Who I Am Most Grateful To & Why

Who are you most grateful to?  You may have a long or short gratitude list. But there will be someone who tops the list – who you are eternally and infinitely grateful to.   For me, it is Dr. Rustom P Soonawala. Initially it felt like God sent him to help me and my wife Gargi.Continue reading “Who I Am Most Grateful To & Why”

My Wealth Managers Save Lives too

How do you choose a doctor if you don’t already have one? I go online and check both the ratings and reviews. Two years ago, I looked up Practo for an internal medicine doctor. My wife’s grandmother was living with us, and her blood sugar levels had shot up. I found Dr. Rajiva Gupta, whoContinue reading “My Wealth Managers Save Lives too”

When I Quit the Stage & Never Got Back

Ever forgotten your lines on stage in front of a large audience? Have you been embarrassed not being able to recollect even after racking your brain unsuccessfully? When you wished it were a bad dream hoping you will wake up thanking your stars that it did not happen. But you lived the nightmare. And youContinue reading “When I Quit the Stage & Never Got Back”

The Early Morning Call That Shook Me

Ever received an early morning call that shook you? I recollect two. One was when my mother called to say Dad had stopped breathing. I received the other from the father of a dear friend two decades ago. He began with an apology because he called at half past six. I assured him it wasContinue reading “The Early Morning Call That Shook Me”

When Mom Heard That Her Son is Accident-Prone

Ever dealt with astrologers? Do you believe they can foresee your future? I never thought much about it till I had a personal experience. Many years ago, my mother consulted astrologers to check if all was well with her family.  A couple of them mentioned that her son (that’s me) is accident-prone and is likelyContinue reading “When Mom Heard That Her Son is Accident-Prone”

Make Time When You’ve It

How would you react if an astrologer predicted you have less time left to live?  30 years ago, on September 2, 1992, my cousin Funny drowned while immersing Lord Ganesha’s idol in a lake. He was 16 years young. Two of his closest friends drowned too in a bid to save each other. None ofContinue reading “Make Time When You’ve It”

Why You Need your Dil Chahta Hai (DCH) Story

Have you lost your most prized possession during a journey?  21 years ago, my friend Sidharth Patnaik and I left my sister Babita’s house after a delightful dinner cooked by her to catch a cab to Victoria Terminus (now renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus). We were on course to board the Konkan Express train from MumbaiContinue reading “Why You Need your Dil Chahta Hai (DCH) Story”

Do You Laugh When You Are the Butt of a Joke?

Ever written something you enjoyed that was never published? Many years ago, my friend Subrata Ghosh and I collaborated on an article for our school magazine. We imagined an idea that was fun but risky. Over the years, many articles have praised the school and its teachers. Every year, the magazine would publish one suchContinue reading “Do You Laugh When You Are the Butt of a Joke?”

How Your Memory Can Be Memorable For Others?

How good is your memory? If I could make one wish that would turn true, I would wish for good health. If I was granted an extra wish as a bonus, I’d seek a good memory.  I have an average memory. But I’ve memorable experiences with those who forget nothing. Make that almost nothing. JustContinue reading “How Your Memory Can Be Memorable For Others?”

Why You Shouldn’t Live In the Past?

Do you find yourself stuck in the past? You feel your best years and achievements have passed you by. You rewind and replay some of those golden moments frequently. And you keep talking about the past much more than the present.  Nothing wrong with reliving some of the best moments in one’s life, once inContinue reading “Why You Shouldn’t Live In the Past?”

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