A pair of Soles and a Soul that sold his Sawari

The title of this blog is inspired and borrowed from Robin Sharma ‘s The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari– an inspirational story about Julian Mantle – a high profile lawyer (or is it Robin ‘s own life) who quit his career and came to India searching for deeper purpose of life.

The Monk who sold his Ferrari

 

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is one of the all time bestseller motivation and self help books and compells readers to think about their life, goals and actions. I first came across this book in my MBA in 1997 and the book had reverse impact on me and I started ‘aspiring’ to own a Ferrari (OK! Ferrari may be an over stretch, but definitely a car!)- One has to own a ferrari to sell one- was the logic.

I bought my first car in the year 2000, it was not a Ferrari but Maruti Zen that felt like Ferrari both while driving and paying the monthly installments! On hind site that sounds funny! Isn’t selling ‘the’ Ferrari about Zen way of life?

Over the next 5 years I started planning and dreaming about a bigger car. I was not the ‘sports’ car kind but more the SUV. I bought a Suzuki Grand Vitara in 2008- I was passionate about driving and off roading. I wanted to drive across India on roads or otherwise- my dream was doing Raid de Himalaya. I could never Raid the Himalayas, however had a lot of fun with Vitara. Here’s a slice of what I loved doing first few years with the Vitara.

Note: Voice over by our friend and Chef Sonal

I have changed over the years in many ways and so has my love for cars and driving. I started spending more time on my Soles and with my Soul in the weekends. Running 4-6 hours on weekends became normal routine  and that went up to 10-12 hours once in 3-6 months. I am also on the path of  “searching for the greater purpose of life” and weekends and early mornings are great for the soul. To cut the long story short “I was left with no time for off-roading and I did not need a SUV.

One of my 2018 resolutions was to “BeCar”

“BeCar” is an abberation of the hindi word बेकार (BEKAR) which translates in english to “Floccinaucinihilipilification” or ” estimating something worthless” . I think, I first came across both  बेकार and floccinaucinihilipilification in middle school. Most people thought that I was “बेकार” all the time. Also, around the time when I was growing there was this huge wave of “General Knowledge” contests. Kids were supposed to know wierd facts, like “Which is the longest non-technical word in the English language?” floccinaucinihilipilification (Attaboy! 10 points to you).  Manorma Year Book was the gold standard, I must have picked this word from there.

However, that’s  not how “BeCar” is used for in this blog. Here it used as a Hinglish word that means “Without Car” or Car less.

After a lot of discussions ( my mother was really unhappy with my decision) I posted my seller ad on OLX in April and sold the car on July 31, 2018. I do not plan to buy another car.

So, what’s the point? Why did I sell the car? Here are abberations of 4 book titles that explain this experiment with life– Oops! did I borrow that one too?

This is also my Twitter style review of these books:

BeCar Soup for the Sole


chicken soup fo the soul

 

Gives me more time on the soles.

I walk to meetings upto 2km

I bike to run errands upto 15km

Our vacations are Runacations

Spend on car insurance goes to running gear

Spend on car maintenance goes to  marathons.

Try BeCar-ing Your Soul

 

Bhaskar Dilbert

I’m a huge fan for Dilbert but I never felt ‘dilberted’ im my life until Inner Engineering happened to me.  I always  thought happiness is car. However, after Inner Engineering I realised I was miserable inside the car and outside.

So why do I need the car?

Instead, let me try to  reboot life with Sadhguru. The car is definitely not the ‘ultimate’ vehicle.

Maybe, I can build a car within.

 

If it’s shared economy, Go BeCar

if its raining in brazil buy Starbucks

 

As a middle class Indian child I heard adults say that successful people have a car and super successful people have a car with chauffeur.

Damn You Uber and Ola!

beacause of you

I have CARS and CHAUFFEURS

you have disrupted my childhood goals.

And ZoomCar gives me the option to drive when I want.

 

Stay BeCar, Stay Experimenting

stay hungry stay foolish

 

For 18 years I have owned a car.

That’s too many years of comfort.

I need to get to a discomfort zone.

To discover possibilities.

Hey there! are you driving my way?

May I hop on?

 

Signing off note on India’s 72 Independence Day

 

Shweta still owns a car which I will be using to run errands, get to run starting points at 4:00am and beat Uber surge pricing, once in a while.

All book titles and images are properties of their respective owners.

The बेकार Things About BeCar Things! If you have invested your time reading this, please comment. Will motivate me to do BeCar Things!

The Hard Things About Hard Things

 

Ultimate Social Tool

Collaboration, Interaction and Two Way  Communication drives innovation on the world wide web. MSN, Yahoo and AOL started it all pre Y2K. Skype, GTalk took convergence further at the dawn of this century. Facebook, Twitter are the Platforms of the day for the Web 2.0.

Today your cell phone could be setup to freed your Twitter account which could be integrated with your Facebook profile and you can access your wall on Facebook on your hand held!

Web 2.0 as we know today is a mesh of platforms that ‘selectively talk’ to each other.

What would be the ultimate integration? I think in not too distant future we would be able to integrate all networks and devices to ourselves!! I am working on a Frame Work for the ultimate Messenger  I call DREAM MESSENGER.

Here’s how it works:

Problem Statement:

  1. Cross platform communication is the lacuna of Web 2.0.
  2. Human Brain utilizes only a fraction (.1- 1% depending on the intellect quotient) of the processing capability while sleeping.

Solution Frame Work.

1. Dream Messenger is Neuro-Firmware embedded in the Human Brain that talks to devices using wifi and Bluetooth ( or Whitetooth) and to the Social Media Platforms and Messengers through their APIs. Dream Messenger is Synapse Integrated to Human Brain ( I’m working on a USB like solution for integration and will discuss that in a later post).

2. Installing Dream Messenger is 3 minute procedure and the device is ‘Hot Swappable’.

3. Dream Messenger comes with a web configurator. You have to log on to a website and put in the access credentials for the Social Media platforms, Messengers and Devices.

4. You can also set the connection setting for example:

‘Send all/user name/ group Tweets to my Dream Messenger when I log off twitter.com

‘If Smart Alex (your Boss) tries to ping you on Facebook, it show your status “working on the proposal ping me only if it can’t wait”.

5. At the end of the day when you log off the social media platforms and your machines and switch off your cell phones and Blackberrys  Dream Messenger takes over. All alerts, nudges and messages are redirected to the Dream Messenger and you could set Dream Messenger on Auto mode ( to reply or react based on historical behavior!- remember Dream Messenger is powered by your Brain) or Manual mode while you are awake. In the manual mode the movements of your facial muscle would convey your emotional state ( Version 2.0 will have kicking and Kissing features integrated.

6. When you sleep the dream Messenger will update its database ( stored in your brain or the Dream Messenger Data farm, if you are dumb), Synchronize you profile across platform and devices.

7. Dream Messenger comes with an alarm clock with Virtual Bose Stereo Speakers . I am meeting Mr. Bose next week to share my speaker design. He emailed me the NDA this morning.

8. As soon as you get up in the morning the Dream Messenger dumps the updated data on the Social Media platforms and devices and self Hibernates.

Current Status:

  1. Integration issue with MSN and MySpace. There seems to be some problem with their APIs that reboots the Dream Messenger early morning. I am meeting Bill and Steve next month to get a fix.
  2. I’m working on the advertising and Revenue model. Lab Rats have reported feeling of Hunger when Food and Beverage ads are displayed. This may be a huge opportunity or challenge. I’m very hopeful that we’ll have the revenue model sorted out before Facebook and Twitter make money.
  3. Extremely Confidential..The Dream Messenger is currently being tested on lab rats. You may have noticed humans smiling, screaming when they are alone at airports and other public places. These are my lab rats and I’m analyzing their social behavior and Dreamoticon* integration. In fact I have already started testing the ‘digging the noses’ Dreamoticon on the my lab rats. This is a version 2.0 feature.

Dreamoticon* are Emoticons for the Dream Messenger.