Getting healthy.. the slow way

Getting healthy.. the slow way

December 15, 20193 mins

“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…

A runner takes a walk

A runner takes a walk

December 11, 20191 mins

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…

Underachiever’s Manifesto

Underachiever’s Manifesto

December 09, 20191 mins

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…

The tough boss framework

The tough boss framework

December 08, 20191 mins

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…

Sardaron wali baat – apology to my Sikh friends

Sardaron wali baat – apology to my Sikh friends

December 04, 20191 mins

(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…

Barefooting in the snobbish sports

Barefooting in the snobbish sports

December 03, 20193 mins

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…

When a tweet triggered a hormesis habit change

When a tweet triggered a hormesis habit change

December 02, 20192 mins

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…

The coffee abstinence experiment

The coffee abstinence experiment

December 01, 20193 mins

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…

Heads I win, tails I don’t lose

Heads I win, tails I don’t lose

October 05, 20193 mins

“Racing is a true experience. Only the conditions are artificial. My entire self is engaged in a genuine struggle against time and distance and those around me. All my strengths, physical and…

Quitting in the age of vaping

Quitting in the age of vaping

July 18, 20194 mins

If vaping was a thing back in the early ’90’s, I seriously doubt I’d have quit smoking when I did. Not that it was easy. It took a year of umpteen failed attempts with quit streaks ranging from days…