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  • Writer's pictureAdil Malia

Critical lessons in Communication

Mahabharata - the two critical lessons in Communications  Re-reading Mahabharata thru the Three Volumes of the Amar Chitra Katha gifted to me by an extremely bright young friend, who I am Mentoring. Interestingly, I believe that the first basic principles for effective communications were actually laid out in the crucial conversations between Rishi Krishna-Dwaipayana ( Ved Vyasa) and Ganesha - - the remover of obstacles, who was appointed as the scribe by Brahma the creator, to write the Mahabharata. Vyasa pays obeisance to Ganesha as he invites him to be the scribe of the poem he composed. However, Lord Ganesha accepts to be the scribe as ordained by Brahma, on one condition ... that he would write at a time only that what Vyasa would be able to recite without a pause. Vyasa agrees and lays down a counter condition in return ... that he would expect of Ganesha not to inscribe any narrative until he has fully understood and has total clarity of the meaning of that what he wrote.  With these two agreed conditions, writing of the longest recorded most beautiful poem in the world, began. The epic poem -  'Mahabharata'  has 220000 verses, 100000 slokas (couplets) and 1.8 million words. Amazing !  Despite the above, the deep meaning of Mahabharata is so effectively relayed from generations to generations over the centuries, in a such a succinct and lucid manner,  purely because of these two communication principles :  - brevity and preciseness  - total clarity and understanding Most familial, social and Corporate conflicts, in my experience are generally outcomes of embroglios, purely on these two counts... a. communications being long-winded, muddled, not precise and thus incohesive; and b. things inscribed without understanding the deep meaning, exact intent & clear implications of the narrative, on purpose or unintentionally. Just thought of sharing with all my friends, refreshing revisions of the forgotten lessons for effectiveness and success, upon re-reading of the Mahabharata.  Who says Coaches don't need to learn...? Who says reverse mentoring does not work ? Thanks to my friend, both are working for me. 

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