Successful Habits Build Successful People

‘Empowered women empower women.’ Women achievers at Cipla are inspired, motivated and intent on creating success for themselves and the organisation. They are on equal footing with their male counterparts, and have great opportunities for growth and advancement. Cipla has multiple programmes aimed at empowerment such as i-Care, which is a comprehensive wellness initiative that caters to the physical, physiological and financial wellbeing of all associates. The Work Life Assistance Programme under i-Care provides free and confidential counselling services. Recently, Cipla empowered mothers in the organisation by providing day care and crèche facilities to all associates.

This March, we celebrated women’s month to acknowledge the immense contribution of women associates at Cipla with workshops on nutrition, self-defence techniques such as Krav maga, a panel discussions on ‘Positive visibility of women through developing and building brand in today’s VUCA world’,  two women-themed episodes of Cipla Unplugged, and much more.  As a continuation of the celebrations, we salute some associates who are actively making a difference in the organisation by being champions of the OneCipla credo. They exemplify the values of Cipla and are deeply invested in the Cipla credo of Caring for Life.

Anchored to excellence

An organisation is as strong as its associates are, and women associates at Cipla bring excellence to work every day. They take on their responsibilities and the challenges that come with their roles with aplomb and turn challenges into opportunities flawlessly. For instance, Althea McLean, Marketing Manager, Cipla USA, views challenges as a learning experience and an opportunity for something great. Layal Ghosn from Cipla Lebanon is very confident about her abilities. She says, “I want to learn and grow and I believe that there is a true sense of accomplishment behind fulfilling a big challenge.”

The ladies at Cipla are continuously learning and always striving to get ahead. Marlar Myint, Front Line Manager, Cipla Myanmar is committed to excellence. She is purpose-inspired and goes beyond the line of duty to ensure excellence. She says, “Our customers are mostly doctors and they form the backbone of Myanmar society. It’s a big challenge to convince them. I overcome it by reading brand scientific material and practice for many hours.”

Similarly, Suzanne El Helou from Cipla Lebanon believes that challenges are a potential opportunity for creativity. She puts it very succinctly when she says, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

Purpose-inspired and motivated to success

Every employee has the support of her family and colleagues behind her. And the women at Cipla find their motivation to excel in different forms. Althea McLean says her biggest motivation lies in her own personal experiences. She volunteers regularly with Joshua’s Heart Foundation, a charity that fights poverty and says, “It is a constant reminder that each of us can make a difference in someone’s life.”

Similarly, Anita Zitshi, QC Head, Cipla Indore in India is a source of inspiration for the mothers at her workplace. She was the first woman in Cipla Indore to become Section Head and soon rose to the ranks of QC Head, while completing her MBA from Symbiosis College alongside. She says her biggest motivators are her family, specially her husband and mother-in-law. She is also inspired by other women leaders at Cipla, such as Geena Malhotra and Dr Ranjana Pathak and her mentors Sandeep Shitole, Satish Yadav and Sanjay Gorana.

Paramita Roy, Area Business Manager, Kolkata, India is also motivated by her family. She says, “I draw inspiration from my father from whom I have learnt how to deal with challenges, and emerge successfully.” Prabavathie Thandrind, Cipla Medpro Senior Director RA SAGA Region says, “People who persevere despite the many roadblocks life throws at them are very inspiring. The ability we have as human beings to pick ourselves up and to overcome adversity is truly motivating.”

Successful habits build successful people

Pele, the soccer legend once said, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying and most of all, loving what you are doing.” Every successful person has a success mantra that keeps them in good stead and the women achievers of Cipla have their success strategies all mapped out.

Varsha Sachin Sawant, Head Unit Quality Assurance, Pharma-II QA, says her success mantra is to never give up and always take responsibility. Her favourite values are integrity and trust and she believes that they will take her far in life. For Meghna Jagdale, Site COE, Kurkumb Site, India, communication is key. She owes her success to her excellent communication skills and her ability to connect with her teammates effectively. Anju Gusain, India Business, has a different approach to success. She says, “When I leave home for work, I always carry a smile which remains throughout the day. I encourage my team to initiate new ideas and strategies, and love to have people who are hungry to learn and unlearn things fast on my team.”

Layal Ghosn from Cipla Myanmar says, “To be successful, I prioritize my focus. I set my priorities and objectives for the day in order to be set up for a successful day ahead. I visualize my goals so I can focus on the “important” vs the “urgent”. Prabavathie Thandrind opines, “Trust the people working for you; it’s not always easy to let go, but when you do, it’s very rewarding.”

The final word

These achievers have great advice for other aspirants. We asked them what the best piece of advice they have ever given or been given is and they came with some gems. Paromita Ray’s advice is to never give up on your originality and uniqueness, whereas Layal Ghosn believes that with big risks come greater rewards and the chance to make a bigger difference.

Suzanne el Helou says, “Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, and never make decisions when you are angry and promises when you are happy.” Thiri Mon from Cipla Myanmar believes that success can be yours if you think win-win all the time.

Anita Zitshi believes in staying fit, focused and proactive. Varsha Sawant maintains that if you dream it, you can do it. She says, “Keep the child inside you alive, and the journey will be easier.” Prabavathie Thandrind strives to maintain a healthy work-life balance by carving out time for family, friends and exercise.

These achievers are from different geographical zones and perform diverse roles in the organisation, but what they have in common is their adherence to Cipla’s values, their purpose and their need to make a difference. Their fortitude and tenacity will ensure they achieve amazing successes. Marlar Myint sums the mettle and resolve of these women best when she says, “I always think that today is the day to do my very best.”

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Cipla Foundation Brings Together Cipla Bengaluru’s First Marathon Team

Teams that run together, stay together! This year, Cipla Marathoners from Bengaluru came together to support Cipla Foundation’s purpose of Caring for life at the TCS World 10K Marathon 2018. This year in January, the Foundation for the first time brought together Dream Run team at the Tata Mumbai Mumbai Marathon 2018 which officially carried the Foundation’s message to the world.

The TCS World 10K Marathon 2018 on May 27 was also the first time the Foundation supported a team of runners in Bengaluru. Here’s to more such marathons and taking our purpose of ‘Caring For Life’ beyond medicines and touching lives in the community.

Check out all the action from the marathon:

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International Archives Day: How To Preserve Your Memories, Experiences And More

Each year, archivists around the world celebrate International Archives Day on June 9, and the 2018 theme was “Archives: Governance, Memory and Heritage”. The International Council of Archives was established in Paris on June 9, 1948, under the aegis of UNESCO, its purpose is to encourage cooperation and exchange between archivists across the globe, record human experience and promote non-governmental relations between nations.

Now that we have some background of the day, let’s try to demystify archiving and understand how we can store and preserve old photographs, books and diaries and documents in a cost-effective way.


Photographs can take us back in time and help us re-live the moment captured. Everyone has a sizeable collection of photos at home: childhood memories, family get-togethers, weddings, picnics, and so much more! Family albums are a delight to go through and storing them appropriately is important to pass them down generations.

How to store and handle them:

  • Do not store film-based negatives with photographs as negatives tend to release acidic gases as they age, which may damage the pictures. To ensure that the prints don’t touch each other, you can also use acid-free tissues in between album pages.
  • Preserve old and vulnerable images by reproducing them and using the duplicate image for display purposes. You can also digitize the negatives to preserve them for a longer time.
  • Clean soiled photographs with a soft brush only.
  • Remember that hard copies of photographs are far from permanent and colour photos tend to fade with time as compared to black-and-white ones. The best way to preserve them would be recaptured them digitally. Use a scanner to make digital copies or re-photograph them using a digital camera to store them for ages to come.


Books come in all shapes and sizes and each book has a story to tell, not just the one written but also that of the reader. The way the book is often handled says a lot about the reader, only if one looks closely! Being compact and portable, books are vulnerable to conditions and changes in the environment in which they are kept.  Hence, it becomes even more important to preserve them and prevent damage.

How to store and handle them:

  • Place books on shelves in a squarely upright position with a firm support from neighbouring books or by bookends. When books lean at an angle, the entire book structure is stressed, which then deforms the spine and the joints where the covers are attached.
  • Lay large, oversized books horizontally, the stack not being higher than two or three books.
  • To avoid damage from handling of books, grab the spine in the middle when removing a book from the shelf. When a book is placed flat on a table, the spine flattens and the joints are stretched out, thus, putting immense stress on the structure.
  • Wet books, if small in number, can be air-dried. Place them flat with a weight on top, once dry, to minimise warping of the pages.

Important papers and documents

What can be more nostalgia-inducing than old school report cards, letters, postcards & telegrams from family or pen pals, a file full of important newspaper cuttings, birth certificates, old financial records! And this nostalgia makes it imperative for us to store and preserve these documents properly.

  • Handle papers as gently as possible and with clean hands.
  • Do not bend and fold papers to fit inside the box/folder. Make sure no items hang outside the folder, as it results in crumpled/creased edges.
  • Isolate newsprint and store it separately.
  • Avoid using sticky tape or scotch tape on the documents as it becomes impossible to remove them later.

Memories are ephemeral, but photographs, books, letters, documents are tangible, making it very important for us to care for them. We hope you find these tips helpful in preserving your priceless memories for years to come!

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Cipla Archives: Reliving Our History with #ItemOfTheMonth

Organizations are increasingly acknowledging the power of social media to attract and engage larger audiences. We have a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. So far our social media posts have generated many favourable responses from employees past and present and even audiences generally. We see this means of communication as a way of getting our collections out to the public and thus attracting a wider variety of audiences to the archive.

Social media campaigns are often used as a tool to create a coordinated buzz around a certain theme or event. Thus, campaigns usually differ from regular social media efforts because of their focused and targeted messaging.

We recently launched our new campaign on social media called #ItemOfTheMonth. Every month we will aim to select an item of topical or historical significance from our collections.

January: 80 years of Cipla lapel pin

The item of the month for January is the ‘80 years of Cipla lapel pin’ – an item that was given as a souvenir to employees when Cipla turned 80 in the year 2015. The pin was one of the 80 year-themed collaterals in addition to the annual calendar, dairy and other items that were created especially for Cipla’s 80th anniversary.

Lapel pins are usually ornamental pins that are worn to indicate the wearer’s association to a particular cause or organization. It is pinned to the lapel of a jacket or even a shirt. The type of pin clasp on the lapel pin, makes a difference in the effectiveness of the pin. The 80 years of Cipla lapel pin has a magnet clasp to avoid damage to the garment that the regular pin would otherwise cause. The magnet has a strong hold and can balance the lapel pin well.

We love how employees proudly sport these lapel pins on various occasions!

Some even display the pins on their work desks!

As a response to this post on Facebook, we had employees sharing photos of their 80 years of Cipla lapel pins!

February:  Cipla Visitors’ Book

This Visitor’s Book was in use from 1938 up to 1972. Given its age and use, it had undergone weathering and infestation. As preventive conservative measure this book has been fumigated thoroughly to rid -it of insects and mites. The book contains handwritten comments from personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, S.S. Bhatnagar and many others, some of which have been reproduced below!

Maulana Azad, 30th July 1940 – “It has given me great pleasure to visit this Chemical Works. I earnestly hope that the country will patronize this indigenous endeavor which is designed an aims at fulfilling one of the urgent needs of the country.”


Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, 3rd August 1944 – “I visited the laboratory this afternoon and was extremely pleased with all that I saw. I congratulate the proprietors of the managing body on the great success they have achieved and I pray to God for still greater success.”


Amrit Kaur, 21st February 1948 – “I am an ignoramus in the domain of science but I cannot help admiring what our people have been able to achieve in this realm and I am sure they will go from strength to strength. I am glad to have seen this institution with Dr. Hamied. I know his keenness and ability and wish him all success in the future as he has had in the past.”


Lord Alexander Todd, 24th November 1960 – “My first visit to Cipla – and a very interesting and pleasant experience.”


March: Old Cipla Envelope

Cipla was originally named the Chemical Industrial & Pharmaceutical Laboratories when it was established in 1935. Our March #ItemOfTheMonth is an old Cipla envelope bearing the early circular logo of the company.


April: Printed telegram message

Faster means of communication pushed the 163- year old telegram service to oblivion. Our April Item Of The Month, a printed telegram message from 1985 asking the recipient to come for an interview reminded of us humbler days.


May: 35 mm slides

The Item Of The Month for May is a slide format commonly used in the days of yore. 35 mm film mounted in card, simply called “slides” needed a “slide projector” to project them. Our Special Media collection has over 300  such slides. This one’s from a presentation on arthrology.

June: Cipla Price List 

Printed in 1946, it was the 11th edition that cancelled all previous price lists. If you look closely at the cover, you will observe that it truly epitomises the era gone by! The prices are listed in rupees & annas, the postal address, the old Cipla circular logo, the telegraph code, and the short and easy to remember telephone numbers.

Also, there’s more to the bee-hive patterned background than what meets the eye! It is an allusion to molecular structures. The present gate at our Mumbai Central office is also modelled to resemble a molecular structure.

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Then and Now : A Crossroad In History

Our office in Mumbai Central, where Cipla began life as a pharmaceutical company acted as our first headquarters as well as our first factory site.

Anyone walking or driving to our Mumbai Central office would have crossed what is today a cacophonous traffic intersection.

Did you know that this junction was quiet & orderly once upon a time and that it was named after our founder, Dr. K.A. Hamied, after his demise in 1972?

This lovely image from our Photographs Collection shows our current Chairman, Dr. Y.K. Hamied, at the unveiling of the ‘Dr. K.A. Hamied Chowk’ in 1972.

In 1986, the old wooden board was replaced by a new marble plaque announcing the ‘Dr. K.A. Hamied Chowk’ to passers-by. Mumbai had grown by leaps and bounds by then, as had the traffic at the junction!

Our Journals Collection contains this news piece from an old Cipla newsletter.

Photo Courtesy – Rajesh Mayekar , Admin Team

This photograph taken in 2016 shows the plaque standing proud in a small island of green amidst the noise and crowd. The ‘Dr. K.A. Hamied Chowk’ has been watching over motorists and pedestrians since 1972!

Hope you enjoyed this little piece of our history.

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