20 Habits That Will Make You Highly Successful

Originally posted on Everything Swim Bike and Run and the Occasional Life Encounters:
The most successful people in the world are the most motivated – correct? Not entirely. It isn’t motivation that creates success, but habit and action. The most successful people in the world definitely have passion for what they do, but passion that isn’t accompanied by action is rendered useless. It is your… Continue reading 20 Habits That Will Make You Highly Successful

Jai Ho Movie Review

“Sallu I love you!”, a 40-year old lady screamed in the theater with half a dozen dudes whistling as Salman Khan enters the screen. The movie went on with more jeering and laughing at dialogs! “Salman rocks yaar!  He’s the best!  Love you Salmaaan…maarry me!!!!“, screams another younger lady!  “Really? These stunts are entertaining? Teach these idiot fans some physics”. The only voice of reason … Continue reading Jai Ho Movie Review

Why kids around the world inspire you?

When we think of Dharavi- the largest slum in South Asia- we imagine children with no future growing up in shabby rooms in the streets filled with chaos, crime and poverty. After our meeting with Hrithik – a 12-year old boy from Dharavi – we realized how wrong our pre-conceived notion was. Growing up in a one-room house in the midst of Dharavi, life is … Continue reading Why kids around the world inspire you?

Inspiring Quote – Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At the end of this week, let’s not forget the wise words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who was born on January 15th, 1929 and shaped the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. We remember and honor him for his non-violent activism against racial discrimination in America. His words today are relevant for the entire world as we struggle to find peace and … Continue reading Inspiring Quote – Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rural Women – Poor Women – How little we know about Empowerment!

As I travel through rural villages in Bihar, the state with highest poverty rates in India, my moral compass tells me – it’s time for a “reality check”. I work in the International Development sector. I talk about poverty eradication and social development all the time as if I was born to enlighten everyone and erase pain from this world. Sometimes, my trivial “self” blows hot air … Continue reading Rural Women – Poor Women – How little we know about Empowerment!

Women, Men, Beauty and their Bodies – The warped body-image

Ever hear the little voice inside you say, “Uhh! I hate being fat”, or “My butt’s so big it could cover the earth?” Or ever hear a sharp critique from friends or family, “You’re pretty, but you gotta lose some weight”. What do you see when you see in the mirror? Are you not seeing the tight-bodied “ideal woman” on COSMO or GLAMOUR, or the … Continue reading Women, Men, Beauty and their Bodies – The warped body-image

Can I be like Akshay Kumar? Yes, he’s that inspiring!

Khans rule Bollywood! It’s Shahrukh, Salman, Aamir who have ruled Bollywood for over 20 years now. But then there’s Akshay Kumar, who has carved out his own niche in the industry ridden with nepotism and camp-ism (read SRK camp, Bachchan camp and Salman camp). Though it may seem Akshay has been overshadowed by the Khans, his caliber and “head-on-the-shoulders” attitude has made him one of … Continue reading Can I be like Akshay Kumar? Yes, he’s that inspiring!

Heartbreak vs. International Lust-Fest – Sunanda Pushkar’s Death Cannot be Written Off!

Sunanda Pushkar is no more. She was found lifeless in the Leela Palace Hotel in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on January 17, 2014, by her husband and the hotel staff.  You can almost hear Rahul Gandhi’s furor, lashing out in the All India Congress meeting “Shashi, you just can’t keep it in your pants, can you!”  Nope!  Shashi didn’t need this.  Congress certainly didn’t need another … Continue reading Heartbreak vs. International Lust-Fest – Sunanda Pushkar’s Death Cannot be Written Off!

Kicking corruption – Screening of “Jai Bhim Comrade”

Originally posted on Everyday Asia:
I’ve shared how there seems to be a subtle shift in India… a frustration with crippling corruption and ridiculous red tape of bureaucracy… and a will to see tangible change. So when a friend – Anand Patwardhan, well-known activist and documentary filmmaker – approached my partner for help organizing a public showing of his politically charged film “Jai Bhim Comrade” (naturally… Continue reading Kicking corruption – Screening of “Jai Bhim Comrade”