We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about happiness and how we can get some. This blog post will allow you to see a better version of yourself by learning the art and craft of happiness and a life full of fulfillment; in a lesson format. It'll build a bridge between … Continue reading Happiness 2.0: The Bible of Happiness
Decoding the Other Side of Gen Z
Are you a Gen X or Y reading about Gen Z? Are you the one having challenges dealing with understanding and dealing with Gen Z? Are you interested in decoding Gen Z? If the answer to any of the questions is YES, this blog post is for you. Also, a lot is already known about … Continue reading Decoding the Other Side of Gen Z
2021: Gratitude to All My Readers and Followers Across the Globe
I’m good at story-telling and hence, my wife always advised me to start a blog but I didn’t do it. I started a blog as late as 2017 and it has been a wonderful journey. I enjoy writing. It’s a beautiful way to express my thoughts. I’ve always tried to write on various topics and … Continue reading 2021: Gratitude to All My Readers and Followers Across the Globe
2020: A Message From Dear Santa
Christmas is a special occasion as all our loved ones gather together and enjoy and share beautiful moments. This way we can enjoy experiences that’ll 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 … Continue reading 2020: A Message From Dear Santa
COVID-19: Be Hopeful and Use the Lockdown to Your Benefit
COVID-19 is an extremely challenging situation but it's also an opportunity to do a lot of things. The list can include things like attending mental or emotional wellness, doing introspection, connecting with old friends, reconnect with the child inside you, investing quality time with family and loved ones, thinking about new ideas on personal development, … Continue reading COVID-19: Be Hopeful and Use the Lockdown to Your Benefit
2019: A Message From Dear Santa
Christmas is a special occasion as all our loved ones gather together and enjoy and share beautiful moments. This way we can enjoy experiences that'll 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 … Continue reading 2019: A Message From Dear Santa
13 Tips for Riding the Mumbai Local Train
Mumbai’s local railway is called the lifeline of the city. Trains can get so overcrowded during peak hours that it becomes almost impossible to board the train. But over the years, I've collected some tips that'll help you conquer this monster. It isn’t the train that's a monster but the people are. They don’t let you travel with dignity … Continue reading 13 Tips for Riding the Mumbai Local Train
Childhood Games: A Trip Down the Memory Lane
Childhood was the best part of life and childhood games were the most games; at least for most of us. I grew up in Mumbai and played a lot of outdoor and indoor games as a child. I remember doing more than two dozen outdoor and indoor activities, other than cricket, football, badminton, or hockey. … Continue reading Childhood Games: A Trip Down the Memory Lane
2018: Gratitude to All My Readers and Followers Across the Globe
I'm good at story-telling and hence, my wife always advised me to start a blog but I didn’t do it. I started a blog as late as 2017 and it has been a wonderful journey. I enjoy writing. It’s a beautiful way to express my thoughts. I've always tried to write on various topics and … Continue reading 2018: Gratitude to All My Readers and Followers Across the Globe
2018: A Message From Dear Santa
Christmas is a special occasion as all our loved ones gather together and enjoy and share beautiful moments. This way we can enjoy experiences that'll 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 … Continue reading 2018: A Message From Dear Santa
Mosquito, Not Human Is the Deadliest Animal
Humans have inhabited the planet only a few million years ago. Mosquitoes have killed way more species than humans. Humans are just the most vulnerable animal not the deadliest. What makes mosquitoes so dangerous? They carry devastating diseases. The wickedest is malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people every year; another 200 million cases harm … Continue reading Mosquito, Not Human Is the Deadliest Animal
Diwali: The Festival of Prosperity, Wisdom, and Lights
Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. It’s a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith. What’s Diwali? It’s one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. During the celebration, … Continue reading Diwali: The Festival of Prosperity, Wisdom, and Lights
लौट आया है हिंदी पल्प फिक्शन
७०-८०-९० का दशक बड़ा ही रोचक था | केबल टीवी के पहले अख़बार और किताबें ही एक भारतीय का ज्ञान और मनोरंजन का ज़रिया था | हर रेलवे स्टेशन पे व्हीलर की दूकान हर तरह की किताबों का अड्डा था | ये किताबें अपनी सस्ते कागज़, कातिल तस्वीरें, अजब-गजब नाम और सस्ते दामों की वजह … Continue reading लौट आया है हिंदी पल्प फिक्शन
Hindi Pulp Fiction Is Back With a Twist
The 70s-80s-90s were a whirlwind time. Before cable television, newspapers and physical books were still what most Indians looked to for information and entertainment. At railways stations, the AH Wheeler stall was a prominent point where one could buy all sorts of books; especially Hindi pulp fiction. These books with their low-quality paper, striking graphics, … Continue reading Hindi Pulp Fiction Is Back With a Twist
Time-Banking: A Form of Alternative Currency
If you’re living in one of the developing countries or not so developed countries, time-banking might be a fresh new concept for you. Is it? I don’t know about you but I came to know about it in 2013. I was doing some soul-searching in a hermitage when some people from developed foreign countries told … Continue reading Time-Banking: A Form of Alternative Currency
The Circle of Life
First, my dear friend, listen to this beautiful song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GibiNy4d4gc Whenever I listen to this song, I think about MTNL that is the biggest public telecommunications service, provider. The company had a monopoly in Mumbai and New Delhi until 1992 when the telecom sector was opened to other service providers. Those were the days. Flashback! I remember getting a telephone connection … Continue reading The Circle of Life
Nature Is Screaming, Are You Listening?
This year, many parts of India are severely affected by floods. But if you observe closely, every year the story is almost the same. Across the globe, countries are facing natural calamities; especially floods. Flood is an overflow of a huge amount of water covering large areas destroying the places affected. Many regions across the … Continue reading Nature Is Screaming, Are You Listening?
Arey Dikra, Let’s PARSI!
Percy, Pearl, Monaaz, Tinaaz, Zarin, Behram, Khusham, Minoo, Dinaz, Golom, Meher, Shireen, Natasha, Delna, Oorvazi, Nainaz, Zubin, Kaizad, Yezdi, Dinyar, Arish and all such names are ringing in my head since morning! Why? Today is Persian new year. As I raised my hands to wish my Parsi friends, on social media, I'd a better idea. … Continue reading Arey Dikra, Let’s PARSI!
On 72nd Independence Day, We Made THANK YOU Cards for Indian Army
They gave their tomorrow for our today. Our army is on duty round the clock to protect and serve us. Nothing can repay them but a little bit of gratitude is good for payback. With this spirit, we made hundreds of THANK YOU cards for our brave soldiers with the support of friends and SOMEONE … Continue reading On 72nd Independence Day, We Made THANK YOU Cards for Indian Army
India: Happy Independence Day 2018
I believe in India because we've got great dreams, and because we've got the opportunity to make those dreams come true. 72nd independence celebration in India — the onus is upon us to create the life, the nation, and the future we want for ourselves.
Which Generation Are You?
A common source of confusion when labeling generations are their age. Generational cohorts are defined — loosely — by birth year, not current age. The reason is simple — as people age, they change life stages. For example, a member of Generation X who turned 18 in 1998 would now be nearly 40. At that time, … Continue reading Which Generation Are You?
Inside a Brothel: The Weeping Tale of a Cursed World
A brothel isn't just a place but a horrible world where men can spend a little money for a few minutes of sex, which scar a woman for a lifetime. For decades, more than one million girls are enslaved in brothels throughout the world. They’re enticed, deceived, or kidnapped by traffickers and forced to work in … Continue reading Inside a Brothel: The Weeping Tale of a Cursed World
Get Ready for a Tech Revolution called POP
I was born in 1979. I'm fortunate to have witnessed several technological breakthroughs in life — color TV, VCR, walkman, cassette players, telephone, pager, desktop computers, mobile phone etc. Then came the 21st century and internet turned it around for us in India. As a child, I used to write letters to my penpals across … Continue reading Get Ready for a Tech Revolution called POP
The Never-ending Ghazal Wave of India
Ghazal is a form of poetry. It’s my favorite and I remember listening to this poetry form since my childhood; thanks to my father. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love; despite that pain. But a ghazal has several facets and has … Continue reading The Never-ending Ghazal Wave of India
What Does HORN OK PLEASE Mean?
HORN OK PLEASE is a phrase commonly painted on commercial vehicles like trucks, in India. The purpose of the phrase is to alert a driver of a vehicle approaching from behind to sound the horn in case they wish to overtake. But unfortunately, no one knows the real meaning behind it and drivers keep painting it … Continue reading What Does HORN OK PLEASE Mean?
Union of the Masters
From the moment I saw this picture on the Twitter account of HH Dalai Lama, I'm lost in the world of unlimited joy. This is a classic frame — both masters in one. HH is a reservoir of compassion, peace, and unlimited happiness, while Sachin Tendulkar brings a smile, joy, and a sense of pride … Continue reading Union of the Masters
जाति कौनसी है ?
I'd 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। यह तेज, यह स्टाइल तो भारत का नहीं लगता ।ना जी । यही का हूँ — मुंबई का ।जाति कौनसी है … Continue reading जाति कौनसी है ?
Never Touch LOVE PILLS Unless You Really Want To Get High
Ecstasy is often called the love pills because it heightens perceptions of color and sound and supposedly amplifies sensations when one touches or caresses another, particularly during sex. Blue Dolphin. White Mercedes. Green Star. Purple Transformer. White Rolex. These are just some of the names of these pills. But these pills often contain hallucinogens, which … Continue reading Never Touch LOVE PILLS Unless You Really Want To Get High
No Butts About It, It’s Litter
To my smoker friends, can you pretty please never again throw your cigarette butts on the street or down the drain? They aren't biodegradable and are one of the biggest items of litter worldwide. Check out LeoNotHappy for more information.
The Case of the Date-Rape Drug
A date-rape drug also denoted as a predator drug, is any drug that's a devastating agent which, when administered to another person, disables the person and renders them defenseless to a drug-facilitated sexual assault; including rape. One of the most common types is those in which a victim consumes a recreational drug such as alcohol … Continue reading The Case of the Date-Rape Drug
Rape: The Culture, Blame Game, and Silence
Recently, there was a horrible incident of rape in India. Rape — physical and mental — has been going around in the world since time immemorial. The whole social media of India is busy ranting about these rapes. People are busy blaming the government, rapists, new age, media, society, and even God. I'm silent. I … Continue reading Rape: The Culture, Blame Game, and Silence
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
The 5 MONKEYS and A LADDER Experiment
The most damaging phrase in the language is — it’s always been done that way. Grace Hopper PS: This blog post isn't my original idea but assorted from various articles from the internet based on a popular psychological research. A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with … Continue reading The 5 MONKEYS and A LADDER Experiment
India: Happy Republic Day 2018
I believe in India because we've got great dreams, and because we've got the opportunity to make those dreams come true.
Mumbai on Fire
Friends, don’t worry. There’s stressful peace in the Mumbai city. Everything is fine. I'm alive. Everything is fine. Only a 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 … Continue reading Mumbai on Fire
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, … Continue reading मुंबई बंद
Are Participants of Bigg Boss Really Insane?
I'm a big fan of Bigg Boss for some years. Not that I'm a sadist but this show is really entertaining and a useful lesson for a student of psychology; like me. A friend recently told me she doesn't like to watch this because she thinks that only insane people take part in this show. … Continue reading Are Participants of Bigg Boss Really Insane?
Triple Talaq — The Cult of Instant Divorce In Islam
Recently, India’s top court banned the controversial law that allowed Muslim men to end the marriage by uttering talaq — Arabic word for divorce — three times. But what is this cult of instant divorce? A triple talaq is a form of Islamic divorce which has been used by Muslims in India. It allows any Muslim man to legally divorce … Continue reading Triple Talaq — The Cult of Instant Divorce In Islam
Objects in the Rear View Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
I'm a low-impact traveling freak and usually; I love to travel by train. This article is based on one of my travel experiences in north India. Bihar is a beautiful region in our country. It’s full of contrast — a blend of loving and notorious people. As per the legend, if you’re traveling across that region on a … Continue reading Objects in the Rear View Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
Regressive Topic of Fairness In a Progressive Time
I think it’s a dirty communication to the women. I mean, these advertisements are creating a divide in the mindset of people about women based on the color of their skin. What can be dirtier? And the best part is that most men and women are promoting these dirty advertisements. These are the same people … Continue reading Regressive Topic of Fairness In a Progressive Time
Paan is the pride of India — the favorite food after food. It’s beautiful in colors and delicious in taste. It’s a culture and is available in many sizes, tastes and the cost also varies. One vendor sells it for Rupees 1,000. It contains thin leaves of silver and gold. That’s insane but people are crazy … Continue reading Paan Parade
Bombay vs. Mumbai
We’re talking about two names of the same city. A city that has gone metamorphoses like none other. From a separate group of seven islands to one of the biggest cities in the world, this city has seen it all, shown it all. In 1782, a colonial project united all the seven islands into one, and in … Continue reading Bombay vs. Mumbai
LAALOO Is the Name
This is one of my non-human stories and it’s really cute. It’s about the naughty dog in our locality. His name is Laaloo. I don’t know who kept his name and why but it’s unique. It’s different from all regular English names people keep. I wonder why people usually give their pets English names. He’s one of the … Continue reading LAALOO Is the Name
First Class Loneliness
I was traveling to CST by train one day and I saw this beautiful scene. My hand automatically went towards the camera to take capture of this moment. It’s a moment of irony, loneliness, pain, madness and so many other emotions that no one, other than the man himself, knows about. I don’t know what happened to … Continue reading First Class Loneliness
Science and Psychology of Color
Color is all around us, but what influence does it have on our moods, emotions, and behaviors? Can it? PS: This blog post is assorted from various articles on the internet, and can get quite technical sometimes. What's color? Color is the aspect of things that's caused by differing qualities of light being reflected or emitted … Continue reading Science and Psychology of Color
Superstition or Belief?
I was walking to the market this morning and on the way, I found 4 lemons in a square shape on the floor. They were crushed and I asked someone nearby about this phenomenon. He explained to me that it was because somebody has bought a new car and he placed the lemons under the … Continue reading Superstition or Belief?
Living Ignorance, Dying Customs
I brought a utensil today. It's a big aluminum tumbler to boil water and I did something unusual, for the shopkeeper at least. I asked him to engrave my name on it. Cool, isn't it? But this was a custom many years back. I remember my parents getting their names engraved on the new utensils … Continue reading Living Ignorance, Dying Customs
I took a cab and it showed a particular route. The driver was confused and I requested a shorter route. The driver told me that he knows another route which is better but deep on my heart I knew that my route was better. Believe me, I’ll win he said consistently. I asked him that … Continue reading Overconfidence Wins
Colors of Mumbai
The city has become an angry young man. Tired of the way things are, we are ready to stand up against the problems and make a change. We want to bring back what was once a beautiful city. Because it’s our city! Mamhai-Manbai-Mayambu-Mombaim-Mombayn-Mumbai-Boa-Baim-BomVida-BomBahai-Bombaii-Bombayim-Bombeye-Boon Bay–Bambai-Bombay-Mumbai. All of them.
Does Pure Vegetarianism Really Exist?
I don’t understand when people say that I'm a pure vegetarian. How can one be that today? Just a random thought. Vegetarianism isn't just eating plants but it’s more of a mental lifestyle. It implies non-killing and non-violence but how? We kill millions of insects by calling them a pest that comes to eat our … Continue reading Does Pure Vegetarianism Really Exist?
I see this placid creature on my window every day. It rests here for hours together; looking at me and my home. I also see him with a fresh sight every day and it has become a great teacher to me. There's so much to learn from it. The dark grey beauty is so serene, … Continue reading Wise Pigeon
Photography: The Art of Seeing
I usually travel by public transport nowadays. I don’t remember what bus I took the other day and as I entered the bus this historic scene looted my heart. It was a beautiful scene of an array of persons sitting one after the other. They looked like the queue of little children who assemble to … Continue reading Photography: The Art of Seeing
I've heard so many people say so many times that India is the biggest democracy in the world. Democracy means freedom i.e. when you are free. Are we free from the wrong practices in the name of religion? Are we free from biased notions? Are we free from hypocritical beliefs? Are we free from dirtying … Continue reading Democracy
Hindi-Urdu: A Subconscious Tale of Unity
We’re consciously and continuously fighting over belief systems, color, caste, creed, race, etc. but seldom have we realized that there's a third side to all of the rage — language. Our daily bunch of words that we use share so much of brotherhood, unity, or togetherness. How you ever even thought about it? Maybe we're … Continue reading Hindi-Urdu: A Subconscious Tale of Unity