Outsourcing labor troubles in business

I was talking with a distant uncle about his stationery manufacturing business. He had 8 workers and among other things, he supplies to a well-known stationery company. Me: If you are supplying to them, you must be earning in millions. Uncle: Oh, no. We are not their sole suppliers. They have like 50 of us.… Continue reading Outsourcing labor troubles in business


How to screw others without screwing yourself

I don't believe in being vegetarian or non-vegetarian, not for religious reasons at least. Most Indians do. On some days, like Navratras festival, almost nobody eats non-vegetarian or drink alcohol. Those things don't mean that much to me. I eat and drink not because I am defying anything but just because I can and I do… Continue reading How to screw others without screwing yourself

Hockey – India’s national game

Hockey is our national game but we like cricket more. Many people don't like the fact that hockey doesn't get as much attention as it should as our national game. Here's a question: Why is hockey our national game? India won six consecutive hockey gold medals at Olympics between 1928 and 1956. It's our national… Continue reading Hockey – India’s national game

Survival and Legacy

Most people are afraid of little things which may make their lives worse off in some way - and that's just a maybe. Some people hold on to those maybe's even in the face of a far better future. Others are explorers, people who go out and explore those futures and are the ones that bring… Continue reading Survival and Legacy

Curated Parenting stories

All three children became writers. How? Parents told kids that you can have this credit card and use for emergencies or to buy books. Sara Blakely's father asked her at dinner - not "what did you learn today?" but "what did you fail at today?" because latter was the more important learning lesson. Listen to full interview… Continue reading Curated Parenting stories

Creative pricing

Copied directly from https://sivers.org/pp For years I made a living playing at universities. One time a college far away in Ohio, about a 12-hour drive, asked what I would charge to do a two-hour show. I said, “$1500”. She said, “Oh, that’s a bit too much. What would you charge to do just a one-hour show?”… Continue reading Creative pricing

Intuition – The lost superpower

Intuition is one of those things about which everyone has a vague idea but is difficult to define. Then there are questions like where does intuition come from? How do you hone intuition? Well, today's your lucky day. I have all the answers 🙂 This explanation is based on the structural differential. Here it goes.… Continue reading Intuition – The lost superpower

5 reasons to promote your competitors

Recently, I answered a question on Quora - Are there any online trusted tutoring sites? A colleague asked me why did I give so many websites in the answer instead of just promoting teacheron.com, my website. Following reasons I did that: I do what’s best for my readers/customers/users. It may have a side effect of short-term… Continue reading 5 reasons to promote your competitors

Happiness framework

Happiness is not about luxury - having stuff - though that helps to some extent. It's about fulfilment - doing things that you wouldn't think were possible. Climbing the mountain is mostly about hardship. Why do people still do it, sometimes multiple times? It's about fulfilment. Why do people stand up for freedom? You will have to make… Continue reading Happiness framework

Life size bytes

We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are. -Anaïs Nin People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Do something towards your goal every day. Do something you are afraid of every day. Read something every day. Write something every day. You are the… Continue reading Life size bytes

10 new reasons why Cycling rocks [You will love #6]

Cycling has many benefits - most of which you already know: It's a great, harmless, and (mostly) injury-free workout. It saves fuel. Cycling is both noise pollution and air pollution free. Now for some other unusual, but awesome, things to think about: You don't get a ticket  (no challan). So you don't have to wait for red light to… Continue reading 10 new reasons why Cycling rocks [You will love #6]

Gratitude – A better way of living

Humanity has come a long way in past few centuries. The quality of life that someone in lower middle class enjoys today is far better than what even wealthiest people experienced 100 years ago. Whether it's access to healthcare, education, transport or even just temperature control in the room, everything's better. But people are more dissatisfied than… Continue reading Gratitude – A better way of living

Carrots and sticks

The quality of your life depends on the reasons behind the decisions you take. If they are internal reasons, for yourself, you flourish. If reasons are external, you lose control and feel frustrated. Your happiness will depend on the things you do when there's no one standing behind you, when there's no deadline, no sticks, and… Continue reading Carrots and sticks

The Greatest achievement of humanity

In last 50 years, humans have gradually achieved what no other individual or entity achieved in history. It's not modern medicine. It's not even internet. What we have achieved is not knowing the limits of what we can accomplish as a collective race. The greatest achievement of the human race is not knowing limits of… Continue reading The Greatest achievement of humanity

The Universe doesn’t care about you

Many people including Shahrukh Khan quote "When you really want something, the whole universe conspires to help you get it". That's just baloney. The universe doesn't care about you. So are all these people lying? Not really. It just appears as if the universe (or God) is helping. But why does it seem that way? It's… Continue reading The Universe doesn’t care about you

1 simple trick to achieve beyond your imagination

How'd you like to learn about a simple mindset shift that will earn more money than you ever thought possible? There are few things truer: You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.Zig Ziglar Giving without any expectations of return is counterintuitive. However, returns inevitably come, without… Continue reading 1 simple trick to achieve beyond your imagination

Everything Corrupts, eventually

"Sikhism is the best religion," my wife commented. I wouldn't argue with her (who would?). Sikhism is clearly one of the best religions. Gurudwaras, place of worship for Sikhs, are very well maintained. Followers give donations generously and regularly. You would never see a Sikh begging in the street. Most of all, Sikhs are proud to be Sikhs,… Continue reading Everything Corrupts, eventually

Everything is connected – Why I write about topics unrelated to learning and education

I have been counseled many times to focus on learning and education and not write about anything else. The argument is that it confuses readers and doesn't give you a targeted audience. I agree. In any MBA program or a marketing course/post/seminar, one of the very first things they teach is the importance of identifying your audience. Once… Continue reading Everything is connected – Why I write about topics unrelated to learning and education

What happens after my death?

This is a very personal message I sent to my loved ones. I am, now, sharing it with the world. I just came back from final rites (Kirya) of my father. It’s been 13 days since he died. Many asked what his final words were. There weren’t any. He didn’t get the chance. We will… Continue reading What happens after my death?