Lessons Learnt – 2009

  • Bali is beautiful. Thailand is incredible. And the people of both these places know more about “Indian culture” than most Indians.
  • Voting in a general election is pretty useless. But you should still do it.
  • Employment is over-rated. Quitting a job is no big deal. Just be sure to have enough money to last you a while without any inflows. And keep an eye on the credit card expenses.
  • It is possible to have an expensive DSLR, and be made to feel like an idiot by a 18 year old kid with a Point n Shoot.
  • Shutter block is BAD.
  • It is possible to mail the President of your company and expect (and get) a reply. It is possible to tweet Pritish Nandy, Chetan Bhagat, Gul Panag, Imran Khan and Barkha Dutt and expect (and get) a reply. It is possible to tweet Mallika Sherawat and Priyanka Chopra, and expect (andΒ  get) promotional merchandise from their latest movie.
  • It is possible to find your ideal job, and go for it. It is however not in your hands whether you will get the job or not. Just give it your best shot.
  • It is OK to delay BIG plans. It is NOT OK to give up on them.
  • Dress code for a wine tasting festival – collared t-shirt, khakis, as ridiculous a hat as you can find and a nose angled at 15 degrees higher than usual. Strict NO-NOs – formals of any kind. (Suits? Die you pretender! ) Also, it helps if you can keep a straight face and use adjectives like “herbaceous” / “comfortable” / “smoky” / “high notes” / “oaky” to describe a wine (never mind if you dont have any clue about what they mean).
  • I prefer white wines to reds. Chardonnays to Chenin Blancs. And Reveilo reserves to Chateau Indages or Chantillis.
  • I prefer wheat beer to dark lager to premium lager to apple cider (The last one should actually be called “apple shudder”).
  • Never EVER trust directions given by a woman. 15 minutes later, you will end up at the place where you got an indignant “Of course!!” as reply to your “Are you sure this is the right way?”.
  • God invented porn. Just like everything else in this world.
  • Dating is fun. Not dating is fun too.
  • People who do not value your time, are not worth it.
  • Most people are more interesting than they seem.
  • Always ride your bike at 20% lower than the speed that seems safe.
  • No protective gear is ever not worth the money.
  • There are way too many India’s in India. And there are way too many TVS service centres in South India. And not enough in the rest of the country.
  • The Indian government is doing an OK job. I only wish they would do it faster.
  • Having patience is the most difficult thing to do.

Update:

  • Use sunscreen.
Wine tasting dress code - Β©Chaitanya
  • The fourth last one is on my list too πŸ™‚

    • The 5th last should be on your list too πŸ™‚

  • My Takeaways from your learnings of 2009 :-

    Employment is over-rated. Quitting a job is no big deal.
    (But still you need to be a big ass guy if you do it without backup)

    Voting in a general election is pretty useless. But you should still do it.
    ( with the hope that you’ll get a better shot next election )

    It is OK to delay BIG plans. It is NOT OK to give up on them.
    ( OK.. )

    Most people are more interesting than they seem.
    ( Yeh.. have some patience to see their true colors )

    The Indian government is doing an OK job. I only wish they would do it faster.
    ( I was the one to agree upon your blog post regarding this )

    Having patience is the most difficult thing to do.
    ( Yeh : Resolution 2010 )

  • Vaibhav

    Couldnt agree with you more on this : Employment is over-rated. Quitting a job is no big deal.

    As long you know how to get back on your feet(read start making money again, since you will need more of it at some point of time), you can definitely slow down, sit back and relax whenever you want.

    • Is making money really that difficult?

      • Nishith

        Making Big Money or in a strict fashion that you want might be

        • That is true. I am finding that out the hard way.

  • Chaitanya

    I’ll expect my royalty cheque in the mail soon.

    • For the use of the word “comfortable”? πŸ™‚ Sure!

      • Chaitanya

        Yo u pillock. I own that dress code description

  • Vaibhav

    Depends on how much you want to make, which in turn depends on the kind of lifestyle you want to have when you get back.

  • making money is THE easiest thing in the world

  • Sandeep

    God invented love. Porn is merely the human customization of it. πŸ˜‰

  • Do NOT generalise on women’s direction giving prowess! You were just as lost!

    • Was it or was it not where I said it was? πŸ™‚

      • It was also in the building where I said it would be…accept it…we were both right πŸ˜‰
        P.S.:- No learnings about shrilly noises/all the women you know?

        • Yes, you were right. It was indeed in the building you said it would be. The problem was that the building wasnt where you said it would be! πŸ˜€

          As for the 2nd part, i would ask you to go here.

  • Lavanya

    I like it … Seems lyk u hv learnt good in 2009.. πŸ™‚ Hope you continue to…

    • πŸ™‚
      Hope I continue to too.

  • I so so so echo your points..

  • Maybe you could change the post subject title Lessons Learnt – 2009 Mousses, Muses and Musings to something more suited for your subject you write. I enjoyed the post still.