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The 'Poor Mentality' all of us suffer from!

To set the context of this blog, let me cite a relatable situation.

On my recent trip to Dubai, I observed how jam-packed the metro train gets, specifically during the office hours. Equally crowded are the metro stations. Still the folks waiting to board the train stand in a queue and give way to the passengers getting down and board after that. There are times when a metro arrives and there is no space for those waiting to board. Surprisingly, nobody tries to squeeze in. They simply wait for the next metro.

Replicate this scenario and think about our metros and local trains. The queue is missing. Nobody wants to wait for others to get down. And everybody wants to cram themselves in the metro – space or no space.

Both in Dubai and in India, the next metro will obviously arrive. If people in Dubai (Indians included) can be disciplined enough to wait for the next metro, why can’t we wait for the next metro in India? Why do we behave as if the next train won’t arrive at all? As if this is o…

How not to get ripped off while exchanging currency?

This is a ‘sub-blog’ of sorts (check out my original Dubai travelogue here and video playlist here) so don’t expect it to be lengthy. I am discussing currency conversion in this post as it is one of the few tedious tasks you need to take care of before any international travel.

If you don’t want to get into the complexities of converting cash you can get into the complexities of using a forex card. I find the complexities of cash conversion less complex than the complexities of handling a forex card that usually supports only a few countries and might not work on your next international trip. (Sorry for the overuse of the word ‘complexity’ making this post a bit complex right in the beginning 😉)

So the very first thing I want get off the table is how much INR you can carry with yourself if you are looking for conversion at destination? The right answer to this is INR 25000. I have found many different answers all over the web so just wanted to put this up with a picture as well. INR 25…

Dubai in pictures

I have too many pictures of Dubai to share and couldn't include all of them in the original travelogue. So here's presenting just the pictures -

Dubai Travelogue - Al Abwabu Tughlaq

Let me start this with a question. What are the top 3 words you associate with Dubai? (Tall Buildings? Shopping? Rich Arabs? Habibi Habibi?)

Let me ask another question. What are the top 3 words you associate with vacation? (And this will obviously be different for everyone, some would say mountains and jungles while others would say beaches and sun)

What I am trying to arrive at is the fact that Dubai isn’t your typical holiday destination. It doesn’t sit in the lap of nature (quite the opposite actually, it is in the middle of nowhere!), it doesn’t have the picturesque mountains and greenery and it clearly isn’t a calm place to find solace and rejuvenate your soul!

But talk about a bustling fast paced city, world class infrastructure, diverse population from around the globe, thriving businesses, glamour and exuberant lifestyle... Yes Sir, now you are talking Dubai! I was speaking to the manager of a restaurant in the hotel I stayed and he mentioned a beautiful thing about Dubai. He sa…

दुबई की एक अजीब प्रजाती

दुबई घूमके वापस आ गया हूँ. अपने एक्सपीरियेन्स का ब्लॉग लिखूंगा, फोटोस भी शेयर कर दूँगा. पर 4 घंटे की फ्लाइट में कुछ हिन्दी में लिखने की इच्छा हुई. हिन्दी शुरू से कमज़ोर है. दसवीं में हिन्दी के अलावा बाकी सब सब्जेक्ट्स में डिस्टिंक्शन मिला था. ख़ैर इसका दुबई की एक अजीब प्रजाती से कोई लेना-देना नहीं जिसके बारे में ये ब्लॉग लिख रहा हूँ.
इस अजीब प्रजाती के लोग दुबई में हर जगह आसानी से दिखेंगे पर ये अजीब इसलिए हैं क्योंकि समझ नहीं आता ये लोग आख़िर हैं कौन? ना ये हिन्दुस्तानी हैं, ना पाकिस्तानी हैं और ना ही बांग्लादेशी. ना ये हिंदू हैं ना मुसलमान. ना तमिल हैं और ना ही मराठी. ऐसा मैं इसलिए बोल रहा हूँ क्योंकि जितना राज़ी-खुशी ये लोग साथ में रहते हैं और काम करते हैं उतना कोई हिन्दुस्तानी और पाकिस्तानी सपने में भी नहीं रह सकता. बात-बात पर दूसरों को पाकिस्तान भेजने वाले ये सब देख लें तो उनका दिल ही टूट जाए. इस 'लापता' प्रजाती की सोसाइटी इतना घुल-मिल गई है जैसे इन्हें इंसान और इंसान में कोई फ़र्क का पता ही ना हो. भला ये भी कोई बात हुई? ------------------------------------------------------…

The problem with the 'Sharma Ji ka beta' Approach!

We have all been there. We have all seen the ‘Sharma ji ka beta’ memes. Chances are, we have been compared to a ‘Sharma ji ka beta’ in our childhood at least once be it the usual exam scores or any of our habits. For those of us that have been compared much more often, ‘Sharma ji ka beta’ tends to become the ultimate yardstick of success. Being a winner or achieving success in life becomes getting a step ahead of ‘Sharma ji ka beta’, nothing more than that.
Fast forward some years and if your belief gets stronger the situation will only worsen. You are inclined to find ‘Sharma ji ka betas’ everywhere including among friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbors. Your new phone needs to be the technologically advanced version, your car needs to be the higher end model and your TV needs to be wider than whoever-you-consider-to-be-the-‘Sharma ji ka beta’-in-your-life.
Your efforts become meaningless. It doesn’t matter how hard you may have tried and whether you reached your goal (if you had…

Doctor, Love - Your questions answered!

If you have no idea what this blog is about, let me start by letting you know how you can read my e-book - Doctor, Love

1. Read it on the blog here 2. Get the free PDF here 3. Grab your copy from Amazon here
(All three ways are also available on the landing page of the e-book here)
Alright, now that we have that out of the way, let me tell you that the response to the e-book has been quite overwhelming. To be frank, I never really thought that so many of my friends would even consider reading a short story written by me. But reading is one thing, the interest that everyone showed, the number of copies I mailed out and the compliments and questions I received in response was something I could have never imagined.

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So here I am, blogging my take on the most asked questions about Doctor, Love.
1. Why the name Doctor, Love? - Vague and inexpressi…