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Taking risk allows you to challenge yourself. But there are all kinds of risk takers, impulsive ones, and calculative ones to name a few. The calculative guys are those who have been to school, the impulsive ones are well, like gamblers. Once they have made the first kill, they can’t stop. It is the same spirit that rules the entrepreneurs. They are not afraid of failure, they have to start something and they will continue to throw the dice, risking everything.

Tigers, Gamblers, Entrepreneurs - Corbett Jungle The exhilaration of the adventure drives them to challenge all odds and eggs them on to test new limits. And they begin to enjoy the challenges, like serial entrepreneurs who are continuously testing new grounds. One can understand how easy it is to get addicted to this new high of challenging the known for the unknown.

Embracing the unknown doesn’t mean giving up the familiarity of home to embrace the jungle, but to feel the exhilaration it brings in order to be rejuvenated, energized and be born again and, to look at life in a whole new perspective.

Like when I went in search of a tiger in the jungles of Corbett. Did I find my tiger? May be, may be not, but I surely came back burning bright like a tiger who is the king of the jungle.

In search of a Tiger

I was vacationing in Uttaranchal and dying to see the tiger in its natural habitat. The fact is, after two days in the Jim Corbett National Tiger Park, I hadn’t seen a single tiger. I was beginning to doubt.  Are there tigers at all? I had heard there are at least 200 of them in the jungle, so where were they? This is the same kind of self-doubt many people in business ask themselves when they don’t make a sales kill, am I in the right place, at the right time?

Early morning at 5:30am Govind Singh Bist walked in with his shy smile and asked. “Would you like to take a nature walk in the jungle?” Of course! I jumped at the opportunity.

Neither of us carried any gadgets (except my Cyber-shot) or weapons to defend ourselves from the wild animals or water. Govind was an amateur ornithologist who took this thick book of birds wherever he went. I was in my cushy corduroy Crocs that made me feel like the ad says ‘walk on clouds.’

Should I have worn a different pair of shoes, be more prepared and have carried something more robust, I began to wonder. Some products are designed so well you almost forget you have them on, they call them deep products, but if you ask me, good products are not good for you all the time.

The jungle looked awesome with mountains on one side and the Kosi river all around its border. But the river was pebble dry and no animals came near the river. We kept walking in the heat of the jungle.  My companion was not much of a talker; he spoke the nouns and acted the verbs beyond which, there was no need for language. Indian Pitta!, he would cry out in muffled excitement,  and flap his arms like a bird to indicate flying, and whisper ‘Pakistan,’ enough for me to understand that the bird had come from the neighboring country. So you see, Communication gap has nothing to do with language, it is about the ‘willingness’ to communicate.

Corbett, Mountain, Dry Kosi RiverAs we walked deeper into the jungle I recalled my dad telling me that the best navigation in the world is internal. Trusting my instincts, I instantly began to put my senses into use. I sniffed like a dog, arched my ears to record every sound of the jungle and recorded in my brain every visual I saw. Thus I stored in my brain the data from my senses; the smell of Eucalyptus trees and a variety of flora, the images of the pebbled river and the fort of mountains, and the now distant hum of the Gypsies on safari. By this time, we had walked 3 kms.

Then there was this distinct tree that instantly rooted in my memory like it were a Bodhi tree of sorts that awakened all my senses. The tree was a home of harmony sheltering more than a 100 varieties of birds. I decided it was my navigation point and set the Geo tag in my mind for the Lat and the Long. Soon, I learnt that the birds came here from all over the world, as far as Russia taking nearly seven months to migrate and making this jungle their temporary home. I began to admire these tenacious multinational birds even as I began to marvel their cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence.

As we continued to walk I suddenly saw the skeleton of a cow. It was obvious the king of the jungle had enjoyed a good meal not too long ago. My skin tingled as we walked further in silence. The air was tense; we could feel the heat on our skin.

Snake skin - did the snake eat something bigFew steps further, we spotted the skin of a dead snake. This is just a snake slough, not to worry I told myself and moved on thinking of various medicinal uses of snake slough. I believe it cures a wide range of diseases such as hypertension, skin disease, arthritis and cancer. But does it cure fear?

No such medicine unless you are delirious enough to believe a drink will help you overcome fear. I was never much of a drinker but deep in the jungle you are prone to weird thoughts. This is not the right time or place (Opposite to Bill Gates words of Wisdom) to get lost, moreover I have an evening flight to catch! I took a deep breath and hurried along. Then, I heard the sky rumble, god it was going to rain and, and we were lost!It is going to rain

“Govind, follow me close and quick”, I said taking on the role of a guide now. He followed me without a moment’s loss. It was all coming back to me in bits and pieces; when situations change, we leaders need to be agile enough to change! I looked for signs that I had stored in my memory. The mountains, the pebbled river, the eucalyptus trees and, and as I turned around I could see the river in all the directions of the jungle, and so were the mountains, and wait a minute now, so were the eucalyptus trees! We were going in circles, or the jungle was all around us, I know not which, but we were surely in the middle of a big crisis!
Muki holding his true companion - the "STICK"I picked up a forked stick that I thought could pierce into any flesh but it just about helped clear my way. And with a brave heart I took long strides guided by instinct more than anything. After about 200 meters of instinct management, Govind pointed to some monkeys on the treetops. Now, hang on for a second, the monkeys were surely telling us something! Just then, I could hear a strong movement nearby. We stopped walking. My heartbeat increased. The wind rustled.  We held our breath. For a few moments, we heard nothing. Nothing at all.  There was this hushed silence. We waited for a few more minutes before we decided to move.

We were about to move ahead, when suddenly a huge antler jumped out of nowhere. It had huge frightening horns that could easily poke you to death. This guy was easily over 1200 pounds(550 kgs). And, before we overcame the sudden shock, another sprang right behind it. Then another, and another, and another. A continuous train of speeding antlers jumping the shit out of me! Jumping and running along in full steam they went past us without stopping. Shocked, we hid next to the nearest tree giving way for the speeding herd to pass on. We surely didn’t want to be part of the antler stampede!

Deer - beautiful animalsI had never been more frightened in my life than by the herd of Sambar. Govind would tell me later that Sambars are the larger members of the deer family that have antlers growing to up to 1 meter in length!

We had barely heaved a sigh of relief when my companion jumped in excitement. Now what, I thought. Yeah I had asked for adventure but we just had one didn’t we? Govind was pointing to a fresh pile of dung! What the hell? Tusker, tusker, wild tusker! he said looking around. I remember when I was a small boy I used to stamp on fresh elephant dung in my village, cuz it had medicinal values (Don’t ask me what it cured, I merely followed the footsteps of other friends *smiles*)Elephant Dung

I asked him, how safe we were from this tusker to which, he simply nodded his head. But what I really wanted to know was if the tiger was around somewhere, “is the err-the-tigerrr around somewhere?” He nodded his head again like before. “What if he attacks us?” I asked him innocently. He stopped, turned around and looked me in my eye and told me in a full-blown sentence, “The tiger is the king of the jungle”.

LizardAfter we made it to the hotel, I heard from various sources the same sentence over and again, in different languages by different people at different times, but the same sentiment expressed repeatedly.

That night when my driver dropped me to the airport I overheard him telling my four-year-old daughter not to be afraid of the Tiger who is ‘’jungle ka raja hai

And then it dawned on me that the tiger is not the predator roaming in the jungle, he is the one hiding in the heart that we need to set free.

110 Responses

  1. Ananya Deb
    September 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    very few writers can write so visually that it encompasses your senses, as i read the story even i could smell the Eucalyptus trees and a variety of flora,i could see the images of the pebbled river and the fort of mountains.. but i really thought there will be a tiger coming out from the wild, i was waiting for Blake’s “Tyger Tyger burning bright,
    In the forests of the night” moment.(Though it was a morning, and i am happy you are alive and you didn’t have any epic encounter with the tiger, at least not the literally one) But about your realization, i totally agree we need to set the tiger in us free then only we can conquer the world. thanks for the article it is truly inspiring.

  2. Naina Jude
    May 18, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Good afternoon sir,

    This post is so visually stimulating and evokes such a strong emotional response that even though I haven’t been in quite this situation I could fully connect to the fear and excitement you went through. I think this is possible, besides the fact of your verbal prowess, because those of us who harbour dreams of entrepreneurship know all too well the haunting fear of being lost in the metaphorical forest while trying to ensure our new endeavour makes it through. Thank you for sharing this rich experience with us.

    Regards,

    Naina Jude

  3. Pritha Upmanyu
    May 14, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Hello sir,

    I am honestly inspired by your article, the way you have made us understand the meaning of entrepreneurship its amazing. Along with you I also experienced your jungle trip and accordingly correlated it with entrepreneurship. Through the photographs and expressions I was easily able to guess out the literary meaning behind writing this article and motivating others, at every single movement you took in jungle you explained how entrepreneur take the risks(both the impulsive & the calculative), initiatives(being a guide to govind at the right time), enjoy challenges(checking out the dung to get the clue for Tiger), manage instinct(trusting your instincts to take risk), take right decision at right time, be patient(waiting for the Antler to pass). And most importantly to fight against one’s fear which you explained in the last line “tiger is not the predator roaming in the jungle, he is the one hiding in the heart that we need to set free.”
    Thank you for the inspiration. I hope to read more inspiring articles written by you.
    Regards,
    Pritha Upmanyu.

  4. suhas
    May 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Muki,
    very nice article , as i was reading this, i felt the silence of the forest and a million thoughts running in my mind will everyone make out safe, yup the climax did!
    the presence and control of mind is what makes a great deal.
    we all need guidance if not all the time definitely at right turning point, as you said earlier taking risk is the key all we need is to unlock the dreams.
    appreciate the support and thought!

    Thanks and Reagrds
    Suhas S

  5. Damodharan
    April 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Muki,

    Nice post,really inspired with the comparison tells many things to face the challenges in the real world.

  6. vanitha
    February 27, 2015 at 5:55 am

    hello sir,
    your article of entrepreneur is very much inspiring. And your narration of the fact with the photos added for particular scene made me to imagine and understand the article very well.
    Nice reading your blog!
    Thank you
    regards
    vanitha

  7. Jennifer Rebello
    February 27, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Hi Muki,

    I must say…I really liked your expressions in the blog..I was almost lost reading it and felt like I experienced the adventure of the walk in the jungle. I guess I would have perfectly reacted the same of how u did when the herd of antlers passed by or the other things that you got to see around.

    Although this was just an experience you shared which most one of us I am sure would have come across some point of time in life whether in the jungle or in the villages…it also highlighted on a few points that we need to reflect upon. The eye-catcher was the line that said, “The calculative guys are those who have been to school, the impulsive ones are well, like gamblers.”….I guess each one of us has the willingness to do something on our own..but we do not want to take any risk…we are hiding the tiger within us and want to just be like one of the antlers in the herd following the other..

    Cheers..and keep writing..I hope to read more articles that you have written.

    regards,
    Jennifer Rebello.

  8. Sanjay Gowda
    January 31, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Muki, You have really shared your thoughts well, This is not only motivating but has made me change the way of thinking, Whenever I start off with something I always think of giving my best, face any risk, but as time passes I often loose interest, reading some blogs like what you have written, refills my enthusiasm, Also you have taken time to write this blog and definitely inspired many others who are reading this blog. why I am saying this is , I often search for help like in terms of coding when I am stuck in websites like stackoverflow, but when I get off with a solution , i feel lazy or dont bother to post it , without giving a second thought that it would be helpful to others,so hats off for this Muki..

  9. Deepak
    January 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Hello Mr.Muki ,

    This was a pretty inspiring article. I could actually imagine the scenes of your description and like the way the article brings creative thoughts that relates an true Entrepreneur’s day to day plan to reach successes.
    Nice reading your blog. looking forward for more.
    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Deepak

  10. chandrashekhar K
    January 26, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Dear muki sir, wish you happy republic day.. first of all i thank you for giving me to read your inspiration article.
    We learnt from this is, ” We have to take any risk in our life to get experience regardless of thinking its success or failure, and it will remain in our memories and we feel proud of our self.
    I feel proud on your work.

    Thank you.

  11. Mahim Murulya
    January 14, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Dear Muki Sir ,

    I read your blog often for the ‘feel-good factor’ it gives me . Keep us motivating . Thanks a lot sir.

  12. Tharick Ahamed
    January 7, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Hello Muki, thanks for sharing this!

    I liked the way of your comparison. I just inspired. I just want to say something about you,

    “Everybody can ready to take risks, but only few of them can shine, you are the few of one.!”

  13. vaishali khariwal
    December 28, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Hi muki,
    It’s always a great feeling in reading out someone’s article. A article that emphatise you, is something great about it. Nature is something which always inspire’s you & gives you knowledge about facts of life. Wherever we are and wherever we will be, ground is that base we are always connected with. We should always learn from the enviornment, bacause it help us to mould & inspire us to do something for betterment of life.

    Regards
    Vaishali

  14. kadaini shashi
    November 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Hi Muki sir. I’m a great fan of you. I just cancelled my plan of doing MS in Singapore and came back to India to work under you. I hope I get a chance to work in Pepper Square. I’m least bothered about the salary. Because I want to work, just for my passion to work under you. I don’t work for sake of salary. I’m ready to work without salary. I just love your attitude. You are really great by SOUL bro. I cant express my respect towards you through mere words. I want to show it by working under you. REALLY I FEEL LIKE THANKING YOUR PARENTS FOR BRINGING SUCH A PURE MAN INTO THIS WORLD… (THANK YOU DAD AND MUMMY FOR GIVING ME SUCH A GOOD BROTHER).

  15. Muralimanohar G
    November 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Hello Muki,
    Article is very well written and some points you’re taken was too good to note.

    * The Comparison you made Entrepreneurs with Gamblers. Gamblers are addicted with gambling likewise the entrepreneurs addicted to do what they love.

    * Like Searching for a tiger we are searching the meaning of life. finally we will realize that life is not a meaning it is a Desire.

    * Taking risks is always essential for people like you. It mold us to different shape. For Few people it come from birth and few through circumstance and few through experience.

    you have some uniqueness instead of :) you’re using smiles..

    keep smiling .

    Regrads,
    Muralimanohar.G

  16. Deepa
    September 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Reading experience of others sometimes inspires you. But living that experience makes your life worth. Connecting your life with nature gives knowledge worth learning & sharing. Moreover we understand whatever heights we achieve we have to be on this ground. Such adventures helps us re-mould our ideas, thought process & freshen up our mind.

  17. Vineet G Nair
    September 18, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Dear Mr.Mukki,

    A creatively crafted article to share your experiences in the business and life. Very cleverly narrated, very interconnecting put together as a tale sharing you adventure in the wonderful journey.

    Pretty amazing, inspiring and I appreciate the most, that unprepared you have ventured in with great spirits and unarmed you have decided to continue. Seen the beauties and the worst, allmost lost yourself and found once the path, risked it all, learned new lessons and enlightened yourself from experiences you had in the wonderful adventure.

    But an unexpected ending, you set out to find the Tiger not feel it with in. You have always had a tiger within, for if you did not, you would never have ventured on this journey.

    I wish, I read sometime sooner that you meet one. I prefer the ending that way.

    Regards,
    Vineet

  18. Akash K
    July 29, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Muki,
    This is a really well crafted and well narrated article which shows how well of a story teller you are.I really liked the way how you related your experience in the jungle the way aspiring entrepreneurs think about the risks they are about to take and are stuck at a juncture where they are not sure whether to proceed further or to stay back in their own comfort zone. The key to embrace the risk and letting out the “Tiger” trapped inside you is to first question one self how badly you want to do it without worrying about the failures and focusing on the positive ones. When you worry too much about the failures it clogs your mind and your ability to think positively. Only when you learn to embrace your failures you truly get to know the meaning of success and can truly experience the feeling of “Jungle Ka Raaja”.

    P.S: A photo of the “Jungle ka Raaja” would have been an icing on the cake. Sad you couldn’t find him.

  19. May 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Muki,

    It’s nice you shared your experience in the jungle.

    In this world everything is interconnected with each other. Each and every experience will teach us a good lesson. Our life is also like jungle, were we may need to face unexpected pits and threatsJ Need to face lot of adventures, also some beautiful moments and happiness etc. The beautiful narration make me to simultaneously compare with our day today lifeJ

  20. Rajesh verma
    April 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    “”Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves”"

    Thanks for motivating and inspiring blog. Sir Keep blogging.

  21. Rajesh verma
    April 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Mr. Muki,

    It is awesome blog where you shared your past memories and I hope many people will admire from your thought and if some one take risks and he fails its not mean life ends. its ok mistakes happens but you must keep your past memories always in your mind you should not do again what you have done in your past you should learn from your self which thing you did wrong and how much fast you can learn and one day you will recognize that day no one can stop you

  22. Rangaraj
    April 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Risk Taking is an essential thing for entrepreneurs. for someone it gives excitement, confident, pride.but someone always stay away from that. for innovations, risk taking is very much needed. but he/she should have the ability to withstand the consequences after that, if it goes negatively.

    To be practical, everything is risk. even walking in the road! i think it is not an exaggeration. it is a small risk. that’s all. so, for an entrepreneur risk taking is a needed habit. for a great entrepreneur, it may be a inherent characteristics. and a leader will stand before the crowd, when it needed. the sky rumbled incident shows that.

    but i would be happy, if you had seen THE KING OF THE JUNGLE!

  23. February 5, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Nice article indeed. This theme is deeply rooted in Indian mythological stories and yes I can say its the “Timeless Truth”. Holds good as long as life exists!.

  24. Ashish Didwania
    December 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Talking about risk reminds me of the general finance theory, ‘higher the risk, higher the return’. But this return only seem to be in monetary expansion. In real life this relation can take various twists and turns, and the correlation might not always hold. Also,in real life the return talked about is subjective to individual preferences.

    At this note, I am reminded of the subjective notion of return as understood by me. To me, ‘return’ can simply be defined in terms of ‘happiness’. Higher return should connote more happiness and vice versa.

    So, does risk taking give more happiness? Yes, I believe so. Risk taking gets you to become more ‘vulnerable’ and as pointed by psychologist Brene Brown, it throws open the world of possibilities for you, through paths of exploration, iteration and courage.

    “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” – Brene Brown

  25. Shraddha
    December 20, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Hello Mr. Muki,

    I am very much inspired by reading this blog, they had gave me goosebumps.

    Very nicely scripted and it shows that you are a very good Story teller :) and obviously,I appreciate the photography too. :)

    Cheers !

  26. Rahul Matthew
    December 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Hi Muki,
    Your blog has definitely jogged my memory of my experience as I had travelled to Uttarkashi(Uttarkhand) for a vacation.As I reached the destination I saw a Herd of goats climbing a steep hill .If any of the goats slipped it would have lead to their death.But they followed this one goat all the way to the top without hesitation.An entrepreneur might have the best idea but he definitely needs the right people that follows him to help bring that idea into a reality.Sometimes it just takes a simple observation to bring out a fact that can be implemented by any person.

  27. Ruchi Kumari
    November 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Hello Mr.Muki,
    Really great blog ,I would say.It was great reading through it.The title ‘Tigers, Gamblers,Entrepreneurs’ itself conveys a thought that excel the path which you have chosen and give to it whatever it takes to make it a success.The title brings forth different aspects of living beings who excel in their respective areas but this all came only because of the risk they took to excel.The experience you shared tell us that never stop chasing your dreams and never be disheartened if you fail because its rightly been said failures are the pillars of success and success tastes best if one has ever tasted failure because it encourages you to work hard and with dedication towards your goal.One more thing I would say is that communication need not only be verbal it can even be expressed through other forms which others understand.

  28. November 20, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Muki,

    Hope you had some risky moments and learned some lessons which helps in life for taking decessions.Liked the way you compared your wildlife experience with life and management . “Communication gap has nothing to do with language, it is about the ‘willingness’ to communicate. ” – 100% agreed with these lines from some of my old experience .

  29. R Pavan Kumar
    November 8, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Hi Muki,

    I must say the article was thought provoking. We Indians take pride in working for some multinational and drawing handsome salaries to lead a risk free life. I rarely come across people who dream of starting their own enterprise and changing the world.

    The fact that USA is miles ahead of India in terms of economy is not that they have better brains or better access to resources than us. The differentiating factor is the entrepreneurial spirit that is instilled into the young their in their universities and society.

    In India, except for the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan and a few communities Entrepreneurship is frowned upon many times. I have personally observed this happening to many of friends and family members.

    This prompts a need for change in the way we educate our children. Parents must stop pushing their children to pursue engineering, medical or management courses. History and art are as important as science and technology. The day parents let their children pursue their dreams, India will be a much better place to live in.

    Regards,
    Pavan Kumar

  30. Linto Thomas
    October 29, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Hello Muki
    I have gone through your blog, thanks for sharing your experience.
    And each and every stage you were making it so curious. Highly motivating and inspiring blog.
    Thank you, keep Blogging…

  31. Linto Thomas
    October 29, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Hi Mr.Muki
    That was highly inspiring and motivating article. And I respect that you have taken adventure in your life and also you showed, we too must take the challenges and adventures in our career.

    Once again thank you for this blog Sir. keep blogging…

  32. Akansha
    October 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    An exciting and exhilarating read! keeps you glued to the blog till the end. At times, we all behave as if we are the predators, hunting for peace, success and recognition in life, but we fail to understand that if we set the tiger that hides in our heart free, hunting for these things will become immaterial. Rightly said that communication gap has nothing to do with language, its about ‘willingness’ to communicate but, It is also about the ‘willingness to be communicated to’. Like the trees, the eucalyptus smell, the poop all became a means of communication for you at some point of time giving you signs which wouldn’t have been understood otherwise.

  33. Priyanka S N
    October 1, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Hello mukhi,

    I felt too curious while reading this blog. Interesting and inspiring article.
    The first line of your article “Taking risk allows you to CHALLENGE yourself” made me get more curious about the article.
    “The tiger is the king of the jungle” is the perfect sentence you have used here to show being fearless towards the biggest risk.
    The more we expose to the difficulties,we learn many things and will be the most successful Person as you did it.

  34. vinothkumar
    August 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Its nice to read this article.

    From this story I learned some useful thoughts for life. What ever it is, when we get an opportunity to make unforgettable moments in our life we shouldn’t miss them. Because Life is unpredictable one (In Tamil we say “Ponaal Varadhu”).

    Our decisions change our life…

  35. GAURAV KUMAR NAYAK
    August 21, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Truly brilliant post,everything was so closely connected with the real world.
    Its you only which decide which way you have to go,the stories only gives you a brief idea what can happen in a sequential manner but only you which knows yourself better than any one and hence can decide what exactly to do………….

  36. shashank
    August 21, 2013 at 4:28 am

    You just staged how 3 extremely contrasting things guide you towards the same concept & how it motivated you… kudos to your vision!!!!!!!

  37. Sai Yoga
    June 7, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Dear Sir,

    Just Impressive and motivation…

    Best ever blog :)

    Cheers,,
    Sai.

  38. Aditya
    June 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Loved the article. I share the same interest.

  39. Suresh P
    September 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Hi Mukhi,

    I have gone through your experience rather than article in a wild jungle. I liked your comparison of wild life with human life in every step of your adventure. I also liked the framing of sentences very humorously. I felt, this sentence ” I believe it cures a wide range of diseases such as hypertension, skin disease, arthritis and cancer. But does it cure fear? ” very humorous. :)

    It was amazing to see the stick which helped you in your adventure was preserved well in your place and shows your respect to it.

    In fact, we believe that we are afraid of wild animals but we never realize that they are afraid of us. We have reprieved them of their freedom.

    Thanks Mukhi for giving a chance to go through this wonderful experience. While reading this, I am sure anyone can easily visualize themselves in your place. I wish you share more of your experiences. Have Good Time :)

    Suresh P

  40. Bhavana
    August 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Great view of management :)

  41. Madhu Ohri
    May 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Dear Muki
    Was prompted by adi to read the blog and believe me it brought back the memories of the two visits i had in that same natures lap with similar
    anticipation,expectation,excitement and desire to see what we fear yet its beauty fascinates us. ‘Tis true the tiger which is within us,our energy,our potential should be realized and used positively’.
    Good for the tigers that people like us cant reach their original habitat;Good for us as our insatiable desire will keep us taking there for more .
    Let the tiger Abode call you to keep getting answers to inexplicable.
    All the best for your next adventure.

  42. Deepa B karagi
    April 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Hi ,
    Mr . Mukhi

    I have gone through your blog , thanks for sharing your experience
    each and every time there was a expectation in the story which never turned up to reality which clearly indicates us to be prepared for any situation in life which throws light on human values .

    we are all learners in any stage of life there is no end to it . time and again it has been proven that if fear is in the tear is out you will never sucessed with fear and tears , always take up the challenge which is thrown by life wheather you succed are not need to accept and overcome all the opsticals that’s when you start to love your life …

    the blog also conveys the message that we are exploiting the nature to the extent where there is no nature animals left over or neither we adopt the unity and intergrity which is there in birds and animals for the peace and harmony of the world ..

    Hope to see many blogs of your’s to learn more and more in mere future…

    Thanks
    Regards
    Deepa

  43. Wasim
    April 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Hi Sir,
    The concept of “not having any special ingredient to make food tasty” it all about how we take challenges that comes to our life and get out of it.
    I am inspired by the few words like ” To attain success the risks has to be taken”
    “When situation change leaders need to be agile enough to change”

    Its a great lesson.

  44. Santosh
    March 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Muki,

    Nice one, ever person will have passion to be a gambler but most of them end up with “WHAT IF”. Until we take risk we would never achieve what we want (if you had not taken the risk of getting in the forest you would not have this sizzling memory to share with us). In my opinion being a gambler is important but we should be calculative gamblers!!

    Thanks

  45. Kamal
    March 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Hi Muki Sir,

    I have really moved by the blog you have updated.
    The following phrases are very true and impressive. Also which could be implemented in our day to-day lives.

    In order to attain success the risks has to be taken, the obstacles coming in our way should be treated as challenge, which will result in achieving the goals. Success is not a thing that could be achieved overnight but its a long journey which also includes failures. Hence its rightly said that ”
    Failure is the stepping stone to success”.
    Innovation brings energy and rejuvenate us, make us feel born again and to look at life in whole new perspective.
    Good products are not good for you all the time. Having ‘Patience’ is good but too much patience takes you nowhere.
    Communication gap has nothing to do with language, it is all about willingness to communicate. Similarly Knowledge.
    When situation change, we the leaders need to be agile enough to change. It shows the Leadership qualities like when circumstances demand we have to adapt different strategies and methodologies.
    This blog is similar to a story, “Girl Against the Jungle” by Juliane Koepcke :- where a girl rescues from the dreadful jungle to meet her father, who was waiting for her.

    Thank you.

    1. Muki
      March 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Hi Kamal,

      Thanks for reading my blog. I will read the story of Juliane Koepcke.

      There are 600 million people in india who are below the age group of 25. This is a remarkable opportunity for everyone of you to start thinking that you can create 100 Infosys or Wipro and million pepper square. All this starts with a simple thought of taking the path of unknown. Being adventureous is not only exciting but rewarding in the long run.

      80% of the youngsters i come across want to get easy money. Trust me i haven’t seen easy money in the last 18 years of my experience anywhere in the world.

      We must learn to communicate and that doesn’t mean that you speak in English. pepper square has a policy that you don’t need to speak English to communicate. And we encourage you to speak in your language which you are comfortable. This helps in bringing people together and they feel highly comfortable. There is so much we have to offer from India.

  46. Sukhada Chaudhary
    February 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    That was one amazing story, Muki! Going through this blog is a treat.. thoroughly enjoyed reading it. About those lines, ‘the tiger that we need to set free’ – those lines are just so true. All of us are capable of much more than we think we are, we just need to shed our inhibitions and go embrace the unknown!

    Cheers!

    1. Muki
      March 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

      It is one life Sukhada, you got to just start doing things. Too much of knowledge paralyze you if you don’t action it. Thx for reading my blog.

  47. February 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Dear Muki,

    You are really awesome !!!

    I could say you that this is not the blog to just read and move off..this gave me some inputs to be as ” The King of this society” :)

    I am really amazed by these phrases you mentioned

    “The tiger is the king of the jungle”….” good products are not good for you all the time”….

    Thanks muki, i am very glad to have u as my friend :)

    Hey muki, please inform me about the next adventure trip like this so that i can also join with u…..:)

    Look forward to reading about more adventures…..

    My heartful wishes to you and pepper square….

    Have a nice day….!!!

    Regards

    Satz

    1. Muki
      March 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Hi Satish,

      Thanks for your wishes.

      You will not join my next adventure trip, cuz you are still in your cubicles. First come out of it and take the first step towards adventure, that is risk taking. Few nice words will not help you go far, rather meticulously working with one objective will help you achieve results over a period of 10 years.

      Sticking to a decision is very important, oscillating mind is like a pendulum it stops when it runs out of energy.

  48. Chandan C Kamath
    February 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Muki,
    When u told us in Management Conclave to have a look at ur blog , especially this post I thought it would be full of adventurous story and believe me till the end i was in hope of ‘Tiger’ entering the scene…..
    But the last sentence ” the Tiger is within r hearts and its up-to us to keep it or let it free” has truly communicated the message.
    I appreciate your way to communicate the message.
    Regards
    Chandan K

    1. Muki
      March 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Thanks Chandan for reading.

  49. Sagar
    January 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

    “The tiger is the king of the jungle”. Raja aakhir Raja hota hain :)

    Love the sentiment in that line. My takeaway from that line is that everyone should strive for becoming the best, the expert, the master, in their domain of choice. Respect and recognition will follow suit.

    Other than that: sounds like quite an adventure happened! *Note to self: must visit Corbett and get lost in the jungle* :)

    1. Muki
      January 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Sagar, thanks for taking time to read.

      Yes it is important to the best. Best means being a sucker for excellence. God in detail.

      Largely in India we lack decipline and focus to create or be the best. But i see that these days more and more people are able to differentiate between OK vs good vs best vs excellent.

      Chalta hai attitude needs to be weeded out so that every kid gets educated, we conserve resources, define our own standards for happiness and living life, eradicate poverty through innovation and technology, give importance to research in science and finally remove corruption.

      Folks like you have a larger canvas to paint a India who is the best in everything we do.

  50. December 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I’ve read this post about 3 times now. To begin with, kudos on the bravery more than the adventure!

    I think this entire story makes a lot of sense especially in terms of “The best navigation in the world is internal.” It takes a lot for a person to really listen to his/her intuition but once the ears on the inside are open, its really hard to pretend to deaf again!

    Fear is something we can’t fight but it’s definitely something we can learn from. People say an entrepreneur is one who takes fear, adds a dose of creativity and turns it into success! This entire story seems to prove that equation right!

    Look forward to reading about more adventures! :)

    1. Muki
      March 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Hi Noopur,

      Great to know that you read it 3 times. I read all my emails at least 3 times before i send it to make sure that people understand what i intent to communicate. Hope that was not the case here *smiles*

      You are correct our Internal navigation system is the best for course correction. Everyday you have a choice to be happy or not. I choose to be happy and take risks and it brings immense satisfaction.

      My best wishes.

  51. santosh
    September 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Tigers,gamblers and entrepreneurs – Try saying it in a deep husky voice and it will sound like a narrative in a Hollywood thriller. I had goose bumps when you said you took up the role of a guide when you were lost in the jungles. The gut feeling,the feeling of being lost,and with this, the anticipation of spotting a tiger- it was like watching an episode from the survivor series. Even in such a situation it takes a lot for a person to think that a forked stick could take him through.I feel this belief got you through to the hotel,not the forked stick.

  52. Sanjay Sundarraj
    August 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Brilliant Post! Double “LIKE” – Just loved the way you concluded it! The blog really makes one to forget their external world and allows ‘em to get involved in the story and feels as if you are in the jungle also! Talking about the Pictures, it helped me to envisage the experience walking in the risky jungle. However, entering into a forest without weapons is extremely Risky BUT, yes, “the tiger is not the predator roaming in the jungle, he is the one hiding in the heart that we need to set free”
    Good Job, Cheers!

  53. June 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Excellent ya. Really enjoyed.

    “So you see, Communication gap has nothing to do with language, it is about the ‘willingness’ to communicate.”
    :)

    1. Muki
      March 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Sijeesh you are spot on. Communication is nothing to do with a language. When i go to Kerala i spent lot of time in remote villages with enterprising entrepreneurs who work with Ayurveda. We both don’t speak our language but we know how to communicate the message. And i follow their instructions carefully which are all verbal. And not a single time things have gone wrong.

  54. Blessy
    July 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    This was an interesting read with lots of suspense. I liked the way you have expressed it. YA, Really about the “communication”. But the tiger didn’t come,”It is in our mind, we need to set it free”.

  55. Freeda
    July 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    As always, BANG BANG BANG! Every word goes right on target, every sentence taking on a new thoughtful perspective.

    Loved every bit of the the article Muki, you took us into a thrilling wild adventure, making us see, hear & experience the jungle and the jungle ka raja through your eyes.

  56. Rajesh Kumar
    July 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Muki,

    It is a thrilling article to read ! also very informative.

    I told my son about your experience and he was very curiously listening ans so excited

    It’s like reading Jim Corbett’s adventures. Only TIGER is missing ! But TIGER has already come, that is within your mind !

    While reading i was expecting the TIGER will come anytime !
    Lot of suspense !

    TIGER should come within our mind. Then only we can achieve the impossible !

    WE CAN DO THAT !

    1. Muki
      July 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      Rajesh, very nice to know that you told my story to your son. Kids are amazing, they have no standards or guidelines in their thinking. The way they imagine is unbelievable which reminds me of one of the finest books i have read called “The little prince”. It is a shortest book i have ever read and please pick up a copy from the stores. This book teaches how not to grow up in life. Growing up screws up most of the fun.

      I don’t want to grow up and trying hard to unlearn many things i have learned.

  57. July 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Muki, you’re lucky to be alive. Next time, think ten times before venturing into tiger territory. Pl read below article. What you did at Corbett National Park was extremely risky.

    http://www.indiatogether.org/2010/jun/env-maneater.htm

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Malini Shankar
    Subject: my latest article today on the tiger’s fatal attack in Bandipur…

    http://www.indiatogether.org/2010/jun/env-maneater.htm

    Malini Shankar
    Freelance Environmental Journalist /
    Nature Photographer/

    1. Muki
      July 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

      That was one hell of a picture. Read the entire thing, very interesting analysis on what Tigers do. Learned quite a bit.

      What is not RISKY?
      Crossing the road is risky, Cycling on Indian roads is risky, Fighting for justice is risky, Talking about corruption is risky, Fighting for human rights is risky, Drinking cola is risky…

      We got to live life in our own terms, otherwise it is BORING. To make life not boring we got to make it adventurous.

  58. July 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Muki,

    A good article and valuable information on how to face life. After I read this article, I really got tremendous boost of energy, also I could feel your experience.

    Thanks a lot….

  59. Vivek Pinto
    July 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

    The sense of adventure is intense and descriptive and makes one feel the need to visit this park. The last line sadly summarizes the current state of the tiger in its natural habitat.

    The write-up brings back memories of Jim Corbett’s stories especially ‘My India’ where he talks about the hills and the stories that define the people and wildlife in this northern most region of India.

    1. Muki
      July 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks for the read Vivek. Go and get lost in the jungle…experience

  60. Dina
    July 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

    This was a good read, Muki. My yearning to go to Corbett just got stronger (I hope by that time I do go, they have black panthers there as well!). I, however won’t wear Hugo Boss and walk around, driving the king away (not to mention a good pair of sturdy shoes on my feet)…

    1. Muki
      July 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm

      I am sure the Tigers will spot you…hehehhe

  61. Shankha
    June 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Awesome stuff Muki!!!

    I got goosebumps as I read the last line… reminded me of William Blake’s…
    “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”

    1. Muki
      July 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm

      Lovely words, beautifully articulated. When you read Blake you don’t go back…

  62. Aman
    June 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    nicely done muki………
    really enjoyed each and every bit of the article,nice way to depict the life through a live example. :)

  63. Prarthana
    June 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

    The title suggest an inter – link between all the three. They all have a common goal or destination and they are go – getters in their own space. In their territory and beyond, all are Risk Takers with no fear of losing. As the saying goes, No – pain – no – gain!!!!
    I feel this entire narration is the journey from the Tiger’s point of view depicting the “Pursuit of Entrepreneurship”. Right from taking risks and plunging into the journey to coming out with merry outcomes is by itself a deed par excellence. This journey is filled with a lot of obstacles and a path not easily trodden. But the zeal within is what keeps us going ahead. We need to gamble, to see the final result. With our determination and sound footing, success will surely pave way.
    Caged within us is a tiger waiting to come out into the open. Within us is so much debating going on to bring it out, that most of the times we let it sleep. Not all of us are ready to free the hidden tiger to see the crouching dragon soar high. We are so scared to take risks, pondering over what the final destination is going to be and what our surrounding is going to think about us. Tigers are fearless, so should be entrepreneurs. Make a beginning in the new surroundings. Go deep down, touch the pinnacle, and look up to see the zenith smile above you. We need to be adventurous like the Tiger free in its own will, unmoved by the pros and cons. Take risks at your stride, it’s a part & parcel of the game.
    Finally, tigers are entrepreneurs who dare to gamble to be the king of their jungle. Nurture the tiger and bring out the entrepreneur within you. Take risks and gamble!!!!
    Believe in,
     Unity in Diversity
     Willingness to communicate
     Dare to dream beyond the unthinkable
     Dare to Dream, Care to achieve it

    These make an Entrepreneur’s journey even more successful and fun – filled.

    Always aim for the moon, if you don’t reach, don’t worry you’ll fall among the starts!!!!

  64. June 21, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Very interesting. I’ve often used running as a metaphor for life, but you have taken on a walk in a tiger park as a metaphor for business! What would success look like in your analogy? :)

    1. Muki
      June 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      Success is very subjective Swaroop. First i thought if i see a Tiger then my journey is successful, then i thought atleast an Elephant, then i was looking for the Tiger Paws and foot prints, then capturing the right moment to share it with all of you, then reaching my destination, but when i came back i felt that it cannot be better than this cuz i truly enjoyed the journey of getting LOST.

      I think success is what you define and for me it is about being happy with what i have and move ahead to new frontier and go for that kill slowly.

  65. Arun VJ
    June 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Muki , that was a nice article to read. Start to end filled with real way of living the life. Depicting the highs, lows , exciting and risk filled times of life.

    Physically you didn’t find tiger, but surely the tiger that you discovered within was amazing. I do believe that everyone is talented, but some never open their package. Given the right opportunity, place and guidance can do wonders. The tiger within requires the right nurturing, care and training to develop the hunting skills.

    We should not outcast the Elephant here. Elephants are creatures that have roamed on our plant more that Tigers. Which I would say are the calculative risk takers. They actually don’t want to confront risks at first place but when they do, they do with confidence. The confidence of planning and size they have grown to through evolution. Elephants are those who have done their home work and know which way not to go, where you will find greater risks.

    So a combination of the Tiger and the Elephant will surely take you to much deeper into the jungle and rule the jungle for more than a tiger alone can do. When opportunity is in front of you go poach it like a tiger and when you have an aim and direction to move calculate the path and move like an elephant.

    All the best wishes to Pepper Square and you.

    1. Muki
      June 9, 2010 at 11:21 pm

      Arun, thanks for your thoughtful comment. I like combinations cuz it brings the best of both worlds. Time has come to go deeper into the jungle and explore. What is life without exploration and experience. After all experience is proprietary…

  66. Nidhi
    June 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Awesome article…cant wait to see the rest of the photographs, love the dead snake bit. but i actually got a pic of a snake eating a frog ;) which i saw in annamalais its priceless.

    1. Muki
      June 9, 2010 at 11:22 pm

      Nidhi, please add the snake eating a frog pic or send it to me and i will add it.

  67. Neel
    June 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Awesome piece Muki!

    Enjoyed every bit of it. Thanks.

  68. Ambili
    June 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Wonderful & thrilling piece of writing.

    I really enjoyed reading.
    Infact, I felt as if I was in your place, experiencing all adventures as a live episode, undergone the same emotions and sensations as you did.

    Thanks Muki…

  69. Akshayee
    June 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Corbett here i come… seems like u had a lot of anticipation coupled with excitement during this trip. I am most definitely inspired to take this trail too. cheers.

    1. Muki
      June 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

      Aks, just go for it, if you don’t spot them, they TIGERS will surely do.

  70. neelanjana
    June 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    hey muki, loved the piece written by you…never thoguht you had a writer in you too!! reminded me of my last visit to the jim corbett park, over twenty years ago. i managed to see tiger paws ,outside my window, early moning. also actually saw the’ tail of a tiger’ as it dashed into the forest while we were desperately trying to spot one. we were on an elephant which i believe warns the animals, specially the tiger, so one never really gets to see one!
    loved the message alongwith your interesting narration of the trek :) )

    1. Muki
      June 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

      Hi Neel, Great insight on elephant warning animals. So the elephant safari is just a fun ride is it? *smiles*

      Thanks for taking time to read it and your appreciation.

  71. Sid
    June 7, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Hey Muki, nicely written. Actually had me at the edge of my seat just before the Sambars arrived. And yes, my yearning to visit Corbett just grew stronger.

    1. Muki
      June 7, 2010 at 11:46 am

      Sid

      Lovely feedback and you made my Monday. It shows you went thru line by line and not just scanning. Go to Corbett or any place but be safe. *smiles*

  72. June 7, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Muki, you have the tiger spirit in you. Nice of you to share this wonderful experience at Corbett. Makes me want to visit the place and hopefully learn a few lessons. Or alternately, chat up with you and learn a lot more…

    1. Muki
      June 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

      Subbu, you have always been saying that pepper square must have a active blog. We kept our promise to you.

      Thanks for your kind words. Go to Corbett, if you need any help leme know. Please visit pepper square new office and you will love the energy out here.

  73. June 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Hey Muki,

    Very interesting read. Loved the conclusion.

    Just wondering what would’ve ensued had the king really showed up? :)

    Cheers!

    1. Muki
      June 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

      Hi G

      Thanks for the encouragement. There is a will written and sealed in our bank locker. That shows the path. heheheh

  74. June 6, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Very interesting story! All these years I was worried and sickened by the drop in the number of tigers till I saw a recent documentary on tigers made by a Bangalore girl with a German movie crew. It explains why tiger numbers are dwindling. The cause they found was astonishing! Apparently there was a huge demand for tiger skins from rich Tibetans who wore these skins at public events and functions etc. Skins were allegedly fetching 10,000 Euros each! The Dalai Lama was contacted and alerted to this and he sent out instructions that tiger (and other animal) skins should not be used / purchased. This resulted in a a huge bonfire of the skins in public along with a commitment that they (the Tibetans) would no longer use animal skins. Almost immediately, the Indian tiger population started recovering. So the next time you go to Corbett, Muki, maybe after a few years, there will be tigers all around you to watch and enjoy.

    1. Muki
      June 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

      Prakash great insight. I spoke to the forest officials and Ashoka who is the founder of Ashoka Tiger Trail (www.ashokastigertrail.com). What they told me was a very interesting idea.

      Uttarakhand Gov is promoting Corbett park in a big way so that more tourist visit. This will reduce poachers roaming around. The officials said that this has reduced the poachers movement. I am sure someone who is an expert in this can share some valid stats.

      1. June 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

        Great insights Muki and Prakash!

        In keeping with the spirit of the article, what the Uttarakhand govt is doing for tigers, we should be doing for potential entrepreneurs as well :)

  75. June 6, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Beautiful, some nice pictures and loved this line – And then it dawned on me that the tiger is not the predator roaming in the jungle, he is the one hiding in the heart that we need to set free – So True

    1. Muki
      June 6, 2010 at 11:55 am

      Manik, i have seen some brilliant pictures taken by others. But, i was happy to take this pics cuz when i spoke to people more than 70% of them who did the Corbett Jungle safari didn’t get to see the Tigers. Even i was one of the victims of not witnessing the King of Corbett.

      I guess you like the last line cuz you are a Gambler of life and hence a successful entrepreneur. Bring it on…

  76. Ashwin Chitnis
    June 6, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Hey…. That was a good one… I was sooooo sleepy before I started reading…!!! But now … It reminds me of all the trekks that I have done and feels like I just want to take a break and do something interesting !! :)

    1. Muki
      June 6, 2010 at 11:59 am

      Ashwin, share your experience here. Would love to read it. It is one life and i know i cannot experience all, so the best is experiencing other’s stories.

  77. June 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Advertising yourself as a walking lunch is what you do for vacation? Still, this has given me an idea. Next vacation I’m going to skydive with a few wild cougars to see who hits the ground running first. The parachute glide to earth should be interesting as well.

    Sounds like you had a good time. Thanks for sharing :)

    Best regards,
    Tom

    1. Muki
      June 6, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      Dear Tom, “Advertising yourself as a walking lunch is what you do for vacation?” so creatively articulated, i never thought that way. But every second i was thinking that a Tiger going to jump on me and smell the Hugo BOSS and run away. heheheh

      I love the idea of Wild Cougars and skydiving.

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