Although I am quite free spirited, to be boxed in by designations / organisations you could brand me as a ‘public diplomat ‘ at large . My work at the ICUNR and ICHR and other social and cultural organisations which which I am associated define me and keep me motivated to achieve excellence in the diverse portfolios that I handle.
A case in point being the DELHI LIT FEST which we initiated three years ago since all of us in the dedicated team were convinced that New Delhi deserved its own ‘capital’ fest!
One day I could be planning and designing the next travel awards and the next day I would be focussing on a grand book launch of a new author or an art event of an upcoming calligrapher followed by a seminar on the environment. The novelty and breadth of the spectrum keeps the adrenalin pumping!
Being a resident of this fabulous capital city for more than four decades I strongly feel that it is a microcosm of the whole of India with its diverse cultural, social, literary aesthetic and historical traditions and this needs to be showcased to the world in general through the large diplomatic community and the expatriates that throng the NCR.
Towards that end we plan to have ‘The Delhi Festival’ – an annual world class event on a grand scale which would have artists, authors, musicians, dancers, craftspeople and performers from all over the globe in the beautiful winter months at the various heritage sites that the city has to offer .
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
My biggest challenge has to be working with disparate groups in ‘all’ senses of the term on projects to bring out the best in the shortest possible time with minimum fuss and maximum output.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
The diversity and scope of my work has enabled me to work and interact closely with Heads of State, captains of industry, top diplomats, statesmen, media, academics, civil society etc. This has been a truly rewarding and enriching experience, a fantastic sense of personal achievement and a source of great learning.
What does the future hold for you?
I see myself as a people’s person so would be doing something similar with people , places and things! Life is the biggest intoxicant. I don’t need any ‘addictions ‘ to keep me flying high.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My father has to be my biggest inspiration since he is the one who deeply instilled the old fashioned core values that I live by – of simplicity, honesty, humility, discipline, punctuality, patience, gratitude, tolerance and mutual respect. The single most important factor which holds a person in good stead for his whole life is a good education. This is what he firmly believed in and I couldn’t agree more. He always emphasised and encouraged us to have an ‘enquiring’ mind and a deep desire to learn.
In my work life the values of professionalism, the emphasis on people development, focus on systems and processes, teamwork and no compromise on integrity and fair play have had a deep impact on my personality and are now part of my DNA. In the future I see myself guiding and mentoring the young generation with the rich anD varied experience I have to achieve their goals.
About Mrs Ratan Kaul
Ratan Kaul is a prominent and renowned figure in the capital, actively associated with various issues concerning environment, culture, social and women empowerment. She has a long association and works closely with political bodies and councils in the city.
Highly respected and distinctly familiar for her unique style, boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm and keen intelligence, Ratan has been appointed as Advisor India for Presidents Institute, a Copenhagen-based network and education organisation. In the capacity of Advisor India, Mrs. Ratan Kaul will lend her invaluable experience and advanced people skills to create awareness and impart information about the organisation.
This article was provided by WeAreTheCity Delhi Committee Lead Ashish Bhardwaj.