Seshagiri Rao Uncle was a great Tennis player and is always remembered as a good sportsman and athlete with a sense of courage, purpose, and determination. He always assisted people from all walks of life. He was an alumnus of Loyola College and Benares Hindu University, Varanasi.
He was a born leader and first batch student at Andhra Loyola school. He was a Student Union Leader at Andhra Loyola college. He was very good at athletics, running, and hurdles records set by him were unbeaten in Andhra Loyola for many years.
He was a National player in Kabaddi. He studied MA at Banaras Hindu University and was a Student Union Leader at BHU. He took me to get me admitted to Loyola Public School at Nallapadu, Guntur suburbs. I was contemplating to go to Calcutta and pursue my studies or stay in Guntur, which was a hard decision.
There are so many incidents surrounding his police life. He was a very active policeman as a Circle Inspector for Vijayawada city. He got many reforms done in his jurisdiction during his tenure. He worked as Traffic Circle Inspector throughout and as a DSP (Intelligence) in Gudivada, Kakinada, and Rajahmundry.
He was an Assistant Commissioner of Police Vizag (Law & Order), Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) in Visakhapatnam, a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Chintapalli.
In Chintapalle, situated near the thick forests, the Naxalites targeting Rao attacked him with 3 land mines, one in the ground and two vertically in the hillocks running along the road. Land mines went off a few tens of meters away from him and killing a constable in the process. He is the first person to escape a Naxalite target in the whole of Andhra Pradesh.
Despite adequate precautions, one policeman was unfortunately killed because of the bomb blasts, and my uncle was seriously injured and his leg was operated on, and eventually, he lost his sense of hearing in the right ear.
Timely strategic plans enabled them to be saved from landmines in a deadly encounter. God saved them. It’s a never-ending process – always learning, always moving forward, and always believing in the task no matter what and where.
His impeccable record fetched him a few promotions, and he served as the Additional SP Principal of Police Training College Amberpet, Hyderabad. He was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Visakhapatnam for many years. Just before retirement, he served as Additional SP Vigilance and Enforcement in Vizag, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam.
After retirement, he worked for a software company as a Director of Business Transformation.
He always used to say in almost every job that “You will get to use digital devices or technologies in one way or the other. A basic understanding of data is important because more and more companies want to use it to improve their business, so they need their employees to analyze, explore, share, and draw conclusions. It is also useful to understand how technology can be built, manipulated, or applied. However, you do not need to be an expert in data to use it in your job’’.
I’ve walked into many troubled, dysfunctional IT organizations as a Director and a management consultant.
Sure, we introduced new processes, technologies, and methodologies. But the most impactful and least tangible improvement has always been that unwavering culture of teamwork. Once the sense of team is solidified, everything else seems easy to achieve, and we reach heights that the organization never thought possible.
I often wonder if some of the huge corporations can survive much longer with their politics and every-man-for-himself survival tactics. I know that sounds extreme, and perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit, but I don’t think I’m far off. The small to midsized companies tend to foster a greater sense of teamwork and, in my view, are primed to disrupt their industries in a big way over the next decade.
However, in most cases, your business might have already been using technology as a means to interact with employees and clients. With the new intelligent system, you can carry out digital procedures and have access to the Internet spaces, Wi-Fi for public spaces, digital services, info-communications, knowledge transfer, and development on issues telecommunications and electricity.
I tried to find the wildest ways companies had pivoted, changed, or overhauled their business model to respond to the economic changes. I found retail shops that built e-commerce operations in a few months, restaurants that re-engineered their space to be primarily to-go orders, and of course, millions of offices that had to adjust to working remotely.
Yet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe says it all through this quote, “Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”. It’s very difficult to say and express a final goodbye to an affectionate uncle like him. Fond remembrances from the family, relatives, and friends.