Freedom of ideas: Self or Society?


I went to a Tarot Card reader yesterday, just to curiously know what my life has to offer me with those pattern of chosen cards. The reader glanced me and told me “You have the freedom to grow and pursue your dreams, but you are holding back somewhere just because you are dual in your thoughts. If you focus on one thing important, you will grow as a person”. I realized, she was kind of right. It happens with all of us.

Somewhere, in our life’s turns and burns, we all get into a situation where duality creeps upon us. Not that we want it to happen, but forces and situations around make it happen. To know, what exactly we are capable of, we need to get ourselves from the dual nature of self and society. Today, people dream thinking more what is suitable for the society around us and not what we are actually passionate of. These dreams take a shape of an unborn child and the opportunity passes away. To get the right click in the right time, we need to be clear in our thoughts and pursue the least trodden path to achieve what we do in dreams, accurately.

Clarity holds a person and gives direction. I remember an old age adage “A stitch in time saves nine”, which holds true with the true sense of freedom. Freedom is not just pursuing your own life, but creating a balance with the self and the society around. We stop after achieving a certain level of clarity because we feel the society around see us with enough respect. And our dreams are eventually shrinks to what our society thinks it should be, and that is when dreams die and world-denting ideas perish. We need to struggle till the end of our dream, and that is our freedom.

In business/job/startup, we know our freedom is more or less based on our ideas. Some ideas suffocate to die inside us and other make a way to the world and change it, till we execute it. Why is then our ideas don’t initiate and the freedom is not free? Because, like the Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, our ideas are uncertain with the linkage of our self and the bond with the society. We get momentum, we lose track of our idea’s position. We get position, we lose track of our freedom’s momentum.

So, taking back from what the Tarot card reader said, the dreams which are fulfilled are in true nature, the reflection of self to the society and they are to be pursued and to be struggled upon despite the limitations to our freedom, and tending to infinity boundaries to our ideas. 

Life and its Power of Compounding.


If you have taken a class of Finance 101, you might be aware of the consequences when we compound a present value to future value over a particular interest rate with the number of periods. That’s when, Finance turns into Magic. Let me give you an example, if someone invested $24 in buying Manhattan Islands in 1626, and over the years the interest rate, lets say is 6%, the value of Manhattan Islands today would be $240 Billion! This is the power of compounding.

We know our life today is the result of our efforts in the past. The interest rates is the result of our collective efforts. High interest rates symbolizes more efforts. More the efforts, better the gain. That’s when we know our life is being compounded each day. Let luck be the inflation! It goes up and down, but never comes in a way to our efforts. So, a lesson that Finance 101 teaches us, our efforts today will have a future value that is much more significant we can ever imagine. And luck is just a part and parcel, in some value more or less in the future.

Coming to what, we call it the Life Mantra. Think, if you can run away from the power of compounding, if you can’t, you need to take a Finance 101 class and discover the philosophical side of your life’s efforts to give and its expensive fruits to eat.

 

Silver lining endings, always?


Today, I saw a finest connect in the movie Silver Linings Playbook, and a quote struck me. Thought of sharing it here, think about it.

The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday, that’s guaranteed. And I can’t begin to explain that, or the craziness inside myself and everybody else, but guess what? Sunday is my favorite day again. I think of everything everyone did for me and I feel like a very lucky guy.

Said by Pat almost at the climax in the movie.

Is there always a sunday to every story? Are there silver linings to all your endeavors? Something we have to think about while we try accomplish something so hard, that everything we could ever wish is to make it positive till the end and finally, after drenching out in sweat, mind and heart, we get there. That’s the feeling no one could ever want to miss in their life.

I have this same feeling today, while I am admitted to Masters in Entrepreneurship program at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Department of Engineering. And somehow, everything I did in the last 5 years connected the dots to achieve this. God’s been kind, and people supportive. All those good quotes I have ever heard makes more sense to me now and with that I am just enjoying my Sunday. A silver lining to a beginning of my journey. And I am sure, you had yours or waiting for it, believe in yourself and you will get a silver lining at the horizon. If not, a golden lining is destined for you. You are the Entrepreneur of your life. 

How Bitcoins changes the economics?


We must have recently learned about the virtual currency that is recognized in the digital community as the Digital Gold. We all must have come across online social games where collecting coins determines how well you have performed in the game like the recently popular game app TempleRun. With those coins, we could unlock other stages, players, equipments and other innovative features that helps us survive in the game and get addicted to it. Similarly, there are coins which are used to buy and exchange real products in a new currency form known as Bitcoins.

What is a Bitcoin? 

These Bitcoins are not controlled by any government or banks, but are algorithmically designed intangible, digital form of currency that efficiently controls the flow of money. Today, almost $750m worth Bitcoins are traded and stored through the digital wallets. One can get Bitcoins by a concept called Online Mining, like the concept in mining of gold. By running an online store that accepts Bitcoins, or by exchanging dollars, yens, pounds etc to Bitcoins or by mining bitcoins through computer generated problems, we can acquire and use the Bitcoins. The current value of 1 Bitcoin is almost $120 and the value is volatile like the stock markets. The maximum amount of Bitcoins that can be traded and stored has a cap of 21 Million and not a single Bitcoin more.

So how does this affect the economics? 

In the ancient times, different metals were exchanged to barter goods among different communities, which represented amount of grains stored. Then came the coinage, where metals were mined, weighed and stamped into different coins of gold, silver and copper. Then, the need for credit and a currency that was less burdensome to exchange led to the introduction of Paper Money from the Pre-modern China.

As Bitcoins are gaining more popularity by the attributes it showcases like acceptability, design, limited supply and easy transfer without processing fees, the economics of money will be altered in bits.

1. While some people in the US government feel that the government is excessively printing money, for the money circulation and its link to productivity and employment opportunities, they are devaluing the dollar. If Bitcoins are introduced and gains acceptability, due to its maximum cap of 21 Million, the excess printing of money will be discontinued, which alters the economics of money supply.

2. Moreover, if Bitcoins are introduced, the transfer of bitcoins through buying/selling products which are legal or illegal in nature cannot be tracked. This definitely excites the ones involved in money laundering, manipulating the black money and other illegal activities.

3. Bitcoins also eliminate the possibility of transfer of dollars by paying a significant sum of fees to payment portals like PayPal, CCAvenue etc. These middlemen companies have no role in the transfer of Bitcoins. Similarly, the processing fees charged through central banks will also be eliminated. And governments, individuals, companies can transfer money without the need of these middlemen.

4. In Bitcoins, the money supply is fixed by design, which is a limiting factor and thus will be highly volatile in terms of dollar exchange rates.

5. There is a possibility of hacking the digital wallets in which the bitcoins will be stored and hence one cannot recover the bitcoins once stolen, this excites the hacker community in general. There is no way to track these stolen bitcoins though Bitcoins are cryptographically designed.

Also, watch this video: 

Though, the new virtual currency is in the talks, the role of governments will be the most important factor in determining the life of Bitcoins. Till then in God we trust. 

Remembering Vivekananda


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Today is the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda (1863-2013) and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day in India. He was a spiritual leader, a man of principles and an avid orator in Interfaith Awareness.

I am sharing his speech at Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago in 1893. which I luckily found on the web.

Here’s the full length of the speech, a must read.

Sisters and Brothers of America:

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.

My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honour of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: “As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.”

The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: “Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.”

Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.

Luck favors the unintended


We know that our ‘role model’ predecessors whom we look to must have been the innate example of ‘Luck favors the brave’. We have often being advised by our peers, family, mentors etc that to achieve something you have to set your goals and try to achieve it by knowledge, hard-work and passion. Would this just be enough to achieve something we always wanted to but never identified it in the first place?

Yesterday, my father narrated me a story of his life, a story which changed his life forever. A story of fate and fortune. Coming from a middle class family, my father was 13 years old when he was sent to study at Birla Public School in Pilani, Rajasthan (one of the finest boarding schools in India) with a sole intention by my grandfather to make him an engineer from BITS, Pilani in the long run. My grandfather was turned to by his brother who was living in Pilani and he suggested him to send his son to the school with a pretext of making him a capable person. My father went to attend the school for Class 8th. Owing to his nature and his attachment for my grandmother, he started writing letters to my grandmother when he was in school tugging at his heartstrings. When my grandfather came to know this, he posted all these letters to my father’s uncle back there in Pilani. The uncle then fixed this situation by asking the school authorities to take a retest for my father for Class 9th. This meant that my father had to give the re-test, could not think of going back and was stuck at the school for one more year. Propelling his will to go back, my father left Pilani with his bag in the middle of ninth standard, boarded a bus from Pilani to Delhi and then a train from Delhi to Surat with just 20 rupees in his pockets.

He came back to his parents and then was admitted in a local school. He then pursued Bachelors in Chemistry in a local science college. After getting a bachelor’s degree, he started working under my grandfather who was working as a Manager in a textile firm owned by Birlas. After one year working under my grandfather, he set out to float his own textile business. Since then, there was no looking back for him and he build a successful business along with his two younger brothers. More than 20 years in the business, he has been resilient and consistent in the growing the business. His experiences taught him to take a leap to something unconventional and go on a path less intended. One thing he told me ‘If I would have stayed in Pilani, completed my high school there and pursued engineering, I would never have got into business (which he nor my grandfather thought in the first place) and so whatever happens, happens for a reason’. 

We, as a generation, often ponder over our goals in achieving something through those common attributes of planning and hard work which have been preached over since ages and fear to take unintended risks. If we achieve or we don’t, luck has not only supported the brave but also the unintended. So, its sometimes better to be unplanned, believe in yourself and start looking for the dots which will eventually connect when the right time comes. Clock is ticking and I am waiting to ring my bell.

Is it the real closure?


Indian Government today took a swift decision to hang the convict and the lone survivor  Ajmal Kasab of 26/11 Mumbai Attacks and spread the message of integrity and security of our nation. Sometimes its good to be late than never. But, the one question still arises in the mind of the commoners witnessing each moment India is living, is this the real closure of the case?

I don’t think so. Though the culprit was hanged till death but the masterminds are still living somewhere in that corner of the world and grinning through all this. Their job was done to carry out and implement their plan of attacking Mumbai at its brim. When in time, will those people be convicted and executed who live in the odds of terrorism and many such activities. There were attacks on the parliament, the sovereignty of our democracy and the convict Afzal Guru is still beholding the law and behind the bars. When in time, will there be a strong message passed to these terrorist groups that India is not handicapped by nature. Their network is still intact and secure by over multiple nations. India being one of it. When in time, will the roots of this evil be procured and snatched out from the soil of our nation? This might be a closure to one chapter as said by father of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who lost his life battling and saving lives during the 26/11 attack, but there are a lot of other chapters to close.

In no religious scriptures or texts there is written that killing innocent people helps you attain the true divinity and materialize fruits which are no sweeter. The sense of closure will come when the actual people who are planning and manipulating minds like Ajmal Kasab and others be convicted and hanged for life. I am sure our Defense is no less in tracing down these groups geographically, but a collective will is required over nations and the needful should be done than coming over the diplomatic relations. World will be a better place to live, if nations come together and not just individuals.

 

The Startup Genome


Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship (Photo credit: Michael Lewkowitz)

We have been hearing a lot in the Startup Space, how the world is turning towards Entrepreneurship and how is Silicon Valley turning silicon into gold. From now, I will write about Startups in General and provide useful links and resources from an Entrepreneur’s perspective. I have been interested in this domain since almost 4 years and have been reading stuffs around the internet globe over quite some time. The time is now to share and collaborate over different ideas.

There are people who generally ask when is the right time to start? If you ask me the answer would be right now. Though over time constraints and other priorities I haven’t been able to startup my own venture. But I am on the learning curve. The DNA of a startup guy is profound, undesirable and uncanny. And I believe anyone can be that ‘Startup Guy’. If you believe you have an idea which can make a difference than its time to go for it. Need not wait for things to happen automatically or you may find someone else working on your idea and doing it for you. And trust me that is one thing which you don’t want in your DNA. The acceptance that your idea has already been worked on. That is one thing you might regret by the end of your life.

The urge of creating new is on everyone’s list, but time loses its grip and we tend to satisfy ourselves with financial stability, family needs and that sweet juice of comfort. One thing I have learned over time that Starting up is never comfortable and many lose out in the process. The only gene of that Startup Guy that he will find that uncomfortable moments the road to creating products and services which will change the world in bit, byte or terra-bytes.

Its time to be uncomfortable and find that startup gene in you. Else you will master the art of not creating something and adjusting everything. I am too young to say this, but I am sure the experienced ones won’t beg to differ.

And just when I think I will lead that uncomfortable life,  I will read this post to remind myself what I just said.

The Game of throne


The one thing for which India is famous about is its political culture. It is that one thing which keeps everyone bonded in terms of happenings, opinions and the made-up news. The recent series of exposures made by Arvind Kejriwal from the India Against Corruption team (Yes, he finally joined politics forming his own party and departed ways with the Gandhian Anna Hazare) on different politicians has pervaded the stream of wave among the commons in India. Congress, which has formed UPA government (United Progressive Alliance), a coalition government infused with several political parties in India like BSP( Bahujan Samajwadi Party), SP( Samajwadi Party- who’s ruling Uttar Pradesh, largest state in India with highest number of parliamentary seats), NCP( Led by Sharad Pawar), Trinamool Congress (Now out congress over FDI in Retail and Diesel Price hike, originally from ) etc has been in doldrums since early 2009. The political instability lies in the formation of this coherent, co-operative and co-stupid government which is deep-rooted with corruption and ignorance.

The coalition government has always divided the country by the political parties and there is no mutual decision-making in any of the issues faced inside or outside the country. This issue is the issue of division among the masses of the country, who eventually end up suffering. I don’t want to sound like Arundhati Roy here, but the country needs an elected representative from its capitalist regime, who just doesn’t see profits of his/her state or company but also see profits for the masses. And only a capitalist can understand this. The economy of the country lies in the hands of the capitalists and as they say the global economy is a capitalist economy. One such example is of Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi from the Opposition Party ( BJP- Bhartiya Janta Party) who is serving as Chief Minister of Gujarat consecutively for the second time, and recently TIME Magazine covered him stating ‘Modi Means Business’ from the good he has done to Gujarat State in terms of business, trade and law. We need people like him at the center, if not him if we still hold the grudges of the past.

The country needs unidirectional people with a single focus of doing good to the country and not just doing good to their house. For that, everything matters. The single vote will matter. So, all those who have been thinking not to vote must stand up, renew their voting cards and vote in the upcoming elections whenever they be either Midterm polls or 2014. Then, we will be called the true citizens of the country, despite anything, for the love of god.

I am going to vote for the first time which will embark my start to all the next times.

You play the game in the game of throne. And let your voice count.

The Brick Walls at IIM A and how they inspire me!


English: Harvard Steps

English: Harvard Steps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Build with motivation and passion of its founders, Vikram Sarabhai – A prominent Scientist and Industrialist, KasturBhai Lalbhai– well-known Industrialist and Ravi J Matthai- First Director(1965-72), the institute has progressed through all leaps and bounds and is currently on the frontier of centers for excellence nationally and globally. It’s the most competitive place to get in, and it is that for a reason; infact several reasons. The Institute is leading for its overall development and achievements in fulfilling its core mission of fostering entrepreneurship and promoting innovation. With a great alumni network over almost 48 years, and even better alumnus ranging from CEOs in top multinational companies, to quite a number of successful entrepreneurs, authors, professors and economists, it has a recognition of providing the best to the world. IIM A was collaborated with Harvard University during its early inception and the approach of teaching methodologies has been adapted from the university. Owing to this, the steps to enter the IIM A building is called  ‘Harvard Steps’. Louis Kahn, the legendary architect designed the old campus of IIM A Building imbibing amazing geometrical design with bricks.

So, where does the inspiration come from? It’s all in the air and in the vacuum of these walls. Not just this, the best feeling is when you are sitting in front of Vikram Sarabhai Library (which is 24*7 open), and the gliding waves of air touches you. That’s where the inspiration comes from! The walk in front of those lawns is much more inspiring and full of ideas. If given a chance, this place is worth a visit and even more worthier to study in. There is so much to say but so less time (Use Google for more information). I can sleep with satisfaction now! One is writing after long and one of  praising the place.

And I remember the quote I read few days back,

“Whether we like it or not, we all come from someplace. And at some point in our lives, we have to make peace with that place.” 

I am sure, I have made peace with this place and this is how it inspires me through its walls which talk (It really does!).

India- A Re-emerging Economy


As history remarks, from 0 AD to 1700 AD, India was the richest of all the economies in the world. By 1700, there was 32% of the wealth of the world, was in India. Then, came the era of colonization when different countries from the west started looting India with their trading prospects which ultimately led India to be a poor country (as westerners still think we are), but I am going to cite few examples as to how India is not an emerging economy, but a re-emerging economy. We were never poor.

At the time of Independence, the GDP of India was close to 4.2% and by 1973, during the state of Emergency declared by our then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, India’s GDP was the lowest of around 3%. But, after that there was no looking back. Today, the world reckons and eyes the emerging markets which is adding more than 50% to the Global GDP Calculations and India is one of them. That means, the developed economies has realized the potential of these emerging markets, which has led to globalization. Rich in tradition and societal culture, India is not just an emerging economy but a well-balanced socio-economic hybrid.

In 1991, as India opened its gates to the world, the post era of liberalization has given India Inc., an upper curvature in all the graphs. There are strengths, which cannot be unnoticed and itself being researched and published by a lot of westerners and Indians themselves, but more or less suppressed to the world. This is what I call an Indian Edge. 

There are few points which gives rise to this Indian Edge.

1. India, has always been a country of savings before liberalization and even after liberalization, the Gross Domestic Savings (GDS) accounts to around 30-32% despite western impact on India. Moreover, this GDS is utilized for capital formation which accounts parallel to the same amount of percentage growth. That means, a normal Indian still saves and create capital for himself/herself.

2. The domestic demand of India has always been more and despite of its global outreach, Indians consume a lot locally. That means, we are becoming globally local and locally global simultaneously.

3. India has low government and household debts then most of the developed economies in the world. That means, we are not that much in debt than most of the European countries like Italy, Spain, Germany etc and Britain having the highest debt.

4. India, is the second most entrepreneurial nation in the world, with the highest number of youth (aged 25 – 35), we have presently the highest number of startups in the world. Mexico being the first, marginally ahead by 1%. The number of Entrepreneurs in India, is around 18% from the world.

5. The Service sector in India accounts to 66%, which means a lot of Industries today are driven by different service sectors, which means there is an increasing demand-supply ratio in India, which will make us the most economically sustained nation in the future.

6. With people investing a lot in Gold (which is taken as consumption by global economists), even a small middle-class family has invested in gold, which has seen a tremendous and consistent rise in the last 30 years. And India is far more ahead than any other country in the world. Most of the gold reserves in US is under federal reserves, but in India, 75% of the total gold utilization is among the normal household.

7. The remittances to India from Indians all around the world is more than 50%. That means, there are a lot of Indians staying abroad who has a need to send their money to their loved ones in India or just for capital formation with sole intention of living their second innings in their home nation. This adds to the economic growth of India.

These are just few points, which describes India as a re-emerging economy. With ‘Jugaad’ i.e the Indian way of doing things out-of-the-box, Indians have more skills of doing the same thing in different ways. This adds to the Indian edge. With a lot more social parameters, which Indians are indebted to, India is not just a land of cows anymore. Well, every nation has its pros and cons. While every world is chasing its realms, India is never going to be ignored in the process. And the world will stop running behind GDP and Inflation but Human Development Index and Gross National Happiness, which India has to focus on. Then we will see India like in 1700.

Money can’t buy you happiness, or can it?

Education: The Benefactor of all Conundrums


Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), the Great Indian Spiritual Leader once said,

“The goal of mankind is knowledge, now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside; it is all inside. What we say a man “knows”, should, in strict psychological language, be what he “discovers” or “unveils”; what man “learns” is really what he discovers by taking a cover of his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge”. 

India, as we know is always at the turmoil of its social, economical and political dealings of its society and the ruling government. We, debate, question and make our own country vulnerable by pointing out the deeds of souls at the center-stage. But, doing that do we actually know where we are and the change we are making to this very own society we belong to? Who cares? We like to debate and fortify the arguments. In our own simple day-to-day routines, we come across situations where our principles are often revived over a logical and definite reasons around it. Just like not everyone drinks cow’s milk, but yeah milk is milk and white. Often, we point out that there are few wrong people ruling our nation, but aren’t we the ones who elect them? And some who don’t even care to vote in the elections. Aren’t we corrupt over those small petty issues and bribe to get things done? And we talk about corruption of these political and business leaders. We as consumers are often ruled out by some or the other issue somewhere, and we don’t know how to deal with it and ultimately let it go off the haywire. The simple answer lies in that macro word “EDUCATION”. Do we actually know what true education is?

Today, the institutes all over the world are working on classroom model of education with their core fundamentals lies in the books. But, do this kind of education is making us a good citizen and carry off with the passion of what we always want to do. The answer of the masses is no. The current model of education is not flexible enough to locate people at the right place. The multinational companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Accenture, Microsoft etc therefore have their own training models for their new employees. That means the current education system is not meeting the requirements of the industrial model. And hence, this step has been introduced. But again, this is one side of the story for the ones who afford to get a right education. What for the ones who never had a chance to educate themselves in these classrooms? Well, these people are the building blocks of any nation. With over a population of 1.2 Billion people, the current model of the education system is not serving all. But instead, its making the deprived more deprive and ultimately building up the consensus of the nation in making its leaders and disarming some. What is the right type of education model required? Well, there need not be any model but it should spread as a wave in the masses, that education lies in oneself and the flexible conventionalism will bring about a change in the society. No doubt, there are a lot of initiatives being taken by our Indian Government in the Education sector, but the model has to be revived and the true sense of Education should be let out to the students. Age is no bar. With that, it will solve all the major problems our society and definitely make a much stronger nation with literate and sensible people. It will be indeed the benefactor of all the conundrums, if emerged as a right tool in identifying the limits of the human potential, not through those academic books but imbibing practical and mandatory education to the masses which will lead to an educated society in true sense.

Here are few videos of Sir Ken Robinson, a well-known educator, as he talks about what should be the future of education. It’s a must watch. Humorous and effective.

Schools kills creativity

Revolution in Education

The Entrepreneurial India


Entrepreneurship is an intuition game. 

India is a blessing in disguise for its youth (below 35) in the population of 1.2 Billion. It’s not only creating a generation of those young entrepreneurs but also creating a rampant behavior in expanding the workforce from the current 435 million. These entrepreneurs are not just adding to the employment statistics in India but also exploring into different sectors like Social entrepreneurship, Rural management, Supply Chain, Logistics, Consultancy , Product based services, Web-based services, ICTs, Social media, Green Energy and much more. The concept of Entrepreneurship is reciprocating and collaborative over innovation. Its storming like a wave in the thunder.

Today, the youth in India is much more likely to take a risk of getting into a start-up rather than working for a 9 to 6 job. It not just involves risk but also patience and self-realization to understand the dynamics of the particular market before tapping into it. The world has become more entrepreneurial friendly place like never before with globalization’s raising curve and its different sectoral, regional and national perspectives as mentioned by Thomas L Friedmann, in his book The World is Flat. Its more in the sense of satisfaction in working towards something and accomplishing the task no matter how big or small difference it make, but  definitely striking an efficient change in the society. As remarked by Subroto Bagchi from MindTree in The High Performance Entrepreneur, “ that sense of accomplishment is next only to having and raising your baby”.  Moreover, the government and big companies are more subjective to the sense of entrepreneurship and are rationally developing solutions that can facilitate the consumer experience with a much more diverging and intriguing approach. These entrepreneurs have made India more open to ideas and have motivated young people in the process of constructive nation building.

There are top-ranked management institutes in the nation like IIMs and IITs, which are more focusing on entrepreneurship and product development skills. Organizations like TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), NEN, CIIE ( Center for Incubation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at IIM-A etc are fostering the idea of entrepreneurship and empowering the youth through their network and mentorship. Not just this, there are online websites like Dare, Pluggd, Yourstory.in and many more which are engaging the entrepreneurs online with their latest research and news.

With more youngsters joining their family owned business, there is a glut in idea of entrepreneurship in their core propositional competency. Post which, the India in 2025, will be number one leader in the emerging markets, as we are always known as culture in diversity, now with a multitude of entrepreneurial insights and approaches. More done than said, India is becoming highly entrepreneurial in diversified sectors, and will soon has its differentiation from the approach in the west. And this India will see itself barring away from the clutches of poverty and unemployment, and heading towards a more sustainable society.

As we all know, it’s all about staying hungry, foolish and starting it up. 

Blowing in the wind


In this world of Ping and Bang, the year was 2011 with one year more to go for the predictions from the prophet who was called Crazy head Nostradamus and the patch of incidents with that Pink Floyd lyrics coming in the picture when numb is not even comfortable enough. I’d like you all to narrate an incident that shook a life near me for the sake of Rural Humanity v/s the Urban Fear.

“ There were two friends, living in a city where they earned their bread after the routine days’ end, one is a laundry boy at the end of the master lane and other is a full-time servant in an upper middle class family. Both came to a developing and a blessed urban city with a dream to earn something for their families back in their village in the east. They earned it wisely even though the scale of was in the lower class. Having to meet everyday as they were in the closely knitted area, they became close friends and were there for each other when needed in the times of financial setbacks and health crisis in their family.

It was like they grew together till the time they were in the city and it had been 10 years now.

As per annual routine, they used to visit their respective village to meet their families for a month or so. And there came a time where the one of them (the laundry guy) went to visit his village to see his family of five.

One fine day, when he was taking rest outside his hut-house, he heard some voices from the side of the nearby old well besides some old teak trees. There were about twenty odd people surrounding the well, all baffled and frightened as there were some five of their villager friends stuck at the bottom of that well, trying to help those people in some other way. As soon as he witnessed the situation, he ran around to get a rope and never thought what would just happen. Fearless, as he was he jumped inside the well to help those lives binding that rope to the stone at the corner of the well. Unlikely to his fate, after having tried hard to save those lives, he found himself drifting away, ultimately losing his balance and under the deep water well. This took him his life. And became one of those few ones who donated his life to save some.

Just, when his friend back in the city came to know that his old friend is no more, shocked and splintered he was left vacant. For him, it was like a part of his body that just got disabled. He wished god that he would have been there at his friend’s place or could help him in some or the other way. It was something that shook him from inside, and there has been no day he must not have thought about those days with his friend.”

Accidents happen, and we blame the fate. Until and unless, we don’t face it in our surrounding. India, has been the land of innumerable such incidents, and the value of life has been detrimental. In urban cities, the death rate is almost 1 every second. There are people who do not wish to care or help those lives to which they can actually make difference on for the sake of humanity or religion. Life expectancy in India is about 63 years comparable to 77 years in USA, 78 in Singapore and 72 in China. India should not be just a nation of media clad debatable societies, but actually humans with true respect and value for life. Be it in the urban or the rural.

We never know, we might just save few lives unknowingly if we are human enough with the same emotions, but fear

Indianess and Game.


Game theory has always been a zero sum game which determined that the profit of one will always be on the expense of others, which introduced by John Van Nuemann and Oskar Morgenstern until John Nash discovered the Nash Equilibria for the non-zero win-win situations and won a Nobel after quite a psychological stint in his life in 1994.

India, a cultural heritage has always been stodgy for economists and philosophers and they their own perception towards the abstract spectrum from its happenings and times. Nothing can match the susceptibility of the nation’s randomness and sovereignty. Psychology of an Indian has always been an outlook of its own kind, not really the demographics of the nation affecting it. Indians are known for their unruly social behavior and their unintentional verve. When it comes to making choice, we can be selfish as well as collaborative at the same time. Read the theory of Prisoner’s dilemma. We say that population, illiteracy, poverty and corruption are the  issues defining why we Indians are the way we are. But actually, it’s not the demographics that matters in our behavior but a social upbringing does. There are people spitting on the roads, throwing junk, breaking the queue, giving a bribe (most of them taking it), breaking the signals, urinating on the road sides and what not. Who is to blame? The system or the self? Often, we come across real-life situations where we end up being privately smart and publicly dumb. We celebrate festivals of colors and crackers and leave the roads and grounds defiled from their plastic wastes and chemical colors. Indians and Indianess goes along together irrespective of the caste, creed or position. We all belong to the same field of paddy crops. Then, we blame the system and its governance for its behavior, being publicly dumb. Social behavior is not something we just show it on Facebook, but how we actually implement it in our day-to-day lives. This is where Indianess differs from the Global social behavior. And we talk about globalization. That makes us self-contradictory.

Rationalism is a child’s play and when Indianess paints the canvas, the theory of game comes to being. We, Indians being superficially rational, be it in professional lives or the way we think, which still makes us the third world country because of this mass behavior. Only, when we try to change, others will. It’s like a movement with no incentives and holistic growth, which will be marginal for the self. As we know, we are heedless without incentives. And we blame the government, which itself runs like a tip-toed bulls. We have to create our own incentives for the satisfaction and not for the temptation. And then the Nash equilibrium is favorable for non-cooperative and win-win situations in particular circumstances stating that one can benefit, making others benefit too. Then the Indianess will make its hay shine in the field.

Few examples of game theory are Chess, Stone-Paper-Scissors and the art of tit for tat.

Adopted from the book Games Indians Play by V. Raghunathan and inferred by me.

Let not the game decide us, but our own behavior. 

A Piece of Paper


As the clock struck past thirty minutes to seven, I approached the tutor who just left the class with a spellbinding session on English Usage and Vocabulary. I introduced my blog to him, and asked him for a topic to crib upon. In a fitting second, he tore a piece of paper from a book and gave it to me. And this left me baffled for a moment with a subject I can creatively ponder upon.

A Piece of Paper 

What does a piece of paper mean to all of us? Metaphorical or hyperbolical?

For some its an unfulfilled dream. For some a leadership style. For some a factoid. But for many, it was living.

Piece of paper is a symbol of creating history. Today, the essence of paper is soft-pedaled due to the emerging work-flow on the internet and the discovery of manmade machines. All the ancient scriptures, manuscripts, inventions and stories are made on this finest invention of the Chinese. Without it, the world would not have been more compact. The world’s best poetries were written on that piece of paper in the woods, or in the dark. It has an impact which is far-lived and implausible. A best piece of paper is often a rare piece of art and thoughtfulness. It is a tool, not just for those creative heretics, but for the commons.

A dream is not broken, until it’s not lived. A piece of paper symbolizes dream which is not lived. I believe, until and unless we don’t put in enough efforts to live it, we are like that torn piece of paper. As we say nothing is rewritten, but pre-written. With that one piece, we can make destiny dance over dreams.

Leadership is a behavior which is observed and experienced by many. Be it small or big. A piece of paper is a piece, even if its big or small. Just like it, leadership is like that piece of paper. Some have more stories to the journey, and some just enough to inspire. Leadership is not just leading by choice, but by example. A piece of paper is a simple epigram to those journeys based on values and leadership without complexities.

A factoid is an information bowl shared and exchanged from nations to companies to individuals. It is an agreement, a bond, a policy, an article and a shredded trash. A piece of paper is thus a utility for the commons, and a more day-to-day necessity. Be it anything, anywhere.

When I talk about living, ask the ones who have lived their heart out on a novel, a book, a prose or a poetry which instigated revelations and revolutions. To those ancient messengers, an eighteenth century poet, a twentieth century architect or a nineteenth century infamous sci-fi novelist, they know how understatement a piece of paper is. That was a living worth the dime, and for the dime. It has created almost everything and anything we see around. And we know that life’s simple inventions has created the best discoveries. That is living, by that piece of paper, and for that piece of paper.

Just so that we don’t make a satire out of sarcasm, we can add meaning to it ourselves.

One important task to do : Take an A4 Size paper, and list down all the words which you want to live, or experienced before. And then encircle it if lived. And then see a story taking over. You never know, if history has it.

I have been doing it myself and I love it when I glance it each morning. The feeling makes me want to experience more and live more.