Some consequences stray across time

It’s Kerala, India in the 1950s and a young girl is returning home for her college break. She’s looking forward to the many comforts her home possesses. Hot chai, fragrant curry, and a backdrop of rolling tea plantations. “There’s nowhere like home,” she thinks to herself as she drops her…

Beyond conventional diets and exercise, what’s holding us up?

Growing up, although I was never overweight, I was obsessed with getting fit and not getting fat. I feared it. It was a multi-layered fear. …

Malaysia is a country that prides itself on being ethnically diverse and accepting of the different races that have co-existed peacefully since our independence. The three main races — Malay, Chinese and Indian — are descendants of people who share a common history. …

“Selflessness” isn’t a term we’d normally use in the office. It seems contradictory to common terms like KPIs and the corporate ladder.

It seems a strange but specific value to use in a company mission statement. More often I hear general things like “we value teamwork and high performance.” Which in all honesty have little meaning to day-to-day human behavior.

Netflix has been known to have one of the best company culture’s…

Food in a country like Malaysia is everything. And I say that seriously. Growing up, I remember how we’d shun the person who didn’t want to eat at a family event or express grave concern for the poor soul who chose a salad from the menu.

“Is there something wrong?”

Words are a powerful tool. They can lift us up as quickly as they can tear us down. The beautiful content here on Medium is one such example of its power. So many articles and stories have inspired me to keep going.

So in tough times, I find that turning…

Breathe. The first question that comes to your mind will be “Why?”.

Why did I stop hearing from this person?

The next few questions that follow suit will be painful:

  • Was it something I said?
  • Did I do the wrong thing?
  • Did I come on too strong?
  • Why wasn’t I…

There’s a charm about small towns that I love. Suburbs that lie outside swarming cities; away from the humdrum of the metropolis I call home. Sungai Petani or “Farmer’s River” is one such small town, with its paddy fields that change color year-round and a natural affinity for its people…

To wake up to your own brutality

I remember the first time I became aware of my own thoughts. I was walking home after a long day at work and going over all the mistakes I didn’t mean to make. “You really screwed that up,” I kept thinking.

Like my mood the clouds were dismal, leaving the…

5 am? No. No. No.


That was the only thought I had when I heard about the 5am Club by Robin Sharma. And I didn’t want to join it.

In fact, I wanted to avoid it at all costs. Telling myself that even though I was looking for ways to increase motivation and productivity…

Alayna Rani

Infinitely curious | On self-improvement, business, life and love | Malaysia

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