Friday, 22 May 2020

Questions for Gopal And Dipika

1. How would you describe the problem on hand?
A. An error of judgement resulting in a minor, resolvable problem
B. An error of judgement resulting in a major, resolvable problem
C. An error of judgement resulting in a major, difficult to solve problem
C. An unfortunate turn of events (couldn't have foreseen)
D. There's no problem, really

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

PFL Video Voiceover

I want to introduce you to my venture called Palaash Farm Living. This company is born out of our experiences of moving to a farm from Mumbai in 2013. 

Our lifestyle itself is a product. Farm living offers a higher standard of life. It also contributes to the overall wellness of the society. We help people make this transition.

Also, the time is just ripe to make this transition. 

Modern cities in India are about 100 years old. In contrast to the previous 100 or even 500 years, lifestyles have seen very rapid changes since urbanisation. We genuinely progressed from where we were–so much so that in the last 5 years or so, we've made cities virtually irrelevant. 5 years from now, the distinction between a city and a village may disappear completely.

On the other hand, we've increased the risks to the ecology, to our health and to the socio-economic and socio-cultural environment disproportionately. Change is happening very fast. What was reasonable last year may not be so today. We often find ourselves living in obsolete paradigms-and that isn't juststupid, but dangerous.

Farm Living is an alternative lifestyle–I would argue that it is the next step in civilisation. We made leaps and bounds of progress in the previous stage i.e. urbanisation–communications infrastructure, transport infrastructure, reach of credit and financial services, IT infrastructure, internet coverage, agriculture technology, medicine, governance and a lot more. This very progress makes it possible for us to move to the next stage. Urban living has served it’s purpose. It’s time to take all the benefits of urban living, dump its negatives and move to the next progressive step. Imagine–large, spaced out living, clean air &water year long, fresh food, high speed internet, renewable, off-grid energy, high quality education and much more. Farm Living benefits every age, unleashes the potential and offers newer challenges & meaningful pursuits.

It helps to have leaders, who’re interested in moving ahead rather than keeping people chained to obsoleteparadigms. If you have the ability to unlearn fast enough, exit unworthy investments, relinquish the security of being part of the herd, you ought to lead the change. If you are thinking that farm living is too far-fetched or impractical, we'll introduce you to families, who have transitioned from the biggest cities of the world to live on farms. They haven’t become farmers–farm livingmeans living on the farm, not becoming farmers. Their children are academically brilliant–education doesn’tneed school buildings and uniforms. They’re connected to and even respected around the world in relevantcircles.
If farm living makes sense to you, get connected with Palaash Farm Living.  PFL brings to you the experience of farm resident families and individuals, who’ve made this transition successfully. It also connects with you with those in the transition journey. In addition, PFL also makes available infrastructure at multiple locations in India.
For farm living aspirants, PFL offers two experiential programs–FRI Mini and FRI Full. In FRI Mini, you live on a farm for 45 days out of the 2 months conoof the program. In FRI Full, you live on a farm for 8 months out of the 12 month program duration. Apart from these experiential programs, PFL also offers a wide range of workshops and webinars on a number of subjects – subjects you may need to look afresh from farm living perspective - food & nutrition, farm living paradigms, family economics, construction alternatives, health, education and the like.

Friday, 10 April 2020


Two objectives people have from working:
1. Earn a means of livelihood
2. A sense of self-worth

Monday, 24 February 2020

Post Money

We're in 'Post Money'. Means? We've converted everything we could into money - fossils, minerals, water, earth, forests, animals & animal produce, sunlight and much more. We also turned physical strength, mental aptitude, time, art and skills into money. We've got so used to this conversion that it's almost impossible for us to see the value of anything, unless it can be presented in financial terms. This, however, is the rational side. The good news is that intuitively, we know that value exists even outside the realm of money.

Coming back to 'Post-Money'; We've made so much money that now, there isn't enough stuff to buy with it. Money is fast losing value. I repeat: Money is fast losing its value as a provider of security, convenience, happiness, social prestige, admiration, self-worth and even basic need fulfilment. 

If you've spent your lifetime converting everything you had into money, this may come as an ugly predisposition. You may reject it outright. You are absolutely entitled to do so.

But if you do find sense in the line of thought, it would be a good idea to ponder what might be your future endeavours. You or I aren't the first people coming to terms with this fact. There have been people in all times who have. These people were 'enlightened'. But in today's times, it doesn't require enlightenment to know it. 

Check the link. The author has brilliantly explained.

In one place in the article, the author says, "There is now so much money wanting to buy these dreams that in some cases venture capital investors are pushing money onto startups that don’t want more money because they already have more than enough; but the investors are threatening to harm these companies by providing enormous support to their startup competitors if they don’t take the money." 

So, what does it mean to be in 'Post-Money'? Well simply put, we ought to find something else to pursue (unless of course, you're enlightened and know your purpose of life).

I have proposal. I call it 'Project Restore'. 

If you have a lot of money (or at least more than what you can spend), you can invest the money in re-converting a lot of stuff we earlier converted into money. I have many ideas what all can be restored. You'll find something that makes sense to you. The only catch is that you don't invest money to make more of it. That will be chutzpa.

Let me know if this makes sense.