The Old Monk.

When a friend sent me this to suggest that I am now nearing monkhood myself, I could not but remember the Cheerful one.


Readers of this blog are familiar with Cheerful Monk. She is one of the earliest cheerleaders of this blog and has always encouraged me by asking very difficult questions or just saying “Yay”.

My friend however had another thought in sending that picture to me.  During my drinking days, of over fifteen years ago, when I could not get my first choice, malt whisky, I would drink only rum on lots of ice, and my favourite brand was:


Now that the topic has been opened up, I wonder what would happen if the Cheerful Monk and my old time favourite Old Monk got together! Will Cheerful Monk become more cheerful and will the Old Monk become older and wiser? Or will both of them end up on the rocks as suggested by my friend?

The Happiness Industry.

I was asked just yesterday by a friend Sundari, as to how I can be so happy all the time. This was after about ten minutes of telephone banter. I responded that she should not mistake my cheerfulness for happiness. She asked me to explain and I said that one can be cheerful and not happy but one cannot be happy without being cheerful. She decided that she had had enough and bid me good night. I hope that my readers will not run away without reading the full post.

Entrepreneurship is truly amazing. Find a need, design a product, produce it, market it and keep innovating it to cater to fine tuned needs as they change.

The latest need that has been identified as happiness. Why am I not surprised?

All that my so inclined readers have to do is to share their happiness formula in writing and market it and follow the formula listed in the second paragraph. Those who do not want to go through the process of getting hard copies published, the ebook option as well as the self publication online option are available.

You think that I am joking? There is big money to be made out there. If you don’ believe me, you can read this article in that venerable publication, The Economist.

After you read that, simply google for happiness and see how many ways there are to write about it and make money.