Monday, September 25, 2006

Business Ashram!

This weekend I traveled to Belgaum on business. Staying arrangements were made at a company (Polyhydron) guest house in the company premises.

It was a pleasant surprise to see the manufacturing company premises. It was more of an Ashram than a manufacturing company. In fact, it was called Business Ashram!

There are 8 different manufacturing units located in as many number of honey comb shaped small buildings. Each building had huge glass windows and were probably sound proof (I was there on Sunday and it was a weekly off so could not find out for sure) with two to three CNC machines in each building. See the Wikimapia details of the Ashram here.

Surprise does not end here. Tobacco, alcohol, smoking, non-veg food is banned on the premise. The owner, Mr. S. B. Hundre, told me that there were no supervisors to supervise the workers. Every worker is his/her own supervisor! They had been operating the Ashram for last 4 years and have seen only better results from the units as compared to the company’s other units located elsewhere.

Central building was s Dhyan Mandir (Dhyan = Meditation, Mandir = Temple). The temple was again sound proof and as you enter, we see a wall high painting of Swami Vivekananda in very calming lighting arrangement. There is a good collection of spiritual books, CDs and almost every book that has been written on Bhagvad Geeta.

The premise has a dozen of white Indian ducks roaming around on the lawn, swimming in the pond specially created for them. The ducks were there as pets (not for eggs or meat). There were numerous trees completely shielding the premises from outside world.

The guest rooms were clean and had two single beds. No television, no fans. Air circulation was achieved using special architecture design and believe me no fan was required at all. From the large windows of my room, I could see the green lawn, the pond, ducks playing around.. It was very calming and pleasant experience.

Do checkout the company website especially what they believe in! Awesome!!

1 comment:

Shrikrishna Bapat said...

I have also visited the ashram. I am highly impressed. I have conducted mr suresh hundre's interview. based on his interview, we have made a film on corporate governance.
I strongly recommend that all the readers should find time to visit business ashram and inspire others to start such ashrams

Dr. S.G.Bapat (Pune)