If you don’t apply what you learn, this is what happens!

Unexpected Wisdom from a Bird

A man caught a bird. The bird said to him, “Release me, and I will give you three valuable pieces of advice. I will give you the first when you let me go, the second when I fly up to that branch, and the third when I fly up to the top of the tree.”

The man agreed, and let the bird go. 

Now free, the bird said, “Do not torture, torment and burden yourself with excessive regret for past mistakes.”

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The bird then flew up to a branch and said, 

“Do not believe anything that goes against common sense, unless you have firsthand proof.”

Then the bird flew up to the top of the big tree and said, “You fool. I have two huge jewels inside of me. If you had killed me instead of letting me go, you would have been rich.”

“Darn it!” the man exclaimed. “How could I have been so stupid? I am never going to get over this. Bird, can you at least give me the third piece of advice as a consolation?”

The bird replied, “I was merely testing you. You are asking for further advice, yet you already disregarded the first two pieces of advice I gave you. First, I told you not to torment yourself with excessive regret for past mistakes, and second I told you not to believe things that go against common sense unless there is firsthand proof. 

And yet, you just tormented yourself with regret for letting me go, and you also believed that somehow there are two huge jewels inside a tiny bird like me! 

So here now is your third piece of advice: “If you are not applying what you already know, why are you so intent on gaining what you do not know?”

~ A Sufi Tale


Experience your power in 2020 – The Foundation (Step by Step) – 11th Dec to 31st.

Shall we start?

Who we are is important for what we do!

Thank you for following my blog. Here’s a gist of what we’re going to do in the next 21 days:-

Everyday (beginning from tomorrow) you’ll receive an action program through my blog. For want of a better description, I’ve named it the Success Planner. I know, I know, pretty cliched but what I’m going to take you through is everything but that!

This 2020 Success Planner focuses on success mindset development. It will help you to live with passion and purpose, to define your true goals and focus on achieving them – a process that will lead to overall success.

It will help you to enhance your success mindset and develop behaviours that will empower you to successfully define and achieve what you want in life: it will enable you to set high goals, turn your ideas into action, focus on purposeful actions and exceed them. It will also help you to:

  • discover your talents to achieve success more easily
  • define your passion, mission, vision and purpose to live a more fulfilling life
  • unlock what success means for you
  • connect better with your true self and gain extraordinary confidence
  • focus on your true goals and success, achieving them instantly
  • get hugely energized, inspired and empowered while traveling on your success mindset development journey

You can start setting your goals now and start your sprint to the destination at the beginning of 2020, on your birthday, on the day you make an important decision or at any other time of the year. It really does not matter when you start – the sooner, the better!

All the best!


Do you have a story to tell?

Or do you’ve a story that needs to be told? Let’s make it happen.

Get in touch with me at vbanagiri@gmail.com

I remember reading somewhere that all of us have a book in us. I believe it’s true. Every life is unique. We may be able to relate to situations in other people’s lives but only we can get the theme of our life. Simply because, that’s how we’re wired as human beings. Our path is our own and our story is unparalleled. Even dopplegangers have different tales.

The recurring patterns, the unprecedented challenges, the lessons we learn, the tests we give in the university of Life are entirely our own. That’s why there can be nothing called Absolute Truth. Everybody’s truth is different. Therefore, judging somebody’s actions, giving them labels of good, bad, right, wrong, is unfair.

What I am interested in is to share your story with the world. If you’ve a success story of your business, your kids or partners, I would like to be the one to write it. I believe I qualify because of 2 reasons:-

  1. I’ve written all my adult life in various editorial capacities in the publishing world. From a reporter to the editor, I have traversed an eventful path and the journey has been awesomely enriching for my subject and me. I’ve interviewed almost every personality that would be of interest for the readers. From a child bride to a celebrity, Chef to a political leader, I have had the good fortune of sharing their stories with the world.
  2. I have authored 5 books out of which 3 are stories of others. Butterflies and Barbed Wires, my debut novel, Hyderabad Hazir Hai, an anthology, The Placebo Effect, a psychological thriller, 100 Years of Gunupatis, tracing the history of GVK & TSR’s families, The Eternal Couple, 55 years of Mr & Mrs. GVK’s journey…

If these reasons are not enough, here’s another one for the clincher. I also design, print, publish and publicize them with the help of my magical team who believe in books & films as much as I do.

Yet another USP is that I have an amazing film making team who also capture every life in the most splendid way for posterity. We use augmented reality to make them spring to life in a way that nobody else does.

Have a story to tell? Get in touch with me on vanaja@sumeriaangrowthpartners.com.

Let’s share your story… The world is waiting to discover you…


Life is the best teacher

“Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” 

Most of our experiences in life are based on our perceptions. There is no absolute truth except occurences of nature. Even there, sunrise in the east is the time for sunset in the west. “Tum dinko agar raat kaho toh woh bhi sach hai.” End of the day, as I hit my middle age I realize that everybody’s truth depends on their perception. So what are we arguing for & about?

Let’s just be and let the others be.

Let’s do what works for us and let the others do whatever suits them.

If we don’t agree with someone, it’s absolutely fine. We can agree to disagree.

If someone close to you is being constantly negative, the best option for us is to move out of their space.

Self preservation is the first human instinct. So it’s absolutely fine to do anything to stay true to yourself.


Everything is the way it should be…


As you look back on your life, you will often realize that many of the times you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were in fact being redirected to something better. You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen. Because sometimes the truths you can’t change, end up changing you and helping you grow. Everything is as it should be. It’s crazy how you always end up where you’re meant to be – how even the most tragic and stressful situations eventually teach you important lessons that you never dreamed you were going to learn.

Remember, often times when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place. Not until you are lost in this world can you begin to find your true self. Realizing you are lost is the first step to living the life you want. The second step is leaving the life you don’t want. Making a big life change is pretty scary. But you know what’s even scarier? Regret.

Vision without action is a daydream, and action without vision is a nightmare. Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it. It’s usually the deepest pain which empowers you to grow to your full potential. It’s the scary, stressful choices that end up being the most worthwhile. Without pain, there would be no change. But remember, pain, just like everything in life, is meant to be learned from and then released.

One of the hardest decisions you will ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or take another step forward. If you catch yourself in a cycle of trying to change someone, or defending yourself against someone who is trying to change you, walk away. But if you are pursuing a dream, take another step. And don’t forget that sometimes this step will involve modifying your dream, or planning a new one – it’s OK to change your mind or have more than one dream.

You have to take care of yourself first. Before befriending others, you have to be your own friend. Before correcting others, you have to correct yourself. Before making others happy, you have to make yourself happy. It’s not called selfishness, it’s called personal development. Once you balance yourself, only then can you balance the world around you.

One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you. As long as you are worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them. Only when you require no approval from outside yourself, can you own yourself.

You may need to be single for awhile before you realize that, although the co-owned belongings from your failed relationships might not have been divided equally, the issues that destroyed the relationships likely were. For how can you stand confidently alone, or see the same issues arising in your newest relationship, and not realize which broken pieces belong to you? Owning your issues, and dealing with them, will make you far happier in the long run, than owning anything else in this world.

The only thing you can absolutely control is how you react to things out of your control. The more you can adapt to the situations in life, the more powerful your highs will be, and the more quickly you’ll be able to bounce back from the lows in your life.

Put most simply: being at peace means being in a state of complete acceptance of all that is, right here, right now. Some people will lie to you. Remember, an honest enemy is better than a friend who lies. Pay less attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do. Their actions will show you the truth, which will help you measure the true quality of your relationship in the long-term.

If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough. If you are thankful for what you do have, you will end up having even more. Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul. Abundance is not about how much you have, it’s how you feel about what you have.

When you take things for granted, your happiness gets taken away. Yes, you have failed in the past. But don’t judge yourself by your past, you don’t live there anymore.

Just because you’re not where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be there someday. You can turn it all around in the blink of an eye by making a simple choice to stand back up – to try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again. Everything is going to be alright; maybe not today, but eventually.

There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t. Sure the sun stops shining sometimes, and you may get a huge thunderstorm or two, but eventually the sun will come out to shine. Sometimes it’s just a matter of us staying as positive as possible in order to make it to see the sunshine break through the clouds again.

Timeless Truths…

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender

be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

and listen to others,

even the dull and the ignorant;

they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,

you may become vain and bitter;

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs;

for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals;

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love;

for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment

it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,

be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,

no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,

whatever you conceive Him to be,

and whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.