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I love creating things, be it using paper and pens the analog way or coding it all the digital way, but above all I love writing down the gazillions of thoughts buzzing in my head 24*7 about anything and everything. Poems aren't my forte but I may try my hand at it, for I fall under code-loving-writer category.

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Julian Sara Joseph

Priyanka Chopra And Indra Nooyi On Breaking Barriers And Engaging Billions | Forbes Live - YouTube

Indra Nooyi binge-watches series??? Wow. well, there's that and of course the reiterated and quintessential need of the hour feeling for our generation - 'Sisterhood'. We need to be out there for each other. 

Indra also mentions a very valid point - Women have to work extra hard to get promoted or even acknowledged in the room. I am happy and sad at the same time to hear this from her. Women have to compete against so many out there, including those ineligible bosses, just to get what is fairly theirs. 

Julian Sara Joseph

Anjali Menon (Part 1) - The Happiness Project - #THP Kappa TV - YouTube

Such grace... the poise...sorted lady. She exudes a sense of calm and confidence. She has her priorities right and believes in herself. Do watch part 2 too! She has some great advice!

Julian Sara Joseph

There is no shortcut. Work harder and put in 50% more than the rest of the employees.

Julian Sara Joseph

it is so easy to make a list of 'Things I could have done in the past 30 days', than a list of 'Things I should do in next 15 days'

Julian Sara Joseph

The past 7 years, it was hardly me who made the first tea in the morning. Let alone, good tea :P

Julian Sara Joseph

Before I got engaged last October, I had this mini revelation - Love is a choice. Just like happiness and kindness. I want to make a poster of this and remind the world to choose to love each day.

Julian Sara Joseph

The dust has settled in, the sun is about is set, the room is a mess, my cup of tea still has 10ml of 'legendary chai' gone cold as usual and I am realising my life is waiting for me to take the pen and write the story, just as it was before the wedding. There are changes, but deep down, what holds true now, held true before too. I have to consciously choose to take efforts for living the life I want to. Workout. Eat healthy. Cook my own meals. (I'm getting used to this, thankfully) Plan my finances. Dream and chart out my life goals and paths to those goals. Life is going to be exactly what your choices look like, at every step of the way. Choose happiness. Choose Love. Choose to grow.

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I am grateful to my company - Truck loads! For every conditioned Indian Middle-class brain that asked me - 'Have I quit my job?' as soon as they hear the news of my wedding, I had an answer that made me feel secure and happy - 'My company allows me to work remotely'. Remote working policies are essential to our lives today. This also means you need to be proactive and communicative enough to maintain a rapport with your teammates/manager.

Julian Sara Joseph

Ascent of Money -by Niall Ferguson - Chapter 1 Report

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There were apparently communities that survived without cash. No, not cashless. They just lived like uncivilised humans who raided fertile women and animals from one another. The Incas preferred using ‘Labour’ as a unit of value, while Nukak-Makú had no use of money. The cruel annihilation of the Inca empire by the Spaniards who outnumbered them underlined how it was the love of riches which caused wars since time immemorial(the 1500s here). This lust, however, was incomprehensible to a race living peacefully in the caves of Peru, without money.

I was appalled at the fate of these indigenous folks of the mountains. The lust of the West for silver found in these regions led to the depletion of their entire population! Every peso coin was worth the life of 10 Indians who were maimed and eventually killed in the process of mining and processing silver from the ore to make coins and bars.

What they(Western countries) failed to get, even after years of waging war against such wealthy lands was that beyond a point, even those coins depreciated in value, due to the decline in silver stocks after its mass production. Money was only worth what one is willing to pay.

During this time, the Middle East equated “clay tablets” to the silver coins in Europe, while those in the Maldives used “cowrie shells” and those in the islands of Yap, huge stone discs. Today, it is just paper or virtual (nothing but numbers on a screen). Why? Because it doesn’t matter what we use to represent money. 

Money is simply trust inscribed. Trust/belief/faith. We trust those who pay us, those who employ us, those who work for us.

Julian Sara Joseph

Books and why my love for it has varied over time.

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For me, books were an escape. Ever since I was a kid, Enid Blyton and JK Rowling have taken me to different worlds where there was no real-life worry or tension. But come 2015, when I got a Kindle, the first books my brother bought me were for learning math and computer science as if I were a researcher. I think he believed I had the aptitude to grasp concepts with ease. Those books were good, but I had developed a dislike towards reading itself, thanks to the lack of any fiction books. To top that, I was also constantly distracted with Social Media. Thanks to Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp - I was unaware of how my limited free time depleted each day. I just had no time to read books any more!

Truth, however, was that I didn't choose to spend time with books but was marvelled at other things like Facebook videos and so on. It has been several years since I have read a book at one stretch. My reading-hungry soul has died internally.

With just 5 weeks left in this year, I want to reclaim this old habit. I want to be hooked to books, regardless of their genre and I don't want to put down a book without knowing what the author had to tell me entirely.