I don’t mind what happens

I just finished a wonderful book called 4000 weeks on our work and our short life. Oliver Burkeman says that human lives are tragically very short. He says assuming one life to be 80 years old, translates to about 4000 weeks. I am nearing 50, so I have only about 1500 weeks to live. If I die early like my father at 60, I have only 500 weeks. I am embarrassed, I feel I haven’t achieved anything nor do I have property and assets to leave behind for my children....

December 1, 2021 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

Your Parents dont love as much as you think they love you

I realise most of my perceptions about relationships are shaped by Bollywood. Growing up, when you have a father from the silent generation (Yes, people born between 1925-1935 were known as the silent generation) and an alcoholic mother who was always passed out. You try to make sense of the world through popular culture. I have in my earlier blog post hinted at the grey areas of my perception of women....

October 22, 2021 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

Ten pieces of advice I would give to my younger self

There are times in my life, I feel I had someone elder who was good and articulate at giving me advice. So here is my list of ten advice I would give my younger 15-year-old. 1. Your parents won’t be around. My father used to say he will live till 100, so when i got a call in the middle of the night he was no more,I was 26. It was hard for me to wrap my head around this fact....

October 15, 2021 · 4 min · Manoj Nayak

Son I I give you the red pill

Now you are a young man! You will be more than eager to start a relationship with a beautiful woman. Falling in love with a woman is the most beautiful and probably the most terrifying thing in your life. The more afraid you are of falling in love, the more in love you will be. This woman will either make you or break you. After your mother , she will be the most important woman you will ever meet....

September 24, 2021 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

Read Kabir Bedi's Autobiography

I am so not into Bollywood, but after shifting to Bandra in 2013. I have kind of been seeing a lot many Bollywood personalities which I was never really exposed to. One of the first stars I saw was Alia Bhat in 2013 at Yoga House (whom I didn’t recognise, as I had never seen her movie) but I thought she looked familiar. Then of course Shahrukh Khan red chilli entertainment has a Starbucks and I was a regular there once....

September 4, 2021 · 3 min · Manoj Nayak

Woke culture is getting on my nerves!

I don’t know why I started looking into the inner workings of Woke culture for past few years. Maybe my radar detects a serious threat from this culture. The thing is, I’ve never been a collectivist, I don’t have that thing inside me that says you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. I’m going to do what I think is right. I have certain values and such malevolent collectivist groups threaten me....

June 8, 2021 · 4 min · Manoj Nayak

A small-town girl drives guys in our building crazy

She was from a smaller town, but she created a romantic stir when she came to our house in Mumbai. Something about her radiated warmth and besides, she was good-looking. Tall, beautiful and she resembled an actress of that time named Jaya Prada. She lived with us for a few years, I don’t remember how many precisely. All I remember is that she drove the guys in our building crazy. There were love letters being dropped in from the upstairs balcony via a thread, through the letterbox hole, and even hand-delivered....

May 27, 2021 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

What i learned about life after my mother’s death

My mother passed away on the 1st of December, I think I must have met her twice in the last 35 years of her life. Yes, I am a divorce kid who grew up with his Dad. In case you want to know What it is like growing without a mother I was curious to know the person who was my mother I always felt that I should go live with her and take care of her and know her, but it never materialised....

December 13, 2020 · 5 min · Manoj Nayak

Post Modernism - A New Operating System for the World

I am deeply interested in philosophy, as philosophy is the most fundamental block of how we operate as a society. The place of philosophers I think is much higher than the scientist. Scientists build things, but Philosophers help make sense of things. What good are the fanciest cars or planes if you are going crazy? This is where philosophers come to the rescue. You might have seen or heard the crazy woke riots in Portland, NY and San Francisco on TV?...

November 25, 2020 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

Ganesh Chaturthi was the happiest time of my childhood

Of all the festivals, I loved the Ganesh Festival most in my childhood. We lived on the 3rd floor. But on the 2nd floor lived this gentleman named “Sonavane” (I may be wrong about the last name, it’s been almost 35/40 years now). Mr-Sonawane had 2 boys. They did not live with their father, but the 2 boys and their mother both lived in Pune. But during Ganpati Festival, Mr Sonavane’s 2 children used to come to Mumbai to visit Ganesh Festival as their father had been hosting Ganesh Murthi at their home for years,...

September 12, 2020 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak