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Rajesh Rajasekharan

Rajesh Rajasekharan

Personal evolution, help others prosper, stay peaceful & positive

Currently working in the capacity of Senior Instructor for technical training with Oracle University in Oracle, India. With a basic qualification in Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science Stream from Bangalore University, interests include Psychology and currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the prestigious University of Madras and now pursuing Masters in Psychology from the same University.

Among other leisure pursuits, reading and writing stands prominent, mainly on the subject of Spirituality and has won three National level awards for annual essay competitions on three different occasions (between 1997 - 2007) conducted by a research institute in India (SMRTI). Has managed to self publish an autobiographical account up until the Engineering College days, titled 'Soliloquy', an attempt to express gratitude to all those who have played pivotal roles in my make up and have helped me sail across my life so far.

Traveling - one another interest and a job requirement has brought into contact with people from different walks of life, offering experiences that are at times profound in nature, most often teaching humility more than anything else. Traveling for lectures on emerging technologies from an innovative Computer company to audience across Asia Pacific, some times Europe and in the AMERICAS have been all life changing experiences. Being a 'life long' student of Psychology and having had opportunities to read literature authored by some of the legends in Psychology have, without doubt, helped connect with all human beings quite well regardless of their linguistic abilities or of their location on the third planet from Sun.

Primary Interests:

Education

  • MSc., Psychology

    University of Madras
    Expected: May 2015
  • BSc., Psychology

    University of Madras
    2012
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering

    Bangalore University
    2001

Honors and Awards

  • Customer Pace Setter Award at Oracle During Financial Year 2013 Quarter 3 (FY13'Q3)
  • Instructor of the month award at Oracle India Pvt. Ltd. during April 2012
  • Honorable Mention Award for best blogging at CEC 2007, Sun Microsystem's annual conference held at Las Vegas
  • Sun Learning Services IDOL Award (Individual Driving Outstanding Learning)
  • Winner of All India Level Essay Competitions (3 times) conducted by Sahaj Marg Research & Training Institute (SMRTI)

Work Experience

  • Senior Instructor - Training

    Oracle
    September 2011 - present
  • Instructor

    Sun Microsystems
    August 2006 - August 2011
  • Senior Technical Consultant

    SunTalk
    July 2004 - August 2006

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Sahaj Marg

Languages Spoken

  • English

    Advanced proficiency
  • Malayalam

    Native speaker
  • Hindi

    Basic proficiency

Psychology Mentors, Inspirations, and Influences

  • Scott Plous
    Wesleyan University
    It's SOLELY because of Scott that I'm seen around here.
  • Daniel Gilbert
    Harvard University
    With absolutely no background in Psychology if my better half found Daniel Gilbert's 'Stumbling on Happiness' her best read & that she takes up the title of the book every time I make a rather hasty decision of not packing my lunch after a sumptuous breakfast, you know how influential he is!
  • Sonja Lyubomirsky
    University of California, Riverside
    I didn't have a hard time figuring out ways and means to gain & maintain happiness during most part of my life so far after reading Sonjya's 'How of Happiness.'I'm thankful to her for the encouraging note to me through linkedin.Amazing how she finds time for every individual who needs her guidance.
  • My exposure to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's book 'Flow: Psychology of Optimal Experience' helped me realize the significance of 'attention' and needless to mention, life changed after I finished reading the same.
  • Daniel Kahneman
    Princeton University
    If I were to ask at this stage of my life whom I wish to be, with no second thoughts, I would take up the name of Daniel Kahneman. A graceful personality that he is his book 'Thinking Fast & Slow' turned out to be an extraordinary read for me. A remarkable experience indeed!
  • Dr, Tal's work on Positive Psychology guided me through a path unfamiliar for me and did enough to generate huge amount of interest in me to do a lot of reading around different aspects of Psychology.
  • Ellen Langer
    Harvard University
    Ellen Langer's, 'On Becoming An Artist' stands as one of the classics that I have read so far and has had a heavy influence on my thinking. I thank her for the personal guidance she gave me through a couple of e-mails and shall be forever grateful to her for the same.
  • Barbara L. Fredrickson
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    I wouldn't have aimed for a 'Losada Ratio' in my life day after day, but for the classic work by Barbara L Fredrickson titled 'Positivity.'
  • Carol Dweck
    Stanford University
    I'm so very thankful to Carol Dweck for her inspiring book on Mindset, which by and large helped me start looking at everything in life with an open mind.
  • Betty Edward's killer video 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' was an absolute eye opener, helping me believe very strongly in the psychology of possibilities. Thanks to her, I can now sketch.

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Rajesh Rajasekharan
Flat No. 313, Mukund Apartments, Palm Grove Road
Off Victoria Layout, Austin Town P.O.
Bangalore 560047
India

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  • Skype Name: torajeshr

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