Part II – The First Year I spent the first few months contemplating what kind of job I wanted. I was keen on either not-for-profit organizations or start-ups. I channeled my energy in this direction. I got a couple of good head starts but due to some or the other reason, they did not materialize. … Continue reading The Story of My Sabbatical
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I have taken long to write about my ‘sabbatical’ experience. I was unsure about sharing it with the wider world earlier but now I am ready. Let me begin. & I must caution – this three-part series contain my personal experiences & emotions. Part 1 – The Background Flashback to August 2016: I had moved … Continue reading The Story of My Sabbatical
I have always been proud of being unattached to material possessions. It is not that I do not value my belongings. In fact, I take good care of them. But I do not attach undue importance to at least 90% of my possessions. I thus usually do not get heartbroken if something breaks/ tears occasionally. … Continue reading You’ll Be Missed
I walk down the road,I remember your tousled hair.The wind whispers your name,I feel your touch in the air.Time spent with you,Is my best time ever.No matter what I talk about with you,It's my best conversation ever.I like it when you brush your hand against mine,I like it when you whisper into my ear.I like … Continue reading You…
I am no more a child but am still innocent I am not yet a grown up but am expected to be Life’s being unfair... it is a tug – of – war &’m caught in between They say I should grow up They say I am naïve I do not ask them for much … Continue reading Caught In Between
I recently read a blog post by Jenny in Neverland on the Benefits of Alone Time & nodded my head vigorously at every single point. But her post got me thinking about the times when the lack of alone time affected my mental health & my behavior. My first experience was at business school. My … Continue reading Alone… And Happy
Beaming that my article on the movie Bulbbul published on Women’s Web.
If you’ve not seen the movie, please do so before reading the article. I tried to keep away from spoilers but a couple may have sneaked in.
I find it difficult to follow web series. It is a task keep watching season after season, being left on a cliff-hanger in a season finale, & remembering the previous one when a new season hits. I prefer movies infinitely & OTT has made it possible for short movies to be made. So, when I was recommended Bulbbul, I jumped at the chance. I had seen the trailer; the horror element interested me further. So, we watched the flick a night along with dinner.
This is not my ‘review’ of the movie. This is a compilation of all the thoughts that came into my mind during & after the movie. I thought about the different aspects of the movie for almost an hour before I could sleep that night.
How does a husband thrash his wife in such a way that all the bones in her feet & leg…
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The last weekend I watched Axone on Netflix. As I do with most of the movies I watch, I wrote on social media what my thoughts emerging from the movie were – “#axonethefilm is a better representation of the #Discrimination faced by northeastern #Indians than #penalty is. The movie touched a chord. I was heartbroken … Continue reading What Not to Say to Anyone Who’s Faced Discrimination
I find it difficult to follow web series. It is a task keep watching season after season, being left on a cliff-hanger in a season finale, & remembering the previous one when a new season hits. I prefer movies infinitely & OTT has made it possible for short movies to be made. So, when I … Continue reading Bulbbul Got Me Thinking
It has been 15 days since Sushant Singh Rajput died & yet, there are moments when my heart refuses to believe he is no more. I see his smiling images on social media & think – “he looks so ‘alive’!” I am neither an expert on Bollywood nor on mental health. So, I will refrain … Continue reading He Left Us Aching
If you fall apart, I will collect the pieces & make you one again.As I fall apart, I see the pieces scattering around me...- Something I wrote in another life
One of the thoughts that struck me at the beginning of the confinement was a positive (unsurprisingly!). A containment benefit was not having to undergo the painful waxing process. Temporary relief! But it was highly likely that I would emerge on the other side looking like Chewbacca! I'd thought that once the curfew was over, … Continue reading To groom or not to groom?
Today, a week after Mother’s Day, I want to speak to the ‘un-mothers’. Un-mothers is the label given by society to the women – Whose child abandoned her,Who lost a child,Who had a stillborn,Who had a miscarriage,Who could not conceive, no matter how much she tried. It is okay. You are okay. It is fine … Continue reading Un-mothers
I notice how my outlook has changed ever since I adopted/ discovered/ found/ started practicing gratitude. (What is the right word to use for an emotion that was always there hidden away & has surfaced now?) I have had the ‘why me?’ tendency. I have been trying to cure it by practicing gratitude. I also … Continue reading Thoughts in The Times of a Pandemic – Be Grateful
Today, India lost Rishi Kapoor, an actor. Yesterday, the country lost Irfan Khan, another excellent actor. The two deaths, coming in the middle of a pandemic, have caused almost an outrage on social media. Outrage against 2020. The year 2020… yes, the year! IMHO, that’s gross injustice to the year, specially when the tragedies are … Continue reading I Am Sorry, 2020!
I’ve realized an aspect that’s important right now – being kind. Well, it’s always important but I’m human. Be kind to the young children who are unable to understand why they can’t go down to play. Be kind to the school & college going kids who are unable to meet their friends. Be kind to … Continue reading Thoughts in The Times of a Pandemic – Being Kind!
This post of mine was published on Women’s Web! https://www.womensweb.in/2020/02/how-we-readily-share-our-good-times-but-shy-away-from-being-openly-vulnerable-feb20wk1sr/
Over the last few weeks, a thought has been nagging me. Indians are a strange lot. We love chattering but only about shiny, happy matters. Broach a complicated question and we clam up. In fact, we can go on for hours about geopolitics or the latest Bollywood gossip, but do not utter even a squeak about things that truly affect our lives. Maybe, we think that not chatting about it will make it go away.
People only want to see glowing pregnancy & adorable baby photographs. Nobody wants to communicate about things like miscarriages, high risk pregnancies & fertility treatments.
People only want to see in-love couple & shiny wedding photos. Nobody wants to converse about divorces & heartbreaks.
People only want to hear about awards, promotions & salary hikes. Nobody wants to express about layoffs & toxic office cultures.
People only want to know about…
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Where Do I Stand On The Philosophies Enlisted In ‘How To Win Friends & Influence People’ (HTWF&IP) My second book for 2020 was the timeless bestseller How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Before I read the book, I’d always thought it would be a cliched one. After all, the title itself … Continue reading A SELF – ASSESSMENT ON DALE CARNEGIE’S PRINCIPLES
The first book I picked up in 2020 was Happiness Unlimited. It is a series of conversations between Sister BK Shivani & Suresh Oberoi. I had heard Sister BK Shivani speak on TV a couple of times. Unlike other god-men/ god-women, she made sense to me. So, when I got this book for a discount … Continue reading Three Hard Truths I Learnt About Happiness
Over the last few weeks, a thought has been nagging me. Indians are a strange lot. We love chattering but only about shiny, happy matters. Broach a complicated question and we clam up. In fact, we can go on for hours about geopolitics or the latest Bollywood gossip, but do not utter even a squeak … Continue reading Complex Issues
Ever since I opted out of the corporate world, my reading has increased. By the time 2019 ends, I would have read 30 books. (It would be more than 30 as I counted only the ones I had reviewed on Twitter.) I have always been a voracious reader, but, daily routine & circumstances made my … Continue reading My Top 2019 Reads
Over the last couple of weekends, I have been lucky to witness friendship at its finest. At N’s friend, T’s wedding, his friends perhaps numbered more than family. In a world where relationships have become transactional, it was heartening to see friends descend from all over the world to celebrate their pal’s holy matrimony. Maybe, … Continue reading Friendships of The Year
Eight years back, I realized the perfect synonym for life. It is uncertainty. I did not really know what I will be presented with the next day (or what will be thrown at me). Consequently, I compiled my bucket list (with a wee bit of inspiration from a friend). It transcended across time. A few … Continue reading My Bucket List
His smile; his gentle demeanor; his impeccable manners – They had all swept her off her feet. She had felt then that it was the end of her search; that she had found happiness finally. Little was she to know… It had been a pleasant summer evening. He had politely asked her mother if he … Continue reading PERFECTLY SANE
A fictional story related to the odd-even rule in Delhi On the odd days, I hitched a ride with him in his Verna. On the even days, he escorted me in my City. We had lived in the same condominium but it had taken the odd-even rule for us to meet. Heck, I did not … Continue reading It Took Me Just 15 Days To Have An Affair
There are so many misconceptions about HR it is not even funny. Unfortunately, people usually do not even try to get an alternate perspective on this, unless they watch it up, close & personal… My husband had the same fallacies about HR! But his outlook changed once he realized what I did for a living. … Continue reading Give A Break To HR Folks!
Happy, happy Diwali… Wishing you & family the best of the season ahead... All health & prosperity!
The wind touches me. A chill runs down my spine. Never had I imagined that the place so close to my heart would become my own graveyard. The day I had come here, nothing was more perfect. But things had to change. It had always been like this, had it not? Just when I had … Continue reading The Stillness of Death
A few years ago, my father, one of my friends & I entered into a discussion which made me think a lot. The topic revolved around how every individual has an absolutely different view on marriage. My father mentioned the various perspectives that emerge. There are people who treat marriage as a formality. They do … Continue reading It is easier to be Narayanmurthy than to be Sudha Murthy