In early retirement, we have the opportunity to make life easy, maybe too easy. And while that may sound great (no commute! no travel at the most crowded times!), a life that’s too easy is actually bad for us. Let’s dig into why that is and what we should all do instead.
We arrived in Mumbai to stay at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. This is a heritage, five-star, luxury hotel built in the Saracenic Revival style in the Colaba region. The Gateway to India is in front of it.
The hotel has 560 rooms and 44 suites with 1600 staff.
This became one of the main sites during the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Ten men associated with the terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba stormed the building. After three days, nine of the gunmen were killed during the Indian commando raid. One attacker survived. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman, was executed in November 2012.
The group apparently wanted to strike a blow against Indian wealth and progress. Security was much tighter when we stayed there.
Security was especially tight in the airports where security have heavily armored placements throughout. I didn’t have enough nerve to take a picture of such a placement since photos were quite forbidden.
We were doing a simple walk about during our first days in Mumbai. This is when we came across this cafe. I was not aware of its notoriety at the time.
We generally knew that the cafe was mentioned extensively in the novel Shantaram and its sequel The Mountain Shadow, which is why we stopped. It was particularly known as a popular hangout for foreign tourists.
The cafe became an early site of gunfire and grenade explosions during the 2008 Mumbai attacks by terrorists on Nov 26, at about 9:30 PM. The terrorists sprayed the restaurant with bullets from inside the restaurant from outside. They killed 10 persons and injured many others. The restaurant was extensively damaged during the attacks.
Afterward, the cafe became popular with many Indians to commemorate the spirit of defiance. The Leopold Cafe has preserved some of the signs of the attack as a memorial.
#india #mumbai #leopold
Does a company need guiding principles? I volunteered to have a look at some of ours to see if I could condense them somewhat. Which of course led to the first question; What do they accomplish?
Principles reflect your vision, mission, strategic interests, and core values and constitute a broad philosophy that guides an organization. They become part of the brand, which includes everything you say or do.
So guiding principles should then imbue everything you say or do. This includes the type of deals you construct, the people you hire, the person you want to become.
#management #leadership #business #motivation #culture #competencies #personaldevelopment
These giants from Buddhist mythology are the yaksha. These warriors keep away evil spirits (not me apparently) and can be seen at a number of temples in Thailand. These are from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
There are guardian Yaksha but also evil Yaksha who haunt wild places and devour travelers. They seem to include a broad class of nature-spirits, usually benevolent, but sometimes mischievous or capricious. They are associated with with water, fertility, trees, the forest, treasure and wilderness.
Interestingly, male yaksas are either fearsome warriors or portly and stout. Females are known as yaksinis and are generally beautiful young women. The one above seems to have a well-developed chest, but we are told that this is supposed to be a male.
We toured a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments built by the Kachwaha Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh in 1734. A Unesco World Heritage site, Jantar Mantar features the world’s largest stone sundial. This photo shows the observation deck of the vrihat samrat yantra (the world’s largest sundial)
With the instruments you can observe astronomical positions with the naked eye. The observatory demonstrates Ptolemaic positional astronomy which was shared by many civilizations.
I found it interesting that the word zealous automatically made me think of the word jealous. One is a very positive action, while the other is very negative emotion.
You could have someone that was zealously jealous. Taking extreme actions to express their emotionally jealousy.
But I am not sure you could have someone that was jealously zealous. This seems that someone is still showing zealous actions but expressing in a jealous way.
I would suggest avoiding both types of person as being somewhat unbalanced.
One of our tours in New Dehli was the Bahai House of Worship, also known as the Lotus Temple. This was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple. CNN reported it as the most visited building in the world in 2015 with perhaps 4 million visits per year.
There appears to be over 2 million Bahai worshipers in India at this time. We managed to get in just as they were finishing a service. The singing was quite sublime.
I am not sure most would agree with the following statement, but some of the research shows that the growth of the Bahai Faith in India has been greatly assisted by the recognition of Krishna as a Messenger or Manifestation of God, alongside Jesus, Muhammad, Zarathustra and Baha u llah himself.
I was just reading a posting from Ramblings from Retirement which I just re-posted below. So many things struck home. His comment about how tea came in one flavour, tea flavour. My favorite was some of the difficulties in connecting his new type of TV to his system.
My favorite tea is now a white tea called Buddha’s blend. A series of different flavours combined with things that were never considered tea in the past.
I realized that life now comes with a lot more in the way of instructions than it ever did before. That level of complexity appears to be necessary in order to achieve this retiring life of simplicity we are now aiming for. Thoreau said ‘simplify, simplify, but I don’t think we can get there from here anymore.
#retirement #life #thoreau #motivation
Sunday Mrs M made reference over a meal with family how I used to be merely a carrots and peas person before I met her. That is totally true. It got me thinking how much simpler food was back in the sixties when vegetable options such as mange tout and broccoli were not even heard […]