About Me

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I think, therefore I am.

Sometimes, I think that I am mad.

Therefore, some part of me must be mad.

Else, why would someone like me escape the life of respectable, conventional, stolidity and venture out gaily into the unknown? That is me on the left, by the way.

I must have lost my marbles.

The Norse God I like the most, is Loki. Completely fascinating character.

 

 

 

 

 

Under A Hat
Under A Hat

 

 

Janus, they say, had two faces. We all have many faces.

The one you see above is the corporate face, one that I still wear from time to time.

The one you see on ย the left is the one that ย I seem to wear more and more these days. Don’t ask me why I am not smiling in that selfie. I always seem to look grim in them, like Yama or The Grim Reaper.

I took that selfie in the small town of Govardhan in India, where I had gone to do some photography.

So, I write (that is why the photo at the top) and I photograph. I try to consult as well, and help small businesses grow.

 

 

 

 

When I started this blog, the intention was to write a good, well-reasoned almost erudite corporate blog.

Somewhere down the lines, my neural network started to unravel, and my neurones started to fall in a confused heap on the floor. Picking them up by their hind legs, they stared at me with indignation and said, in a collective voice, “Bloody Hell Man. Grow Up. Stop Moping. Discover Your Voice. Discover Life. If, as you have always claimed, the key to life (and the corporate boardroom) lies beyond those hallowed walls, then get thee sorry ass out of here and discover life.”

So saying, they caught me by the seat of my pants and tossed me out into the wild winds.

Since then, I have been trying to reclaim my neurones, one by one.

Hence this blog. I shall, progressively, reclaim my dark blog (http://lokispeakz.com)

Enjoy the ride.

Feel the wind on your face.

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307 Comments

    1. Well, I have worked in nutrition all my life, but all the companies that I worked with, explore it from the perspective of the products they sell. I figured that maybe I should explore hunger, step by step, a bit deeper. That is what it is about

  1. Just read your post about the traffic and those affected by it (and those who drive on through). Do you plan to get another Nikon, or have you made that decision yet? I am considering an upgrade, so many choices!

  2. Hello Rajiv! Discovered you on the Holistic Wayfayrer’s blog and responded to one of your comments there. Also it’s interesting that you brought up the ‘burning ghats’ here – for I wrote a poem on that very aspect titles ‘The Ghats of Benares’ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rajiv! I stumbled on your about me page and let me add that you are very very handsome!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    How could I have not seen this earlier!?
    Don’t mind but you do look like the Indian version of George Clooney in the suit! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Nahi!! You look amazingly good (*I’m totally smitten, I know!*) in the suit!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. heh! Okay. I shall make a deal… Let me change it to the selfie I took in Kunjapuri. If you don’t like it, I shall change it back…

      3. I’m inquisitive now, what is it that you exactly do? (apart from looking dapper in suits ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

      4. I was a corporate guy.. Was President of our company ( a Dutch multi national ) in India. Quit last year. Decided to figure out next step in life. So, while I am steadily moving towards what I want to do (and this will take a few years), I have signed up as an advisor (part time) to some consultancy firms…

      5. lets start with the first question –
        I’m pursuing Chartered Accountancy, going to give my finals this November and surprisingly I do not have the jitters of writing the exam for the first time.

        Inspire me because unlike a lot of people who do not know what they want in life and continue to get churned in the grind of life only to complain and make excuses about the same when they have aged, you on the other hand have taken constructive steps towards it ๐Ÿ™‚

        I’m absolutely clueless on what I want to do in life, unfortunately I don’t have any dream of sorts too. The only thing that I know is that I want a stable and secure life and definitely not get married/be dependent on someone else for my finances.

      6. Hmmm.. Okay. Now, don’t get too inspired by me. I spent years in the corporate world, following the corporate dream. It was good, and stressful. I got to travel the world, to live in China and Singapore. Yet, when I quit, I was in a daze for several months. A state of “business” had been replaced by a state of having lots of time. The fog has not fully lifted, but it is.
        Look into your heart. Independence is good. This is important. But, look into your heart, and you will find your path. Believe me, it is not easy. Mine seems to be evolving as I speak

      7. haha ๐Ÿ˜€ I and my parents doubt if I would ever get married, that way I’m safe. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€

      8. By the way just so you know, I’m currently reading all your posts and they are seriously good.
        Have you thought of writing for newspapers though?
        The article on not to cuss has to get published far and wide for people to realize that it isn’t polite!

  4. Hi Sir, I was just roaming on your website. I could see all those stuffs I wanted to do in my life. (talking only about your passion – not profession) Great job keep it growing ๐Ÿ™‚ best of luck sir

    1. But I must tell you, that I am contemplating half abandoning the CrookedImagez blog, and reviving my Loki blog. That is a blog for dark, sometimes gory, writing!

  5. Hello! I just thought I’d drop by as I noticed that I never actually thanked you for following my blog. So thank you! Seriously, I appreciate it. I quite enjoy following yours, so thanks for that also. You’re quite good at it.
    Blessings!

  6. Oh my well you certainly look corporate. I’m a corporate girl as well so I like that approach! You also have a great catchy name so I’m sure that works in your favor. You look a lot like someone I work with. It’s amazing how one can resemble someone, thousands of miles away! I think you are doing great on all front! Although I have to be honest. I’ve only visited a few times but now I’m following your email alerts so I won’t miss the next except! I see you also love photography. Yay for you! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thanks. Well, I used to be very corporate. What corporate do you do? Now, I try and consult

      I am currently negotiating a tattoo with my son. He does not want his future kids to have a goth grandpa.

      I do love photography….

      1. I’m in the oil & gas business I’m an editor and art director for a weekly industry related magazine. What kind of consulting do you do?

        I find that interesting my daughter and I are looking at tattoos as well. I think we’ll get matching ones. I’m the kind of mom that chooses my battles. Tattoos are simply a great teaching tool. We settle on “She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs at the days to come.” Just trying to decide where because she recently starting working as a nurse so businesses tend to frown on showing them. ๐Ÿ˜€ Maybe we’ll forget and wouldn’t that be nice! ๐Ÿ˜€

        I love photography as well. I hired a lot of photographers but now I’ve settled for corporate submissions most companies have their own professional photos so that is great for me saves time.

        Good luck on your tattoo negotiations.

      2. I was in consumer goods (food), healthcare, nutrition and then was President of our company in India. I worked for a Dutch company at the end, and my boss and I did not get along. He is a Member of the Global Managing Board, so I quit! In a way, I am glad I did.
        the consulting that I am seeking to build up is in nutrition and health. And, I want to help market low cost structures for warehouses, schools etc.

        All until I am confident that I can be independent (income wise) with writing and photography.

        And thanks. I need the luck for the tattoo negotiations. My daughter and I have agreed that I can get one when she gets one. My son is left!

      3. Wow good for you on the move working towards being independent. I think it is hard when you don’t see eye to eye with you boss for sure! I’ve noticed that happens a lot. I see our business going in a direction that maybe his experience is not quiet as seasoned as mine. I’ve been in the publishing business for 25+ years and I’ve seen a lot of changes. Only time till tell but nothing beats hard work and determination to better your environment! I wish you good luck in that area!

        I think healthcare is a wonderful field. My daughter is a nurse, just started a new job with a wonderful hospital here in Tulsa, Oklahoma! I love that you and your daughter are waiting to get tattoos. I used to be that person that said NOT me but I’ve learned I had all these silly rules for myself, so why not let your hair down and experience something I had a mindset against!

        I think becoming confident in your writing and photography is a wonderful project of self examination. I’m a graphic design/illustrator have always been an artist but I find the more I do this professionally I a stretched in ways I had not imagined possible. Some of the do shake my confidence which I am currently dealing with. Run toward the roar of fear, which I am…I am also reminded of this the violent take it by force and I’m bold but in this area more timid. So much to be learned I think. As for photography….I am an amateur and will always be and I’m ok with that! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a super day! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Hi Rajiv. Thank you for following my blog, fur out the closet, which led me to your interesting blog ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like your style of writing and approach to life and I am looking forward to reading more.
    You must also care about animals?
    Best wishes,
    Emy

    1. Thanks. Yes, I do care about animals a lot. Sadly, non animal humans ( to use your description!) are being treated badly, without regard, and are disappearing too fast

  8. Hey you didn’t post today! I came here to visit and see and I see new photos and I love them! Look at you all being corporate! I love it! The hat and glasses were you a secret shopper? Ok so I’ll be back!

    1. Oh. I will probably post tomorrow. I am mulling over a three part series of posts – difficult ones, and am wondering how to start and draw the connections.

      1. Yes if you are writing you have to do that for sure! ๐Ÿ˜€ I just get on my computer and whatever comes to my mind I do it. That’s what I do at night and my friend Belinda is on online and we text and comment back and forth. Wow exciting Friday night! I love it though!

      2. OH gosh. I didn’t know how to comment. I have a huge one but nothing I would post publicly. This one is very close and personal so I’ll just comment that things are so different in other countries. I have a very strong opinion about this. Maybe I’ll email you about it one day! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. In the days when i had shoulder length hair and smoked weed, i fancied myself as a rock star, I was told that I am like the Gaulish bard, Cacofonix. Dreams died!

  9. I nominated you for the โ€˜One Lovely Bog Awardโ€™. If youโ€™d like to accept and participate, check out the post on my blog. If not, you’re welcome anyway!

      1. Did you figure it out yet? If my blog is still no longer available then I need to fix this bug, which I dont know how to ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. @”The Norse God I like the most, is Loki.” – I like him, too… ๐Ÿ™‚ glad to have come across your awesome blog… my very best, tons of inspiration and friendly thoughts, cheers! Mรฉlanie

  11. I’m delighted that your “neural network started to unravel”, and your “neurones started to fall in a confused heap on the floor”! Looking forward to seeing in your photos and reading in your blog how the reassemble goes!

  12. Hey Rajiv!
    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. I quite enjoy your writing and your photography, and I hope you’ll accept.
    Details can be found here. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

      1. Vrindavan is our main pilgrimage place, from where we would go to other holy places. This is my guru’s website, although it’s his dedicated servants that have been maintaining it. He departed in his early 90s about three years ago. You will see his photo as the page opens up. His name is Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja and all teachings there are from him and other such elevated maha-bhagavats in guru-parampara lineage: http://www.purebhakti.com/

  13. Hello my friend. What an amazing blog you have. It is interesting, engaging, user friendly and vibrant.
    I look forward to returning soon.
    In the interim though I am really pleased that you liked and now follow my own. That means a lot
    Kind Regards
    Bob

  14. Thank you for the follow Rajiv, I appreciate it very much! An entertainingly-worded bio you have here. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m off to check out more of your photographs…

  15. Hi Rajiv. I have an idea for a collaborative blog project and would like to invite you to partner with me. After following your blog for several years, I think we might have similar interests. My idea is to highlight forward thinkers from a variety of fields (the arts, design, technology, medicine, culture…) from around the world. Can you contact me at: patriciamoed@gmail.com if you are interested? I hope you are!

  16. “Discover Your Voice” love it! What can be better than sharing your authentic voice with others.
    Best wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

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