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What Will You Leave Behind?

My home country of India has had more than it’s fair share of truly crappy politicians. Corruption is rampant at both the state and national levels. Every politician seems hell bent on outdoing the next in reaching new venal heights. As an example of what I am talking about, I […]

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Am I Really Retiring Early?

As the name of my blog constantly reminds both you and me, I plan to retire on the 1st of January 2021, at the ripe old age of 42. But (cue discordant music) Mr. BITA will not be retiring in January 2021. Is it then fair for me to claim […]

The Joneses Can’t Keep Up With Me

Last weekend, on a beautiful California day, the BITA backyard was overrun by a mob of toddlers. We hosted Toddler BITA’s birthday party. Forty guests were invited, fourteen of whom were children. Today I am going to cover how we went about planning this party and, of course, given our […]

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Your Life: Off the Shelf or Made to Order?

Achieving financial independence and freeing yourself from the need to hold down a job is a pretty big goal. For a lot of us it may well be the most ambitious goal we have yet pursued. The stakes are high, the path is challenging, and the rewards are, well, pretty […]

The Position of Fuck You

“Jim Bennett: I’ve been up two and a half million. Frank: What you got on you? Jim Bennett: Nothing. Frank: What you put away? Jim Bennett: Nothing. Frank: You get up two and a half million dollars, any asshole in the world knows what to do: you get a house […]

Of Generosity and Gratitude

Toddler BITA will be turning three soon. I got cozy on the couch with good old Amazon and started to browse through toys and books in search of a birthday gift for her. We don’t spend extravagantly on her birthday presents, but for her last two birthdays we have been […]

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Siddhartha on How To Achieve Financial Independence

Siddhartha, the protagonist of Hermann Hesse’s 1922 classic, lays eyes on Kamala, the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. In that moment he is filled with the determination to achieve a new goal: It was my resolution to learn love from this most beautiful woman. From that moment on […]

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Are We There Yet? A FIRE Calendar

  Refresh Mint obsessively. Update Spreadsheet. Stalk Personal Capital. Rinse and Repeat. Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Sound familiar?   If you are journeying towards financial independence and early retirement (FIRE), there is a good chance that you know what I’m talking about.     I discovered […]

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Parenting on FIRE

My daughter’s third birthday is looming. I assure her that yes, of course there will be chocolate cake because nobody in their right mind would ever consider a birthday without cake, and I find myself watching her in wonder. It seems like just yesterday that she was a mewling babe […]

The Quirks of Being Middle Class Indian (and how it benefits my wallet)

Regular readers of this blog are aware that I am an immigrant from India. I moved to the U.S. just two months shy of my 30th birthday. At the age of 37 I discovered the twin ideas of financial independence and retiring early (FIRE), and I am plotting to retire […]