Minimalist in a maximal world

[Editor’s Note: I’ve been meaning to write this post for sometime. This needs mention because this post has the rare distinction of having only a 2 week gestation period (the median post is more like 3-6 months). On a flight back from Delhi, I started writing. The battery went kaput after two paragraphs. Undeterred, I …

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Experiments in Tiny Habits

I once audited a class at Stanford. The year was 2007. I was in the midst of a startup (Graspr.com – an attempt to create a ‘howto slice’ of Youtube), yet I was intrigued enough to take that class. It was no ordinary class. Dr. BJ Fogg, a psychology professor and Director of the Stanford …

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Bangalore to Hubli: from agony to ecstasy

[Editor’s Note: My good friend and ex-colleague Shriram undertook an amazing trip last year. Shriram is a cyclist and a runner. He belittles his running but he’s blessed with natural abilities. With no training plan and just two long 30k runs under his belt, he knocked off a full marathon (Auroville 2011) in 3:55. But …

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The two jeans ten shirts man

The TJTS man drove a small car. Actually a very small car. A car described by his wife as “a kid’s toy car being driven even after he grew up”. The TJTS man liked his small car. He didn’t mind the stares, smiles and weird looks he frequently got at traffic lights. He didn’t know …

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With great frivolity comes great responsibility

[Editor’s Note: I shared a little rant on Facebook this Sat night which attracted a fair bit of attention. I figured some of you ‘Twitter people’ would enjoy it too.] Dear Facebook, Have you noticed that the news feed has become boring, bloody predictable, and nauseatingly egotistical? Same old profile picture changes, same old likes, …

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I don’t NEED…

To err is human, to forgive divine. – Alexander Pope To iterate is human, to recurse divine. – Peter Deutsch To add is human, to subtract divine. – Old uLaaR saying I don’t NEED meat. I don’t NEED eggs. I don’t NEED dairy products. I don’t NEED to be a glutton. I don’t NEED leather products. I …

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Diary of an incorruptible man

[Editor’s Note: KKM worked at four different Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) steel plants over his 34-year career, starting from Bhilai in 1958 to Vizag in 1992. Below are a selection of his diary entries that provide a tell-tale glimpse on how he worked and how he lived.] Rourkela, Orissa (Sometime in 1961) Returned …

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Nineteen months of dumb living

One life. Do more. Err… how about “do less” and “have more fun doing it”? Nothing succeeds like success. Yeah. Sure. Would you like “whipped cream” with that? A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone. I’d be surprised if you’ve come across this gem from Francis …

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Listen to Keith Jarrett or help dad change the tire?

After two years of Reva ownership, I faced my first flat tire on Saturday. Fortunately it was discovered in the garage so no inconvenience there. Sunday morning I headed downstairs to the parking area with an OMG-I’m-going-to-help-daddy 9-year old as my helper. A few minutes after we had surreptitiously exited the apartment, mommy had to …

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