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

 

10 Life Hacks from The Rickshaw Challenge-2016

Last week  I was part of a super awesome road trip with Mukesh Jha , Janardan Prasad, 19 other teams and the support staff & team of The Travel Scientists. What is Rickshaw Challenge – Malabar Rampage?  You can read all about Rickshaw Challenge here, however very simply put an incredible ~1200KM ride on 3 wheels ( Rickshaw/ Tuk Tuk) on Indian Roads.

Loads of Fun, Lots of Challenges and Humbling Experiences. Here are the top 10 Life Hacks I learnt in this trip and credits to people, event, places for the learnings.

1. What’s in a name that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Read: It Takes a bad ass to run the show. Call him Luke, John or Aravind 🙂

Credit: Aravind, Princely and The Travel Scientists- Don’t reason with Indians, smile 🙂

2. Junk the Manual.  Ride, Break, Fix. Repeat!

Credit: Chennai Garage Team- you are amazing clockwork!

3. Journey of 1000 mile begins with a single.. Crank

Credit: Practice Run. Go Mukesh Go! Thanks for taking the lead, revving and doing the donut moves for The Autowale.

4. when in Rome do as the Romans do and in Kerela do the Malayali 

Credit: Team Autowale.

 

5. what the heck Rome! Sumos are Sumos, Rome, Sydney, Japan or Mars

Credit: Butt, Sweat and Tears ( Chris, Mark, Hugo). Chris, Mark, Hugo you deserve the Bonkers Award. Who else would put up the Sumo costume for every event when it’s 40 degrees?

6. Life is a Journey! Live the Moment

Credit: India’s Coastline.

7. Share the Little Joys

Credit: Round Table and  Goan Places (Sheila and Nic.) Sheila and Nic raised over $20K sharing their journey with friends to support Schools and Education in India.

8. When life gives lemon, make lemon mint iced tea.

Credit: Awesome Food of India

9. Consistent and Persistent Win!

Credit: Stairway (Paul and Alex).  Paul and Alex were always consistent, very friendly and never too loud. Cheers!

10. Work Harder, Party Harder

Credit:Flying Birds (Thomas and Waltraud)- While we took turns to ride the rickshaw, typically doing 60- 80 Km/ day/ person. Thomas did 200-270KM everyday on his own. We ordered 1 beer in the evening Thomas ordered 3!

 

 

IPL (Insulted Pakistan League): as the story unfolds

To begin with here’s my stand on the issue:

1. I  like  Cricket and I like Pakistan Cricket on days they are not in their self destructive best (if you read ‘fixed’—I did not mean it!).

2. Probably IPL could have avoided the negative press by excluding the Pakistani Players this year from the auction. ( I’m not sure how ICC would have reacted)

Let’s move on to my story:

I find the reaction of the Cricketers, Politicians, bureaucrats and Indian Media to the IPL auction amusing, to say the least.  I would usually not care about such things however, every newspaper I read, every news channel I viewed and website I visited in the last 24 hours was carrying the same story.

I can’t but question what I’m reading and hearing  as the story unfolds.

(P.S. I have picked up these statements from the news websites- IBN Live, NDTV, CNN. All credits to them.

The portions I picked from media is in red, My questions in blue)

1. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik on 2010 January 20:

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday said that India “doesn’t seem serious” about resuming dialogue, and that “respect is important for relations to improve.”

“Sportsmen are ambassadors of peace, and India should respect Pakistani sportsmen,” said Malik.

My Question: To quote you Sir from a year earlier

Malik, speaking to reporters, said Pakistani authorities had charged eight people with providing the Mumbai attackers with cell phones and helping them reach the city’s shore by boats from Pakistan. Among them is the mastermind, a man who lived in a rented apartment in the city of Karachi.

“The incident has happened in India and part of the conspiracy has been done in Pakistan and therefore (the charge) will be aiding terrorism,” Malik said.

Mr. Interior Minister  Your citizens held Mumbai at Ransom for 3 days and we were almost denied IPL. Finally IPL had to move to South Africa in 2009 to survive. What have you done for our dignity and respect? What have you done to show you are serious?


2. Earlier, a group of Pakistani parliamentarians canceled their forthcoming tour to India, in protest against Tuesday’s IPL auction where none of the teams bid for any Pakistani player.

My Question: Sirs, What was on your agenda? Both countries save some money. Is there opportunity lost here?Am i missing something?

3. Afridi told NDTV that it was a very negative signal. He pointed out that sports, especially cricket, helped get countries closer and that cricket was a religion in India and Pakistan. As a world champion team we expected to be a part of the IPL. Most of the franchises wanted to take us but may be because of the pressure on them by the government that they overlooked us finally. It is a very negative signal and should not have happened this way. We have a huge fan base in India and they love to see Pakistani cricketers, he said.

My Question:

a. Mr. Afridi, here’s a video from IPL 2008 . Do we see a world champion here?

b. What is the basis of your conviction that franchisees under pressure from Indian Government?

4.  Khan called on the government to boycott all sports activities with India. Khan alleged that India was treating Pakistani players and artists in an “insulting manner” while the government remained silent.
He said India was earning crores of rupees from Pakistan through its films, the screening of which should be banned by the government.

My Question: Mr. Khan don’t you think letting you film makers make good films and the population watch movies is a better solution? and may be you could develop a rival PPL ( Pakistan Primer League)

5. Face The Nation, Sagarika Ghose IPL auction: Is civil society ostracising Pakistanis?

My Question: Madam Sagarika, I acknowledged you are a firebrand journalist however, is it necessary to sensationalize everything? Is it for the TRPs or the Stock Price?

Sports Minister Ijaz Jakhrani made the master stroke and is my player of the day. I bet no one can beat this one..

6. Sports Minister Ijaz Jakhrani was also too critical of the treatment meted to the Pakistani players.

“The way India behaved with us is highly condemnable. We will give a befitting reply to them. When there is a question of Pakistan’s pride, we are united,” he added.

My Question: Mr. Sports Minister what do you intend to do next? Do you plan to send the ‘Team’ on ‘Boats’ with ”GPS and ‘Kits’ for IPL?

I rest my case..