Business advice from Ashish [my friend]

I studied my 11-12th with Ashish & have known him for over decade. We grew up together, he got married and blessed with two kids and running a successful business in Delhi. I am  here in Bangalore, trying to figure out what is next. Last week I was in Delhi all for him, because we …

Retired sailor hobbyist fishermen #faces

                          Name: Krishna Place: Mandvi beach, Gujarat Occupation: Hobbyist fishermen Krishna, a stark looking 65 year old was silently surveying the sea when I first caught sight of him at Mandvi Beach. In conversation, he tells me that he has sailed across Africa …

Shipmaker who traveled across Africa and Gulf #faces

                            Name: Isa Ismail Place: Mandvi, Gujarat Occupation: Ship architect [wooden ship] In my quest to discover how ships are built at the backwater port of Mandavi, I came across this 60 year old stalwart individual.Isa bhai, as I respectfully call him …

Brave Young fighter[life] #faces

              Name: Mahesh Location: Gogamba near kalol Gujarat. Profession: Male Nurse/ helper to surgeon. I met Mahesh in Gogamba where he was appointed as my local guide. This 23 year old smart young lad with a thin body frame knows everything about surgery/medicine.His current profession is a surgical nurse, …

Meeting a happy farmer #faces

              Name: Deepak Patel Location: Somewhere outskirts  of kalol, gujarat Occupation: Farmer/land owner Deepak Bhai is in his mid 40’s, somewhat short with a well built physique whom I met at a party organised at a farm. He mentioned that during his college days he brazenly asked his parents …

Chacha 80 year old with a heart of gold. #Faces

              Name: Nadir Khan aka Chacha Location: Rann, Gujarat. Occupation: Retired, caretaker of a tea shop. If you’ve ever been to Rann Of Kutch, Gujarat you would immediately associate this place to the wild west due to its rustic charm and desert ambiance. Surrounded by the mighty Thar desert, …

A driver i met in Bhuj. #faces

Name: Ganni Bhai Location: Bhuj, Gujarat Occupation: Driver Story: I met Ganni bhai through his brother who picked me from the bus stand and drove me to my hotel on (date) at (time) of the night in Bhuj. Ganni bhai picked me at 9am the next morning for a trip to the white Rann of Kacchh. …

Tibetan superstitions

I bought book title “Folk Culture of Tibet”, I am done finishing first few sections which mentions about known superstitions prevalent tibetan culture,  some of these seems similar to hinduism.                             I am adding some of the crazy/funny/interesting ones here : 1. …

#Faces : Ordinary people with extraordinary efforts.

    Before I begin, credit for this goes to my friend Jugal Mody It was his suggestion while i am traveling i should make notes about interesting people i meet in my overall trip.                             During this 20 days trip I met …

2014 passed, 2015 welcome!!

Happy New Year to everyone to start with. Year 2014 been amazing in following ways : 1. Joined The New Stack, working on building community & writing occasionally. 2. Sister got married to one of the smartest kid I have met so far in 20+ odd years of my life. 3. Moved to Bangalore after …