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Village of Crocodiles

Ankalkhop flood rescue

Krishna river is well known for crocodiles. Ankalkhop, a village on the banks of river Krishna is known as a ‘Village of Crocodiles’. The village is in Sangli district, Maharashtra.


It has been a few days since Sangali & Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra got some respite from the heavy downpour. Incessant rains damaged sugarcane and other major crops. Lakhs of residents were displaced. The army and navy were roped in for the rescue efforts.

Gradually, life began to get back to normal. The flood-affected areas started receiving help from everywhere in Maharashtra. Tons of food grains and other materials were sent to Sangali, but Ankalkhop was yet to receive any help. The entire village was surrounded by floodwater. Houses were demolished, there was no food or water. People were moved to schools and temples. Getting help was difficult as there was limited connectivity.

I, along with my friends from Pristine Pacific Cricket Club, decided to help the people of Ankalkhop.

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Our team collected all the things that we needed and left for Ankalkhop on 18th August 2019. The situation in the village was horrifying and disturbing. Roads were muddy, houses were destroyed. Sugarcane fields were ruined, and people were struggling for livelihood. We distributed 100 packets to 100 families. Each packet contained 4kg rice, 2kg sugar, 2 kg wheat flour, toothbrush-paste, mosquito repellent, bath soap, ladoo packets, biscuit packets, candle packet and 1 blanket. People were ecstatic.

The sarpanch then took us around the village. The sight of damaged houses was heartbreaking.  He told us about the villagers’ rescue when the water level started rising at night. Next morning, people saw crocodiles all over the place.

Within 15 mins the villagers evacuated the village and took people to a safe place. The water level was above 15-20 feet and the houses were completely submerged.

This was a very emotional moment when we saw tears rolling down the eyes of Sarpanch. We gave our condolences to the villagers and left for Pune with a heavy heart.


Vasudev Tumbe, CFO, SsangYong Motor Company

A Shift to South Korea

Vasudev Tumbe in SsangYong Motors, Seoul

Annyeong-haseyo from Seoul!


It’s been 37 years since I became a part of Mahindra. I started in the Costing Department of the Auto Division in Kandivli, Mumbai. This was followed by a 5-year stint as Head of Accounts in Nasik and then Vice President, Finance & Accounts—Auto Division. I got to be a part of IT projects like AS400 & SAP, BPR, new product development business cases and various HR initiatives for change management. Getting involved in the transformation of Mahindra and Mahindra gave me great learning and a tremendous sense of satisfaction. However, it didn’t necessarily prepare me for what was coming next – moving to South Korea and working with SsangYong in 2013.

Vausdev with his team

Understanding South Korea

Before coming to Seoul, to prepare myself for the move, I read a great deal about the people and culture of the country. However, no amount of research could prepare you enough for the real thing! There was so much that I picked up just from my day to day experiences in Korea. Since I was in there for work, it was essential to understand the economy and the work culture of the country. I learnt that the economy grew at 10 per cent over three decades and is driven by exports of semi-conductors, electronics, automobiles, shipbuilding and now ‘K Culture’ tourism as well. This growth was primarily driven by the rise of the Chaebols or conglomerates like Samsung, Hyundai and LG, which are now household names across the world.

In my opinion, a large measure of the country’s success is due to the strong work ethic and disciplined attitude of its people. Most people in this homogeneous country lead a similar way of life. Process-oriented and hardworking, they have a tremendous amount of national pride and their commitment to execution excellence is something I truly aspire towards.

India Korea Business SummitKeeping up with the Pali Pali Culture

In my first few months in Seoul, I realised that there was a stark difference in the work culture as compared to that of India. Koreans are generally friendly and helpful, but language is an issue as Korean is the primary language of business. Due to the language barrier, I hardly got any phone calls and very few emails! In the beginning, this felt a bit unusual as it was so different from what I was used to back home.

However, I later realised that it was mainly due to hierarchy and deadlines. Once Koreans decide on how and when a particular task is to be completed, they make sure it is done, eliminating the need for repeated follow-up. Moreover, they are concise and to the point when it comes to presentations. They have the ability to summarise content in a single slide. I learnt a lot from observing their punctuality in meetings. Not just that, each meeting is backed up by thorough preparation, allowing them to answer any query that may come up during the discussion. This facilitates faster decision making.

For instance, if a new product is to be launched, the target date for launch is usually set 3 to 4 years in advance, and this would invariably be met. In fact, the most popular phrase here is Pali, Pali which means ‘quick’, just like our jaldi, jaldi!

Learning from the Dynamism of K Culture

This way of working led to greater efficiency and I suddenly realised that I had a lot of time on hand to read, learn and strategise. My most significant learning was in Treasury, Forex Hedging and Investor Relations. It was interesting to meet global bankers, investors and economists. I witnessed the Board queries every quarter and participated in annual wage negotiations with the labour union. This helped me broaden my professional horizons.

Vausdev Tumbe posing at Tivoli launch

Home Away From Home

Seoul is a city of skyscrapers that may appear as a concrete jungle at a single glance. However, the quality of life is excellent. It is clean and well planned with huge parks, walking tracks and public toilets. In fact, when you see lush green trees all over, you can say that Seoul is both concrete and a jungle!

For the ordinary citizen, life is often very easy. For instance, when I applied for a local driving license, I found the entire process very smooth as all formalities were completed within an hour, making me feel as if I were dealing with a customer-friendly private organisation.

Family Dinner

My wife, Sudha and I have also travelled a lot during our time in Seoul, giving us a chance to get better acquainted with this beautiful country. We have been lucky enough to witness the Asian Games & Winter Olympics in Korea. There are nearly 10,000 Indians in South Korea with all seven Mahindra expats living nearby, we can meet regularly over the weekend, and this prevents homesickness. We celebrate most Indian festivals, including Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali and have also made friends from different cultures, broadening our perspectives.

My wife’s visa does not allow her to work but thanks to her proficiency in Korean, she has actively volunteered with the Korean Police and Gangnam tourism and teaches Maths] to children with learning disabilities. I am also privileged to serve on the Board, as Chairman of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ICCK) which allows me to interact with business leaders, the Indian Ambassador and Ministers & delegates from India.

Vasudev's wife's police group

My experience in South Korea over the past six years has been immensely fulfilling. It has taught me a lot, professionally as well as personally. I have learnt that when in a new country, if you are patient and make an effort to understand the culture and adapt to the local way of life (occasionally difficult if you are a vegetarian!) you can look forward to a very enriching experience even if you are a long, long way from home.


Mahindra Marathon Club

The Marathoners Club at Mahindra

Marathon Club with Pawak Goenka

“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”
-Emil Zatopek

That’s exactly how members of our Marathoners Club (MRC) would describe running a marathon—a life-changing experience. In January 2016, three people came together to go the extra mile (quite literally) for their fitness. What brought them together was their love for running.

In three years, their tribe has increased to now 40+ members which includes a few members from the supplier community, family and friends.

Marathoners Club winning Rise Run

How does the Marathoners Club work?

The club communicates on WhatsApp. All the rules and regulations are set, and people are divided into teams. Each member of a team is required to run a certain kilometre distance. An app monitors this activity. Points are earned based on the number of kilometres run by each team. Group members also meet for running activities on weekends to prepare for upcoming marathons. The weekend participation motivates everyone to push their boundaries.

MRC at Tata Marathon

Notable Achievements

Each member is focused on accomplishing their goals while pushing others to achieve theirs. Every notable achievement is shared on the group, and this inspires others to do better. Most members have participated in marathons like Mumbai Marathon, IDBI, BNP, VVMM, Navy, Satara, Rise Run organized by Mahindra Finance and many more in 10, 21 & 42 kilometre categories. Some of them have even completed 1,600 to 2,000 kilometres per year.Abhishek Sabnis Screenshot

Abhishek Sabnis, who has run 6,000 km since 2016, says, “Before joining MRC, I used to participate in 10 and 21 kilometre marathons. MRC has a good concept of team running, wherein the team who runs more wins the competition. With this incentive, I increased my running distance. It helped me a lot to compete in my first full marathon (around 42 kilometres) in 2018. Since then, I have run four full marathons and three ultra-marathons. Most importantly, it has been an injury-free journey.”

Many members practised the MRC method with their family and friends and achieved amazing results. Several members accomplished their weight reduction goals. Also, MRC enabled people to run for a cause by donating a certain amount per kilometre to organisations like Nanhi Kali.

With MRC, we are running towards a healthier future. What are your fitness goals, and how do you plan to achieve them?




The Balancing Act – Life as an Engineer, a Rider, a Blogger, a Photographer & a Reader

Sumit Shinde on Bike

As a professional with a fulfilling 9 to 5 job, I have often wondered what more I want from life. And I found the answer in Jack Ma’s biography – what you do after office matters a lot.

When I am not working, I am exploring different stories, places and perspectives. I like travelling to exotic locations and reading about the visionaries that shaped our world. Travelling from one place to another, one page to another, I have found my passion.

Exploring on two-wheels

A bike against the green fields enroute to Hampi
Enroute to Hampi

One of my favourite quotes says, “Cover the Earth before it covers you”. With this intention, my journey of a thousand miles has begun. The country offers a lot of terrains to explore. From mountains to deserts, I have explored various places. My fascination for mountains took me to Uttarakhand and Spiti Valley in Northern India. The experience of riding through mountains in dense forests with leopards, exploring wildlife at Jim Corbett and river rafting and trekking in the Himalayas has been exhilarating. I have also visited heritage sites of Hampi, Karnataka and marveled at the beauty of our ancient architecture. The serenity of the deserts in Rann of Kutch and Jaisalmer, the beauty of Jodhpur, the glowing fireflies in Bhandardhara, Igatpuri have enthralled me. Worshipping eight Ganeshas on my Temple Run (Ashtavinyak Trip) was divine.

Kartik Swami Temple, Uttarakhand
Kartik Swami Temple, Uttarakhand

Each of these trips has given me different experiences. I have been in awe of the diversity our country offers. These places introduced me to people who selflessly offered me food and accommodation, amongst other things. They helped me learn about local cultures and exposed me to new perspectives and ways of life and made me a storyteller. My experiences have been enriching, and I have penned them down so that everyone can get an authentic experience. Check it out here, and I hope it inspires you to pack your bags and head out for an adventure.

Between Pages

Whenever I get a few hours to myself, I pick up a book. My reading list includes biographies and autobiographies of
great adventurers and entrepreneurs like Jack Ma, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson. Their journeys have helped me with anger management as well as building my communication skills.

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Pursuing your passion

People often wonder how to pursue their passion with a full-time job. I have to say that I am a person who loves all things mechanical and have found a company that enables me to hone my interest in automobiles at work. And when it comes to following my interests post-work, I have found what works for me.

Exploring Himalayas

I have decided to defy the prevalent norm of working long hours at work, and I have found a company that seconds this belief. Our work culture enables me to have a proper work-life balance and to do things that I love, at work and beyond.

What passion have you pursued lately?

Krishna Mishra Mahindra Experience

Embracing Opportunities

Krishna Mishra's Career at Mahindra

Working with Mahindra and Mahindra for 10 years has offered me numerous opportunities and has made me comprehend how every idea is significant! When you get a chance to prove your calibre every day, what else can you ask for?

The Beginning

I joined Mahindra in 2006 as a Deputy Manager. The journey until today has been simply marvellous! Ever since I have joined Mahindra, there has been a sense of pride and it has not diminished at all. Mahindra is one of those companies in the country everyone always looks up to since its inception.

I remember, when I joined, the company was in the growing period. Initially, in the product design department, we were merely 23 employees. Now, we are a team of 230! Even though the management has transformed over the years, the heart of Mahindra has succeeded to remain the same. It has given us challenges to work upon and the management has guided us from time to time.

If you get up in the morning and are looking ahead to work for a variety of reasons, you know you are doing something right. At Mahindra, the work culture is one of the major reasons to attract me to work. There is a lot of empowerment that is given to the employees. Everyone enjoys the freedom to offer ideas and every single idea is taken into consideration. This helps us establish a healthy relationship with the management and promotes a productive environment.

Growing with Mahindra

The satisfaction of completing a challenging task based on the RISE pillars is what charges me up. Even when I think of the synergy, I get goose bumps. All these years, I have passed on whatever I have learnt to my team. My job has been simple– be the catalyst and motivate my team to do more. The team is also energized as they get the right platform to display their capabilities. At times, when you attain something excellent, Mahindra ensures you get the appreciation you deserve! This is something I have never seen anywhere. Another thing that makes this place unique is the fact that even failed innovations are rewarded. One’s effort and hard work never goes unnoticed.

Krishna Mishra talking about culture at Mahindra

I personally believe, if you have to rise as an organisation, you have to take fresh ideas forward. This is exactly why the concept of Young Mahindra has stood out. Last year, I was a part of the shadow board. Though we did not win, the experience was thoroughly enjoyable! It is an absolute privilege to offer ideas to the senior most executives of the organisation. It makes you feel like an important part of the organisation during your budding stage.

I have evolved with the organisation. There are endless options available that push you to accomplish more. All you must do is choose the one that will lead you to your ultimate goal!
Once, one of my colleagues had to go to his hometown to enhance his educational qualifications. I suggested him to do it within the organisation itself! This gave him the opportunity to work with his dream company and still pursue his studies! This is what helps to retain people.

Opportunities and RISE

When I joined as a Deputy Manager, I knew I had more potential. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to work on a critical project, and it was undoubtedly a huge challenge. The leadership team then reviewed the project. I grabbed this opportunity whole-heartedly, and did my best. We were close to being the best in the industry! Such opportunities help prove your mettle!

RISE is what we live here every day. The targets are challenging and urge you to think alternatively. We are currently working on a lightweight truck that can carry the maximum weight in the world. It is going to be the world’s first light weight truck and hence there is no benchmark. Every step we take is towards innovation – we have even had few patents filed in! Targets are stretched every year and are so exciting that you are compelled to use the pillars – to innovate, to think, and to drive a positive change.

My Mahindra Moment of Fame

I have had many Mahindra moments but the one moment that meant the most was being a part of the shadow board! It gave me a different perspective altogether and a chance to know the business in a different domain. It cannot be compared to anything and it is one thing I will always cherish throughout my journey. Such opportunities aid you in nurturing novel ideas and going forward with the company!

Are you moving forward with your organisation?

Sandip says Mahindra's work-culture is employee-driven

Empowering Growth

Sandip says Mahindra's work culture is employee driven

At Mahindra, there is no limit imposed on your growth curve; there are infinite opportunities to become a better professional.

Beginning as a Trainee and graduating to a Manager, my Mahindra journey spells growth. I was appointed a Trainee at the Bolero Body Shop in Nashik. Since then, I have been a part of multiple projects. The pertinent guidance from mentors has helped my growth.

When Mentors Are Guides

Having worked on vital projects like Bolero and Scorpio, I feel closely knit with each one of them. Each project carried abundant learning opportunities. My mentors ensured the knowledge I gained on these projects was implemted on other projects as well. They made me a better team player and helped me boost my managerial skills as well!

What Sets Mahindra Apart?

Mahindra’s work culture and employee-driven initiatives sets itself apart from any other organization. My Functional & Managerial skills are an outcome of Mahindra’s endless grooming. I have climbed the ladder to become the Manager of XUV 500 Body Shop; however, the learning opportunities haven’t ceased. Mahindra Institute of Quality and Mahindra Leadership University foster technical expertise in us and employees of other organizations. Empowerment-driven initiatives such as Emerging Leaders Program make us professionally adept.

Learning from Leaders

Leaders can truly inspire you. Dr Pawan Goenka personally interacts with us in the inauguration of Emerging Leader Program, yearly C1 Communication etc.  Apart from visiting the factories, the leadership emphasizes on the various milestones accomplished in the past quarter, year & also set guidelines for making us ready for Future challenges.

Such communication initiatives shape individuals into excelling their performance. These programs establish a direct rapport between employees and the leadership; thus, facilitating a healthy work environment.

Sandip's learnings at Mahindra

How does your organization impact your growth?

As a family member of Mahindra, we put our core values above everything else and propagate this attitude among all our employees.

Today, as I look back at my journey, there are notable differences in me both as a professional and as an individual. Mahindra has played a significant role in moulding me into the person that I am. Be it with empowering initiatives or a structured working approach; I have become a lot more self-aware. There is lot more to deliver in future and challenging journey to go at Mahindra.

What does your career have instore for you?


Abhijit Raikar Mahindra Experience

Learning from Failed Innovations

Abhijit Raikar Mahindra Leadership

Mahindra, as an organization, reinforces the importance of trying more than succeeding.

In 2003, I joined Mahindra’s Farm Division in the Mumbai R&D department. 15 years later, I am here with more knowledge, experience and lot of memories. I currently work in the Advanced Technology and Service (ATS) department, which is the result of the merger of Auto and Farm Equipment sector. From developing futuristic technologies in ATS to working on fields in Farm Division, Mahindra has given me a comprehensive learning experience.

My Journey at Mahindra

After graduating, I joined Mahindra with an elated feeling of my first professional venture. The experience of working on a live project thrilled me when I saw a car rolling out of the factory. As a fresher, the feeling that Mahindra left me with, pushed me to deliver winning results. If you don’t feel the drive to work, you might not contribute your best.

Since the start, the company and the management created a space for innovation. Also, we always have opportunities to explore beyond our designated areas and projects.

Back in the days, our CEO wanted a dedicated team to work towards a solution for the manpower efficiency for farmers. We worked on the fields for fifteen days to closely see the farmers’ dependency on the ecosystem and their contribution towards the economy. In the end, we delivered apt products and services; whereby we learnt to approach a problem practically, to analyse the dimensions of a problem, and suggest solutions which benefit out end consumers.

The Essence of Mahindra

Mahindra’s leadership, among other things is what distinguishes itself strongly. I got to work with a variety of leaders with crystal clear direction, focus and foresight on customer satisfaction. Vision and ideas by the leadership are communciated and inculcated in us in a systematic way.

What sets Mahindra apart is the continual and unfailing encouragement. Mahindra innovation awards exemplifies this thought. Apart from the three winning categories, there is a fourth category named ‘Failed Innovations Award’ that demonstrates it doesn’t matter if you were unsuccessful, but it does matter that you keep going on.

I remember the patent award that was given to our team by the President of Mahindra. Until the award was bestowed upon us, we did not know the importance and value the company placed on our work. The award yielded positive pressure for us to improve our attempts. I think recognition and support are two sides of the same coin, both are essential in making your employees feel at home and successful.

Abhijeet Raikar on learning and innovation at Mahindra

How Mahindra Enables Wellness

When we initially moved from Bombay to Chennai, the company, particularly the HR team, helped me settle in no time. They took care of our accommodation, commute sources and food services. When you move states, it is a cultural shock. They provided us with a shuttle to go out of town and watch a movie every weekend. Each of us was given a vehicle and could take it outstation thrice a month. The company comforted our presence in the new place.

Mahindra even provided financial help. The company helped us find our house while covering the rent deposit. 4% of the house loan is relieved by Mahindra. My wife recently joined Mahindra with 7 years of IT experience. Today, both our lives are balanced as we adjust our work hours to reach home together!

We recently had our first child. Our teams backed us during this time while the company provided me paternity leaves and a ‘work from home’ arrangement. We were also granted travel and medical policies during the pregnancy. Everything was made easily accessible, and it was phenomenal to realize Mahindra’s devotion towards its employees.

It amazes me, at Mahindra, that nothing is followed blindly but done with a wholesome spirit.

My journey with Mahindra has been an interplay of empowerment and fun. It is learning knowledge and experience interfused into one big package for professional success.

Has your company got to offer as much as Mahindra?

Rajesh Vishnupuriakr Mahindra Experience

Mahindra Brings Out the Best in You

Rajesh Vishnupurikar Global Sourcing ProjectAlign yourself with the organisation’s goals and great opportunities will come your way

Fostering Innovation

Joining Mahindra was like stepping into a land of opportunities. I started my career in Mahindra as a Vendor Development manager. However, post the organisational restructuring, I got a chance to work with Casting Forging, Engine, and Transmission. The two and a half years that I spent there were challenging and rewarding.

My team and I introduced MNT40. The concept was already in place when I joined, but the drawings weren’t released. We toiled on it for a year and a half, and it has been a huge milestone for our LCV business. This move proved advantageous for us as well as our customers.

Learning Opportunities

I got to learn many valuable lessons from my colleagues. Working with great minds enhances your learning curve extensively. During my one-and-a-half-year stint in the Strategic Sourcing Unit, the purchasing for all the departments at Mahindra was merged. This gave me a chance to work with stalwarts like Hemant Sikka, which was a fantastic experience.

My promotion increased my responsibilities – now, I handle the Engine and Transmission Aggregate. My experience has led me to think not only from the organisation’s point of view but also from the customer’s perspective.

However, learning opportunities at Mahindra extend beyond the organisation. My visit to China for the Global Sourcing Project gave me cross-learning opportunities from Global OEM suppliers. Mahindra, being a global brand, has OEM requirements at par with its Global counterparts. These visits required more preparation and pro-activeness on our part due to language barriers and global standards expected from us.

Grwoth opportunites at Mahindra

Sharpening My Skills

If you have a desire to learn, the organisation will fulfil it. I wanted to pursue an MBA but wasn’t eligible for Strategic alliance due to specific application criteria. However, the leadership still sanctioned my request and supported my dream of completing an MBA from the SP Jain Institute. Apart from financial assistance, I was also given flexible work hours.

While learning Managerial Principles in college, I was simultaneously applying them at work. That really helped in reinforcing my learning.

Constant Growth

The six years that I have spent at Mahindra have been filled with a lot of challenges and experiences. I have also been able to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Each role that I was given, bestowed me with tremendous growth opportunities.

If I had to describe my journey with Mahindra, I would call it a life-changing experience.

How would you describe your work experience?

Mikku Matthew Mahindra Experience

Driving Quality Drives Results

Mikku talks about senior leadership at Mahindra

At Mahindra, customer needs are paramount; and so are employee aspirations.

Chasing my dream to work with Mahindra, I arrived in Mumbai. And since then, it has been a tremendous learning. After beginning in Quality Department, I am currently working as Assistant Manager in the Manufacturing Quality Assurance Department of XUV5OO and KUV1OO.

Overcoming Barriers

Being from another part of the country, my beginning staged a language barrier. However, my HODs words, ‘Attitude is a Barrier, and not Language’ upturned that hindrance.

I started looking at complications with a positive approach. With time, my colleagues helped me with language, thereby solidifying my stance in the team.

Learning from the Best

Learning at Mahindra is a continuous process with leadership to guide you at each step. My Manager once told me “People never consider what you say, they believe in what you do. Don’t run behind results, strive for quality!” His words impacted my work at quality assurance department. I haven’t abandoned the importance of results, but thenceforth I strive for quality.

Sharpen the Saw

Spirituality at MahindraPhysical Sharpening includes the employees’ health. Mahindra OHC (Occupational Health Centre) had organized various campaigns to raise awareness about good health, started diet food facility, etc.

Intellectual Sharpening helps Mahindra focus on the intellectual growth of staff members. This is the reason MLU (Mahindra Leadership University) Programs, various online courses, offsite workshops, etc were set up.

Spiritual Sharpening is one of the most important pillars. This pillar helps us focus on our inner growth and peace especially with the way in which the festivals are celebrated irrespective of diversity.


Mahindra’s spirit about executing the tasks on time is warranted during delivering services. For this, we adopted CRUSADE.

CRUSADE’s primary three motives are—first time right, everytime right and differentiated customer experience. And to ensure the same, we setup various initiatives in manufacturing.

During this process, I learnt that the international customer standards & requirements were different, nonetheless quality standards the same. following Crusade, won us various awards for customer satisfaction and on-time delivery in the export department.

Getting First Time Right product is a principle we live with, and any errors in execution are eliminated with proper communication and training & initiatives, thereby ensuring First Time Right is elevated to being Every Time Right.

In the course of my journey, I have realised that Mahindra prioritizes employee as well as customer welfare.

What does your organisation focus on?