S2 E4 – KD Deshpande

On simplifying Marketing and helping everyone to create, taking us back to the simplicity of a paintbrush through the power of AI.

Koustubh Deshpande, also known as KD is the Founder & CEO at Simplified. Prior to Simplified, KD founded a mobile marketing startup Vessel.io (which was acquired by Marketo in 2014). Head of product at Uber and had a stint at Facebook. Prior to that, he  was lead mobile engineering at music startup TuneIn Radio. He is a hacker with a master’s degree in computer science and loves to help companies build mobile apps that bring happiness to millions of people every day.

Ideas are like paintings in museums, ideas are useless, act on it, now! Go build it.

S2 E3 – Akshay Bharadwaj

Michelin-star Executive Chef on creating world-class experiences around food.

Born in Queens, Akshay Bhardwaj studied business at Fordham University and Baruch College, and then pivoted to his passion: cooking. His ascension in the culinary world was extraordinary; between 2012 and 2017, he worked his way from working the line to executive chef at Junoon. Junoon was awarded one Michelin Star eight consecutive years from 2011, and held the title of the only Indian restaurant in New York City with a Michelin Star from 2018-2019. He was also selected as a Gohan Society Culinary Scholar — and traveled to Japan to study the delicate art of omakase — and became the first Indian chef to be selected for the Forbes “30 under 30: Food & Drink” list. Bhardwaj showcases a menu that reflects the diversity of India, steeped in the classics while offering deft touches of modernity.

You have to be bold, you have to take risks! Sometimes they work sometime they don’t.

S2 E2 – Prabhu Pingali

‘Transforming Food Systems For Rising India’ through the Tata-Cornell Initiative

Prabhu Pingali is a professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, with a joint appointment in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and Department of Global Development. Professor Pingali is the founding director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). Prior to joining Cornell, he was the deputy director of the Agricultural Development Division of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, from 2008 to May 2013. He was director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Agriculture and Development Economics Division from 2002-2007.

We need to solve the access to food problem! Food doesn’t come from super markets!

Stimulus……Response

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. –Viktor Frankl

Excerpts from “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Viktor Frankl

“If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a
meaning in suffering. “

“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering. If there is a purpose in life at all, there must be a purpose in suffer­ing and in dying. But no man can tell another what this purpose is. Each must find out for himself, and must accept the responsibility that his answer prescribes.”

“Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death, human life cannot be complete.

The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity—even under the most difficult circumstances—to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal. Here lies the chance for a man either to make use of or to forgo the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him. And this decides whether he is worthy of his sufferings or not.”

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather
what life expected from us.”

“When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task; his single and unique task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden.”

–Viktor Frankl

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Express Yourself

“The free communication of thought and opinion is one of the most precious rights of man; every citizen may therefore speak, write and print freely.” –French National Assembly in 1789

Interesting read of the history of publishing. Could not agree more with the above quote, there is nothing more important to me than the ability to freely express my thought, opinion and even action as long as it doesn’t harm anyone intentionally.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/publishing/Spread-of-education-and-literacy

S2 E1 – Srikanth Sola

Out to destroy pollution with advanced pulsed radio wave technology, serving people and seeing beyond first principles.

Dr. Srikanth Sola is the founder and CEO of Devic Earth, a Bangalore-based green tech company out to destroy pollution on this planet. You can find more about his venture at devic-earth.com

Srikanth was a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic before moving to India and joining the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Bangalore. As a practicing cardiologist, he was stunned by the high morbidity and mortality due to air pollution, he began evaluating and developing technologies to improve air quality. After many successes and failures (which we will get into in our conversation today ;), he developed a pulsed radio wave technology that was inspired by the cardiac ultrasound he performed on a daily basis. This technology was highly successful and it compelled him to leave the full time practice of medicine to make it available to society on a wider basis. Srikanth  has been named “Who’s Who in America”, “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering”, and “One of America’s Best Cardiologists” by the Consumers Research Council. He has authored 50 research publications in peer reviewed journals and numerous book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of several international research journals in cardiology. 

” Higher self, inner self is much better than the first principles thinking. Problem with first principles thinking, you are limiting yourself to the mind and mind is a monkey” –Srikanth Sola
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Show Notes & Links

For full transcript visit seekingsathya.com

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You Can Learn By Teaching

When you cannot teach someone about something, that means you do not understand it. One way to understand something better is to start teaching it to people, learn from it and improve on it.

Someone (Einstein, Richard Feynman or somebody) put it well,

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

Contrary to that idea, to get better at anything we need to repeat it and rinse. So, instead of waiting to fully understand a subject before teaching it, one can start teaching it and the process of teaching someone clarifies things in our own head and improve our understanding of the subject.

I Am A Former Monk, What The Monk?

Once you are a monk you cannot un-monk yourself. If you can, you were never a monk to begin with. If you believe that you are a “former” monk, stop kidding yourself. It seems to be a trend to spend a year or two at a monastery somewhere and come back to teach the rest of the world how enlightened you have become. May be make a buck or two and get your 5 minutes fame. Nothing wrong with that but I don’t agree that one could ever be “former” monk.

Monk is not a job title. It is a state of mind. Being a monk is not like being a president or a store owner. Once you truly acquire that state of mind, how is it possible to go back?

Bad Thoughts Are Bad and Good Thoughts Are Good

Thoughts are the root of everything we experience in our life. So why do we entertain bad thoughts if we know that bad thoughts are bad for us and good thoughts are good for us?

Mind, like a farmland, needs to be plowed, weeded of bad thoughts to get the crop of Ananda (Joy). It takes no effort to let weeds grow in the garden, it takes no effort to let bad thoughts grow in our mind. It takes a lot of deliberate practice and effort to remove the weeds and fertilize the flowers and plants.

We reap what we sow, we cannot sow an orange seed and expect to reap a papaya. We reap good life by sowing good thoughts, so why not go ahead do it? Someone rightly said, everyone wants to be rich but not everyone wants to work for it. We all want joy and happiness and peace but not all of us want to work for it.

I recently found this interesting book by James Allen, mentioned by Les Brown in one of his talks, you can read it for free on Google Books here, enjoy the good thoughts 🙂

“Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; Bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results” — James Allen

https://www.google.com/books/edition/As_a_Man_Thinketh/mdslAQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover