Tiny Habits, as explained by Goscinny & Uderzo

If you’ve not heard about Dr. BJ Fogg or Tiny Habits, let me suggest this 800-word primer on the habit guru’s key principles. If you are struggling with an unambiguous definition of tiny, the masters Goscinny and Uderzo (and if these are new names to you, I won’t judge you but will exhort you to …

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Lockdownland – a documentary by BBC’s David Reid

I first met David Reid (one-man-army BBC documentary maker) in late 2014. A meeting that started off with a cold call to the mGaadi call center with “Hey, you guys seem to be transforming auto rickshaw hailing business. Could I talk to your founders?” That cold call led to the making of Mobile apps taming …

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In defense of idol worship

A source of controversy and a massive source of division between the major religions that believe in form/idol worship (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism) and those for whom it is anathema (Christianity, Islam). I found Ramana Maharshi’s response to a Muslim questioner interesting enough to share. The following extract from Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi  Pages 109-110 …

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Subhadra is a horse

[Editor’s Note: My mother, a late adopter of the Internet, used to write the loveliest of letters to her children pre-Internet era. The letters stopped after I returned to India. In the past few years, after she got comfortable with Internet and gmail, the letters resumed as emails to her children. After an extended hiatus, …

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The well-grounded runner

Years ago, when I shared one of my posts on barefoot running (or cold showers) on Facebook, my friend Ramesh Pai shared this interesting anecdote: You’ll be amused to know about this Polish guy that we met in the jungles of Costa Rica. He left his high paying job to go live in the jungle. …

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On suppression vs dissipation of desire

My Jiddu Krishnamurti friend painstakingly reminds me that desire suppression is very different from desire dissipation. Between the two, the latter is desirable (pun intended) because suppression means it could always come back.. with a vengeance. Karmically speaking, there are some desires that must be consummated before they can be dissipated. Then there are other …

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Sebastian and Sons

One man’s noise is another’s music. When I was listening to classic rock, alternative rock and metal, I could never fathom why people needed any other genre. Ok – maybe western classical had utility as ‘white noise’ backdrop to intense intellectual concentration. When I started dating the gal who would become my wife, jazz entered …

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The monk who recalled a TV show

(Retrieved from a tendril of memory in 2001. Filed under “San Francisco to Los Angeles road trip”) Long weekend, gracious host, uncomplicated life status, and absence of a Los Angeles bucket list combined for a relaxed trip. Autobiography of a Yogi (AoY) was fresh in my memory. While I had read it several years ago, …

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Chipping away at FOMO

To add is human, to subtract divine. – Anonymous This weekend, I had two reasons to raise a celebratory toast. All my running friends were running Mumbai Marathon. When registrations opened 6 months ago, I wasn’t tempted. When they were talking about hotel bookings, I wasn’t tempted. In the last week of tapering, no whiff …

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The third exile

“My lower back is sore. My glutes are sore. My right quad & hamstring are cramping slightly. But oh.. it feels sooooo good!”  Much chuckling from my friends as I uttered these words following a 24k run.  I was coming off a non-running interlude of 6 weeks (brought upon by a freak bone contusion to the …

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