Aditya Jhunjhunwala

How comparison messes with your soup.

“You are so slow. Look at your elder brother, he picks up so quickly. So are a slow coach." “Your sister is so responsible. Why can’t you learn something from her?" “You should see the way she...

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A small thing. A big difference.

What’s the difference between coffee and black coffee? What’s the difference between bread and toast? What’s the difference between fresh lime water and fresh lime soda? What’s the difference...

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A longing for laddoos.

In India, we have a laddoo for everything. There is a laddoo for overweight people, for those who are underweight, for pregnant ladies, growing children, for heat, for cold, for slow metabolism,...

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You are God.

It was a blessing to sit next to a great soul for almost 45 minutes. He is the kind of person that the world will remember as a saint, one who served and brought peace upon millions of people. I’m...

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No such thing as ‘giving’

She put her head on my shoulders and cried. She was afraid. Petrified of dogs, she had been surprised when one of the dogs at the farm had been let loose. The fear Inside her had been shaken up....

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Fresh Methi Cucumber Salad

Methi is bitter. I never ate fresh Methi leaves ever before. My friend Dhiraj Pipada is pioneering a drive to bring fresh organic fruits and vegetables to the good people of Pune. I was amazed by...

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I dont want to share you!

I made a new friend. She was like a breath of fresh air. We were like toast and butter, idli and chutney, sweet and sour. We just ‘got’ each other. It was so beautiful. Life was good. I felt...

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I can't face you!

I walked into the room and she had her head dug inside a pile of pillows. My wife and son were also there. It was a funny scene. I asked my wife what is Meisha doing? It seems she had told a lie,...

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Let me make my mistakes!

This was a regular grouse I had with my father. As any father would, he wanted the best for me. Whenever he could see that I am about to make a mistake, he would jump in and want to help me. Young...

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Boring!

A few months ago, in a workshop with about 60 dynamic college going youth, we asked them a question - ‘What is the most painful problem youth are facing today?’. Each group of six people had to...

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I feel alive!

I am staying at my parents house for a few days. I didn't carry my running shoes with me. When I woke up this morning, my mind had a perfectly valid excuse for no exercise - no shoes! I convinced...

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TV is so satisfying!

TV, youtube, satellite, and even Netflix, can be immensely satisfying. I tell myself, “today has a been a long and tiring day, I deserve some TV now!" It is a source of relaxation. Watching TV...

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Please listen to my dreams!

One day, a young boy had a dream. He was sailing across the galaxy in a magical ship. It was a large boat with big sails that resembled the wings of an eagle. He sailed past planets of darkness...

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Fun now OR more fun tomorrow!

I was chatting with a group of youngsters and telling them about the famous ‘marshmallow experiment’ conducted by Walter Mischel in the 1960’s at Stanford University. The children who were willing...

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Help me, but help me.

My young friend was in a little bit of trouble. She urgently needed to buy a box of contact lenses. She was running on her last ones. The power of her lenses is quite high. Tomorrow, she would be...

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We were friends.

We were friends. We did things together. We said some silly things to each other and then we laughed. We even fought open heartedly. We worked. We created some magic. But now its gone. I am with...

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Confidence is a chemical.

Over the last four months I have lost 11kgs, mostly fat stored in my body. I've been exercising regularly, eating right, and limiting the cheat days. I'm suddenly fitting into clothes that I last...

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I need to be understood.

I asked my young friend, what do today’s youth need. After a few blinks, she replied, “I guess we need to be strong. We are too weak. If we take one something, and have a few failures, we just...

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Death, my friend.

As she lay there suffering, I looked into her eyes and saw death. She stared at me. She had a faint smile. Her wrinkled face revealed a melange of peace and pain. I ran my fingers through her...

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When happiness is gone.

She is gone. My project failed. He didn’t even look at me. She doesn’t laugh at my jokes anymore. My friend is now more friendly with someone else. She looked at me with that ‘seeing through’...

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Not yet!

My four year old daughter and five and a half year old son understand the language of ‘not yet’ very well. Their latest love is the cartoon character Pepper Pig. Like many parents, my wife and...

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Marks matter - a matter of marks

Exams results are out. Its always a period of heightened emotions, be it celebration, excitement, disappointment and sometimes even shock and grief. We hear the voices of many who ask this...

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I did it for me.

I did it for me. The other day I made a lovely little sketch of my daughter. I immediately grabbed my phone and posted it on... hehe... FB and Insta. And then within five minutes I was checking to...

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Im getting rid of my 'Lal Batti'

In school I remember being very fascinated by the ‘Lal batti’ on the hood on my friend's father’s car. His dad was a elected representative, who happened to be ’not in power' at that time. Yet,...

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Do!

I was surprised to see him using a makeshift spade to make little trenches. He was planting little saplings in the narrow patch of soil. As I got out of my car, with curiosity I asked him which...

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The well of emotions.

The well of emotions. We went for a swim in a village well. They say it is more than 200 years old. There was no advanced technology then. Yet, they say that it is designed so that there is always...

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What did you learn today?

When I was in the 8th standard, my parents gifted me a ZX Spectrum. That was the first programmable gaming console to hit the market in Indian. You could hook it up to a TV and play video games....

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Laziness is just a BUMP.

When you come to my house, you will come across a big bump about 50m before the gate of our society. Its like a giant speed breaker, almost 7 to 8 feet in height. I guess there is a huge water...

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A holiday state of mind.

Are you enjoying the exams? Does that sound like a strange question? Let me not create unnecessary suspense. I've realised that if I'm not happy now, chances are I won't be happy when I get that...

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When love destroys.

Our son Dhyann is 5 and he gets homework on Fridays. It was a Monday morning. Dhyann was doing his homework and eating breakfast. We were helping him where he got stuck. That's when it struck me....

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I took a leap of faith.

My father used to tell me, a pole vaulter uses the pole to gain height and lift off the ground. But, if she wishes to cross the bar, she cannot afford to keep holding on to the pole. She needs to...

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The curse of the gifted.

When I had one shoe I was happy, I didn’t have to think which one should I wear today. When I was in school I was happy, I didn’t have to think about what should I do today. I had a friend who was...

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A message for the youth.

There a some moments in our life when a person we meet changes our life forever. It may not be because of what he said to did. It's just because of how they live their life. It's because of their...

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How to feel free.

Choose. That’s what I discovered when I was a 9 year old boy. I have this clear memory. My cousins were visiting us for the summer holidays. We were all at in my grandparents home playing in the...

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Do. Forget. Do.

That’s my simple formula. Do something good. Forget about it. Again do something good. Ad infinitum. This is the shortest blog post I’ve written. A part of the reason is that I’m feeling super...

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Am I any good?

Am I making a difference? Am I doing everything I should? This question often hits my senses And I ask myself ‘Am I any good?’ / Clouds loom, thunder strikes. Winds blow, the chill set in. The...

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Winning. The 'micro' way.

Please don't attempt to wrestle with King Kong! He is just to big and strong. There is no chance of winning. The only way win is to get him on your side. I want to get fit. I want to learn a new...

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My Autobiography (in 2021)

This one took courage. This is me putting myself out there for the world to see inspired by the questions in the workbook ‘Thought experiments’ by Narendra Goidani. Have a read, and do hold me...

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My goals found me.

For years I have struggled with setting goals. Revenue goals, unit sales goals, weight loss goals, and even relationship goals. I have tried many systems of goal settings - SMART, SMARTER, and...

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I want you to LIKE me!

Yup, go ahead and like this post. It feels good. The greatest need of ALL people, all the time is validation! My son draws a tree (something that looks like a disjointed hip of an ageing...

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The power of pampering!

We had an evening meeting that went on for a few hours. Around 5pm my stomach usually begins to make a few gurgling sounds. It’s my abdominal alarm clock that reminds me its time for a snack....

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The ‘uncertainty’ drive.

After completing the Lifeschool triathlon successfully in April this year, I had moved into somewhat of a lull. Those 6 months of training were intense. We were team of 74 people. The stakes were...

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The other side of gratitude.

Medicine heals. Poison kills. Yet, many medicines are actually poison when consumed in the wrong way! I do some good. I help someone. I write something that touches you. I say something that moves...

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SIX ways to conquer fear.

ONE Curiosity always gets the better of fear. Seen horror movies? What gets the protagonist to open the that closet, venture into that graveyard, or step down into the attic? It’s what made...

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5 reasons to say NO.

‘What? You are'nt thinking of attending the lecture! Just bunk and come for the movie with us!' ‘Here, just have one more, it won’t kill you!' ‘I’m running late again, can we postpone our...

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I will stop limiting myself.

I was with my friend Siddharth Gaikwad at his home in Bangalore. He is a very senior digital user experience designer. Together, we have been working on creating an online platform for youth. The...

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You did it ‘inspite of’!

What better way to feel the magic of Independence Day than to have experienced the magic of Dipa Karmakar’s feat of standing 4th in the Women’s Vault event in the Rio Olympics. What makes it...

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Your words hurt me!

When spoken words hurt, it feels like the most painful thing in the world. I would rather have broken bones. I would rather have an open wound. Words, it seems, can be more painful than bullets or...

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The golden sound of SILENCE.

I have always been a hyperactive person. It’s tough for me to sit still. I need to read, do, watch, think, learn, draw, run, listen, cook, or… eat! When I got to know my wife better (after 7 years...

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I want your touch!

I came home a little later than usual. The kids were in the process of going to sleep. My wife opened the door. As I walked in, I could see my 5 yr old and my 3 year old walking out behind my...

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The futility of ‘sorry’.

I was studying at a Well-known Institute of Management in Western India (WIMWI is the acronym used in some of the case studies at IIM-A, that involve IIM-A in the narrative). One year of gruelling...

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I’ll think about it!

I knew this guy who is very intelligent and extremely capable. I was sure he would do brilliantly well in whatever work he chose to do in his life. He was sincere, hard working, fun-loving, and...

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TOP 10 reasons why I CAN'T!

I have started a new collection - of brilliant reasons for not taking opportunities. No, Im not talking about stock market opportunities, marriage proposals, or opportunities to hitchhike a ride...

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The deluge.

We were good friends. We worked well together, inspite of the fact that we were very different from each other in terms of our personalities. Yet, there was a mutual respect, even an...

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Iss field mein SCOPE hai kya?

I have heard this question a gazillion times ‘Is there scope in biotechnology?’. The last word in the sentence can be replaced by photography, film editing, hotel management, literature studies,...

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I love to ‘DO’!

I was just 18 years year old. I never thought I could do it. I took up the project in a moment of crazy curiosity. I used to take guitar lessons with a wonderful and loving teacher, Silveira Sir....

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On Pain

She looked the other way. His face twisted into disgust. I found I had been wrong all along, And my world came crashing down He told me I was not ready. She said she felt uncared for. In one...

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Falling, falling, falling...

My cousin Shivani is one of those people who many describe as ‘a big bang in a tiny package’. She has read literature at Oxford, been a Teach for India fellow, helped put together and manage a...

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Lazy kya? It’s not your fault!

The American psychologist and author Madeline Levy, writes in her book ‘The Price of Privilege’ that ‘kids who have everything easily available can often feel empty.’ Her shocking realisation over...

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My passion found me!

When I was in engineering college I had an obsession - learning the guitar. I found an excellent teacher, and I became his sincere student. He had tremendous hope in me. I would practise...

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What is the power of YOUTH?

Last week, we asked a question to several youngsters who have graduated from the Dancing with Tigers workshop. The question was 'What according to you is the power of youth?' We got 29 responses....

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Hey WINNER, forget your bygone victory!

When we were in management school, we were told that in the world of investment banking “you are only as good as your last deal!" Now that’s a lot of pressure. I may have had a history of 15 years...

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I will be a GREAT mentee!

The word ‘mentee' has nothing to do with mint, mentos or mental! ‘Mentee' is the counterpoint of ‘mentor’. Mentee is the one who receives the wisdom and guidance of a mentor. A mentor-mentee...

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Do you have the 5% advantage?

I had made huge efforts for the last three months. I had trained relentlessly for 12 to 13 hours a week. After numerous ups and downs, turns and twists, victories and losses, the penultimate week...

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No-bake ENERGYmmmmm bars!

For the longest time I have had this fascination with every bars (and also energy balls - or laddoo's). Recently our Triathlon inspiration Malhar Ganla, inspired a few of us to start a 12-hr...

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Do you want to be an overnight success?

Last week me and my wife were chilling at a beach in north Goa. Suddenly my wife screamed for me to look towards the sea. A little surprised at her sense of urgency, I immediately got up from my...

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Do you have a bath everyday?

Hmmm… you don’t have to answer that. I know the answer. Unless you live in the arctic zone, or in a log cabin somewhere northern Norway, where the temperature goes below minus 20 degrees Celsius...

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OMG, I took a wrong turn!

I was driving along to reach the hospital to celebrate with my cousin’s family for the birth of their baby. As I arrived at the T Junction, instead of taking a right, I took a left. I had been on...

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Fake it till you make it!

Here is another one about me and my experiments on my 4 year old son Dhyann. I have a little outgrowth on my left ear. It’s a birth defect. Or, should I say, it’s a gift. It is something that has...

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I will do something awesome, TODAY.

I remember clearly how much I used to look forward to summer holidays. I would make detailed plans. My plans were not just about movies, food and hanging out. Learning to play a musical...

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The purpose of education.

My friend Amit took an extra year to complete his engineering degree. Yes, he failed a year. There were enough people who mocked him and laughed at him. His parents were concerned. They were happy...

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Go, break the rules!

Rules are meant to be broken, some say. All great creators, inventors, and artists have broken rules. The defied existing paradigms, norms and broke the stated and unstated rules of the game in...

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Strong Vs Weak FEAR

When I was a child, I remember being scared of the dark.The fear would literally grip my body, contracting my muscles, send a shiver down my spine, and make the hair on my body stand. I have felt...

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