Eco Park Video Log

When I first heard about the Eco Park 7 Wonders of the World Night Tour, I was skeptical. I thought it was just a gimmick to attract visitors. But after actually experiencing it, I can confidently say that it was a truly unforgettable experience.

Seeing the scaled versions of the 7 wonders of the world at night was a different and more magical experience. The lighting and ambiance added to the grandeur of the structures, making it a sight to behold.

If you’re planning a trip to Kolkata, I highly recommend checking out the Eco Park 7 Wonders of the World Night Tour. And don’t forget to watch our video log of the experience on our KolkataDiaries YouTube channel. Trust me, you won’t regret it!


Finishing well

finish-lineThis is an old post that I have on my work computer and home laptop since two years now. Ever since I have read it, this note is always with me in some for or the other.

We all know to start well, but it’s finishing well that really takes the task to the next level. Everyone starts but finishing and finishing it well is something that never gets its due.

As this blog is increasingly becoming a repository of things I learn, like, and love so placing this note here.

It’s not enough to finish the checklist, to hurriedly do the last three steps and declare victory.

In fact, the last coat of polish and the unhurried delivery of worthwhile work is valued all out of proportion to the total amount of effort you put into the project.

It doesn’t matter how many designers, supply chains, workers, materials and factories were involved–if the box is improperly sealed, that’s how you will be judged.

By – Seth Godin

Inspite of the environment and not because of it


Here’s a stab from Rohit Chauhan’s model portfolio update.

As an investor, our portfolio cannot be built on hope. As a result, i am not picking or retaining stocks based on some macro event or grand thesis playing out (restructuring of PSU or removal of subsidies etc). I would like to hold companies in the portfolio which can perform inspite of the environment and not because of it.

All my investor/trader buddies are excited about the recent bull run and the prospect of Modi as PM.

Exact words that I want to convey to my enthusiastic investor buddies!!

Totally agree with him. And interestingly this applies not just to stocks! Just substitute portfolio with career!!

If you want to change the world, start off by …….

Naval Adm. William H. McRaven delivers an amazing University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address.

Returning to his alma mater last week, he provided graduating seniors 10 lessons he learned from basic SEAL training.

Here’s one story that resonated the most for me. Reminded me of my Mom. She always insist on this.

Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack—that’s Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task, mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that we were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs, but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.

If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

See or read the entire thing at farnamstreetblo

Knowledge work…..


Was looking though some old notes on my iPhone and found this beautiful passage on knowledge work.

Records 214 days ago in October, have lost the source but I suspect this might be from the blog studyhacks!

Knowledge work is not defined by quantity. Neither is knowledge work defined by its costs. Knowledge work is defined by its results. -Anon

Be a learning machine

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What are the traits for thriving in the knowledge economy? The trait is to – Be a learning machine. Charlie Munger in a speech to USC Law School Commencement – May 13, 2007 tells

I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you.



Investing in yourself

You can never go wrong with investing in yourself.

A couple of days back while browsing, stumbled upon these lines.

They resonate with what I believe in, so here you go.

“You can never go wrong with investing in yourself – that way, everything that you learn and have can go with you.

You can invest in three ways – your health, your network, and your knowledge, and all three are necessary to be successful”

While studying or training or in your job, investing in yourself is the best thing you can do!!

And the best thing is that this investment only needs your commitment and an hour a day.

So are you giving yourself that one hour?

From Bicycle Design to Airplane Design

I love experimenting, tinkering with routines, technology and habits. So the following piece from Steve Pavlina struck a chord.

How Two Brothers Out-Competed the Experts of Their Day

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Wright brothers, who are credited with inventing the airplane. But do you know the story of how they succeeded?

In the early 1900s, there was lots of competition to develop an airplane that could take off and stay airborne for more than a few seconds. The Wright brothers’ competitors were more educated, more experienced with design and technology, and better funded. The brothers were outsiders who owned a bicycle shop. No one at the time considered them to be serious contenders in the field of aviation, except perhaps the brothers themselves.

The Wright brothers succeeded by leveraging their experience in another field. As part of their bicycle business, they’d made many iterative improvements to the bicycles of their day. Their approach was highly experimental. They’d come up with an idea to improve a bike, test it cheaply, and see if it worked. If the idea improved the experience of riding the bike, they kept it and further refined it. If the idea failed, they dropped it and tried something else.

Even though they didn’t know much about airplane design, the brothers understood the process of trial and error experimentation. So whereas their competitors were investing in expensive and complex designs and iterating infrequently, the Wright brothers did the opposite. They had to keep costs down because they had little money to invest, so they made cheap prototypes and tested new ideas frequently. They kept tweaking their designs and retesting. For their test flights, they used an area with high winds and soft sand dunes, so they could test their designs without killing themselves.

Interestingly, the brothers also applied this approach to designing how their planes would be piloted. The competition was trying to make their planes fly as straight as possible, so the pilot didn’t have as much control. But the Wrights, once again, did the opposite. They gave the pilot much more control with a 3-axis design, making it easier for the pilot to adjust the plane’s trajectory while it was in the air. And that made a huge difference. While the competition was basing their plane designs around the stability of a boat moving through water, the brothers modeled their designs around a bicycle that requires a skilled rider to keep it in balance.

By transplanting these success patterns from bicycle design to airplane design, the Wright brothers not only achieved a major coup in out-competing the experts, but they also transformed an industry’s thinking. To this day if you ride a bicycle or fly on a plane, you’re enjoying some of the benefits of the Wright brothers’ test-and-iterate-frequently approach to design.

How are you going to experiment this coming year? What small bets could you make? What experiments will you try?

I have made some plans.

Patterns of Successful New Year’s Resolution

The other day, found a colleague in office having oats with milk in the afternoon as lunch. That was odd, so asked her what’s the reason. She said she wanted to lose weight so has started her New Years resolution couple of weeks earlier.

Well that reminds me, just few days left to the year end and time to think about resolutions or goals for the new year.

Like many, I make tons of them every year and like many I fail, disown or abandon many before the end of january. But fortunately some come through, some survive and gets completed. And they share these 3 common patterns.

Make it daily.
The resolution thats succeeds has been broken down to a simple daily activity. This ensures they are not outcome goals anymore but are process goals now.

Make it lazy.
The resolution that succeeds doesn’t need a Herculean effort but just the opposite. The simple daily activity is chosen such that my lazy self also doesn’t complain about.

Do it first thing in the morning.
The resolution that succeeds is always the first thing that gets done, be it in office or at home. It’s the pay yourself first principal in action. A simple activity over the course of 365 days compounds!

That’s it, my two cents for the upcoming resolution season.

Top 5 posts

These posts have been the most popular for the first half of 2013!

Ever green post. Always stays at the top. Lot of people converting fortran into DLL’s!

3 steps is all that is needed to get a gif animation from matlab!

An GIF animation to explain the Gas turbine blade nomenclature! Will never forget this again!

Gfortran and Excel. This explains how to create fortran DLL in gfortran and call it with excel using a simple example.

Random numbers are everywhere. And this module in fortran to generate non-uniform random numbers is quite popular!