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Nothing beats the joy of shared experiences such as living a rare moment together with those you love the most. That I guess is the biggest gift that one can receive from life or give to oneself. (Landing home for the holidays and taking all by surprise; Dec 2019)
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Kahaani ka saar

It's over a year since I wrote something here and maybe because there wasn't much time to ponder over things or things to ponder over. Either ways, there are always learnings and lessons and these are the ones that I have. Focus on people and things that add positive energy. Discard those who sap it out and contribute only the negatives. It's good to say no, I disagree or I cannot comply. Work life balance is not an individual goal or possibility. It is a shared task and not a goal. Focus on some or fail on all. Always move forward.   Family comes first, friends come next. All else is the world or acquaintances as we call it and it - does not matter. Focus on what you want . All else follows. Happiness has a recipe . Spare time is gold. Financial planning is a great  routine . Gifting is therapeutic.  Airport arrivals are the happiest places on earth (almost as much as school gates at 3pm on a Friday). Emails are warm blankets when written to or received

36 questions

My attempt to do a self-conversation using the Arthur Aron set of 36 questions. Aren't we the most important person to ourselves? 1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? My granddads. They left too soon. Outside family, it would be Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Prithviraj Chauhan, Sam Maneckshaw. 2. Would you like to be famous? In what way? My humour would be stretching it. Anonymity is a gift I am told so, No. 3. Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you're going to say? Why? Not for the ones I love. 4. What would constitute a perfect day for you? Brunch by the sea, evening by a fire and a dinner under the stars. 5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else? Last week maybe. High on a new song. 6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you choose? The mind of a 30-year-old. The mind is a dangerou


The things that have changed in life ever since I moved far east. I am no longer Akshay but AK. At restaurant reservation desks, client meetings, emails and receipts as well. Chopsticks are a part of kitchen cutlery and so is soy sauce a staple part of the diet. Officially an NRI now and that warrants an NRI account to be opened soon. Hate the tag. I have 700 unspent India rupees lying on the kitchen counter. Need to get rid of them before De-Moditisation takes toll on the 100s The laptop and phone now  keeps track of 5 times zones. DC, Melbourne, Qatar  & home of course. Mango pickle is a highly traded commodity. Local Indian store is on uber and saved places on maps. Shaving cream is on the endangered species list. Foam is challenger. I only cross (well mostly) at zebra crossings.  Tagalog is getting added to a list of languages I know a smattering of.

Rear view records

If I say a lot happened this year it will be quite the understatement of sorts.  Life took all kinds of turns around bends that could give anyone a heart attack and also had its share of astronomical highs that one had never anticipated. If you saw a number 9 of the Indian cricket team score a ton in a test last week, my life felt the same too. Although, the speed at which it came was akin to a ton in a T20.  Never been the one to complain but this year seemed to be one of the toughest in terms of a million things such as the health of loved ones. However, it was one of the best years of my life too when you see all that the universe conspired to throw at me. Not one to trust in religion, I have consistently believed that life's zeniths are not far behind from its dreariest lows. It reminds me of an old post that I wrote on up being the only way to go when you are at the bottom is up. That has been followed to tee and I am proud to say so. - Personal life lifted


Ek jagah hogi, jo jahaan hoga. Dhoondha na jaane kise, kahaan-kahaan hoga.