Category Persona



“We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance… And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us.” – Joan D. Vinge



In a university commencement address more than two decades ago, Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises, spoke of the relationship of work to one’s other commitments:

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them-work, family, health, friends and spirit-and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls-family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How? Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as they were your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life. Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other. Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.”




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Sandeep Narayan Tripathi [aka AnOldMan as well as PoeticMan] lives “A Beau Life“, vivaciously. He is very much young at heart; very much passionate about life; and, indeed very much in love with eternal love. He sees himself as an ideal man – independent in his action, eager to follow his calling, and willing to take chances in life. His most notable attribute, however, appears to be his unquenchable thirst for love, truth, and honesty. His eternal love for truth remains undefeated – through all trials and errors. No amount of pain or physical abuse can derail Old Man’s honor and pride, which remains invincible. He personifies honor, courage, endurance, and faith. He smiles and smiles for miles. His smile echoes the self-contentment deep within his soul.

  • “It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” ― E.M. Forster

Whether people believe in it or not, that’s their preference; he believed in it and he still does and he always will. Evidently, with logic and reason, everything, to him, becomes crystal clear, if there is time enough because he says inside each person is great untapped potential to live, love, create and lead (a little bit of Magic for loads of Miracles).

An OldMan dwells in his “lala land”, where there is only pure happiness and loads of love for everyone and, whoever is a part of him, s/he rejoices, forever (proven track record). Love is his life, whether people like it or not. He is a positive thinker and in his own realm, he finds an impressive world with a sense of grandeur; a world of inspiring awe people; a world filled with idolization and dedication. He smiles, laughs and makes others laugh with his witticism, short and amusing anecdotes or a simple prankish act.

  • “If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

The PoeticMan realizes that everything in life has its own beauty, charm, and elegance. How well you preserve these critical elements, makes all the difference in the world; and, how well you make use of these elements, determines the life’s journey. He follows an enlightened path with profound inspiration demonstrated by his unparalleled devotion and dedication. That’s how a brilliant soul with a brilliant heart and a brilliant mind emerged (through the gates of heaven) and became the Eternal Light. The enriched inspiration has painted a lot of masterpieces, umpteen times.

  • Inspiration – Admiration, Motivation [I AM].


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A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.

I love it, she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.

That doesn’t have anything to do with it, she replied.

Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.

Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind.

I already decided to love it …

It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up.

I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

I have a choice. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on a new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away … just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account … you withdraw from what you’ve put in.

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Be yourself; do your own thing and work hard. The right people who belong in your life will come to you and stay and deposit lots and lots of happiness.

Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank … I am still depositing.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.


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Body Parts



“Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal”.



However, the author of Through the Darkness, With Love, firmly believes that the growth and survival of every human relationship – whether it be personal or professional in nature – incorporates all three indispensable elements of ‘marriage’ (as stated above). Furthermore, when we view all our electronic gadgets or automobiles or skyscrapers, we must realize that there are hundreds of thousands of components that make up the whole and each component has a vital role to play. The best way to put all of this into perspective is as follows (received in 1998):


All the organs of the body were having a meeting, trying to decide who was in charge.

“I should be in charge”, said the brain, “because I run all the body’s systems, so without me, nothing would happen”.

“I should be in charge”, said the blood, “because I circulate oxygen all over, so without me, you’d all waste away”.

“I should be in charge”, said the stomach, “because I process food and give you all energy”.

“I should be in charge”, said the rectum, “because I’m responsible for waste removal”.

All the other body parts laughed at the rectum and insulted him, so in a huff, he shut down tight. Within a few days, the brain had a terrible headache, the stomach was bloated, and the blood was toxic. Eventually, the other organs gave in. They all agreed that the rectum should be in charge.

The moral of the story: nobody is superior; nobody is inferior, and nobody is equal. Each body part is “unique” and plays a vital role, in its own way.


In the business world, every single employee in a corporation – from the Peon to the Managing Director to the CEO – plays a vital role and far too often, the management seems to lack an appreciation or just a simple understanding of just how impactful each position is to the overall success or failure of a business.


“Leadership is not a popularity contest; it’s about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title” – Robin S. Sharma


Based on my experience, what I have seen is that there are more Managers creating a circle of power and control rather than creating a circle of influence and motivation as well as inspiration. The latter speaks of a true Leader.


“We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance… And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us.” – Joan D. Vinge




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Business As Usual



Management vs Engineer (as seen on the net)



A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The woman below replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

“You must be an engineer,” said the balloonist. “I am,” replied the woman, “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is, technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.”

The woman below responded, “You must be in Management.” “I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault.”

Guess, it’s Business as Usual (BAU)!

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Writer / Poet



“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss.



Author Review – The following is an independent review(s) of the author, Sandeep Narayan Tripathi. It provides important information about the author’s intentions and the scope of the work. It delves into the author’s style (formal or informal) and whether or not it is suitable for the intended audience. A review engagement is conducted to provide limited assurance that the material presented (reviewed) is above par. A review presents a reasonable basis for expressing limited assurance that no material modifications are necessary whereas an independent in-depth evaluation can lead to quite a revelation. This “does it make sense” analysis is useful when the author seeks much more than a limited assurance, in other words, a higher level of assurance. Not all reviews are synonymous but they do provide a level of comfort to the informed reader(s). Even an in-depth evaluation, by and large, can vary from reviewer to reviewer.

“Sandeep Tripathi is an American poet whose origins draw deeply from the Sanskrit tradition. Since the beginning of counted centuries, Sanskrit and Vedic poetry has been a foundation of expression of both spiritualism and the sciences in Indian literature and music, and is known for its profoundly existence-connected words. This is a new and powerful poetic voice that talks about universal themes like love, faith, human encounters, and a lot more. There is a beauty that comes across in the simplicity of style, the symbolism that comes through the beautiful diction, and the philosophical tone that pierces the darkness. There is depth in most of the poems, and the author allows his humanity to come through each poem very clearly. The descriptive word usage not only captures the intellect, but it also creates a bridge of transfiguration, where readers experience the expressions and see from the poet’s point of view. Not many writers can pull off such a feat. This poet is among those who are skilled enough to deliver such a potent read”

“While most poets inspired in this movement use religious imagery to express their words, Tripathi fuses the traditional, transforming God into a force of Nature, and his certain passion for Western and Modern poets, and produces poems that have their own resonance. In a heartfelt and intriguing work, with each poem Sandeep draws the reader into his dark journey of the soul through love’s perils and joys. His poetry is very powerful, often leaving you with something to think about. The poetic expressions in the beginning of this book flowed elegantly and purposefully. I smiled as I read line by line. The imagery was easy to follow and such a delight. ”

“With some almost verging on American lyrical form, such as A Poetic Letter, a Bob Dylanesque piece that speaks to anyone in romantic conflict, Tripathi uses the skin of his verse to communicate a deeper pool beneath for the reader to discover (a few words suggest a realm past and relationships fractured). Other times, poems venture into a post-Beat form, such as the Basquiat- reminiscent.”

It’s all about love, love and love. And, in order to love “love”, one needs to understand love.



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Portrait (A Painting)

“The true artist is not proud: he, unfortunately, sees that art has no limits; he feels dark how far he is from the goal, and though he may be admired by others, he is sad not to have reached that point to which his better genius only appears as a distant, guiding sun” – Ludwig van Beethoven


It is said that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The Old Man got the talent and his beautiful wife got the looks. And, the kids are both, talented and beautiful.

Accordingly, the daughter asked the Old Man to give her a pose and he did; she took a picture and from the picture, drew a life-size painting on a 4-foot tall canvas. The result is shown below. This painting was hung in the South Brunswick High School for almost two years. And, the Old Man did become somewhat famous.

An Old Man as painted by his daughter on 3 feet by 4 feet White Canvas.



Hundreds and probably, thousands of people who have seen the canvas, have loved and admired it with great awe and respect. Guess, it must run in the genes.

Always keep a happy, healthy and a positive atmosphere in the home environment. Above all, a loving social and cultural environment that shapes the life of a person. It is the building blocks of a strong foundation. If the foundation isn’t strong, the structure will collapse. Build it with honesty and integrity. Steer towards happiness that will last a lifetime, not a short time.


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