Monday, February 11, 2008

CN Paramasivan

"What motivates someone to engage in SMILE's activities? The joy of giving, I'd say. More importantly, without any expectations. But is there something that the giver gets in the process? The satisfaction can apparently be the good feeling one derives from the sense of gratitude of the recipient. The satisfaction and happiness, however, are internal."

CN Paramasivan, MD - APN Group of Companies
February 11, over lunch

8 comments:

Murali said...

About Paramasivan...

PROFILE OF Mr.C.N.PARAMASIVAN



Mr.C.N.Paramasivan is a successful businessman in Chennai.



A graduate in Commerce, he started Business by Promoting and Managing Recording Studios at the age of 16.



He diversified into Property Development and Promotion and Management

of Hotels.



He has several successful construction projects to his credit.



PROJECTS COMPLETED



v Over a 150 apartments in the heart of the city

v Commercial buildings at prime locations in the city

v Townships in a sprawling 16 acre land



CURRENT PROJECTS



v Luxury apartments in a few locations in Chennai including Boat Club and Nungambakkam



PERSONAL PROFILE



Ø He has published a few books in the fields of Metaphysics, Philosophy and Mythology.



Ø "The Chennai Street Pages", a detailed Map book of Chennai, the first of its kind, was published in the year 1999.



Ø Has been delivering speeches in various TV Channels both Nationally and Internationally including U.S.A., U.K. Malaysia, Srilanka etc., and also to the General Public on various Religious and Philosophical Topics.



Ø Has been interviewed by TV channels and Radio Stations both in India and abroad on his Contributions to the Society in the field of Social Service, Spirituality and Philosophy.



Ø Has represented India in an International Conference held in London, U.K.









Ø He was honoured by the Stanford University, California, U.S.A and is currently conducting an honorary training program for the professors and Phd students on "Happy Living"



HOBBY
1. Travel – He is a widely traveled person. Has visited several countries around the Globe for both Business and Travel.

2. Fitness



FAMILY BACKGROUND


1. Son of Late.Shri.A.P.Nagarajan, Renowned Producer and Director of feature films who has won the National and State awards several times for his excellence in filmmaking.



Mr.C.N.PARAMASIVAN AND SMILE



He founded a Social Service organization called "Selfless Movement Improving Life Everywhere – SMILE" – a few years ago.



This Movement was developed with a unique concept of "NOT BEING INVOLVED IN THE "COLLECTION AND DONATION OF MONEY" for any of its activities. This novel concept was his Brain Child.



His visualization of SMILE is a Movement that promotes VOLUNTEERISM. SMILE provides a platform for anyone who offers physical service to the underprivileged sections of the society.



The Manifold activities of SMILE have drawn tens of thousands of volunteers from across the states to participate in several of its activities.



ACTIVITIES

Blood Donation Camps [Around 4000 Donors], Eye Camps [Distributed over 1000 spectacles for Free], Free Cataract Surgeries for the underprivileged [100's of Free Surgeries], Cleaning of Places of worship [Around 400 places of worship] Distribution of Clothes to around 1,50,000 needy people, Reading support to Visually Challenged Students [Around 150 students every year] Free Job Opportunities [For around 800 people] Catering to Emergency Blood requirements [Everyday] and Saving Millions of Gallons of Water annually by Motivating people to follow certain simple procedures with no Cost Involved, Support to other Institutions like The Cancer Institute, Sankar Nethralaya, Baskar Dental Foundation, Sarada Eye Care Centre and Temples - are a few of the ongoing activities of SMILE.









SMILE [Selfless Movement Improving Life Everywhere]



The 22nd of August marks the ANNUAL Day celebrations of SMILE and the volunteers of SMILE [Selfless Movement Improving Life Everywhere] celebrate this day as Voluntary Service Day every year.



As a policy SMILE does not Collect, Accept or Donate Money.



ACTIVITIES



Blood Donation Camps [Around 4000 Donors], Eye Camps [Distributed over 1000 spectacles for Free], Free Cataract Surgeries for the underprivileged [100's of Free Surgeries], Cleaning of Places of worship [Around 350 places of worship] Distribution of Clothes to around 1,50,000 needy people, Reading support to Visually Challenged Students [Around 150 students every year] Free Job Opportunities [For around 350 people] Catering to Emergency Blood requirements [Everyday] and Saving Millions of Gallons of Water annually by Motivating people to follow certain simple procedures with no Cost Involved - are a few of the ongoing activities of SMILE.





AN NGO WITH A DIFFERENCE



SMILE [Selfless Movement Improving Life Everywhere] is a unique Movement that has within a very short span received Global acclamation especially for its concept of being involved in Voluntary Service without Collecting, Donating or Accepting Money.



VISION

SMILE provides a platform for those who want to spend just a few hours in a Month for voluntary service to the underprivileged.



The Manifold activities of SMILE have drawn thousands of volunteers from across the states to participate in several of its activities. So far around 50,000 volunteers have participated in the several activities of SMILE.



The Movement does not differentiate in terms of Religion, Caste, Creed or Language and it not only caters to the needs of the underprivileged sections but also contributes to the welfare of the society by taking up issues such as Traffic Problems, Water Conservation, Environment and so on.



Our Volunteers not only Clean Temples but also Schools, Colleges and the Cooum.



SUPPORT TO OTHER INSTITUTES



SMILE provides support to other NGO's like The Cancer Institute, BANYAN and works along with the Traffic Police Department in conducting Welfare programmes for the Auto rickshaw drivers and regulating Traffic.



SMILE has also conducted welfare programmes at Police Quarters on Issues like Water Management and Free Job Opportunities.



SMILE supports places of worship by involving volunteers in Pilgrim Traffic Management.



INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM



SMILE has branches in and around India and has also won the acclaim of Universities like the Stanford University, California, U.S.A which is one of the Top most Universities in the World.



The fact that the concept of SMILE received a standing Ovation at an International Conference held at Malaysia during August 2005 wherein delegates from Countries like Philippines, China, Australia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia were present is proof enough to show that a lot more help could be extended to the underprivileged sections of the society without involving the Collection or Donation of Money.



FOUNDER



SMILE was founded by Mr.C.N.Paramasivan, a property developer by profession and the son of Renowned Producer and Director Late.Shri.A.P.Nagarajan.



Our Address:



SMILE [Selfless Movement Improving Life Everywhere]

New 16, Old 23, T.T.K.Road 1st Cross Street,

Alwarpet,Chennai – 600 018

Tamil Nadu, India

Murali said...

A few links...

http://nipun.charityfocus.org/blog/ar/charityfocus/000154.html

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/fr/2007/11/23/stories/2007112351110200.htm

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/fr/2007/05/04/stories/2007050401740300.htm

http://www.hindu.com/2007/03/17/stories/2007031723170500.htm

http://www.thehindu.com/2007/06/02/stories/2007060214490200.htm

http://www.freshnews.in/an-ngo-does-its-bit-for-god-and-humanity-5413

http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/aug/10sld1.htm

Murali said...

Also present during the interaction....

1) Rane S. Murali
2) Rajamoney, Former Assistant HM of St Bede's, and Paramasivan's class teacher. :)

Murali said...

Questions for an e-mail interview

1) First, the trigger for SMILE.

2) What, according to you, is the need for a platform to engage in socially relevant activities? How have you categorised your activities? (Experience enrichment)

3) Have you put in place in foolproof systems to ensure the right delivery of services, while at the same time ensuring the full leveraging of the volunteer's time and efforts?

4) Why have you kept money away from the organisation, movement, or experience as you call it?

5) Do people readily welcome the idea of involving themselves in your cause? Or, do they come up with criticism and doubts? Have you, over the years, found a common pattern in the myths and misconceptions relating to activities like that of yours?

6) You have been instrumental in projects relating to water conservation. What are your insights?

7) On the counselling activities of SMILE, as in the case of auto-rickshaw drivers. Where else do you think your expertise can be deployed?

8) What were the takeaways for Stanford from your lectures? And to you?

9) As someone who has been working in this area for the last about a decade, do you think it is all the more necessary for today's youth, especially those employed in the knowledge economy, to engage in community development programmes?

10) On your environment-related projects.

11) What inputs that you received early on in your life have come in handy in your SMILE involvement? What keeps you ticking?

12) How do you propagate your mission? How do people join your activities?

13) Your plans for the future.

14) Any other points of interest.

PRabhu S said...

Hi! A good one

Mr. Paramasivan is a symbol of 'True Selfless Service'

And he has done this for years now without being noticed or wanting to be noticed, in his typically quiet and simplistic way.

Having been involved actively in the distribution, across TN temples, of devotee contributions I have seen this as an opportunity that he has provided to do 'Good Things' in life.

The satisfaction of this opportunity is immense, one has to experience it to feel it.

Good that you are writing about him.

Also, if possible, request you to do your piece for The Hindu(print edition) as well so devotees could contribute non cash things to the temples.

Regards
Prabhu

Anonymous said...

Yes, He is certainly a great and a talented businessman and above all an affectionate and a pleasant individual.

My very best wishes to Chimmy.

Sri Pathma
from London
lsbs@btinternet.com

SUBRAS 3D said...

Dear Members,
I had the privilege of hearing & meeting Mr. C N Paramasivan during a function organized by BYST of Chennai where I am doing mentoring services to young entrepreneurs.
After that, I have not contacted Mr. Paramasivan. Is there any prog as of now in Jan where I can come and meet him or I can visit his office to find out opportunities for volunteering in India?
Sincerely yours

Ramalingam K S
Innovation & Design Engineering Consultant
Chennai -90

Shanks of India said...

Murali, good to see that you have interviewed Param and posted it on your blog. I met Param recently and am truly impressed with his views on life, work, service, and his general outlook. Interesting person to be engaged with.
Sankaran