Resolutions,Time-Rich, Rupi Kaur and PapaCJ
Issue No 32
Welcome to the first issue of the newsletter for 2021. This edition is all about being time-rich.
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Why do we wait for the new year to make resolutions?
A new year gives us a feeling of making a “fresh start”. It offers a hope of a new beginning and an opportunity to be a better version of ourselves. A resolution tells us what we OUGHT to do.
Do you make new year resolutions? I do.
I have only one resolution this year - to make me richer … (hold on, let me complete my sentence) when it comes to my time. So will pack in less every day. And be less burdened with productivity.
I thought about all my resolutions that I made last year. None of them happened. I did not travel anywhere after March. I did not hug my friends. I stopped going to the gym. While the planned ones did not come through, 2020 was a creatively fulfilling year for me. And I have no complaints.
How did you do with your resolutions in 2020? Tell us
But I did many other things in 2020 that I feel good about. So it led me to wonder what my real motivations are. That is what led me to rethink my goals for this year.
I will take one day at a time in 2021. That is how addicts achieve the goal of kicking the habit.
PS: When you read the next article about Rupi Kaur, you will know why I set my goal for this year to be “time-rich”!
Home Body by Rupi Kaur
I wrote about Rupi Kaur in my book Dreamers & Unicorns. She writes her poetry on Instagram and illustrates them. She makes the reader EXPERIENCE her poetry. She is a Market Shaper who has shifted how poetry is written, experienced and published.
I just read her book of poetry Home Body.
in 2014 no one would publish my poetry because “there was no audience for it”. professors told me not to self-publish because the literary world looked down upon self-publishing. i laughed because i didn’t have the luxury to care what the literary world thought of me😂 the topics that this 21 year old punjabi girl who came from an immigrant working class family wrote about weren’t going to resonate with them anyways.
As a 21-year-old university student Rupi wrote, illustrated and self-published her first poetry collection, milk and honey (which spent a year on NY Times bestseller list). Her books have sold over 8 million copies and have been translated into over 42 languages. She is 28 now. As in Gurmukhi script, her work is written exclusively in lowercase, using only the period as a form of punctuation. She is on Instagram with 4.1 million followers as @rupikaur_ Here is a poem that I loved
i measure my self-worth
by how productive i’ve been
but no matter how hard i work
i still feel inadequate
That is a poem from a section called ‘productivity guilt’ from the book Home Body by Rupi Kaur. That was the one that resonated with me.
This poem once again convinced me that being “time-rich” was the right goal for me this year.
Papa CJ on the “cost of your dreams”
“I want to be a stand-up comedian” says the teenager to a horrified parent. Parents want to know, “What do the stand-up comedians DO?” Some ask the absolutely silly question, “Can you tell me a joke?”
It is annoying for comedians, “You don’t go to a boxer and say, “You are a boxer, can you punch me?”
Most people believe that they will work in a soul-sapping piece of work until they earn enough to pursue their “dreams”. How Papa CJ responded was a surprise for me.
See the pattern?
Researcher Ashley Whillans talks about the difference between how Americans spend their meal time and compares it with the French. If both get the same (hypothetically) 60 minutes for lunch, the Americans spend most of it thinking about the choices and what to eat and very little time talking to the friend or colleague. The French spend their time quickly deciding what to order but maximise the time they are spending chatting with the friend or colleague.
I want to spend 2021 being ‘time-rich’. What are the common errors?
Trying to choose the perfect/ best deal in situations that do not warrant it. You may not remember the details of the dishes you ordered, but you may recall the conversation and the moments shared.
If you think you will spend time working for that dream lifestyle, maybe ask yourself, why you want it and how it is impacting others around you currently.
Some more ideas are given in the sketchnote below
Want to get a quick view of the ideas her book talks about? Watch the talk.
The Fifth Number
A friend who is visually challenged, once told me, that she would have to wait for someone to read out the articles from my website. I have been wondering what I could do to help visually challenged readers.
I have invited volunteers who will pick an article from abhijitbhaduri.com read and record the article they like and email me the MP3 audio track and the hyperlink of the article they have recorded. My email is
Listen to an article here <like this one by Charu Raizada>
Let me know if you want to volunteer for this. Leave your email here
I drew this illustration and read out a short story I wrote long back. Listen to The Fifth Number
Ten Raga Based Compositions from RD Burman
4th January is the death anniversary of RD Burman, one of my favourite music composers. Arisudan Yadav, did such an incredible job of recording the article I had written.
Arisudan Yadav is a podcaster who went a step further and added clips of the songs, to make it an experience. The article is called
‘Ten Raga Based Compositions from RD Burman’ The audio version is a treat.
Join me for a
Live Chat with Vani Kola on Friday 8 Jan 2021 at 7:00pm IST
Vani is Managing director of Kalaari Capital. She is a technology-focused early-stage investor, known for her aptitude for picking founders and mentoring them to build high growth enterprises.
At Kalaari, she works with entrepreneurs to build global companies, focused on technology, leveraging India's domestic growth to create high growth enterprises. Vani has led investments in e-commerce, mobile services, education and healthcare. Some of Kola's notable venture capital successes include: Dream11, Cure.fit, Snapdeal, Myntra among others.
I look at the chat as an opportunity for both you and me to ask questions to Vani. The questions that get picked are featured on the chat in real time.
PS: Do you know why is her firm called Kalaari?
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