My Death

When I die, I’d want it to be on a convenient day. Preferably in the afternoon; mid-afternoon would be golden. I’d hate to die on a weekday and have people leave office in the middle of the day on the account my death. I hate when that happens. Leaves are precious and not to be…

The Path That Goes Inward

Bowing my head in shame, I walk the path that takes me inward. Rage is lost on my own follies, The path ahead is still unclear. The frailty of my courage swells unabated, Smothering any hope, dismantling my dreams. Torpidity is my bane, Weighing down my fortitude. The fire within dims, the darkness inches closer….

What A World Have We Built? What Have We Made?

This battle will pass, so will the next one, but what about the war within? Are you even fighting the right battles? Or are you simply keeping yourself occupied in these myriad skirmishes? Each worry is a battle, born from expectations -sometimes inflicted, sometimes imposed. There is an end to how many battles you can…

Why Your Work Is Making You Unhappy

I’ve had all of the above! Does this mean you’re lazy? Not ambitious? Incompetent? Untalented? Inept? No, it just means you’re human. It’s not work that we hate, its the nature thereof. Human beings were never supposed to work the way we do today – 8 to 10 hours a day, staring at a screen,…

Defining Yourself

Life isn’t a circle, there is a definite beginning and a definitive end, what is eternal is the difference you make – cheesy, but true. What you can do is independent of what era you are born in, what race, caste, creed you land up in. Where you land is not in your hands –…

The Monkey Brain & the Human Spirit

Everyone in psychology talks about the two brains that drive our actions -behavioral economics talks about the system 1 (active) and system 2 (passive), Switch (Chip and Dan Heath) talks about the elephant (emotion) and the rider (logic), A whole new mind (Daniel Pink) talks about the creative and critical thinking brains. The left and the…

Writing a wordpress blog on the mobile

I have been intermittently blogging for about 6-7 years now. Currently, I run two blogs – this one where I write whatever I feel like writing and the other which is more serious and dedicated to my domain of work – design thinking, innovation, change and behavioral economics. I have been writing for a lot…

Creating a Fictional Universe

So, I started writing again – this time with a hope to complete the book! Unlike my past attempts this time I’m writing a fantasy novel – one that’s not based completely on our world, but in a Cosmic Universe based on the Vedic Cosmology. Now, one of the great things about this is that…

Rejuvenating the Spirit…

On 69th Republic Day of a nation, thousands of years old – by Ajinkya Navare The republic day is around the corner and the breeze of patriotism has begun to flow. We would get to see the upsurge of tricolor everywhere. Amidst this worn patriotism, there are clamors of ideological intolerance, religious fanaticism, deteriorating civic…

The end of the end where nothing lies. . .

The end of the end where nothing lies, that is the resting place of silence. No words, no melody, no sight, no emotion, naught permeates the den of reticence.   It may well be that’s what we seek, but the path is full of a gratuitous din. Ignorance is bliss and yet it is blasphemy, seekers of…

Booklist: The Books I read in 2017

Some of the books I read in 2017 were new, some were re-reads of the books I had already read in the past. While the booklist spans categories – I haven’t limited my reading or this list to a specific genre or category of books not to the latest releases, I will set the context…

My Spiritual Journey

I come from a family of ‘varkaris’.  A family, with 150 years of history steeped in spiritual pursuit. It was at the early age of 5-6 when I started reading Bhagwad Gita, Dnyaneshwari, Ramayana and Mahabharata. I would go with my grandmother to listen to bhagwat pravachan, kirtan, etc almost every day. However, at that time my motivation was…