It was the winter of 2000 and I had just started my career in a popular post-production film studio in Mumbai. I was 21; was heartbroken, messed up and had scars of a fresh separation from my beloved. I used to listen to this sad Hindi song, like 1,000 times in a day. I made … Continue reading The Most Free-Spirited And Jovial Woman of BOLLYWOOD
These three are one of my favorite innovators of all time. They did something that no one did before. From screen left, you can see Edwin Catmull, Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in one frame—an epic. These three are the pioneers of 3D animation in the world. Together, they used computer technology to create stories … Continue reading 3 Legends Who Changed The World Using Technology And Storytelling
From the moment I saw this picture on the Twitter account of HH Dalai Lama, I am lost in the world of unlimited joy. This is a classic frame—both masters in one. HH Dalai Lama is a reservoir of compassion, peace, and unlimited happiness, while Sachin Tendulkar brings a smile, joy, and sense of pride … Continue reading Union Of The Masters
In 1995, Dr. Dre caste his spell with the song—who's the man with a master plan? A nigga with a mother fucking gun. Gangsta rap was a rage and these lyrics got imprinted on my mind; it's still there. It was around same time that I entered college life. My college was in the south of … Continue reading Meet A Simple Man With A Master Plan
कहती है ये नज़र, कब क्या होगा किधर | दुनिया मैं चंद लोग, होते है जादूगर | This sher from Hindi film Apna Desh tells about people who are a magician in real life. These are simple people who are around you but you don’t even know their magical presence. They transform the world into … Continue reading Mind Is Your Greatest Power, Use It Well
It was 1995, and I had just started college. My college was a nice-little place near the Arabian sea. No words can describe the goodness of college life—pretty girls, fast cars, food, parties, madness, fun, and all of that. That which can be told. I made some really good friends in the first years itself … Continue reading The Universal Relative
In 2000, I started my career as a junior computer graphic artist in a small but popular film studio; in Mumbai. I was hardly 21; naive, dumb and half-mad. The atmosphere was quite lively; songs and songs in all the rooms of the studio. The studio made a lot of promotional videos for upcoming Bollywood films. … Continue reading This Cute Santa Gives Irrespective Of Christmas
There are some people in the world who just discuss ideas, some discuss people who discuss ideas, some just dream for change, and some, only the blessed ones, be the change. The hero of this blog post is one such blessed human. I met Arhcis Bhide in 2001. We were working on the same project; … Continue reading The Real Example Of Being The Change
In 2000, I started my career as a junior computer graphic artist in a small but popular film studio; in Mumbai. I was hardly 21; naive, dumb and half-mad. Where is Bunty? He's in smoke. This is the first conversation I heard on the first day of my job; offered by the HOD of computer … Continue reading The Man With A Deadly Combination Of Goodness
Tears are falling from my eyes as I am writing this blog post. I am experiencing this the first time. No, no. this is not tears of joy or pain. Actually, I had a pickle for lunch and didn’t wash my hands properly. I just rubbed my eyes and so the chili is hurting my … Continue reading The Couple With The Cutest Smile On Earth
2017 has been a year of action. A lot happened over coffee, tea, internet and mainly WhatsApp; since we made a college group. Just in case you're wondering which college? The incredible Jai Hind College in SOBO; fondly and wrongly called the town! I met many long-lost friends and made some new ones. There are quite a … Continue reading A Guiding Star From The Days Of Past Glory: Part I
As soon as I booked an Ola Cab today, I got a call from the driver. He spoke in fluent English; much better than me. As I entered the cab, I was stunned. The cab was full of toys, figures, sticker that came alive in the disco blue light. After taking the OTP, he offered … Continue reading Shippie Turned Cabbie
There are a lot of marathons—suddenly—happening in India since few years. Everyone is running; minus me. I kind of like walking more but that’s a topic for another blog post that is coming soon. I have always been curious to learn more about this sport and after a little research, I found this information. The … Continue reading The Inspiring Story Of A Multi-Talented Marathon Queen
I recently visited the beautiful city of Guwahati for a project and to do heart-to-heart communication with our sisters and brothers from the north-east part of India. We, from this part of the country, are quite ignorant and seldom connect with people from faraway places; in India. We have friends from across the globe but rarely … Continue reading She And Her Friends Saved My Life In Assam
I recently visited the beautiful city of Shillong for a project and to do heart-to-heart communication with our sisters and brothers from the north-east part of India. We, from this part of the country, are quite ignorant and seldom connect with people from faraway places; in India. We have friends from across the globe but rarely from … Continue reading She’s Making Young Girls Believe In Themselves
It was during 1995 when Ravi Rai—the man who revolutionized Indian television—launched Sailaab on Zee TV. This television serial took away the hearts of millions of youth; including me. I was just 15 then, fresh in college and the zephyr—sorry, but I just got to know about this word and can't resist using it—touched me too. … Continue reading While My Parents Were Dying, I Was Living On Her TV Serial
This blog post is a special one. It’s on the energy and inspiration that made me create this blog in 2017. Any guesses? ये तो यारों सबको पता है, वह तो मेरे दिल में रहता है | If your answer is the wife, maybe you’re right to an extent but not exactly right. She’s more … Continue reading She’s Not My Better Half, But Equal Half
I met Mohit Rao some years back regarding a project which never turned into a reality. But something else happened. I came to know a peculiar human and I never knew such a human existed in India. I had read about various peculiar people from different countries but met someone who uses the power of … Continue reading India’s New Superhero With Mental Superpowers!
In 2001, I was on a short sabbatical and traveling to New Delhi from Mumbai; in the train. Our Indian trains are really one of the wonders of the world. If you don’t believe me, get on it once. Nothing bad, it’s just really a joyful roller-coaster ride. I was traveling in class II sleeper coach where … Continue reading The Veteran Healer In God’s Own Country
Hey, don't call me sir, my name is Arish. You can call me that. These are the first words I heard from this man on my first day of job in the animation studio I worked for 10 years. Man, those were the days. Past glory but it was for real. I was damn excited because it was a Hollywood … Continue reading The Boss Who Never Was
It was the fist day of junior college in 1995. The college was a beautiful one near the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. I was quite anxious as college life was completely a new universe for me. I came from a low-income family from far suburb and the college was filled with children from the elite … Continue reading The Only Friend I Asked For An Autograph
As I walked through the valley of the shadow of death, but wait. WTF am I talking? This is the lyrics of Gangsta's Paradise not what I wanted to say. This year ending madness is playing tricks on my mind. Let's start afresh. As I walked through the premises of my school, many memories met … Continue reading 70-Year Young Boy From My School
Friendship doesn't see border, culture, caste, creed, race, gender and age. I am a witness to all of it and this time, especially with age. It's not usual for me to connect with someone so elder to me. But it happened; somehow. Maybe there's a divine design. Maybe there's something else. Maybe, there's nothing. Whatever, … Continue reading At 81, This Man Younger Than Most Of Us
Some memories are gone, some remain. Some memories are joy, some are pain. Some memories are hurtful desert, some are rain. I found one memory—in the form of human—after 22 years. Do you know WTF I am talking about? No, you don’t. You wouldn’t because you don’t care. You’re selfish. Just like me. But she? … Continue reading The Queen Of Good Times
Recently, I visited my school friend Bindhya Gupta to gift her daughter—Vidhi—a present for her birthday. The meeting was beautiful but I got to know few things that I never knew about my school friend. It all started with a conversation about my blog she really likes my stuff and is a regular reader. After … Continue reading Meet The Secret Superstar Of My Life!
2017 has been a year of action. A lot happened over coffee, tea, internet and mainly WhatsApp; since we made a school group. I met many long-lost friends and made some new ones. There are quite a few who I never met in school or I don't remember our acquaintance clearly. Maybe, too much alcohol … Continue reading The Man Who I Haven’t Met, Stays In My Heart
Brother, I had extremely hard times but it's all good now. Life—and the sea—has been generous. These words are ringing in my head as I am writing this blog post. These words are of my long-lost schoolmate—Nativity Alphonso. Rewind. It's circa 1993-94, I used to reach his home and we use to walk together to the … Continue reading Vitamin Sea: The Saga Of A Goan Shippie
This is the story of a four-in-one man named Leon Periera from the heritage Christian village of Kurla, Mumbai. Leon was my classmate in HCHS. We had good times together but after school, we never met until we created a school WhatsApp group; 22 years later. After we met recently, I came to know so … Continue reading Businessman By Head, DJ By Hand, Environmentalist By Heart And Philanthropist By Soul
In 1989, Hindi film Maine Pyar Kia became a rage. The film is counted among the top 10 successful films of India. I was in school and we had this crazy challenge of watching the film maximum number of times in a row. This fad was all around. I watched it 25 times. Montu watched it 50 … Continue reading He Saw MAINE PYAR KIA 50 Times In A Row To Win A Challenge!
Naaz. Naaz. Naaz. I don't have words to describe here, so I don't think I am going to continue writing this blog post. I'll collect some words and get back. But wait! I am a story-teller and I can weave a story with or without words. It's all about expression right? But this lovely woman … Continue reading I Write On Others, She’s The First To Write On Me
One fortunate school friend who's in New Zealand, gave birth to a cute girl some days ago. But this is not what excited me to write this blog post but it's what they named her and what is more exciting for me is the joy she's going to feel by having such name. The friend … Continue reading It’s Beautiful To Have Love As Your Name, Isn’t It Aroha?
In 1991, Hindi film Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi was a rage. Everyone was talking about the star cast and the characters in the film. The protagonist was Raghu—the same name as my dear friend Raghu Sheregar. We were busy eve teasing him all the while and he was also enjoying it. School times were full … Continue reading Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi: A Saga Of Rags-To-Riches
As far as I remember, Almas is the only girl—after Tina and Leonie—I have troubled the most in school. I was notorious and we used to sit together in standard seven; around 1991. I don't know have happened and one day, I poked a sharp-pointed something in her arm. She cried and cried but I was indifferent. … Continue reading I Found My Forgiveness After 25 Years Of Disrespecting Her
My hands are trembling while writing this blog post because the protagonist of this blog post is a multifaceted and colorful person. She’s one of the most inspiring, funniest, brave, and influential women I have met in my life. She’s a complete package of life within herself and she’s one of my favorite school mates—Neelima … Continue reading The Lady In Indigo Has A Charming Smile, Roaring Laugh and A Magical Hug
I completed school in 1995 and since then wasn't much in touch with any schoolmates. This was keeping me unhappy for many years. I am an extremely social person and over the years also managed to build good relationships with all from the days of past glory; except schoolmates. So, I had been thinking ways … Continue reading Meet The Man Who Inspired A Spark That Ignited Countless Hearts
Anita! Anita! Anita! It's a new beginning of my writing style. For the first time in life, I am giving out the name of the protagonist at the beginning itself. Why?! Because I can't resist the heat that's why. And you won't after you read this boiling blog post on her. Anita was my school … Continue reading OMG! I’ve Got A Style Diva In My Friend List!
Some stories are inspiring unforgettable. Such is the story of my friend Ronak Modi; from India. I met Ronak while working in the animation studio I worked for 10 years. He joined as a junior computer graphic artist in my team. He was focused, smart and in a rush. He had to get there soon. He was extremely … Continue reading The Little Saga Of This Big Man
I have known Surya Gauda from school days. We were both in one class; sometimes. I still remember his ankle-length red-gumboots. No one in the school—other than him—had the f***ing guts to wear such footwear in the school. He was a notorious backbench-er type of student. Although I was myself a second last bencher, I … Continue reading He’s The Unbelievable Human-Butterfly Of The 21st Century
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been surrounded by loving friends—old and new. One of them invited me to her daughter’s 10th birthday party. Actually, let me confess, I was self-invited. This friend is a special one because we were school-mates, and we met recently after 22 years of sweet-bitter separation. I spoke to … Continue reading Little Mehek’s Magical Birthday Party Gave Me Many Memorable Gifts!
I was working in an animation studio for 10 years and we were scheduled for a pipeline change. I was responsible for my department. Can you believe it? Me!? But it's a truth. I was the leader of my department and we had to switch to a new software for doing computer graphics. The new software was called … Continue reading I Couldn’t See The Light At The End Of Tunnel Until He Stepped Into My Life
School years were my wonder years. So much fun and joy, selfless friends, and excitement to finish school to go to college. There are so many moments that I remember. There are so many friends, crushes, affairs and mischief that I can’t forget. But I think what I now call crush or affairs were mainly … Continue reading The Law Of Attraction Was Working For 22 Years To Make Me Talk To Her
I don't think there's a real need—in this decade—to write an article about one of the greatest actor of Bollywood. There are millions of beautiful articles about Amitabh Bachchan; full of fancy words and praises or otherwise. In my blog post, I am trying to decode this man from my perspective. I have always been … Continue reading He’s Not A Star Of The Millennium, In Fact A YUGPURUSH Of India
I lost my parents in 2015. Mother was terminally ill at the time of death; in fact, she was in a coma for a month before leaving for her final journey. Although she died—biologically—on 24.03.2015, I saw her dying every moment; right in front of my eyes every day. In the hospital, there was nothing to do … Continue reading A Mother’s Last Three Wishes Before Dying!
Only a few are lucky enough. I believe in the above quote to a great extent. Not everyone has the combination of talent, opportunity, hard-work, and luck. But Provash Paul really does. I met Provash while working in the animation studio I worked for 10 years. He was in the modeling department. He was kick-ass at his art … Continue reading The Only OSCAR WINNER From My Facebook Friend List
Gaurav Sharma is a college going boy. I have known him since he was in school. He's from a economically challenged family background and some of our like-minded friends support his educational needs time-to-time. The above statement is a stereotype that you must have heard from time to time; a thousand times. Every other article … Continue reading You Won’t Believe What These Three Adults Did To This Little Boy, It’s Shocking!
Here's another story out of my bag. This one is of a phenomenal, pious soul traveling since eons to spread joy, compassion, and love—and now in form of human named Ritika Arya. You can find several articles about her on the internet but I want to take the opportunity to write about her in my … Continue reading The BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Angel From Planet Love
We all, usually, have a role model—a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated. And, usually, that person is some popular figure in past or present history; someone prosperous or termed as successful. My role model is someone different and my definition of success is also different. I have many role … Continue reading Not Gandhi, Not Tata, Not Tendulkar, Not Gates—My Role Model Is This Common Man
Surprised by the title of this blog post? Well, you ought to be but this is blog post has a twist. and believe me, it's nothing like the fraudulent British Raj. This is about creative freedom, about a creative journey; beyond borders and beyond limits. This is about my friend, philosopher and guide Raj Solanki who … Continue reading The Indian RAJ Comes To America!
Fruits are the only nature's gift we can eat naturally. Fruits have multi-benefits, like vitamins, fiber, minerals, antioxidant and may world is moving at fast speed then to ensures we cope up with this speed we provide nutrient and healthy product to the world. Fruits are soldiers to prevent from illness naturally. It acts as fast … Continue reading Meet The JUICE BARON From India
In 2009, I had taken a short sabbatical and visited South Africa to learn wildlife film-making. This was the first time I had been out of county for so long. I was excited because I knew that I am going to meet many students from different countries and befriend most of them. We were a … Continue reading What Is Sweeter Than Belgian Chocolate? Read The Article To Know More
I had known Anil Patel as my senior while working in a post-production studio in Mumbai. But that was not the only side. There were more and I explored them year after year. I had just begun my career, as a computer graphic artist, in 2000 and joined this studio. Anil was a quite senior … Continue reading It’s Never Too Late To Learn Photography, From A Master
Yes, you're right, he's the man who built the first personal computer of the 21st century. But you have to patient to read this article to understand the real fact. Tabrez Balbbale is my schoolmate from Mumbai. He's a computer geek; then and now. I was in my final year of college—in 2000—when I wanted … Continue reading This Man Built The First PC Of The 21st Century
The participation of women in photography goes back to the very origins of the process. Woman—they always add an extra flavor to whatever they do. And such is a story of this dazzling photographer. I met Megha Jabbar Thakar while working in the animation studio I worked for 10 years. She wasn't an active acquaintance but always had a charm one … Continue reading She’s A BLOOMING MARVEL In The Universe Of Photography
Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved; she is creative, not created. I am lucky to be surrounded by great women of our times. One is my wife, some are school and college friends, some are colleagues, some are mentors; all are quite successful today. There are leading an inspiring … Continue reading Behind Every Successful Women There Is A SHE Factor
Sharing a story from real life experience. It’s about how soon we become judgmental; about people, without knowing about them. In 2014, I was on a no-money walking pilgrimage with my mentor from Ahmedabad to Udaipur. It was a 20-day trip through villages and forests. Somewhere in north Gujarat, there is a long stretch that … Continue reading Being Judgmental Brought Out The Worst In Me And The Best In Another
Every parting is a form of death and every reunion is a form of birth. That's the fun of going to a high school reunion: it's seeing the people who you were close to all those years ago, and re-exploring the relationships of the past. The sweetness of reunion is the joy of heaven. The tale … Continue reading Eureka! We Met Where We Left, 22 Years Ago
I had never heard the word CFO in my life till I met Dinesh Modi in the animation studio I worked in. It was somewhere in 2008-09 that this person joined and on inquiry, I discovered that he's supposed to be the chief for financial matters of the company. I didn't understand much about the … Continue reading The Modi, Who Is One Of The Most Influential CFOs Of India
I had been to South Africa to learn Wildlife Film-making in 2009. I was the first Indian to attend this prestigious program, and so I was kind of famous all through the program. But I never knew that I had left such a deep impact on my professors that one day I got a call … Continue reading Wild By Head, Wild By Heart And Wild By Hands
There's always one such person that touches your heart and makes you see a new world. I also met one such person in 1997-98. Rohan Vaswani is a friend from the days of past glory—college days. As far as my memory goes, he was always a loving, relaxed dude; the cool types. Coming from an … Continue reading A Loving Person Lives In A Loving World
Pavan Manikanta Kumar is one of my new friends in life. I met him while volunteering for The Logical Indian community for social transformation. But this is not what excited me to write about him. There's a different perspective. He's on a 100-day smile mission—to keep smiling and share his picture on social media for 100 … Continue reading Man On A 100-Day Smile Mission
It's a lovely Sunday morning. It's raining heavily and my area is submerged. I am too. The only difference is that area is submerged in water and I am submerged in love, kindness, compassion, gratitude, and blessings of great mentors. As I talk about mentors, two names immediately come up in my mind—Jayesh Patel and … Continue reading Meet The Gurus Of Peace From India
I met Atanu Roy while working in the animation studio I worked for 10 years. He was quite senior to me but always-ready-to help type of a person. His humble character got us connected. I am always learning some of the other languages and Bengali was on the list, but I wasn't sure where to start. Atanu came … Continue reading Meet Roy, My First Bengali Teacher
There was a time when I was completely disconnected and even lost. I was out of touch, rather chose to be, with my school friends. School, the wonder years, was just a lost memory until I created a WhatsApp group to connect, after 22 years. It all started with this school friend whom I owned … Continue reading This Dude Is The Wormhole To The Lost Universe, Of My Old Days
As I walked through the streets of Dongri—what I call The Den of Dons—I met a man selling weird power medicines. I was very keen and wanted to inquire about the stuff and so, out of sheer habit of poking my nose in other people's business, I started to question the seller about the medicines. … Continue reading The Power Medicine Seller From Kabul
Welcome to my smoke parlor! I was just peeping into a shop to see the colorful waterpipe-smoke-giving ancient machine, commonly called Hookah. It was an ancient shop full of these hookahs and pipes and the owner was an amazing jolly good Iranian uncle named Ali Yezdi. I was very attracted towards his charming persona and … Continue reading Iranian Al Pacino
Shana Koenig was the first person, in my life, I met from the USA. I met her while working in the animation studio I worked for 10 years. She joined us as our supervisor in 2004 and stayed us for few years in Mumbai. She was the first human, from a foreign country, I worked with. … Continue reading A Memorable Friend, Philosopher and Guide From The USA
With less than around 50 Iranian restaurants left in Bombay stamped Mumbai, it's very rare to find an old Iranian uncle. I was quite lucky to find this place and have a quick chat with the owner. He was not talkative but at least we came to know his name—Golom Irani. I wanted to know more … Continue reading Iranian Chatterbox
कहती है ये नज़र, कब क्या होगा किधर. दुनिया में चंद लोग, होते है जादुगर. When I was in school, I use to hear the song of a Hindi film. What it means is that no one knows what's going to happen because few people in this world are a magician. This lyric has always … Continue reading The Rainbow Seller
All my life, I have these men carrying their bazooka and spraying some chemicals in the localities. It has been a very enticing story which I never ever explored. But, I did it some days ago and have tried to capture this story in modest words. I waited for this man for an hour and … Continue reading The Terminator From BMC
For the first time, I got an opportunity to visit a Dargah and all credits go to my new friend Allah Rakha who calls himself King of Baghdad. I met him by chance while distributing footwear as an act of random kindness. He was passing by near the station with a mega-turban on his head. This immediately … Continue reading King Of Baghdad
I think this story has taken the longest for me to write; almost 38 years! Actually, it’s because I always used to see him and never had the time to talk to him or rather never had the reason to. But, today, I had one. Everyone must have seen him, at least once in a … Continue reading Dr. Banjara
This is a story, rather, one of my few stories with a female character in it. I don’t know why, somehow, no woman gives me her story but this one sure did. Although it was tough to get her ready for the photograph, I did it. I found her ranting at the railway platform, to whom, … Continue reading I am God!
I was in Goa for an event and I met this man, who was the vendor of a big LED screen for the event. I really like his profile and want to share his story. Dean D’souza is from South Goa. He's a popular name in the event industry of Goa. Young, dashing Dean is … Continue reading King Of Good Times
I have met many ruffians and personal enforcers in my life but this man is the most different of all, rather the most respected one. I always watch him from far near my residence, as he gets all the work done at a construction site. This time I was determined to go near him and … Continue reading The Eco-DeboNAIR!
Here comes the Vasudev screamed the children of the relic 110-year old building in south Mumbai. My ears suddenly shot up like the ears of the rabbit who hears the sound of a predator. Immediately, I ran to the 110-year old window of the 110-year old building to see who this dude is. And I saw this … Continue reading WhatsApp Of Ancient India
I wanted to purchase some perfumed charcoal to burn in my home and I was hunting for shops. I found this one shop selling devotional items, near a fish market; strange but true! I entered his shop and the shopkeeper immediately stood up in attention to greet me. Come in, come in sir. How can … Continue reading Rangeela Rajasthani
हरे कृष्णा ! I was greeted each other in Govardhan Eco-Village, a marvel made in a village in Maharashtra. This place belongs to ISKCON for whom I was working on an audio-visual project. I met Swami Radhavallabh Das on the campus who was our project manager from ISKCON. I always get amazed whenever I meet this man. … Continue reading Creative Swami
एच सी धार वाला, एच सी धार वाला | He shouted twice and immediately I knew who it was. I turned and ran towards him, the man I saw almost after so many years. I used to see him often when I was a child but actually this was some 20-25 years ago. Do you know … Continue reading Human Sharpener
Sun was at his or her naughtiest and I was feeling very thirsty. As I was wishing for some energy drink, there came this young man as a messiah. At first sight, he looked like an oasis in the desert but later I realized he is just a coconut water vendor. But, he served nothing … Continue reading A Friend From Bangladesh
I had always been mad over scientists and wanted to meet one. There was no opportunity before 2010 till I met Debjyoti Bardhan in a science popularization seminar organized in Prithvi Theatre by TIFR. The seminar provides a forum for informal discussions of interesting scientific issues outside a traditional academic setting. I was a regular attendee … Continue reading My Dear Scientist Friend, Gratitude!
Bhumi Mathuria, a dear friend is a radical thinker. She's a graduate in psychology, a community servant, ladder, dreamer, philanthropist and now a life designer; like her father Yogeshbhai who is one of the designers of my life. She has started something called Samarpan that is a Dance Movement Therapy—DMT—initiative in Banglore. Its prayer is to … Continue reading She’s Redesigning Life Through DMT
In 2014, I was on a no-money walking pilgrimage with one of the designers of my life. I walked more than 300 kilometers from Ahmadabad to Udaipur; without any money on me. Isn't that awesome! On our journey, we had this middle-aged man with us—Vijay Yadav. Words cannot define this compassionate and kind man but … Continue reading Angel In Disguise
In 2014, I was on a no-money walking pilgrimage with one of the designers of my life. I walked more than 300 kilometers from Ahmadabad to Udaipur; without any money on me. Isn't that awesome! On our journey, we had been lined up a radio interview in the beautiful hill station in the western state … Continue reading Radiohead
In 2014, I was on a no-money walking pilgrimage with one of the designers of my life. I walked more than 300 kilometers from Ahmadabad to Udaipur; without any money on me. Isn't that awesome! On our journey, we had many schools and one such school—Yoganjali—was very special. They had hundreds of little children that … Continue reading The Woman Of Substance
भले पधारो अतिथि, भले पधारो | This man was shouting in the spirit of welcoming us to his little home. He was so excited as if he had seen humans from the city for the first time in life. And, actually was almost like I said. The back-story is something like this. I had been on … Continue reading The Forbidden Heroes Of India
Holy shit! This is Veerappan Part II. Immediately my mind shouted. For those who don’t know who this gentleman is, here is a brief. Veerappan commonly known as sandalwood smuggler was an Indian bandit who was active for years in scrub and forest lands covering about 6,000 km² in south India. I met him while we were … Continue reading A Meeting With Veerappan Lookalike
Here is the story of my mentor Yogesh Mathuria, from Mumbai, with whom I walked 300 plus km for peace. I walked with him for 20 days; without any money. Isn’t this awesome? He's not an ordinary man! He’s an angel in disguise, a messiah of peace who has completed walking more than 10,000+ km … Continue reading Global Pilgrim
A few years ago, I was on a no-money walking pilgrimage. We had to hunt for host families for a night stay during our walk. And, this man came like an oasis in the desert because that day we couldn’t find one. I don’t know the divine messenger who told him about our peace pilgrimage but he … Continue reading This Man Has Brought His Remote Tribal Village On The Map Of India
Why are they selling roti here? This is what he said when he went to a restaurant for the first time in his life. This is the line that has ripped my heart. It’s one of the most philosophical questions I’ve heard in my life. For me, this question has left behind the greatest philosophers … Continue reading The Strangest Question On Earth
One day my friend called me to ask for help. He had a friend, Mansi Shouche, in London who imagined to collect old and unused children books to create a library somewhere in India. I immediately agreed as I had a similar vision and bandwidth to take up this mission. He connected us both and … Continue reading Her Imagination Established A Library In A Village In Nagaland, India
You wouldn't recognize these men in the photo; definitely, if you're not an Indian or not in the world of music and poetry. But this photo—taken by Guru Dhanoa—is one of the greatest visual frame ever. This photo has two one of the greatest men, of music and poetry, that planet has ever seen. Ghansham … Continue reading Magic Happens, When Two Great Men Meet
Recently, I had been on an adventure trip in the villages of Gujarat and passed this small town, very close to the hometown of our Prime Minister. At first, I thought it was VISA-nagar as everybody in Gujarat is trying to get a visa to the USA, but it's actually Visnagar. In the evening, I … Continue reading Mr. Courageous
I was in junior college—in 1996—and decided to do a summer internship somewhere. I didn't have any contact but elder brother referred me to his friend. I got lucky; was immediately taken up for the job. The job was in a shop called Taurus Motors near my home and Saket Singh, the owner and partner … Continue reading First Boss Is Like First Love!
Jaykar Arudra is a popular name in the Indian VFX industry. Well, if you’re thinking that this article is about all the splendid work he does, you’re are not thinking differently. This isn’t about him as we all know, rather it’s about this humble and hidden side I, and few, know. I am a selfish man and all … Continue reading Wise Man, Great VFX Artist, Hidden Singer
In 2001, I was on a short sabbatical and traveling to New Delhi from Mumbai; in a train. Our Indian trains are really one of the wonders of the world. If you don't believe me, get on it once. Nothing bad, it's just really a joyful roller-coaster ride. I was traveling in class II sleeper … Continue reading This IAF Officer Taught Me A Lesson Of A Lifetime
I met Amy, now Asha Giri Mata, in a spiritual retreat in India. I can't forget the brief conversation we had: Where is your home? India. I have this habit of asking people their nationality. And this was the most fitting reply I got to my question. She told that my home is where my … Continue reading American Sanyasin
I met Vihang Suryavanshi in the first animation studio I worked in—around 2001. At that time, he was a regular artist like me but when I met him after a decade in another studio, I was flabbergasted. He had completely changed. He's a reservoir of wisdom, especially Vedic one. He's a Bhagavad Gita scholar and … Continue reading The CIVIL SANYASI Of 21st Century
Today marks three years of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister or, as he says, Prime Servant of India. No article may do justice to describe this man and his work, but this is my humble effort to write few lines on him. Lovers—don't get excited and Haters—don't feel ecstasy, this article is from a neutral … Continue reading The Weaver Of A Billion Dreams
Last night, I was chatting on WhatsApp with my school friend Vinay Jain. Suddenly, his son sent some recorded messages. First, I thought it was my friend with a distorted voice but later he told me that it's his son Arjun. The little one's voice was so divine that it took me 30-35 years back … Continue reading Little Arjun Hit Me Straight In The Heart
I am a computer graphic artist now but I was an alien to the computer till 1997-98. It was a novelty and an expensive gadget that only fortunate few could afford. And the fortunate one was my college friend Ravi Tandon. He was a computer geek in college and I used to visit his home … Continue reading I Pressed My First Button On His Computer