Failure can be the best teacher. After a couple of not-very-successful ventures, Thalaivar is doing something I wished he did long back. I am super excited for this movie in more than one ways.

But there is a deeper lesson in this for me here. What is left out for him to achieve? Who else has he got to prove himself to? What could drive some one who seems to have everything? To do more. To risk a bigger failure?

…as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

As he lets his light shine, as he risks failure time, his mere presence automatically liberates me.


Do you want to print sticky stamps for your company in India? Try Stickystamp.

StickyStamp is an online sticker shop that makes kissable sticker stamps for laptops. Two of my good friends are behind it – Issac and Surya.

I think they are doing something awesome. I just got a sticker which was made by them and you have to see it to know how good it is. I also know at least 6 different companies/people whom I know very well, who have used their service and are absolutely delighted by their service.

I recalled this from a Paul Graham essay “Do things that don’t scale”,

Your first users should feel that signing up with you was one of the best choices they ever made. And you in turn should be racking your brains to think of new ways to delight them.


I also know there is something kickass is happening on their background. I am neither an investor nor a successful entrepreneur yet but If I had money I would invest in them. You get a feeling something is working right when you see them and I hope only expect good things for them from here.

Tu Kuja

Have you watched Highway yet? May be you should!

Veera finds that there are no locked doors and if she wants to escape, she is free to. And she does run but slips and falls down. Turns back to see this overwhelming view of Milky way in all its glory. She couldn’t take it anymore and runs back to her captors. “Tu Kuja” plays on the background.

While the rendition and the picturization itself is very beautiful and it kind of brought back beautiful memories from a past star gazing experience, there was something more to it and I had to understand what the song meant. I looked it up. It was poetry where I least expected it. Its a lamentation of a dejected heart thats wants something but can’t have it. Its a cry of a poor soul which knows it has to let go and move on but still can’t do it.

I don’t have a point to make. Its just that I love this song and movie for reasons I can’t fully comprehend.

There is another song which kind of invokes the same emotion in me – Kun Faya Kun.(Incidentally from the same director and same music director)


“You tried to do a startup, you are travelling, you could get a really good job if you so chose to, things are happening in your life. Only you alone fail to see that you are in a good place”

“Stop acting like an emotional trainwreck and start taking care of yourselves”

“You just don’t know what you want in life. But thats okay. It would be incredibly boring if you lived the rest of your life knowing what the end is going to be”

“Be awesome yourself first before seeking out someone else to be awesome with”

“Sometimes its ok to be selfish about what you want.”

Past few posts have been depressing and whiny. Probably I was that way for the past few months.

I have made many mistakes in the past two years. The root cause of most of it is not being truthful to myself. Some times it was because I lacked courage but mostly it was because I take easy ways out.

Sometimes I forget how grateful I must be for where I am. Even if I have to start from scratch, I am at a much better place than I could hope for right now!

Starting over

I quit Goyaka Labs recently. I have been struggling with myself to keep going at it only to realise I am doing more harm than good to myself and my friends/co-founders.

I lacked purpose for what I was doing. I had stopped producing. The team wasn’t going anywhere and I felt I was part of the reason. I felt like such a let down to all those awesome entrepreneurs and hackers I had met. I went into depression.

There was a limbo period when I couldn’t make a decision as to whether to keep going or quit, for I knew both decisions sucked. My previous post is an example of me trying to fight it out. But I was rightly pointed out, that not making the decision is the worst thing I could do at that moment.

I am super grateful to Alagu and Raj for being understanding and super helpful all along, even after I told them how I felt. If there was any sadness, it is only that it didn’t work out. By the way, they are still at it and I sincerely wish them the best.

I am also thankful to everyone else who has helped me in this journey so far. You are amazing!

I want to do a startup one day. When I find the right thing to do and a right set of people to do it with. But thats just me getting ahead of myself.

Right now, I am starting over from scratch. Here’s to more adventures. Wish me luck!

Bounce back

Alfred Pennyworth:
Why do we fall sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up

This, thisthis and this!

My journey is not easy! There are times I just want to run away, travel around the world and get lost. I am weaker than what most people think of me.

There are people whom I admire, who seem to play the game so easily. May be they are better wired than me or they hide their battle wounds well. Either way they seem to be flying.

I just keep needing a constant reminder that its ok to fail. That every time I fall, I just have to get back up one more time. That its gonna hurt but anything worth getting is gonna hurt. That its failure, when I decide to give up. That giving up without trying my best is worse than giving up.