Maverick: Ricardo Semler

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Maverick means a person who is non conformist and I consider myself a Maverick.

Maverick by Ricardo Semler is a fascinating book about the life of Ricardo Semler, A Brazilian who takes over his company and brings about a change by empowering his employees like no other corporation in the world. I had read this book when I was studying for my first MBA in SIBM, Pune, India (Symbiosis Institute of Business Management). Consider it a must read. Continue reading

Footsteps of Buddha: Kushinagar: Parinirvana

20150320_121615All conditioned things are impermanent. Strive on with diligence ( for your liberation)” Last words of Buddha.

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sama Sambuddhassa 

 Kushinagar is one of the most important places for anyone on the path of Enlightenment following footsteps of Buddha. The best way for a backpacker to go to Kushinagar is to take a bus from Gorakhpur. It is in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India and touches Bihar. Remember you can go to Lumbini from Gorakhpur. Kushinagar is a very small place and about 2 hrs by bus from 20150320_081339Gorakhpur. This is from my trip which I took sometime back. Continue reading

Bodhgaya: MahaBodhi Temple; Final Days

12227658_669371696539242_3836734087721995221_nAfter we came back from Nalanda, we all ( Fred, Sarah, his mother and myself ) went to MahaBodhi temple to pay our respects. Side Pic the idol inside the temple.  Fred’ mother was wearing expensive shoes and we can forgotten to deposit the same in the shoe counter. As we left behind the shoes at the open shoe stand near the temple, I told Fred’s mother not to worry. Nothing is lost from such a holy place and we were right. 10408797_666315300178215_6011010915472759802_n

Soon Fred left for Varanasi with his family and we exchanged pleasantries. I was so happy to meet such an intelligent person and lovely couple and felt a close connection with his mother. Wishing them a safe journey, I continued my regular visit to MahaBodhi temple. Soon a new guy came in to stay in the dorm. I learnt his name was Cameron and he had come from America looking for peace and spirituality to India.

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Venerable Xuanzang: Essence Of An Exemplary Explorer & Monk

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Venerable Xuanzang” I will rather die going to the west than living in the east”

” A country which knows its true history, is a country which stays together” Nish The Dude

Sometime in 7th Century BC 

A monk with oriental features was walking with alacrity through extreme harsh conditions. Calm and serenity on his handsome face beguiling a true grit determination to find the answers he was looking for…a journey of truth which he had undertaken which will take him through Afghanistan, Pakistan to India..The land of Lord Buddha. He had decided to take this impossible journey to find out the true teaching of Lord Buddha and find answer to many questions which still remained unanswered. He was deeply motivated by the travels of the great Chinese monk Faxian and motivated by Emperor of Taizong of Tang Dynasty in China. Continue reading

Nalanda: Mother of All Universities & Rajgir

IMG_20151028_144915Nalanda is the First Residential International University which was officially set up in the 5th century although it had been operating for the last 1000 years.  Nalanda is near village Bada Gaon and comes on the way to Rajgir. was set up according to Legend by Sariputta, the chief disciple of Lord Buddha around roughly 500 bc. Sariputta belonged to Nalanda and took his nibbana when he left his body here after taking permission from Lord Buddha. Venerable Sariputta’s mother was residing in Nalanda and he had gone to take care of his mother before he took his Nibbana. Continue reading

Footsteps of Lord Buddha: Bodhgaya: Sujata Garh & Mahakala Caves

20150312_084839On the second day I again visited Mahabodhi temple and visited a few monasteries around the city.  There are many monasteries in Bodhgaya with all countries vying to out do each other in terms of architectural splendor and 20150312_095115creativity. Although there is no comparison to Lumbini, Bodhgaya has a few wonders. The Thai monastery ( left pic) is very prominent and beautiful while I personally feel The Bhutan monastery is fantastic. The Japanese monastery is also huge and splendid. Among the prominent 20150312_092805monasteries present around Bodhgaya include monasteries from Thailand, Japan, Bangladesh, Korea, Tibet, China and Sri Lanka. Continue reading