The courageous singer.

“Mom, I will be back by 12 in the night. The concert gets over by 11”, an excited Tina told her mom as she was leaving the house with her friends, “Don’t wait for me, just go to sleep if I am late.”

Her mom looked at her. She looks so excited, then again it is the first concert she will be attending. And she says she will be back by 12… I mean which concert gets over before 1, her mom thought, oh my girl is so innocent. She waved Tina goodbye, and asked her to carry a cellphone at all times.

Tina and her friend reached the venue around 9, and found some local singer singing. They were told that the lead singer always comes late in such concerts and won’t be coming before 11-ish. All they could do was wave their hands in the air just like others, admire the celebrity whom they didn’t come to listen to.

After an hour of standing, they found a place to sit next to the bar and ordered a couple of drinks, and some potato fries. It was yet another hour to 11. Let’s just wait here for the lead singer, they thought.

Another hour and more than four drinks down, they heard people shouting in excitement. It seemed the lead singer had finally arrived.

The atmosphere has changed suddenly, even the beats have changed. Woah. So, this is what happens when the lead walks in, Tina thought. She grabbed her friend’s hand, who was still half tipsy, and pushed towards the front of the crowd. After reaching the desired point, they put their hands in the air again and began to move with the tune if the music. This is amazing!

No one even realized as another hour passed by, and almost everyone was doused in sweat with the constant dancing and singing. And no one even realized as it started, at some point of time, a man carrying something heavy came to the front of the stage.

He shouted at the top of his voice, “It’s my show now”, as he was taking out the semi-automatic from his bag.

The lead singer was the first to notice, and before anyone could question, he jumped off the stage with his guitar and BAM! He hit the guy with such force that the guitar broke. The loud noise went over the place through his mic, and then he yelled for people to call 911.

The man was bleeding profusely, and even the semi-automatic he had been carrying seemed like a ton now. Dropping the semi-automatic, he held his head with one hand, and took out a small pistol from his pocket. He looked at the singer for a second, and then shot him in the chest before passing out on the ground.

The police and medic reached within five minutes, and fortunately there were no casualties.

-Siddarth

Please people. Pray for the souls that have lost their lives in such shootings and condemn such hatred toward society! We need to help each other out and do everything in our power to prevent any such shootings from happening in the future.

HBS on Strategic marketing

Journal #20

Day 20. April 2nd.

“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore

Today was a decent day again. Woke up and meditated, did some yoga and then freelectics. It feels refreshing after that. I did also box (after a long time) for 5 minutes today just to get my body used to it. Think I can wake up half n hour earlier from tomorrow?

Then went to office, and met with a customer. It is hard to hear about all the issues that come up every now and then but it is a big relief when they are resolved. I suppose that is the essence of business, to have something going on now & then while fixing other issues. That’s how you gain experience.

I did get to finally open a axis bank account for trading today. Kudos to that!

Back home I went through some news articles, and then read the HBS book on Strategic Marketing. It is an interesting read for sure.

Harvey Deutschendorf

Your comfort zone will keep you safe, but it will also keep you small. Walk out, and change.

Bertrand Russell

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Like a child

Hey now, the child says,
Why come here with a puffy face;
Is life this bad these days,
That you destroy your mood and grace.

Come, look at the sun, he says,
Pointing out to the bright circle;
This is one of those days,
When it’s all golden rather than purple.

Look at those stars, he says,
Sparkling as bright as a firecracker;
Although there is only one star in the days,
At night, they cover the sky like a pro hacker.

Why do you wait then, he says,
For the time to bring you joy;
Even then the people nowadays,
Play with each other like a toy.

Live in the present, he says,
Because that is what life is;
Past or the future days,
Won’t bring you happiness diz!

– Siddarth

Eleanor Roosevelt

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Harriet Tubman

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

Marcus Aurelius

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Albert Einstein

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.