Sweeping generalizations

Earlier today, my FB timeline was flooded with snippets of Barkha Dutt taking on Leslee Udwin in a segment of Women In The World. I caught a couple of mins, realized it was about India's Daughter (which I have not had the stomach to watch) and moved on to the next interesting thing on my … Continue reading Sweeping generalizations

Airbrushed reality

I snuck back home a little before 1:00 AM this morning. As I slipped under the covers, in the last few moments before sleep claimed me, my thoughts about Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani was that it was airbrushed reality. Sitting in my patio, sipping on hot kaapi, watching the kids pick wildflowers for me, I … Continue reading Airbrushed reality

Integration? What integration?

Reading MM's post and associated comments made my thoughts go many different ways. I formulated comment upon comment in my mind but realized there was no cogency to my thoughts. Instead of spewing half baked rubbish on her blog, I figured I might as well use this space to put my thoughts out. I agree … Continue reading Integration? What integration?

Freedom of choice – Why is it murky?

Over the past week when I was stuck in an inspiration less phase, plenty of thoughts buzzed around my head. A few came from current happenings, a few from personal experiences and observations. My friend Arch wrote to ask what I thought of the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalizes homosexuality. I thought it was … Continue reading Freedom of choice – Why is it murky?

Have you been touched?

By the recession lately I mean. A couple of weeks back I was logged into Gtalk as I flitted between making lunch and catching up on news one weekday morning. Hearing the familiar ping of an incoming IM, I switched windows to be pleasantly surprised by a friend from my undergrad. Career and motherhood had … Continue reading Have you been touched?

Slumdog Millionaire – My take on it.

Spoilers ahead Like all other movies I watch, I read up reviews and pretty much make my mind up before I watch a movie. On the rare occasions I watch a movie without expectations I end up liking it. Having read differing takes on it, I went today with my amma in tow to watch … Continue reading Slumdog Millionaire – My take on it.

What’s in a name anyway?

Everything! Akay's comment from yesterday set me thinking. I did see the furore caused by Mr Sanjay Dutt and his new wife Manyata. I saw this post by Mad Momma which in turn linked to Goofy Mama and a whole slew of posts debating this issue. I concur wholeheartedly with the spirited women and am … Continue reading What’s in a name anyway?

Et tu, Google?

As much as I wanted to take a break from blogging and come back with something worth my while to talk about, this article on MarketWatch made me come hopping back to my cherished outlet. Now, Google is a company I have come to love. The kind of love that grows over time. Much like … Continue reading Et tu, Google?

Yes! We Can!!

Watching the election results trickle in and like magic just past the 11:00 hour, the screen on my TV flash "Barack Obama elected the 44th President of the United States", I could feel goosebumps on my skin. Sure was a historic moment. Not so much for the race part. Yes it does matter but for … Continue reading Yes! We Can!!

Interesting perspectives: Casual Vs Formal

As part of an Effective Leadership class I am taking this term, yesterday's class ended with a discussion of corporate culture. As we meandered through different topics the one thing that kept coming back to my mind was the discussion on how companies were termed conservative because of their dress codes. As I have mentioned … Continue reading Interesting perspectives: Casual Vs Formal

East vs West or Sub-urban vs Urban?

Over the past few years in my interactions with my friends who reside on the west coast of the US, I have wondered at some things. Not sure if it is just the US or it is equally true of urban vs suburban living worldwide. It may sound stereotypical or way too general but here … Continue reading East vs West or Sub-urban vs Urban?

I know this person!

Over the past week, I read "Dreams from My Father" by Barack Obama our presidential candidate with much interest. It has been a while since I read that kind of a book. The one that makes you feel. One that makes you feel like there is sense in the chaos that is the political landscape. … Continue reading I know this person!

Pro-Choice or Pro-Life?

As Akay pinged me like she usually does, I responded with a cheery Hi! A couple of lines later, she asked if I was following the Niketa and Harsh Mehta news story. I was. You can read more on the case/story here. While I have opinions on some matters, Akay is the one who has … Continue reading Pro-Choice or Pro-Life?

Pleasantly surprised!

Late morning yesterday we received notice of a 8:00 AM learning session Friday. Groaning inwardly I took a quick look at the agenda. It was for a tool we use extensively at work and I thought we knew everything there was to it. The list of topics did not cover anything new except for one … Continue reading Pleasantly surprised!

Once upon a train

There were two wide eyed chatty girls moving away from home for the first time. Their daddy dears accompanied them to the then happening city that was Bangalore. Settling in to a new hostel, shopping around for essentials and getting to work first day was eventful but what followed in the years following was even … Continue reading Once upon a train

Dance in the rain…

A couple of Saturdays back Amma and I sat in our bright living room early in the morn sipping tea and talking of my dad. As we immersed ourselves in the memories and sighed with a lifetime of unfulfilled wishes in our mind we were broken out of our reverie by Saathi who came bounding … Continue reading Dance in the rain…

The Great Indian Debate

Late yesterday evening we had a pleasant surprise. A good friend who had relocated to India was back in the area and stopped by for a couple of hours of chit chat and dinner. As we covered local gossip and work related news we took our plates and sat down for a home cooked meal … Continue reading The Great Indian Debate

Epiphany – A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

This word has fascinated me many times. I heard it used by many people. I never quite got what it meant. Till yesterday. I had an epiphany. It feels good saying that. I have to go back a bit to explain what I feel. Over the years there have been many things I have craved, … Continue reading Epiphany – A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Jeera rasam for the desi soul

Waiting for a friend in the lobby of her office, I picked up a worn out copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Turning over the pages vacantly, I read a few of the contributions and found myself nodding my head in agreement or going "My parents would have done the exact same thing! … Continue reading Jeera rasam for the desi soul

A milestone reached – I am a graduate!!

A long time ago, I was enrolled in a Masters program. One I was compelled to leave midway. I never really got over it. While I watched friends and cousins graduate with flying colors, the MS was one thing that always reminded me of a path not taken. Over time it came to represent not … Continue reading A milestone reached – I am a graduate!!