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hmtday Life Lessons
Be extremely careful about your money saved inside private bank accounts in India. It has come to our attention that most private banks (mainly HDFC and SBI) are openly cheating their customers and imposing hefty fines for things like not updating your KYC. HDFC Bank is one of these banks which has recently being blocking accounts of lakhs of customers and imposing a fine for getting it re-activated due to the above mentioned reasons. Just two weeks ago, the major scam of bank employees cloning customer debit and credit cards then using it to withdraw money from ATMs was covered on a leading news network (Times Network). I spoke to a friend who works in HDFC Bank at a senior position and she informed me that all private banks have been given a free hand by the Modi government to do such things and play games with their customers. I don't think that these rumors can be false because I have read shares on WhatsApp with complete details of account numbers and holders names mentioned in it. Also, the most shocking part of this is that your account will be blocked without even giving any intimation given. This is completely illegal. I feel ashamed to live in a country where such daylight robberies are being done openly due to the support of the central government.

hmtday Random Musings
It's nice to have renewed my promise to focus on Content Writing and Blogging on the web. Last year, around the same time, I started Osovo, to share short posts connected with my life experiences, knowledge in various fields and to share random musings like this one. A year later, I have completed what I started out to do as far as writing was concerned, creating more than 5000 posts, however, there was another part to be added which did not happen, the addition of audio books on sale on the homepage of Osovo, a year later, towards the end of July 2017, the audio books will be on sale, the first batch of many I'm sure, the happiness that Osovo gave me could be seen by all my loved ones during the last year, they realized perhaps more than me that content writing and sharing these random musings was something I was born to do. This year in July, due to the immense satisfaction that I experience by sharing such mammoth projects with you and other readers, I launched 5000.tips which is nearing completion. On that site there will be 5000 tips for a better life shared with the visitors and readers expected to drop in from over 200 countries. Apart from that, there are expected to be many more blogs and sections created on which there will be 1000's of pages of content shared on topics that I know about or simply love writing about. Apart from this, my tireless efforts invested in training counselors along with our other course directors and my keen interest in movie making, song writing, domain investing and blogging keeps me busy. Just today afternoon, I received a long text message from my sister asking me why I am doing so many things when I can easily afford to take a long break from work and relax all day long. I told her, as usual, that I love content writing, counseling, teaching, and blogging. It doesn't matter if these jobs don't give me any money right now. What matters is that I love doing it. And I do love writing, sharing, mentoring readers and clients through my thoughts, and just spreading the knowledge I have on life, meditation, relaxation and success with visitors coming in from all over the world. When I see others having a great opportunity to write and share their thoughts and make excuses for not being able to do so, I feel lucky that I am blessed by God with a comfortable life and an understanding wife, both of which give me the total freedom to do things I love without any expectation of money or fame coming my way anytime soon.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Sharing is truly caring. Each of us learn a lot during each day of our lives. If we share even one of these valuable things we learn with others as a Life Tip then we stand to benefit the most. As we help someone else live a better life and by doing so we become happier.

hmtday Last 60 Minutes
Have been spending most of today afternoon writing tips for our epic series '5000 Tips' and during the last hour I created 40 original tips. It's hard work certainly. Going to take a break right now and enjoy high tea.

hmtday Last 60 Minutes
The last 60 minutes I drank my tea, ate a nice healthy snack along with it, then I listened to a mini audio book that I created, followed by listening to music and spending time on Cafe Enoma.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
It's another relaxing evening. It's been a busy month thus far for my wife and me with lots of new things being worked upon while we go about fulfilling our life purpose. Most of my readers are wondering what I'm busy with these days so I thought of dropping by and posting a brief update of what's been taking up most of my work and leisure time this month. Firstly, I've created the DAL.ONE time management and goal setting system which also doubles up as an activity and interest tracking system. Even though we launched DAL.ONE yesterday, there are still certain tiny modules which need to be added in. And as any programmer out there knows, these little module changes take days and weeks to program. Secondly, I've been creating mini audio books and audio book series. The epic 'Central Park' series was completed this month. One which I feel very passionately about as the content within it took me over 2 decades to complete. Then, over two dozen mini audio books were finally recorded after years of putting it off due to other work. Some of these mini audio books include the 'Join The Dots System', 'The Biggest Marketing Secret In The World', 'The Magical Seeds Principle', 'The Glass Vases', and more. Thirdly, I've begun work on another epic project, '5000 Tips To Live A Better Life', this massive life instruction guide will help Millions of people from all over the world as these tips are created from the lives of hundreds of others who I've interacted with since I was a little boy. The tips are simple to follow and act as a powerful guide in living a good life. Lastly, there are two movie scripts that I am working on along with a few songs. One movie is about Domain Auctions and the other is on Time Management. I am hopeful to produce and release these movies on YouTube and our popular Facebook pages by the end of this year. So, basically, there's a lot going on in my humble little life. I am not complaining though. It's great to be busy, it gives me more time to relax and meditate between jobs, also makes each day more purposeful. I may be busy but still make time to go through every single post on Cafe Enoma and the other blogs we manage. It's only a matter of time before I'll be back to writing and sharing more thoughts and musings with our loyal readers on Enoma.

hmtday Random Musings
A revolutionary way to manage our time and achieve our goals is about to be presented to some of our students and elite members on Cafe Enoma tomorrow morning. This new system called DAL.One is a comprehensive system to keep track of how we spend our time and identify ways to be a lot more effective. Apart from this a section for setting Micro Goals has been confirmed wherein users can set micro goals for each day and mark it as complete once it has been achieved. This powerful system on DAL.One makes our life more purpose with immediate effect. Another two areas, one to plan our weekly schedule quickly and another to set our major goals in life. In totality, DAL.One is a wonderful and total system for time management, goal setting and continuous evaluation.

hmtday Random Musings
There is so much to learn from the lives and experiences of others around us. Even someone that fails teaches us something of great value. For had he not failed then we would not have known what a failure truly is. I love spending considerable time in learning about the lives of great people and the common man. Because I have realized that we cannot only study the great ones and ignore the rest. It's only when we learn from the lives of both that we place ourselves in the best position to succeed and live a wonderful life.

hmtday Random Musings
Life is a lot more meaningful and beautiful when there is some purposeful work to be done during the day. Off late, I am at my best both mentally and emotionally due to having a lot of purposeful work to be done in few of my most loved careers at the same time. I finally recreated my mini audio book titled 'Little Charles' which shares the story of a 2nd standard student who was laughed at by the entire class (including the teacher) when he shared his essay on what he would like to be when he grew up. It's a true story by the way. It will be shared with our elite members and students of both our courses very soon.

hmtday Random Musings
The foremost priority of a career or vocational guidance counselor is to guide the client or student coming to them with choosing the right career. In adults, there are other roles that a career counselor plays. In both instances, a career counselor will never go wrong when they apply the Rainbow Formula and analyze their client's replies in order to guide them in their career. The Rainbow Formula has been kept a secret until now. I've used it successfully with hundreds of my students over the years. Especially during the classroom courses in Public Speaking and Personality Development where it was offered free along with the course.

hmtday Random Musings
I have begun working on two massive projects, the first is the audio books, second is on 5000.tips and recreating formulas cum systems that will help our counseling students counsel their clients better. I am hopeful that my renewed Time Management System and the Rainbow Formula (for career counseling purposes) will be ready by the end of the month. One thing's for sure, July is always a busy month for me and I won't have it any other way since more work, means more meditation and relaxation too.

hmtday Random Musings
A set time to do certain things does help at some times and does not help at other times. There is a way to be disciplined even without being rigid about specific timings and places to do certain things. For example, focusing on my digital painting hobby does not require a set time to do just as long as I do it for 30 odd minutes whenever I feel like doing it 3 times a week. Similarly, chatting on India.com.se does not require me to have a fixed time to do it at. I can visit the site anytime to participate in a chat.

hmtday Random Musings
Recently, an opportunity has opened up for us at Enoma wherein we will create learning activities for kids in the age group 4 to 10 years old. Also, the relaunch of our audio books on Osovo is on schedule towards the end of July, mostly 26th July, the same day that I had registered Savio DSilva Classes as a company in 2005. Things are going well on the course forum, we are getting many forms being filled for our online courses but thus far not a single one as per our expected student standards. Hopefully things change this month so that we can recruit new students to join our little but powerful team. There will be 15 counseling sessions this month, around 7 taken by me and 8 between students once again. So overall it should be a busy and interesting quarter in July to September.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
It's a beautiful and peaceful afternoon. I am laying down on the bed doing some light work while chatting with my loved ones and listening to the music playing on the stereo. Today evening we have a couple of friends coming over for tea so I will complete my evening work right now and take a brief nap before they come home. The month of July is almost upon us, the heaviest rains happen then, we are expected to head to the nearby hill stations for a brief holiday soon, it should be loads of fun, after all who doesn't love the green hills and the rains...

hmtday Random Musings
There is so much to be grateful for. Today, I went early in the morning to apply for my Aadhar Card, I was standing in the line, happened to start talking to the others, everyone was so friendly, shared my visiting card with few of them, I've seen the same friendly demeanor almost everywhere that I've been going in the city, something has definitely changed in the last few years here, either I look very warm and friendly or the people of Mumbai are a lot happier under the Modi government. Whatever the reason, it's nice to know this great city is becoming safe and friendly once again...

hmtday Random Musings
It is funny how things can be at times. Just an hour ago, the cafe was empty, only me and two others sitting down at our tables sipping on some tea, now, an hour later, 7 other members are inside the cafe, all busy with drinking tea or engaging in some activity or the other. Life is well and truly unpredictable. We don't know when and how things can change for any one of us. That is why it's so important to focus more time and efforts into the meaningful things during the day.

hmtday Random Musings
Off late, I've been spending most of my free time enjoying the Monsoon season along with my loved ones, relaxing indoors and working on my audio book career on Osovo. My latest offering 'Central Park' is somewhat different from anything that I have ever done before. I believe that it is a hard hitting work of art that will entice each listener into taking up meditation and relaxation on a daily basis while also sharing plenty of wisdom on a variety of topics connected with life. Like any other work of art, the listener might not appreciate it on the first listen, many might not even understand why it was created, however, those listeners that listen to all the 10 volumes of Central Park will gain a lot of wisdom and information that they can put to good use in their everyday life.

hmtday Monsoon Season
I am assuming that most of our members are either enjoying the heavy rains or are caught up in traffic on their way back home from work or some other place. The Cafe Enoma is quite calm and empty this evening. I've been sitting at the corner, sipping on some fine Darjeeling Tea for the last two hours, only two other members dropped by during this time, perhaps I'm the unlucky symbol on this Monsoon evening so I'll take a little walk outside and come back in a little while to check if things are any different...

hmtday Monsoon Season
It's been raining for most of the last three days. The skies are always full of dark clouds and the weather has been pleasant and chilly throughout. It's very relaxing to lay down or work next to the windows and the sounds of the rain and the constant cool breeze blowing is making it a heavenly climate. Luckily, there is a lot of work to do during the day else it would be difficult for me to stay awake had I been relaxing on the bed or near the windows during this rainy weather. One thing's for sure, I love this weather a lot.

hmtday News Waves
It seems like the central government is on a merciless rampage to make Aadhar Cards mandatory for nearly everything and anything in this country. After making it compulsory to have an AC to open a bank account, now the time has come for every mobile phone number's owner to link their number with their AC failing which their phone number will be deactivated. The chaos for getting an AC is becoming quite an issue in several parts of the country including big cities like Mumbai where a resident does not even know where to go to get their AC done. There is no government website that gives accurate details about AC enrollment centers in the country so people have to go out of their way hunting for such centers on their own. This is causing quite a major security issue because each day news is coming out that fake AC agents are being arrested in various parts of India. Welcome to Incredible India...

hmtday Open Thoughts
It's a long weekend for most people in this part of the world. Many children are playing in the grounds below today. Their laughter and cheerful noise makes it a lot of fun to be seated near the window to listen to them. The birds have once again started singing like they did during the summer. It's as if the Monsoon has not yet started in this big city even though it was raining very heavily merely two days ago. I'm drinking another cup of fine Darjeeling Tea right now, it makes me feel more relaxed...

hmtday Random Musings
In those years following our classroom closure, our online counseling courses were still running smoothly. We managed to register a new company and keep that part of the educational business running. Even though the online counseling courses never made us any money, I wanted to keep training counselors of the future as long as I could. So this is what we did. Every Monsoon and Winter, I would once again do something little to kick start my audio book business on Osovo but I did not succeed even once. It may seem like I'm giving excuses for my business failures but this is not the case. It's not an excuse. I just failed time after time, again and again. Every year, I added a few audio books to my name, sharing it with hundreds of students who kept in touch with me, even posting them on file sharing sites online with tremendous success for a few of them, but nothing more ever happened with even a single one of them. When I share this story about my business and life with others today they wander how I managed to live through this all, with so many obstacles and hardships, something or the other happening time after time, how did I manage to live such a comfortable and relaxed life. Well, this is an altogether different thing I tell them. Just like I am telling you today. It has been my purpose to be happy and live a relaxed life, no matter what. If there's been one student who has actually followed my best teachings inside the classrooms and my multiple posts then that one student is me. I love my life, always have, I love to relax, do whatever I like to do, and I keep on believing, never giving up on anything, despite others saying that I can't do it, I still believe that I can, I guess that is why the dream of Osovo is finally becoming a reality. No doubt there will be new and unique obstacles that will come along, no doubt there will be plenty of skeptics, no doubt it will be tough to sit here and create awesome work for generations to come, but someone's got to do it, and I know that someone is none other than me....

hmtday Random Musings
Just a couple of months after being kicked off Google searches another blow was to come our way. I say "our way" because during those years, Kirti was already part of the business and doing whatever she could in the office. Despite being a young mom and having a small child to look after. So, I did have some help in my business. Earlier times, my mom would help out at home by taking calls and making all my meals. Helping out however she could. After my marriage, my wife took up this role and also started going to the office too. Back to my story. So, in June 2011, we got another shocker. The two shops which we had purchased with all my savings had to be closed down as the builder of the shopping center where it was did not have the permission to build shops in the basement and unfortunately our two shops were in the basement. We were not the only ones there of course. There were more than 60 other shops who had to leave. We were returned our money by the builder without any interest paid on it. Here we were without even a classroom to conduct our courses now. I was stressed out, panicking, didn't know what to do anymore, so I did something that I did the first time something similar happened in my business, I decided to go on a long holiday. This time, it was to Thailand along with my wife and kid. June 2011 was to be the last month that I took classroom courses in Mumbai. Though I sometimes feel I might give it another shot once more. Infact I did in the year 2013 by taking up a small space to run my classes again but it just didn't work out and we shut shop after incurring a sizable loss for the first time in my business.

hmtday Random Musings
All the 100 odd students who got a copy of 12 Dozen Roses that Summer loved it. They wanted more of my audio books and I badly wanted to give it to my loving and supportive students. However, just a week later, Google changed its algorithms on the internet and my website rankings dropped like crazy. In those years, from 2000 to 2011, I purely depended on PR and online searches to sign up students for my courses. I never spent a single rupee on advertising. This is the truth till today for my public speaking and personality development courses at SDC and Enoma. I never spent a single rupee for advertising but I was still managing to register 300 to 500 students a year without it. I was obviously doing something right. But on April 11th, 2011, everything changed. Google DE-indexed Enoma.com, giving us the reason that we were using disallowed techniques to market our courses. I had already cut down heavily on PR work for my courses since it was getting more and more difficult to go out and take up guest lectures like I did when I was single and had a scooter to travel almost anywhere on a moment's notice. Now, Google kicked us out of well Google. We weren't being found anymore. It seems funny whenever I say this to anyone but it's absolutely true. If you typed SDC or Enoma you wouldn't find us because we were no longer in the Google database. Even though our website was still well and truly ONLINE!!

hmtday Random Musings
With debts cleared, best friends moved on with their lives, not meeting each other, just keeping in touch for the sake of good old times or whatever, who knows. But, now, Osovo is reborn once again. And, fortunately, they don't get in on the action because they decided to call it quits the moment things got tough. Which is why I started these musings stating how everyone has always felt that an online business in audio books and / or public speaking and personality development training would never work. Well, it has worked. Infact, it's already working. It's been more than 3 years since I started the first ever online course in Public Speaking and Personality Development in India on Enoma.info. We certainly aren't pulling in too many students yet but we have been getting 30 or more students signing up for my online courses each year. Not bad for an online course. Meanwhile, my audio book dreams hit obstacle after obstacle. Every time I felt that I would have a good clean run, there would be something or someone who would step in the way of my future in that business. I fondly remember the creation of my best ever audio book (till date anyway) 'The Positive Forces Of Nature'. I recorded this 3-hour classic during the finals of Wimbledon while it was raining heavily outside my bedroom window. The sounds of the rains are inside the audio book since it was going on continuously while I recorded it. It was 2009 when I recorded it. What seems like a long time ago. Because it is. You would imagine that I would have sold thousands of audio books by now. Well, unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way for me. Just a few weeks later, something new came up and I had to stop recording new audio material for Osovo. Osovo.com continued to be in the dark during all those years. A couple of years later, I gave my audio book career another shot, I recorded a fabulous series, 12 Dozen Roses, actually it was not just an audio but a video series as well. This series of 144 stories (or roses) had a great run during my classes. It was to be the last few lectures on public speaking and personality development that I would ever take. Who knew?

hmtday Random Musings
Now, onto Osovo, the brand, the enterprises that never was, my audio book company. Years passed by, we got married, friendly meetings reduced, and all three of us went on with our own separate lives. With the birth and rise of social media, it became somewhat easier to keep in touch with each other once in a blue moon. Wishing each other 'Happy Birthday', 'Happy Diwali', etc was common during these recent years. Around 6 years ago, when I got a large sum of money due to a business investment paying off, I remembered the promise that I made to my first best friend (the one I used to drink with during the last century) and so I called him up to meet at a place nearby. I gave him his part of the business investment back saying that I had promised to return it to him. It was something that I always had in the back of my mind ever since we closed the Osovo Enterprises. Our 3rd investor, my second best friend, had already got his money back as he bought a high end computer from my first best friend without paying him for it. So ultimately, my first partner and best friend lost double his money in Osovo. I always blamed myself for his loss and wanted to repay him for a long time. But something or the other stopped me from doing so. Till, as I mentioned, I had a great return in my business and decided to pay him back his part of the investment and get the records straight for good. I had a feeling that he was going around telling some of our common friends that I was the one to blame for Osovo failing. And I wasn't wrong about this feeling.

hmtday Random Musings
My second best friend in those days was a complete loser, if I am allowed to call him that. He was always roaming around after work hours with some of his 'equally' loser friends, visiting bars, getting drunk, and so on. Many times, my other best friend and me would invite him over for drinks during the evenings. Unfortunately, he wouldn't come alone, he would get his gang of 4 losers along. What's worse is that this gang of losers would always seem to have less money on them. They always seemed to be penniless. Actually penniless. I remember a time when I took his wallet to check if he had money and there was actually not a single rupee in it. So, being "best friends" and all, we would end up paying for their drinks and eats almost 9 out of 10 times. As it goes in friendships and in life, we soon start avoiding such friends, you know, the ones who never have any cash on them. We did our best to maintain the friendship but somehow this angle of having to pay for his drinks and eats never quite got sorted out. The joke and the weird part of the matter is that this gang of losers actually had a lot of money in reality. They were all rich. They were all working and they were all getting a good salary from the places they worked at. One of them was even making a lot more than me. He had a cable company, you know, an entire area where all the people had to pay him Rs.250 to Rs.300 a month for their cable TV subscription. Yet, somehow whenever he came to meet us, his wallet and pockets happened to be empty. My best friend and me had a theory that they hid their cash in their socks before meeting up with us.

hmtday Random Musings
My best friend got a bike for himself, then a few years later he bought a car, suddenly he was the one asking (or literally begging) me to come in his car for a drive and then go to have drinks later. I was not brought up to take favors from others, nor used to using my friends, so I would always tell him that I will come on my scooter and you can come by your car and we will go our separate ways after we are done. Perhaps this was to him like me hitting him below the belt. It wasn't, it was just me being a good friend and not using him. Also, I didn't want our friendship to be based on such favors. Me dropping him home when we was drunk wasn't a favor for me, it was just me being a good friend to him. I wanted him to reach home safely. As such, his family members will know what I say here to be the absolute truth. Anyway, things started getting out of hand, my ego rising due to making loads of money in my two businesses coupled with his ego for whatever reasons. At the end of the day, we just managed to maintain our friendships till we got married. Thereafter, it was all down to courtesy calls and once in a year meetups. Now, let's come back to my other best friend before I revisit the reason for me starting off this marathon of messages on Cafe Enoma...

hmtday Random Musings
You must be wondering what happened back then when me and my best friend were heavy drinkers during those final 6 years of the last century. Well, it just continued, he kept calling or messaging me, and we would meet up for drinking, then if he was drunk or it was too late or both, then I would drop him back home on my scooter. You would think that such a friend would be highly grateful to me for being such an awesome friend to him during those days. Well, actually the opposite started to happen....

hmtday Random Musings
The reason I am sharing all of this on an open forum like Cafe Enoma is because this is how Cafe Enoma actually started and how my audio book website Osovo.com started. If it wasn't for my two (so-called) best friends, then I would not own the brand name and website Osovo.com today. Had they actually worked hard in the Osovo Enterprises, then we three would be part owners in Osovo.com. Thankfully, God knew a lot more than I did back then and ensured that the giant brand Osovo did not go out of my hands.

hmtday Random Musings
Being a heavy drinker has a price, both on our health and our attitude. My best friend would get drunk by late evening and would often have to left till his doorstep by me on my Kinetic Honda during those days. Now, it's quite common for friends to pick up and drop each other off at places in the name of friendship. But this was going beyond friendship. It was him using me just because he thought that he could as a Friend!! Another issue was that he stayed much further from where I stayed during those days, I lived on Relief Road in Santacruz West and he lived near the Iskcon Temple Complex in Juhu. It would mean that everytime he was dead drunk, I would have to drop him at his home which was 15 to 20 minutes on my scooter, then come back to my home, that too during those late hours of the evening or night. Not once did I ever ask him to pay me for my petrol expenses. Funnily, not once did he offer to pay for it either!!

hmtday Random Musings
Coming back to my two best friends, well as I mentioned both of them got married at almost the same time that I did. If you wondering why I am not revealing their names then it's because it's purely my side of the story that I am sharing here. Not their side. I'm pretty certain they see things in a different was as far as Osovo Enterprises was concerned. Anyway, our friendly meetups and social outings became lesser and lesser. So much so that one of them felt that I only called him when I needed to drink or needed some urgent help. He isn't that wrong either. During those times, the only reason I would call him was when I needed help with something. But this is just part of the story. Rewind 10 years back in our friendship and it was this same best friend who would call me and send me pager messages (I had a Mobilink pager in those days) to meet him at some bar or the other for a drink. Maybe 200 times in a year he would call me to meetup for a drink at a bar. Since there wasn't much work to do during those days I would often meet up with him for a drink and some snacks. But these meetups weren't social drinking meetups anymore. It was quite apparent that my best friend was a raging alcoholic who would start drinking at BREAKFAST time! He would send me a pager message at 11am to come meet him for Omelet and Beer at a Parsi Dairy Farm near Santa Cruz Station. At the beginning, these beer drinking meetups were fun but I soon realized that he was going too far with his drinking habits. Looking back, I clearly remember that not once did I ever call him to meet up for a drink in the morning or afternoon. Not once. It was always him. 100 times out of 100.

hmtday Random Musings
Most of my online income (what in those days I would call my pocket money) went down by more than 80%. Due to my arrogance and being an absolute show off, I would pretend with my best friends and family that I was still making a lot of money even though I was slowly and surely running out of time, ideas, and cash. Fortunately, there was a small part of my online business that was still giving me some money every month. That was my own self development articles and two large sections on my main website - Ghost Stories and Love Poems. Both these sections were still thriving at that time. And they will still keeping the Saviodsilva brand flying high on the internet. But the pressure in my classroom business and changes in my personal life (I got married in early 2008) made me shift my focus towards the home and Savio DSilva Classes front.

hmtday Random Musings
It didn't happen because I was so damn busy showing off the money and stats to my friends and students that I didn't see that the technologies on the internet were swiftly changing. I was dumb and stupid. When I look back at the online empire that I had created for myself more than a decade ago (2002 to 2006 to be precise) it was well and truly my fault for my online business crumbling to the ground. It was sometime in 2006 that Image Search on Yahoo and Google started gaining prominence. Before that time, people had no access to image searches. They would have to directly visit the website which had the photos of whatever they were looking for. So if they wanted Eminem Photos then they would find my website listed on Number 1 on Google and would need to visit my website to see all the pictures of Eminem that I had on my server. After Image Searches started then the entire photography industry changed. And my online photo gallery business literally vanished from the online radar. In just a few months, people weren't visiting my photo galleries anymore. They were directly searching for pictures on Google Images or Yahoo Image Search and did not need to visit my website anymore. It was the end of my online business (atleast for the photo galleries)...

hmtday Random Musings
The business that failed between the three of us was an online business as I mentioned earlier. This online business had a great name and an even better domain name. I had hand registered this domain name myself a year before we started this partnership business. The name I had chosen for my domain was Osovo.com. It was the birth of Osovo Enterprises. However, the enterprise closed down within 3 to 4 months of it starting. I believe I am to blame for the business failing too. After all, I expected my two best friends to do the online work that I was kinda a master at. I expected them to work at my speeds, maintain the quality that I was already maintaining in my own online business and classroom courses, and also keep the expenses down to the bare minimum till we were actually making money. All this did not happen and I am equally to blame for it, not just my two best friends. Looking back at that episode in my career, I feel perhaps I was expecting too much from them, after all they knew nothing about the online content building business. I already was getting Millions of visitors to my websites at that time. My photo galleries for Eminem, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and many other celebs were ranked Number 1 on Google and Yahoo giving those photos Millions and Millions of page views each year during those years. I was probably too proud about my online success. It had gone to my head that I was an internet prodigy without actually being one. I would boast with my friends about how many people were on my website each day and would proudly talk about how successful I was in my online business despite working from a 10x10 bedroom. It thought I was the king of my world and that I would reach a Billion people with my website content in another 10 years. This didn't happen...

hmtday Random Musings
That episode got over and our friendship continued. A couple of years later, all three of us were involved in relationships and our own businesses. All three of us eventually got married. All within a year's time from December 2007 and August 2008. We started spending lesser and lesser time with each other as we had our own personal lives now. And friendships were put on the back burner. We did meet up on most weekends and special occasions but apart from that our friendship was dwindling just as much as our business did a couple of years ago.

hmtday Random Musings
Anyway, I refused to allow my two best friends (and new business partners in my new online business) to get away from doing their part of the work to make the company succeed. They were my best friends but when best friends are also my business partners then they must do their part of the work without making excuses in the name of friendship. The reason that I am sharing this entire story on Open Thoughts (and possibly in yet another audio book of mine later) is because I want to share just how much your loved ones and well wishers can manipulate you and put you down even though you are precise and straight forward with them about your goals in the business. A couple of months later, after realizing that my two best friends just wanted to make money out of my efforts, I called them up for an urgent meeting at my office and told them that I've decided to shut down the new business that we three had started. They pretended to be very sad and dejected as if I had ended the friendship with them. They said they were trying hard to make it work but were having something or the other crop up in other areas of their life. Anyway, the business was shut down that day. I promised to return them their part of the investment if that company ever made any money in the future.

hmtday Random Musings
A couple of months later and both of my best friends started making excuses for not doing the weekly jobs that they were supposed to do to help that online business grow. They pushed all the work onto me and my office receptionist. Infact, my best friend even agreed to pay Rs.500 to her each month so that she could do his part of the company work everyday during the afternoon hours when we didn't have much work to do in the classes. By the way, I forgot to mention that this was during 2005, the year when I actually started Savio DSilva Classes as a company. So we had our own space in a prime location in Andheri West, near the station, for our courses in Public Speaking and Personality Development.

hmtday Random Musings
There have been as many as a dozen times in my training career (spanning 20+ years) that I've wanted to create audio content. It was in the year 1999, that I first thought about having an online course in Public Speaking and Personality Development. This never happened because everyone from my best friend to my girlfriend at that time, even my mom who usually encouraged me, started laughing at the idea of me training people to speak confidently and effectively in public without there even being a public to speak in front of and a classroom to deliver practice speeches in. The concept of an online course in self development remained a dream for me as I decided to put it on the back burner and focus only on the classroom training programs in those same two subjects. A couple of years later, I was very successful with my classroom courses, registering 150 to 200 students in a year with just Sunday and Summer classes in Public Speaking and Personality Development. I thought it was time to try starting an online course at that time. I also wanted to record some audio material for my courses. I thought it would be an easier and more effective way to teach people a few more topics than what I could teach inside the classroom and in the limited time we had during the courses. However, once again, there was negative feedback about me wanting to go online. I did my best to combat the senseless criticism but deep down inside I was not so sure about these audio lessons myself. I wasn't sure whether having an online course would actually work. I desperately was looking for support and encouragement from some friend or family member but none come. Infact, my two best friends at that time even said we will willingly invest money for an online business such as photo galleries, etc. This is the other business I was doing during those years. So a couple of years later, I actually registered a website and requested those same two best friends to invest money in my business. I also requested them or rather we agreed that both of them would do half of the content building work for that website. They agreed to my terms and one of my best friends even purchased a new computer from my other best friend who was a dealer in computers at that time. This was a great show of faith that they both had in my online business. Though the sad part was that they still continued laughing when I said that my main intention was to create an online course in public speaking and personality development.

hmtday Open Thoughts
It is not always easy to move forward in the direction of one's dreams. There will be always someone or the other who will be against whatever you want to do. They will pretend not to understand what your objectives are and will even make fun of your goals but the fact is that this is part and parcel of life. Some of the students who are very close to me have asked me how I manage to record my audio books at my own home without disturbing anyone. After all, if you have heard any of my audio books on Osovo then you will surely know what a loud and hoarse voice I have. I tell them that it has been one of the biggest challenges for me to make audio books. It's a lot more difficult than conducting classroom courses. People at home and even the neighbors and friends never can understand why I am so determined to publish hundreds of audio books on so many diverse topics. They think it's a pure waste of my time. They assume that it will be a failure. That my audio books won't sell, nothing new for me, I'm used to receiving negative feedback and criticism. Over the last 18 years, I've tried my best to create audio material of my course notes but it has never happened. Friend after friend, family member after family member, always put me down, felt that the recording work that I do is not going to make me money, sometimes they even have the audacity to say that I'm lying about what I preach inside my audio books, well I never said that I follow every single thing that I mention inside my course notes. I'm often the first to stand up and say that I'm not a good teacher when it comes to Grooming Skills for example. Anyway, long story short, it's not easy to work on my goals, just like it isn't easy for anyone else out there, the only hope is that God understands how determined I am to create audio books for the present and future generations and somehow things will work out and those around me will start to see it too. Till then, it's always going to be difficult to create great content and record audio books from the confines of my own home.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Today, the 22nd June 2017, is a historic day for Savio DSilva. Because it is the day that I have completed the creation of an audio book that reveals my life story, well one side of it, inside it. The name of the audio book is 'The Wise Guru' and it will be available for download on Osovo within the next 3 days. By the way, the name of the audio book is not for me, though I do consider myself a bit wise, it's for the great man who told me my future way back in 1997 but I was stupid and skeptical enough not to believe it. I hope that my listeners and students find this particular audio book of mine because this one is a real gem. It reveals one of life's greatest secrets at the end. This audio book is so valuable that I ain't sharing it with anyone but my family. If someone wants to know life's greatest secret then they must simply buy this audio book and listen to it.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
There is a lot to learn from a rainy evening like today. It's remarkable how we are enjoying the first heavy rainfall this monsoon while in another part of the world people are celebrating the first day of Summer. It's life at her best for each and every one of us. The Ramadan fasting period its nearing its end. Thank God. The tantalising smells all over this building are making me hungry at odd hours. The stomach growls whenever the aromas of a spicy curry or a tandoori kebab enter my window. I'm off to have a bite of something.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
It's been raining heavily for the last hour. The surroundings have come alive, the leaves on the trees are the greenest green, the sounds of the raindrops are wickedly relaxing. It's gonna be a great evening alright. I fondly remember my childhood days at April Showers right now. I've spoken about those wonderful memories in my mini audio book 'The Monsoon Principle'. The smell of a spicy curry enters my bedroom window now. Someone preparing a late lunch or an early dinner. The sad part is that I might be getting a throat infection from my beloved wife as the doctor says it's contagious. U might have to shy sway from the cafe as well. Who know the virus might affect some of our loyal patrons too...

hmtday Random Musings
I am pleased to tell our regulars that I just finished a tiny audio book titled 'The Hidden Clock' which gives you some insight into the importance of setting your goals. A link to download this awesome mini audio book will be posted on the course forums and sent to you through our private messaging system if you are a member who isn't a student. I am sure this little audio will open your eyes to the value of goal setting.

hmtday Random Musings
It's a glorious Afternoon today. A busy morning kept me away from Cafe Enoma until some time ago. It's nice to come in here and relax in a quiet little corner so that no one disturbs me while I sip on a hot cup of fine Darjeeling Tea and while my time away during this mindful moment. The world seems to be more and more beautiful to me with each passing moment. It's amazing how differently we think when life is more meaningful for us everyday.

hmtday Random Musings
As usual, I'm keeping our regulars updated on my progress in our Audio Book career. Just few minutes ago, I successfully recorded and edited the 'Join The Dots' system audio book. This has been one of the most popular sessions during my classroom and online courses in Personality Development. I've even taken it up during a few Goal Setting seminars over the years with phenomenal feedback given to me each time. I am hoping to share this priceless system with few students of my online courses and some of our most loyal members on Cafe Enoma. If you don't receive a message from us by the end of the day then you can directly visit Osovo.com and download it from there at a nominal cost.

hmtday Open Thoughts
I am happy to receive wonderful feedback on my new audio book 'The Magical Seeds Principle'. I shared the download link with 4 people yesterday and surprisingly all 4 sent in their feedback by this morning itself. I always knew that the goal setting systems that I created were easy ones to understand and follow but it is only thanks to the feedback during our classroom courses and with these audio books that I have realized that I actually might have created something truly magical. Thanks once again for the awesome feedback, it inspires me to keep doing what I love to do.

hmtday Nature Thoughts
The night is still, the gentle breeze is making it slightly cooler, the sounds of dogs barking suggest that tomorrow might be a rainy day since our ancestors used the sixth sense of dogs to predict floods and earthquakes. Of course, only some of us are blessed with a powerful sixth sense these days so it makes sense to pay close attention to what the friendly neighborhood dogs are trying so hard to tell us tonight...

hmtday Weather Center
The weather has been amazing on some days and not so amazing on other days. Off late, we are facing a dry spell in our city which means that there are going to be very heavy rains during July. Floods are expected and many unofficial holidays from school and work. The internet is usually busy in July and I expect the heavy rains to make it even more busy this year. Khandala, here we come....

hmtday Night Hours
Sometimes I wonder why some people are given something invaluable for free but yet due to some unknown reasons they don't make the most of it. I feel a but sad tonight since I've shared a priceless treasure with our online course students yet most of them have not even bothered to download it. I am speaking about the audio book series '12 Dozen Roses'. A treasure that's not your everyday audio book but something special.

hmtday Open Thoughts
What an amazing day for my audio book career. I just finished the creation of one of my most powerful Goal Setting systems 'The Magical Seeds Principle'. Though the system itself was taught inside my classrooms many years ago. It makes life easy when you realize that life is actually easy, only we complicate it. The Magical Seeds system will open your eyes to something you already knew. It will be available to download on Osovo.com for a nominal cost. Enjoy it and use it to your full advantage. Reaching our goals can be fun. Infact it is fun.

hmtday Open Thoughts
We always get what we ask for with sincerity and precision. It's just that we don't ask for the right things or the things that we ask for aren't asked with a clear and sincere intent. Since last year, I've been praying to God and thanking him for giving us 24x7 electricity and water. This prayer was done even though I didn't have 24x7 electricity and water in my earlier home. But God found a way to make my prayers come true. Simply because I prayed thanking God for giving us 24x7 electricity and water even though human forces stopped us from having it. God gave us an entry into our other family home in the big city of Mumbai where we enjoy 24 hours of electricity and tap water. Thank you God for giving me what I asked for with genuine and sincere intent. Thank you for giving me it without even actually asking you for it.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Life is beautiful during these slow Monsoon evenings. Infact, life is always beautiful, just a bit more when the rain drizzles down on such empty evenings. It's been a relaxing day today. Managed to complete my audio recording of one of my favorite and most popular short stories 'The Glass Vases

hmtday Open Thoughts
I am extremely pleased to have completed the recording of one of my favorite and most popular short stories 'The Glass Vases' in MP3 format. This audio story will be on sale on Osovo.com as well as on Enoma.info in the near future. However, I want every single student of both my online courses to have it right away since the morals shared inside the story will surely help them in their own personal lives and career too. I hope to share it inside the Audio Area of both course forums later this evening. Our cafe readers can download and listen to it from Osovo.com in the near future. Thanks for your patience.

hmtday Sports World
I have just heard a rumor from a reliable source that there is going to be an intensive CBI investigation into the allegations of possible match fixing during the finals of the recently concluded Champions Trophy in England. I am hopeful that the cricketers involved in this shameful and unpatriotic match fixing are thrown in prison for the rest of their lives. They are a disgrace to the country and the sport. I feel ashamed to say that I am an Indian when I come to know how much money these players have taken to lose against Pakistan.

hmtday Ways To Save Money
Not too many people know and realize that Meditation and Mindfulness come under the subject of Yoga. Millions of people in India and even more than 300 Million practitioners across the world practice Yoga daily. But there is a lot of problems in doing Yoga for obese people like me. Yoga is a very risky affair for children and older people too. The poses or exercises one must do in Yoga can easily injure you and every year Millions of people do get injured while practicing Yoga. It is much better to save a lot of money on yoga pants, yoga mats, travel costs, etc and practice Meditation at home instead. Meditation is a safe, relaxing, economical way to good mental and physical health. What's more it builds up your spiritual health too. I firmly believe that Meditation is part and parcel of our daily life. It is something we can practice while working, cooking, bathing, watching TV, listening to musing, surfing the internet, playing games, spending time with loved ones, etc.

hmtday Days Today
Happy Yoga Day!! I just thought about how little tiny things matter in everyday life. When one such day comes along, where millions are practicing Yoga at the same time, one can only imagine from a business point of view how much money the yoga mat manufacturers must be minting on 21st June alone. I've been closely monitoring the DD News channel since early morning today and I have noticed that all the people who are celebrating Yoga Day have their own yoga mats. Since the cost of each mat is Rs.200+, we can safely assume that the yoga mat manufacturers have made more than 400 Million Rupees today. Not bad for a slim mat that is needed to do Yoga a bit more comfortably and without injury.

hmtday Random Musings
Life is such a great blessing. Being alive and well is an awesome feeling. It's a joy to be alive and experience life in all her beauty. Especially when we are healthy, both mentally and physically. But there is our spiritual health that must be developed too. Because it only when we are spiritually strong that we can appreciate and be grateful for life since we realize that being alive is better than being dead.

hmtday Tech Center
Technology helps me closely monitor the activity of each student on our online training program. We get a LIVE report of which student is on which page of our site and what they are likely to be doing on that page. Advanced technologies like mouse tracking help us learn the behavior of students while reading through important posts, course lessons, etc. It is much easier to analyze this data of students and prepare a better learning platform to enhance their growth during their course tenure with us. The sad part is that most of the time there are a couple of students who have made up their mind not to move forward in their learning. They just want to do enough to stay afloat and get a certificate from us. I can only feel sad for them since it's purely and totally their loss when they don't adapt and improve their performance...

hmtday Random Musings
It has been a rather fulfilling day, though loved ones being sick and slowly recovering makes my schedule a bit complicated these days. Being so busy has many advantages, the biggest being that I'm finding it even more relaxing taking short naps and meditating whenever I can. I realize that God has a plan for each one of us every single day. Certainly having health concerns is part and parcel of life especially in this season. Only hope is that everyone sees such things in a positive way too. I am making the most of things right now and I am learning plenty so thank you God for everything.

hmtday Meditation Room
Meditation is a great relaxation method. Especially silent meditation while laying down. It feels good to switch off the lights, turn on the fans, lay down on the soft bed, close thy eyes and just experience the nothingness of this moment. There is nothing more pleasurable than doing some meditation after a long day.

hmtday Relaxing Thoughts
After a long tiring day it's finally time to relax. I love to chill out in the bedroom with a large window. It is relaxing to be here, lying down on the bed, the soft violin and flute are playing on the stereo. It is a serene moment for sure. I am spending time with the two loved ones from time to time, I just might get their viral infection too, that will be a bit painful, as won't be able to do much work if that happens. Well no point thinking about the future when the now is so relaxing and comfortable...

hmtday Random Musings
I am really really really happy right now. I managed to record 2 mini audio books thus evening. Also cooked dinner and took a nice long shower before returning to the bedroom to relax under the ceiling fan. Both my wife and son are recovering from a viral fever so most of the household chores are my responsibility these days. It's always said that if you want to get some work done then give it to a busy person. How true this is.

hmtday Random Musings
I feel kinda nostalgic today. Was going through my long articles for some new audio books that I will be recording this Monsoon. Most of these articles were written just after I retired from my classroom training career. So it's been a good 6 years or more since I've written them. These long articles are mostly lessons, principles, systems and tips which I've always wanted to record in audio format and finally I am able to do it. I feel nostalgic right now because I put my heart and soul into writing these long articles for a website that was very close to my heart. Today, that website is no longer online. I decided to take it offline 2 years ago as my work on Cafe Enoma, the course forums and other jobs took up most of my working time. But even though nostalgic I also feel very happy since finally those written classics will be available in MP3 format for hundreds and thousands of people to listen to in the years to come. Every single long article is a true gem and I hope to share a couple of them with the students of both my online courses today night or tomorrow. Fingers crossed and God willing. I'm about to start my first audio recording right this moment, wish me luck...

hmtday Health Club
Seems like everyone is affected by a viral fever these days. The drastic and sudden changes in the weather has no doubt a major role to play in this. Drinking lots of boiled water while it is still warm helps in avoiding other problems such as dehydration. Plenty of rest is a must, don't do any work at all, delay everything, your health is more important, don't spend time watching TV or listening to music either, as your eyes and ears will be affected, possibly leading to headaches, too many suggestions given by me, not a doctor, I must remember that I must be careful too as so many people around me have viral fever right now...

hmtday Life Lessons
I've learned that we must keep moving forward in the direction of our dreams especially if we are enjoying the journey towards our destination every single day. An example of this life lesson comes from my passionate hobby of content writing. Cafe Enoma is one such project which is a big part of this writing hobby. And as such I don't make a single rupee for sharing these numerous messages with you. But this hasn't ever stopped me from creating more and more content for our readers since I've realized that it is often worth paying a lot of money to keep doing something that truly makes you happy. And so I keep writing every single day on some site or the other since there are few things that make me as happy as content writing does. By the way, through years of experience I can also add that when you keep doing the things you love then the money automatically follows. Maybe it's God way of being fair to every single one of us.

hmtday Random Musings
It is not always easy to live one's life the way one wants to. There are always people or situations that come along which prevent one from living firmly in the present moment. That is why one must follow one's purpose. As in doing so one can empty thy mind and focus on the next step forward. And when one focuses on the next step then one actually starts living in the present moment since the next step us actually the present step. It is only worded as the next one.

hmtday Open Thoughts
It never ceases to surprise me when an experienced and learned person purposely breaks the guidelines despite being told politely not to do so several times. It's possibly a blatant disregard for the mentors on the program or a sense of superiority which lends them to disobey the rules as and when they feel like. Whatever be the case, on our online training programs, we have a very low tolerance limit for rule breaking fanatics. They can break the rules a few times, thereafter they will be politely shown the door by one of us...

hmtday News Waves
In a shocking move, TMC leader Mamta Banerjee claims that she has never heard of Ram Nath Kovind in her life before today. Now, this either shows how less she is exposed to national politics or goes to prove that she is just a bit upset that a honest, down to earth and Dalit caste candidate has been nominated for President of the country. You can follow all the news and drama on PresidentKovind.com.

hmtday News Waves
Congratulations Mr. Ram Nath Kovind for being nominated as the presidential candidate for the Republic of India. If selected, he will be the 14th president of the country. Not many people outside of Bihar know who this man is so you can learn more about this great man and stay updated on his activities in coming times through our website PresidentKovind.com. Our research shows that he might well be the best ever president that India has in recent decades.

hmtday RIP Center
Over 62 people have died in a massive forest fire that occurred in Portugal. It is the biggest and most tragic incident in the country during this century. I pray that the souls of those who died in this tragic fire rest in peace. This news comes just days after over 20 people died in a building fire in London, UK. One thing's for sure, I expect everyone to be a lot more careful around fire in the coming times.

hmtday Days Today
The biggest highlight of this week is undoubtedly the 'World Yoga Day' which is to be celebrated with pompous and style all over the world on 21st June. In India, the Prime Minister is expected to lead the celebrations in the capital city of Delhi, early in the morning, just after sunrise. The rest of the country and over 150 other nations are expected to be part of the Yoga Day celebrations this year. What I fail to understand is that why is Yoga being marketed as an exercise routine when every single human being can practice the much easier and more effective methods of Meditation and Mindfulness everyday.

hmtday Open Thoughts
There is a definite increase in readership and participation on certain areas of the cafe these days. Addition of new sections along with the faster loading server makes our beloved cafe a favorite hangout for our loyal and new readers. It's fun to be able to reach a sizable audience which would not have been possible to do in a classroom environment. Writing itself is a relaxing and stimulating hobby for me, so is reading what others have contributed, all and all this is a fun and enlightening place for all of us who consider it so...

hmtday Evening Thoughts
It's a beautiful Sunday evening, the roads are quite empty right now, maybe most people are busy watching something on TV or spending quality time with their loved ones, the latter reason is just a joke because we all know how much quality time today's parents and youngsters actually spend with each other. The sad part is that most people are busy watching a cricket match which is more or less fixed but yet they will watch it hoping that this time it's not fixed...

hmtday Movie Times
Went to watch the matinee show of Cars 3 in 3D at Cinepolis near my place. It was my son's gift to me for Father's Day, tickets booked from his own bank account, how sweet. The movie was totally awesome. I am not a big fan of watching movies in the theater due to the high ticket costs and food cum drink expenses inside the complex but lately I've been making up for all those lost years by watching three 3D movies in the theaters. All of them on the insistence of my little boy. Thank you Max. For being a great son and exposing me to 3D Cinema for the first time in my life. Next on the cards is the next movie in the Transformers series. Another 3D movie. I don't think I can watch a movie in the theater that is not in 3D, it would look too boring, might as well watch it at home. We might even watch the Transformers movie in 4D if we are lucky as it's expected to come at the Cinemax theater in Versova which apparently is very close to my home.

hmtday Random Musings
Everyone learns the ropes on their own, you can show them the way forward, point in the right direction, however they must move forward on their own. Life is your choice until you give someone else control of your thoughts, words and actions. We can live our lives on our own terms taking the guidance of those who we feel can help us move forward well. But we need not put out our hand to be held like a little infant and lead all the way, each day.

hmtday Random Musings
A family of 5 went to watch a movie, 2 parents, 3 little kids, all having a good time inside a packed theater, watch a new animation movie. Suddenly, 4 guys stand up in the first row, in front of the screen, machine guns in their hands, spraying bullets left and right, causing a river of blood all over the theater, many died on the spot, so did most of the family of 5, only a little 6 year old girl survived, the attackers escaped, still on the run, this is the world we live in today, could happen anywhere, in Belgium or Bel Air, and it's sad that the ones who sponsor these terrorists are the ones who are never in those theaters, hotels, restaurants and malls where these terror attacks occur...

hmtday Random Musings
The world is so beautiful, life is so divine, a heavenly experience it is to be alive, death does scare most of us, yet we live as if we are already dead, not making the most of what we have, nor appreciating the moment in the now. Life is a blessing for sure. Ask any dying man what he wants the most and he is sure to say he wants another chance to live. Most people on their death beds regret that they did not live their lives fully, they wish they had more fun, went on more vacations, spent more time with the family, less time at work...

hmtday Random Musings
Every year, I've noticed that June is one of the busiest months for almost everyone, be it the school kid, the mother, the father, and everyone else too. There is just something strange about month 6 of the year that makes it so busy out of all the months. The next busiest month is October, then January. In India, October is the time for many big holidays so most people are busy with shopping, travel, vacations, etc. January being the 1st month of the year makes it busy just because of that reason.

hmtday Random Musings
There is a limit to how nice we can be to others around us. No person can be sane if they are always nice to others. Being nice means you can be a real pushover. People can use you if you are nice. I've seen enough of examples of nice people being used left, right and center just because they are um nice!! It's good to be nice for sure, it shows how polite and cultured you are. But one must certainly know when not to be so nice and who not to be so goody goody with...

hmtday Random Musings
The practice of Mindfulness has enhanced my level of concentration while I work. For sure. Being aware of all things beautiful around me while I relax in my armchair and do some light work inside the cafe makes me feel a lot happier than what I would feel had I not been practicing mindfulness while doing this work. I love the fact that our old monks from earlier centuries spread the benefits of meditation and mindfulness to the rest of the world and didn't even claim a copyright on it. It shows how lucky we are to be Indian in this world. Had these monks been American then they would probably been selling books and DVDs on meditation while suing anyone else who claimed to be a practitioner of the same.

hmtday Random Musings
We don't know what we've got till it's gone. These words taken out of a hit song in the 80s certainly rings a bell in my mind right now. A high speed internet connection is a must in today's world. A must. An absolute must. Being in Versova, I miss my ultra high speed internet connection that I have in my other home in Naigaon. Who would have thought that a tiny little village town on the outskirts of Mumbai would provide us with such a reliable and high speed net connection. Who knew that net connections in the Mumbai suburbs would still be the same as they were when I lived here many years ago. Luckily I have both my data cards working fine so it kinda makes up for the ultra fast net connection that I am used to...

hmtday Random Musings
The loud prayers every evening at 7.30pm takes me to the Middle Eastern parts of the continent. The smell of fried potatoes, onions and mutton fills the air as I type this. There is some time for me to eat my dinner tonight but I might have it a bit earlier than usual if this array of tantalizing smells keeps coming through the windows. The only distraction right now is this little box on which I focus and type...

hmtday Random Musings
I guess it's time to plant my bottoms on a comfortable chair inside Cafe Enoma and weave a few random musings for the readers that drops by to read what I've written. The beauty about random musings is that what you write need not make much sense but it's still interesting when you type it. And it sometimes turns out interesting for the readers too. If they can read between the lines that is...

hmtday Random Musings
Having a late tea today as a surprise guest came over and we spent the last two hours chatting. Now, I'm excited that she has finally left and I can enjoy my tea and snacks. Luckily this aunt does not have access to Cafe Enoma. I hope. So I can post an entry as my musings for the evening revealing how irritating it can be when someone comes over with invitation and disrupts our schedule...next time she is going to politely be told to get lost as we are busy...

hmtday Life Lessons
I've learned never to trust another human being so much so that you are robbed or cheated or taken for a Royal ride by them. Someone very close to me would make the mistake of trusting her servant too much. As a result, she recently discovered that her servant had robbed more than 2 lakhs worth of gold and gone permanently to her village. The joke of the matter is that she recently realized that this gold was missing when her servant had robbed it 5 months ago. Pure carelessness and blind trust. The further irony of this case is that she needs some urgent money right now and does not gave enough because this gold was robbed.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
It is always a pleasure to have the entire afternoon to myself, nothing much to do but sleep and relax, it's the ideal life for sure, anyone who argues with this lifestyle surely knows something that I don't, people are always in such a hurry, running from pillar to post to go God knows where, if only they'd stop and listen to the sounds of the afternoon breeze, if only they'd realize that life is so beautiful and with each passing moment they've lost yet another minute...

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
According to me, an empty Afternoon where there isn't much to do is a blessing straight from God. An afternoon is best spent sleeping and relaxing. A delightful combination of short naps and other relaxation techniques makes each 12pm to 4pm slot a lot more interesting and meaningful. Deep breathing is a regular habit for me. I started practicing it pretty late in my life but I can already see the difference in my overall health and focus thanks to it.

hmtday Morning Musings
It's a slow and relaxing morning filled with purpose and comfort. The sounds of the birds hailing from the trees that adorn the landscape in front of my living room window makes me happy as I relax in my armchair and do some light work on Cafe Enoma. It's always nice to live my life on my own terms, doing exactly what I like to do whenever I want to do it...

hmtday Longevity Secrets
The simple but powerful habit of drinking a minimum of 2 liters of water every single day adds a good amount of months and years to your life span. Water is so important to our well being that even a few days without it and we die. As simple as that. We need water for the proper functioning of our entire nervous and digestive system. Make sure that the water you drink is clean, boiled and without anything else added to it. In simpler words, pure boiled water is best for you.

hmtday Random Musings
Our 'Know Your Life Span' test is finally online. Some of our readers have contacted us wanting to know when they can access the website and take the free longevity test. Well, it is online right now. You can visit KnowYourLifeSpan.com to take the test and know how long you will live. Kindly note that this is merely a fun test that lets you know when you will probably die based on a few estimations and researched longevity parameters. Do send in your feedback on the test whether you liked it or not. Thank you!

hmtday Tech Center
Recently I have been creating designs for our visiting cards using a combination of free software such as Irfan View, GIMP, and more. It is nice to save money and create eye catching designs for our cards right from the comforts of our own home. Uploading the complete design and ordering the cards has also become so easy. We usually get the cards within 2 days from Vista Print. What's more, we are not cutting down trees as we print all our cards on recycled paper.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Everyone thinks they are doing a great job until they see the results at the end of the month and realize that they are not performing as per their potential. This habit of thinking that you are always right must be changed. It's a sickening habit that prevents you from moving further in life. Having an inflated ego is another problem. Too often, we find people we know to possess a big fat ego for no reason at all. What they do is mediocre and there are thousands of others who do the same thing, possibly better than them. I believe that humility is the first step towards true greatness.

hmtday Ways To Make Money
A relatively unknown field is that of buying and selling domain names. Though I would like to say right away that thus is a rather risky way of making money. I've seen and read about hundreds of domain investors losing lots of money in this business. The important thing is to start small, with doing proper research first, then buying only few domain names which have the maximum potential to give you a good return on your investment. There are many ways to make money in this industry and over the past decade I've tried many of them with some success and also some failure. These days, I keep investing in domains with a long term plan for decent profits when they are sold at much higher amounts than what I spent on registering and renewing them each year. Domaining.com is a great site to visit to learn to be a domain investor and seller.

hmtday Ways To Make Money
One long term way to make around 10k or more each month is to build a blog, whether with text or pictures, video or articles, or a combo of the above. Then keep adding fresh and unique content to your blog on a regular basis. I've been blogging since 1999 and have made most of my money mostly thanks to my content creation and online marketing skills. It isn't easy to make a lot of money every month but it is possible to make some money if you build your blog consistently. Even a few hours a week is good enough to start working on your own blog. I give around 5 hours a week towards my sites and usually make more than 20k a month with them through ads and selling my courses via link building. Patience and long term planning are important though. If you expect to start making lots of money in few weeks or months then perhaps this method isn't for you.

hmtday Family Time
One of the most painful moments for a parent, especially the mother, is when their child is sick, injured or hospitalized due to something even more severe. Everything is put on hold during such times and the full focus and attention is given for the child. In recent times, shockingly, however, I have seen some mothers ignoring their kids even when they are sick or in pain just because they have to go to work. They expect a servant to do the mother's job. I have no respect and totally detest a parent who does not have the time to spend with their own child even when they are sick or in pain.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Participation is such a sacred term. Discipline even more sacred, tenacity and sincerity also important. Any project, purpose or endeavor requires the above mentioned qualities. Most people have the will to participate but few actually do. Everyone thinks they are disciplined but merely a couple actually are. The tenacity of a Bulldog is to be greatly admired, when in a fight, it will fight till the end, no matter what. Above all, a sincere mind is a powerful one. I believe that a sincere mind can move mountains...

hmtday Open Thoughts
The best part about Open Thoughts in my humble opinion is that I can say whatever I want in these little boxes and get away with it since the only ones that are reading these amazing thoughts and musings are the readers who don't have access to liking or replying to these messages. Funny huh! On this note, let me say here that those who don't read these messages and like them are big fat fools.

hmtday Open Thoughts
It is always sad to say goodbye to those who we care about and love. But life is like that. There are some who must go. At some point or another. However, the good thing is when one door closes another opens. So, new opportunities, new people, new friends, new things come along. It's just that we often don't see these new things and people come along because we are still hooked up on the past ones that left us. Let the cycle of life continue, let new ones in, let go off the ones that wish to leave or have to go...

hmtday Life Lessons
I've learned only to associate with like-minded people. It is a pure waste of my precious time to invest it with those who cannot help me fulfill my life purpose. I live a relaxed and comfortable life mainly due to me being able to move forward towards fulfillment of my purpose everyday. Any human who does not help me grow and prosper is not the right person to spend my time with.

hmtday Music Room
I gotta admit that without the soft music playing on the stereo right now it would be close to impossible for me to be so relaxed while working on the tablet or computer. There is something magical about listening to the sounds of the violin, piano and flute being played by the masters themselves. It relaxes me for sure but also makes me very happy while I work.

hmtday Random Musings
Osovo comes alive once again in just a few days time. There will be new posts published there. However, will allow only a couple of members to post comments on the posts as our readers prefer when value is added to the post rather than just a hastily typed reply. I am eagerly awaiting the continuation of my lifelong journey on Osovo. I am certain all of you will join me there once again.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
Some days evenings are so still, the mind can just rest in silence, clean the thoughts, empty thy brain, and focus on the stillness that exists all around. It's not raining right now, an evening where there is nothing to do but relax by the window, staring at the trees as it gets dark, sipping on the fine cup of tea that has been served to me a while ago, it's easy to be mindfulness right now, as the evening opens up her arms to be as I relax in a lazy mood...

hmtday Random Musings
Some of us can use all the tricks in the book to get ahead in life. But getting ahead does not mean that you turn into an evil soul. Getting ahead itself is a wrong way to look at things. Because it denotes that life is a race. A game of some sort when it actually isn't. Life is life. Not a game, nor a race. We humans make it a race. Not God. Best thing is to live in the now, not try to get ahead or be a winner in the race but to enjoy and make the most of the present moment.

hmtday Random Musings
According to me, one of the toughest things to do in life is to plan one's goals. Defining one's life purpose is possibly the next hardest thing. Though it comes before planning one's goals since you really cannot plan your goals until you know what your life purpose is. For years, in my weekend seminars in Public Speaking and Personality Development, students have been trained to plan their goals. But the most important part of that training was not Goal Setting but finding one's Purpose...

hmtday Random Musings
There is always a time and place to do something, anything. One must be aware of the path they walk on, is it the righteous way to move forward, are we following the guidelines, or are we just doing whatever we feel like despite knowing that it is the incorrect way to go ahead in life. Life can really complex at times, this complexity surely gets created inside our own minds, our thoughts complicate the way we think and what we do...

hmtday Relaxing Thoughts
The time to sleep has come closer, it has been a long day so it should be easy to fall asleep. It is always relaxing to lay down on the bed and listen to soft music with the lights switched off. The powerful table fans help me feel nice and cool while I get ready to enter dream land in just a little while. I expect tonight's dreams to be entertaining...

hmtday Open Thoughts
After a long time, my schedule is slowly limping back to normal. It makes me happy to know that soon I will be able to give some more time towards content writing on Cafe Enoma as well as our course forums. It has been an exciting last couple of months and finally the time has come to do the things that fulfill my purpose and help me live a more relaxing life. The time for socializing has come to an end though I will still have a few outings every now and then.

hmtday Random Musings
Off late I am busy developing a new test during my spare time. The test will ask you around 50 questions and then tell you till what age you will live. This test is something I have been looking to develop from many years but finally with the encouragement from my beloved wife I decided to create it recently. The longevity test will be hosted on our new website KnowYourLifeSpan.com. We expect it to be a very popular and insightful test as I have studied the lives of many people who lived very long lives and also analyzed the reasons for why some people I personally know died at comparatively young ages.

hmtday Random Musings
We all get caught up in something or the other at times. Life gets busy, we get busy, and there is a feeling that there is not much we can do to change the way things are going. Our life literally passes us by while we are stuck in the dead end routine. Deep down inside we know that we are letting ourselves get sucked into a deep black hole. It's difficult to come out of this hole. But yet we continue pushing ourselves down inch by inch every single day. Then suddenly, one fine day, we get the news that we are close to death, and perhaps we should climb out of that deep dark hole and live our lives for a change...

hmtday Random Musings
The list of things to do on a Monsoon evening are endless. First, there's a choice whether to go out and do something enjoyable with loved ones or stay home and experience the rain while indoors. Ever since the rains started here few days ago, I've been doing a lot of things, both indoors and outdoors, went to the beach a couple of times, went to Carter Road on the weekend, went to a couple of restaurants and meetups, and rest of the time I've enjoyed the rains from the comforts of my home.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
This Afternoon is a lazy and relaxing one. The weather is dull and gloomy with dark clouds in the skies right now. The climate is one that compels us to take more breaks and sleep a lot more. Fortunate are those who live their lives on their own terms. There is no greater power than the one you have when you are fully independent.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
Throughout my career in online training and classroom coaching, I've come across students who are extremely ungrateful for the good training they receive inside our sacred learning space. They are also those who are always greedy and looking to get me to teach them something that they haven't paid me for. In simpler words, they are looking for free learning in a subject that they have not paid us a single penny for.

hmtday Random Musings
The Cafe Enoma is doing great despite few members not being very active nowadays. The traffic is coming mostly from Google and Bing. Some coming in through social media apps. It's great to have new readers, the added audience and exposure helps me grow and participate even more. I love sharing my knowledge with others since sharing is something that helps us both grow. Those who don't share useful knowledge are the ones who either don't have it or don't want to. And I am not one such person.

hmtday Random Musings
Teenagers these days appear to be influenced strongly by terror groups and other allied influences rampant on social networking sites and apps. The easy access to high speed internet makes it so much easier for teens to connect and communicate with radical groups which seem to be emerging on all social networks almost every single day. It's important for parents to constantly communicate with their kids about such things to ensure that their kids don't go astray and ruin their entire lives by being part of such horrible forces of nature.

hmtday Random Musings
It is estimated that there are over 50,000 fake doctors in India. These are people who have purchased their MBBS degree without attending a medical college nor giving any exams. They just paid money and were given a degree and roam around the streets of our cities, towns and villages claiming to be legitimate doctors. It is sad that such things are still rampant in India. The ones who pay the price are not these fake doctors but their innocent patients.

hmtday Random Musings
Nowadays, we are seeing and hearing bizarre things on the news. People are being harassed and beaten up for no reason at all, girls are being raped and killed with their bodies being mutilated beyond recognition almost. It's just disgusting to witness this and be in a helpless position, unable to fight back and get rid of these violent criminals who are creating havoc in modern society. Now is the time we need Superman and Wonder Woman to visit India and help us. It is getting obvious that no political leader can do much or isn't interested in taking such issues up.

hmtday Random Musings
The biggest issues facing the world's population today are loneliness, depression and stress. It is these 3 issues that determine an individual's happiness, effectiveness in whatever they do, and how they interact with other human beings. As counselors, one of our primary tasks is to reduce and eradicate these issues from the lives of our clients. To do so, firstly, we must eradicate these issues from our own lives. It's easy to be happy. Happiness is when you live a daily life full of purpose, relaxation and joy. Happiness happens when you do not feel lonely when you are alone nor stressed out whenever you are doing something. Depression, stress and loneliness kills. Have a purpose to help you be happy. Help others find their purpose to help them be happier too.

hmtday Random Musings
We live in a world where everyone has easy access to information. Be it news, movies, music, or anything else. Young boys and girls spend part of their time watching the news along with their parents and are quickly getting negatively influenced by what they see and hear on the TV screen. The idiot box ain't no idiot anymore. It's the dictator of lessons and thoughts inside our homes and offices. Be careful about what your kids watch on TV. Be careful what you watch on TV!

hmtday Random Musings
It's another busy Monday morning for a lot of people. Everyone's busy with something or the other. Some are hurrying to get to work, cursing and swearing as they are late to work once again, while others are already busy doing their work, feeling stressed out, complaining about this and that under their breath, then there are a chosen few who don't have to worry about such things since they are home sculpting the future of their children. They do everything inside their little world to ensure that when we go outside we have a smooth and easy day. These people sacrifice their entire lives for their loved ones. And as such I say they are only a chosen few because in today's world most of them do not fulfill their motherly roles the way that they should. Unfortunately.

hmtday Random Musings
One of the major issues in today's world is that there are so many people who live a daily life full of lies. And due to the influence of these compulsive liars, everyone else thinks that others who don't lie are compulsive liars as well. As a lecturer and corporate trainer since 1996, there have been few times where students or attendees in the classrooms and seminar halls have questioned things that I have spoken about. This is absolutely fine. Questioning is always welcome especially for teachers and trainers like me since we create original content and organize our teaching methods based on our own life experiences and everyday learning. However, when someone stands up and openly accuses a lecturer on baseless grounds then action must be taken against them. Swift action. For a sincere and open Guru should not be put down just because some so-called Guru who came before them was caught lying about something or the other. Honesty pays, and you really pay the price for being dishonest. Be honest and God helps you during times where certain people stand up to put you down.

hmtday Random Musings
Being a 'no nonsense' person comes naturally to me. I love enjoying each day of my life. Whatever I do revolves around being happy. As a counselor, when I help others with the issues or difficulties they face in their lives, I get happy having helped another human being do better, feel better. As a result of my resolve to be happy, there are certain people and situations I must avoid to continue being happy. For example, being around negative people for anything more than 1 hour drains my positive energies so I make it a point to restrict my meetings with negative souls to a bare minimum.

hmtday Random Musings
Life is easy to live when you have a strict set of guidelines that you follow in everyday living. Those who break the rules pay the price for doing so. As simple as that. Life is to be enjoyed, savored, experienced in the now. Being disciplined every single day makes life a glorious adventure of learning, sharing and growth. There is a lot to learn and an equal amount to share during our journeys. The question is do we live each day in a way that enables our discipline to kick-start a glorious future for ourselves.

hmtday Random Musings
I am an 'easy to get along' person. Wherever I go, whatever I do, if there are other people around or involved, then it is normal for me to stand out in the crowd. However, there is another side to me as well. People who mess with me or try to manipulate me are given a real taste of how this other side of me can be. All I can is lucky are all who haven't witnessed this other side. The other side is a side that really puts you in your place once and for all.

hmtday Relaxing Thoughts
The ride back home by the cab with the heavy rain falling down outside was a blissful experience. Coming back home and taking a nice long hot water shower was like the icing on the cake. Now it's time for silent meditation while laying down on the soft bed and experiencing the joys of the present moments.

hmtday Random Musings
Finally back in the comforts of my home after two evening meet ups. Had a great time listening to travellers sharing their travel stories. Enjoyed loads of snacks and many sips of tea. Had a great time since my family came along as well. But by the end of it all I felt drained out a bit and exited the place quickly to return back to the comforts of my home.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
It's another gorgeous Monsoon with the light breeze blowing through the entire home and the soft music playing on the rechargeable speaker. It has stopped raining right now. Will be heading out for a travel meet up at Bombay Coffee House on Waterfield Road. Before that will be enjoying some burgers and fries at Burger King close by as they are giving 2 burgers today for Rs.99.

hmtday Life Lessons
There have always been people who try to teach us what is right and wrong when they themselves don't live a life of righteousness. They go around preaching to the world about God, life, work and everything in between but a closer look at their own lives reveals that they are hardly good role models to learn from. How then do we know who to learn from and who not to? Well, the answer is simple. Take advice and suggestions only from those who share lessons that directly connect with you, your personality, your life, etc. Take anything that helps you grow especially if it's free. Keep learning, keep growing and this cafe environment is the finest place on the internet to start your voyage into the land of learning and development.

hmtday Life Lessons
I've learned that whenever I have spent time in reading blogs online then I am always more aware of important psychological topics that connect directly with my pivotal role of a counselor in everyday life. Not just blogs, but reading every single message, thought, and post that has been published on Cafe Enoma is a daily habit of mine. Even when I am outside at a coffee shop with a friend, I quickly hop onto the cafe when she or he gets busy on the phone when a call or message comes in. Learning must never stop and one of the best ways to learn is to keep on reading blogs and posts like these on the internet. Those who don't read this message (and there are quite a few of our members who won't) will never realize how much they are missing out on by investing a few hours of their time each week on reading these messages and posts on the brilliant Cafe Enoma.

hmtday Open Thoughts
The gloriously sublime Sunday weather this fine rainy morning is something to die for. But I've chosen to live right through it and enjoy every little second of it. It's thundering and lightning right now, the cool breeze is blowing through the kitchen window and coming right up to the bedroom and living room. It's a morning where there is simply nothing better to do than to relax, chill with our loved ones, and enjoy the beautiful Monsoon this side of the world...

hmtday Random Musings
Some people can be given the world but will still look for a deep black hole to crawl into every single day. What this means is that God has given us plenty to be grateful for but yet most of us choose to focus on the negatives. We brood and complain in our desperate loneliness.

hmtday Monsoon Season
Just being here near the living room window while it is raining so heavily outside is a delightful and soothing experience in Mindfulness. The world is my playground but for now I choose to enjoy this moment of pouring rain, relaxing by the window, staring at the falling rain and the lush greenery that's within arm's reach. Such a beautiful season, it makes the earth come alive and every nook and corner turns into paradise...

hmtday Nature Thoughts
Mother Nature comes alive during the Monsoon season. The whole world around us literally becomes a lot more beautiful and mesmerizing to see than during the rest of the year. The wetness of the rain makes our immediate surroundings cooler while the leaves on the trees look lush green and wonderful. One of the best experiences for me is to take a nice long walk on the beach and feeling the cool breeze upon my face and through my hair as I just relax and enjoy the great nature that God has given us.

hmtday Monsoon Season
I woke up nice and late this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was raining heavily. I stood by the window before Breakfast and enjoyed looking at the soothing scenery of the wet leaves on the numerous trees that lie right in front of my living room window. I closed my eyes and stood there listening to the relaxing sounds of the raindrops falling upon the leaves and the mud below. What a wonderful life this is, thank you God for the rains!

hmtday Meditation Room
Life can be incredibly frustrating at times, nothing seems to be going your way, even though we try hard to make things right it seems like there are evil forces pushing us deeper and deeper into a dark hole. It is at such times that sitting or laying down in silence with the eyes closed, being mindful, focusing on our breath while breathing deeply, and just emptying thy mind of all these frustrating feelings and thoughts works like magic in feeling blissfulness.

hmtday Beautiful Places
Today I will be going to one of the most beautiful places in the city - Bandra Bandstand. The good thing is that it is a rainy day though that also means that there will be lots of traffic on the road while on our way to Bandra. The beauty of Bandstand is that there is the Arabian Sea to view from the gorgeously landscaped promenades (both on Bandstand and Carter Road). Also, the highlight of Bandstand is that you can see the Bandra-Worli Sea Link up close. It's a magnificent site.

hmtday Random Musings
Everyone around me wants to be rich it seems, very rich. But me I'm happy with what I already have. Of course, I've made some plans to make enough money each year to continue living the highly comfortable life that I'm used to. But beyond these little but precise plans I have no need for money. So, at times, when I meet my wealthy friends in Beautiful Mumbai, I wonder why they have become so greedy for the almighty buck. Why don't they just enjoy the abundance they already have? I guess only they can give me the answers to the above two questions.

hmtday Random Musings
One of my closest friends who is a very rich man today told me that you must squeeze your customers dry, remove every last penny from them, become rich using your database of students from all over the city. To this I told him that today is the day that I feel sad that someone who I spent so much time with in the past has become like this. I may not be as rich as my friend but I surely don't have it in my blood to cheat my clients and students in the cunning and manipulative ways he suggested.

hmtday Random Musings
One of the most difficult things to do in life is to understand another human being. Why they do what they do, why they are the way they are, and so on. The best thing to do is to mind your own business and not try understanding another human being unless it's your specific job and you are paid to do so. A lot of precious time is saved when we don't go around understanding the actions of others and focus on living a beautiful life in the now...

hmtday Random Musings
It's kinda annoying when people I know break the rules purely because of some tiny reasons. They miss out on something valuable and lose out on something incredible by maintaining a decent momentum like they did till they started caring less about our guidelines and more about just participating. I've seen talented people come and go from our many online platforms. Most of them went just because they lacked the kind of discipline that some of our regular patrons are so very proud of.

hmtday Random Musings
It's been raining all day today, not too heavy, but just about enough, a light drizzle mostly, feels nice though, a definite change in the weather, it's nice and cool these days, it feels like it's Winter but it's still the fag end of the hot Summer. The time to go on hill station and water park outings has come. Rain dances, showers under the waterfalls in Khandala, and many wet weekends to enjoy at the nearby Versova Beach...

hmtday Random Musings
The visitors to Enoma have steadily increased in the past few days. The added content topics might be the main reason for this steady growth in readership. Off late, I've started going for a few meetups and social outings which weren't the case when I lived in my other home in the outskirts of the city. It's like we are making hay while the sun shines. I have two meetups lined up for tomorrow. Taking my son along as well since one of them is at a coffee shop that serves some nice coffee and burgers during the late evening hours.

hmtday Random Musings
It's been an eventful month during the past 9 and a half days. It appears that a lot of plans have been made and some of them are finally being put into action. It's always good to make the most of one's time. So even if I manage to chalk out an hour to invest in something new then this 1 hour means the world to me. In that 1 hour there is so much that can be done and by the looks of it we are both (my wife and me) doing a lot more effectively thanks to this 1 hour being freed up. Anyway, this one might not make too much sense to most of our cafe patrons. I'll leave this one right here...

hmtday Random Musings
Is it just me or are you and me the only two patrons inside the Cafe these days? I don't know what everyone's pretending to be so busy with. Maybe school or college, maybe their ego has inflated to such a massive level that they cannot afford to come inside our humble abode to share a cup of tea with the two of us...

hmtday Random Musings
Empty days are dull days. When we have something purposeful to do then the day automatically turns into an amazing one. Being busy is not a sin just as long as what you are busy with incorporates your core purpose. Some of us are so busy with fulfilling our daily obligations that we forget that we have something else far more important to do in life...

hmtday Random Musings
At the crux of things, simply asking for what you want in life goes a long way towards paving the way for you to move forward and get it. In simpler words, though the words I wrote were simple enough, asking for what you want from the Gods quadruples your chances of getting it.

hmtday Random Musings
I consider myself an opportunist, the good kind of course. When someone else sits there doing nothing when a glorious opportunity comes along, I get off my fat bottoms and latch onto the opportunity like no man's business. Yes, this tactic of mine might not work for everyone, may not work for you even, but opportunities are opportunities, they don't come by everyday, but when you grab them when they do come along, and run with them, create something big, that's when you realize that opportunities come along ever so often...

hmtday Random Musings
There is much to do in this world, a lot happening every single day, right now, it's the rainy season, the weather is sublime, the monsoon clouds hovering over us all day long makes our mood lazy and good. The ideal time to go out and have a blast is right now, today, everyday. Don't make extensive plans for the future, right now is where it's at. Make the most of your NOW.

hmtday Random Musings
Not many people I know realize that life does not last forever, sooner or later we are all going to die, so instead of whiling their time away watching reruns of their favorite movies on TV or wasting plenty of precious time in watching cricket matches that are fixed, they should probably spend their time living their life to the fullest, doing what they really love, loving everything that they do, enjoying each moment, exploring Mother Nature, life must be fully and totally enjoyed, cherishing each moment as if it is going to be your last...

hmtday Random Musings
We learn a lot from the ones we associate with, which is why one of the most important tasks on Cafe Enoma is to spend time with ONLY those patrons who can truly help us grow. Spending time with anyone else will be a pure waste of our time.

hmtday Random Musings
It is sad when someone we know so well does not value the precious things that God and the Universe has given them. They are always looking for something more, something new, something different, instead of focusing their energies and investing their time in making the most of what they already have.

hmtday Life Lessons
Always increase your knowledge and keep learning more and more. Whether it is a career or a hobby you are pursuing. I've seen quite a few students I've trained in Counseling over the years boast about being a professional counselor without actually having enough knowledge about theoretical topics in their field of practice. It saddens me when a student narrowly passes their exams and somehow completes their course with us and then go out there to counsel others. In such cases, I wish to say them, get yourself counseled first because you aren't theoretically sound enough to help others with serious issues in their lives.

hmtday Random Musings
I just can't understand why some people that I know cannot live up to their potential. They keep repeating the same mistake again and again. Then they expect you to simply forgive them because they were disciplined earlier. I find it sad when friends, students and clients lose their momentum when they lose some discipline. Discipline by its very nature is something that is continuous. You just cannot stop the rolling ball and if you do then you must pay the price for doing so.

hmtday Monsoon Season
It's always a delightful time to sit next to the open window (covered by mosquito nets of course) during a heavy downpour like the one we are experiencing right now in the western suburbs of our beautiful city - Mumbai. It's the time to head to the kitchen where the cool sea breeze from the Arabian Sea nearby makes cooking something nice, hot and spicy a totally delightful experience. The crackling sounds of the mustard and cumin seeds in the hot oil makes it so much fun to cook up a nice snack to enjoy along with our simple dinner tonight.

hmtday Random Musings
Another glorious day comes to an end. It's been a highly eventful one as well. Went to watch my 2nd theater movie in the last decade, the 1st one being just two weeks ago, this time went to watch 'Wonder Woman', what a powerful movie for the women to watch, shows the true power that a woman can have, in this case, the woman is not just powerful but extremely gorgeous as well, very fit too, watching this movie in 3D was a truly awesome experience, next up, my 3rd movie, should be Spider Man. Fingers crossed, since it's another 3D movie, I love these 3D movies, makes everything looks so real.

hmtday Mindfulness Now
Sitting here in a relaxed position on my armchair in front of my desktop computer right near the large living room window through which a cool breeze is coming through as it rains gently outside. I have my favorite stress ball in the palm of my left hand, an excellent activity to boost my practice of mindfulness, focusing on squeezing it nice and hard while taking a breather between my work tasks online. Being in the now is like giving a nice little gift to yourself and that is why we call this moment the present.

hmtday Life Lessons
Learn from your mistakes. It's perfectly fine to make mistakes but not so good to keep repeating the same mistake again and again. In my lifetime, I've tried many new and different things, as a result of which I've encountered several failures along the way, from each of those failures I have learned something valuable, sometimes in one failure I've learned more than a dozen different lessons, all valuable by itself, after learning from those mistakes and failures, I've learned that failing is nothing to be ashamed of or even worry about, but repeated failures when you could have easily corrected it the next time itself is just wrong. Even the great and humble Edison said that he did not fail while inventing the electric light bulb, he just learned that there were 10,000 different ways you don't invent one.

hmtday Mindfulness Now
I sit in a totally relaxed frame of mind, sipping my cup of fine Darjeeling Tea, I focus on each sip that I take while keeping my ears open to listen to the sounds of the Chinese Flute music playing on the stereo, it's another gorgeous evening, chilly as well since it rained all afternoon and is still drizzling right now. I can smell the earth for the first time this rainy season. The aromas of the wet mud are making me feel wonderful inside. Thank God for the monsoon, thank God for now.

hmtday Random Musings
Stop complaining, stop complaining, stop complaining, stop complaining, stop complaining, stop complaining. Start living in the now. Be mindful. Enjoy life more. Be grateful to be alive. Don't live in the past. Delete your worries, stop complaining, stop complaining, stop complaining.

hmtday Random Musings
We live in a crazy, weird world where a man or woman can go out on the roads and blow themselves up killing many other innocent people around them. We live in a world where millions of fathers have physical relations with their own daughters (and sons). Priests molest and rape little boys. Psychos go around ramming their cars into people on the road and claim that they are doing it in the name of God. Luckily, there is another side to such things. But, take my advice, enjoy your life to the fullest from today. Because tomorrow you and me might die...

hmtday Random Musings
It has been a busy day so eating a rather light noodle dinner. Made of wheat flour, the healthier kind, with lots of fresh veggies chopped and thrown in while making it. Now, it's time to relax and enjoy my chocolate and strawberry ice cream. The music playing on the speakers is the Chinese Flute. Makes the environment more relaxing. Soon the rain will start falling and my night will be complete...

hmtday Random Musings
Perhaps the biggest reason for someone's success or failure is having discipline or lacking it. I've seen many students enter our online courses with a lot of vigor and enthusiasm during the first few weeks of their course. But then most of them start lacking discipline and stop investing as much time into their learning as they should. To show that they are still disciplined, they often try to trick us by posting long answers on particular posts on the course forum. However, that really doesn't matter as we go by the clock, not by beautifully typed replies once in a blue moon. On the other hand, there are those students who participate in activities throughout their course tenure, almost every single day, these students don't make excuses nor try to trick us into making us believe they are actually around a lot more than our clock clocks them for. At the end of the day, it's fair to say those who have discipline are always the ones who are doing well for themselves in life and will continue to do well even after our courses. But those who lack discipline always tend to blame others and situations for them not being as successful as those who are disciplined. Worst is that these students continue trying to fool others around them that they deserve to be successful by pretending to be working hard and showing some discipline once in a blue moon. Don't fool yourself. Stop the act. Be more discipline. No one but you has time to put up with your nonsense.

hmtday Wildlife Reserve
Having an observant eye is most essential for survival when roaming the hills and valleys of the countryside. A few years ago, during a 2-day trip to Lonavala along with few of my students, we were enjoying the heavy rains near the popular Kune Waterfalls while singing and dancing near the edge of the hills. Suddenly, I noticed a baby Cobra on the grass moving towards one of my students. I pulled him aside in time. No one but me had noticed this baby Cobra. The students asked me how on earth did I manage to see the deadly baby Cobra in such heavy rain and in such poor light. I told them since I travel a lot during the rains I am used to keeping my eyes and ears open for such things as this is the most active season for wildlife in general.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
It's another busy Afternoon for most of us. Though some have it a lot easier and haven't got much to do from noon to 4pm. Afternoons are ideally spend relaxing and daydreaming in this home. Sometimes we go out and meetup with our friends during these sunny hours. A nice long chat at a coffee shop nearby makes for an interesting outing.

hmtday Morning Musings
The early bird catches the worm! How true this proverb is and in so many ways too. However, just waking up early does not mean a thing when you don't have something purposeful to do during those early hours. Only a human with purpose is the one who can make the most of early opportunities.

hmtday Morning Musings
I've always observed that when I wake up with a definite purpose each Morning then I am more than likely to be a lot more productive and purposeful during the entire day. Having purpose written all across your face does have a magical effect on our entire system.

hmtday Morning Musings
It's another busy morning this side of town. Everyone's doing something, many are hurrying to get to work, some are just waking up, getting ready to face another new day, rise and shine, it's the morning hours, the best time for you and me, peak brain functioning time, we are truly awakened right now...

hmtday Weather Center
It's a cool night tonight. Which means there are likely to be heavy rains in a day or two. The rains have been rather unpredictable to decipher even for a seasoned veteran like me. Looking forward to going to Rock Beach to get wet in the rains and click some photos of Beautiful Mumbai.

hmtday Night Hours
There are certain nights when you feel so nice and cool that you literally want to go to sleep and not wake up till noon the next day. Today happens to be one such night. I'm already feeling so cool and awesome thanks to the strategically positioned table fans and the triple cold water showers I took every hour since 10pm.

hmtday Happy Things
I feel so happy when I an taking a long cold shower on a hot n humid day. Just feeling the tingling sensation of the cold water falling on my torso is heavenly.

hmtday Tech Center
I am overjoyed that Microsoft's Bing is going to start rewarding its users for using it instead of Google. I have been using Bing and Google for many years now. Given a choice between the two, I'd choose Bing 8 times out of 10 over Google. Bing is clean, ad free, quick and gives the best results. Bing is what Google used to be during the early years. Now it's full of manipulated search results and cunningly disguised ads.

hmtday Sleep Tips
An easy way to induce sleep is to turn off the lights in the bedroom, switch on the fans, then simply go and lay on the bed, close thy eyes, and empty thou mind. The dark and cool room send a quick signal to our brains that it is time to sleep. This technique can be tried even during the afternoon time and you will be pleasantly surprised with the quick results.

hmtday Ways To Save Money
I love food. I mean most people do as well. But I am a foodie by birth thanks to my mom always giving me the best food that we could afford during the 80s and 90s. One of my favorite foods is icecream especially in the hot summer and Monsoon months. We all love chocolate icecream but the high cost of it stops us from buying it often. In our home, we never buy chocolate icecream, we just buy vanilla icecream for 120rs from DMart or the local grocer. Then we serve it in a large bowl and sprinkle a spoonful of sweetened cocoa powder on top. Voilą, we just made ourselves some delicious homemade chocolate icecream. If we have any chocolate cookies, we take a couple of them, break them into tiny pieces and sprinkle them on top of our icecream. We save at least 500rs a month during the summer and monsoon thanks to this simple hack.

hmtday Monsoon Season
As always, I am here to give my daily report on the Monsoon in Mumbai. It didn't rain much today. In fact I had gone out this Afternoon along with my little boy to get wet in the rain as it seemed like it would rain around 2pm today but actually it didn't. We ended up feeling quite hot n sweaty due to our walk cum shopping experience. As soon as we came home, we relaxed under the ceiling fans and then relished some mango icecream.

hmtday Relaxing Thoughts
It is going to take me 10 minutes to type this particular musings since I am doing it on the tablet while laying down on the bed taking the cool breeze of the 3 fans. I am totally relaxed as I am listening to an old meditation audio book that Kirti created for Osovo but we never shared it with anyone. It is just the sounds of her deep breathing along with the soft instrumental music in the background that is just making me feel like I am in the garden of Eden.

hmtday Random Musings
Everyone has their own way of seeing things, doing things, analyzing, deciding, etc. Many people cannot get along with me because my lifestyle choices are quite different from theirs. While they have big dreams of migrating to America or vacationing in Switzerland, I am quite happy to be in my little 12x10 bedroom in Versova. It is not easy for others to digest the fact that I am so happy and comfortable with the life I already have. Most people are always looking for more, I am not. I am always looking to make the most of what I have while most others look to build new things and ignore so much of the abundance God has given them. Ultimately it's their choice and mine how each one lives their life.

hmtday Open Thoughts
I've always found it amusing how some people have everything in the world yet they always are seeking something more. They are never happy, never will be, because they are not happy with what they already have, always greedy for more. Their hunger for cash, titles and similar things never ends. Nothing can change them, no one can do anything to make them happy, they are doomed by their own choice, it's purely up to them to change their mindset, adjust their attitude and be happy with what they have already been given. The funny thing is that when you are happy with all that God has given you then you are always given more and more. This is my personal experience anyway.

hmtday Open Thoughts
I sometimes wonder what the other members are doing at the times that I am on Cafe Enoma but I don't see them participating directly in any activity. Right now, we have more than 10 members online, yet only 4 of them are replying to posts or participating on the cafe in some way or another. Others are simply reading these powerful, amazing thoughts and messages then simply returning to doing whatever it is they are doing while they are logged in but not participating actively on Cafe Enoma.

hmtday Menu Now
It's almost time for dinner. Being the Head Chef for the day, I have cooked up a spicy potato curry along with vegetable fried rice that is being served along with a carrot and cucumber salad. After dinner, we will be enjoying a large bowl of Chocolate Ice Cream topped with chopped Bananas, I don't know, this combo just does it for my little boy 'Max' and me. Off for dinner now, see you on the other side...

hmtday Evening Thoughts
It's a rather still evening today. This gives me a chance to dig deeper into my soul and stir up my mindfulness practice to a higher level. It feels nice to relax in my armchair and do some light work while spending time listening to the music, actually listening, as well as spending time with my little boy 'Max' as he mindfully does his homework for the day without being told by me.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
There is so much to do inside the cafe these evenings. Everyone hops into Cafe Enoma during the post-sunset hours but hardly any new entries are posted as we tend to get confused as to what to post on in the first place. In such cases, it's usually best to start your exploration with posting on one or two maybe three sections and then once you have posted a couple of entries on each then select another one or two or three new sections to continue posting entries on. The beauty of participating in these varied and deeply insightful sections is that you enhance your personality and communication skills subconsciously, that is, without putting in much effort. Sadly, most of our members don't reach to the level where they are disciplined enough to post entries on a regular basis so this suggestion might fall upon deaf ears once again.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
It's another beautiful evening this side of town. Hopefully it's the same wherever you are in this beautiful world. The time for high tea is here, just my little boy and me will relish the tea time treats today, as the mother has gone for a brief holiday to her mom's abode. There will be cheese sandwiches, chocolate cookies, roasted peanuts and fine Darjeeling Tea served today. The tea time is about to start. See you soon.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
There is so much to learn on every single day. Whether morning, noon, evening or night, there is always something to learn and something to share with others. Most of us tend to ignore the afternoon hours for learning and sharing purposes as we might be busy with eating, napping and daydreaming. However, when the afternoon hours are used well then you truly can increase your effectiveness and productivity by a large margin.

hmtday Open Thoughts
I find it a bit difficult to understand why some students and clients lie to me when they probably realize deep inside that I am smart enough to catch them without too much trouble. For a long time, over 9 months, an on and off client of mine has been lying about her husband despite me hinting to her that I have my 60 ways to tell that whatever she tells me about her husband is pretty much a lie.

hmtday Night Hours
It's 11.38pm on a cool Sunday night. It's raining off and on thanks to which the weather is pleasant and nice. The night is a silent one as most people are at home watching a cricket match because they have nothing better to do. I find it surprising when someone tells me that their hobby is watching cricket on TV when it's such a worthless waste of one's precious time.

hmtday Random Musings
It's been a great day for me today and might be an even better one tomorrow as I am getting to spend a lot of quality time with my little boy since his mom is on a couple of days break at her mom's place. It's nice to be thanked by my son for everything that I am doing for him today. I hope that all the fathers out there can spend just as much quality time with their kids as I do. I find it sickening when a man says that he works hard to provide for his family but does not find the time to spend even an hour a day with his kids.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Today is one of those days where I thank God for not making me as stupid and worthless as the Millions of Indians and Pakistanis who spent more than 9 hours of their Sunday watching yet another boring cricket match.

hmtday Nature Thoughts
Recently I caught up with an old friend from my college days. She is a nature lover just like I am. So it was natural for both of us to spend the entire afternoon talking about the positive forces of nature and how they help human beings live better lives. Thanks to this coffee shop meeting with her I could add 3 new positive forces of nature to my most popular lecture on the same topic. The world needs for nature lovers these days and human beings need to be thankful for the gracious abundance of mother nature that God has provided to each of us.

hmtday Brain Fitness
Many times during my personality development classes, students would ask me what was my biggest secret to having such a great memory. And the biggest tip I would give them is to get a good night's sleep. For nothing gives us more focus and concentration than a brain that is fully rested every night and totally fresh all of the following day.

hmtday Life Lessons
During my school days, I happened to be very good at Biology so much so that my class teacher one day called me to her desk during the class and told me that one day I would become a top biologist due to my immense knowledge of biology. To that I thought, why doesn't thus teacher become a biologist instead of teaching biology to me. Long story short, don't go around telling others what to do with their lives when you could not do so well in life yourself.

hmtday Parenting Place
Fortunately or unfortunately, a lot of what we are today is due to the manner in which our parents brought us up and the manner in which the teachers taught us. Thanks to my mom's encouragement I took up many public speaking opportunities during my school and college days. When I grew up, all that training and confidence came to good use in my career as I could then teach thousands of others how to speak confidently and effectively in public. God in turn blessed me with such a comfortable life and supportive family. I believe that God favors those who serve society with doing things that empower people to be better and live better lives. At the end of the day, if it wasn't for my mom's encouragement none of this would have happened. I'd probably be a top doctor or engineer like my siblings instead of being in a field that suited me the most.

hmtday Beautiful Places
I love Khandala and other nearby hill stations during the Monsoon and Winter season. The large number of waterfalls all along the hills makes it a paradise on Earth during the rainy season. Very soon, we will be going for our first Monsoon break to Khandala during the weekdays as that is when the hills are empty and it is the best time to enjoy the panoramic views and enjoy the falling rain while sipping on a hot cup of tea and relishing some hot tasty spicy snacks.

hmtday Beautiful Places
Goa is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. In my humble opinion anyway. There are so many lovely beaches where you can take long walks on, relax all day long, enjoy good fresh food at the many shacks lined along the beach roads, and many tourist attractions to visit such as the old churches, temples, waterfalls during the monsoon, etc. The sunsets in this sunshine state of India are the best I have ever seen, even better than Mumbai at times.

hmtday Sports World
All eyes are on Birmingham today, an India vs Pakistan match, what a scene, thousands arrived 2 hours early to get in line and be the first to get into the stadium, the weather is looking good, it seems like it's going to be a great day for India with a very fit and talented team thrashing the Pakistan unit in the game that's just about to start.

hmtday Ways To Make Money
A very easy way to make money is to get off your bottoms and do some real work for a change. I feel sad to see the Millions of youngsters and adults who expect to make money through some quick methods. The best way to make money is to do something you love. As when you do something that you love, the money always follows, even if it takes a long time to do so in certain cases. However, please make sure that you do something which you love and which others actually want to buy from you.

hmtday Tech Center
Technology plays such a vital role in our daily lives these days. Simple things like a wireless mouse and keyboard make working and playing games on the computer so much easier and enjoyable. A large monitor screen and a full HD TV makes entertaining ourselves and the guests a lot more fun. Things like the smartphone and the tablet make it so much easier to browse the internet while relaxing on the bed or in the armchair by the window. However, it is mainly due to these very conveniences of technology that obesity, stress and laziness of the world's population has drastically increased in recent times. So it's always wise to use technology only when it enhances the quality of our lives and makes life more comfortable. Excessive use and dependence must be avoided at all costs.

hmtday Movie Times
Ever since I've been on a business vacation in Versova, our other family home, I've had very little time to watch my vast movie collection at home. However, for the first time since my marriage perhaps, I went along with my wife and son to watch the 3D movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales'. It was shockingly enjoyable and really life-like as I sat there wearing my 3D Goggles watching every little scene for the entire 2-hour duration. Thank you Max for insisting that I come along to watch this awesome movie on the big screen as this movie watched on a TV set would never be as enjoyable and lively as it was in the theater.

hmtday Morning Musings
The morning is the best and most productive time of the day for me. I usually manage to do most of my important work and Meditation before it's Afternoon. Even today, despite it being a Sunday, I was up nice and early, at dawn, then meditated for a couple of hours, after which I had a nice long shower, a delightful practice of mindfulness, then prepared Breakfast for my 8-year-old son 'Max' as my wife left for a day's break to our other home in Naigaon along with her sister and a couple of her close friends.

hmtday Monsoon Season
The rains have been coming and going for most of yesterday. Last night, the skies were filled with dark clouds. Today, when I woke up, I was surprised to see clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. No sign of the rains at all. Hopefully the weather will be the same in other parts of the world, especially where the Championship Trophy is being held, as today there is the most important cricket match of the year for India and it is against arch rivals - Pakistan!!

hmtday Mindfulness Now
I love practicing Mindfulness. I have been practicing Meditation for many years now. However, my practice in Mindfulness started thanks mainly due to my beloved wife who is always practicing it nearly every minute of the day. She has been teaching me and our 8-year-old son about Mindfulness for the last few years now. Thanks to which we have both seen incredible development in our focus, concentration and brain fitness. Thank You Kirti!

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