The most damaging phrase in the language is: It’s always been done that way. Grace Hopper

A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top.

Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water.

After a while, every time a monkey would start up the ladder, the others would pull it down and beat it up. After a time, no monkey would dare try climbing the ladder, no matter how great the temptation.

The scientists then decided to replace one of the monkeys. The first thing this new monkey did was start to climb the ladder. Immediately, the others pulled him down and beat him up.

After several beatings, the new monkey learned never to go up the ladder, even though there was no evident reason not to, aside from the beatings.

The second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The first monkey participated in the beating of the second monkey. The third monkey was changed and the same was repeated. The fourth monkey was changed, resulting in the same, before the fifth was finally replaced as well.

What was left was a group of five monkeys that—without ever having received a cold shower—continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder.

If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they beat up on all those who attempted to climb the ladder, their most likely answer would be—I don’t know. It’s just how things are done since ages.

Does that sound familiar?

This is how most of the world is running; especially when it comes to practices of belief systems, corporate management, education pipeline, parenting etc.

Most of us are not in favor of change. There’s a hidden fear but change is important; it’s needed.

Change is good, try it; for a change!

I Invite You To Like My Facebook Page


You all have given me unprecedented support in following my blog but I am getting a little greedy and requesting you to like my Facebook page as well. Your ONE like will be valuable for me. Plus, I promise more interesting content and updates on the page.

You can see the link of my page on the homepage of this blog and just in case you don’t find it, just click here.

But, please like my page!

Is Google Better Than Guru?


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 universe in this space. I am glad someone finally invented it.

Guru is someone who shows and leads the path of information and knowledge; especially when the followers at there own are incapable of doing so.

Both can’t be compared as such.

But I feel, that while Google provides information and knowledge, Guru goes a step further and can help to apply the information and knowledge in life—the heart of wisdom.

But Guru may not be available 24 x 7 like Google.

Today, we have air-planes with autopilot functionality, self-driven driver-less cars around us but still we need whole cabin crew just because there are certain instances where only human interference can solve the problems and not the machines.

And guess what, some Guru must have invented Google and maybe its the new-age Guru; who knows?!

Although, this might remain a life-long question but we can use our own consciousness and find an answer to this as per our circumstances, belief system, understanding of self and perspective of life.

HBD Buddha! But When Were You Really Born?


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?


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?

We’re celebrating Buddha’s birthday—it’s May 22 and he was born today.

Which year is this?

No idea.

But on May 22, Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born. He became a Buddha many years later.

What? What do you mean by that?

Do you know what is a Buddha?

No idea. Please let me celebrate our festival.

22nd May warrants a grand celebration in our country. Every year, the followers of Buddhism—specially the slums around my home—celebrate this day; violently as per my observation. They play on sleazy loud music, block the roads and burst heavy quantities of fire-crackers.

Some of them are under the spell of alcohol and most of them are under the spell of rage, ego and illusion.

Although, neither so I or most of these followers have infinite knowledge about the historical facts but I have read several books on the subject. I have understood a little about the man, the phenomena and the belief system.

This blog post is my perspective on finding the birthday of the Buddha based on whatever little I know; although one may choose to disagree.

Buddha means the one who is enlightened. I am a zero, nothing.

I feel that that what these followers are celebrating is the birthday of the prince who was a body and quit his luxurious life to find answers to certain questions that were running mercilessly in his mind—the question of birth, death, poverty, peace and happiness.

The story of this great teacher and divine soul need not be told in this blog post; everyone knows that but we really need to find the truth behind his birthday.

People are lost. They have no clue.

I have asked this question or let me put it up that I have discussed this with hundreds of followers but all in vain. No one has any perspective about this one; they just plainly follow what others do or what their family or friends or political leaders say. Only a handful few—who I feel are deeply rooted in the true teachings of Buddhism—could share a radical perspective.

My 4-year long sabbatical has really helped to find some facts and put certain things in perspective.

I feel that the prince started to become the enlightened one when he saw a sick person, an aged person, a corpse, and a holy man. Maybe, those are the moments that triggered the birth of the enlightened one in him.

Later, he spent 6-7 years traveling across India to discover the truth of birth, death, peace of mind and happiness; true and everlasting happiness. Maybe, those are the moments that triggered the birth of the enlightened one in him.

As per popular culture, he attained enlightenment under a certain tree in India. But is he was already one, then how can he attain enlightenment? He must have been already enlightened.

There’s some serious problem with the expression of facts and ideas.

Prince Siddhartha spent a lot of time to find answers to questions that have been haunting humanity since time immemorial. It was more of a self-study pilgrimage and in the pilgrimage, he learnt—and mastered—the art and craft of kindness, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude. Maybe, those are the moments that triggered the birth of the enlightened one in him.

What I want to put forth is that no one can ever know the birth-date the enlightened one or when the prince became one.

Maybe, the onslaught of questions in his mind made him one, maybe the journey to find answers made him one or maybe he suddenly realized himself and all his questions came to an end, and that made him one. Maybe, the making of the enlightened one was a long transition or a nano-second reaction.

Who knows?

I don’t think we are fortunate or smart enough to calculate the real birth-date of Buddha; not by the parameter of nonsensical or political materialism. We may come close to understand the process of the birth through the lens of spiritualism but believe me, he must be really surprised and unhappy to see the way people celebrate his birthday—without a fraction of teachings of Buddhism—specially in the slums near my home in Mumbai.

This is gone too far and has become lengthy.

Let’s conclude it and let the followers be happy with a sham birth-date of the enlightened one and let me dig more until I become one myself.



Mumbai On Fire


Friends, don’t worry. There’s stressful peace in the Mumbai city.

Everything is fine.

I am alive.

Everything is fine. Only few people were dead, few got hurt, some public property was burnt, business is on a halt, transportation is closed.

Everything is fine.

Today, my city will be closed but the red-light area won’t be closed. There will be still rape in some parts, some woman will be mistreated, there will be a lot of garbage, blame-game will be on, people will keep braking trust, dogs will bark, flowers will bloom and the auto-rickshaw drivers will once again say NO.

Everything is fine.

I am alive.

Friends, don’t worry. Mumbai will keep moving; it’s always in work-in-progress mode.

The city is closed; on fire. But the hearts aren’t. The fire is always burning; whether in heart or on the road.

Everything is fine.

Don’t worry. This is just another experience.

Everything is fine.

I am alive.


मुंबई बंद


यारों, चिंता ना करो | मुंबई में तनावपूर्ण शांति है |

हाल-चाल ठीक-ठाक है, सब कुछ ठीक-ठाक है |

मैं जिंदा हूँ और टाइगर भी |

हाल-चाल ठीक-ठाक है, सब कुछ ठीक-ठाक है | कुछ माल जला, कुछ लोग मारें, कुछ परेशान हुए, धंदा ठप्प है – बाकी सब ठीक-ठाक है |

हाल-चाल ठीक-ठाक है, सब कुछ ठीक-ठाक है |

आज बंद है |

आज मेरा शहर बंद रहेगा पर चकला चालु रहेगा | कचरा फेकना चालु रहेगा, बलात्कार और छेद-छड चालु रहेगी, धोखा-दड़ी तो कभी बंद होती ही नहीं, गाली-गलोच, तू-तू-मैं-मैं भी चालु रहेगी, कुत्ते भोकेंगे, फूल खिलेंगे, और आज फिर रिक्शा वाले कहीं भी जाने के लिए ना ही कहेंगे |

हाल-चाल ठीक-ठाक है, सब कुछ ठीक-ठाक है |

यारों, चिंता ना करो | मुंबई हमेशा चलता रहता है, कार्यशील रहता है, रास्ते में रहता है |

शहर बंद है तो क्या हुआ, दिल तो चालु है ना? आग तो बंद नहीं होती – दिल में हो या सडकों पे | कुछ नहीं होगा, चिंता ना करो – सिर्फ तजुर्बा होगा |

हाल-चाल ठीक-ठाक है, सब कुछ ठीक-ठाक है |

A Message From Dear Santa!

xmas.pngChristmas is a very special occasion as all our loved ones gather together and enjoy and share very beautiful moments. This way we can enjoy experiences that will always be kept in our hearts as treasured memories.

The arrival of a new year means the start of a new stage in our lives, in which we set new goals and want to make some positive changes in our lives. In order to celebrate these events, we gather with our friends and together we put aside all the negative things that happened last year.

I hope that after tonight everything is pure joy in your life. I hope you can always go ahead with the conviction that things will be better and if there are any obstacles, remember that they will make you stronger for the rest of your life.