Life, StartUp

…..majjha ni life!

On a summer afternoon, Mulla Naseeruddin was in the garden watering the plants. His neighbour saw him and after observing him for a while, he called out to Mulla  –“Oye Mulla Naseeruddin, why are you cheating and fooling those flowers and plants?”

Mulla looked up at his neighbour but continued his action ignoring the comment.

The neighbour shouted again, “Mullllaaaa jiiii, the ‘Watering Can’ that you are moving over the flowers and plants is not sprinkling water, it’s empty. You are just enacting that you are watering the plants but there’s no water.”

Mulla yelled back, “Oh my stupid neighbour, yes I know, but why don’t you observe carefully, even the flowers are artificial!”


Where are those real flowers? Where can we find them?

What we are seeing around us is mostly a garden of artificial flowers and plants. We are occupied swinging Watering Cans without actually sprinkling any water over them…and life goes on, activities go on, hiring goes on, parenting goes on, relationships go on, mentoring goes on, valuations go up…….. And like the old Parsi uncle says in Munnabhai MBBS…..’Carrom ramawa nu, Juice Peeva nu,  Majjha ni Life!’ (*keep playing carrom, keep drinking the juice…..and life is beautiful.)

Can we just stop for a while and ask ourselves, what will it take to find the real flowers? Where can we find them? How can we find people with real water in their Cans?

I am sure, we will.

Reminded of a song from film “Dushman” –

“सच्चाई छिप नहीं सकती बनावट के उसूलों से,
के खुशबू आ नहीं सकती कभी कागज़ के फूलों से l”

“Sacchai chhip nahin sakati banavat ke Usoolon se, ke khushboo aa nahin sakati kabhi kagaz ke phoolon se”

Deceptive principles can never hide the truth, as artificial flowers can never have its fragrance.

About rajivvaishnav

Rajiv Vaishnav Managing Partner Cornerstone Venture Partners Rajiv is Managing Partner at Cornerstone Venture Partners, a global tech VC fund focused on Consumer business enablers (such as Applied AI) and Enterprise / SME BI solutions (vertical SaaS, AR & VR applications, Blockchain for enterprise, etc.). Cornerstone is a Pre-series A / Series A fund, the first institutional support for promising tech ventures enabling growth and customer access in unique ways. Rajiv brings over 35 years of solid experience in building brands, developing teams, expanding the market share and building organisations from grass root upwards. He was heading the Ecosystem & Partnerships Developmentt at Jio-GenNext Hub, A Reliance Enterprise. In this role, Rajiv is responsible to evangelize the Start-Up ecosystem, identify and connect with the deserving start-ups, academia, government agencies, mentors, angel investors and VC networks globally. Since 2002 till end of 2015, Rajiv was an integral part of NASSCOM’s senior management team. He headed NASSCOM’s first regional office in Mumbai and grown to manage the membership outreach nationally. He initiated many path breaking initiatives at NASSCOM including Cyber Safety initiatives with enforcement agencies, start-up incubators with State Governments under 10K Startup programme, evangelised Animation and Gaming industry and nurtured it, lead the ISO Standards initiative to establish a Global BPO and Product Quality Framework Standards out of India. He helped establish NASSCOM’s emerge forum in its formative days. At NASSCOM, he was enthusiastic about developing new IT destinations in the country, and fostering platforms for Industry-academia interactions as he believed that these were the two most critical requirements for the Indian IT industry to maintain its globally advantageous position. Rajiv was a member of AICTE (WR) and of IQAC of the SNDT Women’s University and Trustee at Dewang Mehta Foundation Trust. With Harish Mehta, the first President of TiE, Mumbai and the first Chairman of NASSCOM, Rajiv co-founded TiE in India. He built the organisation bottoms-up and nurtured the start-up ecosystem in India since early 2000. He got early exposure to work with TiE in Silicon Valley and investors, entrepreneurs and mentors such as Kanwal Rekhi, Suhas Patil, Desh Deshpande, Sridhar Iyengar, Raj Jaswa, Shabir Bhatia, Raj Desai and many others… He has worked with Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Franchising Association of India (FAI) and US- Environment Resource Center (US-ERC). In the corporate sector, his experience includes stints with two U.S. Freight Forwarding giants Emery Worldwide and Air Express International in sales & marketing. In 2000, Rajiv was invited by the U.S. Government to participate in their International Visitors programme on US Trade and World Market. Rajiv has administered several outward trade delegations including those to International Franchise Expo ’99, USA, Emerging Companies delegations to CeBIT Australia and Silicon Valley. He has represented NASSCOM in the International Advisors Council to the Mayor of Luwan District in Shanghai, China and E-Sports Symposium in Seoul, Korea. Rajiv is a Science graduate from Mumbai University. He is passionate about music and literature. His blog url:
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7 thoughts on “…..majjha ni life!

  1. The whole meaning of this narration is to remain child like innocent.!
    Everything is possible if one can dream and pursue in real life. It reminds me of 4 years Rishva who visited us and would play pretend pretend. !:)

  2. The whole meaning of this narration is to remain child like innocent.!
    Everything is possible if one can dream and pursue in real life. It reminds me of 4 years Rishva who visited us and would play pretend. !:)

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