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It is not everyday that one gets to interview the Prime Minister of India. In an exclusive interview with YourStory’s Shradha Sharma, the Prime Minister opens up like never before on the last four-and-a-half years of his tenure and answers questions not put to him earlier.

No matter which side of the political fence you’re on, you’d agree that this first-of-a-kind opportunity to a homegrown Indian media firm that thrives on telling inspirational stories about entrepreneurs and changemakers, says a lot about how far the Indian startup ecosystem has come.

Shradha writes, “As we entered the gates of 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, I reflected on the fact that my presence in these hallowed grounds indicated a massive shift in the attitude towards entrepreneurs and startups, and I sent up a silent thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey over the past decade.”

In the hour-long interview, the Prime Minister talked about new India, the Indian startup ecosystem, MSMEs, women entrepreneurs, and more. The Prime Minister was also pleasantly honest when asked whether he ever imagined he would hold the topmost position in the country. He replied matter-of-factly, “No. In fact, at the time, even if I had got a small-time job, my mother would have distributed ‘gur’ (jaggery) to everyone in my village.”

This set the tone for the interview that followed. Shradha writes, “The Prime Minister was direct, candid, and answered my questions with patience and a wry sense of humour that I hadn’t expected.”

Read the full interview here.

We, at YourStory, would like to thank all of you who have been part of our journey so far. We are here because of you.

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“If a man can reduce his needs to zero, he is truly free: there is nothing that can be taken from him and nothing anyone can do to hurt him.” –John Boyd

Food For Thought
Living In A State Of Apatheia

There once was a Roman trader named Stilbo, who often traveled for months at a time.

One day, he returned home to find that a group of Barbarians had sacked his city and killed or kidnapped his entire family. His wife, kids, and friends were gone.

One of his companions turned to Stilbo and asked, “What have you lost?”

“I have lost nothing,” he said. “My goods are all with me.”

On the surface, this response seems incredibly cold. But Stilbo was a Stoic and had fully embraced the idea of “apatheia”. This wasn’t a cold comment, and if dissected, you’ll find it actually shows great love…

Stoicism is “an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded at Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.”

Stoics strive to live in constant “apatheia”—loosely translated as equanimity, orcontentment. The idea is to not let petty annoyances, emotions, or “passions” distract you from fully engaging in the present moment. (This piggybacks off of what we discussed yesterday about living in the moment.)

The Stoics believed that loss is one of life’s only constants. And the best way to deal with it is to fully engage with what we have while we have it.

It’s the ultimate philosophy of #NoRagrets.

For Stilbo, the goal was to love and appreciate each moment so fully, that when loss eventually arrived, it held no real power.

For a deeper analysis of stoicism and Stilbo’s story, tune in below. 😎👇

Mission Daily
Stoic Insights for Happier Relationships

Focusing on personal growth is the best way to show commitment in our relationships. In this episode, Chad and Ian discuss mental practices that will help you appropriately value time with those you care about.

Deep Dive

Curiosity + Growth = Satisfaction

“Curiosity + Growth = Satisfaction, meaning, and a journey which is a joy to reflect on. This is one of the master equations for relationships. It leads towards upliftingrelationships which get better with time, and offers us memories to reflect on when we face future loss. The journey becomes the reward, and we explore and live life fully.”

Read the essay.

Add This To Your Bookshelf:
Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium

On the surface, stoicism seems uncaring and anti-emotion. Seneca helps shift that perspective. In these letters, he “transforms [Stoicism] into a powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.”

Check it out.

Music To Help You Focus At Work

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We recommend the Deep Focus Playlist on Spotify. 🎶 🎧

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Love can not be born of mere determination; through the exercise of will one can at best be dutiful.

Love has to spring spontaneously from within; it is no way amenable to any form of inner or outer force.

Love and coercion can never go together, but while love cannot be forced upon anyone, it can be awakened through love itself.


[ From :- Over The Years With Meher Baba by Bill Le Page ( Copyright: Avatar Meher Baba P.P.C. Trust. Ahmednagar M.S. India) ]

Seasoned Pnuts Quotable


“I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.”

“It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.”

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.”

– Warren Buffett (One of the 26 billionaires whose wealth when pooled is as much as half the world)

NATIONAL VOTERS Day – GREAT WhatsApp forward Story :)

The donkey said to the tiger, ‘The grass is blue.’ Tiger said, ‘No grass is green.’
Then the discussion between the two became intense. Both of them are firm in their own words. To end this controversy, both went to Lion – King of Jungle.

In the middle of the animal kingdom, sitting on the throne was a lion. The donkey started yelling before the tiger could say anything. “Your Highness, the grass is blue, isn’t it?” Lion said, ‘Yes! The grass is blue. ‘

Donkey, ‘This tiger does not believe. Annoys me He should be punished properly. ‘ The king declared, ‘Tiger will be jailed for a year. King’s verdict was heard by donkey and he was jumping in joy in entire jungle. The tiger was sentenced to one-year jail. ‘

The Tiger went to the Lion and asked, ‘Why Your Highness! Grass is green, isn’t it? ‘ Lion said, ‘Yes! Grass is green.’ Tiger said, ‘… then why am I sentenced to jail? ‘

Lion said, “you did not get punished for the grass being blue Or green. You have been punished for debating with that stupid donkey. Brave and intelligent creatures like you have argued with a donkey and have come here to get a decision”

Moral of the story.👇
In 2019 give your vote to the best candidate.Just don’t debate with donkeys or you will be punished for the next 5 years. 😜

ROK Movement – Random Acts of Kindness. Take your pick.

  1. It’s hard to stay connected – reach out to an elderly person you know

  2. Offer to help your neighbors/friends with chores

  3. Treat a friend – buy them lunch!

  4. Know someone going through something you’ve been through? Give them advice

  5. Volunteer your time for a good cause

  6. Pay for someone else’s meal today

  7. Answer the phone in a cheerful voice – even if it is a salesperson

  8. Leave someone flowers anonymously

  9. Visit a friend who’s sick

  10. Bake something for your family/friends

O-mitted – Free Verse by Jay Parkhe



Free verse by jay

How happy are bland, obvious omissions!
Occasional, odd, obvious omissions.
Now pungent is just the thing,
To get me wondering if obvious omissions are tasteless.

I saw them wipe clean disappeared my generation; destroyed,
How I mourned the absent.
Does the absent make you shiver?
does it?

I cannot help but stop and look at the big, recently revised.
Never forget the biggish and full-grown recent devised.

Pay attention to the little left,
the little left is the most wooly piece of land of all.
Are you upset by how soft it is?
Does it tear you apart to see what’s little left, so flocculent?

Polite prefaces, however hard they try,
Will always be biases.
Do polite prefaces make you shiver?
do they?

A has-been, however hard it tries,
Will always be has-been.
Does the have-beens make you shiver?
does it?

Mankind: Jay’s FreeVerse Poetry


Free verse by jay

The partisanship that’s really thoroughgoing,
Above all others is the absolute anthropocentrism.
Ambitious, aggressive, absolute anthropocentrism.
Now pure is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the absolute anthropocentrism is thorough.

Ancient ancients, however hard they try,
Will always be ancient.
Down, down, down into the darkness of the ancient ancients,
Gently they go – the age-old, the old, the past.

Pay attention to the boundless blessedness,
the boundless blessedness is the most little happiness of all.
Does the boundless blessedness make you shiver?
does it?

I saw the big bodhisattva of my generation destroyed,
How I mourned the armed God
Now great is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the armed God is bountiful.

I cannot help but stop and look at the new Omkar.
An Omkar is unprecedented. an Omkar is unworn,
an Omkar is late, however.

All that is curst is not archaeological afterworld,
archaeological afterworld, by all account, is blessed.
Down, down, down into the darkness of the archaeological afterworld,
Gently they go – the cursed, the goddam, the infernal.