If you want to acquire a skill

It is true. Your speed increases as you become more skilled in an activity. Hence, it is very important while acquiring a skill – that we do not focus on the speed of performing that activity. The focus should be on the activity itself.



Speed is a byproduct.


Marie Kondo tip on effective tidying


Marie Kondo has discovered a wonderful technique to tidying up the mess. As I see, we can use the principle to tidying the house or even to tidying our mind. I reproducing here the main theme to keep in mind before tidying up:

Effective tidying involves only two essential actions:
1. discarding things
2. where to store things

This principle does not change.

The rest depends on the level of tidiness you personally want to achieve.

Source – Marie Kondo :: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever


Nothing is impossible – Michael Phelps


Bob is exquisitely demanding. But it is with him that I learned this essential truth: Nothing is impossible.
And this: Because nothing is impossible, you have to dream big dreams; the bigger, the better.

So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination.

You dream. You plan. You reach.

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes.

But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.

Perseverance, determination, commitment, and courage – those things are real. The desire for redemption drives you. And the will to succeed – it’s everything. That’s why, on the pool deck in Beijing in the summer of 2008, there were sometimes no words, only screams.

Because, believe it, dreams really can come true.

–  Micheal Phelps

Source: NO Limits – the will to succeed – by Michael Phelps

Happy Friendship Day



I received a beautiful poem written by Harivansh Rai Bachchan today on Whatsapp. I want to record the poem here:

अगर बिकी तेरी दोस्ती
तो पहले ख़रीददार हम होंगे

तुझे खबर न होगी तेरी क़ीमत
पर तुझे पाकर सबसे आमिर हम होंगे
दोस्त साथ हो तो रोने में भी शान हैं
दोस्त ना हो तो महफ़िल भी शमशान हैं
सारा खेल दोस्ती का है ऐ मेरे दोस्त
वर्ना जनाज़ा और बारात एक ही समान हैं

author: हरिवंशराय बच्चन

buddhist mealtime prayer


This food is the gift of the whole universe,
Each morsel is a sacrifice of life,
May I be worthy to receive it.
May the energy in this food,
Give me the strength,
To transform my unwholesome qualities
into wholesome ones.

I am grateful for this food,
May I realize the Path of Awakening,
For the sake of all beings.

Dr Brahma Prakash’s invaluable advise to Dr. Kalam

a p j abdul kalamAs a young engineer, I worked with Dr Brahma Prakash. He taught me how tolerance of others’ views and opinions is essential in building teams and accomplishing tasks that are beyond the individuals’ capacities. He taught me that life is a precious gift, but it comes with responsibility. With this gift, we are expected to use our talents to make the world a better place, to live an ethical and well-balanced life, and to prepare for the spiritural life – which is eternal.

Dr Brahma Prakash changed the way I saw the world. He once told me, “Kalam, if you see this world as mean and rude, it will interfere with your concentration. Negative thinking is similar to carrying twenty bags of luggage on a trip. This baggage will make your trip miserable, and progress will be slow.”

— APJ Abdul Kalam
Source: Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji by APJ Abdul Kalam

Learning priorities while studying

how_to_studyThe true order of learning should be:
1. what is necessary
2. what is useful
3. what is ornamental

To reverse this arrangement is like beginning to build at the top of the edifice.

Source: how to study  – George Fillmore Swain