Have you heard of freedom of expression?

It is okay to take things at face value once in a while… Stop ascribing negative motives to a movie that was just trying to highlight the oneness of all humans. And if not that, remember we live in a country that gives us freedom of speech. Movies are a form of art… If you don’t like what you see, it is okay… It is not the end of the world. Move on! You are entitled to an opinion but not to demand a ban! All the drama and mess around the satirical comedy #PK sends a terrible message to the filmmakers – Stay away from sensitive topics, especially religion!

My ‘lost and found’ story

Have you ever experienced the immense joy of finding something you lost that holds a lot of sentimental value to you? I did. My mom-in-law’s shawl is one of my most valuable possessions. During my company meet, I forgot to pick my shawl from the bus and realised only after the bus left. After making several calls I still could not trace it. I felt so heartbroken… Two days later, we were wrapping up the meeting and one of my friends told me somebody in the conference room was talking about a shawl they found in the bus and I should check if it’s mine. Thrilled as I was I jumped out of my chair and went to ask them… There it was… It was time my precious keepsake made its way back to me. I was overjoyed and almost in tears. My friend said you are a sentimental fool… I said, “I know and I am soooo happy!” Thanks to some amazing people, I got it back… and now I have a ‘lost and found’ story.

Let’s celebrate the joy of reading

Perfect emotions, a touching story, earthy music… The latest #Kindle commercial, shot by Cannes winning ad film maker Ram Madhvani, has it all. You totally nailed it, and gave me the best type of goosebumps. It demonstrates the journey of a reader in such a simple, yet powerful way! Let’s celebrate the joy of reading… :)


Little things in life

It’s true what they say about little things in life… They have a power to make you euphoric! This evening I went to this lake near my place to enjoy the sunset… The moment I got down from the car a bunch of kids came running towards me… They wanted me to click a picture of them. I was not carrying my camera so I clicked it with my phone. Their expressions after seeing this photograph were out of the world! Some of them were camera shy and a little skeptical :) I gave them some candies and left after some time. While my car swiftly moved forward, they kept waving until I was out of sight. Those smiles made my day!


Reading Dongri to Dubai

D2DWhen I watch movies, read books or listen to music, I look for some real intense emotions! Usually, fiction novels do the trick for me. Fiction books have that power… They have great characterization, gripping plot, and strong dose of emotions… That is one reason why I have never been a fan of non-fiction. Only a handful that I read had that spirit. But this non-fiction, that I am reading currently, has overwhelmed me, but in a positive way. #DongriToDubai, a gangster non-fiction, is not just another book. It offers some rarely-heard-of details of the Bombay underworld. It shocks you! It keeps you on the edge. The book chronicles the history of the Bombay mafia; in many instances it attempts to portray the human side of the notorious gangsters, leaving you in a state of perpetual wonder… In some situations, you almost feel it is okay to blame the situation than the person in question… A must-read, I say.

Random Scribble: The “no expectations” myth

In an ideal world, in ideal relationships, the theory of ‘no expectations’ sounds great… But the problem is, our world is not an ideal one. In an ideal world there would be no pain, no extreme emotions, no crazy ideas… An ideal world would be about balance… An ideal world in one word would be ‘boring’. Our world is real… Our world has colours… Colours of love, of pain, of happiness, of sadness… So people who say they have no expectations from anybody in life are lying… We are made that way… :)

I think every relationship involves expectations, whether it’s your parents, spouse, siblings, kids, friends, colleagues… I feel we aren’t always conscious of our expectations. For example, I expect my better half to take me on a drive even after his long day at work… It might be extremely wrong on my part to expect it, but I do. That is what I am talking about. The more we learn to manage these expectations, the sweeter our relationships would be. That is how I see it… That is my point of view (as of now)… Not necessarily the truth. May be, the more I grow, the more I learn, the more I evolve, I may start thinking in a different way.

A Snapshot of PV Subramanyam

PV_SubramanyamThe year was 2007… It was a usual day at IRIS, my workplace. I was at my desk completely engrossed in my work. BAM! He entered the cubicle where I was working distracting me with his half/one-sided conversation in Gujarati with someone on the phone. An incurable Gujju money man, I thought. Yes, those were the first words that came to my mind when I saw Subra Sir (PV Subramanyam) for the very first time. I was right… Atleast about the incurable-money-man part :P

Fast-forward to the year 2013… Now we are having those phone conversations (in English mostly :P)… We discuss money, work, family life, work-out routine, food, sugar-addiction, travel, society, attitudes, blah, blah… The list seems endless right now. For all those conversations and so many more to come, thank you Sir.

In this exclusive tête-à-tête, the man who makes smart people richer (http://www.subramoney.com) talks about his first crush, sinful sugar cravings, health vs. wealth and a lot lot more. WARNING! Brace yourselves for some real funny bites because he is the ‘King of Sarcasm’. Also, ignore the part where he mentions future-kids-Gandhidham :P Not happening anytime SOON!

  • If you had just one word to describe yourself, what would it be?


  • When did your love affair with money start?

Must have been pretty early. My dad’s brother used to give me all his 50 paise coins (with Jawaharlal Nehru’s face on it). All that went into my piggy bank. By the time I was in Class 4, I had more than 1000 coins. I wish I’d known the magic of compounding back then!

  • Being a hard-core cyclist, what is it that you love the most about cycling?

The cold refreshing air hitting your face at 5 a.m. on a winter morning!

  • What is more important – health or wealth?

Ridiculous question. This is like asking a kid, “Who do you like more? Your mother or your father?” It’s a stupid question and should be banned forever.

  • Describe your Sundays.

My Sundays are typically reserved for a long run or a long ride. That’s 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Then it is a lazy lunch…mostly at home, rarely trying to venture out.

  • What would be your dream holiday location and why?

Ideally a place with some mountains for climbing and a beach – simple Goa, Chiplun, Kovalam types.

I would also love to go tiger watching (preferably alone).

  • What is your favorite book? What was the last book you read?

No favorites. The last book I read was The Crisil Story; I did not like it at all.

  • What is your food heaven and hell?

Anything healthy is heaven. I am trying to go vegan and reduce white sugar usage. Unsuccessful battle so far.

  • Tell me about your first crush.

Orange crush! Mom must have made it for me… :P

  • If you were a biscuit, which would you be?

Bourbon. It’s poison. Eat 200 at a time and you will die. Guaranteed.

  • If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?

Vegetables, milk, water bottle for running, tons of daals, grains, etc.

  • Do you have a bucket list?

Naa. If I want something, I get it. Nowadays the things I love are illegal, immoral or fattening. So I refuse to think about those things. But yes looking for loads of grandchildren, including two at Gandhidham ;)