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Dear Practitioners,

My heartfelt wishes to you and your family for traditional Indian New Year, whether you celebrated it as Baisakhi, Bihu, Chaitra Pratipada, Gudi Padwa, Puthandu, Ugadi, or Vishu. Let the New Year usher in peace, prosperity, and joy in our lives.


Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
Our advocacy efforts in industry through the PMI India Champion Program continue to grow. We recently inducted more Champions in Mumbai and Bangalore, taking the total number of these PMI ambassadors in various organizations across industries to 36. I congratulate them and wish them all the best in their endeavour.

Preparation for the PMI India Project Management National Conference 2013 in New Delhi is underway in full swing. One of the most popular segments of the conference is the PMI India awards program for organizations and individuals. I encourage you to send in nominations for the various categories. Please refer to the announcement on page 5 for more details. We are also taking submissions for technical paper abstracts. This may be your opportunity to present to the largest gathering of project practitioners in the country. If you have a technical paper idea, start work on it today.

We have formed a translation verification committee for the Hindi translation of A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition. The committee will review and validate the translation in terms of accuracy of technical details and language. The goal is to produce a translated version that is technically and conceptually equivalent to the original text, and culturally appropriate. We expect to launch the translated version at the national conference in September.

In this issue of Manage India, we feature an unusual project management story. It is the story of the rebuilding of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai. Soon after the three-day terrorists’ siege of the Taj Mumbai ended in November 2008, Mr. Ratan Tata, then chairman of the Tata Group, announced that they would rebuild the hotel “brick by brick.” It took close to two years to rebuild and restore the hotel’s heritage wing that had sustained the maximum damage during the terrorist strike. True to Mr. Tata’s words, the hotel today retains the unique character, elegance, and grandeur that it has been known for in its 100-plus year legacy. I hope you enjoy reading this issue.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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