Category Archives: People

Lessons from Buffett

I Have been listening and reading to Warren Buffett since my college days, and every time I do that, I learn something new about investing and about life. What a man, what a character. I wonder how can such a hugely successful person be so simple, down to earth and humble, and the next moment I realize that, may be he is what he is because he is simple, down to earth and humble.

Like he says, its true that lot of problems in life emanates from trying to understand things we don’t need, finding complexities in things around us, lack of conviction to say NO and lack of detachment and rationality. Like in life, you need lot of conviction, rationality and simplicity in your approach while investing. It sounds so simple and easy but history has showed that not many can do it. Its more about character than intelligence.

I think Warren Buffett has more to teach about life than investing.

Don’t do anything in life where if somebody asked you the reason why you are doing it and the answer is “because everyone else is doing it”. – Warren Buffett


Constant Evolution of Voided Existense

Do you know which is the most intriguing part of our existence? Its when some part of others still living inside us long after they have left us. It lives on in those oblivion part of ourself from where it can pop up anytime and gives us a big jolt, good enough to make us numb.

Constant evolution of this existence inside us over the years will make it more meaningful where one would be at peace with it and may be more comfortable to have them as silent companions for life in the form of memories. May be when things go wrong, when we dont have anyone to talk, when its difficult to find the way out and when life will be coming hard at us, we will have these memories to turn to. If not those people, their ‘some’ part would be still breathing inside us. And may be that will keep us going. Hopefully.

You are Everything

You are everything. Hope, courage, madness, serenity, creativity, enigma, anger, lust, imagination, reverberation, flawless, enchanting, complicated, surreal, raw, bitter, neutral, spiritual, provoked, compassion, truth, seeker, believer, reason, problem, solution.

You are everything. You are part of my life. You are with or without you. The music which never dies. You are eternity.

TIME on Sachin

Time Magazine on Sachin Tendulkar`s Journey.

“When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam.When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to “open” the Nehruvian economy.

It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.”

What a fitting tribute to the living legend. He is one of the reason why I feel proud to be Indian.

My name is INDIAN

…..and I am not a fool.

”To whomsoever it may concern”

You people should understand that you have not inherited Mumbai from your forefathers and stop bullying people by your mindless acts.

I saw the movie My name is Khan. I saw it not because I am a movie buff or SRK fan but to make statement that I will not be bullied by some idiots like you and that I have fully functional and stable mind to decide what is good for me, my city and my country. I was not alone and cinema halls were running houseful to give a slap on your face.

Why stop screening of a movie which is a joint effort of so many people from so many walks of life? Just because you have got problem with one person which is also a “problem’’ only in your eyes, more then billion people are wrong and you’re the only sacrosanct person championing this cause?

If you have got some opinion or point to make then it should be unbiased and universal. You say that you wont allow Australians to play in IPL because of the attack on Indians in Australia, you conveniently forget that these attacks are ethnic and similar in nature with the attack you carried out on north Indians living in Mumbai. If this is the logic then Sachin Tendulkar should not be allowed to play at Kanpur.

Nine years old Russian girl was raped in Goa in India by Indian, are all Indians rapist? Why don’t you put your own house in order before pointing fingers at others.

You want reservations and quotas in public sector then why not ask for quota in military? Try and introduce quota in military and then will see how many posts you can fill in.

You protest Valentines Day saying its western culture but you’re happy to host Michael Jackson. Was he singing Indian classical songs when he performed in Mumbai? Wasn’t his music part of western culture?

Before protesting be worthy of doing so. Gain some stature in society and build some public opinion in your favor. By the way how many MPs you have in parliament? How many MLAs you send to state assembly? When was the last time you formed govt on your own in this state? Difficult questions, isn’t it?

In last 10 years what have you done for this city apart from attacking media houses? Apart from protesting progress? Apart from attacking youngsters on Valentines Day? Apart from advising Amitabh Bacchhan, SRK and Mukesh Ambani on what they should do? Apart from using abusive language for anyone who refuse to agree with you? Apart from damaging public property and calling for Mumbai Bandh?

Remember destruction is always easy then construction. If you can’t construct and contribute in nation building then atleast don’t come in the way.

If you had done only 10% of constructive work instead of your mindless acts for this city I am sure Mumbai would have been better place to live today.

And yeah… I am Indian first and then Mumbaiite, true cosmopolitan Mumbaiite.

Anyone of you happen to read this please don’t forget to post your views, whatever it be.

Unknown day of July..

Unknown day of July, the sun was trying to settle down somewhere in the west of the city of Mumbai, it always settles amidst that filthy looking concrete jungle, leaving rest of the work for dusk to complete.

The corner table of the Café Coffee Day popularly known as CCD was occupied by them….

He: Are you sure?
She: Yes, are you?
He: It doesn’t matter..
She: It does..
He: When you are not in a position to exercise your will it doesn’t matter what you feel.
She: That’s true but I think it’s high time we end this chapter now.
He: How can you end something which never started, we were in fools paradise.
She: Sometimes it’s great to be in fools paradise and enjoy lyfe which otherwise you can’t being among worldly wise of this society.
He: That’s good way to look at it.
She: I always told you to change the way you look at lyfe.
He: But I never did.
She: But I am sure you will.
He: Now that’s being too optimistic
She: I am
He: I will try
She: Good for you
He: may be, anyways its dusk, time to part ways.
She: Oh yes, otherwise you wont get an auto back home.
He: What was that? PJ?
She: Well, something’s in lyfe cant change. J
He: Bye
She: Goodbye

Within seconds the chairs were empty and paid bill was lying on the table with unused cappuccino. Two shadows were walking on the same road in opposite direction under the street lights.

The dusk had turned into night.

The Autorickshaw Diaries

Inspired by the recently read book Motorcycle diaries by legendary personality CHE Guevara, I thought of writing this but thankfully this inspiration is confined to only title and not the content.

For long Mumbai has been identified with local trains and omnipresent BEST buses but autorickshaw has not been given its due may be because its area of operations has been restricted to half of Mumbai ie Mumbai suburbs

Travelling in auto rickshaw in Mumbai has been part of growing up in Mumbai for last as many years as I can remember, from the age when I was allowed to travel with 3 permitted adults as a kid to the age when I am considered among adults.

Likeness for autorickshaw is a subjective thing, if you are driving in your so called air-conditioned four wheel sedan, it will seem like unwanted creature crawling on the road and creating lot of troubles and you will inexorably end up uttering four, five or six letter words based on your linguistic influence and vocabulary preferences….. but if you are stuck somewhere and there is no other mode of travelling then it will come across as god send savior in the moment of crisis. Fortunately or unfortunately I have experienced both.

It’s an experience of a kind to travel in autorickshaw on Mumbai roads which are often used in same connotation as in moon’s surface. Talking about experience of travelling in autorickshaw… most of them have music system which will give you inferiority complex about your music system at home but unfortunately they typically play some unheard old hindi film songs or Altaf Raja kind of music (!!!) or Himesh Reshmiya with extra beats(!!!???##%%^&#) which sounds more like nuisance then music.

Broadly there are four categories of drivers in the roads of Mumbai which has some typical common traits among their respective categories. These are Motorcyclist, car drivers, bus drivers and autorickshaw drivers. All these categories are topic of separate discussion but talking about autorickshaw drivers, I think they are the most restless breed of drivers nurtured indigenously on the roads of Mumbai which can not be reproduced anywhere in the world. Even if they have scanty piece of automobile in their hand they drive it like some 100 horse powered engineering marvel. On the face of it, autorickshaw looks like some alien vehicle, cross breed between bajaj scooter and some delivery van.

Another interesting aspect of autorickshaw as per my observation comes from the people who use it for travelling. Owing to cosmopolitan (!!) nature of Amchi Mumbai, people from different walks of lyfe likes to call it in a many different ways such as AUTORICKSHAW, RICKSHAW, AUTO, RICK and some indigenous names like RIKSHO by typical gujju maniben or MENDHAK by car drivers because of the way it looks.

The most interesting part about autorickshaw for me is its fare. For last many years minimum fare is fixed at Rs 9 which is BATA style of pricing. Generally neither drivers have inclination to give the one rupee back nor do travelers have interest in taking the one rupee back but speaking about myself had I taken back all those one rupee coins over the years, by now I would have been in a position to buy my own autorickshaw.