Saturday, April 28, 2012

Awesome Indian things # 7 : Afternoon TV shows

Remember Dekh Bhai Dekh? I was a big fan of that show as a kid. In fact, I remember waiting for the school bell to ring so I could run out and catch the bus to see this show in time! It was crazy good.

Then there were a stream of other shows. Soap operas like Shanti, Swabhimaan, Junoon. Ha!

And then TV channels happened. More choices happened...that paradoxically made life difficult. Boo.

What happened to the thrill of waiting for that one show we all liked? Dekh Bhai Dekh was such a wonderful comedy. Some genuine laughs. No inappropriate humor. No cheap tricks. Lot of gags and fun!

Even slipping on a peel of banana was comedy-like.

I even loved MTV India then! MTV Select (used to play 4-ish in the evening everyday) by that dude Nikhil Chinappa who is still apparently around and MTV Most Wanted were my guide to English music world. Ah, the 90's!

What happened then?

The invasion of inane "saas-bahu" soaps and westernized reality show bullshit happened.

In fact going even back in time, I loved the lineup of Sunday shows (starting with Rangoli and ending in Mahabharat). Epic times.

And now we are left with banal reality TV and rigged dramas whose sole purpose is TRP hijacking.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

Thankfully, we have the Internet to go watch re-runs of those old shows and form communities around discuss them! So life isn't that bad after all:)

Off I go.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How to succeed at anything

It really just needs this quality - "Grit" (aka determination, doggedness etc.)

And a wonderfully sketched poster like this to remind you of it (via Buster Benson)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Shut Up and Go to Sleep

Here is an effective one-pager on why you should Shut Up and Go To Sleep. This is an excerpt from one of my most favorite books - Rework by Jason Fried. Make getting good sleep your #1 resolution this year. In fact, make sleeping a religion (no kidding). Now cut the chase, read and run with it in real life.

Excerpt :

"Forgoing sleep is a bad idea. Sure, you get those extra hours right now, but you pay in spades later: You destroy your creativity, morale and attitude.

Once in a while, while you can pull an all-nighter if you fully understand the consequences. Just don't make it a habit. If it becomes a constants, the costs start to mount:

Stubbornness: When you're really tired, it always seems easier to plow down whatever bad path you happen to be on instead of reconsidering the route. The finish line is a constant mirage and you wind up walking in the desert way too long.

Lack of creativity: Creativity is one of the first things to go when you lose sleep. What distinguishes people who are ten times more effective than the norm is not that they work ten times as hard; its that they use their creativity to come up with solutions that require one-tenth of the effort. Without sleep, you stop coming up with those one-tenth solutions.

Diminished morale: When your brain isn't firing on all cylinders, it loves to feed on less demanding tasks. Like reading yet another article about stuff that doesn't matter. When you're tired, you lose motivation to attack the big problems.

Irritability: Your ability to remain patient and tolerant is severely reduced when you're tired. If you encounter someone who's acting like a fool, there's a good chance that person is suffering from sleep deprivation.

These are just some of the costs you incur when not getting enough sleep. Yet some people still develop a masochistic sense of honor about sleep deprivation. They even brag about how tired they are. Don't be impressed. It'll come back to bite them in the ass."

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Oh the things you can do!

Came across this TEDx video shared by my friend on Facebook. And again, stories like these leave me awe-struck. Couldn't agree more with the speaker - Our lives are determined not by what happens to us, but by the choices we make.

And for several weeks now I have been stressed and stressed and stressed. Partly about trivial things and partly about the most important things of my life. Taking a decision is so painful. What if things don't happen the way we want it to be? Do we have a plan B? What if plan B fails as well?

Notice, how we focus on the negative. We never seem to focus on the positive things that happened to us. Why is it so darn tough to be grateful about essential things in life - that we generally have it good? Good health, smooth finances, a safe shelter, good friends, supportive family. Why do all these seem trivial in the grand scheme of things?

And that's when I realized I am sweating on the small stuff. What is the most important to me in my life? Family first, happiness next and everything else is the small stuff.

Plans are good, but they are not your life.
Decisions are good, if you don't regret them.
Happy moments are good, if you have bad memories to compare.

The yin and the yang - it all depends on how you embrace each of them.

So I decided to take it easy. Let go. And live life.

How are you hacking your life together? It starts now. Right now.