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Some Questions to Ask Next Time You See a Controversial Outburst in India

India is increasingly getting polarized. We have a pro-government clan and an anti-government clan. Both are equally stubborn in their own thoughts and action, believing with all their heart that the other is up to no good. It has become impossible to be objective without offending someone. I hesitate before sharing a piece of good news…

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An Ode to Surya Namaskar & How It Helped Me Manage My Heavy Periods

Since it is International Yoga Day, I thought I should narrate my own experience with Yoga. I have an on-and-off relationship with it. The irregularity has nothing to do with the practice but my own laziness. I prefer walking. But each time I do Yoga, I am impressed by its benefits. I started Yoga as…

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An Ode to My Safe Space

Is there a safe space?A place to just be—Devoid of political correctnessWhere you can dance to your own peculiar tuneAnd still, be accepted?Where you can agree on all sides of a coinAnd still, be validated?Where you can bare your soulAnd won’t be negated?A place to be.It could be a person, a journal, or on top…

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An Ode to Retiring Rich

I have seen senior citizens in India struggling 5-10 years post-retirement because they didn’t have enough savings. Their financial freedom is ultimately compromised as they become dependent on their children. One example is my own father. My dad was the only earning member of the entire family. My mother derived her happiness by not involving…

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An Ode to Introversion and Quietude

In a world where extroverts are admired and introverts are judged, a book like Quiet by Susan Cain can prove transformative. It might be because Susan Cain herself is an introvert. No one can truly understand an introvert better than another introvert. Extroverts who have taken the time to introspect and reflect on an introverted…

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13 Thought-Provoking Quotes From Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us

I’ve read a couple of Colleen’s books before. I knew I was in for another treat when I picked “It Ends With Us” after reading a couple of positive reviews by fellow bloggers. In this book, the author’s personal perspective makes the story stand out among others. In her own words, “This was not entertainment…

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An Ode to Feeling Moody, Meh, and All That

I have realized something over the years—whenever I am stressed at work, I also tend to overthink a lot about my life in general and become unwelcomely crabby, subjecting myself to mind-numbing questions “Where am I heading? What am I doing? Why are people like this? Why is the world so bad?”

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An Ode to Sound Investing Advice from the Intelligent Investor – Part 2

I feel a great part of your investing journey lies in being indifferent. Indifferent to how the market reacts, indifferent to external influences such as your family and friends. I am slowly learning not to check the market too often, not to get swayed by euphoria or unwarranted skepticism. Of course, this works for me because I am not in direct equity. Those who are invested in stocks might have to be more vigilant?

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An Ode to the Kind Stranger at the Café

A stranger I’ve never met before provided me hope on the most hopeless of days. I never met him after that. The incident happened years ago, but I still think of it fondly. It still makes me teary-eyed. It still makes me smile.

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An Ode to the Sandwich Feedback Method and Why You Should Use It

The Sandwich Feedback Method is a kind of feedback model that allows leaders to formulate any kind of feedback to their subordinates positively. This kind of method ensures the employees do not feel demotivated or left with negative feelings after a performance review. You might have seen this technique being used in Shark Tank.

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An Ode to Supportive Strangers

As a kid, you’re told not to talk to strangers. But with experience, I have come to the realization that talking to strangers is not such a bad thing after all. In fact, I would say, out with the old “don’t talk to strangers” and in with “reach out to more strangers.”

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An Ode to Wise Words From Ian Tuhovsky on Improving Communication Skills at Work and Otherwise

More than all the how-tos, it’s his need for us to understand our fellow beings better, which truly resonated with me. He wants us to acknowledge the fact that everyone has a different mental model uniquely formed by their own experiences and that it’s not fair to judge them through our personal filters. Only a deeply empathetic person can write this way.

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An Ode to Taking One Step at a Time

I always get anxious when I think of a big task or chore. I look at the outcome and its tediousness instead of focusing on the small steps that can lead to the result. Last year though, I had decided on some resolutions, and I broke them all down into achievable steps. Here’s how they went.

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An Ode to Being Aware of the Two Most Unfair (But Less-Talked-About) Comparisons

Comparison is the ultimate joy stealer. And I do not mean just comparing yourself to someone. I also mean comparing others and their situations to our mental model of “the perfect life.” I have seen people comparing themselves to friends, relatives, acquaintances, some random person on social media and making their life miserable. I have also seen people feeling miserable right after hearing someone’s comparison.

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21 Best Personal Finance Quotes from The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

I recently finished reading The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel. It is filled with gems on personal finance. If you are new to investing, wondering how you should go about “thinking” about your money, this is a book worth considering. It prompts you to reanalyze your financial strategies and question your investments. It makes you sit back and introspect whether you are following your own dream or someone else’s.

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My Perception of Money Has Changed Over The Years

For me, happiness was directly correlated to the brand and the cost of the product. If someone didn’t gift me something extravagant and expensive, it meant the person didn’t love me enough. That was me in my 20s. Now I am in my late 30s, and things have shifted.

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