Notes to Myself



AIB: Honest Engineering Campus Placements

If you are/were an Engineering student in India and/or familiar with Engineering Campus Placements, you would love this 3-part funny series by AIB (All India Bakchod).

Warning: Foul and indecent language and references at many places. Viewers’ discretion is recommended


Interesting innovation: Rotation wheel

I received an old video of car with a wheel for rotation. Interesting innovation!

An Important Lesson In Marketing

An important lesson in marketing!

Successful sales are always a bit strange & unique…

#Sales #Marketing

Source: Twitter

Old Kishore Kumar song from movie Adhikar (1954)

Someone forearded me this interesting song from movie Adhikar (1954)

In the era of Badshah and Honey Singh this song seems very meaningful! And relevant even today…

But I am sure that in those day the likes of Anil Biswas, Naushad, Sajjad Husain etc would have expressed “concern” about the kind of degradation happening in music/lyrics.

Just shows how tastes change from one generation to the other.

Can we say that roots of Baba Sehgals and Baadshahs of the world lies in such experiements by Kishore Kumar?

They are Kishore Kumar’s idiotic, silly buffoonery minus his amazing style, versatile singing and maverick creativity.

In short, they are garbage!

Cooking, Gordon Ramsay and Indian Cuisines

I like cooking. In fact the very first prize in my life which I received in kindergarten was for cooking (पाकशास्त्र). I had made, actually helped my teacher make, दडपे पोहे (Dadpe Pohe).  And the prize I had received in the Annual Day function was a hanger 樂 . Yes, my school was famous for giving such totally mindless and irrelevant and demotivating awards/gifts to kids and kill innovation at nascent stage. Probably they wanted me to stay away from cooking. But I didn’t!

My interest in cooking continued, though at very slow pace. It was only when I started my career and went abroad that I got plenty of opportunities for cooking (at home my mom wouldn’t let me hover around kitchen!). And cooking became a valuable asset while staying with my flatmates! They would happily cut vegetables and clean utensils only to get a decent meal.

Though I liked cooking I never followed cookery shows – until 2007. Then while studying in the UK my flatmate Ajay (who was a foodie who could not cook!) introduced me to Gordon Ramsay – the celebrity chef! He showed me few episodes of his show and I was hooked on to them. Gordon’s was not a cookery shows, it was a reality show on “food business”, and I really liked the concept and the way Gordon conducted (except the F-word barrage).

The very first episode I watched was about a vegetarian restaurant in France. Since I am a vegetarian, my friend Ajay thought that I should get started with that episode. I am not able to find that episode. But here is one on an Indian restaurant which I liked a lot:

Recently I came across a sort of documentary featuring Gordon Ramsay on Indian cuisines. It’s really engaging 3 part series. It shows how an outsider (Gordon) looks at India and what fascinates him. Here it is:


As I said, his show is not about cookery – how to cook. It is about how to run a restaurant business. There are so many things to learn from the show. After having completed MBA and more importantly after having got a first-hand experience of running a (mock) food stall, I was able to relate with Gordon’s show far better; and only then I realized all the great nuances of his show.

I have been thinking about my experience with food stall at IIM-A and the lessons in Marketing. It was a great experience for me, because the more I think about it the more learning I can gather. A day spent on such activities is far valuable than a week spent in classroom analyzing the “case studies”.

OK, then let’s call my Food stall experience a “case study” in Marketing/Entrepreneurship. I will write about it in detail in my next blog. Meanwhile, do watch Gordon’s shows posted above.

Geometry Puzzle

What is the area of Pink region as a % or fraction of total area of square?

I told you so…first! :-)

Few months back, on 8th January 2018 to be precise, I wrote a blog on Anuja Kamat’s Youtube Channel for Indian Classical Music Enthusiasts

It was good to read today a detailed story on this in

A young YouTuber is teaching thousands of Indians how to listen to classical music

I can now claim that I told you so…first! 🙂

The Book I Lent You…

Today (23rd April) is observed as “World Book Day“.

I came across an interesting bookshelf with shelves that made me think.

Could you update following bookshelf with your choices?


It is an interesting one and I’ll try to fill up and post my version sometime soon…

But I can immediately mention “The Book I Lent You” section since the list is long and I have really lost (?) few good books. So here is the list:

  • The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
  • How to Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen
  • Fooled By Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Romancing the Balance Sheet by Anil Lamba
  • How Life Imitates Chess by Garry Kasparov
  • Games of Strategy by Prof. Avinash Dixit, David H. Reiley, and Susan Skeath
  • बोर्डरूम – अच्युत गोडबोले
  • अर्थात – अच्युत गोडबोले
  • युगांत – इरावती कर्वे
  • खिल्ली – पु. ल. देशपांडे
  • गणितातील गंमती – वा. म. कोळेकर
  • थोरांची ओळख (माझे इयत्ता ४ थी चे इतिहासाचे पुस्तक!)

Well, in some cases “Can I have it back?” is not really an option. Because the people are not part of your life anymore. And maybe the book serves as a memory, or probably they might have already disposed off the book long back (when they got rid off you). In any case, “Can I have it back?” is irrelevant.

By the way, imagine the deeper meaning of “Can I have it back” in such cases. What is one implying by asking back the book which he once lent to his near and dear ones. If the book is used by the friend and has some notes, scribbles written by that friend who is no more a friend, will it be troublesome to have that book back?

On the other hand, if the friend doesn’t have that book (or doesn’t want to return your copy), and if he buys a new copy and gives it to you, is it the same thing? Worse still…if the friend just sends the money-equivalent of that book to your wallet or Amazon Gift account and asks you to purchase it yourself…how insulting would that be?

“Can I have it back?” is a futile question in case of a dear (ex-) friend who you lent book to. It is like asking “Can I have my memories back?”. If they are “shared memories”, you cannot (and should not) have them back. You can do whatever you want with “your version” of it, and that is it…

So let them keep the book…maybe they’ll read/ interpret it differently.

As Edmund Wilson said — “No two persons ever read the same book.

7 Sins In The Digital World

I indulge in 4 out of 7 (Digital) Sins. How about you? 🤨🤓

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