It all about putting it together

अमंत्रमक्षरं नास्ति नास्ति मूलमनौषधम्‌।

अयोग्यः पुरुषो नास्ति योजकस्तत्र दुर्लभः॥ 

There is no letter which is not a Mantra, there is no root which is not a medicine, there is no person who is incapable, the one who can put them all together is rare
Rahul Gupta

Solutions too have problems

The most important source for problems are solutions.

- Herb Lin
Rahul Gupta

Taste of Freedom

A taste of freedom can make you unemployable.

We make the tools and then tools make us

I sometimes think of the body and the world in our minds kind of creating a circuit. And so then, we introduce a tool into that circuit, and it's going to shape how we perceive the world, and it's going to shape how we interpret the world. And so the body is at the nexus of our experience of reality, and technology enters into that loop of perception in ways that can be benign, in ways that can be beneficial, in ways that can be detrimental. But it certainly changes it.

Undress your life to the bare minimum to live free

The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.

The best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you.

Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.

Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today.

Amazong insight

Good intentions don't work. Mechanisms do.

Feet Foundation Inc

You must find the courage to leave the table where respect is no longer being served.

Stop complaining about a situation that you have chosen to settle in

If you approach the mountain in fear, it will look bigger than it actually is.

There are only so many times you can roll a dice, before it lands on a six.

Your mind is your lead, inject it with positivity.
Your feet are your foundation, walk with purpose.
And your heart is your stamp, make it beautiful.
- Tene Edwards

Long live Ukraine

With patience, it is possible to dig a well with a teaspoon.

Luck always seems to be against the man who depends on it.

Work and you will be strong; sit and you will rot.
- Ukrainian Proverbs

To Russia

The usual contradictions of fascist rhetoric. We're superior, but victims. We're in charge, but our opposition is to blame for everything. We're winning, but be afraid all the time.

Learning machines

I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up...
- Charles T. Munger, Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

Time’s not linear

There are decades where nothing happens, and then weeks where decades happen.

- Lenin


The core characteristics of [social] disruption ... are that it:

1) stems from a loss of faith in a society's central institutions;
2) establishes a set of ideas from what was once the fringe of the intellectual world, placing them at the center of a revamped political order; and
3) involves a coherent leadership group committed to the change.

These disruptions are apparent in, but not synonymous with, some of the events commonly called revolutions.

Disruptions don't always change who is in charge – they are, in fact, sometimes necessary to preserve a government that is on the verge of failure. But they will at the very least change the way that a governing group thinks and acts.

Illusion: communication's biggest adversary

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

Listen to that little voice of hope

Hope is that little voice you hear, which keeps you walking and tries to whisper, 'Maybe' at a time when the entire world has accepted defeat on behalf of you.

Century of learning

In this century, it won't be about what you learnt in school or college, but what you learnt later in life. Just because you graduated and threw that cap up, that does not mean that's the last time you ever learned anything.
- Ronnie Screwvala, Moneycontrol interview

Think about this

Anyone who has begun to think places some portion of the world in jeopardy.

Beware of shepherds too

The sheep will spend its entire lifetime fearing the wolf, only to be eaten by the shepherd.

- African proverb

Intervention breeds intervention

One of the downsides of intervention is it breeds more intervention.
- Raghuram Rajan, ex-RBI governor

Failure to learn from failures is a bigger failure

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
- William Saroyan

Failure to learn from failures is a bigger failure.
- Rahul Gupta

Belief powers enthusiasm

One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one's life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.
- Hannah Senesh

The Impossible Disguise of Opportunity

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

Expect no Expectations

I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.

economic indicators lag stock market

while the traditional economic indicators come with an information lag, stock market participants are constantly gauging the present, and what the future could hold for businesses, livelihoods, and recovery
- Nithin, The Ken

Making a choice isn't a choice

You are doomed to make choices. This is life's greatest paradox.

where is Mr. Zen?

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.

Harvest matters but so do seeds

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
- Robert Stevenson

Habit is the beginning of an end

The evolution from happiness to habit is one of death's best weapons.
- Julio Cortázar

Survival Instincts Inc

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects!

fuel your finiteness

Your energy is finite! share it with those that fuel it, not deplete it.

You're right till you can be

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
- Charles Wadsworth

I fight so that you can too

I might disapprove with everything you say, but I'll fight till death for your right to say it.
- Voltaire or whatever quoteinvestigator points to

Nihil sine nobis

Nihil de nobis, sine nobis (nothing about us, without us)

Intangibles are the only tangibles

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, not the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

In his world, intangibles are the only tangibles because anything tangible is vapor, it would vanish, its tangibility is momentary whereas intangibles last infinite lifetimes.
- Rahul Gupta

From the west to the east

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.
- Dorothy Thompson

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

if you're not busy being born, you're busy dying.
- Bob Dylan

lone doesn't mean weak

Don't be afraid of being outnumbered. Eagles fly alone. Pigeons flock together.
- Unknown

shooting stars of C++

C++ is beautiful because every day I come across very different and elegant solutions to the same problem. It hurts because you are always a * away from shooting yourself in the foot.
- Quora answer, Rishabh Mukherjee

can we really count what counts?

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted, counts.
- unknown but effective quote writer

Covid-19 is nature's exponential maths

For us, the new age humans, events like epidemics and plagues look really out of place as we imagine them to be belonging to an Earth that was yet not controlled by humans. But the truth is, these events are extremely common in nature that has her pendulum swinging constantly and the momentum to it is provided by the exponential maths she uses.
- Samir Shukla, in a newspaper article

Path to hope is courage

It takes courage to choose hope over fear.
- Mark Zuckerberg

Law of the Jungle keeps it safe from deteriorating into actual one

William Roper: "So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!"

Sir Thomas More: "Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?"

William Roper: "Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!"

Sir Thomas More: "Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!"

- Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons


Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
- Michael Jordan

Condition and Conditioned

"our air" conditioned
"our water" filtered
"our milk" bottled and pasteurised
"our floor" very very well sanitized
"our food" packaged
"our health" capsuled

when the climate changes
and the nature fails
we will be enjoying
our bottled gale

Times they are changin'
Times we are not
temperatures are climbing
to either flood or drought

- Rahul Gupta

Thought about it

The thoughts that run in our nerves are dangerous than the blood that flows in our veins.
- Rahul Gupta

Time for a test, lessons later

In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson. 
- Tom Bodett

Nature doesn't let go waste

Even adversities have hidden lessons. In nature, nothing goes waste.
- Rajan Singh,Founder, ConceptOwl

Nature, the visible God

Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he's destroying is this God he's worshipping.

Focus on consumption, not production :(

Products that are sustainable are those produced and consumed locally; when buyers are able to witness the production process, they will demand that it occur in line with their values. When it's out of sight, it's difficult to get enough of them to care. Changing that may require more than a little magic.

Turn to imagination when you are in dark

Turn your face to Sun and shadows will fall behind you.
- Walt Whitman/Hellen Keller

Imagination, not intelligence, made us human.
- Terry Pratchett

Brew served while I travelled

Ambition can be made of anything. - HSBC Ad

You don't own a patke bag. You take care of it for the next generation. - patke bag Ad

The Joy of being somewhere else on holiday is wonderful, but getting there is not so much fun. - Marc Newson,  designer

We would know when we were old because we'd tell a story more than once. Relating a story more than once would reveal that not only were our life experiences ever diminishing, but also how bourgeois and middle-class we had become.

[At parties] Dinner is more challenging because you are sitting with people for a protracted length of time. This requires telling them more than one story apiece.

- Melinda Stevens, editor, conde nast traveller

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.
- Daniel J Boorstin

Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.
- John F. Kennedy

Where Liberty is, there is my country.
- Benjamin Franklin

Freshly brewed

To be a chooser, you need to stop being a beggar.
Everyone wants to take a picture with Santa but not with the person wearing the Santa's mask. Such is the world
Anything real is complex.
Construction of mind is the biggest creative adventure one must embark upon every once in a while
Travelling tells you what moves the world
The shoes and the bags
The lines, deadlines and the airlines
The dresses and the tresses
And all that in between
The work and the network

Suddenly thirst arose and told her version
Of what "really" moves the world
The air and the water 
Thethe sunlit day and the moonlit night
The dreams in open eyes
Love love love
Hot food cooked right
Gaps, Gaps
they fill the streets
Gaps, gaps
they make a treat
Gaps, they create wars
they bring closer, people apart

Gaps, they trigger a talk
Sometimes over a wine,
Others over a lil walk
Happiness, It has its way
way to tease, way to appease
way to make u say "give me please"

Just to get that little happiness, we become willing to make others unhappy
Every generation should avoid settling their score via their next ones

- Rahul Gupta


Abstractions should generally fit the common-sense use-cases and "just work".

King of a different kind

If we will not endure a king as a political power, we should not endure a king over the production, transportation and sale of any of the necessities of life. If we would not submit to an emperor, we should not submit to an autocrat of trade with power to prevent competition and to fix the price of any commodity.
- Ohio Republican John Sherman said on the floor of Congress

Assumptions hold unlocked value

The harder we fight to hold on to a specific assumption, the more likely there is gold in letting go of them.
- John Seeley Brown

Software complexity address - tests/comments/QA/DB/code

The complexity goes somewhere. It's either into lots tests, or it's into something like shuttle style with lots of comments, or it's into a huge QA department, or it's into the type system / DB schema. It could even be going into the org structure! But something, somewhere is handling the complexity and it is doing so as a partial function to the economic importance of the software to the stakeholders of the software.

Look around, don't stare long

Sometimes we stare so long at the door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.
- Alexander Graham Bell

La lumière de Lee

Those who are not aware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.
- Bruce Lee

Identities, boundaries and violence

When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.

DNA of life with dreams

For someone who has a dream for the future, gossips, rumours, hardships and frustrations will always be part of your life.

Pursuit of Limits

In a world of boundless data, we seek information with limits.

Bullet Peace

He that desires peace prepares the bullet because not everyone wants it.

I like to say there's certain things you can't take back: One of them is 'I love you,' and one of them is bullets.

Man vs Nature - Principles of territorial hygiene

Man-made chemicals have become closer to our notion of "hygiene" than nature-made creatures. We are nature-friendly only till nature remains within its territory.

old man's library

When an old man dies, a library burns to ground.
- African Proverb

buy but not sell the world

Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.
- Anna Lappé

Desire, Ability and Worth

The very best startup ideas tend to have three things in common: they're something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realize are worth doing.

Control d desire

Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Another definition

All failure is failure to adapt. All success is successful adaptation.
- Max McKeown, Author and Strategic Adviser

** I believe this quote needs to be seen in some context. Many a times, people infer being adaptive as in being less persistent on their goals.

Profound disease of thought

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence — whether much that is glorious—whether all that is profound—does not spring from disease of thought—from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Understand the nail before nailing it down

When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

Food, not just for thought :)

If you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least.
Herman Melville(1819-1891)

Get real

Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.


Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.


A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.
- Albert Einstein scribbled in a note

focal length

Everyone sees life through his/her own focal length...everybody carries their own set of lenses (wide angle, zoom, macro, fish eye, tele-photo).
- Hari Subramaniam

Just tryin to leave something behind

To my son,
the first song on my quotes blog as far as my memory goes

"When my son is a man he will know what I meant"

You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.
- Paul Prudhomme

Love of duty makes sense

Love is a better teacher than a sense of duty.


Following quote from Federer helps prove that Change is the only constant.
Lets assume that there is a constant different from change. It there exists such constant, it will start moving backwards which implies change. Hence proved that change is the only constant :D

Staying the same means going backwards.

Perfect Quote

The perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other
- Kate Stewart, Loving the White Liar

Cycle of Life

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
- Albert Einstein

Turn off the darkness

The reality is that bad things happen when the lights have been turned off. That's what the bad guys want; You have to have the lights on, and show what this really is, and show that these are human beings and not names and statistics. They are living and surviving and caring for one another.

End, the beginning

Every story has an end but in life every ending is a new beginning.

You don't give her respect. You give her whatever she asks for so you don't have to deal wit her. She's eight years old. She is not twenty-eight.

- From the movie "Uptown Girls"


The people yes
The people will live on.
The learning and blundering people will live on.
They will be tricked and sold and again sold
And go back to the nourishing earth for rootholds,
The people so peculiar in renewal and comeback,
You can't laugh off their capacity to take it.

- Carl Sagan

Best Answer Key

Understanding a question is half an answer.
- Socrates


I am the fresh dew on the green grass
the tear in the eye during separation 
and reunion part of rain
part of efforts, part of pain
efforts that win, efforts that go vain
I power the river, I make the cloud
clouds that make rain, clouds that burst
they have a separate word for my love "THIRST"

Written vs Truth

Over years, we have an inherent respect and trust for the written word. In the non-digital age, printing was expensive and restricted and the written word earned it's respect because of the care people invested in it before printing it. The digital age has democratised and commoditised printing. Our habits and trust still belong to the non-digital age. The only lesson to draw here is to check sources and not believe everything written on a webpage. It is easier said than done.

एक मीठी सी रचना

सुंदरता हो न हो सादगी होनी चाहिए
खुशबू हो न हो महक होनी चाहिए
रिश्ता हो न हो बंदगी होनी चाहिए
मुलाकात हो न हो, बात होनी चाहिए......!

यूं तो उलझे है सभी अपनी उलझनों में
पर सुलझाने की कोशिश हर बार होनी चाहिए.......!
इस जीवन की चादर में
सांसों के ताने बाने हैं
दुख की थोड़ी सी सलवट है
सुख के कुछ फूल सुहाने हैं
क्यों सोचे आगे क्या होगा
अब कल के कौन ठिकाने हैं
ऊपर बैठा वो बाजीगर 
जाने क्या मन में ठाने है
चाहे जितना भी जतन करे
भरने का दामन तारों से
झोली में वो ही आएँगे
जो तेरे नाम के दाने है 

- Unknown

How to flee into future

A successful company needs to become its own fiercest competitor, willing to create new offerings that ultimately kill off its existing cash cows.

Change driver

Technology does not drive change. It is our collective response to the options and opportunities presented by technology that drives change.

Tagore's faith is a bird

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Focus Fresh Inc.

The secret of change Is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Grave mistake

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there; I did not die

Science and Religion

Science and Religion are not mutually exclusive. They share lots of common followers. Religion should not be considered a symbol of ignorance. Ignorance comes from many directions, including self-righteous atheists. Practice some tolerance.
- Rahul Gupta, rephrased a facebook comment from Alyssa Tyson


without clear direction, even the world's best vehicle and driver can take you nowhere.
- Rahul Gupta


Forgiveness is a favor we do for ourselves, not a favor we do to the other party.

The Job

"the job" is an artificial construct, in which work is managed and parcelled out by corporations and other institutions, to which individuals must apply to participate in doing the work.

If you want to understand the future, just look at what rich people do today. 

privileged class experiences a taste of a future that could be the future for everyone.

man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem — how to use his freedom from pressing economic cares, how to occupy the leisure, which science and compound interest will have won for him, to live wisely and agreeably and well.
- Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

it will be those peoples, who can keep alive, and cultivate into a fuller perfection, the art of life itself and do not sell themselves for the means of life, who will be able to enjoy the abundance when it comes

There may need to be two kinds of money: machine money, and human money. Machine Money is what you use to buy things that are produced by machines. These things are always getting cheaper. Human Money is what you use to buy things that only humans can produce. The key thing that humans offer that machines do not is ‘authenticity’.
- Paul Buchheit, GMail creator

Perhaps “Human Money” needs to be further subdivided into “Caring Money” and “Creativity Money.”
Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

If “internet creator” were a company, it would be hiring faster than any company in silicon valley.

Drop by drop

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
- song, Allan Roberts(lyricist), Ella Fitzgerald(singer)

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.

And life is given to none freehold, but it is leasehold for all. 

Victory puts us on a level with heaven. 


He [God] is the biggest underachiever of all time. He just has a good publicist, that's all. Something good happens, "It's his will." Something bad happens, "He moves in mysterious ways."
- Satan, End of Days

Correct to yourself

इन्सान खुद की नज़र में सही होना चाहिए, दुनिया तो भगवान से भी दुखी है। 

A man must be right in his own eyes, the world's not happy even with God. 

solved soul

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. in the question.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

win the fight with anger first

The best fighter is never angry.

- Lao Tzu