Courage & Bold moves

“Passion toh hai…but karne ki himmat nahi milti” remarked one of my favorite juniors from college. How do we develop the courage to take bold steps in Life? This same junior, and I, had worked together in college to build an alumni portal. We kept in touch. When I graduated, he told me “sir aap ek startup khol lo aur …

Power of experimentation

Startups experiment using what we call the Lean Startup / Design Sprint Methodology. Even if they fail, they try to ‘fail fast‘. All great scientific discoveries are a result of ‘experimentation’ and testing of hypothesis. Why can’t we do this to discover ourselves? I had this question on my mind, since college. Everyone wanted to (and still want to) start …

The FMS ego

We had hired two interns from FMS at Acadview (now acquired by Upgrad). It was a 2 months internship. One of them came to office for 1 day and then disappeared. Did not even bother to communicate or respond to texts/calls/emails. The other guy made us hire two more interns under him. Shared a lot of strategy, advise, concepts, even …

The lone nut

I did not know that I could write, until I wrote this book. (‘Trapped‘) Honestly, the first draft of ‘Trapped‘ sucked. And, I was frankly, embarrassed to talk about it. When people asked me “How’s the book coming along?” – I did not know what to answer. Then, I met Ankita Gupta through a common friend and told her why I’m …

Entrepreneurship? Not for the faint-hearted.

From my private journal, dated 28th Dec’16 “Entrepreneurship is not for the faint hearted” “Learn how to manage stress, tension, depression, lows..” “Work with people who are strong, have worked out of their comfort zone” In March 2017, I was fortunate to join Acadview and meet Himanshu Batra (Founder, CEO) Himanshu is one of toughest (mentally) people I’ve ever met …

My ex liked my page but …

I have been working on it since the time we were together and she knows how much the book means to me.  So, I recently created this Facebook page to get the word out about my upcoming book #Trapped.  I did invite everyone on my friends list to like the page but I noticed this “one” like in particular.  This particular …

The Real Entrepreneurs

Three different Entrepreneurs told me “If you find quick success, it’ll come down quicker”. “Real, sustainable success is built over time”.  There are a lot of Entrepreneurs in the ecosystem. Some, who get lucky in their journey, and never pursue Entrepreneurship again.  The real Entrepreneurs, however, will keep coming back to Entrepreneurship.  Because, Entrepreneurship is a mindset. The real Entrepreneurs …

How I helped my Mom :)

When we are young, our parents take care of us. As they grow older, we take care of them.  Taking care and ensuring their well-being involves two parts – physical health and mental health. Often times, mental health is what overpowers the overall health.  Our job, as kids, must be to help our parents experience the spiritual world in some …

Interrupting people is good

All throughout my Life, I have been told that interrupting people is rude and we shouldn’t do it.  What if I told you that interrupting people is actually good?  Let’s say you’re in a conversation with someone. If, both of you value your time and want to spend it in a meaningful way then you’d want to make sure that …

Striking a chord with people

Most people care about themselves, more than anybody else in the world. Their own needs, desires and wishes are the most important thing in their Life. There is no sense of empathy and authenticity. This is why, in every conversation that they have with others, they’ll always talk about themselves – their needs, desires, goals and what not. This puts …

Spoiled Experiences

There are some people out there who ruin it for everyone else.  Someone decided to mentor but the mentee did not bother to keep in touch or say ‘thank you’. Now that ‘someone’ no longer bothers to mentor anyone. Someone decided to contribute to a cause but later found out that the beneficiary misused the funds raised. Now that ‘someone’ …

Passion / Motivation

Transferred a very small amount to Ankita, the editor of ‘Trapped’. Super happy with the work she has done and so I told her that I’ll send more. Her response was “All that is secondary.. I’m confident that the book will make a difference and really help people” It’s tough to do a good job at something if you’re only …

How to choose a job?

If you are not ambitious, and, don’t have any goals in life – just want to get married, have kids & settle down, then this post might not be for you. Smart people don’t seek “a job”. Jobs “seek” them, and they, “choose” where to work. Here are some pointers to consider while getting into a full time job (from …

Taking people for granted

I’ve learnt that the closer the person is to us, the more we take them for granted. Have you experienced this? We take our parents for granted. Our mentors for granted. Our significant other for granted. We start taking our friends, colleagues and everyone else in our comfort zone for granted. The only way to overcome this is to be …

Passion > Skills

Freshers and undergrads often complain about being rejected for little/no work experience. Those within a job and eagerly looking to switch complain about not finding enough opportunities. The truth is, there are opportunities everywhere and you don’t need to be super skilled/talented to grab them. You just need a little more passion, enthusiasm, excitement and zeal for life & the …

The difficult conversations

I’ve always faced great difficulty in saying no to people. When I wanted to move on from my first company, I resigned on Whatsapp. When my seniors wanted me to join their team, I said no over Whatsapp. Instead of meeting her, I broke up with my ex on Whatsapp. Guess what? Whatsapp is easy. When I thought about it …

Me too

The IIT/IIM tags, the awards, the honor and everything else that you’ve worked so hard to achieve in life mean nothing if you’re accused of sexual harassment and have to apologize publicly. As Warren Buffett says, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

Insignificance Of Human Life

5 days ago, my Uber ran into a pillar. 5 years ago, my fat, heavy, desert bike got flipped over, making my entire body pressed in between the sand dunes and the bike. I was unable to move or breathe for quite sometime. In moments like these, we realize how granted we take our lives for and it reminds us …

On Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,