Things to do Before I Die

I Always Thought of Putting up a Bucket List of Things I Wanted to Do, And see how Much I can Accomplish.

1)      Sky Diving

2)      Scooba Diving

3)      Hitch Hicking across the Country

4)      Living a Minimalist Life (Maximum 10 Items)

5)      Spending a week without money and other necessities

6)      Educating an unprivileged child

7)      Meet Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

8)      Meet Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

9)      Meet Lance Armstrong

10)   Meet Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw (Unfortunately He Passed Away in Jun 2008)

11)   Own a Stock Brokerage Firm

12)   Start An Educational Institution

13)   Work in a Non Profit, NGO

14)   Join Politics

15)   Fall in Love

16)   White Water Rafting

17)   Bungee Jumping from a Cliff

18)   Run a Complete Marathon

19)   Complete Four Deserts Race

20)   Own a Library

21)   Direct a Movie

22)   A 1000+ Km Road Trip By Bike

23)   Give a TED Talk

24)  Appear on the Cover of TIME Magazine

And a Lot more to Come in Future, if you have any please add them in the Comments Section.

Please Get in Touch If you Can help me out in any of The Above

My Bucket List

I Always Thought of Putting up a Bucket List of Things I Wanted to Do, And see how Much I can Accomplish.

1)      Sky Diving

2)      Scooba Diving

3)      Hitch Hicking across the Country

4)      Living a Minimalist Life (Maximum 10 Items)

5)      Spending a week without money and other necessities

6)      Educating an unprivileged child

7)      Meet Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

8)      Meet Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

9)      Meet Lance Armstrong

10)   Meet Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw (Unfortunately He Passed Away in Jun 2008)

11)   Own a Stock Brokerage Firm

12)   Start An Educational Institution

13)   Work in a Non Profit, NGO

14)   Join Politics

15)   Fall in Love

16)   White Water Rafting

17)   Bungee Jumping from a Cliff

18)   Run a Complete Marathon

19)   Complete Four Deserts Race

20)   Own a Library

21)   Direct a Movie

22)   A 1000+ Km Road Trip By Bike

23)   Give a TED Talk

And a Lot more to Come in Future, if you have any please add them in the Comments Section.

Dear Dad…

This Saturday morning when I came home after the overnight journey I was afraid that you will be angry upon getting to know that I had quit my job. I still remember how happy you were when I told you that I got selected in campus placements with the third largest IT service company in the world and was among the few people who got selected in the first ever in – campus placements held in the history of the college. I also remember that how lucky I was to get placed as I had only 59.95% at the time of placement.

You were happy to let everyone know that your son had finally become a SOFTWARE ENGINEER in a Multi National Company.  And now you won’t even have to answer to those who looked down on me because I was not selected for Army or didn’t secure a good rank in CET. You had to pour your whole life savings and part of Provident Fund to pay for my tuition fee. I can still remember when you used to run around to arrange those 1,25,000 Rupees for my fee. And how securely and tightly you used to carry those while traveling in the bus. I also remember those sweats of perspiration on your forehead when you used to hand over that money to my college president.

And now that I have left my well paying job when most of my friends are still unemployed, without any promise of future just for an idea in my mind about which even I get second thoughts sometimes, I assure you that I will never let you down and will fight for my dreams till I achieve them. You made me meet many people so they can knock some sense into my head. Now you are worried that here I am without a future. Left a company with over 90,000 employees where I could have gone abroad within one year and joined a startup with just 9 employees where I am not even sure that will be paid my monthly salary since I have not talked about it.

But dad, I want you to believe in me, just like you did when you held my finger and helped me walked for the first time, just like when you suddenly let go of the cycle from behind when I first learnt to ride it. May be I will stumble and fall but each time I fall I will stand stronger and try harder. Neighbors and relatives will ask you where do I work and you may have to face embarrassment as you do not understand the technology so you can’t explain it to them. But as always no one likes change and these people will change their tones according to season.

At this stage in life it is very difficult for me to make right decisions with the lack of experience. I know you will be saying that at 23 one doesn’t know anything about life. But trust me dad, I want to learn and that is why I have chosen a different path for myself instead of a safe day job.  I remember what you said yesterday:

“vinashkale , vipreet buddhi”

Which in English means, “at the time of doom even the thinking power betrays us”. I know you were angry and hurt about the foolish decisions I am making but I assure you dad these experiences will teach me much more than what I can learn in a thousand years of theory.

I am lucky to be born as your son and with all the qualities which you have cultivated into me I assure you that I will fulfill my dreams and passion and together we will rock the world.

With love and trust

Your Son

PS: Sorry for the disagreements we’ve had, will have a party after I become successful.

Kitabi Keeda…Birth of a Bookworm

It all started in a bus journey to Bangalore with Rajneesh, we were travelling in the night as both of us have the habit of not sleeping in the night during journeys. we had talked about every topic under the stars and still did not run out of conversation when we chanced upon this idea of starting an online library of old books where we would not charge for books but the reader has to exchange one book in order to borrow another book. Initially the idea came but also vanished as soon as it came, but was registered in my subconscious mind. finally i decided to work it out as once a week meetup in Bangalore where people will come and exchange their books and then return it a week later just to exchange another set of books.

After a lot of apprehension and Brainbeating I finally  arrived on the name KitabiKeeda the Hindi word for bookworm. And then started with the concept. created a facebook page for it and went ahead by sending the invitations to all my friends. finally first version of meetup was held on April 15th with Exchange of 8 books between three people with zero cost marketing.

I personally like to thank Nithun, Sujith, Noori, Lijo for being a part of it and helping me spread the word.

Click here to be a part of this open project.

Making “RIGHT” Decisions about Money !!

We’re bad at it. And marketers know this.

Consider: you’re buying a $30,000 car and you have the option of upgrading the stereo to the 18 speaker, 100 watt version for just $500 more. Should you?

Or perhaps you’re considering two jobs, one that you love and one that pays $2,000 more. Which to choose?

Or…

You are lucky enough to be able to choose between two colleges. One, the one with the nice campus and slightly more famous name, will cost your parents (and your long-term debt) about $200,000 for four years, and the other (“lesser” school) has offered you a full scholarship.

Which should you take?

In a surprisingly large number of cases, we take the stereo, even though we’d never buy a nice stereo at home, or we choose to “go with our heart because college is so important” and pick the expensive college. (This is, of course, a good choice to have to make, as most people can’t possibly find the money).

Here’s one reason we mess up: Money is just a number.

Comparing dreams of a great stereo (four years of driving long distances, listening to great music!) compared with the daily reminder of our cheapness makes picking the better stereo feel easier. After all, we’re not giving up anything but a number.

The college case is even more clear. $200,000 is a number that’s big, sure, but it doesn’t have much substance. It’s not a number we play with or encounter very often. The feeling about the story of compromise involving something tied up in our self-esteem, though, that feeling is something we deal with daily.

Here’s how to undo the self-marketing. Stop using numbers.

You can have the stereo if you give up going to Starbucks every workday for the next year and a half. Worth it?

If you go to the free school, you can drive there in a brand new Mini convertible, and every summer you can spend $25,000 on a top-of-the-line internship/experience, and you can create a jazz series and pay your favorite musicians to come to campus to play for you and your fifty coolest friends, and you can have Herbie Hancock give you piano lessons and you can still have enough money left over to live without debt for a year after you graduate while you look for the perfect gig…

Suddenly, you’re not comparing “this is my dream,” with a number that means very little. You’re comparing one version of your dream with another version.

Reproduced from seth godin’s blog.

Starting Out

Its been Long since I Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V ‘ed my last Post  on Blogger. The purpose was to evolve from a copy paster to write something meaningful which could help me and a lot of people who accidentally stumble upon this post.

One thing that intrigues me a lot is the ability of the people to settle into their comfort zone and live a mediocre life. every person i meet wants to get out of this rat race and create something or do something on their own. And when you ask them the reason, why they stick to their current life. they can come up with a million reasons like lack of money, once i gather some cash i will start, or it is easier said than done, i can’t give up my job for my family blah blah blah.

Well i don’t blame people who love to stay into mediocrity or are happy from their paid jobs, i have seen really brilliant people in my office who if they want can get into the startup route and break free of the cubicle route. Recently I went to appathon by pluggd.in where we had to create apps for windows phone. I did not had any idea how to create apps for any phone, but i just had an idea about what i wanted to create. I wrote a plan how i wanted to achieve it and started by the writing hello world program in c#. and then we worked out solutions for various problems which we encountered and finally were ready with the app. although unfortunately we could not be there for the showcase as i had to move for an urgent task which came up while developing. but the lesson i learnt was if you want to create something just go ahead and do it. don’t have any apprehensions everything will start working out once you get started. and now since i have started this. i wish you well to get started on the way to realize your dreams. and we can update each other as we proceed further.

Till then, Keep Evolving…