Manu Rishi Guptha
Build a life résumé, not just a career one.
To consciously stay away from writing and blogging tested me on many fronts.
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Nothing else is as empowering.
They show us different paths to success.
Exercising ‘discretion’ often translates into exercising bias.
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Let’s learn from these young teachers.
A few months ago, I went to Tokyo for a summit. After completing the summit, I went to my alma mater, the International University of Japan in Urasa (a village 200km north of Tokyo). I was a Master's...
We often struggle to heal the wounds in our lives. These are hurts and bitterness from the past that continue to haunt us. There could be myriads of reasons for these hurts—you felt left out in...
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'Chan se jo tute koi sapna...'
My dangal starts every morning at 9am—the fight against traffic to get to my destination, the fight against time to get things done, the fight against cellular services, against incompetent team...
II belong to the millennial generation, and we are widely considered as lazy, unproductive and narcissistic. It's time to prove that's a crass generalisation and work more on our self-image than that...
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They absorb the angst, suffering and frustration of millions living in India's maximum city.
Your self-talk (the thoughts you have about your feelings) can make or break you. When you make a mistake, they either magnify the negativity or help you turn that misstep into something productive. N...
Every morning, as soon as I swing my feet towards the ground, it kicks in. From the first step I sense the presence. Throughout the day, the lover stays with me. Rarely leaving the spaces of my mind a...
Eternity in an Instant
I didn't have cash to pay the home delivery guy. I was looking through every drawer in the house, when my little boy said: "Don't worry mama, I have money." My face lit up and I asked, "Where?" He sai...
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About a year ago, 30 October, 2015, to be exact, I lost my brother, Dwijen D Rangnekar. Those moments of the last day or two were a reminder of how uncertain life can be and what it is not to see or h...
As every new generation enters the workforce, it's amazing how quickly they're mislabeled with "attributes" that are common to young people. These labels tend to stick, and they become increasingly in...
It started with a growing feeling of uncertainty about what I was doing. I was working at a startup as the head of content marketing, but my heart was no longer in the job. I had joined the company in...
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Time is not the most important measure of our days.
There is so much inspirational stuff floating around the net that I've been feeling rather left out, my writing limited to random musings on air travel and this blog gathering digital dust in some cor...
Paulo Coelho once famously said that we can learn three things from our children: to be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something. He may be spot on but there is so much else we can learn from our kids.
I have inherited a lot of my father's traits, both physically and emotionally. I have inherited his sense of guilt, fear and worthlessness; he has left me his legacy of depression. For the longest time, I couldn't imagine what my father must have gone through when he took the final step. But in a terrifying way these days, I somehow can. Earlier I judged him for taking his own life. Now I both sympathize and empathize. And that is scary. Yet, I fight…
This post is not about the Rakshabandhan of adolescent game-playing. This post is also not about the myths and legends behind the festival, and nor is it about interpretations of brotherhood such as Tagore promoting the exchange of rakhis between Muslims and Hindus. Nope! This post is about twisting the rules even more fundamentally.
Thank the people who didn't believe in you. Yes, that includes the fifth grade teacher who told your parents you wouldn't amount to much, and the ex-boyfriend who said he was the only person who could love you.
Our philosophers have often led desolate, isolated lives, sidelined by society and shuttered away from the world. Many of our philosophers haven't been able to live up to the ideals they preached about.
Dravya Dholakia, an MBA student studying in the US, did odd jobs to face harsh realities of life.
Recently, there was a theft in my younger daughter's house in rural Maharashtra; a camera, an iPod and cash were missing. The finger of suspicion fell on a student of class eight from a good local school.On questioning by police he admitted to the theft and then dropped a bombshell: most of the students in his class indulged in stealing regularly.
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We aspire to change the world and innovate like Steve Jobs did. We strive to be leaders of the century. We want to make a difference globally, like Gates, Zuckerberg and Musk. But let me ask you one simple question. When was the last time you made your bed? Or rather, when was the last time you remembered trimming your toenails… without someone having to prompt you?
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On a cold winter night in Delhi, I start to get dressed for a journey. I put on my panties, and hook my bra. Next, I put on my jeans, brush some dirt off them; after all, I don't want to come across as someone untidy. I wear my shirt and button it down. I look at myself in the mirror. Not too shabby, I think to myself... I take a brown envelope out of the drawer. Inside I find the strip of sleeping pills I had bought three nights back.
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As I crawl back to corporate life, I find myself reflecting on the three years' gap I took. Prior to these three years, my life was like that of any busy working woman trying hard to strike that balance. I never questioned the long hours at works--servicing big brands and being part of pitches and launches was the agenda then. But after all these years of working, there was a strong 'inner' call to slow down.
We see disrespect around us all the time, and so much of it is directed at women. For things to change for our daughters, we need to change the way we bring up our sons. Maybe it is as simple or as complicated as that.