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What if ? An experience, while on a solitary cycling journey from Goa to Mumbai

 So many of our experiences are serendipitious.  What If? A question that keeps popping up in our minds while thinking of some life experiences. Thinking of these experiences and trying to answer the question "what if ?" with the benifit of hindsight may either haunt or elevate you. Either way you cannot escape these thoughts and the emotions that follow.  How do we take certain decisions ? How do we react to certain situations ? How does instinct work ?  Why do we choose to follow our instincts certain times while overriding them many other times? Why are our instincts correct many times and wrong so many other times? To answer these questions with any amount of conviction would be difficult, but I can share such an experience  Journeys are a great unknown, you can only be that much sure of what to expect, the rest just unfolds as you go along. When you are on a long distance solitary cycling journey you feel more vulnerable. This makes you more self aware and your instincts

A book we read about a company we admire

 As a small business enterprise it is inspiring to learn more about ethical and enduring brands. Reflecting on values that we aspire to be, we are attracted to brands that are set on some core values that exist for a purpose beyond just making money.  There are so many lessons to be learnnt through the journey of organizations that have stood the test of time by maintaining their core values yet continuoly being able to renew itself from within.  One such brand that we admire in the news and brodcasting space is NDTV.  ' More News is Good News.' is the book that takes you through the journey of NDTV. From producing a World news show on Doordarshan with the iconic programe - 'The World This Week' to India's first 24 hour news chanel to an independent news broadcaster. This book cronicles the highs and lows, the challenges and sucesses of a company that was the original start up a quarter century before start up's started getting recogonized. From boot strapping t

Father and Son with a Coconut on a virgin beach

  There are some moments which are pure magic, they are unexpected and when it happens it is just pure joy. As a businessman you sometimes must travel to attend meetings that you know in the heart are insignificant but unavoidable. I had to drive a couple of hours to meet a prospective client and circumstances were such that my young son had to tag along. The young boy was livid at the idea of being in stuck in a car for a long time and missing play time with his friends. So, there were 2 guys on a journey, both did not want to be there, but one had the advantage of age to protest and be rebellious and the other had to just suck it up and get it over with. We reached the destination through a long drive full of negotiations and debates between father and Son. I met the clients at a beautiful beach side café in South Goa. The setting was beautiful, the blue waters of the ocean and the golden sand of the beach and a small café overlooking this stunning view. The best part was there w