Hop on to my Batplane. We are going to fantasy land. When you walk into a room full of millionaires, the average net-worth of the room doubles with every millionaire you throw out of the room. You look like someone whose measurements Da Vinci took to draw the Vitruvian man. You write cheques to charities … Continue reading A million dollars isn’t cool
Philosophers sound nervously prophetic. Two thousand years ago, they are going on about how everything is fast-paced, how everyone's running a mindless race and how the next generation thinks out of their arse. They even talk about information overload from other schools of philosophy. Philosopher king Marcus Aurelius was at one point the most powerful … Continue reading Why, God, Why
Memento Mori. Remember you are going to die. For the longest time, only serial killers and philosophers backed the idea. So we ignored it. Then Steve Jobs came along with his commencement speech and said memento mori was central to his life. And when a billionaire tells us something we become pavlovian with hope, however … Continue reading Tik. Tok.
This can't be happening. For the second day in a row, everything is - well this is embarrassing - going well. It's a bizarre feeling. I have made sure I don't let myself feel this way for very long. I must have forgotten. This forgetfulness is a new condition. A new anxiety. As is the … Continue reading How to go mad
majestic. oceanic. abstractic. keeps the world afloat. For long, no one cared about finding out the meaning of time. Its use was limited to mechanization. Now, it's turned into a perspective tool. Its vastness and ephemera have become regular reminders of our own unimportance. In the cosmic language of time your life is a grain of … Continue reading The end
We are 96% ape. If that astonishes you, here's something that won't: we are a 100% one another. Not to burst your I-am-the-chosen-one bubble or anything, but you are the most mainstream thing on earth. Humanity's progress has been determined by how discontent it has been with itself. Because we all have a deep-rooted desire … Continue reading Get one free
There's an elusive answer with your name on it. You conduct an almost rabid search for it. In books, experiences, travel, music, money, and mountains. Along the way, you join a cult. Or, better, you start one. You will do whatever it takes to find out the answer to the mysterious quirk that is your … Continue reading What should I do with my life?
Can you get to the right place at the right time -- some other time? I wanted to write this essay a month back. I didn't do it because I can undisputably, not uncommonly point to the fact that some other things came up. Procrastination is a pathological condition of productivity. Its symptoms are as mild … Continue reading Allow me to transform your life
Passion is unforgiving. Get it wrong and it will haunt you like the ex-girlfriend who needed your love to come out of the closet. We've been forever fraught with the find your passion counsel but never been briefed of all the ways it can go wrong. Most people never find their passion. Society, economics and your … Continue reading Giving your life to something
To fool people is assolery. To fool yourself is thievery. Of the former, the world reeks. The latter is what prompted this essay. When you fool yourself, you rob yourself of the truth. It's the beginning of everything from cults to superstitions. You may have steered clear of grand crap-canoes like those, but there's something … Continue reading Fooled by certainty