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How Am I Living?


Yesterday morning, I got a WhatsApp message, a video. Generally I tend to ignore video forwards, but the person who sent was not the one who would forward anything for the sake of it. Therefore, I made a mental note to watch it in the evening, when I am at home…and it was totally worth it.

I wanted to know the name of the speaker and thanks to Google Search; today it is easy to find details on almost anyone, anything on the Internet.

Dr. Rick Rigsby…Sir, what a speech. Never heard something like this one before,  and I am glad that I did…very motivating.

Here’s the video link from YouTube…a must-see…

My favourite lines…

Oxymorons: “Jumbo Shrimp”, “Fun Run”, “Wisest & Dropout”

“…combine knowledge and wisdom to make an impact.”

“…I have never allowed schooling to get in the way of my education.”

“…be a man, not a black man, not a brown man, not a white man, but a man.”

“…I don’t have a problem, if you aim high and miss. I gonna have a real issue if you aim low and hit.”

“…you are what you repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence ought to be a habit not act.”

“…always remember to be kind.”

“…ego is the anaesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity.”

“…pride is the burden of a foolish person.”

“…you want to make an impact? Find your own broom. Everyday of your life, you find your own broom. You grow your influence that way. That way you are attracting people, so that you can impact them.”

“…if you are going to do a job, do it right.”

“…shoot the stars, to the best…good isn’t enough if it can be better, and better isn’t enough if it can be best.”

“…wisdom will come to you, in the unlikeliest of sources, a lot of times through failure.”

“…just stand. You keep standing. No matter how rough the sea, you keep standing.”

“…it doesn’t matter how long I live. What matters the most to me is how I live.”

“How You Living?”

“…you would not judge…you would show early…you would be kind…servant’s towel is huge and used…if you are going to do something, do it the right way…it is never wrong to do the right thing…and how you do anything is how you do everything…in that way to will grow your influence to make an impact…in that way you will honour all those  who have gone before you…who have invested in you…”

“How Am I Living?”

Yes sir, I will ask myself every night…”How am I Living?”…Not all bad, but the servant’s towel is still not huge enough…got to get that fixed.

Mm..hmm…there is still a lot of scope to improve, to learn, to grow, to influence and to make an impact!

Thank you sir!

…Ashu Bolar









Kokani Hapus

Kokani Hapus

An engineer with a successful professional life, my very dear friend—Prashant Narvarkar—whom I met at SPJIMR while pursuing Project Management Program, now has an interesting concept called Kokani Hapus – Royal Fruit for Royal Taste!

Here are some excerpts from our conversation on Kokani Hapus, the very famous Alphonso Mangoes from the Kokan Belt of Maharashtra, India.

ASMA: Prashant, why a business in Mangoes? What made you think about this interesting concept?

PRASHANT: It’s not just mangoes; it was the feeling of doing something apart from the monotonous 9 to 5 job. Something that will give me satisfaction of doing something and concept of any business gives me sense of attraction.

Mangoes…because I know this fruit since my childhood. There are so many childhood memories and I know about mango plantation in detail, so there was no doubt on the quality. I knew it’s going to stand out in market where sellers sell any mango in the name of Hapus. I was confident that people going to love mango from my native place.

ASMA: What is the story behind introducing Kokani Hapus?

PRASHANT: Well, how I began Kokani Hapus…my distant uncle is in this business since last 15 years or so. However, the scale of the business there is larger with a list of privilege customers. I have seen closely how he cultivates and takes care of the mango trees throughout the year. He has taken efforts in growing mangoes in a natural way as he has academic knowledge on agriculture and regularly visits agricultural college in Dapoli to stay up to date on the latest information on the management of mango plantation. He was my advisor and mentor in this business as well as supplier of mangoes.

This is the second season for Kokani Hapus. Besides, my uncle, my dear wife has been a great help in supporting me and yes, I do share the remuneration gained with her.

As of now, I am not a big organization with mission and vision. However, I had a small target of 1 lakh rupees this year, which I have successful achieved.

ASMA: Where are these plantations located and how are they managed?

PRASHANT: The mango plantation flourishes not very far from Kokan Sea Shore, i.e., at round distance of 1 to 2 km from sea inside the villages of Maharashtra, India. Prominent locations where Kokani Hapus grows are Harne, Hadkhal, Palande and Karde. These villages are few kilometres away from Dapoli District, which is well known for its Agriculture College.

Kokani Hapus grows in red soil of Kokan that is rich Iron, so the fruit gets iron naturally from Kokan soil. Red soil is the type of soil that develops in a warm, temperate, moist climate under deciduous or mixed forests and which has thin organic and organic-mineral layers .All these parameters help mango to be rich in nutrition value.

Kokani Hapus is fed with decomposed Cow Dung.  The cow dung used is decomposed over 2.5 years to make it rich in nutrition value before utilizing it as a fertilizer in our plantation. The soil is also fed with Cow Urine (Gau Mutra) because it acts as a disinfectant.

Furthermore, to make mangoes nutritious, Kokani Hapus plantation is fed with calcium and phosphorus in small amounts as they are essential micro nutrients. This process is done manually.

The plantation is protected from fruit bees in a very innovative way. Small pieces of cakes are hung to the tree, which have the scent of female bee; male bees get attracted to this scent to this piece of cake and get stuck to it. These are later removed, thus, tree is kept safe from bee attack.

Some anti fungal and small amount of sulphur containing disinfectant is sprayed on the trees in very early days. All the spraying of natural fertilizers and disinfectants is done in the monsoon season. These are fed through spraying and by mixing in the soil.

The area near trees is cleaned and dried. This creates certain strain on the roots, which catalyzes the growth of the mango.

The growth of the fruit is judged by its roundness of shape—a little oval in shape indicates mango is ready to ripen on its own. We never use any external factor to ripe the mango faster or in any unnatural way.

Mango that are have stains due to bee attack or because of friction caused by the branches, are separated from good ones.

Finally, mango is weighed and categorized depending on its shape. We ensure export quality mangoes to all our customers.

And yes, after all the hard work, Kokani Hapus is ready for its lovers to relish!

ASMA: Prashant, how does one get to relish Kokani Hapus?

PRASHANT: By connecting with me at +91 9870385821.

Or by liking Kokani Hapus Facebook Page; link as below.

So, friends who have tasted the royal fruit with royal taste will know what Prashant is talking about. This year, I did get the royal taste and I was a very happy and satisfied customer. For those, who are in love with Alphonso mangoes now know the way to get Royal!

Thank you Prashant for your time! And here are some pictures of Prashant and his wife (whom he fondly calls as WiFi 🙂 ) at work while promoting and distributing Kokani Hapus in and around Mumbai…

Kokani Hapus Contact

…Ashu Bolar


IIMI: Captured!


Amidst travelling+reading+assignments+exams+group discussions+lectures+Indore heat that says ‘stay indoor’+having fun+late night study spells+campus morning walks+early breakfasts+hastened lunches+retro Bollywood music on TV & dinners+Saturday Latest Movie in campus auditorium+exploring IIMI campus+Indore City Tour, here are some of my Digi Cam captures…


IIM Indore.JPG

#IIM Indore #PGPMX #IIMI Mumbai 
#Siddhi Moolam Prabandhanam #The Root of All Achievement is Management
#Batch 2015-2017 #Dr. Asma Yousuf

….Ashu Bolar