Do our bit for India


  1. Do something: Most of us don’t do anything. Do something, anything. Don’t settle for an average life – a monotonous life. Everyday, keep thinking of doing something more. Write a blog, travel a bit, spend some money and enjoy your life. Bottomline is to do something worthwhile for others or invest in yourself. Investing in yourself will come back to the country as a resource that we have.
  2. Get your Children educated: Let our children be (and all male children that you have an influence over) to respect women.
  3. Vote –  How many of us have vote? We are like – “What difference it will make?”. But it does and that’s the only thing that does.
  4. Read the newspaper: To be frank, I don’t. But we need to. (I’m trying to change). Read about what’s happening around in our country. Have opinions about the happenings. Talk about those problems in your friend groups. I have heard that earlier campuses talked a lot on the recent happenings. But these days, we talk only about cricket and football matches. 
  5. Stop waiting for the change: No, the change wont happen. None (yes, not even government) is going to change the country the way you like it to be. So start being/bringing the change you always wanted to see.
  6. Engage in Politics: Not the cheap one within an organization, but the larger politics which is driving the country. The only way to get the corruption and no-work attitude to change is to change the brains and hands working. We need the young generation to step up, climb the steps and start driving.
  7. Don’t pay bribes: Difficult, Yes. I agree. But try your best not to give it. Atleast for making your life a bit easier, to save 5 minutes or to get a priority – don’t give a bribe. If it is a vow that you wont Pay a Bribe, Nothing like that. J
  8. Save Power: It doesn’t take so long to switch off those lights, fans, ACs, computers. Lets do it. There are far too many still waiting in our country to see the light from a bulb.
  9. Control your road rage: Our country suffers a lot of fatalities from Road Accidents. Let’s stop racing, Lets stop showing aggressions and most importantly – avoid drink & drive.
  10. Let our kids be free of shackles. Let them choose their lives careers and life partners. Lets respect their dreams and aspirations.  
  11. Stop the quarrels on religion and caste.
  12. Teach the less privileged. Take some step to impart education to the less privileged. You can sponsor them, you can join an NGO and contribute.  
  13. Keep our roads clean, dispose your garbage properly, stop spitting on the roads.
  14. Don’t do things because the bulk does it: Everyone does it – doesn’t mean it is right. Be true to your conscience. Do only those, which you feel and find true.

The list is never ending. But I leave the rest to you. You are welcome to share your points

Rahul Dravid Defines Patience

ImageWe all know Dravid is very patient. He can defend balls for a whole day and still be as focused as non-frustrated (as a human can ever be). Below is his words (his view) on patience. Make sure to read!

My wife and I have built a new home with a lovely garden which houses  lovely bamboo trees. I got reading on the Chinese bamboo and learned  that the tree takes 5 years, 3 months to grow to its whole height of 80  feet. Yet, for the first 5 years, you only see a tiny green shoot, but  in the next 90 days, it grows into a full-fledged tree. But in those  first 60 months, it is growing its strong network of roots underground,  to support the tree.  In an era of instant gratification, we settle for  shorter trees, but remember patience has its reward. These are your  years of growing that strong network of roots but be sure when you  finally achieve your success, people will call it “overnight success”.  If only they knew of the Chinese bamboo!

Don’t work. Be hated. Love someone. by Adrian Tan

A Copied Post since his views are very similar to mine!

Written by Adrian Tan, author of The Teenage Textbook (1988), was the guest-of-honour at NTU convocation ceremony. This was his speech to the graduating class of 2008.

I must say thank you to the faculty and staff of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information for inviting me to give your convocation address. It’s a wonderful honour and a privilege for me to speak here for ten minutes without fear of contradiction, defamation or retaliation. I say this as a Singaporean and more so as a husband.

My wife is a wonderful person and perfect in every way except one. She is the editor of a magazine. She corrects people for a living. She has honed her expert skills over a quarter of a century, mostly by practising at home during conversations between her and me.

On the other hand, I am a litigator. Essentially, I spend my day telling people how wrong they are. I make my living being disagreeable.

Nevertheless, there is perfect harmony in our matrimonial home. That is because when an editor and a litigator have an argument, the one who triumphs is always the wife.

And so I want to start by giving one piece of advice to the men: when you’ve already won her heart, you don’t need to win every argument.

Marriage is considered one milestone of life. Some of you may already be married. Some of you may never be married. Some of you will be married. Some of you will enjoy the experience so much, you will be married many, many times. Good for you.

The next big milestone in your life is today: your graduation. The end of education. You’re done learning.

You’ve probably been told the big lie that “Learning is a lifelong process” and that therefore you will continue studying and taking masters’ degrees and doctorates and professorships and so on. You know the sort of people who tell you that? Teachers. Don’t you think there is some measure of conflict of interest? They are in the business of learning, after all. Where would they be without you? They need you to be repeat customers.

The good news is that they’re wrong.

The bad news is that you don’t need further education because your entire life is over. It is gone. That may come as a shock to some of you. You’re in your teens or early twenties. People may tell you that you will live to be 70, 80, 90 years old. That is your life expectancy.

I love that term: life expectancy. We all understand the term to mean the average life span of a group of people. But I’m here to talk about a bigger idea, which is what you expect from your life.

You may be very happy to know that Singapore is currently ranked as the country with the third highest life expectancy. We are behind Andorra and Japan, and tied with San Marino. It seems quite clear why people in those countries, and ours, live so long. We share one thing in common: our football teams are all hopeless. There’s very little danger of any of our citizens having their pulses raised by watching us play in the World Cup. Spectators are more likely to be lulled into a gentle and restful nap.

Singaporeans have a life expectancy of 81.8 years. Singapore men live to an average of 79.21 years, while Singapore women live more than five years longer, probably to take into account the additional time they need to spend in the bathroom.

So here you are, in your twenties, thinking that you’ll have another 40 years to go. Four decades in which to live long and prosper.

Bad news. Read the papers. There are people dropping dead when they’re 50, 40, 30 years old. Or quite possibly just after finishing their convocation. They would be very disappointed that they didn’t meet their life expectancy.

I’m here to tell you this. Forget about your life expectancy.

After all, it’s calculated based on an average. And you never, ever want to expect being average.

Revisit those expectations. You might be looking forward to working, falling in love, marrying, raising a family. You are told that, as graduates, you should expect to find a job paying so much, where your hours are so much, where your responsibilities are so much.

That is what is expected of you. And if you live up to it, it will be an awful waste.

If you expect that, you will be limiting yourself. You will be living your life according to boundaries set by average people. I have nothing against average people. But no one should aspire to be them. And you don’t need years of education by the best minds in Singapore to prepare you to be average.




What you should prepare for is mess. Life’s a mess. You are not entitled to expect anything from it. Life is not fair. Everything does not balance out in the end. Life happens, and you have no control over it. Good and bad things happen to you day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment. Your degree is a poor armour against fate.

Don’t expect anything. Erase all life expectancies. Just live. Your life is over as of today. At this point in time, you have grown as tall as you will ever be, you are physically the fittest you will ever be in your entire life and you are probably looking the best that you will ever look. This is as good as it gets. It is all downhill from here. Or up. No one knows.

What does this mean for you? It is good that your life is over.

Since your life is over, you are free. Let me tell you the many wonderful things that you can do when you are free.


The most important is this: do not work.

Work is anything that you are compelled to do. By its very nature, it is undesirable.

Work kills. The Japanese have a term “Karoshi”, which means death from overwork. That’s the most dramatic form of how work can kill. But it can also kill you in more subtle ways. If you work, then day by day, bit by bit, your soul is chipped away, disintegrating until there’s nothing left. A rock has been ground into sand and dust.

There’s a common misconception that work is necessary. You will meet people working at miserable jobs. They tell you they are “making a living”. No, they’re not. They’re dying, frittering away their fast-extinguishing lives doing things which are, at best, meaningless and, at worst, harmful.

People will tell you that work ennobles you, that work lends you a certain dignity. Work makes you free. The slogan “Arbeit macht frei” was placed at the entrances to a number of Nazi concentration camps. Utter nonsense.

Do not waste the vast majority of your life doing something you hate so that you can spend the small remainder sliver of your life in modest comfort. You may never reach that end anyway.

Resist the temptation to get a job. Instead, play. Find something you enjoy doing. Do it. Over and over again. You will become good at it for two reasons: you like it, and you do it often. Soon, that will have value in itself.

I like arguing, and I love language. So, I became a litigator. I enjoy it and I would do it for free. If I didn’t do that, I would’ve been in some other type of work that still involved writing fiction – probably a sports journalist.

So what should you do? You will find your own niche. I don’t imagine you will need to look very hard. By this time in your life, you will have a very good idea of what you will want to do. In fact, I’ll go further and say the ideal situation would be that you will not be able to stop yourself pursuing your passions. By this time you should know what your obsessions are. If you enjoy showing off your knowledge and feeling superior, you might become a teacher.

Find that pursuit that will energise you, consume you, become an obsession. Each day, you must rise with a restless enthusiasm. If you don’t, you are working.

Most of you will end up in activities which involve communication. To those of you I have a second message: be wary of the truth. I’m not asking you to speak it, or write it, for there are times when it is dangerous or impossible to do those things. The truth has a great capacity to offend and injure, and you will find that the closer you are to someone, the more care you must take to disguise or even conceal the truth. Often, there is great virtue in being evasive, or equivocating. There is also great skill. Any child can blurt out the truth, without thought to the consequences. It takes great maturity to appreciate the value of silence.

In order to be wary of the truth, you must first know it. That requires great frankness to yourself. Never fool the person in the mirror.


I have told you that your life is over, that you should not work, and that you should avoid telling the truth. I now say this to you: be hated.

It’s not as easy as it sounds. Do you know anyone who hates you? Yet every great figure who has contributed to the human race has been hated, not just by one person, but often by a great many. That hatred is so strong it has caused those great figures to be shunned, abused, murdered and in one famous instance, nailed to a cross.

One does not have to be evil to be hated. In fact, it’s often the case that one is hated precisely because one is trying to do right by one’s own convictions. It is far too easy to be liked, one merely has to be accommodating and hold no strong convictions. Then one will gravitate towards the centre and settle into the average. That cannot be your role. There are a great many bad people in the world, and if you are not offending them, you must be bad yourself. Popularity is a sure sign that you are doing something wrong.




The other side of the coin is this: fall in love.

I didn’t say “be loved”. That requires too much compromise. If one changes one’s looks, personality and values, one can be loved by anyone.

Rather, I exhort you to love another human being. It may seem odd for me to tell you this. You may expect it to happen naturally, without deliberation. That is false. Modern society is anti-love. We’ve taken a microscope to everyone to bring out their flaws and shortcomings. It far easier to find a reason not to love someone, than otherwise. Rejection requires only one reason. Love requires complete acceptance. It is hard work – the only kind of work that I find palatable.

Loving someone has great benefits. There is admiration, learning, attraction and something which, for the want of a better word, we call happiness. In loving someone, we become inspired to better ourselves in every way. We learn the truth worthlessness of material things. We celebrate being human. Loving is good for the soul.

Loving someone is therefore very important, and it is also important to choose the right person. Despite popular culture, love doesn’t happen by chance, at first sight, across a crowded dance floor. It grows slowly, sinking roots first before branching and blossoming. It is not a silly weed, but a mighty tree that weathers every storm.
You will find, that when you have someone to love, that the face is less important than the brain, and the body is less important than the heart.

You will also find that it is no great tragedy if your love is not reciprocated. You are not doing it to be loved back. Its value is to inspire you.

Finally, you will find that there is no half-measure when it comes to loving someone. You either don’t, or you do with every cell in your body, completely and utterly, without reservation or apology. It consumes you, and you are reborn, all the better for it.

Don’t work. Avoid telling the truth. Be hated. Love someone.


What Most Schools Don’t Teach

I dream of a day when the education system changes its direction from theory to hands-on.

This video tells about programming and how it changed the way these people looked at things. It is an interesting one.

Don’t be Afraid to Fail


For year and years, schools have trained us to be afraid and frustrated when we fail. 

Failure is a very good thing. It’s one of the best (if not the best learning). Yet rather than capitalize on it, most schools work hard to turn failure into something distasteful. And by the time people graduate, having spent most of their formative years in an institution where failure is a sin, they have a huge fear to failing.

The worst thing about our system is ranking. We’re programmed to take ranking seriously. As soon as ranking exists, we care about it – First, Second, Third, Pass/Fail. And in the worst case you fail.  

Nobody cares to think why you got an F Grade or why did you fail. Have you ever heard someone (your teacher/your parents) telling “wow.. interesting, you failed. Lets see how it happened?” We failed means, it is time of tuitions, advises, scolding, detentions and what not.

When we run a race, play a game and fail – People will come and tell. It is a game, the most important thing is to participate and failure is a natural process. They also emphasize on points that ‘only one can win, people vary in their abilities etc etc. But none of this applies when it comes to education.

They didn’t tell us that failure was a natural part of the learning process. They told us we had let them and ourselves down. We were basically told, over and over, for years, that if we got Fs, it was because we were lazy or stupid.

People (understandably) hate this so much (nobody likes anyone telling you are bad), that as soon as they can, they put themselves in a position where they never have to fail again. (Or where the chances of failing are as small as possible.) They find jobs that aren’t all that challenging after an initial learning curve. The goal, conscious or not, is to coast for the rest of one’s life.

Guys, just sit and think back – you were not afraid to fail once – long back. When you were a baby. You tried to stand up, fell down tried again, still failed – but one day you stood up. Nobody cared whether you fell down 100 times, people around you were cheering that you were standing up (successful).

Don’t be afraid to Try. Don’t be afraid to Fail. Enjoy your life. Live it the way your heart wants!

PS: I myself was a studious boy. Grew up with all the gimmicks with our education system. But whatever I learned at College/School has just given me a base. The bulk portion of my learning happened outside School and College. That’s it. Don’t worry even if you don’t understand 100 percent of Digital Signal Processing or Computer Networks. Most of the people who went before you also didn’t… J

Is ‘X’ the right place for your company? I don’t know. A few things to consider:

Ask yourself some questions and by the time you get answers, you might have reached a decision as well. 

  • Where do you want to live? Presumably you are building a company to build yourself a better life, and where you live is a big part of your life. Where iare your family and friends? What are your hobbies? Don’t move if you won’t be happy. Being successful in business and miserable in life is pointless.
  • How long do you want to do this? If you want a long career in startups, you want to be in a hub. If you just want to do this one startup, maybe not.
  • How many employees do you need? If you want to build a 10-person company you can do it anywhere. If you want to hire several thousand people like Facebook or Google did, you’ll need to be in a major startup hub.
  • Where are your partners and potential acquirers? Being close to them is a major advantage.
  • If you are a B2B company, where are your customers? You will want to be close to them, especially the larger ones and ones you want to work with when you are doing customer discovery.
  • Do you need to raise a lot of money? If so you want to be near investors. If you are starting a lifestyle business or a professional services business, being near investors is less important.
  • Is your company unique? If you are starting a “me too” company it is true you’ll have trouble standing out in Silicon Valley, but you’ll have trouble succeeding anywhere anyway.

Anything more you want to add to this? 


Excuses between You and Entrepreneurship! Courtesy: Quora


1. It is very difficult
So is anything worthwhile. They don’t make statues for the lazy.

2. I am too young or too old to go for it
Alex Tew made a million dollars when he was 21 and a student. Colonel Sanders started KFC aged 65. Tell me, when does the world allow you to become an entrepreneur, exactly? You don’t need permission.

3. Nobody takes me seriously or I have been rejected
The Beatles were rejected because “guitar groups are on the way out”. Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team. 12 different publishers turned down Harry Potter. Everyone meets rejection on the road to success.

4. I am not that much educated
Richard Branson is dyslexic and had poor grades. Steve Jobs dropped out of college. Most PhD’s aren’t entrepreneurs. 

5. I don’t know how
No-one is born with knowledge of how to do anything. You faced the same problem with walking, talking, writing and typing. Yet here you are, connected to the sum of all human knowledge, online, for free. Use it.

6. I don’t have time
We all have the same 24 hours in the day. Give something else up, get smarter with your time, sleep less or find a way to need less time to start. 

7. He/she is responsible for my failure
No they’re not. As long as you assign blame to someone else you’re refusing to take responsibility for what you can do about it. Try taking one small habit to change your life.   

8. It is very risky
Driving requires you move at life-threatening speed inside a metal container propelled by the continuous ignition of an explosive petrochemical, surrounded by thousands of others – some of whom aredrunk – doing the same. Cars can crash. Businesses can fail. You take sensible precautions – like wearing seatbelts and reading business books – and then you get on with your life. 

9. What if/could/would
I don’t know what this means. 

10. The idea is not perfect or might not work
Most business ideas are crap. Successful people make terrible decisions all the time. It doesn’t matter because they get back up and try something else. You don’t need to roll a double six first time – just keep playing the game. 

This stuff can look scary from the outset. But I promise you, if you’re willing to look into it, you’ll find more books, options and people willing to help you on your journey than at any point in history. You’re immeasurably blessed already. 

I’ll end with a story that Steve Jobs used to tell his staff.

The bins in his office weren’t being emptied, and Jobs asked his janitor what the problem was. The janitor explained that the lock on the door had been changed, and he couldn’t get a key.

It was an annoyance, but at least the janitor had a good reason.

Jobs explained this to his staff: “When you’re the janitor, reasons matter. Somewhere between the janitor and the CEO, reasons stop mattering”. 

At a certain level, there’s no difference between a reason and an excuse.