In 2013, this image from the internet ripped away my heart. I was unhappy. I had been complaining and comparing all my life but after seeing this, I had to introspect a lot. I found that social comparison is one of the main culprits that was taking away my happiness. But can we distance ourselves … Continue reading Comparision Is The Thief Of Joy
Recently, I got an opportunity to guide a bright student at our community learning center in Mumbai. A lot of school students get mentored here for various subjects. There was this particular girl who was quite confused on choosing her study field in college. She got 90+ marks in science and mathematics, and everyone is … Continue reading Good Marks In A Subject Doesn’t Mean An Interest In It
A combination of science and ancient wisdom say YES. Our happiness level is a result of a complex interaction of genes, behaviors, and what’s going on in our lives at a specific moment in time. And while each of us has a genetic set point for happiness in the way we do for weight, we … Continue reading Can We Train Ourselves To Become Happier?
I consider myself an amateur when it comes to current affairs and understanding of life but in the capacity of a student of psychology and an emotional wellness volunteer, I can see what most of us are missing; in the storm of ranting, blaming and sobbing. This piece of writing is my perspective and no … Continue reading The Psychology Of Crime
I had an interesting conversation with a man who was helping me to find an address. He was keen to find out my caste. कहाँ के रहने वाले हो ? भारत । भारत के तो नहीं लगते। ये तेज, ये स्टाइल तो भारत का नहीं लगता । ना जी । यही का हूँ—मुंबई का । … Continue reading जाति कौनसी है ?
I love you. The most powerful word in the universe. The supreme mantra. We talk about it endlessly. We argue over when to say it, how to say it and if it was too early to say it. Love is not just assigned to one other human. Your love isn't just for the missing piece … Continue reading You Should Be Saying ILU To More People, More Often
Most of us question multiple times throughout schooling, if it's really necessary for us to learn and re-learn all of the same concepts over and over again. I am think like this as well. The truth is, we are never as smart as we think we are. We think we are so knowledgeable, but there's … Continue reading Nope, Ignorance Is Not Bliss
Don't say you have nothing to give someone in need. The greatest gifts have nothing to do with material things. The love you give, the hope you inspire, the time and helping hand you extend, the smile on your face—these are worth so much more. In fact, there's so much to give other than material things. … Continue reading You Can Give Even If You Have Nothing
I am not a God-fearing man. I am God loving one. I don't visit the outer temple, I visit my inner temple. I don't even know if God exists out of me. I don't even know if there exists a separate God or it's just me and the universe. I don't think people like me … Continue reading My Definition Of God
This blog post in not my original idea. It was first suggested to me by my friend Shalini Menon who is a multi-talented woman, a mother, an actor and an entrepreneur. I might soon write a blog post on her—she's too good! We were talking about first impressions and got a carried away in a lot … Continue reading The Psychology Of First Impression
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
The 3 wise monkeys, and the associated proverb, are known throughout Asia and in the Western world. The phrase see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil first emerged in Japan in the 17th century and was later adopted worldwide as a message of peace and tolerance due to Mahatma Gandhi's visual metaphor of … Continue reading The 3 Wise Monkeys Of Gandhi
This blog post is one of those ideas that keep creeping in my mad mind. I am not a learned man and so this may or maybe not be relevant for you at all, but do take a look at my perspective. Alright?! I love interrobang—it gives me so much freedom to express. But anyway, … Continue reading What Is Pride? And Why It Maybe Dangerous?
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
It's a question that always haunts me. I am fortunate to have born in this era where I have sources of information, knowledge and wisdom. I have Guru and I have Google. Google is unmatched source of information and knowledge; no doubt about it. One can find answers to almost all the questions in the … Continue reading Is Google Better Than Guru?
Why are you playing such loud music? We're celebrating our festival? Nice. Please tell me about it. It's our God's birthday. Who is your God? Buddha. But Buddha doesn't believe or preach in a personal God, as per my little knowledge? What? What do you mean by that? Forget it. But what are you celebrating? … Continue reading HBD Buddha! But When Were You Really Born?
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
Before we comprehend the simplicity of life let us understand our role in it. People are complicators; they convert simple things into something horribly complex and difficult to interpret. The only reason we have something called sixth-sense is to complicate things. But then think about it, without making things complicated we might feel extremely dull … Continue reading Life Is Too Simple, We Complicate It
I have been in pursuit of success and ultimate happiness for years. Worked hard, took the roller-coaster, traveled—in and out—and even took a 4-year sabbatical to explore myself and life. Been there done that; almost. To me the capacity to say I QUIT or NO is the measure of success. If you’re so free that … Continue reading A Different Perspective On Success
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
Love makes you happy. Love makes you hopeful. Love makes you grateful. Love makes you inspired. Love changes your life. The first—and second and third—time I fell in love, it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Having such strong feelings about another person shook me to my core. It made me re-evaluate my beliefs. I learned what … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Love Is The Best Feeling In The World
I always keep wondering who is the creator of this entire existence. I am not even sure if I'll get an answer to this question but I have 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 us gets two-three or multiple … Continue reading If God Is The Creator, I Have 3 Wishes For The Next Version Of Humankind
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
In this blog post, I am trying to explore something unusual and this may only relate to people who are believers in God; public or personal. Quite often we hear words like “may God bless you” or “may this festival bring light and happiness in your life.” My question of, why this element of “may”? Why … Continue reading Saying MAY GOD BLESS YOU May Be One Of The Many Dangers Of Doubt
I have seen life for 38 years, read around 1,000 books, met more than a million people and after all of this, I realized on thing—there is opposite of everything. The world is full of contrast. In Mumbai, there is extreme contrast wherever you see. And this contrast, which is nothing other than opposite, is … Continue reading The Poem Of Contrast
I have seen some films in which the protagonist or antagonist is suffering from what is called multiple personality disorder. But as per my half knowledge and perspective, we all are suffering from this disorder. In fact, I wouldn't call it suffering but more like displaying this syndrome. And I wouldn't even call it a … Continue reading 100% Population On Planet Earth Have This Syndrome
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 different as per their filling i.e. what they have inside them. If they're full of shit, they see shit in me. … Continue reading What Is The Secret To My Little Emptiness Of Love?
Today is a big day miracle is going to happen. Yesterday, I said same words and it did happen for so many of us. Some of you messaged me that there was no miracle today. I have a different perspective on this. When I was in my no-money walking pilgrimage, we stayed with homeless people, tribal, … Continue reading The Present Moment Is The Biggest Miracle
My internet was not working for 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 my … Continue reading Change Your Settings, Change Your Life
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. An for those who don't know the class system in local … Continue reading This Pillar, Suddenly, Gives Me A Class!
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
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!
H2O is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms. It's one of the most important elements that keep us alive; in physical form. Our planet has life because of this chemical substance. It covers 71% of the … Continue reading The Paradox Of H2O
Different cultures have a different representation of colors; especially black or white. Let's explore. People wear white in Hindu funeral, while people black in a Christian funeral. Indian babies are applied a black dot on the forehead to protect them from evil eye, while a temple for home is built with white marble. Throughout the … Continue reading Can Black Or White Be Auspicious Or Inauspicious?
The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by an ill glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. I don't know about other cultures but I definitely have seen Indian parents tying black threads and applying a … Continue reading The Great Black Indian Dot: Protection Or Superstition?
Let's first understand the meaning of the word reincarnation. The word reincarnation is derived from Latin, and literally means entering the flesh again. This also translates to changing forms. Reincarnation is the philosophical concept that an aspect of a living being starts a new life in a different physical body or form after each biological death. It's also … Continue reading Exploring Reincarnation The Scientific Way
No, this article is not about deforestation but this is about me. I am a selfish person and most of the blog posts are about me or things that revolve around me. Being selfish has opened doors for me like never before. It's because of being selfish that I got the opportunity to introspect, and … Continue reading The Tree Of Life
There's nothing left to feel bad about—nothing left, neither bad nor me. I am nothing, I do nothing.
This photograph by an alert citizen—Abhay Azad—is haunting me. As soon as I saw this photograph, I rushed to the venue to meet this tree. My parents left us without any will and I know how difficult the life ahead is without a will. The photograph of this half-cut tree has many meanings for me—vulgar … Continue reading The Will Of A Dying Tree
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
I see this dog waiting here, at the same spot, every day. I don't know for what and no one knows. No idea what's going on but this reminds me of HMV logo—the dog quietly listening to the voice on a gramophone. Here there is no gramophone, but maybe there is an invisible one that I … Continue reading His Master’s Voice
Simon Anholt is the founder of the Good Country Index which measures what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size. Similarly, United Nations publishes a Word Happiness Report every year. Each report is organized by chapters that delve deeper into issues relating to happiness, including mental … Continue reading Why Isn’t India On Top Of The Good Country—Or Happiness—Index?
Everyone wants to sip the cup of love. Everyone wants to stitch their shattered luck. Everyone wants holiness in the world. Everyone wants to live with dignity. Everyone wants peace. Everyone wants to know the truth. Everyone wants the genie. Everyone wants to live.
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 to … Continue reading The Toughest Decision Of My Life
The other day I was doing nothing but observing people. It was fun and I could see different colors of people all around. I heard a motorist talk about rising road accidents in India after he jumped the red signal, I heard a woman talking about environment degradation while carrying 10 thin plastic bags full … Continue reading Don’t Judge Unless You’re Perfect: Part II
Success means different things to different people. There are tons of definitions available out there but my definition is simple and crazy. Success for me is: When my five senses are working. When I don't have to wear formal dress to the office or follow a dress code for a meeting. When I purchase and … Continue reading My Definition Of Success
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
The famous quote by Buddha means a lot for 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 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
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 environment, … Continue reading God Is Watching Us—From A Distance
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
Since childhood, I have been hearing keywords like terrorism and terrorist but there has been no comprehensive definition to describe its characteristic. Parents were victim of 1947 India-Pakistan partition and had their definition of the subject. My grandfather was involved in World War II while serving in Indian Army, he had his own definition. A Kashmiri … Continue reading Terrorism—My Side Of Story
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 fine day, a good friend came up and asked me about … Continue reading How Much Do You Make? Asked My Friend
There are three things, once one’s basic needs are satisfied, that academic literature points to as the ingredients for happiness—having meaningful social relationships, being good at whatever it is one spends one’s days doing, and having the freedom to make life decisions independently. But research into happiness has also yielded something a little less obvious—being … Continue reading Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy?
What is Science? Let's understand by doing dissection of its definition. The Google definition is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. So, science it not merely biology, physics or chemistry, but rather a deep and organized study … Continue reading Life Is A Science!
Every morning, I express my sincere gratitude to my shit; it's a great teacher. It's only when I look at my shit, I realize that I am full of dirty and impure things, foul smell, flaws, imperfection and ugliness deep inside. This is turn, prevents me to say ill about others. If I wish to … Continue reading Shit Happens–But For A Reason
The problem with present-day education is that it has no definite goal to pursue. A sculptor has a clear idea about what he wants to shape out of the marble block; similarly, a painter knows what he is going to paint. But a teacher, has no clear idea about the goal of his teaching. A … Continue reading The Goal Of Education
In my journey of service, I come along people who often talk about helping the unprivileged. They have an idea of the unprivileged as poor people. But, what is poor? I have a different idea on the meaning of the word. I don't think that unprivileged has only to do with money. There are so … Continue reading Who Is The Unprivileged?
I was just wondering whether education just means a degree or as per Swami Vivekananda, far deeper concept? Someone said that this is not right but I think I want to ask people that is this what your education that has taught? That education means a degree? It’s enlightenment, not degree. Soon, you'll make terms … Continue reading I Am Confused
Yesterday, came to know the real me. There was a small 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 am. … Continue reading Lizard-Wizard
I was once a money-monger that was always after money; fistful of it. Due to my conditioning and learning, I was made to believe that money was the most valuable resource. But not soon, after a lot of failures and mistakes, I realized that money isn’t the most valuable resource, something else is. My entire … Continue reading Difference Between Wealth And Prosperity
I am reading a book on action and reincarnation. I got to know something very interesting. Sometimes, the soul not only is in a certain situation because of past actions but sometimes, it sacrifices to balance someone else's actions. This implies that it's not that only rich and healthy are spiritual and poor and ill are … Continue reading कर्म And Reincarnation