Irrationally Passionate –Book Review

I feel the title could have been ” Exceptionally Passionate.”

Jason, as he says, disciplined himself. He did 1000 pull ups a day gave him the mindset to concentrate. The Muay Quay training taught him not to express pain. He quits smoking. drinking, behaving atrocious by following the sacred books and exercising. He is born Jain, draws inferences from Jainism emulates Mahavira’s teachings,reveres Shiridi Sai Baba.

He is not born in a rich family. as we have it ” born with a silver spoon”, but had the fortune to be born to highly educated and well placed parents. Not many would have such a brought up as Jason and his brother Neil. Curious to know, why their father named them as Neil and Jason.

Studious Neil, does well in college,marries his sweet heart and settles in life.
It is Jason who turns round and is in circles all through his schooling,University and enterprise as well.
Booed by his school mates in Hong Kong because he is an Indian,he falls into the trap of big boys,swayed by their illicit practices, finds himself hospitalized, more or less becomes a truant saddening his parents.
His schooling in U.S, does not give him the much wanted reformation. Atrocity is his weapon, beats and hurts whoever crosses him. His mother reprimands him when he returns to Hong Kong. Orders him to mend his ways.His brother’s fiance makes him realize his level, throws light on how he should resurrect himself from the undoings. Jason is hurt. Soon he opens up to reality and senses that he had wasted his life so far.

From Carnegie Mellon he goes to Wharton. The business studies, theoretical. as always, sharpen his wit. The thirst to conquer rises up at this juncture. He wants to experiment practically what Wharton teaches him. With his friend Kunal he demonstrates “Sprayit” before a bunch of Wharton Professors, which was appreciated but the duo did not go ahead.

Jason read comics and wanted to revive Valiant, the one which created hundreds of comic characters. He did a small business when he bought Valiant comics in Hong Kong, after reading sold them for a profit. His long time friend Dinesh did his part of work from California in bidding for Valiant. Jason researched day and night, went to the ware houses with his attorney, scrolled through the documents, scrutinised the business notes, arrived at a price of $600000 to close the deal. He lost at the final bidding. His opponent bid few thousand dollars more and clinched the deal.
Jason’s disappointment did not last long.He got a call from his lawyers saying the deal was a shady one and he is into the fray on again. Jason bought the company with his family and friend investing but for two years he struggled. Converted the tables in the train station as his office, later his one bedroom apartment in New York, He appointed experienced and high paid executives who had handled Valiant. His money was draining and relationship soured.His mother told him to quit and take up a job. Jason continued the marathon. He achieved whatever he wanted and as he says one should know when to unplug. He sells the company to DMG Entertainment for 100 million dollars.

Jason loves India much more than any place. Recalls his days with his grandparents in Rajkot. The simple life of his grandparents in Rajkot hastened his homecoming,. He settles down in Mumbai relishing the much enamoured South Indian food. Before he could unpack calls from Housing. Com popped up to stop the downward trend it was envisaging. Again it is hard work that pulls him to the toes. He goes through dozens of interviews and finally becomes the CEO of backed by Soft Bank. He works with a gusto. Challenges and confrontations do not deter him. Retrenching 1000 employees sucks his life out. .For an year and half he engages himself wholly to put back on the map of success.

Before he could relish his victory, Kunal, his friend, needs his service. It is Snapdeal. One other venture with Soft bank support. Jason brings with him the team which set right Housing. Com, Encore sending back employees home, hiving off companies unproductive which weigh on the Company’s revenue did exasperate Jason, Not one hard nut but three nuts to crack. He does turn around but with schedules, some caused pain, certain others hurt, most brought results. In the end Snapdeal comes to the limelight. It is time for Jason to leave. Before he could Embrear from Saudi wishes to hire him. Jason joins the board.

“Irrationally Passionate” apparently becomes Exceptionally Passionate with a packages of wisdom, the seven pillars that hold afloat enterprises. Resilience, Jason, says, is vital for any venture to succeed. Be it in life or enterprise, I chime.

Book Review at the behest of Blogadda


If At All

If at all
I be a politician
with no brains,

If at all
I be a bureaucrat
with no sensitivity,

if at all
I be a business
with no ethics,

If at all
I be a professional
with no values,

If at all
I had been
all of these

I would have squandered,
would have risen to the top.
would have made lot of money ,
would have received many awards,

Well, I am none of these,
no portfolio to commend,
remain unknown, unseen,
nothing of wealth.


Sister Rose

It is beauty I behold,
Rose,not a flower.
as all would think,
a nun of St Lyons
my school founder.

Tall and erect,
rose in complexion,
she greets me at the school
gate with a hug. Her radiant
smile is infectious.

She throws me in the air
I shout in fear, holds me firmly
as I come down, repeats
several times, until she lets me go
incident, I still remember.

Briskly she walks of
through the campus, rosary of beads
dangling, the cross at the end
oscillates symbolising our destiny
in and with God according to Virgin Mary.

Enjoy being her favourite ward,
I bear a fascination for her, She
calls me “dolly”, intending at my chubby,
round figure. I am unable to express
the bond that holds us so dear.


Rains All Of A Sudden

A crashing sound,
the electrical transformer.
bursts with a noise.

As usual, power goes off
I sit in the dark
listening to thunder.

Another loud noise,
a branch of the Mango tree
falls down with a thud.

Before I could realize
a big arm of the Neem tree

My Volkswagen bears the brunt,
The broken branch inches
a way off the bonnet.

It feels a brush, survives
the crash with little

I walk to the patio
the cane chairs
are in a tumble.

The cushions lie
soaked in water. The porch
is drenched.

All happened in
an hour, a chaos
as seen and felt.

My parched garden
devours as much
water as it can.

A revival I should
discover in a few days
one of rise in water table,


Stay Safe

At home all these forty days
lockdowns 1, 2, now 3 
 on the move, thought 
I could relax when they began . it turned 
otherwise. Cooking, cleaning, 
gardening, washing, and what not 
and what else turned me 
into a busy bee,

It is the legs that plead 
for mercy. Squatting, bending, 
 running to the gate, rushing to the kitchen,
 give the knees an ache,  sharp 
 and stabbing,  Sitting and sleeping
  turn painful.. I go on limping
 unable to depute anyone 
as all my helpers stay home safe.

No time to think about 
anything,  A passing look 
at the newspapers  where 
 Corona’s trajectory 
sends a lump down the throat,
I speed to my laundry, the washing 
machine comes down with a noise,
 water overflowing.


Fragments Make The Full

Living the first
twenty years
with parents
and siblings
an experience
in itself.

A carefree life
schooling, college going
no decision to make
nothing of a kind
of responsibility, mostly
one of adjustments.

Away from twenty
a life on your own
with a family ,
husband and children
right or wrong
basically yours.

Three decades after
it is one and two
of wife and husband,
older and wiser
composed and withdrawn
more or less in solitude.

This goes on
till the end comes
both cannot go
hand in hand
one overtakes,
the other lags
appointment pending,.

Meantime, we quarrel,
fight, argue, bits of life
enjoy, travel, work
fragments of existence
one overlaps the other
finally merge with eternity.
Eternal, everlasting!


Retain Yourself

it is a big show
the wind blows
gains momentum
dispels the heat
so far generated,
a light shower follows,
a drizzle like , then retreats,
the speedy wind, slows down
within half an hour
the status is regained,
the warmth takes up
the show comes to an end.

Man is known for his ostentation,
nature, of late, has adopted
his tactics, Plays hide and see.
Seems to extend a bounty,
withdraws when appropriate
to deliver. Good gracious!
putting forth a request
do not behave like man,
do not learn his treachery,
stay as you are, majestic,
magnificent and benign,


Hari Raya 2020

Hari Raya Aidilfitir.
the festival of
breaking the fast
comes this year
with a serenity

It is one of prayer in the puasa
month held in congregation,
a community gathering,
that part goes missing
this year.

With the mosques
remaining closed
people pray from home
the celebrations turn modest
but packed with piety.

This Hari Raya
turns out to be a plea
to Allah seeking the
blessings of the

one of a beseech
to save the country, as well
the world from the Corona
virus, a pandemic that spreads
faster than fire.

Allah will condescend
for sure, bless the race
grant a relief,
and place every other
in consistent peace.


Infectious And Infection

Days pass without fanfare,
It is a few phone calls
that keep me engaged.

The rest of the day
I work but nothing
spectacular as all.

This being regular
during recent lockdowns
I am bored.

The past two months
I have heaved more
than the times so long.

I feel the curfew is a waste
the exercise has not brought
down the spread.

The viral grows rapid,
says the media being
ones who blow loud.

Recoveries, fatalities
are reported country wise
and state wise.

I could not espy
the curve turn flat
instead it rises up.

Chaotic it is all about,
fear has faded into oblivion
I hear the bustle.

The cheer I find around
is emotive. It is infectious.
The infection will get lost soon.



Coercive Distraction

Having come across
a lot of people
I find the one,
let us call her Pooja,
a coercive distraction,

neither bound by looks
nor carried away
by her wit, the case
I scrutinize is none
other than her attitude.

She sports a smile
not disarming
at any cost, nor
insightful, but
diplays impudence.

Pooja covers her vile
with a craftiness,
behaving pleasant
while she nurtures
despicable schemes.

Arrogance takes the better
of her. It is her welfare,
her decision, her move
always, She does not acknowledge
others and the placements.

Pooja is akin to a wolf
in a sheep’s coat,
manipulates extensively
falls on her knees
when she fails,

in frequencies
measured by time
and distance.