My Favourite Superstar of yesteryears,Rajesh Khanna just passed away ~ RIP ‘Kaka’ ! ~ His Classic screen soothe keep echoing “Pushpa,I hate Tears !”

My Favourite Superstar,Rajesh Khanna just passed away ~ RIP ‘Kaka’ !  

Kaka,just as you soothed Sharmila Tagore in Amar Prem with the classic ” Pushpa,I hate Tears ” I can hear you constantly echo to me as you move to Heaven ” Gaurav,I hate Tears !”

Born in Amritsar as Jatin Khanna on 29-12-1942 ~ Moved to Heaven from Mumbai as Superstar Rajesh Khanna on 18-7-2012

Rajesh Khanna ~ A Legendary Superstar in his time RIP 29-12-1942 to 18-7-2012

Aradhana,Amar Prem,Anand ~ What a ‘Safar’ ! ~ For me these ‘A’s tower over the other Superstar ‘A’ ~ and I was a young kid under 10 when he delivered these Classics in 1970 to 1972 and I was hooked onto him ~ He walked straight into my heart with his Screen Songs ! I’m a Romantic and clearly inspired by Rajesh Khanna’s Romanticm

He won the Filmfare best Actor Award in 1971 for ‘Saccha Jhutha’ and won it again in 1972  for the super hit ‘Anand’  ~ remember him classically addressing a young emotionally intense Amitabh  as “Babu Moshai ” in it~ Filmfare presented him an Award in 1991 for completing 25 years in the Indian Film Industy and gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 

He walked straight into my heart with his Screen Songs ! I’m a Romantic and live the Combination of Legendary Singer and my No 1 ,Kishore Kumar and my No I Hero ,Rajesh Khanna ~ a Classic duo that gave some of India’s greatest Songs

Here’s  a YouTube compilation in brief of Rajesh Khanna’s Famous Songs 

Yeh Joh Mohabbat hai ~ Zindagi Ka Safar hai yeh kaisa safar ~ Yeh Kya Hua~Pyar Deewana Hota Hai ~ Jai Jai Shiv Shankar ~ Mere Sapno ki Rani ~ Zindagi kay Safar may joh guzar jaate hai joh makaam woh phir nahe aate ~Roop Tera Mastana ~Maine tere liye hi saat rang kay sapnay chunay ~ Chingari koi ~Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana ~ Chala jata hoon kisi ki dhun main ~Vadhaa tera Vadhaa ~ Oh Mera Dil kay Chaain ~ Gulabi aakhen joh maine dekhi…….I could go on and on and hear them over a thousand times over again and again and I have !~I love them all ~ I’m listening to them while I blog this…….

He courted some of India’s most beautiful women on Screen ~ Sharmila Tagore,Hema Malini,Mumtaz,Asha Parekh,Tanuja,Tina Munim but swept and was swept away by the overnight and just 16 year old sensation Dimple Kapadia in ‘Bobby’  who he married

An Era has ended  but the Legend will Live On ~ He died many times in his Movies ~ he acted in 163 in all ~Kati Patang,Amar Prem,Anand,Aradhana,Safar,Mere Jeevan Saathi,Aaan Milo Sajna,Haathi Mere Saathi,Saacha Jhutha…..and Now He’s now No More with us on Planet Earth read more

“Don’t be serious, be sincere” ~ Extract from a Speech by Chetan Bhagat at Symbiosis

Extract from a Speech by Chetan Bhagatat Symbiosis
“Don’t just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order. There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.“Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first. Same is with life where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die…One thing about nurturing the spark – don’t take life seriously. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a prepaid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? …It’s OK, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews, take leave from work, fall in love, little fights with your spouse. We are people, not programmed c…”

“Don’t be serious, be sincere.”

W.A.L.K ~ Nipun Mehta’s (Service Space.org) wonderful address to the UPenn Graduating Class of 2012

Penn grad speech: paths are made by walking (Nipun Mehta)

This is a transcript of the Baccalaureate address to UPenn’s graduating class of 2012, delivered by Nipun Mehta. Nipun is the founder of ServiceSpace..org, a nonprofit that works at the intersection of gift-economy, technology and volunteerism. His popular TED talk Designing for Generosity provides an overview of their work and guiding principles.
(Offbeat Graduation Speech Gets Standing Ovation: 2012’s Baccalaureate speaker at the University of Pennsylvania was an unconventional choice for an Ivy League school. To address their newly-minted graduates, aspiring to dazzling careers, they picked a man who has never in his adult life, applied for a job. A man who hasn’t worked for pay in nearly a decade, and whose self-stated mission is simply “to bring smiles to the world and stillness to my heart”. This off-the-radar speaker launched his address with a startling piece of advice. Following up with four key insights gleaned from a radical 1000 km walking pilgrimage through the villages of India. As he closed his one-of-a-kind Graduation Day speech, the sea of cap and gowned students rose to their feet for a standing ovation. What follows is the full transcript of the talk by Nipun Mehta.)

Thank you to my distinguished friends, President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price and Rev. Charles Howard for inviting me to share a few reflections on this joyous occasion. It is an honor and privilege to congratulate you — UPenn’s class of 2012.
Right now each one of you is sitting on the runway of life primed for takeoff. You are some of the world’s most gifted, elite, and driven college graduates – and you are undeniably ready to fly. So what I’m about to say next may sound a bit crazy. I want to urge you, not to fly, but to – walk. Four years ago, you walked into this marvelous laboratory of higher learning. Today, heads held high, you walk to receive your diplomas.. Tomorrow, you will walk into a world of infinite possibilities.
But walking, in our high-speed world, has unfortunately fallen out of favor. The word “pedestrian” itself is used to describe something ordinary and commonplace. Yet, walking with intention has deep roots. Australia’s aboriginal youth go on walkabouts as a rite of passage; Native American tribes conduct vision quests in the wilderness; in Europe, for centuries, people have walked the Camino de Santiago, which spans the breadth of Spain. Such pilgrims place one foot firmly in front of the other, to fall in step with the rhythms of the universe and the cadence of their own hearts.
Back in 2005, six months into our marriage, my wife and I decided to “step it up” ourselves and go on a walking pilgrimage. At the peak of our efforts with Service Space, we wondered if we had the capacity to put aside our worldly success and seek higher truths. Have you ever thought of something and then just known that it had to happen? It was one of those things. So we sold all our major belongings, and bought a one-way ticket to India. Our plan was to head to Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram, since he had always been an inspiration to us, and then walk South. Between the two of us, we budgeted a dollar a day, mostly for incidentals — which meant that for our survival we had to depend utterly on the kindness of strangers. We ate whatever food was offered and slept wherever place was offered.
Now, I do have to say, such ideas come with a warning: do not try this at home, because your partner might not exactly welcome this kind of honeymoon.. 🙂
For us, this walk was a pilgrimage — and our goal was simply to be in a space larger than our egos, and to allow that compassion to guide us in unscripted acts of service along the way. Stripped entirely of our comfort zone and accustomed identities, could we still “keep it real”? That was our challenge.
We ended up walking 1000 kilometers over three months. In that period, we encountered the very best and the very worst of human nature — not just in others, but also within ourselves.
Soon after we ended the pilgrimage, my uncle casually popped the million dollar question at the dinner table: “So, Nipun, what did you learn from this walk?” I didn’t know where to begin. But quite spontaneously, an acronym — W-A-L-K — came to mind, which encompassed the key lessons we had learned, and continue to relearn, even to this day. As you start the next phase of your journey, I want to share those nuggets with the hope that it might illuminate your path in some small way too.
The W in WALK stands for Witness. When you walk, you quite literally see more. Your field of vision is nearly 180 degrees, compared to 40 degrees when you’re traveling at 62 mph. Higher speeds smudge our peripheral vision, whereas walking actually broadens your canvas and dramatically shifts the objects of your attention. For instance, on our pilgrimage, we would notice the sunrise everyday, and how, at sunset, the birds would congregate for a little party of their own. Instead of adding Facebook friends online, we were actually making friends in person, often over a cup of hot “chai”. Life around us came alive in a new way.
A walking pace is the speed of community. Where high speeds facilitate separation, a slower pace gifts us an opportunity to commune.
As we traversed rural India at the speed of a couple of miles per hour, it became clear how much we could learn simply by bearing witness to the villagers’ way of life. Their entire mental model is different — the multiplication of wants is replaced by the basic fulfillment of human needs.When you are no longer preoccupied with asking for more and more stuff; then you just take what is given and give what is taken. Life is simple again. A farmer explained it to us this way: “You cannot make the clouds rain more, you cannot make the sun shine less. They are just nature’s gifts — take it or leave it.” read more

‘Synchronicity’….Carl Jung coined it to stand for ‘Meaningful Coincidences’….James Redfield used it to introduce his ‘First Insight’ as being aware of ‘Chance Coincidences’…..and I keep experiencing it !

‘Synchronicity’….Carl Jung coined it to stand for ‘Meaningful Coincidences’….James Redfield used it to introduce his ‘First Insight’ as being aware of ‘Chance Coincidences’…..and I keep experiencing it !

How many times your Dreams or Thoughts are immediately followed by an exact Reality ?

How often are you thinking of a person you have not met for years and as if on cue he or she calls you or crosses the Road ahead ?

How often you desire or covet or need something badly and have no idea how to get it….impossible or improbable  it seems at that moment….and you get it ! ?

These are all instances of ‘Synchronicity’ or Meaningful Coincidences……means you are in the Flow……A Force or Spirit at work guiding these to happen

…and I’ve been repeatedly experiencing  this……

On Saturday morning I passed Chunabhatti an eastern suburb of Mumbai and not my daily route….rarely go past …..and an elderly NRI ex Client from Kuwait flashed through my mind….when in Mumbai he resides at his house  in Chunabhatti and we have not been in touch for the past three years as 2008 was a bad year for Markets and I had some difficulty in urging clients to have the patience and conviction of our selections… we had positioned his Equity Portfolio beautifully to surge on recovery…..over 40 % of the portfolio was in Sesa Goa at ex bonus and ex split Rs 165…and it had fallen to less than Rs 70 in October 2008 !…..but he did hold this selection as I learnt today…read below    

Then yesterday,Monday evening wife asked what should the Cook make for Dinner…would Vegetable Biryani be alright ?…she does make this rather well so I mumbled ‘Alright’…..while it was being cooked  and despite  the lovely aroma of Long grained Basmati Rice and the strong flavours of well cooked Cauliflower and Potatoes and other Vegetables,I felt something was missing…..Ah ! it was absence of some Spanish Saffron ! or Kesar !…..we did not have any stock of it….and the same NRI Client from Kuwait flashed through my mind !….he had gifted me four boxes of Spanish Saffron  over three years ago !

And Guess what !?…..he called today !….had come to Mumbai on a medical emergency and asked me to pray for him as he had undergone a critical bypass surgery as there were seven blockages !….is now recovering and wants to meet up with me !….and tells me that he sold 9000 shares of Sesa Goa at Rs 430 and yet has 19000 left  !…price is just a shade below Rs 300 today…so what should he do…can he buy at this price ? he inquired……..told him I was so happy he made great monies on our Scrip Sesa Goa and congratulated him for having the conviction and temperament to hold on to it…….. that ‘Health is Wealth’ for him now and he should focus on his full and fast recovery from the bypass…….. Sesa Goa will come and Go ! read more

Warren E Buffett’s Annual Shareholder Letter for Berkshire Hathaway’s Performance in 2009…as always an Inspiring Read

It’s always a ‘Must’ read every year….Living Investment Guru,Warren E Buffett’s Annual Letter to his shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway….his insights,his ‘packing a punch’ at many issues,his confessions,his core heartwarming values,his demystifying the rationale for his investment decisions,his philosophy and his fabulous sense of humour…and he’s all of 79!

Warren E Buffett has never authored a Book…does he need to!…If ever there was a Nobel Prize for Financial Journalism,his Annual Letter would be the Winner every year !

Access his latest one of February 26,2010 below

 http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/2009ltr.pdf

….and I’m sure you’ll want to become a Shareholder of BH to access the Annual Meet which Buffett himself bills as the ‘Woodstock of Capitalists’!…it’s traditionally held on the First Saturday in May….this year it’s on May 1,2010

Mind you it’s BH share is not cheap….One Original ‘A’ Common Stock is quoted at US $ 124080 !…that’s Rs 57 lakh or Rs 5.7 Million Rupees (US $ 1=Rs 46)….To make it affordable BH issues in 1996 the ‘B’ Common Stock which was prescribed by BH to be valued at 1/30th of the ‘A’ Share but carried only 1/200th of Voting Rights

Interestingly on November 3,2009,BH passed a resolution to splt the ‘B’ Share 50:1 ratio to facilitate small shareholders of Burlington Northern Santa Fe to get the BH ‘B’ share in the acquisition deal,should they opt for it…..This has resulted in the Share Quotation of the ‘B’ Share to be under US $ 83 yesterday (just Rs 3800)…this computes to a pre-split share price of US $ 4150 (Rs 1.91 lakhs)

In 1981,there were just 12 shareholders who attended the Omaha Meet…In 2009 there were 35000 who did !…This year they obviously expect much more….Both ‘A’ and ‘B’ Shareholders get the Annual Report and an Invite coupon attached with it for the Annual meet…they need to fill it and send it back to BH…and within a week their Credentials will arrive for the Meet…As I’ve said,the Meet is always held on the first Saturday in May…this year it’s May 1,2010…and the Report is send to shareholders as on Record Date ,which is normally 60 days before the Meet Date…It takes three days to register you as the shareholder from your date of purchase…so play it safe and buy the BH share by the third week of Feb if you intend attending the BH Meet that year…you will receive the Report early March and can initiate the process to attend the Meet read more

You must Read Richard Branson’s “SCREW IT ,LET’S DO IT”

Two Years ago,I read Richard Branson’s Quick Read and Lessons in Life “Screw It,Let’s Do It”

You Must read it too !..The Quick Read version is just Rs 150…ask your bookstore for a discount…the extended version a little more

I was floored…I have to admit that I changed my opinion of him…from an eccentric,lady killer,unethical go-getter and a carpetbagger to one who has a conscience and is a big and exciting risk taker by choice…and one who lives Life to the Full

I actually bought several copies and distributed it to clients and friends and relatives…It has been reprinted seven times in 2006 and thrice in  2007 to meet the demand !

Recently I again rewarded some participants ,for their interaction in my workshops, with it.

What also got me was that Richard and I have something in Common…we’ve both cheated Death Thrice !…Difference being he did so out of Choice…a Powerboat race across the Atlantic and two hot air balloon adventures across the Atlantic and the Pacific….. and me out of Tragic Chance…Bomb Blast at the BSE,trapped in the Worst Sandstorm in the Sahara Desert in Egypt and a near tragic Car Accident !

But this is about Richard Branson……

Richard Branson tried Crossing the Atlantic to Ireland to win the ‘Blue Riband’ on the Virgin Atlantic Challenger while Joan was delivering their first son…The son was born,but Richard’s Powerboat died on him with the hull splitting in a fierce storm and all of the crew being rescued of the raft after radioing out “Mayday ! Mayday! Mayday!”…he came back six years later in Virgin Atlantic Challenger II….but with sea water entering their fuel tanks and the engines stalling it looked like they had lost again….Richard Branson motivated his crew for one last try and somehow got the engines working and they won…Keep Trying and Never Give Up was his Big Lesson from this Adventure

Immediately he was challenged to cross the Atlantic yet again by a Swede, Per Lindstrand…but this time together in a Hot Air Balloon…He accepted after learning Per had two kids too !….He took lessons in Flying the Hot Air Balloon in Spain….They actually crossed the Atlantic to Ireland…but had serious landing Issues..When they flew into a thick Fog and missed the Beach,Per panicked and jumped into the ice cold waters…with only Richard’s weight to tackle,the ballon simply flew away higher..Fuel was low,Radio was not working and Richard weighed his options…he could parachute out into the ice cold ocean or stay put and while he was alive work out something…he chose the latter and was saved by a rescue helicopter…They pulled out Per from the Sea just before he would have froze to death…..Lessons learnt were several….Never Give Up….If you want to do something,just do it…prepare well…. have faith in yourself…help each other….Whatever your Goal,you’ll never succeed unless you let go of your fears and fly…Love your Family….Richard knew that he could die on this Adventure…so before he took it,he wrote a letter to his children saying “Live Life to the Full.Enjoy every minute of it.Love and look after Mum.” read more