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Flipkart matlab bilkul Pukka! ; IIM-A: Really?

Flipkart, a name that every metropolitan urbanite uses in daily conversations. ‘Hey! Any idea where will I get this phone at a reasonable rate?’ , replying to this as: “Flipkart pe dekh le!”(Have a look at what Flipkart has to offer). From latest mobile phones to kid’s apparel,  Flipkart is a on-stop-destination. With the largest piece in the Indian e-tail pie , Flipkart held its valuation at $15 billion , however facing a great setback on may 2016, when the valuation of the company had fallen to $11.1billion by Morgan Stanely ( a 25% downfall), further to $9 billion, now.  Most probably it’s a result of uncertainty among the company’s investors whether the online retailer, “poster boy of Indian startups “, Flipkart would give a tough hand to the growing market share of AMAZON and it’s other giant rivalries.

Bona fide sources  have claimed that the fall could be the aftereffect of reshuffling of management heads, as the long-term face of Flipkart , CEO, Sachin Bansal stepped aside to let his co-founder Binny Bansal to take the charge. Even, old and long employees, Mukesh Bansal , Ankit Nagori and Sillicon Valley returned, product division head, Punit Soni  have left the shelter to start their own – ventures . In February, this year, Flipkart had shut down it’s grocery app, citing low consumer demand. Also, T Row, renowned investors of Flipkart since 2014, marked down its stake over the company by 15%. Some of the even early investors of the largest Indian E-commerce player, have also called -off their stakes in as signs of “under-confidence in investor “ sentiment. IDG for example, which was an early investor in Flipkart, recently sold off its remaining 0.9% stake after selling close to 1% last year , as reported.

A rumor  spreading across had claimed that Flipkart had turned to the common backer of all   : God of big Indian e-commerce businesses, ‘the mighty’, Alibaba, .But to no avail, as it refused to drop in fresh capital to the venture at the current valuations. Trying to cover some of its burns,  Flipkart is making attempts to reduce its fixed cost burden, according to a report of ET.

Pessimism and misfortune spread all over, Flipkart seems to be witnessing gloomy days for quite a long time. Maybe, it could be the ‘great tumble’ or an unexpected rise of the giant E-commerce jock. But for now, only catastrophes seem to have been coming in the way of Flipkart’s fate. Latterly, Flipkart  had seemingly grab attention of all the news channels and national daily, wherein the e-commerce hulk had screwed up  with its recruitment details for the chosen 18 IIM- Ahmedabad graduates.

 IIMians , the super geniuses , now on “sticky wicket” as Flipkart , the promiser of “100%  Guarantee” had deferred the joining dates of the fresh recruits from June to as late as December . So far , the reputed IIM- Ahmedabad has  reported the issue ,sending an extremely tenacious – worded letter to Flipkart , marking other B-schools as well, like , IIM- Bangalore , IIM- Lucknow and Faculty of Management (FMS) Delhi. Confirming the reply to which, both the institutes, IIM-L and IIM-B have mull to take further legitimate actions. Flipkart’s representatives, in their statement have justified to have taken this step by stating that “.the ongoing restructuring, the campus program will also go through a comprehensive overhaul to ensure that it is in line with our new business structure and that our campus recruits start working towards larger company goals from Day One. “, basically goofing-up the recruitment process for a benefit of the freshers, at large. Disappointed students, unsatisfied to such statement, have nothing left but to look only for other job alternatives .

Flipkart has definitely made them deem to one of their campaign’s tag line of “#ACHAKIYAJONAHILIYA” . But as it seems to be, it has done actually no good to the IIM pass outs. Paying heed to the undergoing stress of the students, Sapna Aggrawal , head of Career and Development services , IIM-A and IIM-B , has proposed a joint call with the stakeholders and other B-schools . She has also made a statement regarding the dilemma of the flummoxed students over either to wait till settlement of the issue or look for alternatives, as mentioned in a press. In consideration to which , Nitin Seth, Chief people Officer ,Flipkart , had addressed the situation ‘difficult’ to come up with a just solution , and further said that “It is important for us to bring our new campus recruits into an environment that is conducive to their learning and overall development,".

Sadly, the incident has shaken the entire pool of ‘talented’ students who had prior belief over the strength of the brand. As per one of the official blogging content, the incident shall carry the bitter traces in future as well, since prospective engagement of Flipkart with b-school campuses is bound to be stirred, as mistrust and lack of transparency can never be beneficial for any professional relationship.  Also, the amount of 1.5 lakh offered as joining bonus hardly qualifies as compensation for seven months of forced unemployment. The unilateral decision shall severely affect the students who have gathered huge loans to pursue their education at such premium institute, financially.        Resurfacing the urgency , the decision taking faculty at IIM  with the campus perception of recruiters trickling down from one batch to the next, can significantly hurt Flipkart as a established brand, on campus during subsequent rounds of campus hiring in the years to come.

The ‘Anti- Flipkart squad’  of  all placement heads and placement committees of all colleges, have decided to come forward in support of the affected students and would like to have a common conference call with  the present CEO (Binny Bansal)  to find an amicable solution. Further, the committee has demanded an undertaking signed by the CEO guaranteeing that every one of these selected students will be absorbed when the date of joining is finalized, no later than December. Also, that ‘either the period of deferment needs to be scaled down or the quantum of compensation for deferment needs to be ramped up (1.5 lakhs for a period of seven months is, to put it mildly, utterly unacceptable) to reflect x% of package’. The obligations are definitely minimal and are thus, required to be fulfilled in shorter span of time, for the satiety of both the parties.

Following the similar steps, Snapdeal , the evil stepbrother of  Flipkart ,along with other booming companies  like OLA, Uber and Quikr have significantly slashed the joining bonuses by 50 % and linking the pay to the performance of the individuals. The monopolist in e- payment, Paytm and the upcoming startup, LimeRoad have even declined to adhere to the policy of joining bonuses.

Making hollow commitments of hiring E-commerce biggie Flipkart is likely to lose its 'day one' status in Indian Institutes of Technology's (IIT's) campus placement programs, as a consequence of  its clash with IIM  . Due to cut-down shares and profits, increasing the growing numbers of doubtful investors, these tech-giants have been more cautious in selecting the recruits and their pay. With the funding frenzy cooling down and concerns of a valuation bubble rising, the tech-biz gurus have even become out of sight in campus selection days.

The Superhero startups seems to be going through a ‘ struggling phase’ all over again , since their beginning .all that can be asked for is that , Flipkart should hold on to its words of promise, i.e., “AB Har Wish Hogi Puri (Now, every desire shall be fulfilled) to win over the lost trust of   its shattered, broken- hearted recruits. Also the “ Dil ki deal” of Snapdeal should give fair deals to the fresh talents who are eager to take a sight into the new ideas of business.

Child delivery is one of the most poignant moments in the life of a woman because the entire episode is about birth and rebirth. It is the beginning of a new circle of life because after the child comes into this world life changes. Child birth is one of the most natural processes in the world but it is also filled with danger when it comes to the safety of mother and child which is why throughout the ages women have practiced yoga as an excellent preparation for labor and delivery because the various asanas focus on stretching, strengthening the body and breathing.

Yoga is the most potent way to develop focus which is very important during this delicate time and also it creates a inner awareness so that would be mother can have clear head and not get distracted and just go with the moment. By maintain this rhythm during the birthing process it becomes less stressful for the mother and the movement of the baby through the birth canal. Since yoga revolves around improving breathing techniques which is essential when the child is being pushed out of the birth canal it actually helps in having deep focus throughout delivery.

hatha yoga stimulate a very gentle massage for the baby

Fact is many of the stretch movements of hatha yoga stimulate a very gentle massage for the baby, which in relaxation. Women who had given birth before actually expe notice that the babies they carried when they practiced in prenatal hatha yoga tend to stretch more and are more relaxed during the labor.The more healthy a pregnant woman is will have a direct impact on her baby and Hatha yoga practice help women to keep the the mind focused, and the body becomes strong and flexible.

After delivery many women find it difficult to recuperate but those women who practiced yoga not only had a more simple birthing experience they found themselves in a position to become active and getting back into shape faster. The breathing and relaxation techniques are helpful, along with some asanas which helps individual get their old postures and help to bring the body back into shape and in return give you more energy and focus which is much needed to take care of the new baby. That is why it is important to seek a teacher who has formal training through a reputed and accredited institute which is known for prenatal yoga.

One of the most joys moments in the life of women is when she is with a child. It is a wondrous time in a woman's life, when she experiences changes at both physical and emotional level which is why utmost care must taken and given during this happy but delicate journey. For a healthy outcome of pregnancy many experts in the field of prenatal health agree that hatha yoga practice is an effective way to prepare women for childbirth and to minimize discomforts of pregnancy.

It is helpful if a women is already practicing yoga before she gets pregnant, however if that is not the case one can take the advice of an expert and begin hatha yoga practice in a gentle way during the full term. Hatha asanas can be safely practiced by women of normal health or anyone who have may or may not have had complications related to past pregnancies. However it is strongly advised seek instruction from a qualified teacher who is a trained in prenatal Yoga specialist and is familiar with physical problems faced by women during pregnancy.