Musings

Of starts and restarts

We have all been there isn’t it? The big resolve to do something, to start anew. An exercise regime, a diet, a new productivity mantra, a new way of working… This usually follows a bell-shaped curve. Start from zero, an accelerated approach towards a peak, when you are exactly where you want to be…and then …

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Kuro-obi -and then?

A black belt in Karate is an achievement…a big achievement. Its a culmination of years of blood and sweat, of hard toil, of pain and perseverance. A Kyokushin Karate black belt is even more treasured, since it carries with it a silent testimony of hard practice and a spirit of never-give-up. But what happens next? …

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Should we grow our own food?

Do you think that we should grow our own food, whenever we can? Well, not all of it. But at least enough so that we can stay in touch with it, and pass it on to the next generation.  For thousands of years, we ate what we grew. And then the Industrial Revolution changed us …

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Money, or education?

Money, or education…if you had just one choice to make, what would you choose? Ok, there is a caveat here. A lot of you may think to choose education, saying that it would eventually lead to money.  Let’s up the stakes. Let’s say that education would not lead to money, nor would money lead to …

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Of larks and owls…

Are you a lark, or an owl? Studies have shown that a majority of us follow a similar energy pattern – growing in the morning, reaching a peak around noon, crashing in the afternoon (2-4 pm) and then recovery post that.  A few follow the owl pattern – recovery in the morning, crash in the …

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A leader who inspires…

A leader is one who inspires… But also walks the talk. India has been blessed to have many leaders, who have left their indelible mark on our society.  Narendra Modi is one such leader.  Being born into a poor family didn’t deter him from working his way from the ground up.  Resources were meagre, but …

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On common courtesy….

Have you had to deal with instances when you had a great discussion, sent the prospect a proposal, and then he never got back? As in stopped responding to messages and emails, stopped picking calls…generally incommunicado.  I find it a big strange, doing business this way.  We have a service to sell, you enquire about …

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of studies and careers…

I am an engineer…yet never worked a day in engineering… How many here are like me? What do you think of it? The adage goes that in India(especially the South), you are either a doctor, or an engineer.  A lot of us have gone through the engineering degree, but went on to MBAs, and further …

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the social dilemma…

There are only two industries that call its customers users – illegal drugs and software…. A powerful statement from an equally powerful documentary – the social dilemma (TSD) – now playing on Netflix.  You have heard the adage – if you are not paying for a product – you are the product.  TSD goes a …

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