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Category: Philosophy & Inspiration

Why I took a 70% pay cut and moved from the startup to the social sector

I currently consult at a non-profit called Ashoka (, and volunteer for two other NGOs – Make A Difference ( and Purkal Youth Development Society ( Just 2 years back when I graduated in May 2015, I was one of those ... Read More

Stories of Change #1 – Reintegrating our lost & forgotten souls back to society

Homeless. Mentally ill. Living on the street. Filthy. Name forgotten. Family forgotten. Nearly naked. Muttering mysterious words. Lonely and lost. Sounds familiar? These are the people we see on the streets every day in our lives. But what do we feel ... Read More

10 things I learnt by raising ₹1.76 lakh in 2 weeks for shelter kids at Make A Difference

The Crowd Fundraising efforts by Make A Difference (MAD) started in November this year, for raising funds for our kids at shelter homes, and it has been one of the best experiences of my life, teaching me some valuable things. But before I share ... Read More

6 mistakes to avoid while taking life advice from your college seniors

It’s that time of the year when my phone starts buzzing every now and then with texts and missed calls from my juniors in Roorkee, mostly 3rd and 4th years, asking me for a comfortable time to call for they ‘urgently’ need help with their life ... Read More

It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission

This traces way back to 2004 when I used to live in a hostel inside the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association campus for a program called “Mission Olympics”, where we trained everyday, hoping to become the next generation of tennis stars of the ... Read More

The 2-minute short story that answered the biggest philosophical question of my life

These are two small real-life stories of the past and probably the best you’ll ever read. Note that it’s important to read both of them. Go ahead. STORY – 1 Back in the early 1900s lived a notorious gangster who literally ruled the city of ... Read More

What’s it like to teach kids in a Shelter Home – The journey so far

It was 12:45PM on a Sunday morning and I was sitting near the stairs of St. Patrick’s Boys School with 2 co-teachers beside me, teaching the topic “Plant & Animal Tissues” to 5 of our kids from the 10th grade. Having spoken continuously ... Read More

All of us always wanted a Santa Claus as a child. Today, we get one!

Sometimes after a terribly tiring day of sports, teaching, work, and some more work, when I sit down to write this blog, I don’t have any energy left in me to think and write. The energy drinks too don’t really help as much as they claim ... Read More

How I Boosted my Productivity by 400% through Dating and how you can do it too

Walking down the stairs of my office at 7:05PM on a Friday evening, with slightly hunched shoulders carrying my heavy bag, I headed towards the parking lot. I told myself that tonight is the night! The night I was waiting for days. It was date night! ... Read More

“Opportunities Don’t Happen, You Create Them”

Back in April 2010, on one fine school morning, I was standing on the stage during assembly in front of all the students, giving my speech as part of the campaign for the upcoming school representative elections. I was nominated for the “Head Boy” ... Read More

“Pain is just weakness leaving your body!”

My preparation for the Squash National Games has been going on for over a year now and the journey has been sensational. I started this game 2 years back with the aim of getting into the college team. However, just a few months into the game, I ... Read More

“If you do it once, you’ll do it again”

I recently read an article on LinkedIn that depression rate of lawyers is the highest among all professionals. The article made sense, and that is the reason why movies and series about lawyers are damn interesting. Because it’s easy to make an ... Read More

When it all started!

And it all started when I was in the streets of Taiwan, happily eating my chicken burger (I’m pretty sure it was chicken) and sipping the famous bubble tea of the capital from a 7/11, walking down to the Environmental Engineering Department of ... Read More

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