#2018

Not all who wander are lost

I remember somebody telling me about their best friend who has known them since childhood. Most people will probably say, ‘Awwww, that’s so nice.’ Not you, you are thinking – ‘That is so scary, why would I want that?’ You have lived in a place for five-plus years, and the locals ask you – “Is …

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Thinking Different

For selection into an orchestra, the potential candidates were asked to perform behind a screen so that the examiners had no idea who was playing – a carpet was placed behind the screen to prevent the heels of the women to give them away. RESULTS: The number of women in orchestras rose from 5% to …

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Choreograph or Improvise

Have you ever said to yourself – “If only, I had done it this way – it would have worked out.” or “Why did this have to happen?” Have you ever been able to get things executed precisely the way you planned? Neither have I – best-laid plans gone awry, right. I am a project …

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I Am A Fraud & Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way is a book by Julia Cameron. It was a lifesaver for me. I grew up in India where getting a job is more important than following your creative instincts. And as an engineer, my mental model was that – being an engineer and artist was impossible. We are all creative beings, and …

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Tame The Elephant

An elephant and its rider are trying to get somewhere 1. The Rider has no clue where he wants to go – he and the elephant meander needlessly. 2. The rider knows his destination, but cannot decide which route to take – he and the elephant stay in the same place. 3. The Rider knows …

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A Perfect Life.

Let’s start with a story first. A group of carmakers from the US went to study the car making process in Japan. In the US, there is a stage where the engineer uses a rubber mallet to fit the doors into the car. The US group kept waiting for this to happen in the Japanese …

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Expiry Date On Blaming Others

I was watching one of the episodes of Law and Order, and this scene jumped out at me. Ben Stone: The father really believed that he loved his son. Adam Schiff: And, you don’t. Paul Robinette: Well, history has shown that sons will go to extremes to please their fathers. Ben Stone: Well, my father …

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I Am Vegan

Before we begin: Vegetarian: No meat including chicken, fish (eggs – Maybe) Vegan: Vegetarian and no dairy products (including eggs) Whole Food Plant-Based Diet (WFPB): Vegan plus no refined or processed foods or sugar and limited oil I turned WFPB (Vegan) this year. I still have eggs once in a while but overall Vegan diet. …

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Groundhog Day

I have been watching episodes of Law and Order Season 2, which aired in 1990. Apparently, it was the first series to introduce the forty-five-minute episode format and also the first to include both sides of the story (Law and Order). I am enjoying it – if you remember reading my blog about Right Vs. …

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Growing Old

Incident 1: I turned thirty years old, and I remember talking to my dad who is a realist in all sense. I told him, “Can you believe it I am thirty years old?” And his response was, “Yes, and in another ten years you will be forty and another ten you will be fifty.” Incident …

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