” First Impression is not necessarily the last impression”
The team Enlightenment is more than delighted to bring you the lesser known buoyant side of Mr. Swapan Chakraborty , Joint General Manager , L&T Howden .
His upfront attitude , typical modesty and enterprising nature has certainly drawn many eyeballs in the L&T Faridabad campus and it’s a pleasure to bring him In-focus for this month’s edition .
We wholeheartedly thank sir for sparing some time for us from his bustling schedule .
How would you describe yourself?
I will describe myself as a person who is veracious in his opinions & committed to his work , who is ready for new challenges in life , and who never fight shy of responsibilities. I might appear be a strict disciplinarian from outside, but for people who closely interact with me, I am an equally caring and understanding person. I believe in motivating my team and standing up for them whenever required
I believe that a team is like a chain with both strong and weak links , and as a leader it’s my responsibility to intermingle the links in the most efficient manner to decide the success of the team .
How would you define yourself outside work? Tell us about your family
I have always been an active sports person and have participated in various cricket and table tennis tournaments . I like to closely follow both political and business news .
Whenever I get time I like to meditate as it helps me clear my mind and give solace.
In my free time you will often find me listening to Nazrul Geeti , Rabindra sangeet or my favorite Kishore Kumar music. Being a strong believer in god , I also like listening to devotional songs.
My wife is a homemaker who has been my pillar of strength in all walks of life . My son Snehashish is currently pursuing chemical engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology,.
Education: From where, any college day memories that you will like to share
I have done my schooling from Durgapur , West Bengal and my graduation in mechanical engineering from NIT , Bhopal . Like every passsout , I often reminisce the wonderful memories I had in my five years of college days .
I fondly remember the ragging session where i was asked to recite everything in shudh Hindi ; which back then was a huge task because of my poor Hindi pronunciation !
Be it the famous Maha Murkh festival that was celebrated every year in the college on holi festival , or the monthly open theaters that were previewed at our college campus , every single episode now makes me nostalgic now . College and hostel life has certainly helped me grow as a person most importantly helped me develop an ever lasting PAN India friendship
Your 1st job experience. Any funny incident you want to share with us, as a junior with your boss.
I started my career with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited , where I worked for a year and then switched to ABL (ACC Babcock Ltd , Durgapur , Kolkata . I served for a few years in Birla Technical Services , Kolkata before joining L&T CCPP group at Energy center in Vadodara, where I spent close to 14 years .
My experience with my earlier boss at Vadodara was a blessing in disguise. He was one of the toughest bosses one can ever imagine and was always ready to take you to task . Despite his strict attitude , he was highly respected and has personally been one of the most influential people in shaping my career . He taught me a very important lesson in life i-e , ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going ! ‘
Joining L&T, Share your experience through the years.
L&T has been a thorough learning experience for me . My portfolio has recently shifted from engineering to business development and Project Management . Though this is a new experience , I believe that it is the attitude to learn that truly matters.
It is better to know the unknown rather than feel afraid of it .
I sincerely hope to contribute my best in securing more business and achieving better ways to execute projects for L&T Howden in the near future .
I love exploring new destinations . I had a great time in my last trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands where I was mesmerized by the scenic beauty. I had an opportunity to travel to few places abroad like Turkey , Denmark, Belgium, USA and Japan. I genuinely feel that each of these destination has been unique and special in its own way.
Rapid Fire Questions:
- One word that describes you Honest, Sincere & Committed
- Life mantra. What inspires you? Work Hard in life and success will follow
- Favorite Food Hilsa and Rice
- One happiest moment of life When my son was born (1997)
- Any regrets in life, if you want to share At times regret not pursuing MBA
What are your future plans?
- As our organization has a large database , I will like to introduce a proper digitization method for the easy accessibility of data ( read access) to all . So that in the near future we don’t have trouble in locating any specific project data required .
- Given an opportunity , I want to disseminate my years knowledge about the Thermal Power Plant to the young engineers .
And then post-retirement finally settle down in my native Durgapur , West Bengal.
Any words for our readers to feel motivated – for them to have a work life balance.
First of all I would like to congratulate the team for taking out wonderful edition each month . It is really good to know about that the magazine has come up with the In-focus section , which gives an opportunity to know your colleagues and seniors personally .
I’ll advice the readers to take good inspiration from people around and always keep themselves motivated.
Just pursue your goals in life with full dedication & sincerity , and the desired results are bound to come !
As shared with Ms. Priyarupa Sinha (L&T MHPS) & Ms. Pritha Banerjee (L&T MHPS)