Subodh Gajare, you do you!

500 push ups were always possible!

You Do You: Subodh Gajare
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Hey, I’m Subodh Gajare, a 49 year old from Bangalore, and I’m a seeker, an explorer, and an innovator.

HOW DO YOU DO YOU?

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To me, happiness revolves around good health, spending time with nature, and abundance in everything we do and think of. I’m truly happy when I get to eat good food, I get enough physical exercise on a regular basis, and I’m mentally strong.

If my life was a book, it would be called ‘A Seeker’s Shared Life.’

SPONTANEOUS, QUIRKY ME

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The most spontaneous thing that I have ever done, is decide at about 12:00am, to leave for a long drive at 04:00am!

I’m the kind of person who can do push-ups anywhere, and on any terrain on this planet (shirtless)!

I LOVE

I love sharing experiences with family and friends, and the fact that we listen to each other’s stories and thoughts without inhibition.

My three favourite simple joys are conversations with strangers, smelling old books, and dancing in the rain!

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Overeating is my guilty pleasure. I can eat up to 23 Vada Pavs in one sitting, and 18 Rotis, and a whole lot more! Good thing I love physical exercise, and I can do those push-ups anywhere, hehe! Even when I feel low, I usually put on some good music and workout to it.

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GIVE THANKS

I’m very grateful for my growth mindset. There’s always new things to learn, and one never stops growing as a person.

I’m really grateful for Mugs, my wife, and for God, for being the pillar of my strength. They’re on my speed dial, and I’ll always cherish that.

The one act of kindness that I’ll never forget is my father buying me a bicycle when I was 14 years old.

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BEST ADVICE EVER

The best advice I’ve ever received is to argue with your limitations. Sure enough they’re true.

If I had only 10 years to live, I’d get into good shape, thank all the people who played roles in making me the person I am today, and I’d spend more time with them.

Dear 15 year old self… 500 push-ups were always possible!

Dear 60 year old self…time to appreciate the true nothings in your life!

ALL-TIME FAVOURITES?

Favourite Quote:

“Your open mindset takes you further than any book, intellect or skill.”

Favourite Movies:

  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Schindler’s List
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Favourite Books:

  • Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capi
  • All About Words, by Morris Rosenblaum
  • The Art of Possibilities, Benjamin Zander

Favourite Songs:

  • Nothing’s Gonna Change my Love for You
  • Dancing Queen, by ABBA
  • El Lute, by Boney M
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Favourite Games:

  • Carrom
  • Scrabble
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Crossword Puzzles

Favourite Fairytales:

  • The Lion King
  • Aladdin
  • Tarzan
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YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORIES?

Some of my beloved childhood memories are sleeping in the pastures of my birthplace, my grandfather teaching me so many things, like the ancient bullock cart, how to water pulley (this was back in the 1980s!), and watching him share his food with workers.

One food that makes me all fuzzy is the Pithla-Bhakri, which is a Marathi dish that’s basically Besan-Roti.

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“True, the sun and the wind inspire. But rain has an edge. Who, after all, dreams of dancing in dust? Or kissing in the bright sun?”

Cynthia Barnett, American Journalist

FINDING HOOGAH DURING COVID

The toughest thing for me during the lockdown is that I’m missing the joy of being one with my parents, in-laws, and work colleagues. The biggest takeaway from the pandemic is that we’re all learning the art of listening to others, keeping judgment and inhibitions aside.

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The good outcome of the lockdown for me would be the ability to carve out time for my passions, and the ability to seek out wisdom from pools of data. I’ve been learning LOFEL [Lots of Fun with English Language], and Fun with Vedic Mathematics.

I find pockets of happy by seeking out people to connect to, with no hidden agenda in mind. And if I had one thing to say to everyone during these times, it would be four words: ‘This too shall pass.’

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