The ultimate goal in life is to be happy. Everybody has a base level of happiness. No matter how happy or how sad we are, we eventually return to that baseline. The baseline of happiness is dictated by psychological and sometimes socio-economic factors. Our busy and stressful lives are taking us farther and farther from our baseline, without giving us enough time to return to it. What can be done about that?
Bengaluru is a city known for its perfect weather. The city is also notorious for its traffic. My favorite story when people complain about traffic is, ‘I take 45 minutes to drive 3 km. My husband also takes the same amount of time to drive 15 km. The non-linearity in time vs. distance is because I have to take a right turn at the badass, ‘Graphite India Junction (GIJ)’, to go to office.
Over these two years, I have gained some traffic gyaan, on the roads and the junctions. I observed that a few people have psychic knowledge of the traffic signals. Even before the signal turns green, they start honking. When I encounter such a situation, I willfully move slowly the first few seconds to raise the blood pressure of the driver behind me.
During my marriage hunt, my father learned an important lesson. He passed that lesson to me. He said, ‘People say something, do something’.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Fisherman’s Cove and Mahabalipuram, on a team offsite. It was a great trip with the team.
Tom’s uncle was a scientist. He remembered that the last time, he visited his lab; he was working around many plants.
It was Tom’s birthday. His mother decorated the home with balloons. Tom turned eight years old that day. He sat in front of his cake, with a knife in his hand. It had white icing, chocolate chips and seven colorful candles.