DISCLAIMER: I’ll, I can

You can abuse me, curse me, criticize me, stain me, please go ahead. I'll keep offering my services for the betterment of humanity. Whatever you strike me with, I'll respond with love and compassion. BTW, you've got no idea about my journey, my struggles, and the purpose of my life. I'm neither an expert nor … Continue reading DISCLAIMER: I’ll, I can

COVID-19: A Message of Hope and Empathy

In this global pandemic, so many people are doing so many good things to help human and non-human species. I asked the universe to guide me in my ability to help; in any way possible. The answer was simple and loud. I'd like to share whatever I already possess with me, art, craft, skill, etc. … Continue reading COVID-19: A Message of Hope and Empathy

Life Lessons From a Cockroach

I love learning from non-human species too! My mind always finds inspiration, even when I ain’t looking for it. I'm so grateful to cockroaches. They're one of the best teachers in my life. They've been around for millions of years, and still, stand strong. From far they seem to be busy, joyful, working hard with … Continue reading Life Lessons From a Cockroach

A Year-End Letter to 2019

2019 is fabulous! I learned and got trained to become a mental wellness coach. This has always been on my mind since a teenager and at 40, I realized my wish. Looking back at my life, I've manifested almost everything I wished for. The universe helped me equally. If I didn't get something, I'm sure … Continue reading A Year-End Letter to 2019

Summer Vacation of an 80s-90s Child

It's summer here in India and most of the school children have a summer vacation. I observe children around doing different things in summer. Most of them don't do different things as I used to do. It's nice to observe them and remember what I used to do when I was a school going, child. … Continue reading Summer Vacation of an 80s-90s Child

Success: The Definition Is Inside You

Success can mean different things. It can also mean the implementation of an objective or attainment of a goal. It can be expanded to include a complete project or be restricted to a single component of a project or task. It can be achieved in office workplace, or in personal life. What success means? No one can tell … Continue reading Success: The Definition Is Inside You

The Man With a Lost Origin

In India, there's a typical tradition to ask people about their place of origin when we meet. Where's your native place? Everyone has an origin within the country but I'm an odd one out. I don't have an origin in India; all the past glory is lost. Sometimes, I feel like no man's land. My … Continue reading The Man With a Lost Origin

Mumbai Police: 100 Calls to 100 With 100% Result

I'm fortunate to live in Mumbai that's —in my view— the best police in India. With the motto TO PROTECT THE GOOD AND DESTROY THE EVIL, the Mumbai Police has always come to my rescue in times of distress. This blog post is based on my personal experience. You may have a different experience with the police, … Continue reading Mumbai Police: 100 Calls to 100 With 100% Result

Lizard the Wizard

Yesterday, I came to know the real me. There was a lizard in my home yesterday, and instead of treating it as a guest, we started to drive it away. Within no time all the kindness, compassion left the heart. In split seconds, the love turned in disgust and I realized how incomplete I'm. A … Continue reading Lizard the Wizard

Gandhi and Me: Our Experiments With Truth

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was one of the most important spiritual leaders in history, a man who was once eulogized as the spokesman for the conscience of a human. About Gandhi Gandhi was given the title Mahatma — by Tagore — that's similar to the Western term saint, is credited with legitimizing India’s quest for freedom … Continue reading Gandhi and Me: Our Experiments With Truth

Copyleft Is a Better Choice Than Copyright

Copyleft is a new age term and more generous than copyright. You've heard copyright a million times. It's a type of intellectual property protection. It’s a legal right, existing in many countries, that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to determine whether, and under what conditions, this original work may be used by others. As a writer, … Continue reading Copyleft Is a Better Choice Than Copyright

The Legend of the Mumbai Dance-Bars

2005 came as a major blow to an entire industry in the sin-city of India — Mumbai. The state government banned dance bars in the city. However, in 2015, by public demand and dance-bar owners, the ban was partially removed. The dancers, some of whom once earned six-figure sums every month and led lavish lifestyles, … Continue reading The Legend of the Mumbai Dance-Bars

Minimalist Lifestyle Brought Me Freedom and Joy

Living a minimalist life can give you wings! Your baggage is less so you can fly high — do whatever you want. Although it’s a difficult goal to achieve where there’s a will there’s away. What I've experienced is that when you reduce your wants to half, the joy in life gets double. What’s minimalism? … Continue reading Minimalist Lifestyle Brought Me Freedom and Joy

I’m Learning My Genesis Through My Grandfather’s Book

It’s 2018, and some days ago I found my grandfather’s book when I was cleaning my closet. The book was always with me after my parents died but I didn’t pay much attention to what was written in it, until yesterday. The content had some technical notes but in the end, there were pages written … Continue reading I’m Learning My Genesis Through My Grandfather’s Book

I Give Timeless Gifts to My Friends, Their Personal Blog Post

I was doing a lot of soul-searching during 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 it was … Continue reading I Give Timeless Gifts to My Friends, Their Personal Blog Post

Turn Your FRIDAY Into a TRYDAY

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. I 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

My Questions Have Changed With Time

With time, I've changed a lot. The search, the discovery, the thinking pattern, the conditioning, the wishlist, everything has changed. Even my questions have changed. Previously, if I met anyone, I'd ask questions related to material achievements and self-gratification. Today, I ask ARE YOU HAPPY? ARE YOU LOVING YOURSELF? DID YOU DO AN ACT OF … Continue reading My Questions Have Changed With Time

The Jilted Generation Needs Our Support

Recently, I was at FTII where I was invited to share my knowledge of computer graphics. I'd a batch of 10 students. I usually, visit the institute 2-3 times a year and we’ve got a different batch every time. This time the batch was quite challenging. There was an ex-serviceman from the Indian Navy and there was a young … Continue reading The Jilted Generation Needs Our Support

I Give Away 1,000 THANK YOU Cards Every Year

Happiness isn't a path but a destination. It’s the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, simplicity, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, and gratitude. I believe strongly in the above quote. I got interested in the subject of true and everlasting happiness that I went on a 4-year-long sabbatical to explore all about it. I'm now practicing mental … Continue reading I Give Away 1,000 THANK YOU Cards Every Year

The Lahore Connection

My father was born in Chiniot and spent his early childhood in Lahore. After the partition, he came to Delhi, and eventually to Mumbai, where I was born. All my life I heard his childhood stories from Lahore. He would tell me about his palatial home, the games he played, the vendors that came during the … Continue reading The Lahore Connection

My Journey Into the World of Drugs, and Back

College life was fun — friends, ocean, lust, fun, music, and a lot of intoxicants. And all this was bound by a common thread of a deep thirst for exploration. Back in the 1990s, drugs were sprawling in Mumbai. Psychedelic drugs were a rage. Although, it was only a privilege for the rich because of … Continue reading My Journey Into the World of Drugs, and Back

I’m a Father of Many Digital Babies

Why do you blog? This is a favorite question people ask me across the globe. Why don't you have children? This is another favorite question people ask me across the globe; especially from India — my homeland. Well, I don't have any straight or complete answers to these questions but I can try to give … Continue reading I’m a Father of Many Digital Babies

God Isn’t In a Pill

College life was fun — friends, ocean, lust, fun, music, and a lot of intoxicants. And all this was bound by a common thread of a deep thirst for exploration. Back in the 1990s, drugs were sprawling in Mumbai. Psychedelic drugs were a rage. Although, it was only a privilege for the rich because of … Continue reading God Isn’t In a Pill

In Our Teens, We Screwed the Spirit Of Holi

Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in the Indian subcontinent, also known as the festival of colors. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. All of this sounds good but … Continue reading In Our Teens, We Screwed the Spirit Of Holi

While My Parents Were Dying, I Was Living on Her TV Serial

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 … Continue reading While My Parents Were Dying, I Was Living on Her TV Serial

It’s Tough to Restart Life at 40 but It’s Possible

It surely is. But not impossible. If a dumb-f***ing-bugger like me can, you can, everyone in this world can. All it needs is a little madness, little fortune, little planning, little determination, little guts, and an understanding soulmate. My 4-year-long sabbatical taught me good lessons. it taught me to open my eyes, heart, and mind and look at … Continue reading It’s Tough to Restart Life at 40 but It’s Possible

Life of a Mental Wellness Coach

In this blog post, I want to share about the life of a mental wellness coach. It seems fun. It surely 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 have multiple emotional … Continue reading Life of a Mental Wellness Coach

This Is What I Like the Most

It’s OK if you don’t like my thoughts, my understanding of life, my positivity, my conversations, my dreams, my ideas of a better world, my little achievements, my minimalistic lifestyle, my journey, or even my path, my holistic way of thinking, my helping nature or my moral and political philosophy, etc. It’s all about different … Continue reading This Is What I Like the Most

Revisiting Childhood Memories: Mani’s Lunch Home

I love South Indian cuisine since childhood and although there are a thousand places to eat in Mumbai, Mani's Lunch Home still is my favorite place to go. When I was in school, the father used to take me here once every month. I used to love eating at this place. The best part is … Continue reading Revisiting Childhood Memories: Mani’s Lunch Home

Revisiting Childhood Memories: Juhu Beach

This is one place all the citizens of Mumbai have been; since childhood. It's the famous Juhu Beach and it's beautiful. I have been going here since my childhood. My parents used to take me to this place almost every Sunday. What a time it was! Today, I lived the past glory. I visited there … Continue reading Revisiting Childhood Memories: Juhu Beach

Life Has Been Generous, Too Generous

Recently, I’ve been meeting a lot of friends and hearing their life stories. All of them have so much inspiration and struggle in their life. There were challenges and all of that but my life has been quite easy. My life isn’t full of challenges or struggles as such. While so many of my friends were … Continue reading Life Has Been Generous, Too Generous

If God Is the Creator, I Have 3 Wishes for the Next Version of Humankind

I always keep wondering who is the creator of this entire existence. I ain't even sure if I’ll get an answer to this question but I've got three wishes — for the next version of us — that I want to share with God — the most acceptable creator of the universe. First wish: Each of … Continue reading If God Is the Creator, I Have 3 Wishes for the Next Version of Humankind

Lessons From My Trip to Yerwada Central Jail

How many years did you get?25 years.What section?302.Murder?!Yes.Why?Our family had been exploited for years. I took my revenge and ended the chapter. Forever. This is one of the many conversations I'd today during my visit to South Asia's biggest prison — Yerwada Central Jail. We'd been given special permission by the Additional Director General (Prison), … Continue reading Lessons From My Trip to Yerwada Central Jail

I Found My Forgiveness After 25 Years of Disrespecting Her

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 … Continue reading I Found My Forgiveness After 25 Years of Disrespecting Her

Lessons From Lust

This image from the internet inspired me to write this blog post. It’s really strange — and beautiful — how certain images trigger different emotions is us. I'd been a lustful man all my life. The only aim was to have sexual intercourse with all the women I met; mostly on the first date. And guess … Continue reading Lessons From Lust

Tears Don’t Lie: I Cried a Lot That Night

Hello *****, can I call you that?Agastya, is that you?!Yes.After a long time.Yes. Almost 10 years.How are you *****?I’m fine Agastya, how the hell are you? Where have you been?I’d been to London to look after the queen.What a shitty response, as usual.Yes, I was always full of shit.No. I didn’t mean that. But how come … Continue reading Tears Don’t Lie: I Cried a Lot That Night

A Mother’s Last 3 Wishes Before Dying

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 24th March, 2015, I saw her dying every moment; right in front of my eyes every day. In the … Continue reading A Mother’s Last 3 Wishes Before Dying

Why Am I Always Searching Old Friends?

My friends always keep asking me why do I live in the past glory? They’re always surprised by my search for old acquaintances. I don’t have a specific answer but I think that my life is a jigsaw puzzle and trying to its find pieces. All the people I met in the past have one … Continue reading Why Am I Always Searching Old Friends?

What’s the Secret to My Little Emptiness of Love?

Many people find me a loving and kind man. Some feel that I am a psychosomatic-addict-insane man. Some find the devil in me.  And some don’t find me at all. Different people see me differently as per their filling i.e. what they've inside them. If they’re full of shit, they see shit in me. If they’re full … Continue reading What’s the Secret to My Little Emptiness of Love?

The Quiz That Brought Us All Together

The founder of our school group on WhatsApp initiated a spectacular quiz contest the other day. It was about answering nine subjective questions. And, as usual, the winner was supposed to get an exciting prize. We were all excited and participated as much as possible. From far it seemed like just another quiz but it was carefully crafted. All … Continue reading The Quiz That Brought Us All Together

This Pillar, Suddenly, Gives Me a Class!

If you’re in Mumbai, you can find many such pillars in all railway stations. To me, it’s not just a pillar but something much beyond. For those who don’t know, this pillar signifies that the first-class compartment of the local train will stop here. And for those who don’t know the class system in the … Continue reading This Pillar, Suddenly, Gives Me a Class!

The Case of My 4-Year-Long Sabbatical

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

Revisiting Childhood Memories: Fleet of Passion

I loved Hot Wheels as a child. I guess, all the kids of the 1990s had the same feeling. I remember that I used to get one — from my mother — each time I passed a school examination. I used to play with them for hours together and still have most of them with me. I … Continue reading Revisiting Childhood Memories: Fleet of Passion

The Toughest Decision of My Life

My mother was in a coma for one month; before passing away in 2015. She was suffering from low blood pressure that made her sleep so long. She was on the ventilator and the doctor, in fact, no one, was sure if she could ever come back and become like before. Even if she was … Continue reading The Toughest Decision of My Life

My First Flight as a Pilot

I found this in my housing society compound the other day. I couldn’t resist clicking a photograph of this. It took me 30 years behind in a time where I was the pilot of many such paper airplanes. All the childhood memories have flashed in front of me; like a film one after another. I … Continue reading My First Flight as a Pilot

My Definition of Success

Success means different things to different people. There're tons of definitions available out there but my definition is simple and crazy. When my five senses are workingWhen I don’t have to wear a formal dress for the office or follow a dress code for a meetingWhen I purchase and consume only what I needWhen I … Continue reading My Definition of Success

Remembering College Days — 18 Years Later

After a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious school life, I chose to go to a college that is radical and mainly, far from my home; and all the tapori school friends. I'd to get out of that well and explore a different universe. Luckily, I got a good percentage; at least I thought so. I was lucky to get admission into one of … Continue reading Remembering College Days — 18 Years Later

Moments at the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace

I was born in a lower-middle-class family who settled in Mumbai; after the 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 one … Continue reading Moments at the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace

My Parents’ Death Was My Best Teacher

My parents died, expired, or as I say left their physical bodies in 2015. The last two months that I spent in the hospital were the best lessons for me. I had a sense that they’re dying but little I knew that their last days would teach me some of the best lessons in life. … Continue reading My Parents’ Death Was My Best Teacher

Remembering School Days — 22 Years Later

A good school is the best gift that parents can give to their children. My parents also gave me this gift and I was admitted to Holy Cross High School in the early 1980s. I don’t remember the exact year but I remember all the fun. I attended KG to grade 10th in this school and it … Continue reading Remembering School Days — 22 Years Later