“I randomly decided to pursue law–I always wanted to become a chef, but that remained a dream & I became a lawyer instead. Honestly, the 1st time I felt passionately about law was during my 1st internship with a judge– I learnt a lot & realised that I was actually really good at it. After that, I studied my heart out & dreamt of wearing that black robe.
But when the time came to get a job– I got rejection after rejection. I don’t know what it was, but I tried to be positive– I made legal notices in the interim & pushed to get anything. After my 50th rejection, I decided to step back & regroup. After some contemplation, I decided to start my own firm– everyone thought I was crazy! I was 22 & starting a firm– even my parents tried to talk me out of it. But I decided that it was now or never– I used all my savings to hire 1 person & rent a small office space.
It was a struggle– there was little work. All my savings were invested in this, so I didn’t have any financial stability. I wanted to give up often… I wondered if I was just a bad lawyer, but I yanked myself out of it & decided to focus on my strengths– my writing & salesmanship. My target was to meet 3 new people everyday & pitch myself– most didn’t pay attention to me because I was competing with those who were in the industry for 50 years! I kept pushing– I had to convince someone to give me a shot & let my work speak for itself.
After a few months, I landed my 1st big client– I was over the moon! I poured my heart into making every little detail perfect & they were so happy that they signed me on, on retainer. That’s how I began & slowly, I got more clients– I still remember the feeling of getting my first cheque! It made all those rejections worth it.
Today, 5 years later, at 28– I have 200 clients & a team of 14 lawyers working with me. I take a chance on all those freshers who didn’t land jobs because I know where they’re coming from. But let me tell you, if I hadn’t been rejected over 50 times, I would have never had the courage to start my own firm. So maybe the next time you get rejected, know that it’ll suck at the time, but in the long term...it may just be the best thing that happened to you!”
“My mom is the pillar of the family -- she moved from Udaipur to Mumbai for her daughters because she wanted to give us moral support, as my sister's working and I've joined college. Even though other people around her told her not to move with us… she knew she was required here... I guess mom's just know. My sister and I are very close, my mom just balances us out. Even though I secretly think that she loves my sister more. My sister, who'll steal my manchurian from me and start a World War III in our house. But ever the superwoman - my mom saves the day by stopping our petty fights and helping us makeup. She just centers us. I’m so glad she moved down to be with us... we'd be miserable without her, but most importantly -- she can help me guard my manchurian!"
10,048461 October, 2018
“I’ve been working here at the same place for 23 years. I actually used to work at a factory before this, but they had to let a lot of people go and shut down… that’s when I realised that I needed to do something of my own. This way, I can always depend on myself. So I started this business of fixing shoes. I’m 77 years old and I have kids and grandkids of my own – all I can do is hope they are proud of me for making the choices that I made, because I’m certainly happier being my own boss. I can never get fired!”
14,9439022 March, 2019
“I noticed this girl online who was running a Yahoo fan club & wrote extremely well. So one day, I messaged her & we started chatting. I didn’t know much about her, but in the 2nd chat I told her something like ‘I want to marry someone like you.’ She immediately brushed it off. But we kept on chatting on & off for around 2 years & on Valentine’s day 2007, I actually proposed to her. We hadn’t even met each other yet, but my gut told me that she was the one. She on the other hand thought I was crazy. She said we were from 2 different worlds–she was finishing her undergrad in the U.S. while I was running a startup in Calcutta. She told me about the hurdles we’d have to cross. I just asked her where she saw her future & she said she wanted to move to Bombay. So I moved my business here to overcome that hurdle.
Finally, she flew down & we met in June. I was mesmerized! We immediately hit it off & 9 days later she accepted my proposal! To spend more time with her & also prepare for our future, I started going for GMAT classes with her. She told her mom about us 3 weeks later who didn’t take it well. She went back to the US after & her dad didn’t approve either. My website was in the top 1500s of the world– I was established, but still, her parents had their doubts. But I was ready to prove them wrong. Eventually, her father came down to visit me. The condition he placed was that she had to finish her MBA & I had to stand on my 2 feet & buy a home for us. I was more than happy to do it– I waited for for her & spent my time working for our home. Within 18 months, while she finished her MBA, I’d bought the house!
Believe it or not, we didn’t meet from October 2007, until on our Roka in 2010. Where again, she left me mesmerised. After all that waiting, we finally got married! Now we’re equal partners in everything - as parents, homemakers & in our businesses. We both run our own companies, so I remember even after she delivered we’d take turns to stay up each night. If she had work, I’d take over–we’re partners in every sense. Many people say, ‘if it’s meant to be, it will be’ but I believe that if it’s love, it’s worth the fight–if not for love, then for what else?”
21,51441911 November, 2018
“Growing up, I was the ‘chubster’ of the house– I hated it. People gave me ‘solutions’ for my weight. My mom put me on meal supplements, but I gained more weight. I tried to accept my body, but I was uncomfortable in my skin. I never let it show though. For my friends, I was a crazy foodie. Everyday, we’d go to a café, order everything on the menu & chat for hours–I’d make everyone laugh.
Things changed within a year. That birthday, I went to Malaysia with my friends. While shopping, none of the stores had my size & repeatedly said ‘too fat’ in their broken English. I spent the evening crying & decided to weigh myself–I was 102 Kgs. I didn’t think I was that fat! That night, I binged on junk & felt shallow. I was shattered & lost all hope. That same year, my dad had a heart attack & was bedridden–that triggered me. I knew I had to change… not for others, but for me.
I started rigorous workouts every day, watched my diet, calories & stopped eating out. My life revolved around this. I quit my job as a makeup artist, worked freelance & planned everything around my workouts.
In 2 years, I went from 102 kgs to 54 kgs. Now, I was afraid I wouldn’t keep the weight off. I was still obsessed. Everything was about calories & I lived in constant fear–my new body still didn’t make me happy.
I was so afraid that I stopped enjoying life. Even when I’d lost about 50 kgs & I was thin–I didn’t love myself. My confidence was at its lowest. One day, during a friend’s wedding, he told me I’d changed. I was physically healthier but not mentally. He missed his old friend–the most fun person in the room. After that disagreement, I turned to food again.
It hit me hard– it wasn’t the weight I should’ve focused on, it should’ve been my health. The key was balance. It didn’t matter what people thought of me. They’d be unhappy anyway. I had to make sure there was one person happy & that person had to be me.
I’ve let loose since–I work out to be healthy & gaining a few KGs don’t faze me. I’ve resumed life–I go out to my favorite restaurants & love my body as is. I finally know that the weighing scale just shows my weight, not my worth–that’s a great feeling to have!” #IShapeMyWorld
14,11815027 October, 2018
“I’ve received all kinds of rejections. The weirdest one was when the casting director just saw me and before I could open my mouth, pointed at me and said, ‘not fit’ and then pointed to the door. It was rough. But I guess you need to take these things with a pinch of salt and not let them affect you. I’m actually just heading to another audition, but I stopped to pick up a chocolate brownie before – I need a little ‘pick me up’ before this one.”
"I've never actually met one in the wild, but I have seen a king cobra. They go towards people, they rear up six feet tall and they're very aggressive and they are very fast. And one bite means certain death. So if I encountered a king cobra in the wild I would be very alarmed."~David Attenborough
This brave man held a cobra near one of the colony buildings. I asked him if he needed anything, he replied "A big plastic container..", No one had that, so he slowly walked off to release it some distance away. I saw the snake flare its hood and also heard the "hiss" of the cobra-for real, for the first time!
India's second busiest airport after Delhi. Initially, the airport was named Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport but later the Maharashtra govt. renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. The airport consists of two terminals T1 (for domestic) and T2 (for both domestic and international). I was really stunned by the architecture of Terminal 2. The terminal has been designed by American firm skidmore, owings & merrill.
If you guys get a chance, please visit.