Inspiration Wall

Hello Everyone,

To live a creative life we must leave our fear of being wrong. And that’s what this video is all about.

We all need a little inspiration at different points in our lives – to lift us up from routine, help us meet life’s challenges and push us towards our potential.Inspiration can give us vision – opening windows to new possibilities: what we can do with our lives. It is a lens that transforms what we see in the mirror, in the face of another and our perspective of the future.

It can give us courage – to persevere in the face of illness, misfortune, failure and loss; and to do what we know to be right.

What would life be without inspiration?

It would be like childhood without magic, families without love, working without meaning and living without passion.

We’d be diminished by age with each passing year, surrender to chronic health conditions, be defeated by disability and leave this life with a whisper.

There would be no path to follow, no beacon to guide us, and no hope to climb higher or run faster.There would be no reason to find that little extra within our hearts and give more of our selves to the rest of the world.

I have come up with an idea of making an inspiration wall in my bedroom

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Is Love Magical?

Falling in Love is magical. I have always wished falling in love has traffic lights too, so that you could know if you should go for it, slow down or just stop. Love feels eternal, as if it will last forever.

But as the daily life takes over, the magic recedes. We naively believe that somehow we are exempt from the problems our parents had, free from the odds that love will die, assured that it is meant to be and that we are destined to live happily ever after.

It emerges that men continue to expect women to think and react like men and women expect men to feel and behave like women. Without clear awareness of our differences, we do not take time to understand and respect each other. We become resentful, annoying, disturbed, demanding and intolerant. With the best and most loving intentions love continues to die. Mistrust increases. Communication breaks down. Resentment builds. Magic of love is lost.

Very few people are indeed, able to grow in love. When you understand the hidden difference of the opposite sex, we can give and receive the love in our hearts more successfully. Then love has a chance to blossom.

Bottom line is Love is magical, and it can last, if we remember our differences.

The Talent – Why Smart people put people before numbers?

images“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” –  Derek Bok,

This sums up what I consider to be the bottom line of Talent Masters. Bill Conaty, former senior VP for Human Resources at General Electric under legendary leader and leadership developer Jack Welsh, and Ram Charan, prolific writer, educator, and coach to many leading companies, have teamed up to write this “Bible” on leadership talent development. Talent Masters argues persuasively that the main job of a CEO, and key leaders for that matter, is to develop future talent—emerging leaders who will create corporate value and who will take the current executives’ places when the time comes.

If talent is the leading indicator of whether a business is up or down,. . . do you know how to accurately judge raw human talent? Understand a person’s unique combination of traits? Develop that talent? Convert what supposedly are “soft” subjective judgments about people into objective criteria that are as specific, verifiable, and concrete as the contents of a financial statement? The talent masters do. They put people before numbers for the simple reason that it is talent that delivers the numbers. Success comes from those who are able to extract meaning from events and the forces affecting a business, and are able to look at the world and assess the risks to take and the risks to avoid.

“The Talent Masters” rests on three principles that characterize the Welch approach to management: (1) A focus on talent development. Mr. Welch and the other “talent masters” in the book—we also hear from folks at companies including Procter & Gamble and Novartis—claim that they spend more than a third of their time developing their people. (2) Differentiation. Talent masters create a meritocracy by constantly evaluating their people—a process which, in Mr. Welch’s case, was derided by critics as “rank and yank.” (3) Candor. This is the ultimate Welch trademark: ruthless honesty in evaluating the performance of people and businesses.

But the authors add to the Welchian wisdom by documenting some interesting examples. For instance, we learn about the day in 2000 when Larry Johnston, head of GE’s appliance business, flew to corporate headquarters in Fairfield, Conn., to tell his bosses that he was leaving to head up Albertsons, the supermarket chain. The news was a surprise to Mr. Conaty, to Jeff Immelt—who was then making a transition to the CEO job—and to Mr. Welch.All three tried to talk Mr. Johnston into changing his mind. But after determining that their effort was futile, the executives turned their attention to succession. Within a half-day they had agreed on who would replace Mr. Johnston and on who would fill three other slots down the chain of command. The quick action was possible, we’re told, only because the three men had been heavily involved in the continuous evaluation of the company’s top talent.

The authors compare GE’s rapid-fire performance in replacing Mr. Johnston with what happened recently at Hewlett Packard, when Mark Hurd was forced to step down after indiscretions involving a marketing consultant. The company, the book says, came “unhinged.” For the third time in little more than a decade, the HP board felt compelled to pick a chief executive from the outside—an implicit acknowledgment of failed succession planning.

Messrs. Conaty and Charan also show the forgiving side of Mr. Welch’s GE. They tell the story of Mark Little, who in 1995 was promoted to vice president of engineering at the company’s Power Systems group. Following his appointment, the group missed its numbers three times in a row, and Mr. Little was demoted. He suspected that his career at GE was over.Instead, executives there worked with Mr. Little to assure him that he still had a future and to help him rebuild his career in a position that made better use of his talents. Today he is the senior vice president in charge of the corporate R&D center, and one of the company’s top 25 executives.

The book begins with GE-related examples, but some of its most arresting stories come from outside the company. A particularly interesting chapter involves Hindustan Unilever, Unilever’s $3.5 billion Indian subsidiary. The company routinely evaluates candidates for management jobs by putting several applicants together to discuss a specific business issue in a group. This allows the company to see how they interact with each other and who has leadership potential.

Another instructive anecdote comes from Adrian Dillon, Skype’s chief financial officer. Mr. Dillon tells of how, early in his management career, when he was working at Eaton Corp., he was accosted after a meeting by his boss, the company’s CFO. “That was a great meeting, but your problem is that you still think your job is to be the smartest guy in the room. It’s not,” the man told him. Instead, Mr. Dillon was told, his job was to “make everybody in the room think that they’re the smartest guy in the room. You’ve got to teach them what you know and what you do, not tell them.”

Overall, “The Talent Masters” offers a valuable window into the skills of talent development. And it makes a persuasive case, yet again, for the wisdom of the Welch way. But you do have to wonder whether, a decade after Mr. Welch’s retirement, it isn’t time to find a new icon for the rapidly evolving world of business management.

Give love to become beloved

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill

At work.  Today its Bharat Bandh. No public transport. Bangalore enjoys the quiet. Grabbed myself a cup of coffee and want to share some thoughts with all of you.

Had a long chat with my long lost friend yesterday evening and as we texted Goodnight to each other, she asked me a very powerful question: “ Have you helped someone today besides yourself?” This really made me think about giving. You need to give to get. Giving does begin the receiving process.

Give affection to get it. Give time to get it. Give love to get it. Give praise to get it. Give your best to get it back. Give respect to experience it. Give love to become beloved.

If you make 5 people feel better about themselves each day, by the end of one year you would have single handedly elevated the lives of nearly 2000 people. Continue this practice and you would have elevated the lives of 20,000 people after a decade. You will quickly realize that your little daily gestures of inspiration can end helping thousands of people over your life time.

Such a simple idea. Help each other to reach their best. And they would joyfully help you reach your cherished ideals. Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal

The ‘Before I Die’ List

Hope you are in superb spirits today. It’s a fresh sunny day at Bangalore. Been reading ‘Conaty’s The Talent Masters’ and getting tons and tons of insights on rare air performance from it. Reading is such a game changer. Yes? My friend tells me “Priya, if you have to, cut back on other things. But always fill your life with books. The insights you get from them stays till eternity”. Grabbed a cup of coffee, at my desk and wanted to share a powerful idea with all of you.

Excited about all that is coming up this year:-

  • My tests on Music lessons this October
  • Family time with my parents and relatives
  • Tax Audit season with lots of learning in store in September
  • Fly to Northern India by year end for official purpose
  • Get world class at Creativity and Journaling

I am also taking stock of my Big 3 ( the 3 main things that I need to get done for me to feel this year was my best one yet) auditing my values and  habits and reviewing my game plans for my personal/professional  life.

Which brings me to the main idea of today’s post: Our Priorities, Building your daily life around your deepest priorities.

There is no point spending your finest hours climbing mountains, only to realize at the end  of the year/decade/life you have climbed the wrong one. It is foolish to invest your best days pursuing ideals that later turn out to be success according to someone else’s definition rather than your own.But in this Age of Dramatic Distraction–where so many of us are in a constant state of relentless stimulation over things that–ultimately–will have amounted to nothing, this way of thinking is rare. And for a lot of us, it takes a defining event like the loss of a loved one or a personal brush with death to wake us up … to what that matters most.

It happened to Ted Leonsis, the Vice-Chairman of Groupon…He used to run AOL. He writes good books. And, from all accounts, he’s a decent person.And his “101 Things to Do Before I Die” list is pretty well known.

Leonsis was on a flight a few years ago when the pilot announced something none of us ever wants to hear on a flight: that the plane was in serious trouble, all recovery measures had failed and all passengers had 35 minutes left to live.

So Leonsis prepared to die.

And as he did, he reflected on what truly mattered. On all the potential he still had left to spend, on all the achievements he still had left to do and on all the joys he still had left to experience.

Fortunately, the plane didn’t crash.

Shortly after it landed, Leonsis took out a piece of paper and scribbled the 101 goals he promised himself he’d reach before the end of his life.

So far, Leonsis has managed to check off 74 out of his 101 “To Dos Before I Die”……and live a life he loves.

Here you go, some of my entries in my ” To do Before I die” Bucket list:

  • Cuddle under the stars
  • Feel beautiful
  • Have a book with all my favorite quotes
  • Give people a reason to remember  my name
  • Change someone’s life
  • Be kissed unexpectedly
  • Get an infinity tattoo
  • Get tattoo of my favorite quote
  • Own a Photo printer
  • Watch a Bale dance
  • Experience zero gravity
  • Go to new York on New years’s eve
  • Record a song in a studio
  • Be on the cover of a magazine
  • Mean everything to someone
  • Touch their hand during a concert
  • Attach a lock to the love bridge
  • Experience Gujarat Rann Utsav
  • Go on a long vacation with my Dad and Mom
  • Go sky diving
  • Sleep on the beach
  • Hold a baby turtle

So may I suggest, that in this world where so many people are following the herd and swiftly moving in circles, you rise from the crowd and get uber-clear on what you really want your days to stand for–by writing your own “ Things To Do Before I Die” list. And above all else, then start living it. Today.Cheers

Life is all about choices.

The most important of all human traits is the power to choose. To choose how we live. To choose what we get to do. To choose how we will view and consider a circumstance. To choose what we want to love.

For instance, last Sunday, I planned to shop art supplies from Itsy Bitsy to make personalized greeting cards . All geared up to shop craft materials for myself. Created my “To Buy” list which housed around 13 items in my Barbie Post It note. Wore my favorite dress. Booked an OLA cab to drive me down to Banashankari Second stage. But it started raining heavily with thunder storms. I could have grumbled. Instead, I cancelled my cab booking and stepped back ,then viewed the whole situation differently. I made up my mind to try the Gulab Jamun receipe after “Padhuskitchen” cooking blog. And you know what,they tasted the best ever. After relishing my delicious Jamuns ,ran to the terrace and got drenched. Danced in the rain.Enjoyed the Bangalore rains. Wow . Just wow.  It will almost take a week to get the smile off my face. I chose to stay happy instead of cribbing about the rains.

Each day we have the opportunity to make choices. And the way we choose shapes our destiny. So don’t get disturbed. Instead get excited.

As Paul Theroux observed “ Only fools blame vacation in the rain”.This life is yours. If you don’t take charge of what you want to do in life, who else will? Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life blissful and joyful.

Bottom line : It’s not as much as about who you used to be, it is about who you choose to be. You have the power to choose, but you have no power to escape the necessity of choice.

Fountain Pens I use

Hello Everyone,
I do a fair amount of writing and I thought I would share with all of you my Fountain Pen Collections and how I use them.

I hope my video inspires you. If you are interested, please watch and give a thumbs up!

Thanks for watching.


Things mentioned:

• William Penn Store :
• Luxor Fountain pens : ( for Beginners)
• Flair Fountain Pens : ( for Beginners)
• Sheaffer Pen : ( high end pens)
• Waterman Pen : ( I purchased the black colour) ( high end pens)
• Lamy Safari Neon Lime Special Edition: ( high end pens)
• Penniline Pen case: ( i purchased a case to house 4 pens which currently is not available online)
• Private Reserve Ink PLUM :
• Sheaffer Ink Brown :
• Lamy Turquiose ink :
• You can also browse through Goulet pens site for more information:

Disclaimer: Everything is purchased with my own money. This video is not sponsored. My opinions and views are always 100 percent honest.

Music Makes Life Awesome

It’s 2.07PM. I just had my lunch. I am at my work place. My team has gone out for a short walk. And I am writing in my journal. (Journaling is all about talking to yourself. I believe it is a voyage to the interior) Reflecting. And listening to Arijith Singh’s “Humaari Adhoori  Kahaani”. I love it. Now let me ask you a question. How much of music do you invite in your life?

Music has helped me to get through my painful times. It’s offered me inspiration when I needed it, joy when I craved it and peace when I ached for it. It makes my life very colorful, happening alive and happy. Music will make every moment better. It is a soundtrack to a brilliant life. Don’t you feel music touches us emotionally where words alone can’t?

Without Music to decorate life, time is just a bunch of boring deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. I just cant thank Music for being there with me always.

Finding Relief through Talking!!!

When I am stressed I instinctively feel a desperate need to talk about my feelings and all the possible problems associated with my feelings. When i start talking, i just don’t prioritize the significance of any problem. If i am upset, I am upset about it all, big and small. I am not immediately concerned about finding solutions to my issues but rather i would seek relief expressing myself to my confidant and being understood. By randomly talking about my problems, i become less upset.

I understand,  a man under stress tends to focus on one problem and forget others, whereas a women under distress tends to expand and becomes overwhelmed by all problems. By talking about it without focusing on problem solving, she feels better. I talk about past problems, potential problems, future problems, even about problems that have no solution.

“The more talk and exploration, the more better i feel. This is the way i function. In fact, WOMEN function. To expect other wise is to deny her sense of self.”

When I discuss with my soul mate in great detail about what is troubling my normal self, my stress disappears as I am being heard. After talking about one topic, I pause and move to the next one. I expand talking about problems, worried, irritations, frustrations and disappointments. These topics generally need not be in any order and are quite often not logically related. If i feel i am not being understood, I become all the more depressed. Talking is my natural and h healthy way of reacting to stress.

Let me try to give you an example:

Rosie come from work after an exhausting day. She wants to share her feelings about the day. She says: ” There is so much to do. I don’t have time for myself”

Leo says ” You should quit that job. You don’t have to work that hard.”

Rosie : ” But I love my job. They expect me to change everything at a short notice”

Leo : “Don’t listen to them. Just do what you want to do.”

Rosie : ” I am. I cant believe I forgot to wish my sister on her birthday today”

Leo: ” Don’t worry about it. She will understand”

Rosie :”Do you know what she is going through? She needs me”

Leo: ” You worry too much. That’s why you are so unhappy”

Rosie “I am not always unhappy. Cant you listen to me with more attention and patience?”

Leo : ” I am listening”

Rosie “Why do you even need to bother?”

After this conversation, Rosie becomes all the more frustrated than when she arrived home seeking intimacy and companionship. Leo also had no idea about what went wrong.He wanted to help, but his problem solving tactics made things worse.

“All that a woman needs when she is under pressure, is her soul mate’s UNDIVIDED Attention and TIME”