable world, fitness is often overlooked by most of us. So, as a part of my fitness regime, I chose to run from Bandra to Churchgate in order to keep myself physically strong and active. As I passed through various areas and localities, I got to see a completely new side to the city I fondly call home.

Most of the places I got to explore were areas I have seen develop as I grew up. It is surprising to see how Mumbai has changed over the past few decades – deep-rooted into its culture, while also embracing modernization with open arms. Places that were once home to small, two-storied buildings are now sprawling with skyscrapers. Mill compounds are now home to some of the finest business parks in the city. However, with development, comes a feeling of fear and insecurity, which was once absent in the minds of Mumbaikars.

Today, tension dominates the minds of the average citizen. With an ever-increasing population, crime rates are also rising, and people constantly worry about the safety and well-being of their loved ones. Today, I continue to adapt to these changing times, and aim to create as many solutions as I can every single day, as I miss those strong foundations of peace and fearlessness that this city was built on. I am extremely sure, that one day Mumbai will revert back to its old state of peace and happiness through the solutions we have to offer, and especially due to the people’s undying love for each other.

In spite of these growing insecurities and safety concerns over time, Mumbai has one charm which I have not seen in most cities – a mutual feeling of harmony exists between everyone, and the city stands united in both the good and bad times. The city has seen the best and worst of everything, and yet has stood through the test of time, emerging stronger each day. Mumbai is not merely a city; it is a legacy of our glorious past.

With the younger generation spearheading the development of Mumbai by adding their millennial touch to it, it is time for us to entrust them with our home. It is our duty to pass on the torch and let the next generation work their magic on this majestic haven.

Aadhaar Verification – The Perfect Solution

Today, we live in a world dominated by uncertainty, unpredictability and total ambiguity. Ideal situations exist only in a hypothetical realm of our thoughts, and the concept of foresight ceases to exist. During these times, our safety has become a very crucial issue to address. Even when it comes to our homes, we do not know how safe we really are, owing to a string of visitors every day. For instance, maids are common visitors to many households, but how do we know that they actually are who they claim to be? The identity verification process can be a long and tedious one, but Zicom had an unparalleled solution to offer.

Zicom SaaS Private Limited officially introduced the Aadhaar Verification Service a few days ago, which enables the user to verify the identity of anyone entering their premises. With this service, a person’s credentials can be determined on the spot through their fingerprints and Aadhaar number. Zicom is registered with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to facilitate this service. Since the Aadhaar system has spearheaded the movement to register everyone’s identities, Zicom sees great potential in the Aadhaar Verification Service, which aims to leverage the Aadhaar system further.

As crime rates continue to rise, it is crucial to authenticate the correct details of people who enter your premises. There can be no scope of human error when it comes to securing millions of people, and this is where technology comes in. The easy-to-use Aadhaar Verification Service can be installed in simple gadgets like laptops and tablets. If someone wishes to enter your premises, they will have to verify their identity via fingerprint or their Aadhaar number at the security booth. If the information provided by the person is correct, then you can keep a track of who enters your building. If the information provided is found to be incorrect, necessary action can be taken against the individual. Through the AVS system, Zicom aims to perfect the security process through cutting-edge technology and smart solutions for all your safety needs.

With this service, Zicom also extends its support to the Digital India Initiative, which aims to transform our country into a digitally empowered society. Through innovative services like the Aadhaar Verification Service, Zicom hopes to encourage the next phase of India’s digital revolution, playing the role of a leader in electronic safety and security.

Awake Always – The Ethos Behind Zicom’s Reinvention

Change is inevitable, especially when it comes to science, views, morals and everything else. One always has to change with the times to adapt to the latest trends, current affairs and requirements. Being in the top hierarchy of a company that offers security technology, I believe that change is an important factor to sustain and succeed in today’s world. But, change does not just come through mere words. Today’s world is not only about believing in a philosophy, but also actively working towards it. It is important to focus more on execution in a country like India, which is very dynamic in nature. We strive for constant change, and it is essential for our philosophy to be action-oriented. Having said that, I would like to present to you Zicom’s new brand motto – Awake Always.

Awake Always is not just about its literal meaning, but also about the foundation that it lies on. The idea is based on five pillars which are in the behavioral DNA of everyone connected to Zicom. These pillars are Fast, Flexible, Fun, Fit and Focused.

Fast

Speed is not just about velocity; it is also about reflexes and response. With an active Command Centre and ZIMAN, our emergency response service, it is absolutely necessary for us to be fast while responding and executing delicate situations like rescue operations. However, one should never compromise on quality while taking care of the speed factor – efficiency and productivity should also be maintained.

Flexible

One thing I have learnt over 22 years in the business is that there is no such thing as predefined situations – they only exist in textbooks. Each situation is unique, and only a unique approach can do justice to it. Flexibility is also about adapting to the changing times – a rigid approach does not allow for change. Therefore, being flexible is a very important attribute which we have incorporated in our lives.

Fun

No activity is good without the fun factor in it. I believe that even a person’s job should enable him to have fun when he is at it. Zicom has followed this ideology since the very beginning, and has been a place where fun and career development co-exist in complete peace. To put it in simple words, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Fit

In this context, the word fit has two meanings. Firstly, a brand’s products should fit the consumers’ requirements. Our products cater to people of various ages, with everyone’s requirements being fulfilled successfully. Secondly, we also have a culture which encourages employees to embrace a fit lifestyle. It is simple – a fit body results in a fit mind. Exercise has always been a part of my daily routine, and I also encourage everyone at Zicom to go for a fitter lifestyle.

 

Focused

One should always be focused on their goals. We, at Zicom, make sure that each customer’s distinctive needs are taken care of, while also keeping our eyes on one goal – securing them efficiently and effectively with the best technology at hand.

The transition from Feel Safe to Awake Always is not just a mere reinvention, but also the start of a new journey which has a lot to offer to all of us. With an amazing expedition ahead of us, we are sure that greater heights will be reached through our endeavors.

A New Beginning

2016 has been a phenomenal year indeed. As this year marked 22 years of Zicom being at India’s service, it has definitely been a big landmark in the company’s legacy. We also celebrated our rebranding, moving beyond ‘Feel Safe’ to ‘Awake Always’. We are sure that this change in our motto will enable Zicom to reach its zenith. Now, with a new chapter awaiting to be written in Zicom’s story, it is time to reflect upon everything we have learnt over the past year.

Every New Year, we make resolutions in order to improve ourselves and move forward, closer to our goals. Resolutions made during such times are rarely driven by our desire for self-improvement. Instead, New Year’s Eve and the week that follows provide us with a sudden burst of motivation. Often, the resolutions are not even well planned, owing to which, we are not able to stick to them.

For me, I believe that a resolution made has to be followed through, till the end-goal is achieved. The key thing required to fulfill any resolution and commitment is discipline. Although discipline is a virtue that proves to be quite difficult to imbibe, it can do wonders for our personality and life. Although most of us resist discipline, we must develop a strong sense of self-regulation, which is the only long-term way forward.

Another thing that may be lacking is a sharp, focused mind. In today’s world, we tend to get distracted very easily owing to our uncertain lifestyles and habits. This is where self-regulation comes in; in order to bring about any sustainable change, it is important to have a routine. Whether the change is a simple modification of sleeping habits or a comprehensive do-over, we must pursue our goals day after day, relentlessly and persistently.  Instead of micro-managing our day on a minute-to-minute basis, it is better that we include the resolution-backed habits in a flexible manner. This lets us fulfill daily obligations while incorporating changes at the same time. When a day is over-planned, it becomes easy to miss a deadline or get caught up in work, which leads to the collapse of our resolutions.

Lastly, another element that can really boost our ability to fulfill our promise, is the willingness to go the extra mile. A sudden change in our lifestyle is surely not the easiest step. Paradigm shifts cannot be immediately adapted to. Instead, we need to be ready to push our mind, body, and soul beyond daily expectations. This really helps in getting the job done.

It is essential that all of us learn to escape the vicious cycle of making and breaking resolutions year after year. Instead, in 2017, let us understand how to implement these successfully. With determination, focus, and discipline, we can definitely reach new heights and conquer the greatest of summits. Along with wishing you a very Happy New Year, I wish this year brings you closer to self-improvement and allows you to truly push beyond what you consider to be your limits.

Management Lessons From Chak De! India

Most people around me know that I always make it a point to enjoy a good film every once in a while. However, movies are not just a source of unwinding and entertainment for me – films are also a mode of learning for me, through which I gain valuable management-based lessons that can be incorporated in the corporate world and my daily life in general. One such movie is ‘Chak De! India’ that released in 2007.

Most of you would be aware of the plot of the film; for those who don’t, it is a movie about an ex Indian Hockey Team Captain who coaches the Indian Women’s Hockey Team to victory in the World Cup, while also clearing some allegations made against him in the past. While the movie does leave the viewer on the edge of their seats, there are various management lessons I learnt from the movie which I would like to share with you all.

Nothing Is Impossible

Everyone in the movie, including the team members themselves, consider that winning the World Cup is impossible, but under Kabir Khan’s leadership, they emerge victorious. The lesson here is that one has to get over all preconceived notions about the journey and its outcome, and continue working hard towards their goals. If one works hard and smart towards something they really want, it is achievable.

Work As A Team

While each individual may have their own set of unique skills to offer, teamwork is essential for progress. When a perfect amalgamation of various skills is achieved, the sky is the limit. The above being said, it is also important to delegate properly. In the movie, Kabir Khan is easily able to figure out which team member is best at which task, and places the team on the field accordingly to attain maximum output. Similarly, if a person with an inclination towards marketing is asked to do accounts-based jobs, s/he would not be able to deliver with the same level of efficiency and accuracy.

Be A Leader, Not A Boss

Seniority comes with a lot of responsibility, and it is essential to put it to the best use. A boss orders his subordinates to work, but a true leader works hand-in-hand with his subordinates. Kabir Khan not only leads the team to victory, but also helps the women overcome their fears and weaknesses in the process. A leader does not just focus on getting the work done; s/he also focuses on long-term development.

Challenges Are Opportunities

In the film, Kabir Khan, an ex-Captain with a tarnished image, was selected as the coach since the board had no faith in the Women’s Hockey Team. He took up this challenge and turned it into an opportunity by leading the team to victory, while also restoring his image in front of the people who hated him. Opportunities keep coming to us in the guise of challenges – how we look at them depends on our perspective. So, the next time you’re faced with a challenge, you know what to do!

Stay Focused And Committed

While facing a challenge, there are a lot of odds that come our way. In the film, Kabir Khan faces many hurdles that come between him and his goal. It is due to sheer will power, focus, and commitment that he stays put and finishes what he started. It is important to stay determined, no matter what life throws at you. Once a person is firm on his resolve, nothing can stop him from achieving his desires.

Movies are much more than entertainment and I continue to draw management lessons from every good film I manage to watch. I hope you all begin seeing movies in a whole new perspective as well, for it has always been said that movies are a reflection of real life.

Youth – The Torch-Bearers Of Our Legacy

In today’s world, it is interesting to observe a change in the way people perceive children. Once the lowest common denominator of all products and services, they are now at the forefront of a lot of daily activities. An average child today may possess a lot more knowledge than the average adult knew thirty to forty years ago. Apart from the propagation of knowledge, technology has also helped children develop faster. Our little ones are now out there, setting records, making our nation famous and much more. When I visited the Sakal Schoolympics in Pune, it reminded me of what our younger generation is truly capable of achieving. Seeing those children excelling in various sports was a beautiful sight.

As I reached the venue, what I witnessed was unreal – over 30,000 students from over 400 schools participated in the event. The events involved 21 sports which the children had to partake in, in order to compete. The highly energetic way with which these children went about their activities is truly inspiring. On that day, I actually realized that by being a part of this rat race, we often forget to embrace the child in ourselves. The athletic, mischievous side of ours remains unused and unseen for long periods, and often fades away eventually. It is important for our young ones to not leave that side, and even more important for us to create a world where they don’t have to let go of their younger selves. The day that happens, we will have champions, geniuses, creative maestros, etc. in each and every household.

People often say that India has the potential to create even more champions in global events like the Olympics. At the Sakal Schoolympics, I saw a potential champion in every child there. It is our responsibility to make them realize this potential in them and guide them towards victory. Now, as we create a better world as every generation passes, it is time for us to hand the torch to a younger, brighter generation, that will guide the country to a brighter and prosperous tomorrow.

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Music – An Effective Way To Maintain Composure

People often tell me that I am a multifaceted personality. I guess they are right; after all, apart from being the Promoter-Managing Director of Zicom Group, a variety of interests and hobbies help me challenge myself and keep up with the times. Biking, for instance, is one hobby I wholeheartedly pursue, as I have shared with you all earlier. Another activity that I enjoy to partake in is music. Whether it is listening to a few favorite tracks or picking up the microphone to sing a number, music provides me with a different and amazing level of peace and composure.

While there are many genres I love, Old Hindi music never fails to fascinate me and create positive vibes around me. Music from ace composers like R.D. Burman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal has always been evergreen in my eyes, and will always be. Apart from just listening, though, I sometimes prefer to entertain my close ones by singing a song or two. Music-based events have always been one of my favorite kinds, as they keep me engrossed in the impressive skill that I see before me.

Music is much more than an amalgamation of various instruments played together with perfection; it is something that touches your soul. No matter who it is, there is at least one song which successfully touches them deep inside. Music has the power to express what mere words cannot, and that is just one fine aspect of this magical art. I have also performed at certain events myself, and one of the most memorable ones of the lot would be my performance of the song ‘Main Shayar Toh Nahin’ from the film Bobby. Fortunately, I could get my hands on a good video clip of the performance, which I would like to share with you all.

 

In spite of being able to sing confidently in public, I do not really consider myself to be a perfect performer as of yet. The process of learning never stops and the same applies here. For me, music has always been one of the most effective ways to channel emotions, and most importantly, a very crucial medium to spread love around. So, every time you get a chance to perform, seize it, or you would miss out on a golden opportunity to connect with yourself!

The 6 Fs Of Any Person

Life today has become a game of uncertainty. We all wonder how to get a feeling of stability, certainty and security at all times. I believe that if life is lived in a disciplined way, one can always have a steady flow in their day-to-day activities. While disciplining oneself is definitely no cakewalk, self-discipline is surely attainable. I go about my life following what I call ‘The 6 Fs Of Any Person’. The points that I am about to mention help me live my live in a simpler, more systematic and peaceful way, while keeping me on the right path.

Stay Focused

You always have to be focused in what you do. You could be anything, right from a blue-collar worker to the CEO of a company – it is important to focus on your job in order to achieve the best out of work, and most importantly, yourself. A focused person can concentrate better, and can also go on to do bigger, better things in their professional and personal lives. It is imperative to find your correct point of focus in order to begin climbing the ladder of success.

Be Fast

Time is money. This adage becomes even more valid to us since we are living in a fast-moving world. You cannot afford to be wasting time on anything. The key is to invest your time, even when you are enjoying yourself. The way you allocate your time to different activities is what matters the most. While working at a good pace is good, it is equally important to not compromise on the quality of your work. Proper utilization and management of time is crucial today, and if wastage is avoided, you can always be ahead of the game.

Have Fun Doing What You Do; Even Your Job

As of today, our jobs are one of the most crucial parts of our lives. So, if you do not enjoy what you do, you will end up frustrated and professionally dissatisfied. Find out what interests you the most, and go on to pursue it. Always be ready to learn more and expand your horizons. If you have fun while doing what you do, you will be a satisfied, peaceful person on both your personal and professional fronts.

Be Flexible

Being disciplined does not necessarily equal being rigid. You should always keep room for unforeseen things, so that situations can be handled properly. It is always a good practice to anticipate upcoming tasks that may have the potential to wreck your schedules.

Being Fit

This one also goes without saying. A fit body always results in a fit mind, thereby fostering an environment for good, productive thoughts to thrive. No matter what your age is, it is always crucial to maintain the required fitness levels for overall health and well-being. It is not just about being physically fit; being mentally fit and happy also does wonders.

Fish Off

When things don’t seem to be working out, we usually try to fix the situation and make them work. But, in many situations, it is not a feasible choice to stay. Therefore, you should just choose to fish off and move on. Leaving at the right time saves you a lot of unnecessary mental pain and pressure, while also saving you from investing your precious time in something that does not need it.

While you should always leave out some time for fun and games, it is always crucial to get your life on track with a system like this. A disciplined person leads a more systematic, fruitful and happy life in the long run. Always remember: discipline is a virtue that takes you a long way. So, why wait? It’s never too late to change things and be the best you deserve to be.

Make Your City Safe – The Next Step

Zicom has always been dedicated towards providing one of the most basic human needs – security. With the Make Your City Safe (MYCS) Initiative being extended to multiple cities throughout India, Zicom is materializing its vision of securing the entire country through its intellect and expertise. The MYCS Initiative primarily targets residential buildings, which are the most prone to security issues. With over 4500 buildings coming under the MYCS banner, Zicom looks forward to a safer, better urban lifestyle becoming a reality.

Zicom now plans to take another step towards enhancing safety measures and spreading the MYCS Initiative. As per a recent regulation by the Maharashtra Government, it has become compulsory for residential areas to get audited for security on a regular basis. Now, when it comes to successfully securing buildings and commercial establishments, technology can provide a host of advantages. In today’s world, technology has become a dependable helping hand. Devices like door phones, CCTVs, fire alarms, etc. aid the process of totally securing oneself from unforeseen circumstances.

Living in a metropolitan city means living among millions. As the e-commerce industry is booming, getting things delivered at home has never been easier. But, we never really know the person who comes down to deliver your goods. How can one be sure that the delivery person has good intentions or not? Even when we get those cravings for a late-night pizza, the delivery person who comes during the wee hours may not always have the best intentions on his mind. On an average, 200-300 strangers enter your building every day for various reasons. These people include delivery boys, maids, and other visitors as well. It can be next to impossible to monitor each of these people, as even security guards are humans after all.

As a solution to this challenging situation, Zicom has come up with an innovative technique in order to take out this insecurity from people’s minds. Taking another step under the MYCS Initiative, Zicom now aims to install biometric monitoring machines to verify the identity of such people. All that the building needs to do is obtain the concerned person’s Aadhaar Card Number, and match it with their fingerprints. Once that is done, the building would get a record of not only the person’s entry time and exit time, but also their complete background. In such a case, no one would attempt any wrongdoings, as all their data is with the building as well as Zicom.

Under the MYCS Initiative, the whole security apparatus is provided free of cost, and buildings are charged as per the service model, where they pay only for the facilities provided. Zicom aims to provide the biometric Aadhaar Verification for free under the MYCS banner.

With this step, Zicom aims to not only ensure the physical safety of people, but also provide them with a feeling of security in their minds. A secure person leads a happier, healthier life, and that’s where Zicom comes in – to create a safer, happier country for all to live in.

Make your city safe- A Zicom SaaS initiative

Biking – An Activity That Moves The Soul

When it comes to hobbies, I am a person who has an array of activities to indulge in for recreation. Whether it is watching a good movie or listening to good music, the simpler things in life have always been integral in my cool-down process. If I am asked to pick one activity to get a much-needed break from the corporate jungle, my first choice would be biking. A nice, long bike expedition is what helps me the best in going off the grid and rejuvenating.

Biking has much more to offer me than a journey in a four-wheeler. I personally believe that journeys in four-wheelers move the body, while a nice, long ride on a two-wheeler moves the soul. Being an avid biker, I own a 1600cc Harley Davidson Fat Boy, which I love taking out for long distance expeditions throughout the country. As of now, my proudest expeditions are the ones I took to Goa and the Wagah Border. Contrary to most riders who go for speed and timing, I prefer a nice, slow cruise on whichever path I have chosen to traverse.

Basically, apart from my professional goals, one of my prime goals in life is to explore the entire country on my motorbike. It is true; there is no better way to explore the country than by travelling through the picturesque landscapes it has to offer to all of us. It is not about reaching the destination and planning the return it is about enjoying every minute, every second of the journey and exploring new places, new things and finding yourself in the process.

Apart from being a mode to escape the concrete jungles, biking has a lot more to offer to a rider. On an average biking expedition, one learns better reflexes, living out of their comfort zone and also to experience a journey in a way like never before. You might come across many obstacles on your route, and improved reflexes help you take better action to avoid them. Of course, it is about getting your hands dirty and learning for yourself, but over time, a person can get better control over handling the bike during expeditions.

If asked what biking offers me, I would have a million things to say. But what I majorly get out of biking trips is a chance to de-stress and escape the chaotic corporate life for a few days. Since biking is also about riding alone for long periods of time, I also get a chance to introspect in peace, about everything that is going on and how it can be made better. There is no better place and time to think things through than what you consider as your refuge, your haven.

Biking improves one more aspect of life – brotherhood. You would not be going away on expeditions all alone, right? So, when I go long distance with fellow bikers, a feeling of mutual brotherhood is fostered among all of us. We learn to live with each other, deal with problems collectively and have fun as a whole.

Like I said, biking has a lot to offer to everyone. It is not just about riding a two-wheeler; it’s about indulging in an experience and exploring a new place; it is about feeding your wanderlust and quenching the thirst for finding new things; and ultimately, it is about finding yourself.