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Day before yesterday I met an Uber driver. He told me his life story. He came to US from Africa and started working in Target. His job was to unpack the goods from the trucks and stack them in the back inventory. He had this job for 2 months and suddenly one day he was fired. He was told that he is been fired because he is too lazy. He had no source of income and nowhere to go. He searched for jobs for 9 months and still got nothing. He was living off the social benefits which as he remembers was $200 per two weeks or so. One day his computer broke and he had to get it fixed. This computer was the only way he was applying to all these jobs. When he took it to the shop, the mechanic asked for an hour to fix it and charged him $165. He thought to himself, if this guy can earn $165 per hour so can I. He took distance learning courses and started reading the material himself. He had no idea what each of the technical terms meant but he persevered. He started asking his friends to bring their broken computers and laptops so he can fix it for them for free. Soon he got a job as a handyman at a hospital at which he worked for 3 years. From his pay check every few month, he would buy a laptop and experiment with it to better understand the components. Slowly, his reputation started building and then he quit his job to start his own business. Today he has a store in downtown Chicago, employs 3 technicians and also fixes tablets and smartphones. He owns 3 cars and one of them he uses as an Uber driver.

Something unexpectedly comes along and puts your problems in context. Life is all about resilience. There would be failures along the way, there would be many rejections, at some point you may realize that you are not good enough for that dream job you always wanted. You know what, it would still be okay. You can fail and you can fail hard, it would be embarrassing and it would be utterly humiliating but at least you failed gloriously. You failed with the satisfaction that you gave it everything and that you tried everything. Not everything is meant to be. One door closes and another opens and you enter into it with scepticism and fear. Keep the hope that whatever life throws at you inside that door, you can handle it. And if you cannot, you would take a new door and start again. To put yourself out there needs vulnerability. Be vulnerable. Live. Lose. Live again. Be humble in winning and retrospective in losing. Help someone along the way. Pay it forward. Never lose the inherent desire to learn, never say you cannot be a better version of yourself. Great things come to people who are covered in the blood, sweat and filth of their efforts.

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Uncategorized


THE 30 day Bollywood Soundtrack Challenge

It was one of the fateful days in July 2011 when I decided to take up the 30 day Bollywood Soundtrack Challenge. “What is this?” – you ask. Here’s the deal – you have to post one song each day on your Facebook timeline. These songs need to be in a particular order (which you will see soon). Sounds Interesting? Damn right, it is 🙂

So why am I exhuming old skeletons. The reason is simple – I need a place where I can easily access all the songs I posted without frantically scrolling every time on Facebook. So buckle up and enjoy the ride. Also, I should try not be so dramatic all the time (take note to self, throw away in 5 minutes) 😀

Day 1. A song that makes you happy.

Day 2. A song that makes you sad. 

Day 3. A song that you like driving to.

Day 4. A song that you like walking to. 

Day 5. A song that reminds you of someone. 

Day 6. A song that you can chill to.

Day 7. A song that you like dancing to.

Day 8. A favourite item number song.

Day 9. A favourite song from a Yash Raj movie.

Day 10. A favorite song often that is played at Indian weddings.

Day 11. A song that can be potentially used as a chat up line. 

Day 12. A song to express matters from the heart.

Day 13. A song to express a broken heart.

Day 14. Your favorite song ever or the closest thing to it.

Day 15. An English song that has been covered by Bollywood.

Day 16. A song that you would potentially have at your wedding as a first dance. Or have had as your first dance?

Day 17. A song that you know all the words to.

Day 18. A favorite patriotic song.

Day 19. A song that you love but be embarrassed to admitting it.

Day 20. A song picturised on your favorite Bollywood star yester years/current or male/female.

Day 21. A difficult song that you wish you could sing …

Day 22. A song that you know you the whole routine and choreography to.

Day 23. A Song that you dedicate to your friends.

Day 24. A song that no one would expect you to love.

Day 25. A song that reminds you of your childhood.

Day 26. A song you play when your happy.

Day 27. A song you play when your sad.

Day 28. A song that makes you laugh.

Day 29. A song that you can relate to.

Day 30. A favorite song that is picturized on the legend that is Amitabh Bachhan.

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Posted by on August 9, 2013 in Uncategorized