The top 5 mistakes I made in my first year as an entrepreneur

I stopped prioritising my health. Prior to being my own boss, I worked at an MNC. Five days a week, I worked out with crazy dedication. I invested in the right proteins, an appropriate gym and the right trainer. For me it wasn’t an expense, it was an investment. The first year of being out…

Does grief make you a better writer?

I know that the title is insensitive. Ordinarily it would be insensitive for me to tell you that the parts of you that are hurting the most could be turned into something beautiful. But if you think about it, it could also be the best way to pay homage to your loss.  In the space…

How can you elevate your craft?

From times immemorial, ever since the formal schooling system has been in place, we have always been pegged at how great or not we are in a classroom. So if you were like me, you probably had a rank in class. A rank in the subjects that you studied and then overall. Throughout your school…

How to overcome Writer’s Block?

Have you ever had one of those days when you are just bursting to write, but just don’t know what to start with? Have you? I have plenty of those days. It feels that my heart and my head will burst, there are swirling thoughts all over them. Everything is all over the place and…

How to write characters and subjects for “Icarus” stories?

Characters are subjects or protagonists in a story. You may not always need a character while writing, but you will definitely need a subject. In The Book of Joy, the chapters are dialogues that went on between HH The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They aren’t the characters, but the subject is joy. In…

This story comes back to haunt me all the time.

I was in a get together of close office friends a few years ago. We were a close bunch, had each other’s back at work, and in life. Some of us were more experienced than the rest. We were there with our families. We got talking about some office colleague. To start with, the conversation…

How can you cultivate optimism and bring joy to your life?

Human beings are hardwired for negativity and danger. That’s how we survived the stone ages and sabre toothed tigers and what nots. At the very beginning of time, our brain was hard wired to detect threats, drops in temperatures, possible famines and scarcity and impending death. So from centuries, we notice first and we notice…

What’s your definition of a perfect world?

In a perfect world, things would happen to my liking, to my tastes and to my sensibilities. And I call it perfect because I understand that they are not likely to happen that way. So here’s what I will settle for. Books to read. Concepts and abstractions to wonder about. Notebooks to jot down my…

Self Worth doesn’t need external validation. Here’s why.

A lot of people don’t look at you the way you look at them. These could be the ones closest to you too. It could be a parent, a sibling, a significant other, a best friend. They don’t see you in the light that you see yourself. And that’s okay. It makes you feel anguished,…

If good habits are so good for us, why don’t they stick?

Often enough times we don’t even know we are operating based on assumptions. They are so intrinsic, intuitive and pathological that they resonate with clear logic to us. We have all been conditioned a certain way as a result of our upbringing. That upbringing has tinted the world in a certain way. We operate on…