Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do. There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Now as I approach my 90th birthday ( 27 June 2023 ) , I invite you to visit my Digital Avatar ( www.hemenparekh.ai ) – and continue chatting with me , even when I am no more here physically

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Kirti Mistry reporting ( to his WhataApp group of L&T-ites ) on his visit to my residence on 22-11-22



Self and Pankaj are really delighted to meet you after many years.

Hats off to your Computer, Technical and General knowledge.

You are mentally sound physically absolutely fit. In fact you are our role model.

We have also enjoyed your hospitality.

Looking forward more and more interactions


Self and Pankaj Chothani met Mr. Hemen C Parekh at his residence at Vile Parle this morning.

Very grand, top floor duplex flat with internal lift across floors, and having very nice view.

His granddaughter also stays in the same building and he has privilege of interacting with his 4th generation on an on-going basis.

We presented bouquet to him on behalf of group. We met his wife and daughter-in-law and enjoyed his company and experience over a cup of tea.

Words like blog, Artificial Intelligence, Zoom / Teams, design of websites, search engine, solar panels, etc. were coined by him as if it's in his regular vocabulary list for long.

He shared his experiences and also asked us about our pre-retirement and post retirement activities. We also briefed him about LTVSCG group activities and in turn bonding brought in by PMM.

He has interacted with LTI for a few times to design websites for MSME companies.

He spends 3-4 hrs on computers and attends many calls, at times with Seniors at USA, Australia and few more countries.

While he has gone through bypass surgery almost 20 years ago, his hunger for learning and applying new things is immense and just outstanding.

It was very nice meeting him and we felt very proud of him for being still energetic ex -L&Tite even after retirement and at the age of 90.

We wished him good health and left his house after interaction with him for almost an hour.

He is mentally and physically absolutely fit.

In fact he is one of the Role Model for us



Great personality, still remember HR programs conducted by him. Looks fit n fine.


H.C.Parekh is an institution within LT.

I have met him only once at Khar Gymkhana and was super impressed.

Another person who is a great inspiration to me from LT is our former Chief Auditor Mr D.J.Mehta whose mental and physical fitness at 92 puts me to shame.

We discuss everything from Accounting Standards Investments Income Tax and CRICKET.


Really great person, When I joined L&T in 1973 , I met him, we all are proud of him and his contribution to L&T,  God will give him energy & Strength


While in L&T he was a simple living high thinking person. I have seen him driving his own car when he was GM  while others at his level used to come in shaufer driven car.



Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Nostalgic Chairman

At yesterday's L&T AGM ( 22 Aug 2017 ) , Chairman A M Naik said :


" It was in 1965 that I walked through the gates of Larsen & Toubro's  Powai complex , with an application in my hand and a dream in my heart 

 I consider it my good fortune that I could join the company I had dreamt about , and eventually attain a position where I could reshape that very dream 

The secret of my success is very simple . It is passion , conviction , commitment and devotion 

Devotion is beyond dedication and far beyond hard work 

Devotion is when you worship your God in a temple

My mandir , my temple is Larsen & Toubro "  


AMN was not alone in thinking of Powai as a " Place of Pilgrimage "

There were thousands of L&T-ites whose similar sentiments , I have tried to capture in my following poem 


O , Powai :

End of the road
For these non-animate
Buses and trucks
Full stop !

And yet

The very beginning of a road,
Of a career,
Of a search for happiness
-    material for most
-    spiritual for some,

To the thousands
Very very animate

A place of work
Of worship
Of daily pilgrimage

O Powai

These people breathe
Beneath your boundless, blue canopy
An air, full of dignity
Of human labour,

And give you a soul,
These people,
Your children all,

O Powai

Give you a soul
To make you come alive
With their joys and fears
And their frustrations
And their dreams.

They breathe life
In your machines,
In the glass and steel and concrete
Of your edifices,
In your asphalt roads,
In the red of your gold-mohur
And the greens of your lawns.

These people sweat
From dawn to dusk,
To deliver
No mere goods, but
Of a better tomorrow,
To the teeming millions
Of this ancient land.

Return to them,
A thousand fold
What they give you,
O Powai,

Your soul.


Written : 29  May  1970

Later published in Powai Pageant


I won't say :  Adieu  ,  Anilbhai 

I wish you Good Luck in your second innings  !


Saturday, 5 March 2016

Ramesh D Grover

Contributor  :  H R Shenoy


During my formative years in L&T in 60s, a few people left indelible impressions on my mind for various reasons.  From personality point of view, in Switchgear, two people come to mind. 

One of them is Ramesh D Grover.

He was in PSW for a couple of years.  I do not remember whether he was in SWS or SPE.

May be some two decades ago, before my retirement, I saw an ad in newspapers featuring Ramesh Grover’s photo and the name he was associated with was CMS Computers.  I started wondering, is he the same Ramesh D Grover, RDG as he was known.  He was looking slightly different.

It was pre-internet era (we had only intranet in PSW – Arcnet to start with and Ethernet later, if I remember right); so I had to depend on thick MTNL telephone directory to get CMS Computer’s telephone number.

I rang them up.  I told the Operator “I am Shenoy from L&T.  I would like to speak to your Chairman, Mr Grover.”

No further questions were asked.  The call went through.  First the Secretary and then Mr Grover came on the line.

“Mr Grover, my name is Shenoy.  I work for L&T Switchgear.  You are not likely to remember me, but I think I remember you. Are you the same RDG who was with us sometime in 60s.”

I could sense the smile on his face through the telephone line.

We chatted for a couple of minutes.  Before, we disconnected he told me “If KV Vaishampayan is around and you are in touch with him, please ask me to give me a ring.”

CMS Computers has grown vertically and horizontally, going by a cursory look at their website.

I am writing this because I was reminded of RDG through a full page ad in today’s TOI.  It must be the pressure of giving birth to an organization and nourishing it which must have taken its toll on his health and personality.   The smile is same but the freshness had disappeared.

This day, 5 years ago, he expired at the age of 66.

Thank you, RDG for your deposit in my memory bank.


HCP's note :

Ramesh was a gem of human beings ; always smiling , always solving problems , always helping out anyone who needed help

I remember that , along with a few friends , he lived in a rented flat in a building close to ( then ) Akbarali Store on SV road , near Santacruz station . I had visited his place , a couple of times . Now that building is demolished and a new one has come up

Once he asked me :

Mr Parekh , can I build you a radio ?

May be he knew , I did not have a good one at my home !

So , off we went to Opera House and bought components ( cabinet / wires / resistors / tuner / board / valves etc ) and some soldering wire , along with a soldering iron

For the next few days , after office hours , we will go to my flat at Shivaji Park and he would busy himself with studying some circuit diagram and solder wires and mount the components on the board

He enjoyed the Gujarati meals that my wife served , after each session

I used that radio for a few years and when friends asked , I proudly said :

It is RDG brand - better than Grundig !

After he left IBM , he got into maintenance of computers of client companies - perhaps the first in the country ( till then , CMC held the monopoly for maintaining / servicing of any make of computers , owned by anyone , in the entire country ! )

I have vague memory that , even L&T Powai gave him a maintenance contract , when SKP ( S K Prabhudesai was our Manager - Computer )

Many years later ( after I set up 3P Consultants ) , I once visited him in CMS office and we talked about the " good old times "

A few years later , I interacted with one of his Vice Presidents , for some kind of collaboration re placement of computer trainees , who were getting trained in a CMS institute

I also spoke to him on phone , a couple of times , in the 90s . Then lost touch with him but continued to follow his progress in papers

Shalom !  RDG,

You will continue to live in our memories 


Corporate  Culture :

 Helping colleagues / Collaboration  /  Friendliness 

Friday, 4 March 2016

Office Stationary & Reimbursement

Contributor  :  KN


Office Stationary & Reimbursement

We were given a Ration Card like card, called Stationary Card, when we joined L&T. We were expected to show the card and collect monthly quota – a ruled pad, HB Pencil (yellow with Larsen & Toubro 
embossed on it), pencil eraser, ball point refill, Royal Blue Ink bottle, duster, etc.

No pencil sharpeners. A fist sized machine is fixed to a table centrally, where we were to sharpen our pencils.

For replenishment, we had to show empty refill, worn out eraser, pencil butts, completely used ruled pad, empty ink bottle.

On hindsight, it looks silly. But those were days of controls and restrictions.

We had a group of 3 in SPE, - K D Elavia, Usman Mir Abdul Razzak, K T Shahane - who controlled all these and invariably made fun of (ragging?) new comers

I don’t know where they are now, but I still remember them for one incident.

We are required to fill a printed form called EC (Encashment Chit?) for miscellaneous expenses like conveyance, lunch allowance, stationary etc. on office work, get approved and collect cash from the Cashier.

One day the above ‘trimurtis’ had almost convinced me to fill an EC and attach Cinema Tickets for reimbursement. My wisdom prevailed and I was saved from big embarrassment.  Otherwise, I would have had to seek employment at some Cinema Theatres.

Note from HRS:  EC was also known as Executive Chit, as far as I know.  KD Elavia was the funniest ‘bawa’ I had known.  Usman Mir Abdul Razak (not many people knew his full name) was last with Plant Engineering Department (PD Desai may know more).

As to stationary control, many people had mastered the art of bypassing controls (including me?).  I had totally forgotten about this control system in the early years.  I had forgotten about KDE too.


Corporate  Culture :

Love for details / Cost Consciousness  / Tendency  to  control small expenses 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Meeting Larsen and Toubro, in person

Contributor : M Subramanian

Meeting Larsen and Toubro, in person

When I came to Bombay in 1958, I got a job as an Apprentice in Petrol Pump manufacturing firm MIDCO at Sion. A friend of my cousin Haran, who was employed with MIDCO, offered me this. I was placed in the Service Department under him. Within 3 months, I became familiar with servicing of all models of petrol pumps – MIDCO-WAYNE, Gilbarco, Tokhiem to mention a few.

After a year, I became a fitter and was transferred to Assembly and workshops. One J.E.Zilka was the Foreman. (The first Jew I came across in my life).  I was put on all jobs and quickly I learnt what was needed to be learnt. After a year Zilka was sent on foreign training. 

One of my colleagues joined L&T in the Petrol Pump Manufacturing Department.  One day he came to me and said “L&T is also manufacturing Petrol Pumps and they have got an order for servicing
petrol pumps and majority of them are MIDCO pumps. They want skilled persons familiar with petrol pumps.”  He took my application to L&T. Within 10 days I got an interview call. KR Shenoy (no relation of HR Shenoy) and Ethirajan took my interview. I was told that I was selected and will get an appointment letter shortly.  I was very happy and told everybody that I will be joining L&T very shortly.

But unfortunately, I didn’t get any letter.

Knowing that I had started applying for jobs, by the time one Thakkar has joined as Works Manger and he took a special interest in me. He asked me to work as an acting charge hand. He increased
my salary also and trained me in all jobs like lathe, drilling, milling etc., He trained me in welding also. I had become a full pledged skilled fitter who can work on any job.

After a year, I shifted my residence to Dombivli and I sent a letter to L&T informing my present address as c/o Madras CafĂ©,  Dombivli East.

One evening while I was having my coffee, Madras Cafe
owner’s friend, who used to have coffee in the evening, there was a telephone call asking for one Mr Subramanian.  He enquired “Who is Subramanian here?” Since everybody knew me as Mani, the owner was a little confused. I said I am the person. The friend said “I am Venkatachalam (he was secretary to VKAlexandar) and working for L&T. You have got an interview call. Tomorrow morning you meet me at Dombivli station, I will take to L&T.

Next day I went with him to Powai. I was interviewed by Chandrasekhar. It was just a formality. No questions were asked.
He said “Due to some technical issues, I could not be appointed earlier. Now you have to join Audco (Audco started in Powai C building Stage IV) and after 3 months you will resign from Audco and will be joining L&T. If it is alright with you, we will send you an appointment letter. I agreed to that and I got my appointment letter within a week.

When I resigned from Midco, they were not willing to relieve me
and offered me better salary etc., but I decided to join Audco.   On the last day at Midco my boss said “Though you are leaving us now, anytime you feel like coming back, you will be taken back and your absence will be treated as leave without pay.”

In August 1962, I joined Audco and I was the only third workman there. Audco just started manufacturing valves; I was asked work on lapping machine.

Lapping compound used to spill all over my dress and hands, and it used to take a lot of time to clean.  In this process I was missing my bus and had to walk up to Sakinaka, take a bus to Kurla (a private bus) and reach Dombivli very late by 8 in the night.

After 10 days, I was to attend my friend’s marriage reception and in order not to miss that I washed early and carefully worked so that  I could rush to catch the L&T bus. Just after 10 minutes, Chandrasekhar entered the Shop floor; he fired me for washing my hands well before the shift time. He said “This not MIDCO and you cannot do these things here.” I told him that my intention was not to stop the work earlier but to catch the bus in time.  I narrated to him that I had been missing the bus for the last few days and  had to attend a marriage that day.

He said “You should have told me this earlier.” He took me to his seniors (I think AV Fernandes and Roy Chowdry). They discussed and we all went to the regal Gunnar Hansen, who was the General Manager (Manufacturing). Again it was explained to him. He

called the transport person (Raman or Sashikant, I don’t remember), and said “Our buses should leave only after 10 minutes of shift closure. You also look out for this person before leaving the bus.”

After that I was told to change the dress and come back quickly.  I was shocked and thought that I will be sacked. I was cursing myself for not only missing the bus but losing the job also. When I came back I was surprised to see a car was arranged to drop me at Kurla Station!

After a month, we were told that SK Toubro was going to visit Audco, and we have to keep all the machines working.  As there were few operators, I was assigned the 1st machine and once SK Toubro goes to the next machine I must quickly go to 6th machine.

When SKToubro came, as soon as he left the 1st machine, I quickly went to the 6th machine and started that. When he came to the 6th
machine, he looked at me for a few moments, and asked whether my brother is working here. I said “No Sir”. He said “I saw a person like you operating the 1st machine.” Sir, I am the same person and
this arrangement is made to show you all the machines in working condition.” He smiled at me and patted me on the back.

October 1962, I resigned from Audco and Joined L&T.

Afterwards whenever he visited Powai, he recognised and smiled at me.

Before my retirement, I took an appointment to meet Henning Holck Larsen. When I met him at his residence, he asked what for I wanted to meet him. I said “Sir, I want to convey my thanks and gratitude to you. Along with L&T, I also grown up and today if I am somebody it is due my employment with L&T.” 

He said “No. I must thank you people for making L&T great.”

He spent about half an hour with me had tea. Though initially he refused, afterwards I took a photograph with him.

I may be one of the few employees who interacted with both the founders of Larsen & Toubro.

A sweet memory to remember and to be proud of 


Corporate Culture  :

Easy accessibility to Top Management  /  Loyalty  /  Pride of Association /  Concern for personal problems of Employees  /  Recognition of an employee's contribution to Company's growth / Shop-floor Discipline 

Friday, 26 February 2016


Contributor :  A Y Divekar



On January 10 1972, I joined Larsen & Toubro Limited at Powai, Mumbai. I was designated "Production Manager - Standard Products" of their Switchgear Division known as "PSW".

My responsibilities were a bit mixed - production of piece parts, painting and electroplating, tool maintenance, plant engineering, machine maintenance, works accounts, budget preparation and control, and housekeeping. 

Manufacturing technology upgradation, computerization got added later.

Being improvement oriented I needed a good secretary. But the good ones had already teamed up with seniors and older managers. So I had to find a new one! 

Someone suggested "Try HR Shenoy". Name sounded interesting.
I had a brief meeting with HRS and took the right decision. He was in.

After some Initial adjustments and we clicked and settled down to a good number of years together. HRS was keen, regular and cautious when suggesting corrections.

I was happy and looked forward to a long association - till one day he sprang a surprise.

"Can you please release me to work in the Information Systems function of Switchgear Works?" Uncomfortable, yet not wanting to apply a brake his career development, I released him. 

The group he joined to improve the effectiveness with which Personal Computers (then very new) were deployed to up-grade planning and scheduling functions, did some outstanding work.

  HRS's contribution within that is known. That earned him deserved respect.  I have no first hand knowledge of his achievements during the decade after my retirement.

Years passed. I retired and moved house to Pune and lost touch with old colleagues.  Fortunately, I got drawn again into email clubs of ex-L&T colleagues which HRS and a few others had initiated separately.

I started reading very interesting mails from HRS and was impressed by the style! Each mail was about a small event, very readably worded, about a colleague or an incident at Powai.

The style and content reminded me of books written by Sudha Murthy and Usha Dravid and the very interesting reading they make.

I mailed HRS saying "Your mails are very readable and you have numerous stories to tell. I think you should compile them into a book and publish it."

Having overcome initial surprise, he took up the matter seriously. The bee had bitten and chased him till he found a publisher.

I am sure the outcome is going to be a very readable small book not only for us - his erstwhile colleagues - but also the general reader.

Pune, February 2016                                              AY Divekar


Corporate  Culture  :

Suggest - express freely to bosses  /  Concern for development of subordinates / Acknowledging contribution of a colleague or a subordinate /  

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Then & Now

Contributor :  Arvind  Rao 

Then & Now

Then I was 25 – Now I am 50 !

Then, we had Yellow buses, driven by respectable uniform clad colleagues, following road rules, but still efficiently reaching their few destinations –

 Now, we have Yellow buses, from each nook and corner, driven by rash and uncouth persons, dressed in what is passed off as uniforms, terrorizing passengers and other road users and couldn’t care a damn if the passengers are delayed due to breakdowns.

Then, we had to write all important communications using duplicate or triplicate books and carbon paper. Documents that required multiple handling were made on tracing and blue-prints used for replication. All copies were securely and centrally filed, no job was ever complete till the paperwork was done! –

 Now, everyone names and saves their own folders, backs up their data first on their own hard disk, then onto a common folder and sometimes into some server –works on each copy in turn at different points in time, and each iteration remains with that copy – leading to a royal mess every time someone needs to search for an “original” “copy”.

Then, we had to do all calculations either with slide rules or calculators, double check everything before submission and own up to mistakes (however rarely they occurred) and went about correcting them, burning midnight oil if required 

 Now, we have computers and we blame them for our mistakes, go home on time and let the computers figure out and correct themselves.

Then, we had to walk uphill to canteen and back, queue for the buffet spread and had 40 minutes for lunch – on an average we finished the round trip in 20 – Now, we have elevators to the food court, are spoiled for choice by multiple counters to suit every palate and take average 85 minutes out of the allocated 35.

Then, we had few phones, big, black or monochrome plastic devices with dials and they were always answered on first ring by someone or another, no matter on whose table it was – 

Now, we have instant messaging, where we set status “away”, “busy” or “dnd” and smart phones that show the identity of the caller – so we can selectively choose what calls we answer, and unattended, ringing phones are always someone else’s problem !

Then, we had time for others, knew our colleagues littlest pains, shared the jubilations of everyone’s achievements, met socially and formally and generally got a lot more done in less time –

 Now, we know more about people we never spoke to in school and college due to facebook but have consultants hired by HR to teach how to get closer to colleagues and do all that we already did some years ago without any need for outside guidance.

Then, we were all one big happy family with healthy rivalry displayed on sporting fields, rarely spreading to the board rooms, performance reviews of individuals or businesses and ethics and values dearly upheld –

Now, we play games in the board rooms, prey on individuals under the guise of performance appraisals and sign papers proclaiming ethical behaviour while stabbing our venerable institution in the back at each available opportunity!

Then, we had people who could do the work of four – 

Now, we have people who create work for four. Then, we were Engineers Limited – Now are we limited engineers  ???

Oh! How I long for those 25 years back………..


Corporate  Culture  :

Hard working  /  High ethics and values  /  Family  feeling  /  Performance  pressure  /  Sharing triumphs and tribulations / High level of Efficiency / Prompt response /  Long working hours  /  Admission of  mistakes  /  Emphasis on last mile - no loose ends  /  Respect  for  rules