Recently on a trans-Pacific flight, I happened to watch a memorable movie with five of my all-time favorite characters – Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet with Christopher Robin of course. The movie was Christopher Robin.

It was such a throwback to my childhood days and I loved every moment of it. But my masala induced breath (Indian Vegetarian Meal at 40K feet does that to you) started becoming irregular as I had to pause the movie and take frenzied notes when I heard the dialogs mouthed below by Pooh. What was so special about these dialogs? #ReadOn

People say nothing is impossible but I do nothing every day

Such a self-effacing dialog without a hint of egotism or bravado. The typical dialog one hears these days would run “I do the impossible every day” and the retweets and likes would follow. Not for Pooh – he just taught us how to carry ourselves with humility and vulnerability. #Lesson1

Sometimes when I am going somewhere and I wait somewhere comes to me

The frenetic pace of continuous development (equally for human beings as for software) and desire to overachieve allows little time to pause and take a break. What if we become irrelevant and the competition takes over? How about Pooh to the rescue? The gem over here is sometimes we may have reached the destination but not know it because we see something shinier ahead. Stop, take pause and maybe declare success even. #Lesson2

I always get to where I am going by walking away from where I have been

This resonated with me so much. For years, I never knew where I wanted to go. Once I figured that out (the topic for another blog), I could not bring myself to leave everything behind – title, money, prestige. Once I had the courage to walk away from where I had been, I got to where I always wanted to be. #Lesson3

Doing nothing actually leads you to the very best something

This is so hard. How can I not fill every unutilized minute with sixty seconds of productivity? A surreptitious glance at the smartphone for a lighting quick WhatsApp response when I am walking? But I have realized, the ideation and the deepest thinking – be it for blogging, work strategizing or people relationships –only happens when I leave everything behind and stare into #nothingness. Creativity engulfs me. #Lesson4

Keep North Christopher

One of the last dialogs of the movie. Just three words. But power packed abs in the body of the sentence. One friend reaching out to another – Pooh to Christopher and showing his love by gently prodding him to first realize that he needs to have a True North. The Why aka his life’s purpose! Then advising him always to stay true to his moral anchor by keeping aligned with its northerly direction. #Lesson5

That’s it. Five dialogs. Life’s manual delivered by Pooh. So we can explore our own Hundred Acre Wood with conviction, courage, and compassion.



    Empathy, Education, Empowerment

    Mine is a typical Indian immigrant story: an Engineer who became an Engineering Manager, who grew antsy and segued into Product Management then rose to VP and SVP. During those years I fancied I was innovating and experimenting, but in reality I was wearing a corporate straitjacket. Constrained by my industry’s insular mindset, I became a slave to the definition of my job. Inevitably, I ended up dissatisfied. So, I did something unusual for a man in my position: I stopped to reflect. I searched my life and talents for what was fulfilling and had purpose. I discovered I enjoyed storytelling to promote understanding. I loved mentoring and helping people become the best version of themselves. Importantly, I realized I was still passionate about the tech industry, particularly the issues surrounding privacy and ethics. Today, I’m pursuing my passions. I like to think of myself as an accelerator of technology and positivity. I’m the COO of UberKnowledge, bringing cybersecurity awareness and training to demographics that are underrepresented in the industry. I speak at conferences highlighting the need for a sharper focus on the ethics surrounding the technology industry.  I write articles and blog posts using analogy to simplify technology trends and complex topics like AI and IoT. I host podcasts with CISOs and other industry experts. The purpose of these is not to sell snake oil or products but to bridge the chasm between security vendors and customers so that the real problems can be solved to make the world a safer place. Underpinning all of these efforts is my belief that life’s purpose for us all is simply to connect. And the best way to do that is through generous and positive gestures.