Answering $ 1 million question

At the outset, I feel, Dr. Chopra would never have to pay $ 1 Million to anyone. I give 3 reasons.

First, there can be no true atheist. That’s because the moment someone says he/she doesn’t believe in God, they themselves establish his existence. And since existence is established even not-believing becomes a form of believing. Like in science, matter is matter and anti-matter too is matter.

Second, Modern Science remains so unsure of its own discoveries. What one guy proves at one point, another refutes sometime later. Thus every few years we hear: Newton may be wrong; Einstein may be wrong; Big Bang may be wrong, etc. Another example: When we were young gripe water was seen boon for kids. Which doctor recommends that now? Thus any argument can be negated by a counter argument and debate may carry on for life. (E.g. Recent/ongoing discussion b/w @DeepakChopra & @BrianCox)

Yet the question remains: How a thought is formed?

Thought is formed in mind.

What is mind? Mind is that field of energy which is attached to our being and works as the nucleus of our existence guiding our thoughts and actions powered by the mysterious force that exists within us and makes us run our errands and live the thing that we call life.

It is like the control center where we may be the driver, but not necessarily always.

Now: Why not always? Because we are not the supreme! We are like a drop of the ocean, which though has all the properties of the ocean, yet we are not the ocean. So if the ocean goes on a high tide, so must we; in a warm current, we got to be warm and likewise.

Our thoughts are a result of our experiences and imageries of existence in the ocean. Its best for us to let the God wonder ‘how they are formed’, because more useful thing for us certainly is to understand that with mind, God has allowed us ‘Intellect’ as well. And that’s there because God wants us to use our capabilities to possess positive and progressive thoughts, no matter how rough the ocean may be.

Also, these thoughts, once persistent, can influence the treatment we get from the ocean and that’s perhaps where great leaders, thinkers and doers get born.

I feel, some matters of life are answered better through faith and this was one of them, even if that means foregoing an opportunity to make a million dollars. :)

Thank you Dr. Chopra for this wonderful thought-exercise. I had a beautiful afternoon figuring that out! Salutations!!!

Gratitude: Rev. Ajay Maharaj for initiating on the path of SDM. (Satsang, Disciplined Life, Meditation)


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Bringing SDM support to Unsuccess

Unsuccess is success in making. It is being on the route, while destination keeps shifting. It is facing the challenges of the traverse. It is going through the ups and downs of the rigour. It is everything until arrived at the ‘house of beloved’.

Thus unsuccess is keeping the faith. Unsuccess is staying motivated and unsuccess is not giving up even when the world calls you a nerd.

The game is all about staying motivated.

The question becomes, what may be that magic pill that can keep us motivated while we may have to walk through hell?

Many years ago, I was in the class and my teacher explained a simple and extremely powerful mechanism for life. A three point program, he said:

  1. Satsang – Keep good company
  2. Disciplined Life
  3. Meditation

SDM, he defined as the magic pill for the desired.

It has been nearly 13 years since that class. Life hasn’t been a bed of roses; yet life hasn’t been able to topple me either.

Unsuccess has been the journey and SDM has been the weapon. All Respects – Revered Ajay Maharaj.

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Each passing day, has brought me to a higher platter. I have witnessed myself attain finer gradients and break open subtle secrets of life – thanks SDM. Each of these developments broadened my understanding about life and cemented the belief.

A simple mechanism of choices; years of practice and I see myself on the path of peace with myself, irrespective of outcomes of anything happening outside. That has been the magic of SDM in the journey of sailing through unsuccess.

Signing off with, Kailesh Kher and his ‘Katha Gaan’ from MTV Unplugged Season 2 – the story of the nomad who got infatuated by the beautiful princess.

The nomads journey is the journey of unsuccess.

More SDM secrets… coming tomorrow onwards…

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Unsuccess – definition

Unsuccess is success in making.

Unsuccess is success in waiting.

Unsuccess is success denied at the moment.

Unsuccess is helping success arrive.

Unsuccess is still staying on the course.

Unsuccess is not-quitting.

Unsuccess is keep working towards the goal.

Unsuccess is seeing success while it is yet to arrive.

Unsuccess is keeping the faith.

Unsuccess is chasing the dream even when the world says ‘give-up’.

Unsuccess is staying motivated.

Unsuccess is making the choice.

Unsuccess is knowing that you are giving it all that you have.

Unsuccess is possessing the dream.

Unsuccess is winning over all agonies.

Unsuccess is being patient.

Unsuccess is being fearless.

Unsuccess is reworking.

Unsuccess is being at peace with oneself.

Unsuccess is being in the journey and enjoying.


I stop here, though I could define it a million ways.

Mountain in Reflecton

My message: Don’t think failures… don’t quit… be fearless …and keep moving.
Its only a wait for the beloved.

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Double whammy with Unsuccess

Yesterday I had a serious dilemma. I was Listening to a founder; an entrepreneur who has created a solution for writers in self-publishing space.

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For me: Entrepreneur + Writers = Two soft spots of the mind-map… brought together. Tremendous tussle!

My visitor had been to the country’s largest literature festival. He met all the experts and celebrities there. They all told him to carry on doing the great work he was doing.

On my part I wondered – why I always find such people, why? Somehow I end up mostly with people, like my visitor, who everyone tells that they were doing a phenomenal job and must just continue doing it.

Gentlemen and Ladies, if the work is so good, why not move ahead, take initiative and show the dear fellow some money?

Interestingly, the moment an entrepreneur talks of the ‘M’ thing, in most conversations, a new story begins. The past is instantly lost. (I am writing based on my experience as seen repeatedly)

So now, for my visitor of the day: those wonderful people have come, seen you, praised you and gone. Now what do you do Mr. Entrepreneur?

You come to a writer seeking a feedback!

Now that’s what I call a ‘Double Whammy with Unsuccess’.

Unsuccess here means the time you would be taking to build the success. And the success here is that success when you wouldn’t have to go to anyone, instead people start coming to you.

I would have just two things for you:

  1. Go by your gut feel! Because none of us have the faintest clue what may help your situation. Also had we been so smart we ourselves would have done what you have been doing.
  2. Get the eyeballs! Just focus on that. Workout – Where best can you get your numbers? Think of those spots/pockets and then just attack.

Yes, if ever need help in aligning your thoughts while in midst of the tussle, pls do call. That’s the only stuff I can perhaps do for you.

Here’s on double whammy of unsuccess, once again… Kabir … my favourite and who always leaves me with a smile… This one titled ‘Tu ka tu’ – ‘You Only You’… sung by Padmshree Prahlad Tipaniya. Luckily with English sub-titles as well… enjoy… let the journey continue…

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The Tryst with Unsuccess

Failure – that’s not the word anymore. The term is ‘unsuccess’.


Now what may be that? Let’s see this scenario…

You pick-up an idea; Work on it; show sense of enterprise; take it to the next level; put in every effort you have; face every hardship; bring new innovations; upgrade your skills; give it all what you have and in the end, it still doesn’t take off.

That one moment in the end redefines everything that happened before.

Why show courage? Why be enterprising?

These questions come to the being and when they come to the being, the world rarely has an answer to offer.

I read BG and for last two days every time I opened the book in the middle it lead me to the same page. Chapter 4 – verse 18, 19, 20 & 21.

The choice to show courage was ours. The choice to be enterprising was ours. We did everything in the best faith and yet if it didn’t work, the choice hereafter once again would be ours.

Had it not been what it turned out to be, the situation wouldn’t have been any different. Even in success, the next choice would have been ours.

A small sample from last week:

For those in enterprising mode for life, there is nothing called failure anymore, the term is simply, ‘unsuccess’.

 Bg 4.18 — One who sees inaction in action and action in inaction is intelligent among men, and he is in the transcendental position, although engaged in all sorts of activities.
Bg 4.19 — One is understood to be in full knowledge whose every endeavor is devoid of desire for sense gratification. He is said by sages to be a worker for whom the reactions of work have been burned up by the fire of perfect knowledge.
Bg 4.20 — Abandoning all attachment to the results of his activities, ever satisfied and independent, he performs no fruitive action, although engaged in all kinds of undertakings.
Bg 4.21 — Such a man of understanding acts with mind and intelligence perfectly controlled, gives up all sense of proprietorship over his possessions and acts only for the bare necessities of life. Thus working, he is not affected by sinful reactions.

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Does anything sell better than thought of ‘s*x’?

The Union Health Minster of India makes a statement. The two key words – ‘condom’ & ‘fidelity’! The story runs on front page instantly. Media doesn’t miss adding its bit of spice to the statement and we have a readymade controversy. The Minister issues a clarification, the story runs again.

No matter what might have been said by the minister, the fact remains undisputed that the thought of ‘s*x’ has some definite brand value in the concurrent world.

I wanted to post a story on Paulo Coelho, whom I have been following on twitter for about a week. He has a new book titled: Adultère. (French).

The book is going in Korea as well and the publisher seems to have a problem with the title. Paulo needs your opinion. So, you have an opportunity to help, if you can speak Korean.

Otherwise following Paulo Coelho has been a sheer delight. He posts simultaneously in multiple languages, speaking of his Global status and then he has some photos of him to share for wherever he goes.

Interestingly, earlier this week there was a post on FB by Frankfurt Book Fair. It was a news item from NYT, saying scientists doing test on what goes inside the brain of the writers. I somehow felt that knowing what was in the mind of readers might be more useful. Anyways…

I was wondering what I may be getting to with this post and the suddenly, I have these thoughts:

  1. If one writes or speak or do any damn thing even remotely related to the thing called ‘s*x’, one is likely to make some news.
  2. Writers can learn a great deal from the calm and peace of Paulo Coelho on the outside, for everyone knows what goes on, on the inside.
  3. Scientists shall keep doing what their funding would allow them to do and be in news for a day.

As the confusion between desire for success and quest for peace increases in the world and also within, I somehow can’t help recalling ‘Kabir’, and the life goes  on…

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Cat & Mouse chase

The whole life has been a cat and mouse chase, I realized, once again, two days ago.

We have a new Government in India and that seems to be setting things correct or undoing the wrongs of the previous one. First action: Train Tickets raised by 14.2%. Now how this mathematics worked, perhaps only God knows. The monthly local train pass in Mumbai that would cost Rs. 655 was now to cost Rs. 1300+ for travelling still like a mashed potato.

Now who can get into a tussle with the Government; so what’s the way out – purchase pass for one year a before new rates become applicable! Nearly a million people did just that. That’s me at the railway ticket counter in between queues.

As expected the pressure built from all corners on the Government. The assembly elections are round the corner. Local party men started crying foul. There are debates on TV and slug-fists on social media.

Those who never use train support and praise Government courage and those who can’t make as much money, cry foul.

Late last evening, just before the new rates have to become applicable, the Government readjusts its formula.

Thus now there will be 14.2% rise only. Thus Rs. 655 pass would now be Rs. 750 only. Peace prevails.

Interestingly, now all those who got 1 year pass made, worry what if by mistake they lose it? Does Railway issue duplicate pass? What is the procedure? Any penalty charges?

In the nutshell Government rules and people like us continue trapped in our ‘cat & mouse’ game.

I just wondered when we may stop feeling like a ‘mouse’ and thereafter stop finding ourselves a ‘cat’.

I felt it’s all in the mind.

My message: … be fearless… and not confused.

10 years of Accidental Entrepreneur

Why I have been writing?

My first book was titled ‘Accidental Entrepreneur’.

I wonder why I wrote that book under that kind of title? Why I could not have called it ‘Exceptional Entrepreneur’ if not something like, ‘Tycoon Entrepreneur’.

This book was released in 2004 and it continues to sell still, completing 10 years on the stands. What may be there in it? Sometimes I surely wonder.

That book actually was about self-employment. In terms of entrepreneurship it surely had insights that could get one started. Yet other than that it had nothing on entrepreneurship.

Still, for something to survive a decade, almost unsupported, there must be something of greater substance in it. One of these days my thought went to the point; what that core message could have been that touched people and that has kept it alive?

Perhaps my next book, ‘The Path-Breakers’ spelled that message more clearly. This book was stories of a group of people from across India, who just walked an off-beat path! This one went and stood with ones authored by the likes of Dr. Amartya Sen and Deepak Chopra on the bestsellers list.


‘Off-beat path’ – why? Why I should be writing about that? And does that mean I was never writing about entrepreneurship in the first place? These were the questions I posted for myself.

I figured, I was perhaps using entrepreneurship as a cover to express something else until I found it. I also realized, entrepreneurship seemed closest to ‘it’ as compared to any other occupation. Yet at some point that similarity ceased and then I started feeling alien in that land and may be that has been the reason of my vacuum from writing for a long time, of course except on this blog.

Now I wonder why it took such a long round of journeying.

Both ‘Accidental Entrepreneur’ and ‘The Path-Breakers’ as well as the 6 books of OM Series were stories that talked of finding oneself.

So, do I now write about just that ‘one thing’, whatever that may bring, wherever that may take? Let’s see…

Cashflow and Fakiri

Cash Flow – If there was one thing in the world that could allow anyone pursuing their dream in modern times irrespective of all odds, then that would be – Cash Flow.

Infinite literature has been written on this subject. Countless experts have spoken on it. So, when it comes to my turn I feel paralyzed what new to add to the matter.

For a business that has to be revenue funded, like mine, I have come to believe in just one simple principle – self-discipline. Yes, self-discipline is the only way for enterprising people chasing their passion for managing their Cash Flows.

This may sound strange yet that’s the only thing I feel needed to be in the race for long and long and forever and ever.

No, this concept of self-dawned ‘fakiri’ doesn’t come to me naturally, yet it certainly has given me a new dimension to think about.

Further, if I were to share something more, all I would do would be this wonderful poetry by Kabir that I see speaking directly on the subject. Here sung beautifully by Abida Parveen.

So, call me nuts or call me nerd. Yet for me this is the formula for keeping the cash flow alive.

If you like the idea, no patents or copyrights for adopting it and if interested yet still in doubt or confused how this may help, call for an appointment for my Listening Sessions.

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Age of a writer

Just saw a job-ad on a site/group where I am a member and have great liking and respect for the founder. They have asked for ‘Business Writers’. There were about 20 conditions to be fulfilled by the deserving soul.

The most interesting I found amongst them was that the ‘writer must be in age 20s’. This was presumably because they want to create content addressed to that age group.

The question that struck me: Does age matters for a writer?

I was instantly reminded of legendary Khushwant Singh, who wrote some of his best writings on adult subjects in an extremely bold and enthralling way while he was deep into his 70s and 80s. In his own words that was the best time for him to write because at that age he could exist only in thoughts over those subjects.

Next moment, I was recalled of Javed Akhtar and his song – ‘Meri laundry ka ek bill…’ from the movie Rock-on, which became such a rave thing and so did all the other songs of that movie, interestingly sung by Akhtar’s son – The Akhtar Jr. and liked by people much younger than both.

If age mattered then JK Rowling, she must have been a teenager to have written that Harry Potter stuff that made the world crazy.

I could quote countless examples. My point is like Kabir said ‘Jaat na pooch saudhu kee…’ (Don’t ask caste of a saint…) on same lines… don’t judge a writer by his age… you would always be deceived.

The best writers are the ones who can ‘Listen’ to the vibes of the target group and recreate a story that resonates with those expectations.

‘Listening’ is the only true qualification of writers and nothing else.

To a great extent the same principle holds for entrepreneurs. If one can listen to the vibes of a target group, one may have an offering to make as a product or service and this may happen at any age.