A book I can read again and again without getting bored…..


It is after reading this book my life got transformed… It was during 2004 I got this book and finished reading it at one go… 

My Situation: My company was in near disaster when 35 out of 40 of my staff resigned in less than 2 weeks..

That was the first time I came across an attrition and I was almost collapsed… I got convinced that my four year entrepreneur journey has come to an end..

It was after reading this book that I got the confidence to fight back… The book taught me how to approach failure… My entire perception about failure changed and I stared looking for opportunity and lessons from every failure…

The book talks about ways of turning setbacks to success and it is conveyed with 27 real life cases..

I keep reading this book when ever I feel demotivated… Till now I would have read this book more than 50 times and I keep gifting this book to entrepreneur friends…

A small snippet about Failure from the book;
Old Definition:A negative, fatal, and final result indicating: 

  • An inability to perform and a lack of success 
  • A falling short because of ineptness, deficiency, or negligence 
  • A bad, bad thing that should be avoided, mourned, and punished. 

New Definition: A short-term unexpected result that reflects a challenge in progress and that provides: 

  • A stepping-stone to success 
  • An opportunity for learning and development 
  • An opportunity for creative change and innovation.

Finally I’ve to thank the author Charles Manz for giving us such a wonderful book.. Your book had huge impact on me SIR!!!

Thank You Once Again SIR!!!

Indian Banks VS American Banks


Last week I wrote a couple of blogs about the challenges faced while trying to initiate a wire transfer from our BOA A/C in New Jersey to our SCB A/C in Chennai!!!

The issue I had while initiating the transfer was;

  • Entered a wrong mobile number for mobile banking!!
  • Didn’t try to collect my original Debit Card from my friend in New Jersey!!

Also the above said mistakes were mine!! All I had to do is to go for Phone Banking couple of times and fix up mistakes… In 3-4 days we fixed all the gaps and got our funds in our Indian Bank A/C… All this happened thought Phone Banking initiated from India!!

Day before yesterday visited SBI Bank in BTM Layout, Bangalore to remove my deceased fathers name from the joint account… I had to collect a form from a counter, then fill the form, then attach the supporting documents, get the documents verified and signed by a person in another counter and submit the document to another person in another counter!!

Upon submitting the document for processing it was found the account being linked to another account held by my father in Chennai. Now I’m asked to change it in Chennai and then initiate the process here… 

But the person was good enough to say that I need not come back to Bangalore for processing, he gave his email address and and asked to send an email once the status is changed in Chennai!!

But my point is; when all banking solutions are executed from India then why I have to do all this? Why I’ve to visit branches like the legacy days?? Where is the concept of core banking??
Why the customer has to do the documentation and run to every counter to get things executed?

While opening the account in BoA I was given a end to end solution, it was the banker who went to every counter for processing, it was the banker who did the documentation for me!!

Finally I solved my banking challenges in a bank located in AMERICA from India, where as I had to visit branches within India and still the task is pending!!

Against all ODDS – My triumph in all its GLORY!!!


  

The year 2008 was the most testing phase of my life… Was totally shattered by betrayal, loss of possession, loss of relationship and a bunch of legal disputes against me!!! Let me eloborate on all the odds;

Betrayal

  • From someone whom I assumed to be my best buddy till that day!!
  • From someone whom I thought would be my better half!!

Loss of Possession: Lost a company which I launched for which pledging my life & career for!!!

Loss of Relationship: That is the time which showed me the true face of more people who left once I lost money and identity!!

Legal Issues: I had to face a bunch of legal challenges for the next two years people who betrayed me!!

Criticism: Was criticised for getting cheated & for being a loser… Those were defiantly not a sort of criticism which I could take at that point of time!!

Judgemental: People became judgemental about every action of mine..

I was at odds and future looked blank. I was not in a mindset to fight back as I was emotionally,morally & monetaril broke!! Wanted to take a break, wanted to freak, wanted to roam free!! But society & parental pressure didn’t allow me to do that!!

Finally I started again!!! I knew each move would be watched, judged & criticised!! So, I decided to move to a place where I had no friends or relatives!! That happened to be a blessing in disguise!! I started and worked for 6-8 hours a day and I;

  • Joined a fitness studio and worked out everyday!!
  • Did Vagabond Like travel every weekend!!
  • Read a lot of books!!
  • Networked and got new friends & acquintances in this new place!!!
  • Watched a lot of movies!!
  • Boozed like a fish!!
  • Took up to marijuana!!!
  • Cried when needed!!
  • Started Blogging & Tweeting all crazy experiences!!
  • Did what all I wanted to do, even if it was bad!!

The change of place, new friends, doing what I wanted and documenting my my experience as blog gave me the needed distraction and purpose to be engaged!!

Slowly my intensity in handling hurdles became aggressive… Was able to handle challenges, quash the hurdles and finally started seeing success against the challenges… Today I’m happy and obliged to almighty for putting me into such a challenge!!

 Against All Odds I could finally triumph by being me and being decisive!!!

Disheartening to look at the condition of our Bangalore House!!!


Came to Bangalore House along with my mother, to work on some repairs… When we entered it was disheartening to look at the condition of the house!!!

When we entered the house, it had a bad odour, there was a bunch of stray dogs in the garden and the entire house was like a dump yard!!

I was worried for two reasons;

  1. It was built by my dad and I’ve a special connect for that!!!
  2. My dad had maintained it well!!! Even when he was transferred and was not in the city, he made sure he was able to keep the house neat & clean!!

Just fixed a contractor to dig a SoakPit, Relay Slab on the terrace and do an exterior painting!!! Next is to find an agency and fix up the daily maintenance of the house!!!

World Entrepreneurship Day



My Festivuswould be World Entrepreneurship Day and I want to celebrate it 24tn February of every year… Yes that happens to be the birth date of Legendary Steve Jobs who taught the world how to dream and how to make dreams come true!!!

How all the day can be celebrated??

  • One entrepreneur all over the world can be awarded World Entrepreneur Award, something on the lines of Nobel or Oscar!!
  • There can be Startup Battlefield and Pitches, conducted for funding!!!
  • Entrepreneur Clubs can be formed, make entrepreneurs as members and raise donations from successful entrepreneur… Those funds can be used for Entrepreneurship Development, something like Rotary Club for social Service!!!
  • Day can be developed like Black Friday & Cyber Monday!!! It should be crazy deals all over the world!!

Why it has to be celebrated??

  • Entrepreneurs help build a nations economy!!
  • Entrepreneurs help in Job Creation!!!
  • Entrepreneurs bring best products and services to the end users!!
  • Entrepreneurs successful or failed add value to society!!! Successful ones become role-models and failed ones becomes mentors!!!

Thanks to WordPress “The Daily Post” for this wonderful topic!!! It made me think of such a day!!! I wish someday 24th February would be celebrated as a grand festival!!! 

Let me try to start it with a small group from this year!!

Goof Ups Continues……….


  Last year went to US to incorporate a company and to open a bank account!!! To my surprise things happened in hours, it was as easy as buying a movie ticket!!

After opening the bank account, I got a temporary debit card and I was told I’d be getting a permanent card in a month!! Then I moved and forgot to check if I received a permanent debit card!!

For last 8-9 months I kept accumulating funds in my account and wanted to make a withdrawal by wire transfer!!! When we tried to make a wire transfer the last mode was card validation!!! And started realising my goof ups from here!!!

Goofup 1: We kept trying the card we had and every time validation failed!!

Goofup 2: Found there was an alternate way to validate through mobile!! Then had to disturb my friend to reactivate the number and after the number got reactivated, we found the number already on bank records was wrong!!

Goofup 3: Had no option other than to go for phone banking.. Gave a call to phone banking and got my phone number corrected..

Goofup 4: Just realised for online banking I had to validate the new phone number and only possible option was to validate thru the card!! Now again card validation failed and account got locked!!

Goofup 5: Again went for phone banking and got the account unlocked and confirmed that I was using the right card!! When I again tried to login and validate, it failed!!

Goofup 6: Again called the Phone Banking and came to know I was using a temporary card and I was sent a permanent card to my friends address which I specified during account opening!!

Goofup 7: Morning got the new card details from my friend and when I logged in I found out that it has to be activated before using!! Activation had to be done thru ATM or phone banking!!!

It was my mistake that I was not careful to validate my phone number during the time of opening the account and to follow up with my friend for the permanent card!!! These two carelessness of mine has costed unnecessary effort leak!!!

Just remembered a proverb I was taught in my kindergarten;

A stitch in time saves nine!!!

Now waiting for the banking hours as phone banking is not 24 hours!!! Hope everything will be resolved and fixed!!

You never took the time to know me!!! You never took the time to understand!!!


A moment ago it seemed it was yesterday
You were here with me and everything seems to be the same
What am I supposed to do with all these empty rooms?
Sit here in solitude with the smell of your perfume
You never took the time to know me
You never took the time to understand
You never took the time to know me, yeah
‘Cause lovin’ you is all I ever had, still lovin’ you is all I ever have

This is the song which I keep listen when I had my breakup!!! I played this song while I worked at in the gym, when I drive and while going to sleep!!!

AKON has real connect with breakups and women mindset!!! This Is The Song I could make an immediate connect and this remains my ever green favourite!!!

Busting off the challenging start!!!


It was a messy start for the day where mistakes of the past were disrupting today’s progress!!!

After a lot of GOOFUPS and misses, got struck from all ends!!!

Now came out to chill with Bala & Ravi, have lunch and finish up with a movie.. Hope this break will relax the mind, help us think and come with a solution!!!

For now let me enjoy my favourite director Quentin Tarantino movie The Hateful Eight!!

A letter that got us restrooms in train!!



Interesting letter written more than 100 years back..
COMPLAINT LETTER TO THE RAILWAYS IN 1909!!

Okhil Babu`s letter to the Railway department:

Date: 02 – 07 – 1909

Divisional Railway Officer,

Sahibgunj,

Respected Sirs,

I am arrive by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my belly is too much swelling with jackfruit. I am therefore went to privy. Just I doing the nuisance that guard making whistle blow or train to go off and I am running with lotaah in one hand and dhoti in the next when I am fall over and expose all my shocking to man and female women on platform. I am got leaved at Ahmedpur station. This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung that dam guard not wait train five minutes for him. I am therefore pray your honour to make big fine on that guard for public sake. Otherwise I am making big report to papers.(ORIGINAL LETTER)

Your faithful Servant,

Okhil Chandra Sen

Okhil Babu wrote this letter to the Sahibganj divisional railway officer in 1909. It is on display at the Railway Museum in New Delhi. It was also reproduced under the caption Travellers ales in the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Any guesses why this letter is of Historic Value?
It led to the introduction of TOILETS in trains in India…!!!!

So no idea is stupid.

Do ventilate your feelings, no matter how good or bad is your English!

Lived the memory


It is always feels good to visit your native where your ancestors lived and belonged!! I use to visit my native Chidambaram every year, it was 1990’s which made this place more memorable!!

Those days it was dirty, smelly & people’s attire showed they were from a rural place!! These day the town has improved a lot on cleanliness & people way of dressing!! It is coming close to urban standards!!

I keep visiting relatives, dad’s friends, Nataraja temple and movies as a child!!

On completing my graduation and after getting busy with work there was no time for friends, relatives, temple and movie!!! Still I went to Chidambaram which was go & come the same day visits, which was mainly for offering Pooja for our community God!!!

This week I’ve made sure I stay and cherish my childhood life back!! Unfortunately I couldn’t visit relatives, friends & Nataraja temple.. It was a tiring drive and work as always!!!

But I went for a drive around this small town and went for a movie which I remember going almost 13 years back!!!


Then closed my day watching Aranmanai 2 at Lena Theatre!!

Finally could live a small part of my childhood!!!

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