The imperfect vegan

When I turned vegan ~6 years ago, my conformance was slightly less than 100% initially. This was largely to keep domestic peace without compromising the core principle. For example, Palak paneer, a popular dish when dining out, couldn’t be messed with. So I’d focus on the palak while they’d monopolize the paneer While eating at …

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Planes and trains

An old school friend (M) gave the following reason for giving up meat : “One fine day I felt that I had eaten enough chicken for a lifetime. So I turned vegetarian.” My feelings towards planes and flying are approaching a similar sentiment. In the past 2 years, I’ve probably flown close to 30 times. …

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Getting healthy.. the slow way

“Nobody wants to become rich slowly.” – Warren Buffet Replace “rich” with “healthy” and the quote will still ring true. In late 2008, after 1.5 decades of asthma-free bliss, my top worry as I settled into Bangalore living was “how the heck would I manage in India’s asthma capital?“ My answer was to start running. …

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A runner takes a walk

A rare Monday morning when I woke up at 430am. Rare because the alarm was set for 630am. Mondays are rest days (runner speak) or normal days (regular speak). This kind of inexplicable thing happens maybe a few times a year. The inner voice said “Hey, you’ve always wanted to find out what it is …

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Underachiever’s Manifesto

As a tribute to this post’s theme, I’m just going to share excerpts of this not-so-famous 2006 book. As opposed to providing a commentary on what this topic means to me.  For obvious reasons, it’s entirely appropriate that a book entitled The Underachiever’s Manifesto never really became a huge seller. Written by an American doctor named Ray Bennett …

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The tough boss framework

We’ve all had tough bosses in our careers. I don’t know about you but I’ve always enjoyed working with them. Just to be clear, folks like Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, or fictional fashion editor Miranda Priestley are NOT my definition of tough boss. I’m talking about the boss that sets a really high bar, pushes …

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Sardaron wali baat – apology to my Sikh friends

(Circa 2010, a weekday morning at work) We had just wrapped up a conference call with our colleagues in San Francisco. I pressed the hang-up button, turned to my team members and uttered “Kaisa yeh sardaron wali baat usne keh di” (Translation: what kind of a Sardarji like statement did that guy make?) And in …

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Barefooting in the snobbish sports

Golf and squash are uppity sports played by ‘gentlemen’. I say this despite being a squash aficionado. There’s one difference though. In one of the sports, you are guaranteed to sweat.. even if you had a 15 min game. In the other, you might spend half your day and would be hard-pressed to find an …

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When a tweet triggered a hormesis habit change

My friend Mekin tweeted something interesting in Jan 2009. One of those things that makes you go “hmm.. surely I can give that a try!” For someone perpetually teetering on the edge of catching a cold (or in the midst of one) for most of my life, I’m always on the lookout for life hacks.. …

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The coffee abstinence experiment

Regular readers of this blog might know that I run multiple experiments at any time. Experiments of the life hacking kind. Start doing this. Stop doing that. Well.. maybe more of the stopping kind. April 28, 2019 marked the kickoff of one of my more ambitious experiments – quit coffee. April 28 was the last …

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