I met this man some days ago while hunting a fresh story. At first glance itself, Manchala Singh won my heart. He hails from north India, and is on a journey in the city of dreams; since, no one knows—not even him! He roams on his cycle and talks less. However, I was able to communicate … Continue reading Urban Nomad
You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination. This is what Khushboo Yadav and Gulafsha Shaikh believe. Here are two young ladies who are making a change. Both have studied in a community-learning center in Mumbai and now they teach in such community-learning center. Coming from a … Continue reading Girl Power
Finally, I spotted one near my home. They started their magic and I couldn't resist capturing this nostalgic moment—almost like a rat who came running to Pied Piper of Hamelin. The band was playing some really awesome music when I approached them. It was a perfect example of teamwork and harmony. Inherited from the old … Continue reading The Red Band
Once upon a time, I was walking on the beautiful streets of Puducherry and I noticed the famous woman coconut vendor—Coconut Amma. I couldn't stop and we had a striking conversation: Mother, please give me coconut water. Water or creamy? Take the creamy one, it's sweeter. Yummy, it's so sweet and cold. You're the first … Continue reading In Conversation With—Coconut Amma
There are lot of wonderful things happening around the world done by wonderful people. I also am honored to meet one such character. Gaurav Sharma is a young man in his late teens. He stays in one of the slums of Mumbai but he’s quite wealthy by heart. He’s a young change-maker who is determined to … Continue reading Karate Kid
I was born in a lower-middle class family who settled in Mumbai; after partition of united India. Belonging to this social class has always been a blend of boon and curse for me. There was always anxiety, excitement, awe, fear and so many emotions; especially in my early years. There were dreams, aspirations, etc. and … Continue reading Moments @ Hotel Taj Mahal Palace
चलो, चलो चलो, सवारी १० रुपये | He was shouting at the top of his voice. I also wanted to ride to my destination in north Gujarat. I fought like a child—although I am still one—and took the front seat in his Jeep. He put his favorite USB drive full of regional songs. I was … Continue reading Salman, Jeep, Driver and Gossip
Where to throw the paper plate? Sir, please give it to me. VT Swamy and I started taking out his plastic bag to collect leftover plates. He’s one of those cleanliness loving heroes who are hard to find in India. The ones who really care to change themselves and their situation around. I took this photograph and … Continue reading Clean India Hero
I had visited a tribal school near my city lately. The visit was to support this marginalized and neglected community for digital literacy. I and few friends collected old laptops and we shared in few schools in Karjat district—2 hours from Mumbai. Our coordinator introduced us to Arjun Sakpal from a nearby village. He’s the man … Continue reading Rural India’s Digital Leader
The famous quote by Buddha means a lot to me and is the fundamental principle of my life. And, I don't just go by philosophy, I actually research on it and make my conclusions. So, I did an experiment for one year with a group of people from my housing society here in Mumbai. The … Continue reading Don’t Judge Unless You’re Perfect: Part I
I believe in miracles and hence, they keep coming to me. It came yet again. I had been bargaining with this auto rickshaw driver who asked for an exorbitant rate for a short distance. Somehow, we cracked a deal. After a while, I realized that I had forgotten a bag but was not sure where. … Continue reading Miracles Happen—Every day
I met this garbage collector many days ago. I can't forget the moments we spent together. He was such a gentleman and we had a spectacular conversation. What are you collecting? Garbage. Oh, you sell plastic and earn, is it? Yes, I am poor rag-picker, Sir. My name is not Sir. I have a name. … Continue reading In Conversation With—A Garbage Collector
You speak beautiful Gujarati. Are you Indian? No, I was born in Zimbabwe, raised in England but my ancestors were Indian. Oh, I see. Your parents must have migrated. No, my great grandparents did some 300 years ago. OMG! I met Bharat Ranchod in the train while going on a trip and was so impressed … Continue reading Indo-Zimbabwean Britisher
I have started walking in morning; in my housing society compound. Since many days, I had been noticing pieces of roti on the back side. I was curious to know who keeps there pieces there and why the pieces are kept there. I couldn't resist and one fine day, I and the lonely pieces had a … Continue reading In Conversation With—A Piece Of Roti
It's my strong belief that the Quran contains one of the best personal-development technologies in existence. Islam has all the tools we need to succeed and we must put them to use. The following lessons can transform our lives in profound ways: Every little thing matters: Anyone who does an atom’s weight of good will see it, and … Continue reading 5 Powerful Lessons From Quran
I experienced a moment of enlightenment while listening to one song of artist Bette Milder. I have heard it 100 times before but never realized that it has such a beautiful meaning. And it's so much relevant in today's time. We break traffic rules, litter, tell lies, speak ill about others, contribute to corruption, destroy the … Continue reading God Is Watching Us—From A Distance
Happiness is so important to us, both as individuals and as a world, primarily because happiness is really all there is. As human beings, although we possess cognitive abilities and are highly thought oriented, the quality of our lives is ultimately entirely determined by our emotions. For example, which life would you rather have; that of … Continue reading Why Happiness Is So Important?
I was traveling to CST by train one day and I saw this beautiful scene. My hand automatically went towards the camera to take capture this moment. It's a moment of irony, loneliness, pain, madness and so many other emotions that no one, other than the man himself, knows about. I don't know what happened … Continue reading First Class Loneliness
Few people realize the huge impact the ability to forgive can have on their happiness, nor do most people think of this as a skill that they need to teach and practice with their children. But important it is: forgiving people tend to be happier, healthier, and more empathetic. The inability to forgive, on the other … Continue reading Forgive And Feel Happier
I had been to saloon the other day. Every-time I go the staff, one of them is always after my life to color my hair. This time something different happened. While I was waiting for my turn for a haircut, I had a striking conversation with the hair color kit sitting in front of me: … Continue reading In Conversation With—Hair Color
कचरे वाला-कचरे वाला, आ गया कच्रेवाला | He comes every day and yells this. Today, I thanked him and just asked for a correction. आप सफाईवाला हो, कच्रावाला मैं हूँ | All this while, he had been saying that he is the garbage man but I realized that he's not the one who makes garbage, he cleans—we … Continue reading Perspective Matters
Color is the aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of light being reflected or emitted by them. To see color, you have to have light. When light hits objects, some of the wavelengths are absorbed and some are reflected, depending on the materials in the object. The reflected wavelengths are what we … Continue reading Science And Psychology Of Color
I was walking to the market this morning and on the way, I found 4 lemons in a square shape on the floor. They were crushed and I asked someone nearby about this phenomenon. He explained me that it was because somebody has bought a new car and he placed the lemons under the tire. … Continue reading Superstition Or Belief?
Since childhood, I hated and feared police. The reason was unknown; maybe upbringing, maybe wrong values, maybe false information, maybe Chinese whispers, maybe family experiences but one reason that I found out—in my mid 30s—was that there was a complete lack of connect with them. Hence, the hatred cum and fear only grew in leaps … Continue reading From Hatred To Love
The moment man became religious should have been the end of all conflict, but unfortunately, everywhere in the world, religion has become the main source of conflict. This has taken the maximum number of lives and caused the maximum amount of pain on the planet for thousands of years. This is only because people believe … Continue reading A Different Perceptive On Religion, Dharma and Madhab
I brought a utensil today. It's a big aluminium tumbler to boil water and I did something which was very unusual, for the shopkeeper at least. I asked him to engrave my name on it. Cool, isn't it? But this was a custom many years back. I remember my parents getting their names engraved on the … Continue reading Living Ignorance, Dying Customs
Since childhood, I have been hearing keywords like terrorism and terrorist but there has been no comprehensive definition to describe its characteristics. Parents were a victim of the 1947 India-Pakistan partition and had their definition of the subject. My grandfather was involved in World War II while serving in the Indian Army, he had his own … Continue reading Terrorism—My Side Of Story
I had always been complaining and blaming that the almighty never listens to me. To my surprise, for the first time, I had a striking conversation. I kept searching for you but couldn’t find you. You cheated me. You kept searching for me only in temple, mosque, church etc. while I was always beside you. … Continue reading In Conversation With—God
Parenting is the ultimate long-term investment. Be prepared to put far more into it than you get out of it, at least for some time. Given the structure and stresses of contemporary Indian society, the happiness of couples plummets the minute they become parents. And it gets worse before it gets better. In the long run, … Continue reading The Art And Craft Of Parenting
The term empathy is used to describe a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in … Continue reading What Is Empathy?
A number of questions could still be answered to make a stronger case that nonhuman primates really do feel gratitude, or some evolutionary building block of gratitude. First, a great deal of evidence in humans suggests that gratitude is important for forming new relationships, but not so much for maintaining existing ones. If the opportunity … Continue reading The Evolution Of Gratitude
I have always been an ardent fan of ghazal since my childhood. I have heard many but one singer that takes my breath away is Chitra Singh. This legendary singer has been in my joy, pain, love, hate, stress, relaxation—in every moment, every emotion. She used to sing with her husband Jagjit Singh and they … Continue reading Meeting A Living Legend—A Dream Come True
Service is a beautiful word. It can mean very different things to people, depending on whether they are talking about sports, cell phones, the military or volunteerism. Here I use the word to refer to the practice of selfless giving—something that each one of us has the capacity to do. We contribute to discovering abundance: … Continue reading Why Should I Contribute To Community?
Donating sound like a full-time job. I think it is! Be proactive: If you find yourself considering a gift to a charity that called you on the phone, you’ve already lost most of the battle to do as much good as possible. Your money will go furthest if you set time aside, think about all … Continue reading How To Donate Like A Pro?
From 2013-2017, I had been on this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sabbatical—doing crazy things, learning spirituality and rendering community service. It was a completely no-income time and a huge question for peers. No one could understand what I was doing and my joy haunted them; all the while. On a fine day, a good friend came up and asked me … Continue reading How Much Do You Make? Asked My Friend
Dear daughter, I am happy that you have chosen a path you love. I am not going to reprimand you for the job you quit or feel proud on the new path you’re walking, but I am going to stay silent and l see it happen. I don’t want to give any adjective to your … Continue reading A Letter To A Daughter
I remember my father saying me one thing since childhood—whatever you do, do with full dedication and you'll reach to the top in that. I understood this only at the tender age of 30; when I met Ishwarbhai Patel for a brief moment. Popularly known as The Toilet God, he was an innovative toilet designer and committed … Continue reading Every Street Is Paved With Gold
I burnt a matchstick the other day, I can't tell for what, but I noticed one very interesting thing and I couldn't resist talking to it. The result was a wicked but inspiring conversation. Why are you so angry all the time? Who me? No, I don't think so. Yes, you. You have such a … Continue reading In Conversation With—A Matchstick
I spoke to an old school friend a few days ago and was very touched and inspired by her story. She was a good friend in school and had tough times due to challenging life situations. She got married early and had to leave studies but was successful at the job she was in. Life … Continue reading Her Tale Of Struggle, Victory And Inspiration