Want to become a good boss? Read Indra Nooyi’s 7-point guide on managing work, life



‘Leave the crown in the garage’, sounds like advice every boss (and employee) should abide, but unfortunately you’ll often find workplace complaints that show otherwise. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi recently took to LinkedIn to write an aptly-titled (“Leave the crown in the garage”) column not just for budding CEOs but for anyone who could do with some career advice (now, can’t we all! Especially if it’s coming from her).

Having set goals not just for women and little girls, who often grow up saying they want to be like her, but anyone who wants to lead, Nooyi would be anyone’s ideal person for advice on running a Fortune 500 company in the 21st century.

Her seven lessons translate into the seven characteristics of a great leader: Vision. Persistence. Persuasion. Listening. Learning. Collaborating. Humility.

And thankfully, for us, she managed to put down seven critical lessons she has learned along the way:

Lesson 1: Everyone needs a vision

Nooyi starts off with quoting the Book of Proverbs, “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” adding that this applies to any workplace. Talking about taking the reins at PepsiCo, Nooyi’s first lesson is for anyone starting at a new job. And, regardless of the position, the learning remains the same, “be responsive to the needs of the world around us. Come up with a vision that inspires people”.

Lesson 2: Think hard about time

Nooyi’s second learning is the need of the hour, not only for good leadership but also a green planet. She takes us back to a cartoon by ‘The New Yorker’ with the: “Yes, the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time, we created a lot of value for shareholders.”

Drawing from this, Nooyi stresses on the need “to balance short-term and long-term interests, and think hard about your time horizon”. This one is o ..

Lesson 3: Ensure that culture change sticks

There will always be criticism. But, there will always be supporters too. Just as long as you believe in yourself and face the resistance. Nooyi’s next lesson is the “importance of persuasion”.

Lesson 4: Listen carefully

The third lesson is incomplete without this one. The fourth lesson talks about the most important part of persuasion: listening.
So, listen! Don’t let your position stop you from being open to ideas, ideas that may come from anywhere, ideas that you may not want to hear. But when you listen, you’ll always come out better, a person and a CEO.

Lesson 5: Be a student for life

Never stop learning. Never stop exploring. Talk to people, take courses, and go out in the real world. Citing references from her own life, Nooyi’s shares her fifth lesson “keep learning”. She recently took a course on Big Data, but learning she says comes not only in the form of new courses (which are very important, considering the age we are living in), but also by getting out of the office and seeing things up close.

Lesson 6: People are everything

If you had to have one rule to lead a team, it should be this! As Nooyi rightfully puts it, “the success of an enterprise usually comes down to one thing: the team.” Happy employees work better, which is directly proportional to the growth of your organisation. But keeping them happy has to go beyond just the job. “In today’s world, you need to appeal not only to your employees’ heads, but to their hearts.” Nooyi, who often writes app ..

Lesson 7: Leave the crown in the garage

As hard as you work to make a job work, remember you are more than an employee. And yes, work is important but family, and you, shouldn’t come second. And yes, there will be days when the balancing act will get more difficult than usual, days when you need to make a choice. So Nooyi wants us to “come together, as corporations and as a society to support workers who are caring for young children, aging parents, or both.”







Your looks matter!!

“You will always be judged first on the basis of your appearance before anything else.”

What is it like to be Poor!!!


Too lengthy. Just read the sentences/words in bold if you don’t have the time/interest.

June 2007: I secured a seat in one the finest engineering colleges in India. The fact that it was in my home town was an added advantage. I was over the moon, I got what I strived for. We were a family of four. My mother was a house maker, dad worked in a private auto-mobile company and brother was studying in the seventh standard.We lived in a small apartment, I had a pentium 2 computer and my dad had a two wheeler. We were a happyhappy family.
We were a happy and self sufficient family overall.

August 2007: My classes started and Computer Science was what I always wanted to study. First month in to the college, I made new friends, learnt so many new things. It was amazing.

Meanwhile, my dad had a very good colleague, me and my brother called him Watermelon Suresh Uncle from our childhood( I don’t remember the exact reason for the prefix). Dad and him had been working in the same company from 12 years. They were  the best of friends.

September 2007: I started feeling insecure when I used to hang out with my friends, everybody had a bike and “branded clothes” were the attribute with which people were being judged( or at least I felt so). I placed thedemand for a two wheeler and you know, money to buy “branded clothes”. My parents fulfilled everything. I had a bike, three new branded jeans and four branded t-shirts. All n the span of one month.I still remember going to college wearing my brand new Levi’s jeans thinking everybody will notice and admire. Apparently, except the gang which always talks about branded clothes, nobody gave a damn.

November 2007: I seemed to have everything, I attended classes, my longing for branded clothes was reduced. But wait, I didn’t have a touch screen phone. I raised a demand, this time I had to argue. My parents were reluctant. How could they be? I had do all sorts of melodrama to get it approved. Yes, I got a touchscreen phone.

Jan 2008: I was happy, but wait, my computer was too old for an CS undergrad who was getting good grades.I wanted a laptop. You know, all the cool guys in the college have one. I raised a demand, this time, the answer was a flat NO. I knew i was demanding too much. So, what next, after days of pleading, my dad agreed to buy me one after two months. I decided to “manage” for those two months with my Pentium.

Feb 2008: It was getting difficult for my dad to mange all new  expenses. He decided to change his company for a hike. He moved into one more auto major, and things were fine. He liked the new company. I even got a chance to visit this company.

April 2008: As promised I got my new laptop. Yaay. This had a graphics card too. I loved playing Need for Speed Most Wanted on this. My studies got a little affected by my gaming,

Fast forward

Here comes the twist
Dec 2008: Remember Suresh Uncle? Well, dad had lost contact with him after he switched the comapany. So, Mr Suresh had taken a loan of 50,000 INR in 2005, the loan was supposed to be for five years. And guess who provided the surety for that? Yes, you got it right, my dad. Apparently Uncle had only six EMI’s and the interest was getting accumulated, Dad gets a notice to home. He tried to reach his once closest buddy. He couldn’t. He was absconding from the company from three months. After a full month of rigorous search, we finaly found out where his wife and children stayed( they had shifted to another house). But it was of no use, they said they had disowned him because of his bad habits and they had no clue about his whereabouts.

The EMI was too much, and interest getting accumulated every month. My father could, in no way pay the instalments.How could he, when it was even more than his salary.
We sold all our jewellery and my bike, we somehow afforded to meet ends for two months.

There was one thing which was worrying me, my college fees and my brother’s school fees. I knew it was impossible. I applied for aneducational loan, and got it.( I still remember the face of the bank manager).

My fees is done. What about my brother’s, what about the remaining instalments?
My parents had given me everything they could. I felt it was my turn now. Imade a decision, to join a BPO. My family did not approve of it. They were planning to sell our small apartment, which was disastrous according to me. ( The money obtained would not be sufficient). After a lot of persauation, I joined a BPO, I explained my problems to the HR and they put me in the night shifts.


From May 2009 to August 2011 I worked for 9 hours in the night and went to college during the day. It was the toughest phase of my life.
I slept precisely for 3 hours, extending till 4 or 4.5 hours if you could include sleeping in my cab during my travel to office.

I had many things to take care of. I knew I had to study harder. I knew my grades matter the most. I wanted to get placed in a good company.

Some days I just felt like giving up college, I wasn’t able to handle it anymore. I requested my manager in my company to schedule my weekly offs only in the weekdays. I’m glad he agreed, this made me give entire two nights for my studies. I never told any of my lecturers or colleagues/manager about my situation. I did not want any unfair advantage over others for anything. I still remember the night when I finished a whole data structures book.

I got promoted at my office It was going very good and I considered having a career in the BPO industry.

Some days I did not have anything to eat. Mom used to prepare in the morning, but I would wake up late. I was mostly on 9PM to 5AM shift, I reached home by 5:45 or 6, sleep at 6 15 and get up at 8 45. College was at 10, so I had to leave home by 9 30. Sometimes I would not get up at 8 45, I would extend till 9, which gave me no time to pack my food. Mom used to leave home at 8. She had started teaching at a nearby primary school. I found everything near my college costly. I used to just take 5 buns for 10 rupees and eat them. (My “branded clothes” friends did offer me a lot of monetary support in terms of canteen, lunch etc but I declined all of them). Buns are healthy. I used to drink coffee on some days. I was literally out of every friends gang in our college because I had no time to hang out.I used to sleep if some class got cancelled.

One day, I applied for a leave from the office. My manager was surprised since it was my first leave since I joined. I prepared my resume and took my dads old income tax file and put all my certificates inside it. I failed my first three interviews, in the technical round. I couldn’t attempt the fourth company. Fifth,rejected after HR. Sixth, not even first round. I came home and cried. I did not know what to do. BPO? I was getting 16,000 INR per month. My mom tried to console me. She fed me that day. I still can’t forget that day.

My resume was not shortlisted in the seventh company. Eighth company it was.
I got placed in one of the best companies that came to my college.

I am happily working now, all loans being cleared, dad bought a car recently. But I still use the same laptop which my father bought. It’s too old for somebody like me( haha, just kidding).Brother is doing his engineering in the same college as mine. My marks cards are in the same file till date. Our apartment hasn’t changed, nor our strength as a family.

Effect of this on my current life.

  • I get a lot of time to sleep now, but I don’t sleep. I utilize my time in doing something useful for the society. I clean the drinking water facility near my apartment every week.
  • I never waste money, not even a single buck. I don’t pay any beggars. I buy food and give it to them. 10% of my salary is used in this regard.
  • I use a basic phone(the touchscreen samsung is with my bro, and yes, it still works). My colleagues ask me to at least buy a phone which supports internet, but I never the need.
  • I do not have an account in any of the social networking sites. I feel, they are a waste of time. I joined Quora after I saw one of Oliver Emberton’s answer on productivity.
  • I avoid eating at restaurants, I try to manage with noodles/bread whenever I’m out. In some rare situations, I try to find the cheapest restaurant possible.
  • I call up all the people who have helped me through my tough times once every month to keep in touch and to thank them.
  • My family has been my greatest support. From a spoilt brat to what I am now, I owe a lot to my family. We go to the temple every Friday to thank god for giving us the strength to come out of the toughest phase of our life

I want to convey the following things to young people out there:

  • Your parents are your biggest support. Never trouble them. They always think for your good. Obey them.
  • Don’t get carried away by “show off” friends as I did. Branded clothes, bikes, fancy phones, all these things do not matter.
  • Spend money wisely. If possible try to open a savings account and save your extra money there .

I had tears in my eyes while writing this, it’s 2 AM in the night, life teaches you lessons, sometimes the hard way, I’m proud to have learned it.

I’m writing it anon because I don’t like Social attention. I hate it. Suresh Uncle, if you are reading this,I would thank you, for you were the reason I changed, I have become a better human,

Untold Story


A few months back, I was on my way to reach a movie theatre where my girlfriend was waiting for me. I was late already, so I had to rush on my two wheeler.

Suddenly, an old lady, maybe around 70 stood beside the road  stretching her hand to get a lift. I was late, but I couldn’t resist stopping.
She sat on my bike and when I was about to start, she said “Son, Please stop. I have lost my medicine. They would have fallen on the road from my bag when I was walking. They are very costly and I can’t afford to buy again”.

I stopped immediately and she got down. She was worried and almost cried. When she was getting down, I saw some bandages on her back. She asked me to help her find them. I parked my bike beside the road and started searching for her medicine. At last, I found them and I gave it to her. She felt very relieved and thanked me.

Then, we came back to the place where I parked my bike and we started. On my way, I asked about her bandages and why she was alone.

She said, “My husband died after we had a boy. Then all the responsibility was on me. I raised my child with great difficulty. He was a good student, he got a scholarship for his study and everything was going well. He got a job and we moved into a good place.
One day on his way back home, he got into an accident. I had to sell everything for his treatment. But, unfortunately, after two months, he passed away. I was all alone and had no one. After my husband’s death, I knew I had to move on and raise the child. I loved my child and he was everything for me. After his death, I had no reason to live. But, I thought life has to move on and worked for my living.
Few days back, I had a surgery and I was discharged today. I couldn’t walk all the way home and God sent you my son.”

After listening to her story, I had no words. I dropped her at her place and gave her my mobile number and said, “Think of me as your second son and feel free to call me at any time for any kind of help. From now, you will be going to hospital along with me.”

She smiled and said, “Son, I am glad you said that. I don’t need any financial help from you. Come to see me when you are free, that’s all I need”.

From then, I visited her whenever I was free, took care of her medical needs without letting her know.

She passed away a few days back. I took care of her rituals in the place of her son.



                     “NEVER make someone your priority; if, to them, you’re just an option.”

                          “Trust me, “I love you too” has spoiled more lives than any other answer here.”

                      “There will come a time, when it dawns upon you that some people can stay in your heart but no more in your life.”

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you  can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no  one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are –  completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not  because you think someone else wants you to be different.” – Stacey Charter


Electromagnetic waves


Electromagnetic waves are formed when
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red arrows). The magnetic and electric
fields of an electromagnetic wave are
perpendicular to each other and to the
direction of the wave. James Clerk
Maxwell and Heinrich Hertz are two
scientists who studied how
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Heart Touching Story



A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call asap, changed his clothes & went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy’s father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor.

On seeing him, the dad yelled:
“Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”

The doctor smiled & said:
“I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call…… And now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work”

“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??” said the father angrily

The doctor smiled again & replied: “I will say what Job said in the Holy Book “From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God”. Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace”

“Giving advises when we’re not concerned is so easy” Murmured the father.

The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy,
“Thank goodness!, your son is saved!” And without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running. “If you have any questions, ask the nurse!!”

“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait some minutes so that I ask about my son’s state” Commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.

The nurse answered, tears coming down her face: “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was at the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to finish his son’s burial.”

Moral: Never judge anyone….. because you never know how their life is & what they’re going through”