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Month: March 2021

On dhoti and minimalism

Jeans never felt like the symbol of minimalism.

To begin with, making one takes up an average of 2000 litres of water! The chemicals used in bleaching, processing and packaging are proven to be hazardous for you overtime (Because the skin is the largest organ), they don’t last as long as they used to and we discard instead of maximising them.

Unusually, I found a worthy solution that not only reconnected me to my Marwadi roots but also stunned me by its sheer simplicity.

A dhoti is where the minimalist buck stops! 

It costs 1/10th of a branded jeans and it fits everyone! There will never be a need for sizing, it can be worn in umpteen number of styles, needs no adjusting post a feast, can be washed once a week (or more if you work from home), it’s usually made of 100% cotton so it’s breathable, healthy and easy to maintain. In the past 30-days of my attempt, I felt like I had a cloud between my legs when I was in a dhoti! It is that comfortable!

PS: Today is Rajasthan Divas and I’m committing to wearing a Dhoti and Jhubba to work for the next 6-months. If you can, do join in. 

There is enough time.

Being ambitious with time can be fatal.

We terribly underestimate the amount of time an accomplishment will take. The smarter you think you are, the sooner you set the deadlines for your mighty goals.

It’s hard to accept that progress takes significantly more time despite precisely drafted business plans, creative use of resources or even the glaringly obvious problems your audience is tolerating.

Instead of being ambitious with time, why not be flexible with it?

From notes to navel.

The essence of taking good notes is that it leads to thoughtful actions.

The hard labour of capturing, applying and refining our learnings.

Doing the deeper work of digesting the needle moving insights is worthwhile.

When the path tests you.

When days go by without making a sale.

When resistance knocks off weeks worth of writing.

When a month passes without publishing an episode.

Your faith sulks, enthusiasm pales and energy dives.

What if you gazed at this phase as a test? A filter that separates the persisting professional from the wandering amateur.

Stay the course. Especially when the path tests you.