Publications – 71 to 80: For The Joy of Sharing

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#80 Financial and Budgeting Skills I Learnt From My MoM


By Oliver Sequeira
Senior Management BFSI experience across Sales,
BD, Operations and Customer Service
Bangalore, India


Foreword by Venkat
This sweet and beautiful article by Oliver reminds me of pollination and seed dispersal in Botany. From a fruit comes a seed and from the seed grows a tree with many fruits. Likewise, from experience comes new learning and from the learning comes new experience. While some lessons grow us into new areas, others grow us deeper in the same domain. Skills in finance and teaching fall in the second category growing us deeper with every experience. For mothers (especially of the generation where Oliver and myself belong) who used to deal with local grocery vendors, hawkers and shopkeepers literally everyday, the knowledge and experience in home finance was undoubtedly rich and deep. It is so wonderful to see the core principles of savings, budgeting, negotiation, upselling, cross-selling, goodwill and trust from Oliver’s “MoM” learnt early in his life have made him a fine financial advisor and successful in his financial career.

Enjoy the lovely recollection of lessons from Oliver’s memories of his mother on her birthday which he began to write on the International Mothers’ day. A touching tribute to all mothers indeed!


#79 Ink and Fable


Grade 10

Foreword by Venkat
Belief does as much to action as imagination to thought. Belief and imagination are two distinct ‘taste buds’ in our cultivated taste for interpretation. Needless to say, each person has a different taste for the same thing. Fiction and myth have a much larger role than to depict figments of imagination. Entering into the realms of the unreal, takes us out of our usual thinking patterns to see the real in a different light and to question our beliefs. Navya ventures into questioning the ‘existent’ fictional characters and their representation in our beliefs in a logical and persuasive effort in her article. As she finally draws the reader to the comforting (or discomforting) fact that fiction works best in the fictional world, it underlines the reason why fiction is meant to remain unreal. The taste of the unreal brings new differentiation and nuances in our tastes of the real. Navya brings her fresh and thought provoking view of the world of ink and fable to give us good food for fable!

Explore and feel the sharp inquisitiveness as Navya guides on her track of thought studded with many relevant questions.



By Alexis Zahner
Co-Director of Human Leaders
LinkedIn Top 20 Voices 2022
Thought(ful) Leader & Speaker
Lennox Head, NSW, Australia


Foreword by Venkat
Resilience is the single most fitting nominee to be the ‘word of our times’ considering the need for capability to handle new and unpredictable changes in our environment. One has to develop a toolset of skills to interact with the self as well as the outer world to prepare, understand, decide and act for effective outcomes. Nothing could be more rewarding than to receive guidance from a leader who has tried and tested this toolset of skills in personal experience. Alexis does just that, bringing her hard-learned experience and knowledge in this beautiful share of the collection of books that really matter to be resilient. The collection covers habits, change, thinking, courage, consciousness, self-awareness, judgement, fearlessness and mindful communication. These are key elements for not just effective leadership but for effective living as well. Truly grateful to Alexis for the kindness in putting this together for the benefit and inspiration of others.

For a jackpot of amazing learning, ideas and inspiration, please find the list of ‘must have’ books along with the lovely short review by Alexis.



By Dr. Ravi Shankar Iyer
CEO of Accenture Center of Excellence at IIT Madras
Chennai, India


Foreword by Venkat
A smile around brings a smile within and peace within has the potency to bring peace around. Intense emotions and intricate logic as well seem to carry the power to recreate themselves in their vibrations. Such a deeply thought design for the weekdays in our ancient texts on astronomy is not only intricately logical but beautiful as well. It touches and stirs our mind into the realms of the capacities we are endowed with and not yet realized. Dr. Ravi Shankar brings out the structure and method behind the sequence of the naming of the weekdays based on his study from various quoted sources. The tables make it easy to absorb the logic and the method.

Explore and be inspired by the beautiful ‘algorithm’ behind the naming of our weekdays in Dr. Shankar’s easy-to-read writing.


#76 Let Go


Aarti Ahuja
Certified Life Amplification Coach,
Entrepreneur Coach (ICF ACSTH)
Soft Skills & Corporate Trainer
Food Technologist
Sexuality Educator,
Bangalore, India



By Jiayin Zheng
Algorithm Engineer
Beijing, China


Foreword by Venkat
Every learning goal in its intention must bring changes in our long term memory, and transform us in the way we think. Both cannot be achieved by being “air-dropped” to the goal. This transformational process can only happen step by step through a rigorous journey towards the goal. Once transformed, the goal which was earlier set as an endpoint becomes the starting point for the next one. Hence truly speaking continuous learning is never about ‘reaching’ anywhere. Nevertheless, goal-setting is an important practice in learning but one may get lost without understanding the true intention of the learning goal. Jiayin shares her experience as she found her way out of the confusion with too much focus on achieving goals with multiple things to work on. Many people especially the young, face the same stress and confusion. This gets fueled with the peer level competition and social media spotlight on goals misconceived as endpoints to be ravished upon.

Explore the pitfalls of wrong focus on goals through Jiayin’s engaging narrative and succinct message.




#73 What Is A “Safe Environment”?


Pihu Saraff
Grade 9

Foreword by Venkat
White pepper moths are better visible (and more vulnerable to predators) on dark barked trees. Such moths will understand safety better than black pepper moths on dark trees with lesser reasons to fear. Pihu comes again in her second article, power-packed with thought provoking questions to ponder over. She explores the living conditions of the slum dwellers in the city and discovers the hard realities of their lives. While there are organizations that work hard to bring support and care, there seems a lot to be done still. Not just in the support channels but in realigning the perception of the privileges which many of us may take for granted. The best lever to bridge the divide between the rich and poor is in changing the mindset and not in material or financial distribution. Pihu is spot on in her persuasion to open one’s eyes to the lives in the slums who gasp for shelter and as insecure as the white pepper moths on dark barked trees.

Brace up for some stunning questions on life as you go through Pihu’s bold exploration of the slums in a wonderful exposition of her message.



By Dr. Bhalachandra Keni
Physician, Hospital and Healthcare Management
Acupuncture Practitioner, Astrologer
Bangalore, India


Foreword by Venkat
As a second year student of Dr. Bala’s Vedic Astrology course (and as a faculty member of his institute SIVA), I run out of words of appreciation for the beautiful and simple structure of his courses. His material is the result of collection of evidences (from his research studies with thousands of birth charts) and the scriptural texts of Jyotisha Shashtra (Vedic Astrology). This short series of articles provide a bird’s eye view on Vedic Astrology through the basic definitions of the terminology for those who are unaware of them. To those who are curious and interested, it is highly recommended to join his online courses which are offered free of charges. The approach is scientific and the belief in SIVA is that astrology findings are for aligning our actions which are statistically more likely to yield good experiences. In his own words, astrology is not for predicting the future.

Enjoy these simple and short articles in the series to explore the key features and terminology in Vedic astrology.


#71 Rail Gauges


Gurubaran Magesh
Grade 4

Foreword by Venkat
An octogenarian student of mine recently told that age does not matter to be a guru. Now, I have the fortune to say the same thing to a young 4th grade boy who is also literally Guru by name! Thank you dear Guru for the enlightening information on rail gauges which I never knew before your sweet overview on the same. Keep up the good work of researching and studying!

Explore the coverage on railway line gauges in depth and breadth as Gurubaran provides insights on the four major gauges neatly summarized with a global view on the usages!