Fruit Loops - 5.7+ two pitch climb at Rumbling Bald

Climbing trips to Tennessee and North Carolina (Dec 2014)

Last few weekends have been a wonderful journey for me as far as climbing goes. I had my first taste of multi-pitch trad climbing and leading on slabs. Jimmy…

Elements of digital marketing

Technocratization of digital marketing

Digital marketing is in a flux. It has always been. And in this flux the traditional marketing is often perceived as unsophisticated and lack-lustre as compared to its…

Digitized lives

I saw a wonderful video that elaborates on a dichotomy we face in our day to day lives between establishing a zealous online presence to show the world…

Google personalized search and biased search results

I don’t like the idea of Google personalized search that was extended to everyone – even the signed out users – in 2009. It enables customized search results for…

Trim your readling list

This post is about why I trimmed down my reading list, Feedly subscriptions to be specific, and why you should be doing it as well. If you are…

The fresh green carpet in the Smokies

The greens in the Smoky mountains

A quick snapshot from a  camping trip to Smoky mountains national park earlier this year. It was the month of May and green was the color. However, a visit to…

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

Will Amazon Echo kill Google’s role in utility search purposes? This looks like a game changer in the way we search and interact with voice recognition devices. For starters,…

Rotunda at the US Capitol, Washington DC

Trip to Washington DC

The trip to Shenandoah national park did not exactly go as it was planned. The trip was marred by a complete lack of enthusiasm – primarily fueled by the no-show fall colors….

The Washington Monument

An evening in the capital – Washington DC

A nice time spent in the capital city of Washington DC. It was a fine evening in the relatively pleasant month of October in this part of the country. I usually…

Standardization

Standardization is antagonistic to excellence. It establishes minimal acceptable performance levels; whereas excellence goes well beyond it. Standardization neutralizes the ups and downs of collective performance levels. The good…

Be passionate. Be real

I cannot overemphasize validity and effectiveness of the advice given by the some of the best recruiters and successful managers in the industry – Be passionate. Be real….

Cost of calculations

There is a cost for every thing. For every choice we make, something is left unchosen, and there are opportunity costs to it. For every thing we choose to do,…

What is it about Twitter?

It is not 140 characters, but rather 140 opportunities to make an impact. It is about doing a favor to the current time impoverished world by being concise and…

At your service – The Amazon way

How many times have you wasted 20 minutes walking through the aisles of a supermarket looking for a small utility product that you would have just purchased and…

The order of interrogatives

I am practicing to develop a habit of asking myself these questions in the given sequence before making a decision. Why, do I need to do it? What, should I do?…

Reading liberates. Watching captures.

When I read, I ex-cogitate and dive deeper in the context presented by the writer. I immerse myself in the given context and paint a mental picture with the…

Singularity of winners

Winners outdo losers in performance. Losers outnumber winners in volumes. In any contest there will always be one winner and many losers. Football world cup. Wimbledon championship. Formula…

One at a time

I came across an article on Forbes which talked about the perils of multi-tasking. The crux of the article was, Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of…

The ability to not think

I have had this conversation on more than one occasion with different people in the past few months. The conversation pivoting on our ability to not think about…

Get captured to capture

We spend so much time trying to capture the photo that we often leave ourselves uncaptured and unimmersed in the beauty of the moment. The problem here is…

Untamed peaks of Lahaul Himalaya

Himalaya 2014 – Basic mountaineering course, ABVIMAS and Lahaul expedition

My Himalayan sojourn, about which I am thinking of writing volumes in this post, began with an intention and purpose completely different from what it actually ended up to be….

Uncropped

The beautiful thing about cropping is that it makes a part of the whole stand out conspicuously. The part that one wants to be flaunted is often focused…

Big time failure!

I came across a very interesting article that had just enough anecdotal evidence from the likes of Google and Amazon to suggest that failing big time is directly linked with bold…

Michael Fatali photography

If you love traveling and have an eye for landscape and nature photography to an extent that it often leads you to associate it with a disassociated spiritual zone, then…