Remember that tweet about metro life not enabling savings for freshers?
It had me thinking
Had a series of chats with freshers and young working professionals around (< 5 years of work ex).
Here are the list of avoidable expenses they incur (in my view) ++
1) Petrol/Auto/Uber - The urge to take out the vehicle or hire a cab/auto even for short walkable distances or destinations covered by public transport.
Make a habit to walk if the distance is any less than 2 KM. It gives a fitter body and happier mind.
May 7, 2023 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Reg Eco system and Hinduism
Sometime back, I invigilated a Hindi examination where a kid was struggling. He showed me a question
"मीरा के अनुसार मन् किस का दर्शन का प्यासा है?"
My jaw dropped at him not knowing the answer. It was evident he sleot through or skipped the class++
++ But if one needs a curricular Hindi lesson to know about Meerabai, there is something heavily wrong in the system and world around us.
It is another easy way to blame the parents. But the spectrum of knowledge in Hinduism is mind numbingly wide! How is a modern parent even++
May 2, 2023 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Beginning to find these obituaries to ACK a bit annoying.
Yes they had good books at one point of time but regarding them as some custodian institution of Hinduism is a huge disservice to our parents, grandparents, Ramakrishna, Chinmaya missions, etc.
Emotions are our undoing
Even I had a good childhood with their issues, especially The Mahabharata.
But we are missing a key fact.
ACK did not popularise civilisational content.
*It earned popularity *because* it published civilisational content.*
It is a business, not an institution++
Apr 29, 2023 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Rental cant be helped but
* Using Public Transport
* Cooking own food /Eating subsidised lunch at work.
* Choosing to go 'unbranded'
* Aggressive saving/investing
Harsh as it sounds, if one cant do these in 20s, life is going to become unbearable in 30s and a horror in 40s.
Link your self worth not to the brand of clothing you wear but the bank balance you know you are building.
Inner resilience is the result of what looks like a lifestyle compromise. If you compromise resilience for lifestyle, future is gloomy.
Are we teaching so to our youth?
Mar 26, 2023 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
So I taught my students ChatGPT.
And showed them where it inserts BS skillfully to give an illusion of completion.
Told them the AI is great with structure of communicating. So take that structure and build the content yourselves.
A student said, mam our University is so++
++cool. The faculty is also so cool. Her point was that instead of banning AI, we are encouraging how to use it and not lose the human quotient.
Later for the assign ment, a student submitted two versions. Mam, this is shat Chatgpt generated. Thrn I worked out my version as++
Mar 20, 2023 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Namaskarams. Decline in reading habits- This is actually a large scale problem which needs to be dealt by all stakeholders here.
1)Parents - One cannot expect your kids to have the reading habit if parents dont have the reading habit themselves. If serious about++
Loved bonding with @priyankadeo over motherhood, writing and so many topics that were dear to me!
Hoping to meet you again soon Priyanka 🙂🤗
May 6, 2022 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
That question about Sita-Rama separation. I had almost decided to not answer the question reason beingthat my Svaadhyaaya of Ramayana has not reached the stage yet. But this is also an opportunity to consolidate my (limited) understanding of that painful episode.
So here goes+
Aspersions on Sita Devi'a character are not just raised by a drunk washerman. They are echoed by many nobles in the court, much to Rama's anguish. It is after that painful discussion that Rama decides to leave her in the forest. He endures a lot of pain himself but the point+
Apr 3, 2022 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
When I was newly initiated into Srividya, one of the lifestyle advice given by my guruji was to start and end a conversation with "SriMatrenamah".
When we encapsulate a conversation with the names of our Ishtadevata, we tend to be conscious about what we talk, how we express++
++and hence, gradually watch ourselves, reduce the negativity in our speech, have a positive effect on ourselves as well as on others (Hopefully).
In many ways, we bear that ambassadorship of the Sampradaya we follow and our being positive and inspiring matters++
Mar 9, 2022 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Actually @palkisu 's words of caution to girls to hold on to their jobs reminded me of a hillarious anecdote that happened with a friend.
His mother was employed with a PSU (Either BSNL or LIC I forget). He has childhood memories of aunty waking up super early, getting food+
+lunch boxes ready, do pooja and leave by public transport. Come back, juggle chores again.... Typical.
He knew the clothes, books and a lot he enjoyed came from his mother's extra financial push. Like any son he felt grateful and *in his own way* responsible.
This guy grew+
Mar 8, 2022 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
On this #InternationalWomensDay let us bust myths about women. The one myth that touches my raw nerves is - "Women can multitask"
The phrase is used so commonly even by well meaning folks, many times as a compliment.
But folks, there is no such thing called multitasking++
++What is usually mistaken as multi tasking is actually task switching - where the brain juggles attention between tasks, balancing the critical phases.
It is quite harmless when handling two non critical tasks when one of them is almost involuntary. ++
Who among us wouldnt like those thousands and millions of sales and some promising advances?
We also know that brandong of that scale costs a lot of money. Yes, it does.
What I shall share+
+today is not a secret to become an overnight bestseller but the stuff needed to make a life as an author.
Whats needed to make an impact on readers from a fundamental perspective?
1. A great cover (assuming you have already written a nice book).
A book cover must convey+
Feb 21, 2022 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
Attempting a thread on the Hindu fasting on Ekadashi.
I did see a couple of interactions over this topic.
Confession : I am only a couple of Ekadashis old in the fasting zone. Never fasted much before.
So I connect to the skeptic's doubts here. Read on.
My knowledge of what I am going to write is taken mostly from my Guru ji's interactions and some other pravachanas.
In Srividya, the fifteen tithis of a fortnight have fifteen tithi nitya devis, each presiding over a tithi.
On Ekadashi, the Devi is Neela pataaka - नीलापताका
Feb 16, 2022 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Whether one is a supporter of Varna vyavastha or a critic, the reading and understanding of Varna system has to be done along with Ashrama and Purushartha.
Without those two, the comprehension of Varna system is dangerously half baked.
Most of the online supporters of Varna system are too afraid of Ashrama discussions because it calls for a daunting amount of rigour in practising.
And most critics done even understand the badics if Purusharthas and keep barking "brahminical patriarchy" at every unrelated event
Sharing the bits I know about Author Income that eventually becomes a point of discussion in writer circles.
How much do authors earn?
When can I grow enough to become a Rowling or a Stephen King or an Amish?
Coming to Basics+
Traditionally published newbie authors start at around 8% royalty. That is, sale of a book priced Rs. 300 at full price fetches the author Rs. 24
If your monthly sustenance budget is say Rs. 50,000, you need to sell 2084 copies that month (and at full price) ++
Oct 27, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Shamika ji, you are doing a great job narrating Mahabharata to your son.
And it is a common issue with first time listeners.
IMHO, when a kid starts feeling strongly for Karna over the Pandavas, there is something slightly off about our way of narrating. Sorry if I am blunt
Karna, though 'abandoned', enjoyed the love of his foster household.
The Pandavas lost their father and were in a hostile household where they did not know how and when the next murder attempt will be made on them.
It is natural for Kunti to feel more protective for Pandavas.
Oct 22, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Those who decry Goddess worship in the name of crimes against women....
Their real objective is for the worship to stop and crimes to continue.
Otherwise they would take the opportunity to promote Goddess worship in order yo discourage crime. #Navaratri
Remember, India is the only place and Hinduism is the only civilisation that has Devi worship.
It is considered satanical by some misogynist religions. The so called progressives stand with religious misogyny today and are trying to guilt this very population+