Goals – January 2012

One of my new year’s resolutions was to set goals and complete them. I have set a bunch of goals for the entire year but I think it would be smarter if I break them down month wise from now on. Anyway, this is an analysis on the progress of those goals during the month of January.


Very happy with the progress of this. I have already completed reading The adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes and A Study in Scarlet. Currently reading The Sign of the Four. At the current pace, I should be able to read 10 new books by the end of June.


My blogging goals have been trugding along at an average pace. I had initially set a goal of publishing 10 articles in 30 days and then 20 posts in 30 days. I have so far published:

  1. http://www.bollykings.com/jaimal-odedra-exclusive-interview-don-2/
  2. http://www.bollykings.com/why-i-love-bollywood/
  3. http://www.bollykings.com/sunny-leone-in-jism-2/
  4. http://www.bollykings.com/student-of-the-year-hindi-movie-2012/
  5. http://www.bollykings.com/kahaani-hindi-movie-trailer-vidya-balans-next-bollywood-film/
  6. http://www.bollykings.com/players-movie-review/
  7. http://www.bollykings.com/ek-deewana-tha-preview/
  8. http://www.bollykings.com/ekk-deewana-tha-music-review/
  9. http://www.bollykings.com/talaash-movie-trailer-will-it-be-a-hit-or-a-flop/

The social engagement across Facebook, twitter and google was pretty dismal:

January Articles

I think this calls for changing the goals slightly. Ofcourse, right now my website is not ranking on Google so these statistics will also get affected. However, I still have Facebook and Twitter and if I can get something valuable there, I’m quite sure the traffic will increase. There’s no point publishing new articles if no one’s reading them. I should place more emphasis on achieving better reader metrics because that will also reflect improvement in my writing and marketing.


Fitness goals are also working along fine. I’m now not running that regularly because I’ve joined a local gym which I’m going to quite religiously. Slight change of fitness goals here too.


This is the worst area. I’m not performing well at all financially.

I’ve landed one client (who also happened to be a relative) and completed making his website from which I will earn a cool 50$.

I don’t know how important this aspect is though because ever since I’ve moved to Delhi, I’ve noticed that I’m living a more frugal life. There’s no TV in my house which has culminated in lesser distractions and more reading. There’s limited internet access too so I don’t end up wasting time on useless things. There’s more walking, less eating out, more working, less worrying which is slowly improved the state of my brain. I think living a frugal life is a good thing but then a little more $$ in your wallet doesn’t hurt!

Some goals need improvement here too!

Other random goals:

I’ve started teaching one kid who’s in grade IV. It’s a nice experience, teaching someone. I think I’m learning from that kid too. Visited an NGO meeting also but haven’t got around to volunteering with them – their volunteer program is not managed that nicely because those guys are really busy with other important things.


I think this was a decent month over all. I have made considerable progress. And I’ve tracked it also. After so many months, I’ve fought laziness.

Anyhow, I’ll go and jot down some goals for the month of February.

Money – Do we give it more importance than we should?

Why do Indian parents force their kids into ‘safe’ career options when the country is witnessing a vast change in it’s overall outlook? Why do they want their kids to go into careers which have ‘several options’ or where the ‘scope’ is limitless? Isn’t this morally wrong – to impose one’s own wishes on the kid?

I read somewhere that making each and every decision for your child has a lot of severe disadvantages which are often overlooked. A – It will severely affect your kid’s ability to make decisions. B – There’s a tendency to impose one’s own wishes and desires which have not been fulfilled after one’s own life has finished, on the kids.

If the kid wants to do something else, shouldn’t they be allowed to do so? Especially after college when they are old enough to decide?

baking as a career
What! You want to bake cakes for a living?!?!?!

A friend of mine is fond of baking. Now baking as a career is definitely not the conventional career path that parents choose for their kids in our country. But if this person wants to bake for a living, if she loves this more than anything else and is willing to work hard at it, why not give her a chance?

I seriously feel that a majority of Indian parents have stopped having fun in life, they have stopped growing up. Especially in Delhi. After all, there is so much ‘competition’ in the world right? What will happen if they don’t choose a high paying career? Money is so important right? Much more important than having fun in life?

We are born in this world as beautiful little creatures as babies. White, pink, soft and tender. As the years go by, we become old and old and old and old..and as we become old, we usually become unhappy about this and that. Critical and cynical about things in life, we try and enjoy whatever little we can. Why do people do this to themselves? Why can’t I have fun all the time? Is it is necessary to be ‘serious’ so that we can face the competition and make big bucks? What if I don’t want to? Why should I spend the day working like a log earning 2 lac per month salary when I’m content with making 20 grand a day?

Independence Day: If You Think You’re Free, it’s about Time You Thought Again!

It’s a clichéd statement, really. Y’all know you’re not free. Free to choose what you really want to do with your life. Free to decide for yourselves what’s good or what’s bad for you. Free to live without fear because the world’s filled with of bunches of people whose definition of fun is terrorizing harmless people with RPGs and Automatic Kalashinovs. Free to do a job which you are truly passionate about. You do this job because somehow you’ve been led to believe that a 6 figure salary will end all troubles.

You believe that if you:

1. Take up engineering after school and an MBA after engineering and

2. A boring, numbing, life-sucking, soul-draining job, somehow you’ll be safe and society will be pleased.

And then one day you will take a deep breath of relief, with a fat bank account to ride on. Kick back for times of revelry and drunken debaucheries.

Even if that day comes after you’ve crossed 50 years of age and about to start living on high BP pills, insulin, knee surgery, hip bolts, 38 inch trousers, prescriptions, retirement plans and other silly tensions. I’m not doing preaching here. I’m merely picturising what roughly 50% of urban Indians live like. Not that the rest fare any better, what with only 20 bucks to spend in a whole day.  I may, but of course, be wrong.

I was meditating today when dear old God decided it was time to talk some sense into me, a confused young man. It was about time the boy had an epiphany of some sort. Otherwise he probably might give up hope all together.

So this is what he told me, quite matter of factly:

“Dear boy. I have come here to tell you not to do certain things. Please don’t rush to do an MBA just because everyone is doing it. It might not light that fire inside you. Think very carefully before you decide to study hours preparing for a civil service exam. I doubt your patience for something like that. And please for my sake, don’t do a 9 to 5 job. Its too darn boring and I didn’t create you to do boring shit with your life.”

To be honest, I was quite confused. I asked him:

“Hey Bhagwan. I get the part about the over hyped MBA and the difficult civil services exam. I’m quite sick of writing exams frankly. Have had enough of the Indian education jing-bang I think. At least for now. I guess you’re right about the job part too. I’d rather not be a cog in some evil corporate machinery and suck blood out of other fellows. Or spend time working my ass off in a cubicle for do-waqt-ki-roti. So what do I do with my life then?”

“I don’t know. I mean I do know. I know everything. But I won’t make it so easy for you now, will I? Do you think I told Steve Jobs in his ear that he was meant to make his millions selling fancy designer gadgets which would revolutionize the way people listen and download music, work on a computer, talk for hours on a phone or read books on their swanky iPads? He found that out for himself man. Or do you think I told Sonia Gandhi that she would make her crores looting billions of people? What you do with your life is your business. I’m just telling you what not to do with it. How you make your millions, that’s totally upto you. Do remember, you always have a choice.”

What the hell. I ask Him what I should do and he starts the good old lecture.

So I reply with a casual:

“All rightey Old Top. If you think I’m gonna start making computers in my dad’s garage you’re losing it. Here’s what I’m going to do – chill. Till I figure out what matters need urgent doing, I’m going to chill. Relax, have a ball, take it easy and what not. Till I get bored or something.”

The clever cheeky person He is, He then tells me:

“STFUp! You ain’t chillin. You’re squandering away all your time watching movies on the telly or random videos on Youtube. Stop playing so much Fifa and NBA. And If it’s not too much to ask for, spend a little less time on Facebook now. I know Hapur is boring with the good company missing but you got to do something with so much free time on your hands! Bob Marley was making cult music when he was chilling out. Bill Gates was writing savvy computer code when he needed a break. And Dhirubhai would hustle up the parliament on Sunday afternoons for favors. And you’re spending time stalking people on Facebook.”

Hmm. Not in the mood to argue more, I thought it was best I buy some more time.

“All right all right. Jeez! Some people just can’t live in peace now, can they? I’ll think of something to do. I’d rather not listen to such lectures early in the day.”

“Oh and one more thing – please stop sleeping so fucking much! If you’re gonna be sleeping 14 hours out of 24, you’re really missing out on a lot of action going on around the world. I’d rather you do some social service or something. Else I’m gonna guilt you into doing something else. And that you might not like so much.”

He had given me some food for thought. I had a big ugly question mark stamped on my forehead. I knew that sooner or later, all the nosy relatives around me would corner me and interrogate the shit out of me.

“MBA!! MBA!!! MBA!!”

“Job!! Job!! Job!!”

Then marriage and kids and game over.

I became nervous. Time was running out. Slipping away before my eyes. I wasn’t getting any younger. I came alone and naked and I was going to die alone and naked. I ain’t no Egyptian pharoah where they were gonna mummify me and send my riches to the next life. Who knows, I might be a helpless little ant in my next life. Not that I believe in reincarnations (though it does make life a little more interesting to imagine such things). What was I supposed to do? Look for my calling I suppose. Should I write for a living? Should I teach something useful and learn it better in the process? Difficult choices. Orthodox Hindu business families might not like the idea of their son writing to make ends meet.

Anyway, just one of my thoughts. If you’re gonna be thinking, you’d rather be thinking big, I read somewhere. Thinking is all I’ve been doing. Not taken many actions though. Translating thought into actions can be quite perplexing. Anyway, I’ll go play some games.


Till I think of something worthwhile to do.