Sunday, 19 December 2010

The Case of the Three Musketeers

One of the more memorable take-aways from my Entrepreneurial Selling course at CBS was "differentiating yourself". Deceptively simple, right? I could not agree more with the idea, not only becasue it resonates with my personal philosophy, but also because the Professor was by far one of the best we have, and I was instantly in love with his teaching style. For our Finals, he gave us a case study to solve. So many individual submissions to grade every semester must be quite a task even if we CBS folks think that each paper we write is second only to the Holy Bible.

So, I decided to 'solve' the case by writing my strategy in the form of a story, where the Professor is one of the three central characters:

1. The Professor as the President and CEO of the company
2. Tomb Raider, the COO
3. Know Nothing, the Head of R&D

I called the paper "the Case of the Three Musketeers" who set out to solve this $100mn problem for the company.

I bet the Professor will never forget me. Ever.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Sakhi re

Sakhi re, tera milna
Phir halke se muskurana
Aur mere sapno ka khilna
Kya tum dekh rahi ho?

Kabhi tum chand ho
Kabhi tum ho pari
Meri taakad bhi tum ho
Tum hi meri kamjori

Sakhi re, ek tumhari haansi
Pe ruk gayee hai ab jindagi
Jo hum saath saath ho
To jannat yahi hai, yahi

Sakhi re...

1. O for original ;)
2. I've been writing for a few years now. It's a family gene I think. So, no, this poem is not inspired by "someone" ;P

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Some of my favourite C&H strips

Of over 3500 published over ten years:

1. Be gone!
2. Trust
3. Here and now
4. Trick question?
5. Click!
6. Loopholes
7. No, I wont
8. Being there

Thank you Bill Watterson!

Monday, 22 November 2010

The True Pursuit

Few days ago, I read an interesting article in The Hindu about the dichotomy of life. Reproduced below are a couple of summarizing lines:

“The philosophy of daily life is generally governed by action and reaction within the narrow confines of power and pelf. On an average, people are driven to act by the exigencies of material acquisitions and egoistic posturing. Running parallel to earthly considerations is one's quest for spiritual solace and upliftment.”

The thought was very intriguing to me as I tried to mentally divide my actions into material and spiritual ones. But soon I was rationalizing my choices, and realized that my efforts were fruitless at best. The most powerful motivations aren't necessarily materialistic or idealistic - they are a reflection of our own fiber and expectations from self. Perhaps this is what Maslow refers to as "Self actualization" in his hierarchy of needs. The true pursuit then, is not for material acquisitions, egoistic clout, or even spiritual nirvana. The true pursuit is for the Self.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Thou shalt not

Madeira, thou shalt not touch my lips
Thou art unworthy of my kiss
The affair must end and thou must leave
For elsewhere lies my eternal bliss

Madeira, thou shalt not touch my lips!

PS: some people asked me if this was original. Yes, it is :)

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Gourmet Indian Cooking

1. Baigan ka Bharta

Enjoyed by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, 'Baigan ka bharta' is a famous eggplant (aubergine, more commonly known as brinjal in India) recipe. Indian cooking cannot get more traditional than this.

You start off by roasting the eggplant fruit directly on fire (
picture on the right) and then
cooking it with spices and other veggies (peas, onion, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms... the list could be endless depending on what you like).

2. Gajar ka Halwa

Ghee + carrots + badam + cashew nuts + half & half + sugar + maa ka pyar = gajar ka halwa.

Gajar ka halwa is the most popular Indian dessert specially in winters.

My brother once remarked to me that if I ever were to bear a son, I should name him 'Haldiram'. Given the amount of food he will have to his disposal, he will likely bear a resemblance to the famous Indian food mogul.


1. French Crepes:

My flat-mate had a friend from France visiting US last month, and she stayed with us for a week. Apart from her uber cool French accent, I loved how easily she made amazing crepes. She was kind enough to teach me, and below is what I made for myself today. The cooked apple and plums can be drizzled with honey and sugar if that's how you like it.

2. Spicy Indian pancakes:

The picture below is one of the most popular north Indian breakfasts. We call them "Cheelay". They are spicy depending on one's preference. I love the ones with fresh green chillies - just the right amount to make your senses tingle!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

The greatest Love Story

"Slumdog Millionaire"

Not only did it win 8 Academy Awards, 7 BAFTAs, 4 Golden Globes, and 5 critics choice awards, but also the hearts of millions of people in the world.

"What a fair!", as the game show host famously says.

The impeccable Freida Pinto and the super-talented Dev Patel.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Lights will guide you home

Lights will guide you home...
And ignite your bones!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Maya Angelou

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
I rise
I rise
I rise

- Maya Angelou

Thursday, 23 September 2010

My Indian Monsoon

Monday, 20 September 2010

A picture is worth...

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Fate vs. Faith

He either fears his fate too much,
Or his deserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch
To gain or lose it all.

Saturday, 3 July 2010


Yesterday I was waiting at my School for some paperwork to come through, and decided to borrow a book from the library and sit on the School lawn outside. As I was engrossed in reading about municipal bonds, this barely 16-year old girl in shorts runs to me and says "Can I take your picture please?"

Me: "Sure, but why do you want my picture?"

She: "I love Columbia. Maybe one day I'll be sitting here reading some book".


She vanished as fast as she'd come - the whole conversation was like 20 seconds. I was so touched and inspired by her. At 16, she is chasing her dreams and with what passion! Ah, the power of inspiration. May she get what she wants!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

The Official Proof

...of my culinary skills. Not that my friends have ever asked for one (though, of course, my brother does try to EB me into taking on the challenge). But I just felt like calling this post "the official proof"....

Sunday, 14 March 2010

The Rainy Sunday

As I sit on my couch in the living room and look outside my window, I see small drops of rain hit the window-sill and bounce back. It is the onset of Spring, and I can almost see the green leaves on trees. Little sparrows flutter their feathers only to get wet again. A cool breeze gushes through the window to pass through my hair and makes me smile. I will need another cup of tea, I think. The sweet scent of drenched earth fills me and takes me far away from myself. I sit on my couch, unaware whether I am in the past, present or future.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Ishqiya: Another beautiful Vidya Balan movie

I believe Vidya Balan is carving out a special league of her own. You must watch the movie to fully appreciate Vidya's beauty in person as well as in acting...

Thursday, 21 January 2010

The ROARING 90s & My Teenage Playlist

Never say what??

The link has one of the best lectures I ever heard - Dr. Randy Pausch of Carnegie Melon University talks about achieving childhood dreams at the Oprah show:
A childhood flame of mine used to say "Never say die... Never say what???"