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finding good things without looking for them

<photo: finding your favorite sauce along the Everest Base Camp trek in the middle of nowhere.>

the trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is a tough one. starting from Kathmandu to Lukla, home of the world's most dangerous airport, it takes about two weeks to reach EBC. the days are long and the nights are cold, and meal times are quiet moments of rest and respite.

the food served is simple - noodles, rice and the all time favorite dal bhaat washed down with piping hot honey lemon ginger tea. simple but nourishing and with little expectations. it was just pure ecstasy when I saw the bottle of Maggi tomato sauce on the table of a tea house in the middle of nowhere along the EBC trek. serendipity had intervened! anything eaten with Maggi tomato sauce will, according to my taste buds, qualify for at least one Michelin star, if not more. from then on, the rest of the journey was with a happy step in my feet.

penicillin, inkjet printers, Coca Cola, potato chips, saccharin and many other famous inventions were not really inventions. they were created by serendipitous moments. when it was least expected, just like the bottle of Maggi tomato sauce, serendipity would intervene and seemingly magic would occur.

what does it take for serendipity to change our lives? perhaps we should all lower our expectations of life and take time to smell the roses. #bcc

"Innovation is serendipity, so you don't know what people will make.” Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.


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