“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

For me, these words were most revelating, and it came to me when I most needed them. I miss you Mr.Hitchens. The world would’ve been a better place with you.

Accumulative Advantage

There’s this one principle I always held close. A principle that explains everything about us. “Accumulative advantage”. A mere understanding that success and failures and whatever you have gained and lost – everything whatsoever – is because of advantages that you are not even responsible for. An understanding that all the good things that happened to you – was almost entirely by chance. Pure luck. 

And today, I was more than gratified when Melinda Gates (with Bill Gates) talked about that same principle in their Commencement Address at Stanford University. Here’s an excerpt: 

“There’s an essential ingredient of success, and that is luck. Absolute and total luck. When where you born, who are your parents, where did you grew up. None of us earn these things. These things were given to us. So when we strip away all of our luck, and our privilege, and when we consider where we’d be without them, it becomes much easier to see someone poor, and say, ‘that could be me’. And that’s empathy.”


Full speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wug9n5Atk8c

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Affinity

I was thinking. In the other part of the world, well, they get each other naked before falling in love. But here in India, we marry and then desperately try to fall in love. And I don’t see how this is any better. I mean, how can we know if the so-called better half of you can actually satisfy you, both sexually and emotionally, or at least either one of that? What if he or she doesn’t? Do most of us really have an option? Even if we do, wouldn’t it be a little late? Marriage I see here is like a form of socially acceptable insanity. But there is an interesting (and relieving) part about this sad reality; and that is – we don’t fucking care. Ignorance is our key to living a happy life.
 
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Goodbye Gabo

RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

Woke up to such sad news.
Rest in Peace, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the greatest writer of my lifetime.
“There is always something left to love.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Mother Nature

There is so much to learn… from the nature.

There is so much to learn from the elephants of Kalahari who desperately and hopefully venture many hundreds of miles under the red hot sun for some water to survive.

There is so much to learn from the predators who pry on their prey.

There is so much to learn from the variety of ‘Birds of Paradise’ desperately trying to impress their mate.

There is so much to learn from the male emperor penguins who happily endure the long hard winter carrying their eggs so that they would hatch months later when finally, the sun arrive.

There is so much to marvel at.

There is so much to learn… from the nature.

Solitude

I have always fantasised living alone. And I thought it was because I find myself interesting (like any other narcissistic might say; and I’ve read somewhere that people who like to spend alone time are the ones who have all the interesting thoughts in the world) or because everyone else around me turns out to… Continue reading

Q&A with Bill Gates

Bill Gates just appeared on ‘Ask Me Anything’ section of Reddit.com to converse with the public and has replied with some really interesting answers to some of the questions asked. Here are a few of them that might interest you. Q. What is your best personal financial advice for people who make under $100,000 per year?… Continue reading

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Words that I always keep in mind; helps me when I have second thoughts about going for something.