What Motivated me to Blog?

To start with, let me tell you about the motivation behind my first blog post. It’s not that I had plans to write a blog from a long time or that I wanted to start my blog just for the heck of showing off to the world.  Then, what motivated me to blog?

Although, I am an Internet savvy person and love to engage in social networking in whatever possible and meaningful way, yet I had no plans to write on anything till recently. It was on March 1,  when I read the tweet of Mrs. Rashmi Bansal (Author of the last year’s Best Seller – Stay Hungry Stay Foolish) asking for sharing placement experience on which is going to be based her next blog. In order to get featured in her blog, I quickly started my Microsoft Word and started writing my experience. Within an hour’s time, I was able to finish up writing my experience and immediately after I mailed her the document describing my experience. A day after, I received her reply:

“Wonderful – well written – and congratulations”

This was motivating enough to make me start a blog. I always thought that I was not a good writer and as such writing a blog was never something serious stuff for me. But now having started, I’ll try my best to do justice to my blog.

I would love to receive your comments on my posts because it’s only the readers who can do justice to a piece of writing. I hope you won’t mind if I make use of my art, so-called Poor Jokes by almost everybody, to make my blogs more interesting! With this short post, I would mark the beginning of my blog!

Caution: Reading my blogs can be injurious to people who get irritated by Poor Jokes (PJs). Due diligence has been taken to inform such readers beforehand!

15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Yogesh on March 5, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Congratulations!!! 🙂


  2. Congratulations VJ……and your PJs are actually quite good (usually :P)….so keep them coming! 🙂


  3. Hi Jindal, well its good that you started writing a blog. I promise that i will be a regular visitor to your blog. But I would appreciate if you can clarify a few things. Well one of my doubts is- was the book that you mentioned (SHSF) a best seller ? I doubt if it was.I have not even read it but i heard its about people who did not take up jobs or resigned from theirs at some stage to start their own ventures. One of those startups was Subhiksha which is a flop. Secondly, I simply did not like the title of the book. We all know where it came from. I mean isn’t it stupid that you cannot even manage to find a catchy title for your book and you have to lift that from someone’s speech :(. Well I may be completely wrong here (I have not read the book and subhiksha may be doing well, I am talking about the time when I was in India)but since this is an informal discussion, I thought better discuss my thoughts with you than to keep those to myself.


    • Thanks Virag sir for showing your commitment to my blog!

      SHSF was indeed a best-seller. I myself saw it in the reviews of may magazines. Check out India Today’s list of Bestsellers: http://www.stayhungrybook.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/indiatodaymar.jpg
      Even Outlook magazine mentioned it as a surprise Bestseller under the heading “A Peckish Pull”: http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?261640
      It featured only the pass-outs of IIM-Ahemdabad who at some point of time started their own ventures. When this book was published, Subhiksha was not a failure. But failures are bound to occur. Who knows a venture which is highly successful may not even exist at all tomorrow!
      When I met Rashmi ma’am during one of our events, I was discussing with her about the title of her forthcoming book which is going to be released on March 10, 2010 (i.e. next week). She was open to admit that the title of her last book SHSF was taken from the speech of Steve Jobs, if I can remember correctly. It was primarily because she didn’t feel any other title could suit her book more than the present one. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it as long as there is candid admission of this fact.


  4. Wah bhai wah!!!!!!!

    Nice to know but bhaisahab warning aapne aapke blog k end me likha hai!!!!!!!!

    What if some1 dies of an attack before it reaches the disclaimer!!!!! 😉


    • Gaurav bhai, that’s why I didn’t crack any PJ in my very first blog post. Now, assuming readers having read the warning, I can freely crack my PJs in my subsequent posts. So, I won’t take the responsibility of any casualty resulting from reading my blog. My liability is limited to be a partner in one’s grief!


  5. Hi Varun, thanks for writing back. I understand what you wrote and I completely agree that failures are bound to happen. But I simply cannot digest this that Steve Jobs gave a wonderful speech at this convocation of Stanford and you lift your title straight from that. By the way, did Rashmi ma’am (why are you being so formal dude :)) acknowledge in the preface or something of SFSH that the title has come from some speech ? Anyways, enough on this now 🙂 . Look forward to your next post.


  6. Hi VJ…..I came for a ‘look at how things are going’ on your blog and saw 8 comments! Great going! 😀

    Virag….Hi. I read your comment and wanted to put my POV on it. I’ve read both the book and the Steve Jobs speech. The speech before the book. And, have gone to that speech many times for inspiration. The reason I picked the book up from the shelf in the bookstore was its title. ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’ immediately reminding me of that loved speech. So, the title was definitely catchy. It was also appropriate because the book had the same message as the speech- follow your dreams.

    That the title should bring the right associations to mind is more important than the title being original, as per me.

    These are my two cents in the discussion 🙂


  7. Hi VJ and Jap. Did some American/English author ever used a speech from some Ambani or Narayanmurthy to find a title for his book ? The only thing that bugs me is- why this obsession with the west ? 😦 . I am sorry if I sound more patriotic than anything else.


  8. I has been almost 2 years since I left Infosys. After having come to college, I had to leave the old culture of calling everyone by their first names. Now, I am used to ‘School’ culture. I’ll get back to the old culture once I join the corporate world again.


  9. Posted by savin on March 7, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    VJ’s PJ filled blog… waiting for more


  10. Posted by aseemrastogi2 on March 7, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    welcome to the blogging community buddy!!! gr8 2 c here..keep up the good work 🙂


  11. Posted by Im_adi on April 25, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Hi there. I am working in infosys and want to join good B-School. So i find u as role model. Lol so subscribed to ur blog. Keep posting your experiences and things we working professionals should do to join b school. Thanks.


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