Chanakya’s 16 points worth imbibing

Chanakya Niti - a political doctrine that works1) Learn from the mistakes of others…you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves!

2) A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.

3) Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.

4) The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.

5) There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.

6) Before you start some work, always ask yourself three  questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.

7) As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.

8) The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.

9) Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.

10) The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.

11) God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.

12) A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

13) Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.

14) Treat your kid(s) like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.

15) Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.

16) Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.


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My Mother Chand

My mother

With Mandira Bedi, on the sets of a popular TV game show in Mumbai

Mandira Bedi and meMuzaffar Ali

Showbiz: My work entails providing content for all media… In a discussion with Muzaffar Ali (Umrao Jaan fame).

Deep purpleMumbai models and me

(L-R): During an interview with the Deep Purple Band members; In Bombay at a popular game show with models.

Shah Khan Ali AkbarAt TV Channel P7 after Panel on Sexual Harrassment at Workplace.

(L-R): At Nizamuddin Khanka Shah Khan Seniotis with Ali Akbar; Post-Panel debate on sexual harrassment at workplace at P-7 TV News Channel.

JAWA, the Czech motorcycle giant

A Czekoslovakian JAWA 1970 model that I ownWhen I was young and carefree

Riding my Czechoslovakian girlfriend (1970 JAWA) With my first love in 1984