Center of everything

A small writeup on the occasion of Valentine’s day by me: They were walking down the beach. The smooth breeze was touching their skin in the most gentle way. She (A Science major): Do you know, the universe revolves around the sun? He (A philosophy scholar): No, dear. It doesn’t. She: What? He: Everyone’s universe…

The real value

Mr Gill was an avid reader and an intelligent thinker. He was able to converse in 5 languages and had read 1,000+ books in his life. He had his own personal library as well. Sarah, Mr Gill’s daughter, had just graduated and was about to take the first step into her corporate life. On such…

“He has more than I have”

In life, we feel like comparing our luxuries and happiness to others. And we usually end up feeling sad at the end as there always is someone better off than you. Here’s a story on the same lines. Jim was ten years old. He had a best friend in school: Roy. Roy came from a…

Dare To Win

I was walking down the lake one day when I found an old man standing right at the end of the lake. He saw me and asked: “What happened, young man? You seem a bit upset.” “Yes, the pressure of life is pushing me down and I have got no answers.” “Oh! Well, I have…

Why to fix if not broken

If you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, what will it do? It will jump out instantly. Right? Correct. But, we humans love to tweak the experiment conditions and that’s what this group of researchers did. They put that frog into cold water and started to heat up the water. The frog…

Why do “self-help” books fail to “help”

When I was introduced to the world of books, there was a vastly famous genre that came across me. The genre of self-motivation, self-growth and inspiration. In general terms, we call these books: Self-help books. But somehow the self-help books failed to help me reach my goals. Is the issue with the books or with me? Read to find out.

Why do we “hate” Chetan Bhagat?

If you are part of the vast community of readers, you would have heard people criticizing Chetan Bhagat’s books at more times than we can count.
Is there any true merit behind that or there is something that we all are missing?
Here is my take on the “hate”. Do read.

Laughing at that stranger

At times, we have seen a group of people, standing on the side of a road, passing comment and laughing at some stranger passing by. At times, we have been part of such groups too and at times, we have been at the receiving end of such insults too.
Read to find out what it means.

Ateet mein Vyateet: Part 2: That First Job!

The date between Arjun and his grandfather Mr Babulal Shah continues. The next mile is an emotional, thrilling and sensational one. Read it to find out which memory surfaces this time.

The Purpose Matters

I was learning Checkers game by playing with my colleague.
I lost for first 41 days. But then, I learnt something beyond the game.
Read to find out.


Let me start with a story I read online a few days ago. It goes like this: Two monks were passing through the jungle and going towards their monastry. On their way, it had rained and there were puddles of water all around. Then they encounter on their way- a big puddle of water. And…

Drive safe to win money

Which method works more efficiently? Penalizing the wrong-doers or rewarding the right-doers?
Here is an experiment done by Volkswagen to test the mindsets of people.

The Hope Experiment

What is the strength of hope? How much can hope help you survive and hustle?
Find this out with the help of this experiment done at Harvard University.

The Silent Language

There is a life experience which I shared on Quora that has been read and appreciated by more than 300,000 people. The experience has no exceptional thing but it has magic.
Read this short story and share your thoughts.

Ateet mein Vyateet: Part 1: It’s a date!

Arjun booked an Uber to start from their home. And destination? The same place.
The driver was confused seeing his mobile screen. He thought that there is some issue. I mean- why is the destination showing the same place?
Read the story to find out.

Kansas Experiment that costed $4 billion

Sam Brownback had an experiment in Kansas where he decided to cut the taxes. He took a chance on the understanding of Supply side economics. He decided to reduce the taxes to the lowest.
Read the whole story to find out what happened at Kansas that costed the Government $4 billion

The Purest Love

In the world connected with the bond of love, we always think what is the purest form of love? What is that unbreakable bond of love? Read here to find out.

Toughest thing to achieve

The life is a race without the finish line. You and I are running this race. And at times, we feel that what is the toughest thing to achieve in life. Read to find out.

Second chance

In today’s world, we are surrounded by events that make us disconnect our beliefs in humanity. But shall we do that?
Read this real life story and share your feedback.

The childish anger

We all have been angry on our parents. And eventually, we regret it too.
Read the story on childish anger and revisit those experiences.

Mathematics helped me get 100g Gold Coin

My neighbor was on a deathbed. He wanted to divide his savings into his three sons. So he leaves a will for the same. But with their sons, eventually, I end up earning 100g Gold because I was good at Mathematics.
Want to know how? Read here.

Why shall I read books?

Being a reader, I have faced this question at different junctures of my life. Does reading help in long run? Why shall I read books if I am going to forget them a few weeks later? What is the purpose of spending time turning the pages of books when eventually, you won’t remember the most of it. So, yesterday, I thought of framing an answer to the question: Why shall I read books? Read here to find out.

The Right Attitude

Imagine you’re running in the marathon of life for which you have been preparing since you were child. You are running the fastest among all and are in the lead against all other runners. You’re just a mile away from all the glory and all the applauds, and that’s when your legs stop moving or your brain stops working or your lungs can’t get the air inside your body. Read the full story here.

Toughest lesson of life

Life teaches you a lot of things throughout. Every moment has a lesson in it that we can grasp and hold for our whole lives. But among all lessons, there is one lesson that life taught me in the hardest way. It took me years to realize this.
Read the article to find out what the toughest lesson of life is.

Are you happy?

We always have this question in our minds whether we are happy or not. What is the definition of being happy? With the rise of social media and networking, we have built some idea or the other about what happiness in general is. Read it to find out who is happy and who is not.

Why does love hurt?

Because when you are in love and you two fight, On every other thing, you end up thinking of that person like… If you fought with your wife and next day when you return from office, You knock the door twice and realize that she is not at home and you are hurt wondering why…

Conversation with my Grandfather

There are some lessons that life teaches us with time. And that is why they say that experience is the best teacher. One of those lessons that my grandfather learnt in his life, he shared it with me in such a subtle way.
Read the full story here.

[CAT] The Mock That Didn’t Go Well

After starting the test series on a high note, I was able to score well for first few mocks. The days were good, and the preparation was going smooth. The dream of getting through was becoming more and more achievable with each good mock that I was giving. The confidence was at its peak. All my strategies in mocks were providing good results. Consistency was the key and I was sensing that consistency in my results.
Read the whole story to find out about how to sail through a rough patch.

[CAT] First mock CAT experience

Before you give the CAT exam, you pass through plenty of similar mock exams, which prepare you for the ultimate challenge. In this post, I am writing about the feeling and the experience of my first mock CAT of the journey.
Here is my experience of the first Mock CAT.

[CAT] How my MBA preparation journey started

I was in the fifth semester of my computer engineering, when I came across the competitive exams like GRE, CAT, GATE, GMAT and UPSC. I had to decide one among these and join coaching for the exam. As I was always excited about starting up my own business, I decided to go after CAT.
Sail through the beginning of my CAT journey. Click to read it.

That Bus Ride

Isn’t it a proud moment? When your parents put their heads on your shoulders. You could feel extreme happiness when you are able to support your parents when they are in need. I was feeling that joyous pride. Only for this short bus ride, but I was glad that I was able to do something for my Mom. While my mom on the other side had changed all our lives completely within a span of a day.
Read the story to feel connected to a mother and a daughter.

Roar of the Lion

At that moment, I thought that I wish I had wings. I wanted to fly. I wanted to fly away. Away from all the daily hurdles and chaos. Away from my enemies and away from my problems. I just didn’t want to suffer. I just want to run far away from everything.
A story to which all of us will be able to relate. Read it and share your views.


“Why did we get specifically this date, Nayan? What is God trying to do with us?”
“Exactly. I mean why does he want to remind us of that day again when we still haven’t been able to forgive ourselves for the act that we did in 1993.”
“Yes, the act that we almost did on 21st December, 1993.”
Read the full story to find out what actually happened 27 years ago.

A child’s innocence

After a tiring day at work, Dad came back home and again started working on the unfinished tasks. He asked his daughter playing in the room to get the fruit basket as he didn’t have time to take dinner and wanted to eat something to help his body survive one more hour of boring work.
Read the story to find out how a child’s brain works and where we fail to understand their innocence.

A Nostalgic Evening

At the end of this tiring day, I return to my room from the office. After putting my tiffin into the sink, I open the fridge to get the water bottle only to realize that all the bottles I have been lying on the kitchen platform. One more day and I understand how much different it is to live away from home, away from family.
Read the full story on how an evening away from home feels like.

Story of the Onion King

Do you know why the trading of onions in future markets is banned in the US? It all is because of one guy- Vincent Kosuga. The man who cornered whole onion market in the United States.

Puzzle #10: Hat color

Four men have been buried all the way to the neck, only their heads stick out. They cannot turn their heads, so they can see only in front of them. A wall has been placed between A and B, so that A cannot see the other 3 (B, C, D), and viceversa. All of them…

Puzzle #9: Liar Tom

Tom and Tim, time tested twice troublesome twins, entered the kitchen at ten o’clock on aTuesday evening. “Mom, mom, look what I found” said Tom, waving a sheet of faded paper.“No, I found it.” said Tim.“What is it, Tom?” Mom asks.“I don’t know, mom, but it talks about Genies.”“really?” she replied as she took the…

An ice-cream that melted hearts

A few weeks ago, three of my friends and I had gone to the ice cream parlor. With the outside sitting, I was able to notice things that were happening around the store. There I saw this girl and her brother who were selling balloons to everyone who was standing nearby. But during those 15–20 minutes that we sat there, she was unable to sell any.
Read the whole story to find out how an ice-cream led to the melting of our hearts.

The drapes

There are times when we meet someone and know that they have made some blunders. And we feel a different type of pleasure stating the same to them. Is it the right thing to do?
Read this and you will understand.

Money- how much is it worth?

“Hello. This is kidnapper speaking. You must have guessed what would have happened by now as you didn’t see your son coming out of school this afternoon. And I am sure, the police is listening to this conversation as well. So, listen to me carefully. If you need your son, get three crore Rupees ready…

Business Lessons from Chess

When we think about where we can implement strategies, the first two things that come to mind are Chess and Business. There are plenty of things that either can learn from the other. Here, I have focused on the insights that businesses can use from Chess. The article is based on my own insights and interview of Garry Kasparov with Harvard Business Review.
Read the article and share your opinion.

The “side” effect of the corona pandemic

We all are waiting eagerly for the day when the world will win over Coronavirus. And I hope that it happens sooner than we think. But what will be the lives after the pandemic? Will it be the same as it was before the virus attacked? Well, I will say it won’t be the same. And here are the changes we will get to see.

Puzzle #8: Egg on the floor

There is a 100 floor building. You need to do an experiment to find out the highest floor number from which the egg won’t break on dropping. You are given two eggs that are identical in all ways and you need to use only these two eggs to find out the highest floor number. If…

Morning routine: The 7 activities to gift yourself

How busy our lives are that we are not able to give even an hour to ourselves in a day. Understanding this, I have come up with these “7-routine” that successful people follow every morning. Read and add it in your life.

[CAT] My IIM Ahmedabad Interview

For everyone, there is a dream for which they can do anything and everything.
For me, it was IIM Ahmedabad.
I being from Ahmedabad, had always wished to get into IIMA. The day of my interview at IIMA, I was extremely nervous but excited that I was getting a shot at my dream.
I am sharing my interview experience here for you.

Puzzle #7: Pass the desert

In desert, there are same types of cars available. The car runs on petrol. But each car can only carry enough petrol to cross only half of the desert. There is no petrol station in the desert. And car can’t carry extra petrol. You need to take an important person across the desert. You can…

Puzzle #6: Bath water

In my bath tub, there is a cold water tap that flows water in at 20 litres per minute. There is also a hot water tap that flows water in at 12 litres per minute. There is also a hole at the bottom of the bath tub which removes water from the tub at 15…

Procrastination – how to save yourself from it

Each one of us has been facing procrastination at different junctures of our lives. We procrastinate for different reasons. But, there are simple solutions to this complex looking problem.
Read the article to know the same.

The Time Machine

Harsh was busy in his hostel room writing the proposal speech when he heard the knock on his door.
At 2 AM, Harsh wondered who would have come. He put the writing pad aside, and went to open the door. The moment he opened the door, an old man jumped into the room and asked Harsh to close the room.
Harsh asked: “Who are you?”
“I am Harsh Singh. I am you from future. I am you after thirty-five years.”
Read the story to find out what happened.

Put them down

One morning, the class was full of students when the professor entered. It was the first class of psychology. He put his books down on the table, took the duster in his hands, erased the contents on the board and came to the center of the class. He held his duster in his right hand and kept the hand raised in air.
Read the full story to know what happened then.

Puzzle #5: Two pairs of socks

In my bedroom there are 20 black, 20 white, 30 red and 15 blue socks available. I went inside my room and it is all dark and no electricity available. Now, I need to have two pairs of Socks for my road trip. All socks of same colour are exactly same. You have to tell me…

Book recommendations: Autobiographies

Among all genres, the biggest source of motivation is (Auto)biographies.
The reason is: Those are the stories that actually happened. When we read fiction, in one corner of our mind- we know that this is not possible in reality or it feels good to read it but it doesn’t work actually.
Read my recommendations and start exploring the world of biographies.

Puzzle #4: Apples

There is a city A, which produces apples in a large quantities. So, they export those apples to city B. Where, there is a huge need of apples. City A has 3000 apples ready to be exported to other cities. Now, there is one truck available at point A. Which has the capacity of 1000…

Puzzle #3: Fresh grapes and dry grapes

Fresh grapes contain 90% water in themselves. The remaining 10% is the content. We need to make dry grapes from these fresh grapes. In dry grapes, the ratio of water to content changes drastically, as water evaporates. Now, consider the percentage of water in dry grapes is only 20. ie, Dry grapes contain 80% content…

Puzzle #2: Guess the birthday

Vikram and Muthu ask their friend when is her birthday. She does not give a straight forward answer, but gives some hints. She gives them the following 10 dates to pick her birthday. May: 15, 16, 19June: 17, 18July: 14, 16August: 14, 15, 17 Then she discloses correct month to Vikram and the correct date…

Puzzle #1: How many cows?

A man had 25 cows. Each cow was given a number from 1 to 25. Each cow gives certain amount of milk everyday. The amount is same as the number the cow has. Number 1 cow gives 1 liter, Number 2 gives 2 liter ….. and number 25 cow gives 25 liter. That man had…

[CAT] How to prepare for CAT

I am Parth Shah.
CAT 14: 99.89 Percentile
CAT 13: 99.32 Percentile
IIFT 14: 99.96 Percentile
SNAP 14:99.94 Percentile
XAT 14: 99.74 percentile
Here is the overall idea of how to prepare for CAT.

A skillful artist and his daughter

In India, there are a few castes who have excelled in acrobatic skills. One such example is Nat. They walk on rope while balancing pots on their heads or they do 360 degree jumps while standing on a rope.
But do they actually get enough credit for such a tremendous skillful performance?
Read the story and find out.

Blocking someone – an act of immaturity?

One day, a friend asked me whether I block anyone on social media. And my reply was yes. And he took this opportunity to shower his criticism on how I can do that and why was I not able to control my temper (Ironically, I was controlling while he was criticizing in a loud manner).
But when, he calmed down and was ready to listen to my side of the story, I told him this.

Luck – Good or Bad?

When Captain Raman was in the army training, one of the courses included the firing of live missiles as the final objective. Everyone was going through their turns and was able to fire it on a predetermined target. At the end of the line, it was Captain Raman’s friend. He came into the position to fire the missile. He locked the target, took the required measurements, and waited for the order to fire. The instructor ordered “Fire at your will” and he pressed the button to launch. And to everyone’s surprise, the missile misfired.
Read full story to know what Ex Indian Army Captain Raghu Raman has to say.

A night to remember

The man woke up in the morning and saw that his six years old son was playing on the floor with the fruit basket and all fruits were scattered all around. With a toothbrush in his mouth, he shouted at his son to stop playing with the basket.
Read full story to see how his birthday night brings change in all their lives.

Financial Freedom

From “The Business of the 21st Century” by Robert Kiyosaki,The time has changed. From industrial age, we have entered into information age. Pension, retirement security and job security are the talks of yesterday. You can take charge of your future only when you take control of your income source. You need your own business.
Read the full article to get full understanding of Robert Kiyosaki’s idea of financial freedom.

Quantifying Happiness

When I was in Engineering, I had a friend who would be upset when he doesn’t get “A” in all subjects where there was this other guy who would give a treat to the whole class if he passes them all in the first attempt. We all have seen such people in our lives or even we might be one of these two. This led me to think what it is that triggers happiness.

Read the whole story to understand- What is it that quantifies happiness? Or before that, is it necessary?