Category Archives: personal change

The Goddess of Wealth is having it easy!

I’ve recently made a new friend who has spent over 20 years in various banking and financial companies. Having worked so closely with money and its related services, have led him to develop an almost spiritual and healthy relationship with

The Goddess of Wealth is having it easy!

I’ve recently made a new friend who has spent over 20 years in various banking and financial companies. Having worked so closely with money and its related services, have led him to develop an almost spiritual and healthy relationship with

Saying no to Maida (all-purpose flour) – Living in India made it easier

This story was originally published on my Medium.com blog. Two months ago, I decided to make one healthy habit and stick to it. After some deliberation, I realized it would be easier to break an existing unhealthy habit. I came

Saying no to Maida (all-purpose flour) – Living in India made it easier

This story was originally published on my Medium.com blog. Two months ago, I decided to make one healthy habit and stick to it. After some deliberation, I realized it would be easier to break an existing unhealthy habit. I came

Even the Kalahari Bushman wants to come back to his desert

And people ask “Why come back to India?”!? This story was originally published on my Medium.com blog. One of the most shared and discussed topics of my generation is “Reasons for moving back to India from the US” or variations

Even the Kalahari Bushman wants to come back to his desert

And people ask “Why come back to India?”!? This story was originally published on my Medium.com blog. One of the most shared and discussed topics of my generation is “Reasons for moving back to India from the US” or variations

Startup founders and toddlers

What do toddlers and startup founders have in common?

One morning I was walking around in my balcony when suddenly my toddler screamed, “Mumma, you just stepped on my cake! I am a chef, and I am making this beautiful cake with cherries which I had kept right there.” I

Startup founders and toddlers

What do toddlers and startup founders have in common?

One morning I was walking around in my balcony when suddenly my toddler screamed, “Mumma, you just stepped on my cake! I am a chef, and I am making this beautiful cake with cherries which I had kept right there.” I

behavior, wisdom, spiritual introspection

Two Questions for the visible and invisible you

One of my life goals is to live with awareness, and to use that awareness to improve some aspect of myself every day. The improvement must be at a fundamental (mind/body/thought) level. I am not referring to goals such as “be

behavior, wisdom, spiritual introspection

Two Questions for the visible and invisible you

One of my life goals is to live with awareness, and to use that awareness to improve some aspect of myself every day. The improvement must be at a fundamental (mind/body/thought) level. I am not referring to goals such as “be

wisdom, self help, changing behavior

How I taught my mind to stop comparing

“Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” said the wicked queen in the fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. That same wicked queen lives in our minds, and ever so often she appears in

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wisdom, self help, changing behavior

How I taught my mind to stop comparing

“Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” said the wicked queen in the fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. That same wicked queen lives in our minds, and ever so often she appears in

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domestic help in india, maid in india, nanny, dowry, gender bias, behavior change, social behaviors

The innocent question I could not answer

The Northeast is a very different part in India. Not because of its natural beauty, or the way its people look or dress. It’s how they behave and what they practice. I experience this difference everyday right here in Bangalore.

domestic help in india, maid in india, nanny, dowry, gender bias, behavior change, social behaviors

The innocent question I could not answer

The Northeast is a very different part in India. Not because of its natural beauty, or the way its people look or dress. It’s how they behave and what they practice. I experience this difference everyday right here in Bangalore.

wisdom, self help, balance at work, productivity habits, behavior change

The 3 B’s that define my work

I recently took a sabbatical from ‘structured’ work to allow me to spend unregulated amount of time with my son. This was important to me and to him. Now that he’s started preschool and settled into another routine, I’ve returned

wisdom, self help, balance at work, productivity habits, behavior change

The 3 B’s that define my work

I recently took a sabbatical from ‘structured’ work to allow me to spend unregulated amount of time with my son. This was important to me and to him. Now that he’s started preschool and settled into another routine, I’ve returned

child behaviors, parenting, how to teach a child, how to talk to toddlers

Good Boy, Bad Boy.

Child educators believe that expressions such as “good boy” or “bad boy” are not recommended when praising or correcting a child. All children are good; it’s their specific behavior that can be perceived as good and bad. Rather than directing

child behaviors, parenting, how to teach a child, how to talk to toddlers

Good Boy, Bad Boy.

Child educators believe that expressions such as “good boy” or “bad boy” are not recommended when praising or correcting a child. All children are good; it’s their specific behavior that can be perceived as good and bad. Rather than directing

arun shorie, behavior change, mother heart

Approaching people with a thank-you

I happened to see Arun Shourie at the airport while waiting for my flight announcement. Soft spoken, gentle and a very simple person. I decided to talk to him because I’ve always wanted to thank him for writing the book – Does He

arun shorie, behavior change, mother heart

Approaching people with a thank-you

I happened to see Arun Shourie at the airport while waiting for my flight announcement. Soft spoken, gentle and a very simple person. I decided to talk to him because I’ve always wanted to thank him for writing the book – Does He

social behavior, silence at work, behavior change

Seeking Quiet

I recently read an article about how “being quiet” is no longer the norm, but rather a request that has to made repeatedly. To quote, It’s a pathology that seems increasingly common, I suspect in part because people now spend so much

social behavior, silence at work, behavior change

Seeking Quiet

I recently read an article about how “being quiet” is no longer the norm, but rather a request that has to made repeatedly. To quote, It’s a pathology that seems increasingly common, I suspect in part because people now spend so much

Brainstorming is about picking the right brains!

The best way to evolve an idea(s) is to discuss the premise with smart (& nice) people. An important caveat is to ensure the person has direct experience or interest in the problem area. He/she is either an expert and

Brainstorming is about picking the right brains!

The best way to evolve an idea(s) is to discuss the premise with smart (& nice) people. An important caveat is to ensure the person has direct experience or interest in the problem area. He/she is either an expert and

healthy eating behaviors, eating habits, behavior change

A few tips on ‘My Washing Machine Diet’

This is a follow up to an article that I published on Medium.com which talks about how I’ve attempted to change my eating habits (focusing more on ‘how to eat’ rather than ‘what to eat’). I’m sharing some useful tips

healthy eating behaviors, eating habits, behavior change

A few tips on ‘My Washing Machine Diet’

This is a follow up to an article that I published on Medium.com which talks about how I’ve attempted to change my eating habits (focusing more on ‘how to eat’ rather than ‘what to eat’). I’m sharing some useful tips

angel investing, investor behavior, startup,

Make your Angel List a subset of your Bucket List

All this intellectual talk about angel investing is getting me worried about where we’re headed. For instance questions such as, does angel investing give better returns than other instruments? How do you beat the average ROI? What’s the best way

angel investing, investor behavior, startup,

Make your Angel List a subset of your Bucket List

All this intellectual talk about angel investing is getting me worried about where we’re headed. For instance questions such as, does angel investing give better returns than other instruments? How do you beat the average ROI? What’s the best way

How to get good grades in school?

For the majority of my school and undergraduate years, I was a top 5% student. I don’t think I was exceptionally intelligent. I sucked at pretty much any skill that is socially believed to be a prerequisite for academic success – studying

How to get good grades in school?

For the majority of my school and undergraduate years, I was a top 5% student. I don’t think I was exceptionally intelligent. I sucked at pretty much any skill that is socially believed to be a prerequisite for academic success – studying

A Request to the Dean and the Admissions Committee of Wharton, HBS, MIT Sloan, Stanford, and other global b-schools.

I’d like to start by narrating a pattern that I’ve observed lately. The smart guy with reputed brands on his LinkedIn profile says – “I think this is the right time for me to follow my heart. I want to

A Request to the Dean and the Admissions Committee of Wharton, HBS, MIT Sloan, Stanford, and other global b-schools.

I’d like to start by narrating a pattern that I’ve observed lately. The smart guy with reputed brands on his LinkedIn profile says – “I think this is the right time for me to follow my heart. I want to

The Invisible ‘Like’ Button

This post was also published by YourStory.in. — We have had over three weeks of daily workshops at GSF-Bangalore on topics ranging from customer acquisition, minimal viable product, all the way to high performance teams and term-sheets. Every founder here has met

The Invisible ‘Like’ Button

This post was also published by YourStory.in. — We have had over three weeks of daily workshops at GSF-Bangalore on topics ranging from customer acquisition, minimal viable product, all the way to high performance teams and term-sheets. Every founder here has met

I like founders who let the market price their equity.

This post was also published by YourStory.in. — Most founders, including me, have at some point during their entrepreneurial journey been guilty of over-valuing their equity. I’m proposing that founders are better off if they just stick to this rule – “I

I like founders who let the market price their equity.

This post was also published by YourStory.in. — Most founders, including me, have at some point during their entrepreneurial journey been guilty of over-valuing their equity. I’m proposing that founders are better off if they just stick to this rule – “I

You can’t miss the energy!

GSF has been rapidly gaining momentum since we got tech-crunched! Here’s a link to a short post I wrote on the official GSF India website to describe a day spent at GSF in Bangalore . http://gsfindia.com/blog/you-cant-miss-the-energy/

You can’t miss the energy!

GSF has been rapidly gaining momentum since we got tech-crunched! Here’s a link to a short post I wrote on the official GSF India website to describe a day spent at GSF in Bangalore . http://gsfindia.com/blog/you-cant-miss-the-energy/

hard problems, social behavior, social psychology

Why I stopped using the phrase “This is not rocket science.”

If you say, “My idea did not work out.” Reply: I can see why it won’t work. Blah Blah…[An explanation follows] If you had said, “My idea worked!” Reply: Great! I can see why it would work. Blah Blah…[An explanation follows] I am 100% sure

hard problems, social behavior, social psychology

Why I stopped using the phrase “This is not rocket science.”

If you say, “My idea did not work out.” Reply: I can see why it won’t work. Blah Blah…[An explanation follows] If you had said, “My idea worked!” Reply: Great! I can see why it would work. Blah Blah…[An explanation follows] I am 100% sure