A Chess Player’s Perspective

Fierce Competition, Strategy, Leadership, and Other things

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The classical notion compares ‘Chess’ and ‘Business’ from a and perspective. We’ll try to understand the true objectives of each with fresh air and debunk the classical ideas for our success in both Chess and Business Strategy.

Chess is an intense game with a highly focused objective to defeat the opponent with a psychological bloodlust. But, do businesses operate the same way? Let’s see —

What Is Game Theory? According to…


8 Valuable Lessons learned building my start-up

Spot the next big Idea [Image designed by Author]

This part of the series is about having an eye for opportunities. You will learn what differentiates successful entrepreneurs from the rest of the crowd and how they take a leap forward! Steve jobs called these people round pegs in the square hole. But do you need to be different from others? If yes, what’s the key to spotting that gold mine others could not?

I am sharing lessons I learned from my time building the PlanMyHealth.com business in India (2011).

Think about our…


How working at a start-up shaped my perspectives

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My blog series is about my learning and experiences working for early-stage startups and entrepreneurship experiences and how it changed me as a professional. My journey might help you learn about my outlook in the early stages of my career and how that helped me grow, the lessons I learned, and the challenges I faced working for startups.

Flashback 2008, I was fresh out of college with a job offer from a prestigious Civil Engineering company in APAC. After 5th semester of my college, I knew I did not want to pursue Civil Engineering as a career. However, It was…


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At one point, someone called me a ‘Nerd.’ My first reaction was being a bit defensive about this remark, but then I learned that being one helped me in many ways. I am not saying socializing is not essential, nor am I saying that leave everything and be a nerd today! I am just saying, being comfortable in our own skins is the beginning of inner peace and confidence!

So let’s break it down a bit.

There is nothing wrong…


‘Raya The Last Dragon’

Give ‘them’ a second chance, and you will see the magic unfold

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I have always been a fan of Disney movies, not just because of their technical sophistication and exciting characters, but because their stories always have a strong message.

‘Raya, The Last Dragon,’ is no exception!

There are no spoilers in this article! However, if you have watched the movie already, you’ll be able to relate to these:

It doesn’t sound right somehow, especially if you have trust issues. It’s natural to have a fear of being betrayed or abandoned.

How can trusting people empower them?

The movie was able to land the point that trusting…


Productivity hacks to get things done like a boss

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That one notification on our phone can easily distract us. We touch our phones more than 100 times everyday. Dopamine!!

In our most crucial professional moments, we tend to lose focus from our important priorities, be it people or the task at hand. As a result, staying productive is increasingly difficult for most of us unless we consciously make an effort to be effective.

Mobile phones and Social Media usage is alarmingly on the rise as well: According to Facebook’s quarterly report Q1'2021 -

Abhay Paliwal

Product Specialist at Google (Los Angeles). He has 12 years of rich professional experience working for start-ups and silicon valley giants.

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