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How to package your React Component for distribution via NPM

February 26, 2018

I wrote a React component, transpiling using Babel, bundling and building using Webpack. I wanted to use it in another application via NPM…

Introducing Book-Notes – my notes and highlights from the books I have read

October 02, 2017

Today I ’ m releasing Book-Notes – a collection of my notes and highlights from the books I have read. 2 Reading a book is awesome…

VS Code – A tool for writers

September 07, 2017

Can this be? VS Code – A tool for writers? Writers use various tools to write. For digital words, we have many options of text editors…

VS Code Setup Guide

May 10, 2017

Sublime Text as the text editor of my choice for Front End Web Dev work (and to draft these blog posts). I wanted to try a different text…

February 2017 Reading Log

May 02, 2017

Here is my reading log from February 2017. Relatively few books but all were quite amazing. And I got to reread my old popcorn favorite…

Introducing LittleReads – The most awesome book tracking app in the universe

April 25, 2017

This is a side project I ’ ve been working on since November 2016. Here is the grand reveal. I ’ ll blog technical about the making of…

Side Hustle School Podcast – Cool Tool #6

April 20, 2017

This week ’ s cool tool is the Side Hustle School Podcast. 1 Details Tool: Side Hustle School Podcast Cost: Free Type: Podcast Works On…

The nightly review

April 15, 2017

Over the years of listening to Tim Ferriss Podcast interviews , reading Ryan Holiday , reading Seneca , reading a lot of articles on…

The Mildly Dissatisfied and Insecure

April 14, 2017

We have evolved to always live with a certain degree of dissatisfaction, and insecurity, because it ’ s the mildly dissatisfied and insecure…

On time-luxuriousness

April 14, 2017

“ Stopping = white space. Stopping = room to run free and create from the deepest place of being without restraint or compromise. Stopping…

January 2017 Reading Log

April 13, 2017

Here is my reading log from January 2017. It has been a year since I last updated my reading logs here. But I am back. And with a new and…

Debbie Millman on sensitivity and rejection

March 09, 2017

“ I have noticed a pattern in my life of being very easily hurt by an initial rejection, so much so that it thwarts any other attempt at…

The Romance of Tangents

February 11, 2017

A tangent is a line which meets a circle at one point and one point only – the poignant point of tangency, and never ever meets the circle…

The Creative Bubble

February 10, 2017

“ When I look back on my best work, it was inevitably created in what I call “ The Bubble ” . I eliminated every distraction, sacrificed…

The Philosophies of Deep Work

February 09, 2017

In his book “ Deep Work “ , Cal Newport formulates a few different ways we can engage in deep work. But first, what is “ Deep Work…

Opinion and suffering

February 08, 2017

“ Everything depends on opinion; ambition, luxury, greed, hark back to opinion. It is according to opinion that we suffer. A man is as…

Myths and Legends – My Cool Tool #5

January 23, 2017

I have always been fascinated by fairy tales and folktales. As a kid, these tales transported me away to different fantastical lands – so…

Creativity and Parenting

January 22, 2017

Today, everyone wants to be creative. Not just use, we want our children to be creative too. But how? This is one way. Many subjects…

Impermanence of the creative life

January 21, 2017

The nub of living a creative life, as I see it, is to recognise that the only thing that is constant in our lives is impermanence. The way…

The Great Thief

January 17, 2017

There once was a man who went to a computer trade show. Each day as he entered, the man told the guard at the door: “ I am a great thief…

Weird

January 12, 2017

“It’s human nature to be weird, but also human to be lonely. This conflict between fitting in and standing out is at the core of who we are…

Startup idea viability

January 11, 2017

** When confronted with any startup idea, ask yourself one simple question: How many miracles have to happen for this to succeed? If the…

What we need

January 07, 2017

** … the self determination theory which holds that human beings need three basic things in order to be content: they need to feel…

Hours

January 06, 2017

It’s time. Time is the way to get good at anything. There is no shortcut. It’s just hour after hour after hour of practice.** – Trent…

Fundamental business models on the internet

January 05, 2017

I contend that there are four fundamental business models on the internet. One-shot purchases Subscriptions: Or something-as-a-service Ads…

2 week experiments and 6 week projects

January 04, 2017

I treat my entire life as 2 week experiments and 6 month projects because, and maybe this is just the way I cope with life and decision…

A Review of 2016

January 03, 2017

My successes and failures from 2016. Planned and Successful Goal: Change career and become a Front End Web Developer. Goal: Work on…

The Easy way

January 02, 2017

I don’t expect it to be a battle, and so it’s not. We probably do this a lot—live with lifelong impediments only because we assume we’ve…

How to choose?

December 22, 2016

You are overwhelmed. Too many things to do. Too many things you want to do. Too little time. You have to pick one because, after all, at any…

Clutter

December 21, 2016

Fighting clutter is like fighting weeds — the writer is always slightly behind. – William Zinsser in On Writing Well: The Classic…

Thinking Clearly

December 14, 2016

Everything springs from giving people the kind of education that allows them to think more clearly and express themselves more clearly…

Addictive Substance

December 13, 2016

My favorite definition of an addictive substance comes from “E Unibus Pluram” by David Foster Wallace: something that “offers itself as…

A history of website development of sofobomo.com Part II

September 29, 2016

Note: Part I here Part II : Setting up a development environment for sofobomo.com The question is, as a one-person team of sofobmo.com…

A history of website development of sofobomo.com Part I

September 26, 2016

Part I :A History of sofobomo.com (the second SoFoBoMo that is … ) For as long as I have been running SoFoBoMo 2.0 … That ’ s not a good…

On Habit Formation

September 22, 2016

* * “ Everything without exception requires additional energy in order to maintain itself, ” * * – Kevin Kelly in The Inevitable…

Recording Moral Letters, Vol II for Librivox

September 19, 2016

I am back to an old obsession – recording audiobooks for librivox . Of late, in the past 6 months or so, wherever I turn, there are…

To rest or to push through?

September 15, 2016

If you are an athlete, or one of those humans who, for fun, engage in one or many masochistic activities that make you “ feel the burn…

Techmart – making my SoFoBoMo 2016 book

September 12, 2016

Techmart By Suprada Urval The making of my Sofobomo 2016 photo book, just like years past, was a struggle – in finding a good subject to…

The Lilies of Dawn – book review

August 03, 2016

Lilies of Dawn by Vanessa Fogg This is a fantasy tale of a slightly different sort – not your regular “ protagonist beats up evil person…

Screen Free Hour – Experiment for July 2016

July 01, 2016

This month, I am experimenting with First hour – screen-free hour. No laptops, e-readers, and especially my phone for the first hour after…

March 2016 Reading Log

June 20, 2016

Here is my reading log from March 2016. I was back to my usual reading of so much fiction. I have two recommendations from this month. The…

Plans for SoFoBoMo 2016

June 16, 2016

As I write this, it is June 14. That is 16 more days to the start of SoFoBoMo 2016 . If you have never heard of SoFoBoMo 2016, it is a…

Deep Work – Best book in April (2016)

June 09, 2016

‘ The best book I read last month ’ entry for April 2016 is Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport…

February 2016 Reading Log

June 06, 2016

Here is my reading log from February 2016. I read so many good books this month that I was brimming with creativity, good intentions…

The search for the best ereader app for my Boyue – The e-ink reader saga Part 6

June 02, 2016

Cartoon by Tim Kreider Last time, I talked about how I want to replicate the Amazon-Kindle-Whispersync ecosystem – for my e-books…

An ecosystem for reading ebooks – The e-ink reader saga Part 5

May 26, 2016

From Small labs Inc. I love the Kindle – but I don ’ t like how Amazon provides a good ecosystem and the cool features only for the books…

January 2016 Reading Log

May 26, 2016

Here is my reading log from January 2016. After a holiday month of a minuscule amount of reading, I was back to reading a few books. This…

Update on my reading experiment for 2016

May 23, 2016

At the beginning of the year, I decided to try a reading experiment . I decided on a list of books on learning investing and I put a plan…

Gonyx the Amazing – The e-ink reader saga Part 4

May 19, 2016

Boyue Gonyx Screen Saver When we stopped the tale last time , the hero had found the magical ROM she was looking for … or so she thought…

Despair and the Quest – The e-ink reader saga Part 3

May 17, 2016

Via Ebook Friendly Or the Boyue firmware redux (March 5 2016) Ugh. Some days, you want to throw that Boyue out of the door. Actually make…

Tweaks, despair and hope – The e-ink reader saga Part 2

May 12, 2016

In Part 1 , I talked about buying my Boyue T62+ Once it was in, around Jan 28, 2016, it was time to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I…

Greed – The e-ink reader saga Part 1

May 09, 2016

I dream of Boyue First there were only books – paper books. Then I saw my sister ’ s original Kindle and liked it. Then I became…

Laughs

May 07, 2016

I saw this right as I was planning on learning and using Angular 2 for a side-project, while being curious about React … .Made me laugh…

On verbal communication

May 05, 2016

What constitutes good verbal communication? Good communication, I have come to realize, is first having a thought you want to convey. It…

From my pocket – April 2016 edition (on side projects)

May 02, 2016

Here is a post for the “ From my pocket ” series after almost 9 months. Looks like the month of April is the month in 2016 where I have…

The learning calendar – Or what works to keep me accountable and learning on a daily basis – Part 2

April 28, 2016

In Part 1 , we decided that we believe in continually, incrementally, steadily learning – an hour a day every day. We figured out when in…

December 2015 Reading Log

April 25, 2016

Here is my reading log from December 2015. I read a total of 0 books! I was having too much fun over the holidays to actually finish reading…

December 2015 Reading Log

April 25, 2016

Here is my reading log from December 2015. I read a total of 0 books! I was having too much fun over the holidays to actually finish reading…

The learning calendar – Or what works to keep me accountable and learning on a daily basis – Part 1

April 21, 2016

There is this is the problem I face all the time. I know I should continually, incrementally, steadily learn –   every day. I totally buy…

The learning calendar – Or what works to keep me accountable and learning on a daily basis – Part 1

April 21, 2016

There is this is the problem I face all the time. I know I should continually, incrementally, steadily learn –   every day. I totally buy…

November 2015 Reading Log

April 18, 2016

Here is my reading log from November 2015. This was a light month for reading. The book I enjoyed reading was Okay, So Look: A Humorous…

November 2015 Reading Log

April 18, 2016

Here is my reading log from November 2015. This was a light month for reading. The book I enjoyed reading was Okay, So Look: A Humorous…

On learning and preparing for a career change

April 14, 2016

On my path to becoming a front-end engineer, what did I do right and what would I have done differently? I decided to write my thoughts down…

On learning and preparing for a career change

April 14, 2016

On my path to becoming a front-end engineer, what did I do right and what would I have done differently? I decided to write my thoughts down…

October 2015 Reading Log

April 11, 2016

Here is my reading log from October 2015. The two books I enjoyed the most this month: Nonfiction – Make Space: How to Set the Stage for…

October 2015 Reading Log

April 11, 2016

Here is my reading log from October 2015. The two books I enjoyed the most this month: Nonfiction – Make Space: How to Set the Stage for…

How I changed my career in a few bullet points

April 08, 2016

    As of March 2016, I am now a Front-end Web Developer. I left my almost decade long career as a Location Software Test Engineer who used…

How I changed my career in a few bullet points

April 08, 2016

  As of March 2016, I am now a Front-end Web Developer. I left my almost decade long career as a Location Software Test Engineer who used…

Introducing Exifile – for your Scribd highlights

February 28, 2016

I like to take notes and mark highlights when I am reading, as I have talked about here . The paper book and pen is good for this. With…

September 2015 Reading Log

January 14, 2016

Here is my reading log from September 2015. The two books I enjoyed the most this month: Nonfiction – Badass: Making Users Awesome…

September 2015 Reading Log

January 14, 2016

Here is my reading log from September 2015. The two books I enjoyed the most this month: Nonfiction – Badass: Making Users Awesome…

August 2015 Reading Log

January 12, 2016

Here is my reading log from August 2015. The two books I enjoyed the most this month: Nonfiction – Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit…

August 2015 Reading Log

January 12, 2016

Here is my reading log from August 2015. The two books I enjoyed the most this month: Nonfiction – Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit…

So Brave – Maira Kalman

January 10, 2016

“ How are we all so Brave as to take Step after Step? Day after day? How are we so optimistic, so careful not to trip and yet Do Trip, and…

So Brave – Maira Kalman

January 10, 2016

“ How are we all so Brave as to take Step after Step? Day after day? How are we so optimistic, so careful not to trip and yet Do Trip, and…

Investment Reading Plan – Reading experiment for 2016

January 08, 2016

One of my goals for 2016 is to get more familiar with investing. For someone who has just the basic ideas of what investment looks like, and…

Okay, So Look! – book review

December 07, 2015

I heard about this book at The Wandering Scientist when the publisher was talking about releasing the book and I put it on my to-read…

Okay, So Look! – book review

December 07, 2015

I heard about this book at The Wandering Scientist when the publisher was talking about releasing the book and I put it on my to-read…

Finite and Infinite Games – book review

December 01, 2015

This book was recommended by Jane McGonigal on the podcast with Tim Ferriss . This had been on my to-read shelf for a while . I was…

Finite and Infinite Games – book review

December 01, 2015

This book was recommended by Jane McGonigal on the podcast with Tim Ferriss . This had been on my to-read shelf for a while . I was…

Cratch?

September 25, 2015

Cratch – An STD in candy form? From Maira Kalman ’ s amazing book The Principles of Uncertainty Recommended by Brainpickings 33 Books…

Cratch?

September 25, 2015

Cratch – An STD in candy form? From Maira Kalman ’ s amazing book The Principles of Uncertainty Recommended by Brainpickings 33 Books…

On Vacations – 200 words project

September 21, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: “People try to get away from it all—to the country, to the beach, to the mountains. You always wish…

What do you dream of? – Maira Kalman

September 18, 2015

Maira ’ s dream sounds splendid – except I would want to cycle too! And go climbing outside…dance on the walls! What do you dream of? From…

What do you dream of? – Maira Kalman

September 18, 2015

Maira ’ s dream sounds splendid – except I would want to cycle too! And go climbing outside…dance on the walls! What do you dream of? From…

Shadows and Reflections – A SoFoBoMo 2015 book

September 17, 2015

I am pleased to share my SoFoBoMo book for 2015. That this is the second year that I am running this incarnation of SoFoBoMo, and that I…

Shadows and Reflections – A SoFoBoMo 2015 book

September 17, 2015

I am pleased to share my SoFoBoMo book for 2015. That this is the second year that I am running this incarnation of SoFoBoMo, and that I…

The goal of happiness – 200 words project

September 14, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: “ I find the notion of happiness rather strange … It has never been a goal of mine; I just don ’ t…

July 2015 Reading Log

September 09, 2015

Here is my reading log from July 2015. I made up for not reading much in June by reading a lot in July. I also ended up listening to two…

July 2015 Reading Log

September 09, 2015

Here is my reading log from July 2015. I made up for not reading much in June by reading a lot in July. I also ended up listening to two…

On Point of View – 200 words project

September 07, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * “ Point of view is worth 80 IQ points. ” * * – Alan Kay quoted in Badass: Making Users…

My Better than Before profile – or what I learned about myself through this book

September 04, 2015

In Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives , Gretchen Rubin talks about the Essential Seven Habits which all of us…

June 2015 Reading Log

September 02, 2015

Here is my reading log from June 2015. I didn ’ t read much this month because I kept re-reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of…

June 2015 Reading Log

September 02, 2015

Here is my reading log from June 2015. I didn ’ t read much this month because I kept re-reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of…

Lessons learnt re-staining a desk

August 05, 2015

We needed a new study desk. So I bought a West Elm Jay desk with hutch off Craigslist. It had marks due to regular wear and was a…

On Clarity

July 23, 2015

Clarity is like looking up at the night sky on a clear night, looking at all the stars and identifying “ your constellation ” right away…

Musings of a caterpillar

July 15, 2015

The cocoon is spun. The tightness and coziness is sometimes a relief, sometimes a torture. I will be here for a little bit and then I will…

Three Tenets of Essentialism – 200 words projects

July 13, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: “ I choose to, ” “ Only a few things really matter, ” and “ I can do anything but not…

From my Pocket – June 2015 edition

July 08, 2015

Here are 5 links from last month, which have which have inspired me, made me think, made me wonder or made me laugh. On the Page as Your…

The Advice Paradox – 200 words project

July 06, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * “ The ultimate question of any advice, rules, or traditions is, What do you ignore and why? No…

May 2015 Reading Log

July 01, 2015

Here is my reading log from May 2015. In mid-May I made a Rule that I could read fantasy/historical/science fiction only on a cardio…

May 2015 Reading Log

July 01, 2015

Here is my reading log from May 2015. In mid-May I made a Rule that I could read fantasy/historical/science fiction only on a cardio…

Collating gender with sex – 200 words project

June 29, 2015

It was a dry week last week at Rope and Tire. A life-changing event left me with no mental energy to write anything. This week, I am back to…

Asking for help vs Independence – a false choice?

June 24, 2015

We start with valuing independence and self-reliance as valuable virtues. Over time, it develops into a pride point. And then the mindset of…

Better Than Before – Best book in May (2015)

June 17, 2015

Here is my May 2015 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . * * * * * * * Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday…

Better Than Before – Best book in May (2015)

June 17, 2015

Here is my May 2015 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . * * * * * * * Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday…

Tungsten Hippo – My Cool Tools #4

June 15, 2015

Tool: http://tungstenhippo.com Cost: Free Type: Website Works On: Any Needs: Internet / Web Browser Link : http://tungstenhippo.com…

Tungsten Hippo – My Cool Tools #4

June 15, 2015

Tool: http://tungstenhippo.com Cost: Free Type: Website Works On: Any Needs: Internet / Web Browser Link : http://tungstenhippo.com…

Need for a tool for consolidating book notes and highlights – Part I

June 10, 2015

As I have continued to learn to read better, over the past 6-8 months, I have restarted my habit of taking notes. I think it was partly…

The Marketplace – 200 words project

June 08, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * “ Some artists need to create in complete peace, but all artists…

Scribd vs Kindle Unlimited – My dilemma

June 03, 2015

When ebook subscription services started, I subscribed initially to Scribd – first the free trial, and then a paid subscription for a…

Word Counter for Mac OS X – My Cool Tools #3

June 01, 2015

Tool: WordCounter for Mac OS X Cost: Free Type: Digital, Software Works On: Mac OS X Only Needs: Mac OS X Download Link…

Word Counter for Mac OS X – My Cool Tools #3

June 01, 2015

Tool: WordCounter for Mac OS X Cost: Free Type: Digital, Software Works On: Mac OS X Only Needs: Mac OS X Download Link…

From my Pocket – May 2015 edition

May 29, 2015

This is the first posting of “ From my Pocket ” series in the year 2015. And so, here are more than 5 links which have which have inspired…

April 2015 Reading Log

May 27, 2015

Here is my reading log from April 2015. April was another month where I binge-read fantasy / young-adult books. Yup. On April 2, and April…

April 2015 Reading Log

May 27, 2015

Here is my reading log from April 2015. April was another month where I binge-read fantasy / young-adult books. Yup. On April 2, and April…

No time – 200 words project

May 25, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * “ One afternoon at Garrison, Sharon Salzberg spoke about a Buddhist…

The Rope and Tire Logo

May 24, 2015

Rope and Tire has a brand new logo now! I had planned for a logo even before I started writing here at Rope and Tire. But I didn ’ t know…

The Rope and Tire Logo

May 24, 2015

Rope and Tire has a brand new logo now! I had planned for a logo even before I started writing here at Rope and Tire. But I didn ’ t know…

The Year without pants – Best book in April (2015)

May 22, 2015

Here is my April 2015 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . * * * * * * * The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of…

The Year without pants – Best book in April (2015)

May 22, 2015

Here is my April 2015 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by…

Short guide to a joyful, happy, productive, satisfying day

May 20, 2015

How to plan a joyful, happy, productive, satisfying day? 1. Limit the number of “ should do ” tasks in our days – chores or stuff you…

Short guide to a joyful, happy, productive, satisfying day

May 20, 2015

How to plan a joyful, happy, productive, satisfying day? 1. Limit the number of “ should do ” tasks in our days – chores or stuff you…

Onetastic Macros for OneNote – My Cool Tools #2

May 18, 2015

Tool: Onetastic Macros for OneNote Cost: Free Type: Digital, Software Works On: Windows Only Needs: OneNote Download Link to Macros…

Onetastic Macros for OneNote – My Cool Tools #2

May 18, 2015

Tool: Onetastic Macros for OneNote Cost: Free Type: Digital, Software Works On: Windows Only Needs: OneNote Download Link to Macros…

March 2015 Reading Log

May 13, 2015

Here is my reading log from March 2015. This month, I binge read the entire series from David Eddings and read only one non-fiction book the…

March 2015 Reading Log

May 13, 2015

Here is my reading log from March 2015. This month, I binge read the entire series from David Eddings and read only one non-fiction book the…

The lies of our lives – 200 words project

May 11, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** Carl Jung put it perfectly: “Thoroughly unprepared we take the step…

Climbing trip to Smith Rock – packing list – May 2015

May 08, 2015

Yes. I have finally accepted it. I am a pack rat. I have almost never traveled light – any where, not even to work. However my interest in…

Climbing trip to Smith Rock – packing list – May 2015

May 08, 2015

Yes. I have finally accepted it. I am a pack rat. I have almost never traveled light – any where, not even to work. However my interest in…

Seasonal rhythms

May 06, 2015

The idea of seasonal rhythms and routines is a very interesting one. The idea is to tailor your rhythms to your seasons of life. In certain…

Seasonal rhythms

May 06, 2015

The idea of seasonal rhythms and routines is a very interesting one. The idea is to tailor your rhythms to your seasons of life. In certain…

OneNote – My Cool Tools #1

May 04, 2015

Tool: OneNote Cost: Free Type: Digital, Software Works On: Windows, Mac OS X, Android phones, IPhone This is my first entry in My Cool…

OneNote – My Cool Tools #1

May 04, 2015

Tool: OneNote Cost: Free Type: Digital, Software Works On: Windows, Mac OS X, Android phones, IPhone This is my first entry in My Cool…

The Art of Asking – Best book in March (2015)

May 01, 2015

Here is my March 2015 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . * * * * * * * The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and…

The Art of Asking – Best book in March (2015)

May 01, 2015

Here is my March 2015 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help…

Climbing with a toddler – Three takes

April 29, 2015

Take 1: About five weeks back, on a Sunday afternoon my husband and I dared to try to climb in the our “ home ” gym. We decided to top…

What is failure – 200 words project

April 27, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * “ For instance, if you’re driving a car, and after three hundred miles…

February 2015 Reading Log

April 10, 2015

Here is my reading log from February 2015. As you can see, all I read was fiction, and mostly fantasy at that. It was definitely a month of…

February 2015 Reading Log

April 10, 2015

Here is my reading log from February 2015. As you can see, all I read was fiction, and mostly fantasy at that. It was definitely a month of…

January 2015 Reading Log

April 03, 2015

Here is my reading log from January 2015. My favorites among these: – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami…

January 2015 Reading Log

April 03, 2015

Here is my reading log from January 2015. My favorites among these: – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami…

Rhythm vs. Routine

April 01, 2015

Rhythm vs. Routine After losing my routines I have been trying to reestablish them. One of the articles which is helping me is this…

Losing my routine

March 30, 2015

I know I was supposed to start writing in the blog here two weeks ago. I fell off the wagon in Feb, and have been trying to get back on all…

The life-changing magic of tidying up – Best book in January

March 28, 2015

Here is my January 2015 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . * * * * * * * The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese…

The life-changing magic of tidying up – Best book in January

March 28, 2015

Here is my January 2015 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of…

Cyclical nature of my goals

March 25, 2015

There seems to be a set pattern I follow. There is a period of setting goals and striving and straining to meet them. This period starts…

February, sickness and regaining perspective

March 04, 2015

In the first week of February this year, I had a bout of migraine attacks which left me crippled, whining, crying, curled up in a fetal…

Short Break …to smooth the rope…

February 23, 2015

I apologize for the break in regular schedule here at Rope and Tire. Sometimes, the rope does get knotted … Between sudden weird migraines…

Relaxation, learning and touch-typing – 200 words project

February 09, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** “ And work itself, after a while, takes on a rhythm. The mechanical…

Process for personal projects

February 04, 2015

Some people have troubling starting personal projects. Some others have trouble finishing these personal projects. I am of the latter…

Listening with fresh ears – 200 words project

February 02, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **_ “ A fixed idea should never prevent you from listening to something…

The no-snooze experiment

January 28, 2015

I have been not waking up as early as I want to. With a toddler in the house, if I don ’ t get up early enough, it means that I don ’ t…

Modesty or fear? – 200 words project

January 26, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **_ “ If you ’ re not proud of it, don ’ t ship it. If you are, sign…

Endless variations or Why I Blog

January 25, 2015

This week, my usual posts are suspended as I take part in the Your Turn Challenge . As a part of this challenge, those of us who…

Tactics for “I don’t feel like working” days

January 24, 2015

This week, my usual posts are suspended as I take part in the Your Turn Challenge . As a part of this challenge, those of us who…

How to stay away from overwhelm

January 23, 2015

This week, my usual posts are suspended as I take part in the Your Turn Challenge . As a part of this challenge, those of us who…

On exercise

January 22, 2015

This week, my usual posts are suspended as I take part in the Your Turn Challenge . As a part of this challenge, those of us who…

Books

January 21, 2015

This week, my usual posts are suspended as I take part in the Your Turn Challenge . As a part of this challenge, those of us who…

On relationship perspectives

January 20, 2015

This week, my usual posts are suspended as I take part in the Your Turn Challenge . As a part of this challenge, those of us who…

The Hill

January 19, 2015

This week, my usual posts are suspended as I take part in the Your Turn Challenge . As a part of this challenge, those of us who…

December 2014 Reading Log

January 17, 2015

Here is my reading Log from December 2014. I read 18 books last month, but a lot of those were binge reading fantasy / science fiction books…

December 2014 Reading Log

January 17, 2015

Here is my reading Log from December 2014. I read 18 books last month, but a lot of those were binge reading fantasy / science fiction books…

Forgetting how to laugh

January 14, 2015

I have succumbed to this problem of adulthood and only now do I realize this. I wonder when I fell contracted this illness? I realized…

Hungry about life – 200 words project

January 12, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **_ “ To feed your Muse, then, you should always have been hungry about…

What To Do When It’s Your turn – Best book in December

January 09, 2015

Here is my December 2014 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . * * * * * * * What To Do When It ’ s Your Turn by Seth Godin is…

What To Do When It’s Your turn – Best book in December

January 09, 2015

Here is my December 2014 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . What To Do When It ’ s Your Turn by Seth Godin is my pick for…

The emptiness within

January 07, 2015

The emptiness within – is not big. Just like a small pail. Which needs, really needs to be just about halfway full. But the pail ’ s…

The Privilege of Life – 200 words project

January 05, 2015

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **_ “ First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is…

Happy New year 2015

January 02, 2015

Wish you all a very happy new year, a year hopefully filled with fun and growth and learning and creativity and all that those imply! Thank…

Goals for 2015

January 01, 2015

Goals for 2015. Here are my goals for 2015. These are goals for the year, the way the mountain peak is the goal when you start off on the…

Year end reflections – 2014

December 31, 2014

Looking back at 2014, it has not been a showy year full of big bold shiny achievements. But it really has changed my life for the better. It…

Gods and midgets – 200 words project

December 22, 2014

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **_ “ The people there were gods and midgets and knew themselves mortal…

November 2014 Reading Log

December 21, 2014

Here is my reading Log from November 2014. I didn ’ t read much last month, but read some really nice books. I really enjoyed these three…

November 2014 Reading Log

December 21, 2014

Here is my reading Log from November 2014. I didn ’ t read much last month, but read some really nice books. I really enjoyed these three…

Apocalypse Mentality

December 17, 2014

A friend, during a conversation about her travels told me something like this – ” When I travel I just do these things you know, go…

From my Pocket – Mid December edition

December 16, 2014

Here are 5 links which have inspired me, made me think, made me wonder last month. 1. When Peace Goes Away, it Doesn’t Make a Sound by…

A line from the Talmud – 200 words project

December 15, 2014

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **_ “ As she speaks about her plans, quietly and with assurance, a line…

The Obstacle is the Way – Best book in November

December 12, 2014

Here is my November 2014 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . * * * * * * * The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning…

Slight Loneliness

December 10, 2014

Is it true that, without sadness or loneliness, or some sort of melancholy mood, creativity – the poetic beautiful poignant kind does not…

Putting it out there – 200 words project

December 08, 2014

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **_ “ He wrote a cantata every week. Some weeks he was tired. Some…

Letting go of Habits

December 03, 2014

Some things we do every day. These things become habits automatically. Or it would make our life easier if they did become habits. But if…

On starting new ventures – 200 word project

December 01, 2014

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ‘ To do all this, you have to be crazy enough to think you will succeed…

Slave to my schedule

November 26, 2014

Does this happen to you? You want to create time in your life to do certain things. So you painfully setup your habits. You start learning…

On dealing with Power, Stress, Burden – 200 words project

November 24, 2014

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ‘ The power he held never seemed to go to his head—neither did the…

How I manage the things I want to do

November 19, 2014

In the introduction to the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey writes “ How do you do meaningful creative work while…

Originality in writing – 200 words project

November 17, 2014

Here is this week ’ s 200 words project * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ‘ Ancient philosophy never cared much for authorship or originality…

From my Pocket – Mid November edition

November 15, 2014

Here are 5 links which inspired me last month. 1. Lessons from the Eiffel Tower by Seth Godin Oh what we can learn for the Eiffel Tower…

On Self-Observation

November 12, 2014

It is 3pm in the afternoon. Today has been an exceptionally unproductive day, as days go by – unproductive in the non-busy meaningful work…

Whom do you write for – 200 words project

November 10, 2014

Here is this week’s 200 words project. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** “ Not to an audience or for publication…

October 2014 Reading Log

November 07, 2014

I thought I used to read a lot. Then I thought I don ’ t read enough. Then I thought I read too much junk (read mindless fantasy /sci-fi…

October 2014 Reading Log

November 07, 2014

I thought I used to read a lot. Then I thought I don ’ t read enough. Then I thought I read too much junk (read mindless fantasy /sci-fi…

Design everything you do

November 05, 2014

I have been reading design articles for a few weeks now, on and off. This post at somerandomdude.com has some great tips. The tip which…

On Ideas – 200 words project

November 03, 2014

In the morning, have you ever woken up happy, with a smile on your face. A head brimming with ideas and projects? So many ideas and projects…

Superhuman by Habit – Best book in October

November 01, 2014

Here is my October 2014 entry for ‘ The best book I read last month ’ . * * * * * * * ‘ Superhuman by Habit ’ by Tynan is a very…

The best book I read last month – new series

October 31, 2014

I am happy to introduce a new series of posts – ‘ The best book I read last month ’ series , starting tomorrow, Nov 1st, 2014. I read…

The Balance Wheel

October 29, 2014

A while back, over at Raptitude , I found this post about how balance should be in terms of years – not everyday. The balance here is…

Input or Output – 200 words project

October 27, 2014

Here is this week’s 200 words project – from the Superhuman by Habit: A Guide to Becoming the Best Possible Version of Yourself, One Tiny…

The tomorrow-self

October 22, 2014

The last couple of days have been very busy for me. A relentless push at work towards not so far away deadlines, unending chores at home…

How to reinvent yourself – 200 words project

October 20, 2014

So you want to re-invent yourself? You feel stuck in your career or personal life or goals? You know you want to do something else, kind of…

Binge Reading

October 15, 2014

There is a thing as bad as not reading – and that is binge reading. Blogs, news – yes. But also books, ebooks, audio books. And I ’ m…

Mild acts of kindness – 200 words project

October 13, 2014

Here is this week’s 200 words project – from the The Barefoot Warrior: The Journey of a Young Adult in Search of His True Nature by Kyle…

The Strange guilt of library books

October 08, 2014

I read a lot (said kind of guiltily like it ’ s not a nice thing to admit). I borrow books from the library – books, e-books, audio books…

Reduction of choosing – 200 words project

October 06, 2014

Here is this week’s 200 words project – from the Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. * * * * * * * * ** The idea – that whatever you choose…

Importance of mornings

October 01, 2014

Mornings are for important things. The rest of the day is for urgent stuff. – somewhere on the internet I get up in the morning and have my…

On Writing – 200 words project

September 29, 2014

Here is this week’s 200 words project – from the podcast interview of Kevin Kelly by Tim Ferriss. “ What I discovered, which is what…

“Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” – First Thoughts

September 24, 2014

The book I am currently reading, is a book called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey, an intriguing look at the daily…

On Walkabouts – 200 words project

September 22, 2014

This week ’ s 200 word project idea found in Rolf Potts ’   Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel What is it…

On Tilting

September 19, 2014

You know how it is. Some days, home life is the most important. So we de-weight the rest of our life and take care of cooking, cleaning…

In the morning.

September 17, 2014

Bzzzrrrr. Bzzzrrrr. My phone vibrates. It ’ s 4.15AM on a Saturday morning. I get up from my sleeping bag in the floor of my daughter ’ s…

Living like a little wisp through time – 200 words project

September 15, 2014

In this thought provoking podcast interview between Tim Ferriss and Kevin Kelly, the talk turns to this idea of living in simplicity – the…

Showering and mindfullness

September 10, 2014

How do you go about taking a shower? Here is my 10 step process. Rinse entire body. Shampoo hair. Rinse. Conditioner in hair. Rinse Wash…

The 200 words project

September 08, 2014

In this morning ’ s RSS feed Seth Godin ’ s post: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/09/things-well-done-and-the-smartest-lt-gov…

Pacific Grove weekend trip – my packing list

June 10, 2014

In my quest to travel light, I posted last time about eM ’ s packing list for our weekend Pacific Grove trip. This time, I ’ ll talks about…

Toddler weekend trip packing list

June 04, 2014

We stayed over at Monterey, Pacific Grove this past weekend – just a weekend trip with some friends.  The trip was a lot of fun, but here…

Longbourn – Just Read

January 09, 2014

I have decided to add a category and write about the books I ’ m reading currently. I do read a lot, and it ’ s become hard to keep track of…

Life as is

January 08, 2014

It seems in eastern philosophies, , one of the important things I ’ ve read to learn is to enjoy life – each moment as is. Enjoy the…

No Coffee Month – Fail!

January 07, 2014

YUp. I failed. On Day 2 of the new month long resolution. I had thought to not drink any coffee for the month of January. However, I failed…

2014 – New Year Plans and Ideas

January 02, 2014

Its the new year. The beginning of the year is a very powerful motivation to start experiments, to start anything, to make changes in one…

The hidden winter

December 15, 2013

Winter, I have found is a very deceptive time. On the outside, it is all about nothing happening,  rest,  relaxation and letting go and…

One Saturday Morning

December 12, 2013

Cold day, freeze warning. Dark at the trail head. Brisk cold wind. Out for a short hike. One step. Two step. One step two step. Path lies…

Becoming More and Less

October 02, 2013

You are chugging along life, all happy and content. And then you become pregnant. All of a sudden there is a new life in you – though at…

Rope & Tire Basket Lunch Bag

October 02, 2013

A while back, I decided to make a lunch bag to transport my daughter ’ s various boxes and bottles to daycare. The requirements were…

Learning Jealousy

September 30, 2013

I don ’ t think I have been a jealous person most of my life … however motherhood seems to have changed that. I am very good friends with…

Baby Blanket Project – 2

September 30, 2013

Yes! It is finally done. I finished my baby blanket over the weekend, on Friday night  to be exact. It was such a long project t that I had…

Surina 7″ Wooden Crochet Hook – Review Conclusion

August 21, 2013

Here are my conclusions on the Surina wood crochet hook. As I mentioned in the Part 1 of my review , there was no ‘ love at first sight…

Rope & Tire Crochet Hook case

August 16, 2013

It is done! It is finished. My crochet hook case. At some point, after I started crocheting my baby blanket, I started researching crochet…

Excellence in every act

August 09, 2013

Have you ever tried this?To do every thing in the best way you can? For all of 5 minutes, try it out. To breathe in your best way – a nice…

The aches of climbing

July 19, 2013

Oh, How I love it! After a session of climbing, if I have pushed myself, almost everything hurts. My fingers feel so stiff. Almost always I…

On blog posts – what to write

July 17, 2013

If writing a everyday blog, with no set topic, finding a topic first becomes a challenge. I have made it easier for me by writng about…

Routines – Web Links

July 15, 2013

So here you go! Lots of links below on the good and bad of routines. Of course, reading these links over time is what has influenced my…

Surina 7″ Wooden Crochet Hook – Review Part I

July 12, 2013

When I started crocheting again, after a break of almost 10 years, it was to make a baby blanket for my friend. I went to my local Fabric…

Surina 7″ Wooden Crochet Hook – Review Part I

July 12, 2013

When I started crocheting again, after a break of almost 10 years, it was to make a baby blanket for my friend. I went to my local Fabric…

Baby Blanket Project

July 11, 2013

A couple of years ago, when my friend was pregnant with her son, I had made – crocheted actually – a baby blanket and gifted it to her…

My Ideal weekday – Take One

July 06, 2013

This morning, by the time I reached work, I was super grouchy. After eating something, and taking a few deep breaths and reading two blog…

Baby Lullaby CD recommendation

July 01, 2013

I have a CD recommendation for those parents out there looking for a lullaby CD . ‘ It ’ s A Big World ’ by Renee and Jeremy is worth your…

To Climb again

June 28, 2013

It ’ s been so long since I climbed outside. And I miss it so much. Th fresh air, the rough rock, the dirt, the approach, the scrambling…

Taking Responsibility for your actions

June 26, 2013

Why is it so difficult to take responsibility for my own actions? It is so much easier to blame other people or events. So easy to say “ It…

The Fortunate One

June 25, 2013

Am I? On a normal day,when everything is as it should be and humming along normally, some one close to you tells about their difficulties…

The Everyday Blogging Habit

June 24, 2013

Is something I am working towards. How is it going? The results are available for all to see an judge – not very well. However,I will…

Living in the head

June 19, 2013

Long ago, one of my yoga instructors, during a warm up breathing session talked about how we are in our heads all the time, how we should…

Drama

June 19, 2013

This is what all the creativity gurus say … You can either have drama in your life or you can do the work you need to do. Drama and work are…

Friday Night

June 15, 2013

Its Friday night. I am home alone. With the cat sleeping peacefully and the baby sleeping almost peacefully. The day ’ s work is almost done…

On Choices

June 14, 2013

Choices are very difficult. Do I get up at 5.30 am and lose half an hour of precious and needed sleep? Or do I get up at 5.30am and spend…

Pushing Through

June 13, 2013

The lessons I have been learning just watching my baby have been amazing. For about a month and a half, she could roll over to be tummy down…

On Routines – The Dark Side

June 12, 2013

As amazing as routines are, they also have their own detrimental effects – like everything else. For example, this morning, I woke up late…

On Routines

June 11, 2013

What would I do without them? I never realized how important routines are to my life until I had my baby. Now I think I would flounder…

On Work-Life Balance

June 05, 2013

What is it? It seems like the phrase ‘ Work-Life Balance ’ should be rephrased into ‘ Work-Life See Saw . There never seems to be a…

Climbing when Pregnant – Gear

December 24, 2012

Here is a list of gear I used when climbing  (mostly indoor top roping, minimal outdoor toproping) during my pregnancy Full Body Harness…