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FlipTales – Stefaan Van Hooydonk and the Tao of Unlearning

Arjun Paul
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Did you know that the ability to unlearn might be what got you to where you are today? And that it may be the very thing that will help you grow in life, business and your career? No, we aren’t talking about forgetting. Unlearning is connected to understanding. The American author Isaac Asimov said it best: “I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.” Chief Learning Officer Stefaan Van Hooydonk is one Flipster who lives by these words. Schooled in Latin and Greek, and proficient in Dutch, English, Mandarin, German and French, Belgium-born Stefaan pursued his passion for Eastern and Western schools of thought, and attempts to apply both in his line of work. Unlearning, he swears, has stood him in good stead and guided him as he built from the ground up Flipkart’s exemplary internal knowledge management engine.

Ganapathy Poojari, the Ekart wishmaster who beats the clock

Arjun Paul
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To deliver over three hundred and forty packages a day, single-handed, is no modest feat. Now, imagine doing that while beating Bengaluru's infamous traffic. Not only does Ekart Wishmaster Ganapathy Poojari accomplish the seemingly impossible every day, he fulfills the wishes of Flipkart customers without breaking a sweat — or a single traffic rule. There's one other thing he's good at — breaking his own record. Peep under his helmet and there's more to this personable, polite man — he's a hobby filmmaker who has also acted in a Kannada television serial. Flipkart Stories had a tough time catching up with Ekart's own Flash Gordon but when we did, we learned of his extraordinary story. Read on...

For these Flipsters, this was a promotion to remember

Madhu Karuthedath
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What has been the most enduring memory of a promotion in your career? Is it of a closed-room discussion on why you deserved the promotion? Is it of carrying a piece of paper that acknowledged your months of toil? Or did it last beyond that moment of glory and touch the lives of your loved ones? In September 2016, hundreds of Flipsters cherished their much-awaited moment of elation — a promotion that lasted beyond just them, and then. Read their story.

How Flipster Ashish Vikram writes his own success story

Arjun Paul
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Fun is as essential to work as dedication. Our Flipster in focus, Ashish Vikram, proves he knows just what we mean. Ashish, who is vice president of engineering for Flipkart’s Ads Group, isn’t just an ace at his job. He is also a programming whiz, a published author, a certified scuba diver and, most importantly, a funny man who loves to tickle people pink with his witticisms. Read to know how he makes Flipkart more fun and why we think he’s on the crest of a wave.

Meet the maverick of creative pursuits – Flipster Anand Vijayasimha

Arjun Paul
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The multitalented are most often misunderstood. Even the phrase ‘Jack of all trades’ has a bit of a negative caveat. But Flipsters like Anand Vijayasimha are some of the few who flip the notion of ‘having one's fingers in many pies’. Music composer, busker, writer, organic farmer, motorcycle enthusiast and LP collector, Anand makes the most of every second. And his story is one that’ll surely make you reflect on how you’re using your 24 hours in a day.

How Flipster Namrata Saigal Manrai juggles strategy cases and her easel

Arjun Paul
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Passionate employees are engaged employees. They believe in the work they do and know their contributions help drive the company’s success. At Flipkart, our passionate Flipsters work relentlessly toward their goals — not just to live up to company expectations, but also to their own high standards of personal achievement. One such Flipster is our corporate strategist Namrata Saigal Manrai and she lives these words by the book. Read her story in our candid FlipTales interview, where Namrata speaks about mastering the art of work and painting.

How Flipster Rahul Jha strikes the right work-music chord

Arjun Paul
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Flipkart employees, better known as Flipsters, bring more to the table than hard skills and never-say-die attitudes. They also infuse a distinctive flavor to the Flipkart work culture with the hobbies and passions that define them. In the first installment of our series FlipTales, we introduce you to Rahul Jha, a programmer with Flipkart by day and a musician after-hours. Find out what makes him a Flipster extraordinaire

Delivering joy – Celebrating the Mothers at Flipkart

Madhu Karuthedath
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Some give into an endless smile and some fall into deep tears. There are no real words to express the emotion of becoming a mother. In June, 2015 Flipkart launched a refreshed maternity policy to support their women employees and new moms, take better care of themselves in their journey to motherhood. A year later, the Flipkart Stories team brings back some precious moments and memories shared by the Mothers at Flipkart.