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I was going to write a “another year, another post” post on my birthday.

I’ll still write that one, because I’m now jealous of Scott Young, who is a decade younger than me and is so much more sorted in his head and his life, that it make me jealous.

However, I got a surprise gift in my mailbox that almost tore me up.
(Yes, the video above)

I met Mother Teresa once, when I was little and all she said to me, as she blessed me was

      “Be good!”

That has always struck me as sage advice :)
So I always try (keyword being try) to leave everyone a little better than I found them.

And I am humbled, when such love is returned manifold!
Thank you Zei!
You’ve made this birthday really special.

Planned your retirement? Watch this!

This post is specially for my young brood.

My younger brothers. My cousins. My sisters & brothers in law. The young kids I work with. I’m specially speaking to all you guys.

If you think you need, even the slightest idea on why or how to invest and why planning for retirement now is important go watch this, like right now

Then get one of those fancy shmancy youtube downloaders, download the videos and keep them safe and then watch them again whenever you get antsy with your money.

If you wonder why you should listen to that old fogey speaking, read this. And then go, begin reading his blog everyday.

And as to the guy, who organized these videos, let’s just say I’m a Big Fan. Read his blog daily too!

Like they say, when the disciple is ready, the Master will appear. This rings so true for me, personally. I’m lucky to have Subra & Pattu do their evangelism at a time, when I went looking for answers. I’m even luckier that they are so generous with their time & money & spirit!

So, go watch them videos, now. These couple of hours will change the way you think about your financial life.

And to the oldies, this applies to you too! Besides you can pass it on to your young ’uns!

Here’s the link in bold -

And to Pattu & Subra, if you get that book out, I’m buying 10 copies :) And a big Thank You for all you do!

Happy Mother’s Day, Mummy!

My mom is a never-ending song in my heart,
of comfort, happiness, and being.

I may sometimes forget the words …
but I always remember the tune

      – Anon

And a Toast to New Beginnings

Derrick & Rajeshwari

Derrick came home two years ago in December to tell me he liked a girl.

Then he told me that she was older than him.
Then he told me she was Hindu.
Then he told me, she was a divorcee with a kid.

All of this didn’t surprise or bother me.
I’d be OK with all of this no matter what, if the girl’d be good.

What did surprise me, was that my brother, my impetous, independant minded, “I am my own man” brother cared enough about this girl to seek my approval.

Which I can tell you, has happened rarely enough, I can count such moments on my fingers.

(the approval seeking … not the girl meeting)

I met her. We spoke for two whole hours.

And I came away with the belief she was too good for him.

That all these “strikes” notwithstanding, Rajeshwari was still too good for Derrick.

I firmly believe that my brother is marrying up.
I firmly believe that Rajeshwari’ll, finally make an honest man out of my brother.

I’ve seen them together for the past year and a half.

My brother is a more peaceful, more happy, and dare I say it, more sane person, because of her.
Rajeshwari is already more than a sister that we boys ever had.
She’s compassionate, she’s kind, she’s full of joy and has a wicked sense of humour.

They’re good together. And Jai completes them.

This apparently, is the place where I’m supposed to impart worldly wisdom.
From my own short three year, crazy roller coaster of married life, all I can say is,

      Be together.

      Be happy.
      Be sad.
      Be angry.
      Be stupid.
      Be idiotic.
      Be ecstatic.
      Be determined.
      Be brave.
      Be whatever you want to.

All this and more’ll be infinitely better, if you do it together.

So here’s to the two of you …

Be happy!

God Has Grace, Even For Fools

Abby, sitting in the leaves at Lalbag

I still find it hard to believe, that I turned this gorgeous girl down, when she told me that she loved me twelve years ago!

My life would would have been so different!

But God has grace, even for a fool like me.
And, so did she.

I love you, babygirl.

To quote Lang Leave,

I don’t know how you are so familiar to me—or why it feels less like I am getting to know you and more as though I am remembering who you are.
How every smile, every whisper brings me closer to the impossible conclusion that I have known you before, I have loved you before—in another time, a different place, some other existence

I love you so much!1

  1. I wrote I love you twice and was about to edit and remove one of the lines, but Abby thinks I could love her twice over and let the line stay. So here babygirl, I love you thrice over! :)