On January 4th, 2018, the girl in the photo above passed away. She was afflicted with Erwing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects young people. Before she passed away, she penned her thoughts on life in the last few months. Her family shared this on Facebook after her demise.
There is some invaluable life advice in the letter. The one that reverberated the most with me is to not take the small setbacks seriously and to be grateful for what we have. Living happily is more important than to live a life full of material possessions.
She may be young but her thoughts are profound. Here is the letter Holly wrote.
I’ve noticed that some of the most honest life advice comes from people who are at the end of life. At that stage, people are genuine and they have the unique ability to look at the larger picture. This is what motivated me to collate these valuable lessons into a book called, ‘UnKick the Bucket : How Near-Death Experiences Teaches Us the True Priorities in Life’.
Today I visited CuriCrush, the latest cold press smoothie and juice bar at Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai. A real pleasure to see my friend Venkatesh Pannirchelvan’s entrepreneurial dream come to life.
Cold press juices retain much of the flavour and nutrients as the fruits are crushed at a slower 60 rpm with special cold press machines while regular juice shops do it in mixies that rotate at 20,000 rpm.
All juices are mixed with tender coconut water instead of water.
If you visit Bessie beach next time, you should definitely visit CuriCrush and try their natural juices and smoothies.
The people you see in this photo are special. They are wonderful programmers and coders with a treasure trove of technical knowledge. However, much like most tech folks, they lack the confidence to share their knowledge in writing. That’s when Suresh Sambandam, the CEO of OrangeScape and KISSflow, came with an idea. We discussed a writing workshop and I helped conduct one at Vaksana Farms over a weekend. This was a month ago and today we had our first review meeting. I was super impressed that all of them have consistently written their blog posts and on their way to successfully finishing their 100 day writing challenge. We even shortlisted names of Chief Guests who will headline the celebration event on March 26, the 100th day of the challenge.
Here are my key learning.
1) The Team Spirit is the Magic Potion. It’s no longer an individual goal but a group effort. We are all social animals and we perform better in groups.
2) Consistency is Key: Every afternoon the team gets together for a writing session. This is self-organized. No pressure from me or the CEO. Regular freestyle writing let’s the thought juices flow and makes writing easy.
3) Deadline Matters: March 26th is the 100th day of the challenge. Everybody has clear view of the end goal. This gives clarity and forces to put the writing as a priority task as no one person wants to be seen as a laggard during the launch function.
4) Just Ship it: Much like the agile method that the developers are very familiar, the trick is to quickly publish it and NOT put it in draft. For a person getting started with writing, publishing anything, even a half baked blog post, is better than putting it in the dungeons of drafts which may never see the light of day.
5) Have Fun: No wonder OrangeScape won the top slot in the best places to work category. There is such positive spirit, joviality and supportive camaraderie amongst the team.
Seeing the team succeed is what gives me high and motivates me to conduct the workshops at my farm.
After finishing a work meeting, we decided to head out for lunch. ‘Thambi Vilas’ hotel was recommended and so we decided to try it out.
The first impression was a good one. It’s a Chettinad restaurent and must compliment them for the wonderful, well thought out design that did justice to the place.
Attention to details such as brass taps, black and white flooring, colonial furniture, old photos and even the vintage switches. I wish they has used vintage fans. This could have greatly added to the authentic ambience.
Here are a few photos of the restaurent.
However, the food was below par and did not live up to expectation. Our team had both veg meals and non-veg meals and both could have been better.
The elaneer payasam though was heavenly and that gave a nice finish to our dining experience.
Visit this place for the ambience.
Kudos to Shahul Hameed Dawood (standing next to Kamal) for pulling off the near impossible… organizing a *M.A.S.S.I.V.E* show getting almost the entire Tamil film fraternity to Malaysia…including Rajini and Kamal. This includes all the heroes and heroines of not just the current generation but previous two generations as well.
When I was in KL last year, I remember the time when Shahul and his team had started to ideate on this. Now to see his small but a cracker of a team pull this off is amazing and inspiring.