Jul 15, 2020

Nex-Tep: Book Review



Nex-Tep is a book for all the young professionals and  aspiring managers. It will guide them to shape their career in the right direction, and will help them take a wise decision to sustain and grow in the professional world.

Although non-fiction, the book starts with this guy who leaves office with confused and edgy mind, and enters Nex-Tep, a cafe. He was a top performer at his company, but not getting a due promotion demotivated and shattered him to the core. In the cafe, he shares his table with another stranger, and also shares his mental condition with him. The stranger eventually guides him to follow the correct path,  shows him the mirror and makes him realize the next steps that he can take for his career.

The concept of conversation between the two people is a novel approach in a non- fiction book to apprise the reader with the intended message. Writing is simple, easy to read and would also entice readers to finish it.

The concepts explained in the book were not new for me but I liked the approach that author has used to describe the same in fresh light. You would get to read about Frequency Illusion and Personal Branding in professional environment and one of my favorite line from the book is “ A good leader always hears the unsaid”. The statement itself guides an aspiring leader to the correct path.

At the end, I would recommend  all  professional debutantes, irrespective of the industry, should read this book. The people in the later stage of their professional career can read this book to revisit the concepts with the fresh outlook.

Happy Reading :)

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Jul 11, 2020

The COVID Impact



The lock-down season brought many changes in our lifestyle. We never imagined that swarms of traffic would become a thing of the past, that we will not eat for months from restaurants. The companies, giant and tiny,  promoted work from home for survival of business. Even with such an availability of manpower, we would live without maids and the other daily help. Nobody could have imagined it in this lifetime, but it happened. We do not yet know the end. The greatest pundits of the world say that vaccine would bring an end to this. Every pharmaceutical company, big and small, has entered this rat race to find the vaccine. For them, they found a gold mine, but with a secret key. Even if they decode that secret key and create a vaccine, will this ever end what has begun in 2020? Can this fear ever be swept away from hearts and minds of you, me and everybody else? Will we not doubt the air that we breathe in the future? The fear of another airborne infection will forever lurk outside our homes. No great minds or genius has a solution today as everybody is on a recovery mode even when they don’t yet know the entire impact of the COVID.


What do you think is the biggest impact of COVID to the human race? 


There are several positive points of lock-down for some would have explored their hobbies, have completed their long pending tasks, some would have explored novel business opportunities, but the biggest impact of COVID is yet to be realized.
Some months back, before lock down, I read this amazing book  Sapiens- A brief History of Mankind  by Yuval Noah Harari. It left an indelible impression on my mind and it answered the most prominent questions of our past 

  • How Sapiens could rule this world?

  • How did they eradicate the entire Neanderthal species, and  why other powerful and large animals could not claim the supremacy on this earth?


The book says it is our inherent ability to make larger groups that no other species can do or had done  in this world. One reason we, The Sapiens, dominated the earth is because of this inherent ability. 


"Neanderthals usually hunted alone or in small groups. Sapiens on the other hand, developed techniques that relied on cooperation between many dozens of individual, and perhaps even between different bands. Neanderthals could have beaten Sapiens in a one-on-one brawl, but probably, in a conflict of hundreds, Neanderthals wouldn't stand a chance." 

"Even our earlier predecessor Chimpanzee could not make and communicate in a group of more than ten. There would be a pandemonium if thousands of chimpanzee were allowed to watch a cricket match together in a stadium, but Sapiens could do that with unimaginable harmony."


Today, the COVID Effect is reducing our inherent ability to make groups. People can not make groups from fear of contracting the infection.  Does this mean it is the beginning of the end of human supremacy in this world? Let us assume for a time being that there are other viruses and airborne infections in this world, pardon me for being pessimistic but this is the need of the hour, the armies will not exist, the entire concept of mass gatherings will fade away. Slowly our inherent nature will change to not make larger groups, and then we would be tested on our individual muscle power rather than a group power. The entire food chain can become upside down as the most extreme effect of The COVID. 


Reiterating that the problem does not end with vaccine, but it is just a premonition of bigger evil for the entire human race. Nature is telling to change our ways of living, otherwise it will take its own course and it will give the crown of supremacy to the other species. No wonder if this could evolve the homo sapiens into another specie like neanderthals evolved into homo sapiens. It will not happen in a day or years even if it has to happen.It will not happen in our lifetime or our grand children’s lifetime because the evolution is a slow process and it can take a century or hundreds of years but this could be the beginning of such evolution as it is alleviating our most basic ability to create groups.


What we can do now?


Following nature’s laws is the  best we can do. We have to create renewable resources and have to utilize natural elements. We, being the supreme species, have to create space for lesser species otherwise nature will evolve by itself and no wonder it will give birth to the new evolved Sapien.



Survival of the fittest




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Jul 4, 2020

Books that I want my younger self to read


Nostalgia took over me last week when I went through my digital bookshelf. I cherished the wisdom of non-fiction and relived the prominent and splendid characters of the legendry fiction books. Some books, I felt, I could have read at a younger age. My books, certainly represent my thought process, and it gave me goosebumps to think if I would have read that book in my younger self or teenage days. Have I chosen another path for my life? Have I taken another decision? I can not explain them now, nor can I imagine the course of my thought process.

But what I can do now is to share the list of books that I would want my younger self to read. Do not hesitate to click on the image to purchase any of these books.



 I would categorize this as one of the eclectic books that illustrates how companies design tools, items, instruments and equipments for your day-to-day life, for example what designers consider designing a bathroom tap or a door handle.   I chose this one from the reading list of the then Yahoo CEO Marrisa Mayer and I will always be grateful to let me read such an eyeopener of a book.  It would amaze you to read that the product you find sophisticated in the expensive and luxurious hotels are not sophisticated but inadequately designed. The brand name of the company plays the game. Readers would realize the appropriate role of technology in their lives and the core message that the book shouts in every page is “Technology is there to simplify  life and not sophisticate it for people”


This book is a certain addition in this list. I regret to read this one late in my life, and it could not do much for me. Teenage days is the appropriate time to read this book as it would give you the much required financial literacy. The author brings the concept to you in a novel way and shows you what rich dad teach his kids and what a poor dad can teach. It explains to the reader that how one should earn money and invest it for a longer and sustainable benefit.




This one is a fiction and a recent read. This wonderful book takes you in the life of a young boy who has a disfigured face, and tells you his unkind experience in the kind and effluent society. The book explains the emotions running through the kid’s mind and his family members. It shows how people treated an abnormal kid in his day to day life and what life looked to him. It could expose readers in their early age to this different thought process and they in their early age can become aware and sensitive about this prevalent issue in our society.





I was earlier unsure if this one would make to this list but then the message from the book is important for anybody to know as earliest in their lives as possible. The book tells you that nobody is born genius, but they have grown in their lives into genius minds. It is the nourishing, enriching environment and culture that make people genius. It talks about lives of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and many others who are the most successul people today. It talks about what they did and opportunites they have because of the culture around them. This one’s a confidence booster for anybody who reads it.





This is one of those books that changed my life and inspired me for the longest time. I read it several times and I must admit it changed my thinking process to some extent. I would want this one to read at my younger age. I used to go back to this book repeatedly to solve a problem my life. It makes me feel delighted to think about those days. The age to read this book should be the one when a person starts to understand written language.


One of the best thrillers I have ever read is The Da Vinci Code. This was my second book I read, and it became my inspiration to continue reading. I remember I used to think if books are so good then why not to continue reading other books? I would have entered this imaginary world of fiction a long time back if I would have had my hands on this book. Most of the readers would know that Dan Brown takes into that world of science, technology, religion and mysticism. Along with the thrilling adventure, one also gets to read the history and facts that one can not find it anywhere.



How can I forget and miss the Godfather, the great Vito Corleone. I read this book 10 years back and one of those things I remember from this book is the legendry Godfather, Vito Corleone. The character sketch of Vito Corleone  was so intense, intriguing and powerful that it became unforgettable. The Godfather taught me how to use and control power. It is always good to know the plus and the minus of power at an early age. Although, this is a fiction, but every fiction represents the thought process of the author who writes it. You got to read the thought process of those outstanding personalities. This is also one of those books that I would like to read again just to feel the power of Vito Corleone. 


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Jun 20, 2020

Yoga: A journey to the inner-self




You deserve your own time. Book an appointment with your inner-self.


The path to reach out to your inner self is yoga. It creates consciousness and aids to turn the inner turmoil to an equilibrium of emotions.  Yoga channelize your conscious and subconscious energy to obtain love and peace of mind.

It is the most valuable approach to cleanse your mind and soul from all the sadness, anger and anxiety.


Steps to begin your journey to your inner-self

The sole connection that matters is the one to your inner-self. Yoga is a way of life which helps you to cultivate that sustained connection.  It does not require any broadband wires or digital networks. You do not even need a nano-byte of a data but just below steps to begin 


1) Choose your path

Before starting to pursue yoga, you should be precise about your expectations. People choose yoga to get an enduring recovery from illnesses like hypertension, blood pressure, arthritis, weight-gain, asthma, spondylitis, sciatica and many more. The list of our suffering is perpetual. It therefore is a straightforward decision to choose if you are aware of your suffering.

There are two ways to choose your path

     a) Wait for yourself to either get one of the suffering and then start your journey with yoga. I belong in this league and started yoga for weight-loss and to seek a cure from sciatica.

     b) Start your journey with yoga beforehand and never get into this suffering trap. 

All the corporate slaves out there would know companies today focus on risk analysis. They wanted to know the risks beforehand and take actions now to reduce the impact. We can only reduce the probability of risk but can never eliminate it. But one thing that every company and individual should consider is to begin risk analysis of the well-being of people. It will automatically reduce risks for their company.

Yoga is an action to minimize the risk to well-being of people. Point to remember is yoga will not eliminate your risk to catch suffering, but it reduces the probability of the same.


2)Find your Guru

 Internet has allowed us to communicate with each other and the most significant benefit is that it also allowed us to communicate with own self. There are a manifold of yoga institutes available online. Approach and talk with them and try to find out their vision for yoga. It should align with what you are seeking from them. Speak with them and tell your expectations upfront and in that way you would be in a better position to choose out of the plethora ones available.

I started yoga three years ago. My association with Yoga with candy helped me realize the comprehensive benefits that yoga offers. It is a slow journey but worth taking under the shadow of someone.

3) Define place and rules

Only a practice done with discipline and passion can yield long lasting results. Define a daily or a weekly practice time for yoga. Specify a place in your home if you do it on your own or learn through online classes. Install a mobile application like Freedom or use Focus on Samsung phones. It will not let your mobile to distract you during the practice time. Inform your frequent callers to not expect an answer during this time. 

This time is your time. Talk to yourself  and not anybody else.


4) Select accessories

Comfortable accessories help us do yoga appropriately. Plethora of options are available, but some that I found useful are below. Go ahead and purchase them.

   


5) Reflect on your progress

Reflection is the most prominent element to ensure sustainability. Take out time to reflect on your progress. Think about how many times have you had an anxiety attack or stress? Have your arguments reduced in the office? Do you feel relaxed? 

It is fine, even if you can only realize minimum benefits. Remember, it has a slow and a long lasting effect. If you cannot realize benefits, then a simple and easy solution is to reconnect with your Guru. They will help you.


Remember one golden statement before you start the journey to the inner self:


"You deserve your own time. Book an appointment with your inner-self."

Jun 15, 2020

Love story of the Introverts



Amay woke up with temple-bells buzzing his head. He snoozed his phone-alarm and visualised the dream he saw last night. It all happened in front of his eyes. Alarm woke him up to the reality at 6 AM and killed the pleasure that love-hormone created in his dream.


His mornings were busy in week days. The office bus would come at 7 AM and would  wait for nobody. He, so, in the morning had to follow the clicking of the wall clock so he could reach at the bus stop on time.   He was a manufacturing engineer in an automobile company. The company had its office in the outskirts of the city.


He, during his morning chores,  imagined her lovely, beautiful and lively face. She wore a bright-colored kurti and jeans. Her long and dark brown hair were open, and she wore a black hairband in her left hand wrist like a bracelet. She had striking charcoal black eyes and was smiling and laughing with him. He had proposed to her in his dream. They married and were a cheerful couple in love. The problem is she was not even her friend, and he became nervous and couldn’t speak a word in front of her. He didn’t know how to approach and  propose to her and make this lovely dream come true. She worked in the same office on a different floor, and could only see her during lunchtime. He, thus, tried to create situations so he would have time to interact with her. But because of nervousness, he couldn’t utter anything at the right time. 

The goosebumps from the cold shower interrupted his thoughts of dreamland, and then he hurried up and left for office.


Apeksha knew that Amay liked her and followed her like an ant follows sugar. Amay, to her, was a good fella, but she was not ready for another relationship. Her last one ended months back. Although, his desperation to talk was evident to her, and so, she found no harm to know and talk with him.


He, these days, could not concentrate on his work, and her thoughts lingered all day in his mind. She could reject her proposal and then he would become a laughingstock in office. The centre of attraction would shift to him. He made his own assumptions in his mind but never tried to speak out and find the truth. Unaware of this, he continued to act weird in office and at home. 


She lived with her friends in the hostel. Although only a few of them were close to her. She, in her free time, would read Indian love stories and would paint random art. She wanted someone to love and pamper her. Her time went on dreaming and thinking about all those lovey-dovey characters from a novel. Amay was successful in finding a little place in her thoughts. She wanted to know if he liked her and if yes, then what made her so special in his life. 

She was not a fan of herself except that she was efficient and prolific at work. Her education, her achievements and her life had been normal. She would express herself through her paintings. Her happiness, sadness, excitement,  amazement were all visible in her paintings. Some of her very close friends had seen them. 



He wanted to make sure he loved her, and only then he wanted to make another move. Her facebook profile was not open for all, but he followed her digital moves like a detective would and guessed that she liked to do paintings, watch Netflix and Hindi romantic movies. 

He, in his free time, had reflected a lot about his love for her and took months to make the next move. Her face got imprinted his mind and would think day and night about her. He, so, decided that he would propose to her, but would also make sure that none of his friends should come to know, at least for now.


The other day she received a ping on her office chat account.

“Hi, are you there, I am from manufacturing department. I had some queries about your last improvement project. You decreased the quality rejection rate by 10% in that project”.  She was busy in office validating quality reports of the car, but his name caught her attention. She verified if this was the same Amay who followed her and it raised her heartbeats.
“Yeah, please tell me the queries”, she wished to see if this is a query or an excuse he made to talk with her. 


Amay got excited as he saw the reply. He knew already that she was a quality engineer and therefore contacted her to start a conversation. Her reaction would give him confidence about her interest to talk with him,

“I wanted to know the process you implemented, for the bearings of crankcase, to reduce oversize defects. I am having an issue in the other model and thought I could learn from your improvements,”


Apeksha for a moment forgot their unsaid personal connection and replied in a professional tone. “I can share the documents with you and if you would like I can also explain to you what I did”. 


Amay didn’t need any document from her but he was ecstatic as it seemed to be an opportunity to meet with his dream girl “Yeah, that’s a nice idea, maybe I will go through your documents first and then we can meet and discuss if that sounds ok to you,”


She smiled because he took a step  to meet with her, “Ok, let me know you will receive the documents in two minutes,”


He took a sigh of relief that she was ok to talk with him, even if it was for a professional work. He now only had to be opportunistic and share his feelings with her. 


The other side of his mind forced him to give some time to build the friendship. He could then share his feelings. It seemed logical to him, but he was sure  that he could not be her friend and he didn’t want to be friend-zoned. 


“But why would she accept my proposal at the first meeting?” This question engaged his mind for nights, but his desperation won over the logical side of his brain and he proposed to her. 


Apeksha was a little happy that he wanted to talk with her, even if with an excuse for some professional work.  With this, she could be sure if it was her wrong notion that he liked her or had some truth in it.  She found herself relaxed and happy and painted with no specific thought in mind. She painted dawn with warm sunlight, blue and white sky, and the sun looked so far yet its sunlight was spreading happiness everywhere. There was greenery and a very magnanimous castle.  She continued to paint for hours and never realized that she got so immersed in it and skipped her dinner. 


She never expected that her painting would give her an epiphany and would help her take a decision for her life. The painting had several elements and each of them had an independent soul and a meaning but it gave a different and a holistic understanding when viewed together. She created a castle that emanated and reflected happiness from every corner. The life around the castle bloomed with love and happiness. Love, hope and optimism were visible till infinity, and she saw herself outside the castle facing the sun and waiting for that happiness to hug her. That feeling amazed her. She took it as a signal from her conscious that she desperately wanted love in her life.


“Is it because of Amay?”


She questioned herself but ignored it as she didn’t know him. How can she fall in love with somebody just like that, but her heart didn’t want to ignore the message from her painting? She with confused and rambling thoughts went to office the next day.  They had earlier planned to discuss her project after lunch.


Amay waited for their discussion since morning. He kept on rephrasing questions he would ask to her. They planned a meeting in one of the office meeting rooms.  He made sure that nobody would get a clue of his intentions. They both were there before time.


“Hi Apeksha”, he uttered the moment he saw her.


“Hi Amay” she smiled and went directly inside the meeting room.


“You had your lunch,” asked Amay to start the conversation.


“Of course, you didn’t have” it confused her as it was already well past lunchtime.


“I have too, just asked,” He thought of a fool of himself to ask a silly question.


“Ok, tell me have you gone through my reports” asked Apeksha to break the momentary pause and move the conversation ahead. She thought she could have responded earlier in a better way.


“Yeah, I have gone through and I was wondering which tool should I select to achieve the accuracy of 20 microns for the diameter,” Amay moved fingers on his hair and tried not to have direct eye contact with her. But he could not control and was checking her then and now.


Apeksha noticed but didn’t react, “We used reamer, and it would work but important for you to have an excellent tool material as the tool should not wear out in a short span of time “


“Yeah, that’s a wonderful suggestion, I think I will consider that,” Amay had already implemented the solution, but he had to bluff it. 


He halted that discussion and enquired “Where do you live”


She told her the location, they exchanged the phone numbers but Amay did not propose to her and said nothing that could have triggered further meeting. He cursed himself later that at least he could have complimented her. 


He knew he would go mad if it continued in this way. He was browsing on the internet and read poetry somewhere. It triggered an idea to him to write poetry and express his feelings. He thought it might be easy in that way and he could express much more than what spoken words could express. He spent the entire night thinking about her and finished the poetry. He slept at 6 am and skipped office the next day. 


Apeksha searched him during lunch but was unhappy to not find him. She was ok with their meeting and now she was thinking to meet him again. She thought at least she could make one move now and then see where their friendship would go.


“Hi Apeksha, this is Amay” he went to her place in the evening and called her. 


“Hey, Hi, how are you,” Apeksha asked with a surprising tone. She did not expect his call as there was no specific reason now.


“Hey, I wanted to talk with you, and I am downstairs at your place, can your come for a while,” said Amay and waited for his response.


She  got baffled but agreed to come down.


They saw each other, and he bent down, when she came close enough, on his knees and gave a decorated card with poetry to her.




When I first saw you 
I was awestruck by your simplicity and
Overwhelmed by your natural beauty,
I questioned myself
How can one be 
so simple yet so elegant 
So silent yet so expressive.

I don't know who are you
But I feel like
I know you since ages,
I don't know what you think
But I believe I can understand you 
I know you paint your emotions
And I wish to read them happily.

You know that I like you,
Your striking  eyes speak a lot
Your demeanour talk volumes,
I don't know what you think
But you can test my love for you
I promise
I will be the one always for you.



She smiled, read it with amazement and was very very happy but didn't show it to him. She then said
"Ok"
Amay got baffled " Ok? what, please tell me"




Jun 10, 2020

A day in an NGO



Have you ever thought about the happiest days of your life? Well, I recently did, and a day that I spent in an NGO made it to one of the happiest days of my life.

I must admit that this visit gave me immense happiness and satisfaction at the end of the day. 

Kaliyuva Mane an innovative school for underprivileged children was located on the outskirts of Mysore. It was a four-hour ride from Bangalore, and two of my colleagues accompanied me there.

The founder, Mr Ananth Kumar, a very humble and a kind person, dressed in a traditional south indian lungi and shirt welcomed us. The school covered a very big area with an optimally sized playground for a leather ball cricket match,  a small fertile land to teach basic farming techniques to kids, a residential building for boys and girls, a canteen, and a small building for admin office and school. 

We started our day with farming and all of my wrong notions about kids were cleared at that very instant. The kids were smart and they engaged us by their regular questions and literally taught us to sow bean-seeds.  I did ploughing and could only show my power to move the plough here and there and messed up that land.  They taught me that very basic thing required for survival - Farming.

We later exchanged views about their future goals and guided them on the steps to achieve it. They were also taught yoga in their school, and we, for some fun did it together before lunch.

Lunch was in itself an enriching experience.  We, after a long time, sat on the floor and ate lunch with 80 kids. We were served tamarind rice and bissibili bhat. I realized that day that how an environment and aura can add deliciousness to the food. The food was ok and our appetite was fulfilled. 

Later in the day, we organised a painting competition and played basketball with them. We did not give them any money, but of course one of our office colleagues donated some good toys, sports goods and books. They were happy to accept anything and everything. 

During the day one of the kids held my hand, pulled me, and made me walk towards the ground with baffling inclusiveness that generally we even do not find with our family members. This incident touched me deeply and will always be with me for my entire life. 

I saw a different way to live a happy and contented life: A life without an abundance of money or resources, without mouth-watering food and branded fruit juices, but a life with an enriching and nourishing education system and a life that promotes inclusiveness for anybody and everybody.
 
That day I realized what true happiness is. That day my life showed me a life mirror that I am just one of those fortunate bunch of population who was born in a well-to-do family.

If life gives you an opportunity like this, then be opportunistic and grab it with open arms. BELIEVE ME, you will not regret it but will only earn lifelong happy memories.

Keep Smiling 

Jun 7, 2020

5 Steps to evolve as a person



Why do you need it?

Everybody at some point in their life goes deep down into that ditch of troubles and problems. The ditch is so deeper that you lose contact with your friends and relatives. You wanted to end all of this overnight, but has it ever ended? NO 

It is in the rarest of scenarios that your problems might end overnight, on a lighter note, problems can only come overnight like stocks crashing in Covid-19 pandemic.

A question that puzzles you, me and everybody is how to avoid problems? And the solution does not live inside the brains of business tycoons,  inside the illusionary world of celebrities or in the wisdom of motivational gurus. It lives inside You. How?

Well, the answer is that you need to evolve as a person to think about happiness and love rather than problems.


 Five steps:




The first step to deal with this situation is to  ask the right question, which is,

 How do I prepare myself to face any problems?

Asking this question to yourself in itself will resolve some of your problems. You may have puzzled thoughts right now but your doubts would clear as you read further steps.

The second step is to have a calm and stable mind that could think through patiently in any problematic situation. This state of mind and heart in itself is a process and takes time and requires sincere efforts to achieve the same. You would like to take below actions to achieve it 

Have a good 6-7 hours sleep. This would energize your body and mind and would develop an ability to think without brain fatigue.

Have a well balanced home-made diet. This would relieve you from all the problems like hypertension, constipation, diabetes, heart problems and several other diseases. A healthy body only has the ability to have a well-balanced mind. 

Give some space to exercise and meditation in your daily routine. This regulates your blood flow, gives strength to your body and mind.  



The third step is to do a risk analysis of your life, and again ask questions like below to yourself
What all expenses are going to come in the next 2 years and in the next 5 years?
When do you see yourself as a married person?
When do you like to wake all night up to caress your kids?
When do you want to become the CEO of your dream company.
There can be endless of such questions based on your expectations and wishes but you would only be able to ask them if you follow the first two steps.


The fourth step is to not worry about what others think of you? People today live life for others and ask for the validation of their each and every action from others. You only need the validation of your any achievement from you and not anybody else. Social media today is an example of such a mental mess. 


The fifth and the last step is to engage in some kind of activity with your full passion. It could be dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument or writing. It is no less than a meditation if you do it with full dedication and passion.


Evolving as a person is a slow process and does not give results overnight. It requires unwavering discipline and belief in your own actions. 
Just remember one  thing that the lasting effect of the feat achieved overnight, does not stay long, but also ends over the night

Jun 3, 2020

My Cycle My Companion







I remember that day
When I met my companion
For the first time,
I was four
When he came  home,
And my heart 
Bounced with happiness and ecstasy 
Like those unknown bumps on the roads.
 

He rode with me
Easily and tirelessly,
Bearing all my heavyweight
On his back,
He rode with me
On the bounty roads, 
the open fields
And the distant and elevated peaks.


He accompanied me
To my school
To my friend's
Waited for me at pitstops, 
He celebrated
My first achievement 
Gave me the balance, and I welcomed
God’s blessings with open hands.


He was with me
When nobody supported,
And he made  me smile
And took me to there
Never visited, never discovered,
I smiled, I enjoyed and rejuvenated
As my companion was with me




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May 31, 2020

Irrationally Passionate- A Book Review



Book Rating: 4 /5

Irrationally Passionate describes the journey of one of the successful and sought after entrepreneur of the country. Jason Kothari today is one of the top 10 paid executives in India, and he shares his overwhelming journey of how he became a successful entrepreneur from once a rebellious kid. His is a must-read journey for all the young people out there who really want to make big in their life.

He, in the book, shared his lifelong experiences from teenage years until I assume 2019. He categorically explained that the characteristics of entrepreneurship were sown in him from the very childhood, and how, from those experiences, he realized his thirst to take over an entrepreneurial journey. He then shared his life as a rebellious teenage kid, and how he treaded it back on track with good grades and a disciplined lifestyle. He has very succinctly at each stage of his life shared the extract of his learnings to inspire that entrepreneur hormone in the reader. He intended to inspire his readers by sharing how in his young age he dared to acquire crumbling Valiant Entertainment, that publishes comics and then turned it around to a successful venture. He explained how he overcame those early struggles to turn around his and Valiant's fortune.

 He returned to India after his tenure in Valiant, and that was grabbed as an opportunity by the Indian startups who had stumbled into the quagmire of their own making. The first one to hire him as CEO was Housing.com and he shared some of the interesting business insights and stories of this turnaround that would keep you hooked and very well engaged in the book. He was then hired as CSIO and CEO by Snapdeal and Freecharge respectively, and he turned around their fortunes for the good.

The book is written in the first person, and mostly in an active voice.  It is a fast-paced book and is also easy to read. Author, and his editors, I think has taken care to use simple and well-structured language so that it reaches not only to seasoned readers but real entrepreneurs as well. I, however, felt that the Valiant account of his journey was a little stretched out for a reader and could have been trimmed a bit.
He during his entire journey shared inspiring insights, stories and his learnings, which for sure are the lessons for any entrepreneur. He wrote this book with an intention to share his learnings and guide to all the other wannabe entrepreneurs, but I would say that this book is an inspiration not only to those budding entrepreneurs but also to all the people out there who are looking for a motivation to achieve anything and everything in their lives. I, not being an entrepreneur feel inspired and am now excited to try out new things and enthusiastically follow the passion of my life.
In the end, I would say that this is a must-read for any entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs can pick this book any time and read it, however, for others, this book should find a place in your bookshelf when you are feeling demotivated, and looking for motivation and inspiration to achieve things in your life.

Do not hesitate to buy it from below thumbnail, as it is said that a penny spent on good books has immeasurable worth in millions.


Happy Reading :)

May 24, 2020

As Simple As It Can Be #8




I, after a long time, bring to you the eighth post in the series As simple As It Can Be.

But this time I am writing it in a different tone than the earlier posts.  I ask myself that what can be called as a simple life and who lives a simple life?

Well, Is simplicity defined by the era we live in, or in  the age we are born in? Is it defined by the culture that we adopt or by our beliefs, education system and skill nourishment in  the course of the life?

 I would say that I live a simple life as I have a car, a flat, an internet connection and I live in a metro.

Let us imagine if I travel back in time and meet a person who lived 200 years ago. That person also loves blogging and intends to write this post. He would, I presume, say that I live a simple life if I get a food to eat, and a shelter to sleep under. 
This definition of simplicity will further change if I travel 1000 years ago. 

It also depends on person who defines simplicity, for example Bill Gates will have a different definition than what I write. So what actually is simplicity? 

The more I  write , the more it baffles me. It can not and should not change with time or the social status of a being. I therefore could only come to one conclusion-


Simplicity is living in resonance with nature. It is to live in resonance with the people around you. It is to live a life without an emotion of extreme jealousy, hatred and greed. It is also to live a life without an emotion of extreme love and care. A being who has a stable mind and heart and who is unaffected or less affected by the melange of mundane emotions is living a simple life. A being  whose actions are defined by his thoughts and who is always ready to  adapt the change in life lives a simple life. 

It then doesn’t matter if he belongs to now, or thousands of years back, or if he is the richest man or a poor. This simplicity in reality is the ultimate source of happiness, and is the only way to live a meaningful and a contended life.



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