This is not my first blog, but it’s my first at word press. After irrationally switching blogs from different sites just to see if I am more active with it, I am here!
Sounds fairly stupid, but what is a life without any stupidity or silly acts?
My “About me” section is not going to tell you anything, and most probably a few good friends would be the only people to read his blog to start with, so I thought I would start with a short intro and a long list of topics I want to write about.
I am an Indian man, in late twenties, single, working in business consulting, and living in Europe after seeing a few snippets of other countries. The rest, you either know if you are a friend, or would know if and when you read my blogs.
So without further ado, here is a very ambitious list of topics close to my heart that I have strong views on, and where I wish to write, and get critical feedback on:
- The story of my experiments with charting my own path to life:
- The middle path to almost everything in life that takes a stance on being balanced, and not taking an extreme stance: Is this possible?
- Liberalism, the way I have seen it evolve in my life
- Cultural sensitivity
- What I learnt, and continue to learn from relationships
- My circle of love: Family and friends for life.
- My faith system: Individual excellence + Knowledge +Love + What you give back to the world= God
- Why I hate to the established notions of marketing, branding, and managing perception; and why I am yet forced to play the game
- What makes my entire life a big, risky, and exciting experiment?
- Can a rebel and iconoclast, be truly happy?
- Why am I a terrible misfit in most parties, and a complete natural on top of a mountain?
- Role models:
- Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev, Viv Richards
- Movies: Clint Eastwood, Kamal Hassan, Aamir Khan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee
- Tennis: Roger Federer
- Music: Ilaiyaraja, Pink Floyd
- Corporate world: Nandan Nilekani
- Fictional: Tintin, Howard Roark
- Daily life: Heroes from my circle of love, starting with mom and dad.
- Indian politics and social issues
- Media watchdog: An informal super media / fifth estate that calls the bluff on biased and shallow mainstream journalism
- The need for a strong opposition party
- Indian communists: good as devil’s advocates when not in power, devils when in power!
- Who are the liberals, who are the centrists, and who truly represents them in my country?
- Why do we know so little about our own history, and how is our lack of knowledge exploited?
- Activism, and participation in democracy
- Why are Indians so damn racist?
- Why is a strong India important to the world?
- Our education system
- Religion & faith
- Religious, ideological and cultural dogmas that ail the world
- Can you be rational, liberal and not a communist
- Can you be a believer, spiritual, and not religious?
- The supremely powerful entity called I
- Globalization: the Good, the bad, and the Ugly
- Us and them: Impact of globalization on India:
- What are the changes in society, I would wish India (US) embraces from other countries (THEM – refers to the few parts of US, Europe, Far East that I have visited, could be extrapolated to denote the “developed world”)
- Where we should stop aping them, and pursue what we have been doing all along instead, and
- What are the areas, where we can lead the way
- Why do we complicate, essentially simple things?
- Inter cultural relationships: why I find the concept so exciting!
- From an Indian perspective: why are most Indian men jeans wearing patriarchs? Family system and feudal mindset vs. western inspired romantic and sexual awakening: where is this clash going?
- Travelogues from planned and spontaneous, long, and short trips, to faraway lands, or nearby villages
- Funny / light hearted tales from everyday life
- The life of an expat
- Movies I have loved and watched over and over again
- My bucket list of whims and fancies that posses me, what I managed to do, and what are still pipe dreams: Ranging from owning a German Shepherd, to making a film, to climbing Everest
- Epics and mythologies: what we can learn from them, and what should be taken with a pinch of salt
- The big, bad, virtual world: How a lot of us have learnt a lot using the internet vs. how stunted our social skills could become due to / in spite of social networking
- Links to interesting blogs / articles / videos that I have an opinion on, or that I find just plain funny
- Quotes and statements that resonate with me
That’s it for the lofty plan!
I have started at this website by sharing links to a few select blogs I wrote earlier, and are dated pretty much mid 2007