Paisa hi paisa

Very recently, my landlord Uncle and Aunty reduced the rent of my rented apartment.

After thanking them, I jokingly added: “I was, btw, expecting the rent to rise this year!”

“Beta actually we have let out other floors as well, and we’re charging them this lower rate only. So no point charging you a higher amount!”

I found it so cool. This new place is actually so cool bro!
Not just for the rent reduction.
Rather also because they played it honest, even though no one was seeing them.

If you really want to understand someone, see what they do when no one is watching.

PS: Other cool things they do:
1. Having a separate invertor for us tenants, whose electricity bill is attached to theirs
2. NO charges for water
3. Hiring a maid for me
4. Adding an additional (jaali waala) gate so that I can shut it and sleep in natural air.
5. Asking if I need some repairs – any time an electrician or a plumber comes.

Love love, to them! :))

A letter to God

I was listening to a spiritual song this morning, and its words stuck with me.

Here’s replicating it. Enjoy!

Chalte chalte, mujhe koi mil gaya hai, mujhe koi mil gaya hai
Mere saath chalte chalte

Wahi geeta bas gayi hai
Mera bhagya bante bante

Nayi duniya ban rahi hai
Shreemat par chalte chalte

Shreemat par chalte chalte

Chali gayi hai saari chinta, chintaaein chupke chupke

Ye jyoti jal gayi hai, ye jyoti jal rahi hai

Sab intezaam taiyaar, sukh dhaam nahi door

Experience this song here, and you will never be alone ever again.

Meditation with or without commentary?

The best meditators tell you that you do not need commentary to meditate.
I agree.

Except, when I don’t.

It is quite understandable that when your brain is performing at its best, it does not need commentary.
However, if it is surrounded by loads of noise (real and virtual) from outside, it is never wrong to pick up commentary.

As you gain mastery, the need for commentary reduces.

The goal of meditation is to calm your self, not to repeat the uncalm version during the time you had set apart for meditation.

What do the Big People think about?

Someone recently told me, that they were once in a room with one of the Top CEOs of the biggest companies in India. They were the huge shots, running literally a 3-5% of our cumulative GDP.

The conversations in the room?
The random useless conversations that most people have.

It got me thinking.
That we get rich because of our surroundings, our mindset, our hard work, and some luck.

But choosing to not pick up waste conversations, is the intense inner hard work.
Something that no one can do for you.
Something that no rich people would even advice you for.
Something that is achieved on the outside only by going inside.

That is the real becoming Big.

If you surround yourself with someone who does that, you’re lucky.
If you become someone who does that, you’re gold.

Water water everywhere!

We hardly thank water for its role in construction, however, without it, the building would just collapse.
Be like water, my friend.

We hardly put water in the list of ingredients of any dish, however, I’m yet to see a dish that doesn’t involve water.
Be like water, my friend.

We set big menus to serve to our guests in parties, however, they would complain for centuries if they were not served adequate water.
Be like water, my friend.

Water brings everything together, yet makes itself feel redundant.
Because it knows its value, it does not crave for others to know it.

Be like water, my friend.

Lessons from the lit train journey

Travelling in a train right now.

Started late afternoon. Will reach at night.

Thought something incredible:

During the day, when we peep out the glass window, we see nature.

As it gets dark, and we peep out, all that we see is our own reflection. Nothing external.

Darkness reveals ourselves to us. The pain, powerlessness and peeping for peace – show us who we really are.

No matter how much we wait for the morning to come, if we ignore the dark, we create another version of our dark in the light as well.

Making of a manger 3.0

Life lessons from being a manager:

1. You can be kind and assertive. You must be.

2. Raising your words and calming down your words is the balance you have to know.

3. Trust people, but push them to be better.

4. You don’t need to be on email and WhatsApp all the time.

5. You cannot be friends with your colleagues. You can either be friends or get strict work done. Can’t do both.