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Ten Things I Need For Career Bliss

March 2, 2011   -   3 comments   -  

I’ve been giving a lot of thought recently about happiness as it relates to my career. For my own benefit I’ve listed out the things that would make me totally, 100% satisfied with my working life. I’ve put 2′s next to the ones I think I’m currently achieving, 1′s next to the ones I’m kind

Thoughts on Being a First Time Entrepreneur in New York

January 27, 2011   -   4 comments   -  

It’s been just over three months since I moved back to NY to work on StoryStack.  The main reason for leaving India was ’cause I kept reading how the NY tech scene was exploding (and I was sick of samosas… j/k I still love samosas).  So what’s it like being a first time entrepreneur in

The Return

October 19, 2010   -   10 comments   -  

After leaving India and spending an insanely awesome month decompressing on the beaches of Thailand, I’m officially back in New York. The first thing I noticed is that in the two years I was gone, things didn’t really change that much.  My family and friends are all still goin’ strong, the same guys are still

Why I'm Leaving India

August 19, 2010   -   59 comments   -  

It’s been almost two years since I decided to pack up and move to India. Living here has been amazing and life-changing.  I’ve experienced tremendous growth both personally (by meeting a ton of awesome people and traveling around the region) and professionally (by surrounding myself with the incredibly talented folks at Directi). Sadly though all good

Journey to the Himalayas (Agra, Manali, Lahul Valley, Dharamsala)

August 18, 2010   -   6 comments   -  

Each summer my buddies from college all get together and spend a few days being debaucherous. We unanimously agree on a host and it’s up to them to ensure a good time. Previous trips included such exotic locations as, the Jersey shore, Cape Cod, Vegas, a trailer park in Mexico and Lake of the Ozarks.

My IgniteMumbai talk on Happiness

April 30, 2010   -   18 comments   -  

Last weekend I gave a short talk as part of the inaugural meeting of IgniteMumbai. It was a really fun experience, the organizers did a great job and the crowd was really into it. The talk was short, but the format made it difficult: 20 slides, 15 seconds apiece, slides automatically rotate. Not much room

Smart + Hard Working + Charismatic = Crazy Successful

December 16, 2009   -   11 comments   -  

There’s the old project management saying: good, cheap and fast… pick two. In the business world I’ve noticed that three characteristics generally determine success: smart, hard working and charismatic. Sure, the definition of success widely varies but for the purposes of this post, I’ll define it as, “the ability to achieve lofty goals.” If you

bahut hi jaldi / too soon

September 29, 2009   -   11 comments   -  

ive been meaning to write another one of these for a while, due to the raging success of my last poem. special thank you to my editors/roomates manoj and general briggs. bahut hi jaldi woh baag mein beti thi jawab ki inthezar mein “mere bina mat jao” woh thokar khaya dheere se hasaa “mujhe dosh

Cost of living comparison: Mumbai vs NYC

July 9, 2009   -   56 comments   -  

Here are some rough cost of living numbers comparing Mumbai and NYC -  some research was done but this is mostly anecdotal based on my experiences.  The below monthly expenses assume you are living very well.  I am erring on the high side. Item INR/USD Cost in India INR/USD Cost of Item in NYC Apartment

Finding a Job Abroad

June 4, 2009   -   10 comments   -  

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain (RT will lerner) A few people have asked

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