Kiran Khalap

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Kiran Khalap
A Mind That Matters

I knew Kiran in Lintas Bombay in the 1980s – as a highly respected creative talent and later as a friend of a friend – but I really got to know him, as much as anyone can claim to know an enigma, when we worked together in Clarion during the 1990s.

Those few years at work were the most deeply satisfying and there were moments when the universe seemed within grasp. I was lucky to have an incredible bunch of people as colleagues, and enough trust amongst us to forge lifelong friendships. That even nearly 20 years after Clarion ceased to exist, we still try to get together every year to celebrate what brought and kept us together. Like adolescents from an Enid Blyton book, we call our little group The Dolphins without a bit of adult self-consciousness. It was Kiran who first gave us the name, when he likened us to a school of dolphins swimming in a sea of sharks. Ram Ray was the head of Clarion; Kiran Khalap was its heart and soul.

During my career I have stood on the shoulders of many giants, but it was standing on Kiran’s that I saw further and more clearly. Thinking of him as a giant does challenge the mind. In fact in the early days, saw him more like a Yoda I did – a diminutive wise monk with a penchant for Old Monk and an ability to dispense wisdom at will. But his intellect looms large from which I learnt much that served me well in later years, and I am sure there are many like me who owe him a huge debt of gratitude for the education.

 Kiran is first and foremost a great teacher, and what makes him one is his facility to open minds. His first job was as a science teacher in the Rajghat Education Centre in Varanasi, founded by J Krishnamurti. Today he runs a wildly successful brand consultancy; practices yoga daily and assiduously, scales tall, precarious rocks on weekends, and actively supports the welfare of stray animals at all times. By the way, he has also written and published two novels and it doesn’t look like he’s broken a sweat yet.

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Comments (9)
Puneet Bhatnagar (Guest) Kiran Khalap is a great teacher. No hearsay, I was there. Proud to be one of his students at Clarion.
14 Jan 2016 Reply
Bikramadittya (Guest) Was fortunate to travel with you Dolphins to Sundarban. Will remember the witty conversations and the good time for ever. 
11 Aug 2015 Reply
Sujeet B. (Guest) Ram Ray was the head of Clarion; Kiran Khalap was its heart and soul. :) nicely put Sir 
11 Aug 2015 Reply
Atul Dube (Guest) Kiran is really one of a kind. Two occasions immediately come to mind - one when working with Kiran, we won a pitch against one of the top agencies in a presentation of just 6 slides, and the other when we went for a pitch and in 10 minutes realised it was a charade (the agency was already decided) - Kiran and Andy, so sweetly and intelligently 'bajaoed' the marketing head in front of his team. Kiran also introduced me to the word 'OM (Old Monk) therapy'. He has been a great source of inspiration and a wonderful teacher, always. God bless you forever.
11 Aug 2015 Reply
Ananya Majumdar (Guest) The group Dolphin swimming  in a sea of sharks. well said :)
11 Aug 2015 Reply
Niraj Sapra (Guest) He is truly zealous about life and work and that's something I really like and respect about him. 
11 Aug 2015 Reply
Kiran Khalap (Guest) Thanks, Samit, this is very touching...will never be able to see myself as a giant...just someone whose first passion is sharing:-)
11 Aug 2015 Reply
vikas Vohra (Guest) and yes.. a beautiful mind
11 Aug 2015 Reply
vikas Vohra (Guest) they don't make em the way they used to make em
11 Aug 2015 Reply

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