All posts by Prateek Modi

I am a village simpleton from a place called Hapur. I am fond of reading, writing and exploring life. I generally like people, places and crazy adventures. Oh, and I'm also fond of collecting useless crap such as bills, memos and memories.

Airtel Half Marathon 2013 – My Experience

I have been wanting to run on the road ever since I’ve passed out of Welham, back in 2008. That was the last I ran in a half marathon. I had been thinking about it since forever but since I’d been constantly travelling and living in Hapur, it didn’t seem feasible.

It so happened that one of my colleagues recently signed up for Airtel’s Half Marathon scheduled for 15th December, 2013. I thought he was joking and assumed he was just doing it for fun. However, when he came to office late the next day and told us how he got up at 6 in the morning to run 7 KM, it really inspired me.

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hiring people

Recruiting a techie for a start up in Delhi

One of the responsibilities that I have been given at Drizzlin include hunting down and hiring a solid tech team to handle all technology related interventions across clients and services. These include projects which are outsourced, improving internal projects such as our web properties. Considering the fact that we are a digital marketing company, a stellar tech team is actually a fundamental aspect and we have finally begun working in this direction.

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22 things that happy people do differently – My version

A very close friend of mine recently forwarded me the link to an article which was titled:

22 things happy people do differently

Now my first reaction was that of indifference and oh-I-know-what-they-do because I have read plenty of such articles, blog posts, guides, pictures and trolls on the internet. Most of them parrot each other and talk essentially the same thing. So I decided I will read and process this article differently.

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Cold Calling and Asking for Help – Is that how you run an NGO?

This post highlights my “do-or-die” policy of getting things done when I want to or when they have been lying undone for a long time. This letter was supposed to go out a week back but somehow, I just kept postponing it because I wanted to research how to send proposals when you are asking for help.

Whether I should do this or that. So I did all kinds of searches on Google.

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What if social media was invented a few decades back?

What if social media was invented a few decades before? What would happen?

Mahatma Gandhi would call a meeting of his aides to discuss the Dandi March:

“Nehru, what do you think should we do?”

“Wait, did you see this troll of Lord Irwin. This guy is killing it. Let me just like this post. Sorry, what were you saying?”, Nehru would probably reply, with half his attention diverted  into his swanky iPhone.

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Funny Indian Politics

On a whim today, I was watching news channels and listening to interviews of Indian politicians. A funny thing, I saw.

On one channel was Narendra Modi, talking about important issues such as the state of the economy, making better use the youth by developing their skills and other progressive initiatives. Things you want to hear from a leader (it’s another matter if they aren’t really doing what they’re talking about)

On another channel was Digvijay Singh who had been asked about his take on Mr. Modi and he said:

“I want to know his Marital status. Why doesn’t he talk about his marital status? I’m telling you he is a horse with blinkers who has been brought by RSS.”

Is a slower city, a better, healthier city?

In Italy, there’s a city called “Slow city” where people are urged to live a slower life. The kind of life people in India’s small towns and villages enjoy. A lot of American doctors, self-help gurus, writers, etc. are advocating a slower lifestyle, less consumerism, more quiet, stronger family ties, organic food, more walking/cycling, less worry, etc. Does it ring a bell? All these things are a part of life in India. But no, we don’t like this, we want that. The grass is green and all that.

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