As a kid, I remember my dad keeping a file of all important documents in one place. This file would contain everything from passport to ration cards to insurance paper etc. This was the most important file in the house.
Every-time my father had to submit one of the these documents for verification, he would ask me to run to the nearest Xerox store to fetch multiple copies. 20 years later, I applied for a car loan and I had to go through the same process of running around making xeroxes. …
When I recollect stories from my past, random encounters and conversations stand out. That’s because they unfold in the most unexpected way and remain etched forever.
From an unforgettable conversation with an independent musician to a strange girl on a bus who was on her way to meet her boyfriend for the 1st time to a coffee planter in Coorg who let me hitch a ride to the nearest town to a guy on the mountain top with whom I shared my tent.
I consider myself an introvert, I find it extremely difficult to start a conversation. Even if I manage to start one, I struggle to keep it going. Startup, travels, my job and living away from home drove me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to deal with this problem. …
A little about almost everything
So you want to startup? I have been there. I had an idea and couldn’t stop talking about it. Eventually I co-founded StudentLive, a platform for student driven content. Within a year, we went onto build a good network of campuses across India, with 100’s of student contributors and 1000's of readers. We then leveraged this network to help various brands to tap into college crowd. Sadly, 2.5 years later I called it off.
Entrepreneur at 20, failure by 23
I failed for many reasons, much of which was attributed to the fact that we had very less knowledge about various aspects of building and selling the product. However I learnt a lot in this journey from my success and subsequent failure. Here’s what you can do to be prepared for what’s coming at you. …
As a 24 year old, I often sleep in, depend on food services and restaurants for daily meals, have late night outs and skip exercise more often than not.
Let’s start at the start. I moved from Hyderabad to Bangalore after I shut my startup. I joined a mobile development firm as a Project Manager. My workplace is flexible about work timings. I do not blame my work timings for my lifestyle but that combined with being away from home gave me a certain freedom to design my lifestyle. A pretty bad one.
I began to panic when I observed some of the effects of my new lifestyle. Hair-loss, increase in weight, dullness, laziness, short attention span and terrible financial discipline. That evening I sat down and made a list of traits I desperately needed to inculcate and started making conscious attempts to change my routine. …