And why read me?

Because you will feel better, I guarantee it.

Positive words, good thoughts, dot connections that bring out the chuckle inside you — when you are done reading.

P.S. These words are also records for my young daughters to read someday. Words hidden in plain sight.

Karthik Rajan is the author…


Family |Life Lessons |Parenting

I badly want to share them with my teenage daughter and I wish I knew them earlier in my life.

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I am venturing into new territory. My oldest daughter is in middle school. When I was her age, I didn’t enjoy being preached. That I remember.

I can’t recall what worried me the most then. So, I did the second best option — I researched what worries most teenagers:

  • Anxiety…


Food | Parenting | Family

Quick, easy and tasty (and dollops of parenting around food).

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My kids and me are blessed.

One thing that is common between my wife and my mom — both are great mothers. They have one thing fundamentally in common — they are mega efficient planners. They habitually soak their food and ferment it ahead. …


Givers, Takers, The Smart Ones and The Super Smart Ones. I wish I knew earlier — great parents fall into the last category.

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When I was young, I thought I needed to achieve.

When I was young, I was taught to be nice to others.

What I needed all along was to connect.

Why did all this come flooding back? I was recently watching something interesting on TV tidbits. Apparently, with COVID cases…


5 words, That’s it

I am a collector of hidden treasures in plain sight. Words — simple, ordinary words — used slightly differently can uplift our conversations.

1. Something vs. Anything: What I learned from Doctor’s language.

Prof. John Heritage of University of California, Los Angles studied how patients responded to a simple follow-up question, “is there anything else we need to take care…


Parenting | Life Lessons | Personal Enhancement

Good, peaceful karma comes from learning at any age from anyone, anywhere — at home and even at work.

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Exactly seven years ago, one late Sunday morning, I had a bowl in hand and was cajoling my younger daughter to have few more morsels of food.

My then 6 year old, older daughter, was in the same room- she was apparently doing her own thing but I knew she…


The catch: Her “for women by a woman” enterprise took her 21 years to build. The cool fact: she bootstrapped (borrowed no money) through the whole journey after starting it with $5000 from her savings.

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2020 pandemic hit.

Like most businesses,Sara’s business too took a hit.

But she was more worried about other woman entrepreneurs.

She knew the feeling. She could relate.

She donated 5 million to support 1000 female owned business. That’s Sara Blakely for you.

In her words, “My hope is that this…


Self | Life

No one is going to value you more than you value yourself. Here is how Rodney did it.

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Rodney is my first client. He is a little quiet and he is a little shy.

It took Rodney a while to play his cards well.

Here is his journey from school years to middle age.

How I met Rodney with a Winston Churchill story

My opener — Winston Churchill once said something along these lines, “It’s a good…


Chuckles for things you can’t unsee anymore that I wish I had known earlier in life.

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I went to a used car dealership once. I was walking through the lot quietly.

The dreaded thing happened.

A car salesperson swung by asking what was my top criteria. I said, “kids safety.” He asked me to look at the Subaru. It has top safety rating. I pushed back…


Adapt your words, see how it changed a blind man’s earnings in this short read.

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Dinner is a great time to start conversations.

My daughters asked me a powerful, yet simple, question. What is one thing you want us to remember forever?

I said, “Words wield great power. Build your positive words beyond words like awesome. It’s life’s greatest habit hidden in plain sight.”

They…

Karthik Rajan

Stories to fuel your mind. Theme: life’s hidden treasures in plain sight. Goal: Warm tone, solid content, crisp stories. About me: one google search away.

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