Guidance: Ways to grow, Motivation and Inspiration
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Born to Run

The first half of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography makes some things abundantly clear:

He had no natural ability to play the guitar. In fact, after his first lessons, he quit, unable to play a note.

He had no singing talent. Every group he was part of needed a lead singer, and it wasn’t him.

And just about everyone dismissed him. Audiences walked out, his first agent simply stopped returning his calls and bandmates gave up and moved on.

Yet today, we know him and not that agent.

Talent is overrated. Skill is acquirable.

Showing up is important and something almost every creative leader has in common. In business, in the arts, in society. Consistently shipping the work, despite the world’s reaction, despite the nascent nature of our skill, despite the doubts.

Community is essential. The people we surround ourself with can reinforce our story, raise the bar and egg us on.

Because, the community becomes an integral part of our story of success. But first, we have to commit to the journey.

Working in the creative field opens up possibilities unlike anywhere else, like hearing this extraordinary conversation between Brian Koppelman and director Ron Howard.

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Photograph of a kid running in the waters of river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, Anupshahr, India.

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Thank you.

If today is the first time you have arrived on The Road to Nara, you are heartily welcome ~ Namaste

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I will take this opportunity to introduce you to About me and importantly;

As a co-traveller, will take you through the Ten Lessons I learnt from several years on the roadbefore you coarse on youown Road to Nara.

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You also might like to know about My Little SchoolIf you wish to come over for a visit, to share your stories or to share one of your magic tricks with children, you are heartily welcome here

If you would like to contribute to my travels, you can please do so here

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Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.


    • 🙂 Thanks Nicole. one of the few musicians i have felt close too, to an extent for sometime i tried singing his ’75 hit born to run, it stayed since college days and hence the post. Thank you, i now know a part of your interest lies, nicole. Thanks again.

      Nara x

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  1. This is the truth. There is nothing so common as unrewarded talent. Persistence will win out in the end. I like the “Boss” and enjoyed reading his autobiography.

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    • Thank you Anne. Absolutely. I liked the boss too. It is amazing how you start connecting once you start reading details of their lives whom you have known as entertainers and who have given you happinesses.

      Thank you so much, happy to have you really. I can and am looking forward to see you and learn many stories of the horses from you.

      Nara x

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  2. With every topic you place the essence beautifully Narayan. What a wonderful discussion … actually a bit difficult to believe that an amazing director is so humble and listening to him talking about his work and working with the biggest names…such ease as if its nothing.
    The line ” Showing up is important” true… cliché it might sound but its true… winning loosing is actually secondary when we really are scared of even participating 🙂

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    • Richa, very happy to receive this comment especially because you heard Ron. You heard their discussion and yes it was amazing to hear him about ego’s and teamwork.

      I hope you have seen his ‘A beautiful mind’ and may be ‘The Cinderella Man’, both starring Russel Crowe. ‘L’ will love these films once she is over chocolates 🙂 or may be not.

      Hope you and family are well.
      Thank you
      Nara x


    • Absolutely Caro. It is more like living each day than trying to assume future beforehand.

      Lovely to have you here and making my passage easier to your absolutely delight filled blog.

      Thank you so much. I look forward.
      Nara x


  3. History is full of examples of people who became a phenomenal success despite many obstacles and rejections. Never giving up is the first step. Attitude is the next step that will make a big difference. And having the support of those who know how to help you to fly will provide the many steps up the ladder.
    And here is the advice from the great man who succeeded:
    “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.” – Thomas Edison.


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    • Yes, Joanna. Absolutely, because once you know what you are doing; what you mentioned becomes paramount as stepping stairs to Joy, contentment first of all.
      And even though i am bit confused about Edison’s credibilities, if he was an expert businessmen having an eye for money or was he really socially inclined, may be one day i might read about him from another expert, you.

      But what he said is true and i will abide by it.
      Thank you Joanna

      Nara x


  4. Bruce with his song “Born in the USA”…is legendary even today. Wasn’t aware of his resilient spirit. It is very important to imbibe the attitude of never give up on one’s passion to succeed. Have a great Sunday Narayan.

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    • Absolutely Radhika, one day, one brick at a time and some times two as he expressed. Sometimes it is amazing what you find in bio and autobiographies of people who have entertained you, their journeys come out to be a well of inspiration.

      I had a good Sunday dear Radhika, and here we are welcoming another week of life. Hope we will do well.

      Nara x


  5. No talent and yet the only person I think could stand shoulder to shoulder with Neil young. Bruce & E street have given so much. Thanks for including his part Narayan. A very important conclusion you have drawn 🤜🤛.

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    • Thanks David, most of many at least you must because mystical explorations are only to be received by the ones blessed. It would be journey into learning to keep reading your experiences. Thanks again David.

      Nara x


  6. I love the fact that his life was built on practical wisdom acquired through trial and error. That’s why his music always hits home for us. Did you listen to his latest album with such songs as LETTER TO YOU and GHOST reiterating his songcraft and that essential E-STREET BAND unity.


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