Connect.

If you’re trying to reach out to say hello or say something nice, have a question or complaint or suggestion about something, or if there’s something you don’t see here that you’d like to know, then you should @me on Instagram / LinkedIn / Twitter.

I try to respond to as many posts as possible. I know that’s not as satisfying as sending a direct email but my inbox is a big fat mess and when I made it public there were too many messages to respond so they just went unread - that sucks for everyone.

If you are nearby and want to connect personally or want a couple of minutes of my time on the phone, or in person, have a business or startup idea you want to talk to me about, or want to share something you made with me, or want to get me involved in what you’re doing or want me to collaborate on some of your other projects, or anything that involves a commitment of time, any amount of time, I very very gently have to say no. Saying no is hard.

So many extraordinary circumstances that should warrant me saying yes, but I can’t. It’s a hard, inflexible no.

Family comes first, work second and whatever is left over I like to use for me which is usually travel. There is no time left for yes, even if that means missing opportunities.

Paul Graham really nails why saying yes for a quick coffee can be so destructive to the creative process - give ‘this’ a read to understand the maker’s schedule. Ryan Holiday penned ‘this’ pointed essay to everyone who asks for just a little of your time.

It’s brilliant, I wish I’d written it. I am sorry for no, but it’s not without reason.

People.

These people taught me things that I could not have learnt otherwise.

A V, Suchendra.
Adams, Vesely.
Agarwal, Bharat.
Aknoji, Anand.
Albert, Thomas.
Allagui, Anis.
Alva, Praveen.
Ansari, Yusuf.
Anvekar, Rohit.
Banejee, Spandan.
Bansal, Amrita.
Barve, Aditya.
Barve, Shalmali Patkar.
Bhangare, Kaustubh.
Cervinkova, Katrina.
Chahal, Dapinder.
Chhabra, Vaibhav.
Chougule, Umesh.
Das, Prasoon G.
Dave, Poulomi.
Desai, Ashutosh.
Desai, Gauri.
Desai, Shirish.
Divos, Erika Jimena Montalvo.
Dodhia, Khyati.
Dolas, Akshay.
Dongare, Praveen.
Drake, Gemma.
D’Souza, Adolf.
D’Souza, Lloyd.
D’Souza, Mark.
D’Souza, Richard.
D’Souza, Winston.
Fernandes, Annie.
Fernando, Thomas.
Fuchs, Carl Justus.
Gabajiwala, Tasneem.
Gupta, HN Srikanth.
Gupta, Nikita.
Hegde, Pawan.
Hernandez, Penelope.
Ingalagi, Nagesh.
Jagger, Prashin.
Jain, Ankit.
Jayarajan, Ashwin.
Jayarajan, Geeta.
Jha, Shashank.
Joshua, Sneha.
Kadabi, Aditya.
Kalra, Sukhda.
Kamath, Deepa.
Kedia, Akshat.
Kenkre, Siddhi.
Khanolkar, Suyash.
Kharsati, Elgiva.
Khemalapure, Shreyank.
Khundrakpam, Sushilkumar.
Knight, Harry.
Konarikova, Michala.
Koutumbeerkar, Prashant.
Kubski, Kathrina.
Maheo, Asoni.
Maheshwari, Sachin.
Mahidharia, Anool.
Martin, Sara.
Masurkar, Jayesh.
Mathew, Abish.
MD, Mushab.
Modak, Balwant.
Moghe, Yash.
Mohandas, Manjusha.
Mohe, Sanjay.
Mohite, Rohit.
Mutkekar, Prasad.
Naik, Surabhi.
Nair, Sudeip.
Nambiar, EPG.
Natverlal, Piyush Prince.
Ortiz, Elian Miroslav Lopez.
Pai, Shivangi.
Patade, Yugandhar.
Patel, Anushree Hiren.
Patkar,Mandar.
Patkar, Pallavi.
Patkar, Sarthak.
Pesswani, Monica.
Pesswani, Nikita.
Philip, Sebastian.
Pinishetti, Srushti.
Poojary, Shivani.
Pradeep, Ankita.
Quimson, Ezra Leih.
Rai, Nitya.
Rana, Pradeep.
Rastogi, Krishna.
Rathod, Shraddha.
Renteria, Eric Gregory Lovell.
Rohida, Sakshi.
Saboji, Sharan.
Sadalage, Vishal.
Sahai, Arjit.
Salvi, Ashwini.
Samant, Dhananjay.
Samant, Kunal.
Samant, Mitalee.
Samant, Neha.
Samant, Nilima.
Samant, Raghunandan.
Samant, Shirish.
Sangolli, Padma.
Sawalkar, Prajakta.
Sethi, Kaushal.
Shah, Prachi.
Sharma, Akash.
Shetty, Chetan.
Shiroshi, Akshay.
Sridhar, Madhusudhan.
Sridharan, Shruti.
Swat, Justyna.
Talreja, Pooja.
Tavargeri, Avani.
Thelekkat, Jayarajan.
Thelekkat, Mohandas.
Timmermans, Thies.
Upasani, Sonali.
Van Gelder, Elke.
Varadkar, Neha.
Varadkar, Ramchandra.
Varadkar, Santosh.
Vora, Shyam.
Wadhwani, Sakshi.
Yalgi, Mohit.

These are the names of the people who signed up to be a part of Your Mail Project. They gave me an opportunity to contribute to your lives.

Agarwal, Parul.
Anbazhagan, Eyamuna.
Baddpujari, Samruddhi.
Bafna, Raina.
Bhat, Mahima.
Bhatnagar, Sonia.
Birje, Prabhuti.
Buragohain, Denim.
Chavan, Neha.
Chevuturi, Lahari.
Das, Ishita.
Das, Meghana.
Dass, Madhuri.
Deshpande, Amrut.
Doctor, Hiral.
Gabajiwala, Tasneem.
Gatpa, Vaishnavi.
Gedam, Vivek.
Inaya, Fouzul.
Jain, Deeksha.
Jallu, Sawab.
Jhalani, Stuti.
K, Sushmita.
Kalra, Sukhda.
Kanji, Devpria.
Kashalkar, Bhairavi.
Kaur, Divnoor.
Krishnan, Gauthamy.
Mahajan, Ishika.
Mahajan, Devika.
Malik, Gazala.
Misra, Seema.
Mohanraj, Keerthika.
Mustaufi, Dibyashree.
Nagaraj, Dyuthi.
Nara, Sapna.
Nath, Siddhartha.
Pandey, Sunita.
Patade, Yugandhar.
Perhar-Arora, Sonia.
Phodkar, Sairaj.
Rathod, Shraddha.
Reddy, Anisha K.
Roy, Arsha.
Salunke, Aditi.
Salvi, Ashwini.
Samant, Kushal.
Samant, Mitalee.
Satish, Dhanya.
Shah, Avani.
Shah, Karishma.
Sharma, Shivani.
Shivaraj, Hemanth.
Singh, Yashna.
Sukesh, Sonali.
Suryawanshi, Pranali.
Talakad, Aishwarya Lakshmi.
Tandon, Shivani.
Thakkar, Niyati.
Venkataraman, Harini.
Yadav, Chandrakala.