It’s not personal, it’s just business… but is it, really?

There is a good chance you know what I am talking about. Great chance if you are a movie buff or an avid reader.  The Godfather. Now I must admit, I never read the book myself, but the movies were so good that I thought the book wouldn’t be able to beat the charm –Continue reading “It’s not personal, it’s just business… but is it, really?”

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in” – The Godfather

I keep watching and re-watching the Godfather trilogy; I must admit that the third one isn’t as regular of a re-run for me as the other two.  There are plenty of timeless Marlon Brando dialogues – delivered with immaculate precision in the movie.  But the post is not about him.  The post is about AlContinue reading ““Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in” – The Godfather”

“When 900 years old, you reach… Look as good, you will not.” – Yoda, Return of the Jedi

I was (re)watching The Return of the Jedi the other day, and this exchange between Yoda and Skywalker made me gasp for breath. As usual, I exaggerate.  Surprisingly, it was not the image of my looks at 900 that disturbed me the most, and I think that had to do with the world average mortality rate ofContinue reading ““When 900 years old, you reach… Look as good, you will not.” – Yoda, Return of the Jedi”

No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted: Aesop

Growing up, Aesop’s fables were my constant companion- in and out of school. The very first illustrated copy that I owned was an abridged version for kids that contained a dozen short stories. The Hare and the Tortoise, Crow and the Pitcher, Bell and the cat were some of the predominant few that are probablyContinue reading “No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted: Aesop”

Whenever You Are About To Find Fault With Someone, Ask Yourself The Following Question – What Fault Of Mine Most Nearly Resembles The One I Am About To Criticize: Marcus Aurelius

I read this the other day and felt an itch, I would grand it up a little bit by calling it a philosophical version of Hell’s itch. Suffice to say that the itch is painful. Fun fact #1 In my life so far, I am yet to meet a person that likes to be criticized.Continue reading “Whenever You Are About To Find Fault With Someone, Ask Yourself The Following Question – What Fault Of Mine Most Nearly Resembles The One I Am About To Criticize: Marcus Aurelius”

If Anyone Tells You That A Certain Person Speaks ill Of You, Do Not Make Excuses About What Is Said Of You But Answer, “He Was Ignorant Of My Other Faults, Else He Would Not Have Mentioned These Alone.”: Epictetus

On one of my random internet surfing days, I came across this meme: Now if you are like me, you did smile looking at it, didn’t you? What you might not have done is put up a mental roster of people that you hate enough to say this. I am no angel but I couldn’tContinue reading “If Anyone Tells You That A Certain Person Speaks ill Of You, Do Not Make Excuses About What Is Said Of You But Answer, “He Was Ignorant Of My Other Faults, Else He Would Not Have Mentioned These Alone.”: Epictetus”

Flee Sloth; For the Indolence of the Soul is the Decay of the Body: Cato the Younger

You know what a sloth is, right? It is a lethargic, unbelievably slow and might I say adorable animal that lives on treetops and travels 41 yards per day – less than half the length of a football field – on average. Cato the Younger, in his famous quote, urges you to “flee sloth.” DoesContinue reading “Flee Sloth; For the Indolence of the Soul is the Decay of the Body: Cato the Younger”

To Accuse Others for One’s Own Misfortunes is a Sign of Want of Education. To Accuse Oneself Shows that One’s Education has Begun

Wikipedia defines accusation as: “….is a statement by one person asserting that another person or entity has done something improper. The person who makes the accusation is an accuser, while the subject against whom it is made is the accused.” Now I do not need to be a sScientist to tell you this, but IContinue reading “To Accuse Others for One’s Own Misfortunes is a Sign of Want of Education. To Accuse Oneself Shows that One’s Education has Begun”

Do You Ask What is the Proper Limit to Wealth? It is First to Have What is Necessary and Second to Have What is Enough – Seneca’s Letter from a Stoic

Every time I watch the movie Crazy Rich Asians, two things happen: Thing #1 My jaws drop like an idiot. Realizing that, I brace myself, close my mouth and smile like an idiot, my eyes shine like a maniac every ten minutes (or so my people that watch it with me tell me). This continuesContinue reading “Do You Ask What is the Proper Limit to Wealth? It is First to Have What is Necessary and Second to Have What is Enough – Seneca’s Letter from a Stoic”

So Now You Know What Else Existed In The World Outside Of You, Before You Knew Only About Yourself: Franz Kafka

I read this quote in Franz Kafka’s popular and absolutely amazing short story The Judgement. “So now you know what else existed in the world outside of you, before you knew only about yourself!” Reading this from the story felt like seeing through a kaleidoscope – moments from my own life where I was eitherContinue reading “So Now You Know What Else Existed In The World Outside Of You, Before You Knew Only About Yourself: Franz Kafka”