The Limits Are Set By Ourselves

Today was going to be difficult. Since last 3 days, I am writing papers of my final exam of PT MBA Trimester-2. Today is the last paper. Being a part-time course, we do not get much time to study, as we need to go to office and then attend classes in the evening. Moreover, the trimester is going just too fast. It hardly took 10 weeks to complete. Unless one can dedicate few hours daily for studies, it is very very difficult to cope up. There are very lucky few who can do that.

After the exam, which got over at 5.00 pm, I was supposed to compere a show of Arangetram by daughters of two of my friends. It was too hectic. I had no time to study or prepare anything for the show. I could not even read even once the material given by their teacher. It was difficult.

But, I wanted to do it. I wanted to pass through that test. I may face difficulty, but I would learn from it.

And I did. And hence I want to share that with you… The learnings that is…!

I learnt that the limits are set by us. They do not exist outside. We can do whatever we set out to do.

I learnt that your spouse is the most important person in your life. When the whole world around you may be unaware about what you are passing through, he/she is very much in tune of what is going on inside, outside and around you. Who else can be so completely in sync with you ?

I learnt that the job of thanking oneself needs to be done ourselves. All are absorbed in their own world (as we ourselves are…!)

The Great Escape !

I was invited to speak to a group of around 315 youngsters at Great Escape. We had a 3-hour session in the afternoon. The energy was remarkable. All looked fresh (after washing themselves in that water park…). They did not fall asleep even after that preaching from me for more than 2 hours. There were some brilliant boys and girls who spoke about their own career, experiences and the lessons they had learnt. I learnt few things from them. I remembered my youth days. They are much better then what I was then…!

I learnt there are 2 sets of people. One, who feel thankful when you do some good for them. Others are completely thankless. They just forget to register your contribution. In their presence, you wonder whether you do exist or ceased to be…!  But, it is the former crowd which makes the world a better place to live.

I learnt, you must stand by your decision. In that function, somebody mentioned his views against inter caste marriages. I myself am against inter caste marriages, because of some (of course according to me !) logical reasons. One of the boys from the community who came to speak clearly stated that he himself had married outside the community and had no regrets. I respected his conviction and his clarity. His wife must have felt very proud.


I learnt, that all human beings are essentially same. Outwardly we may see some minor differences, but finally, we all have similar traits, feelings, reactions and idiosyncrasies. We all like to be praised. We all like to be with other people as long as we get our way. We all have our ego, which drives us.

I also shared some of my insights and experiences. My message to them was :
3 things, very simple, but if listened to, very profound. :
1)      For a sound body — exercise.
2)      For a sound mind — read.
3)      There is no free lunch.