Spirit of things

It is so surreal that I can forget the importance of things and how much worse it could be. I have been very fortunate with the love of my life and I cant even believe how much I have taken that for granted. If its not work, its family, if not that then its some hobby and so on so forth. How to make sure that things dont slip on a daily basis is the most important issue I deal with today.

I am Collar-Blind

Steve Carell could be one of the funniest things that came out of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart but his role as the intrepid boss in The Office just seems to get better with time. His character was recently seen quoting ‘I am Collar-Blind’ and what ran through my head was another famous quote and from the mother of all quotable sitcoms – ‘Thats Gold Jerry. Gold!’. I have recently been applying to jobs and I found it to be an interesting exercise the methodology that one uses to sift through the various opportunities out there. Which ones make the cut, tell a lot about how you perceive yourself and also how you would want to see yourself. Maybe we should all be collar-blind, maybe that would make for a more peaceful world.

World Cup 2006

Italy took it in the penalty shoot out. Maybe old news now, but it was quite something for me as I stood in a very crowded Little Italy in Toronto when that kick landed in the corner. I was able to get in the crowd and in the mix, the Italianos aren’t shy about celebrating, that’s for sure.

The day after

Sometimes I spend so much time and energy focusing on one day and one effort that everything fades out. I do savour every moment of that day as it passes me by and nothing seems sweeter. But the day after, I am spent. My mind and body seem to just slow down, still reliving the hours of yesterday. Somehow this just seems right. I wish there was some other way to record those minutes, I would do it. At some time in my life, I hope to be able to hire a photographer to follow me around to record these precious memories. Maybe.

The now

I spoke about being aware of the past yesterday, but there’s also a downside to that – being stuck in it. Sometimes I tend to think so much about the past and re-live those moments that I find myself in love with certain images and people. But, in reality, those people and images don’t exist today as they did earlier. This leaves me with a gaping hole in my mind and one which I have trouble filling. Today was one of those days and so a downer. I wish I had taken care of the person who had always been the secret of my energy. I feel like I have aged 10 years in the last 2.

Rewind & Erase

It is very important for the mind to be aware of the direction in which its heading – buddhi or kama, and to know either it must be aware of its origins. The ego must be complete with the empirical records and the mind free enough to realize the mistakes of yesterday, for a clearer tomorrow. Today life flies by at a breakneck speed and we are at constant battle with ourselves to keep our awareness levels up. We try to keep physical records like photos and videos, maintain bonds and relationships with people (past and present) and now more than ever use technology to maximize our efficiency.Yet at the end of it all, it all comes down to the freedom of the mind. If it is unable to free itself of the limitations of its origins and not forget them at the same time, then there isn’t much hope for growth.

Manas: Definition

The seat of mentation and egoic consciousness; in humanity Manas is the human person, the reincarnating ego, immortal in essence, enduring in its higher aspects through the entire manvantara. When imbodied, manas is dual, gravitating toward buddhi in its higher aspects and in its lower aspects toward kama. The first is intuitive mind, the second the animal, ratiocinative consciousness, the lower mentality and passions of the personality.

The Extinct Indian Entrepreneur

The extinct Indian entrepreneur thought is a thought-provoking one. I have always tried to be in touch with India’s tech and retail sector, to the extent that I can. There seems to be a real dearth of disruptive startups planned, funded and executed by Indians. I hate this as it could be a real poison for the economy in the medium to long term. The 5-10% of these companies which will last beyond the first couple of years will create value not only for the principals but also for the economy in general. I don’t even mean the hundreds and thousands of jobs created over time, but pioneering strongholds in self-carved niches.
Moving forward, these companies will be shaped by their internal and more importantly, external communities which will drive greater value out of the ever-evolving business models. Google today is no longer really thought of as ‘Search Technology’ company, rather heralded as the poster boy of a Media Company that it is. Documenting and indexing anything it can get its paws on, this beast is positioning itself to connect the remaining 5.4 billion sharing our planet. I imagine that the developing and under-developed economies will be able to harness the unpredictable network effect of these indigenous startups beyond what we dreamed possible. From bidding on airplane seats on the way to the airport or paying utility bills on the cell phone while listening to a Re.1 download of Zakhir Hussain’s jam session with Ravi Shankar, nothing seems imposible or improbable.
There are certain emerging pockets of hope such as the ‘Band of Angels’, an investors’ group focused on early stage tech and media ventures. These organizations need to be more accessible and hopefully will shed more light on investing and the benefits of incubating rather than stuffing the mattress. Almost every Indian is aware of the money floating around in the private sector, but the scarcity that a first-time entrepreneur finds for the same is frightening. And as I have noticed, as have others, people will continue to choose comfy chairs whether it be in MNCs or in their family’ age-old business. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

How?

How does it work?
How does a tired mind become active?
How do we imagine what we dont know?
How do we ever realize truth?
How do know what is true happiness?
How do we stop living other’s lives?
How do we get out of this mess?
How do we find what we truly believe in?
How do we live out our beliefs?
How do we ever break the barrier of uncertainty?
How?

better recognize

Toota Toota Ek Parinda Aise Toota
Ke Phir Jud Naa Paaya
Loota Loota Kisne Usko Aise Loota
Ke Phir Ud Naa Paaya
Girta Hua Woh Asma Se
Aakar Gira Zameen Par
Khwabon Mein Phir Bhi Badal Hi The
Woh Kehta Raha Magar
Kho Ke Aapne Par Hi To Usne Tha Ud Naa Sikha
Gham Ko Aapne Saath Mein Lele Dard Bhi Tere Kaam Aayega
Allah Ke Bande Hasde Allah Ke Bande
Allah Ke Bande Hasde Jo Bhi Ho Kal Phir Aayega
Vishal Dadlani Waisa Bhi Hota Hai