How taking up minimalism helped me get better at pool

I have been consciously practicing minimalism for over six months now. However I still have difficulties defining to others what minimalism is. Perhaps the most commonly used explanation for minimalism is getting rid of things that do not add value to one’s life.

My pursuit of minimalism did not just stop with getting rid of things. As soon as I was done downsizing my things, I began to wonder what the next step of minimalism could be – Can I minimalise my online activity? Can I minimalise at work?  Can I minimalise my habits? Can I minimalise my food intake and lead a healthier life? Can I minimalise the thoughts in my head? I can positively say minimalising is addictive. Here’s why.

It is addictive as the benefits are rewarding and almost immediate. As I began minimizing my clothes, I spent lesser time getting ready, meaning I slept more. My shelves magically became larger as I now could keep my clothes on hangers and not need to fold and stack them up. I stacked up all of my houseowner’s kitchenware in one corner and removed some of the ‘utilities’ that were not living up to their names. Voila, I had less items to clean & arrange!

Perhaps the one benefit I did not imagine in my wildest dreams was how minimalism helped me become a better player at pool. While I was thinking on more avenues where I could apply this change in my frame of mind, I thought to myself,

“What if, I halved the speed of my shots?”

Within a game or two, I realized I was able to strike the ball with higher accuracy compared to before. With higher accuracy, I was more efficient in disposing off the balls.

Another advantage was that with lesser power on the shot, I was able to predict where the cue ball would end up post each shot and hence plan ahead to my next shot.

Minimalism has proved once again that more can be achieved with less!


Disclaimer: For all purposes, I am only a novice at pool. Until very recently, the closest I got to being professional was when playing pool was “a state of mind” 🙂 So take my advice with a pinch, actually, a lot of salt!

Brilliant football analysis – Goalkeeping tips

As a kid, I had always wanted to have a football coach. Though I was super keen to learn and had some sort of football awareness, I never really had a coach or mentor to help me get better.Plus it was the nineties and there was Sachin, so football stood no chance to develop in Chennai.

Watching some of these videos, I sometimes wonder how amazingly lucky this generation is.

Here, Gary Neville explains some of the developments of David De Gea over the years. With the use of technology, we are easily able to understand how posture can decide the outcome of any situation. As an excuse to my frail frame, I used to joke that football is a sport played in the mind, however this video simply takes my statement and covers it with gold!


3D model – Old Trafford

2016 was a year when I completed quite a few puzzles. Usually they were 1000 piece puzzles like these three.


However I wanted to step up my game and try my hand at something more challenging. Hence I requested for a 3D model puzzle of Old Trafford – the stadium of my favorite club – Manchester United.

The puzzle itself was more complicated than I expected. Though the pieces were numbered, I still had to understand which way to twist each piece and where it would fit in.


The detailed step to step guide was pretty helpful, however it was still mentally challenging to understand the way each piece interacted with others & being one of those engineers that cruised through college without getting hands-on with anything, I had more than one moment of exasperation.

The brittleness of the cardboard pieces did not help either & in the end I had to make some compromises. However I am quite happy with the end result. As my manager remarked, “It is not perfect, neither are we!”.

One thing is for sure, I will never look at Old Trafford the same way again. I have a new found respect for the stadium. “Theatre of Dreams” will no longer be a phrase in my life, but an emotion.




PS: If you want to have a shot at building the stadium, here is the link – Old Trafford – Manchester United

5 changes in my attitude at work that came about through playing football once again

Originally posted on LinkedIn about 6 months ago

Having moved to Bangalore about two quarters back, I have been the recipient of friendly weather as compared to Noida where it is jittery cold for 6 months and hot as hell the other 6 months of the year. Unlike my usual lazy self, I have pushed myself to get back to playing the sport I am most passionate about – Football.

Yes it did help me to keep myself fit and my mind sharp, however what I did not realize was that I would one day draw parallels between the way I play and the work I do. Here are 5 changes in attitude at work brought out as a direct result of playing football. I hope this serves as motivation for you to take up fitness more seriously as well as work in a better manner.

1. Be the bumble bee!

Playing at the central midfield position, I came to realize that the toughest route to score a goal was to go through. In most instances, it is alright.. and required, to float about the field and string a few passes with team mates before that final pass becomes viable.

At work, being from an engineering background and having trained to ace in math, it is natural for us to think of solutions as either right or wrong. However it makes more sense to float around the problem for more time and work with different teams to overcome difficulties and obtain your final goal.

2. Someone has to be keeper!

It is true. We all want to score goals. However no one wants to save them! It takes guts to stand between those poles knowing that you could potentially make a fool of yourself any second. But hey, someone has to be keeper!

Likewise, I have never been comfortable with understanding the mechanics of coding. Looking at a page source or a code flow would have me want to fake a faint or run for cover. However I have been the fool on the field many times in recent past. So with that knowledge I tried to solve a pertinent issue along with some developers. The output turned out to be the most significant win for me during this quarter… I struck (Fool’s) gold! (Hey, increasing the supply levels for your country by 20% within a day is no joke!)

3. You win as a team…. Period!

I could try taking 10 opponents on and score the goal. Christiano Ronaldo is still dreaming to achieve this feat…. So in theory that puts me on level terms with Christiano… Wow!

Truth being said, you win as a team. But you lose because you stayed individuals.

And engineers are my team too!!

4.Work gets done if others run for you

I know this is pure evil, but hey…. works! Trust me.

5. Work your socks off… and please take time off to wash them.

It is important to cool off after every game. Maybe a couple of minutes to review how things went.. A word or two of how things could have been better… A fight or two about who was shoddy on that day. In the end, remember it is just a game and you came out stronger & wiser than when you began…

And finally.. please wash your dirty socks … get them fresh and go again.


Pssst….If you dint… Everyone would know!!!


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Here is a link to their Facebook page – SportHoodSarjapur