I wrote a piece as a gift to my then-girlfriend. I wanted to make her feel special by describing my experience of meeting her for the first time. It was about a train journey. That was more than ten years ago.
Of course, she loved it!
I aspired to become a writer when I was 21 (I am 31 now).
I attempted my first work of fiction called ‘The Teenage Diaries’. It was about three friends fooling around during school days. I abandoned it after writing 50 pages.
Was I lazy enough to finish it? Maybe.
If I have no…
Why would you choose Iran as a travel destination? That too, solo.
Looks like someone has a death wish!
Do you want to get bombed?
Despite such negativity, I took a leap of faith and booked my flight ticket from Mumbai to Iran. What happened after that was a journey that touched me in a million ways. It changed me as a person.
Now, Iran is not an easy country to travel to. Credit cards don’t work because the banking system is not connected with the world. The currency is highly volatile and hyper-inflated. So, you need to carry cash.
Travel vloggers are the reason I started watching vlogs on youtube. Before that, youtube was merely a search engine for me.
In college, I was that guy who shot and edited birthday videos for the group. I even made some cool short films for college competitions. FYI, I didn’t go to film school. I am an engineering graduate. After which, I did Masters in Finance and now working as an investment adviser.
Well, let’s not digress.
So, after watching tonnes of travel vlogs, I stumbled upon Casey Neistat in 2018. I binged watch all of his vlogs in a month…
Well, it’s still debatable about how much I am fond of my financial sales job. But, there’s one thing that I have learnt in my professional life — taking rejections like a boss.
I still remember my first sales pitch. I went through all the products, again and again before I entered the meeting room. I spoke at length, telling everything that could convince the investor to invest in our funds. The answer I got back was — “I’ll let you know if there’s anything I can do.”
I didn’t know what that actually meant. Later, I realised it was…
There are countless finance articles or books available on How to invest or Where to Invest. Technically, Investing sounds like one of the easiest things you can do. Just stay invested for the long term and hurray! You are rich! Especially during a bull run, you see a 15 per cent profit on your investments in a month or the best-case scenario, let’s say you double your investments. You might end up thinking that you are the next Warren Buffet or Charlie Munger.
Up to now, while everything was going well, news breaks out that rattles the market — Rising…
As far as I remember, my regular day looked like waking up at 7 am, making a cup of tea before my ride to the office. At work, it was mostly coffee, followed by some exchange of emails, then off to client meetings and done. End of the workday. I was a regular at the gym last year before they shut it down in the wake of the pandemic.
Having a work profile of financial sales meant that most of my work hours were spent outdoors. It included an immense amount of time spent commuting. …
I hate when people say that they have covered this place or covered that region. You do not cover destinations when travelling. It is not an obligation because places are to be experienced and not covered.
My first exposure to solo travelling was when I went to Goa with a friend. It was the first time I stayed in a hostel and met backpackers from across the world. Listening to their stories made me curious, and I could not stop myself from taking a leap of faith and travelling solo.
Here I was, sitting at the airport by myself. Looking…
Let me clear the air before you jump to conclusions. It does not mean that you should detest your parents.
I love my parents. But I believe that many decisions that we make under their influence can cost us in the long run. It can simply lead to resentment at the later stage of your life.
Few parents would tell their kids to quit their job and take up acting or dancing or writing. Now, you need to understand where they are coming from. They want you to have a safe job with guaranteed inflow in the bank account.
Seriously just try to imagine!
I don’t want you to think of the characters the way you have always thought about them. Hanging out in the coffee shop, having fun during the Thanksgiving dinner. Celebrating Christmas. None of those things.
I want you to connect with them on a philosophical level. If FRIENDS was not like the FRIENDS — the comedy series. Instead, think of FRIENDS as a Shakespearean tragedy.
What we see in the series is akin to everyday social media. We don’t share sad things, do we? …
Let me put the above mentioned Voltaire’s quote this way — Done is better than perfect. Voltaire clearly figured it out 200 years ago.
And I have been one of the victims. Procrastinating the task because you don’t have a perfect idea. Most times, aiming for perfection is quite an excuse to avoid the task altogether.
“I am gonna write a novel?”
“Great, what is it about?”
“Exploring a few ideas, got to find the best one.”
After few months, you are still finding the perfect idea. The time, that was sufficient enough to write and finish a novel. …