A recent Facebook post from my friend Archis caught my attention. His brother Mayank Bhagwat has done something innovative for Ganesh Festival 2018. He has given a heart touching message about organ donation and how it can save multiple lives. For those who don't know what this festival is, it's a 10-day Hindu festival celebrated across India dedicated … Continue reading Mumbai Man Spreads Lord Ganesha’s Message For Organ Donation
If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital—satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. Living a minimalist life can you wings. Your baggage is less so you can fly … Continue reading How Minimalist Lifestyle Brought Me Freedom and Joy
Is it hard to find our life purpose? There is no limit on the number of people whom we could help, or inspire, or support. There are many reasons why you may need to know your life purpose that also leads to a truly happy and meaningful life. But if you want to change all that and find your life … Continue reading 11 Simple Ways To Find Your Life Purpose
I was doing a lot of soul-searching from 2013-2017. I was a self-exploration journey and learned a great deal about a lot of good virtues of life; including thanksgiving and sharing. I liked the idea and wanted to share something for each friend on his or her birthday. I was on a complete no money-diet and … Continue reading I Give Timeless Gifts To My Friends, Their Personal Blog Post
Happy FRIDAY! It's a lovely day as it's also the foundation of a weekend. I like to call it TRYDAY. This is the day to try, at least start to. Just want to share a reflection from my journey of what I call my experiments with truth, time and money. When I started my inner … Continue reading Turn Your FRIDAY Into A TRYDAY
In addition to happiness and love, we all want more time and money. However intriguing new studies by Zoe Chance of Harvard Business School shows that, when we do compassion, our sense of time expands; and when we give money away, our sense of abundance and wealth also increases. Anyone who has ever engaged in … Continue reading Compassion Gives You Money And Time
We live in a world based on based on achievement and competition. Many times, we're looked upon as weak for being too nice. We become cynical, pessimistic, and hard. Thinking that it is the only way to survive. What we do not realize is that we are shaping ourselves into something that is not us. … Continue reading The Power Of Kindness
With a scarcity mindset, you believe that everything is limited. Time is limited. Money is limited. Love is limited. This causes you to worry about the future. You’re consciously or unconsciously more concerned with what might go wrong than with what could go right. You make fear-based decisions. You’re afraid of missing out. You’re afraid … Continue reading It’s All About The Right Mindset
Are you a person who gets inspiring ideas every day? Do you wake up, stimulated with such thoughts, only to end up feeling sore as the day ends because you failed to act on these bright morning ideas? Then welcome to the world of multipotentiality, a word I first encountered when I heard a TED … Continue reading Some Of Us Don’t Have A True Calling. Are You The One?
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
If you ask people on the street about their definition of success, you’ll most likely receive different answers. For some, being successful in life is associated with having a lot of money. Some define success through the level of power and control they can exert over others. For some, success is about living the dream, … Continue reading Successful Life Quotes From Wise People
Ratan Tata—the name itself inspires thousands of lives. The legendary businessman, investor, and philanthropist is a boon to India. These 5 quotes from him could change the perspective of how we look at our lives. Take the stones that people throw at you to build a monument. Ups and Downs in life are very important … Continue reading 5 Quotes From Ratan Tata That Will Change Your Thoughts About Life
Striving toward happiness is our very nature. But that doesn't mean you won't experience sorrow. In fact, sorrow is an important part of your pursuit of true and everlasting happiness. If you live life, sorrow will occur. The more you live, the more you love, and the more deeply you live and love, the greater … Continue reading Learn To Live With Sorrow, It’s A Gift
If you don't know, I am also a part-time coach. I love sharing whatever little I have and you can check what all I coach from the coaching section of this blog. My coaching session is based on pay-what-you-want pricing strategy. It’s a pricing strategy where a participant pays a desired amount for a given commodity, including zero. Giving … Continue reading Why I Love The PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT Idea?
I came across this wonderful message on the internet. Couldn't resist sharing it with you all.
Moving on seems impossible at first. One may feel like they will never get over their relationship. This blog post is for everyone out there who doesn't think they will move on. I assure you, that's part of the process. The moving on the process will take time, probably longer than you might think. I … Continue reading The Art And Craft Of Moving On
The poem—by the same name as the title—by Og Mandino has become my DNA. It seems he wrote it for me only. But in fact, he wrote it to inspire all of us. I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. … Continue reading I Will Persist Until I Succeed
It's said that the road to success is a long one and you succeed when you reach the end of the road. This is bullshit, as per me. I believe that you're successful; irrespective of the destination. If you're walking, you're successful. If you're alive, you're successful. It's all in the mind. Success is a journey, … Continue reading 0-120: The Success Story Of A Failed Blogger
Every child is a genius and is gifted. It's only about realizing that gift, and parents can be instrumental in doing so—big-time! I visited Ranjit Jha for a project and got quite inspired by the walls in his home. He never stops his child from painting the walls. In fact, children need a huge canvas … Continue reading Don’t Stop Your Child From Doing This
Little random acts of kindness can go far. These little acts look little but their ripples are really big. I was in this queue at the less-than-10-items counter and there were few senior citizens behind me. As soon as I saw them, I requested them to go ahead. They were joyful but shocked! One elderly … Continue reading Let’s Hold Their Hands As They Did For Us Once
Although the thought in this blog post belongs to me, the title was given by my dearest school friend Minu. Some are really fortunate. They're born and don't get old. Death takes them into its arms, hugs them tight before getting old. My sister-in-law was terminally ill and was brought back home last night. Doctors … Continue reading Death Can Be Beautiful
Mission RISE: Rural India Solar Electrification is one such initiative that proves this fact. It’s one of its kinds of initiative in the nation that is entirely funded and managed by the people, for the people, and of the people. It all started in 2014 when I went on a no-money walking pilgrimage with two … Continue reading The Power Of Common Man: How A Group Of Individuals Electrified An Entire Village
I have come to the pinnacle of success in business. In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed. At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, … Continue reading Last Words Of Steve Jobs
Don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas. So, take just a few minutes today, and do a kindness for another person. It can be something small, or the start of something big. Ask them to pay it forward. Put a smile on someone’s face. Smile and be friendly: Sometimes a simple little thing like … Continue reading 25 Ways To Help a Fellow Human Being
Negative thinking can ruin your life. It’s not a joke; this is one of the major obstacles towards happiness. Even when you’re on your way to achieving something great, the negative thoughts can stress you out. I said the wrong thing again. How could I be so stupid? I hate this job. But I couldn’t … Continue reading Positive Ideas To Stop Negative Thinking
Do you have a sense of purpose? I had been after years for more than a decade and finally, I have made it; I think so at the moment. The goals that foster a sense of purpose are ones that can potentially change the lives of many; including yours. Indeed, a sense of purpose appears to … Continue reading Lost About Your Purpose In Life? Read On
In this blog post, I want to share about the life of a happiness coach and emotional wellness volunteer. It seems fun. In fact, it is—it’s the way how you define fun. I became one a few years ago due to the deep interest and requirement of the subject. Most of us are unhappy and … Continue reading Life Of A Happiness And Mental Health Coach
Yesterday, while cooking dinner, I suddenly realized that I am somewhat ambidextrous i.e. I can work with two hands on two tasks simultaneously. It's not something unusual as such but that reminded me a good lesson I have learned—problems are opportunities. In 2006-7, I broke my right-hand elbow and my hand was in plaster for … Continue reading Believe Me, Problems Are Opportunities!
Many of us grew up believing that it’s nobler to give than to receive. This proclamation safeguards us from becoming self-centered monsters—scanning our environment to see what we can extract to fill ourselves. But this may turn us into a narcissist because we think we become great as we’re giving, and just giving. But I have a … Continue reading There’s Receiving In Every Giving
I am 38 now and I had been reading and trying to understand the wisdom of life for a long time. I read quite a lot of ancient scriptures and books on various subjects; ranging from science to philosophy. I also went one step ahead to take a 4-year sabbatical to understand my self and … Continue reading Life Hack: Welcome Suffering, Pain and Negativity In Your Life
Our Father of Nation—Mahatma Gandhi—believed in reform not punishment and with this philosophy, Additional Director General (Prison) Bhushankumar Upadhyay and Jail Superintendent U.T. Pawar organized a workshop in the largest prison of South Asia—Yerwada Central Jail, Pune. When one commits a mistake in life, one has to pay a big cost for it. But it’s … Continue reading Prisoners Need Reform Not Punishment
How many years you got? 25 years. What section? 302. Murder?! Yes. Why? Our family had been exploited since years. I took my revenge, and ended the chapter. Forever. This is one of the many conversations I had today during my visit to South Asia's biggest prison—Yerwada Central Jail. We had been given special permission … Continue reading Lessons From My Trip To Yerwada Central Jail
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and showing appreciation. It's a mindful acknowledgment of all that we have been given. When we focus on the abundance in our lives, we discover a greater capacity for generosity, cheerfulness, and contentment. Expressing gratitude is a rewarding habit that affirms the grace of the giver. Gratitude opens … Continue reading Gratitude Is Good For You
I was on a 4-year long sabbatical from 2013-2017. Although it was a fun sabbatical, I learned some valuable lessons for a simple and joyful life. I was on a money-diet in this period—no regular income. I survived on my savings a little income I made from some freelance projects. The sabbatical was to explore my … Continue reading Success Tip: Cut Your Spending Without Cutting Into Your Life
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
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!
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
My internet was not working for a few days and I was working with my service provider to solve the issue. Both of us were confused about the solution. And hence, we were struggling. Finally, I could speak to one of their expert who told to check in one setting in the control panel. To … Continue reading Change Your Settings, Change Your Life
Taking the first step is the most difficult part; for most of the people. But, as it’s said that a thousand-mile journey starts with one step, the first step can take you far. I want to share some personal experiences with an emphasis on the first step. My father was a victim of the Partition … Continue reading The FIRST STEP Is The First Step Towards A Successful And Prosperous Life
Last evening, I visited a store in a shopping mall. The security guard was wishing everyone with his heart. I wished him with full energy and also thought to observe him for a while. I stood in a corner and observed around 100 people in an hour or so. I was surprised that almost no … Continue reading Security Comes With Compassion
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
This photograph by Saurabh Sawant has ignited a motley of emotions in my heart. There is nothing spectacular in this photograph but there's something beyond spectacle. One is a relative, the other stranger, say the small minded. The entire world is a family, live the magnanimous. Be detached, be magnanimous, lift up your mind, enjoy the fruit of eternal freedom. … Continue reading The Messenger Of THE WORLD IS ONE FAMILY Ideology
Not everyone wants a break in their career and the thought of taking a sabbatical may have never entered your head. But if it has, then do consider the reasons it might benefit you: Shake things up: Frequently people want to break free from a rut they feel they are in. Rather than just taking time … Continue reading The Case Of My 4-Year Long Sabbatical
It's a lovely day today. In fact, as one of my friend, philosopher and guide said that today is the first day of rest of our lives. But, this lovely day is because of last night. If there was no night, there wouldn't have been this morning. In regard to this the thought, I have … Continue reading Listening Is An Act Of Love!
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
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
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
Thousands of youth dream to become a cabin crew and make their dream come true with one of the major airlines. It's a dynamic profession that offers countless opportunities for personal and professional growth. Their office is the clouds, high up in the sky. The role of a cabin crew derives from that of similar … Continue reading Please Behave, Cabin Crew Is Our Family In The Skies
I never paid attention to asking for forgiveness from the ones I hurt, until the day I got hurt repeatedly. I attended a spiritual retreat that taught me to introspect and look inside. My Guru told that it's all inside. I was taught how to introspect for days together and to my shock, I found my … Continue reading My Gratitude To The Forgivers
I had many-many teachers in my life but Natasha DS is one who I can't forget; actually, forget is not the right expression as I haven't forgotten any of them but I remember her every day. Why? You'll explore in a minute. She was, after academic life, my first English teacher. She was appointed to teach … Continue reading The Multi-Talented Teacher
RaddiConnect wants to make it simple. They provide a door-to-door service that allows institutions, organizations, and households to dispose of their recyclables through a friendly, reliable, and fair process. They want to empower their customers to play a part in helping the environment, all while saving time and effort along the way. The team works … Continue reading RaddiConnect: Mumbai’s First Recycling Based Fundraising Platform
Homeschooling is an educational method and philosophy that advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning. Homeschooling students learn through their natural life experiences including play, household responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity, internships and work experience, travel, books, elective classes, family, mentors, and social interaction. It encourages exploration of activities initiated by the children themselves, believing that the more personal learning … Continue reading Homeschooling: The New Age Learning Tool
The paper is natural, tree free, waste based, sustainable, pH neutral and odour-free! Elrhino dung paper is made by the families who live around the forests of Assam. They share their home with rhinos, elephants and a variety of diverse flora and fauna. They engage these indigenous folks to roam the woods and collect rhino and elephant … Continue reading Green Innovation: Making Paper From Elephant-Rhino Dung
There is a constant fight over what is good and what is bad. I think it's very subjective—every good has bad inside, and every bad has a good inside. Every being or thing is made up of a good and a bad combination. According to me, we should focus on the good part, and leave … Continue reading Take The Good, Leave The Bad
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
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 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?
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?
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 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
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Actually, there isn’t any art behind it. Just that you were born to be happy, and you can … Continue reading The Art Of Smiling
First of all, your comment that money is the root of all evil is a misquote. We’re referencing 1 Timothy 6:10 from the Bible, which is usually translated as for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil or simply for the love of money is the root of all evil. Not … Continue reading Money Isn’t The Root Of Evil
Forgiveness is good not just for the person forgiven, but for the person who forgives. We often think of forgiveness as a kind, magnanimous act—an act of mercy or compassion extended to someone who wronged us. While that can be true, research over the past few decades has revealed enormous personal benefits to forgiveness as … Continue reading Why Practice Forgiveness?
It's essential to forgive yourself and others in order to release your guilt and decide to not allow it to suffocate you and your future opportunities. Forgiveness is not the same as acceptance of the hurt. It's about taking care of yourself so that you can move forward with your life without being controlled by … Continue reading The Heart Of Forgiveness
Optimistic approach, right? Yes, but it's my truth and has seen it. In fact, I see it every moment. It’s so incredibly easy to put our attention on the negative. It’s effortless, really. The society, in general, is filled with distrust, pessimistic approach towards life and plus the distorted mass-media adds more fear and hatred. But, luckily, … Continue reading Why Is The World Full Of Goodness?
When is the last time you’ve challenged yourself? Took a risk? Or, even deviated from your normal routine? If you’ve been complacent with happenings around you maybe it’s time for a change. Change is inevitable in life. It's a part of our life. When we are tired of doing something we welcome a new change. … Continue reading Why Do We Need Change?
Social work is a helping profession; the main goal of social work is to improve a society’s overall well-being, especially for the most vulnerable populations. Social work’s distinguishing characteristics are its emphasis on the person-in-environment model and its emphasis on social justice. In other words, social workers not only consider individuals’ internal struggles, as other … Continue reading Social Work: A Powerful Tool For Change
Paths are made by walking. Nipun Mehta. He and his wife walked in India for 6 months, as their honeymoon gift to each other. One Satish Kumar walked from New Delhi to America to promote peace and now Yogesh Mathuria is walking to neighboring countries of India—to promote peace. I also got an opportunity to walk … Continue reading Keep Walking!
Our neighbor in the hospital needs blood urgently to perform an operation. They're all after blood since last night. All friends and relatives and entire humanity are called upon. Let's see from where they get the blood. Donors are coming from all parts of the city and I have just realized that we are or … Continue reading Divided By Religion, United By Blood
I realized that nobody is the owner of money or wealth, we're just a trustee or nominee. We have to share it away. It never belonged to us and per Vedas, this is all there for thousands of years. I think, we become frustrated or suffer because we try to become an owner. Once we have a … Continue reading Money Can Buy Happiness!