What is adventure?

1 January 2017

What is adventure? It is the road not taken. It can be something as small as taking a shortcut in a trek route or something as big as choosing a career path which is like none other. Such road not only gives us a sense of fulfillment  but also excites us and keeps us going.

Do not make life a National Highway – smooth and fast. Off road your way through life. What would you gain by going fast? Life is a journey and not a destination. The ups and downs, the changing pace – they all contribute to making our lives adventurous.


My Himalayan Odyssey are a series of posts from my travel to the Himalayas which took place between 30/12/2016 and 07/01/2017

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Mastering JIT

29 December 2016

Leaving the hotel at 1:15 PM for a train scheduled to depart at 1:25 PM, for no particular reason, may sound stupid. But that happened, and not really for the first time.

So I caught an auto-rickshaw for the station but got down midway and ran through about 500m to bypass the traffic and then caught another auto-rickshaw for the station. I finally reached the railway station less than a minute before the train departed.

The Japanese would be proud of me.


My Jugaadu Adventure are a series of posts from my travel to Bengaluru, Gokarna and Mangaluru which took place between 23/12/2016 and 29/12/2016

Heart or Mind?

28 / 29 December 2016

I am already regretting my decision of missing my train and staying back to ‘party’. What have been the cons? 3 things majorly – getting to Chennai late (really, really late) and having not really partied.

But on the brighter side, I shared memories which will last forever.

Whatever it is, I should not be regretting as it has already taken pace, and nothing can be done to change it. Maybe what I can do is learn from what happened.

What happened was that I got swayed away by emotions and made a decision which was not really mine. Probably, it was a decision of my heart and not one of my mind. Is it a good thing or a bad one?

Max Weber would have argued that rationality is the biggest virtue and hence the decisions of the mind are the ones that should prevail. But yeah, his theory did have a lot of limitations.

Maybe the real answer lies in following Buddha’s middle path.

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Balancing both, the heart and the mind, is the key, maybe? But how….?


My Jugaadu Adventure are a series of posts from my travel to Bengaluru, Gokarna and Mangaluru which took place between 23/12/2016 and 29/12/2016

Marriage and Love

28 December 2016

First of our friends got married today. What I saw today on the faces of Amanda (the bride) and Philip (the groom) was pure happiness. Love is a beautiful thing, I suppose, and by marrying the person we love, we give our love an identity.

But are love and marriage synonymous to each other? Love can exist even without marriage. We see people loving their parents, girlfriends, pets and friends. The contract of marriage thus is not needed for love to exist. Also, marriage too can exist without love. It happens when we do not really value the person with whom we are entering into the ‘contract’.

But when love and marriage co-exist, things are so much more closer to the ideal, the relationship between the couple thrives with happiness, and they let out their happy vibes to the rest of the beings.

Maybe that is why my friends’ and my happiness knew no bounds when we heard them say ‘yes’.

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My Jugaadu Adventure are a series of posts from my travel to Bengaluru, Gokarna and Mangaluru which took place between 23/12/2016 and 29/12/2016

How to be happy?

27 December, 2016
There is a charm about meeting one’s old friends, especially when we are too darn high. We happen to let out and share the various experiences of our lives and learn from what they have to share.

A curious topic of discussion was How can the World find happiness? In today’s materialistic world we are never content with what we have and strive for more and more, breeding unhappiness for ourselves. After much discussion, we concluded that happiness lies in giving. When we give, we become a part of the other person’s life in unimaginable ways. Also, happiness is ironically even more when we have to part with something we value a lot and give it to someone who needs it more than us. We then feel a lot more satisfied….. and happy.


My Jugaadu Adventure are a series of posts from my travel to Bengaluru, Gokarna and Mangaluru which took place between 23/12/2016 and 29/12/2016

All that happens, happens for the good

25 December, 2016

Previous night my friend (Akshita) fell off the stairs bringing in pain for herself and uncertainty for us. However today was much different than what we had expected. It was indeed a day of ‘Jugaadu adventure’.

I would have never imagined myself lifting a girl down the hills and across beaches. But that happened today. Same is the case with using boats as a means of transport and cartons as a base to slide on.
I was of the belief that Day 2 was a ‘bad’ day and hence expected the whole trip to follow in such a way. But now, looking back, the ‘bad’ day that was expected to follow ended up being a day of fun packed adventure which we would have missed if not for the ‘great fall’.

Life is so much similar. We can easily sit back, cry and crib over our past and worry about the uncertainties of tomorrow. But in the process we lose out on our lovely present. If perception changes, things will change. Innovation, whether frugal or not, when applied over the difficulties faced in life, will ultimately lead to finding an alternative. But it will not happen unless we stop clinging on to our past.

Every day is a new day. Every second is a new life. Things will be under our own control, if we choose to be here and now… and then all will end well!


My Jugaadu Adventure are a series of posts from my travel to Bengaluru, Gokarna and Mangaluru which took place between 23/12/2016 and 29/12/2016

Leveraging Performance Appraisal bias for better marks in UPSC CSE Mains

Every evaluator / performance appraiser who is not trained well or is tired or bored of evaluating / appraising is a victim of the following four bias –

1) Primacy bias – The first impression affects the way the evaluator perceives the rest of your answer

2) Recency bias – The event occurring (conclusions) before the evaluator gives the marks determines the marks the candidate will get

3) Spill over bias – If the first answer is outstanding, the evaluator tends to perceive the candidate to be an excellent candidate, and hence the positiveness has a spill over effect on the rest of your answers

4) Centralising tendency bias- The evaluator who is bored of correcting or who hasn’t read your answer well or doesn’t understand your answer well will tend to give you a central score i.e. close to the average

How to use them to your advantage –

In Essay – Leverage the primacy and recency bias by writing excellent introduction and conclusion. Further, try writing Section A first so that the positives of it spills over to your second essay.
In GS and Optional – Leverage the Centralising tendency bias by attempting all the question with whatever little knowledge you have. Use the primacy bias to start your answer to the point and drift away from the question in case you have run out of points or you don’t know what else to write.

All the best!