Re-ordering priorities

Standing by my bed under yellow light bulbs, my feet were killing me. It was a long day. Folding a million tiny pieces, I longed to wave a magic wand so everything would be done and I could rest my weary feet. Except I couldn't find my magic wand or conjure up my pixie. Sighing, … Continue reading Re-ordering priorities

Unity in Diversity. Or not?

For the longest time, this was one phrase that was representative of India for me. I am not sure if I picked it up from TV or if it was in my History or Geography books in school. Or perhaps the Ek Chidiya, Anek Chidiya short that was screened on Doordarshan. Whatever the origins of … Continue reading Unity in Diversity. Or not?

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?

Of Dhal, Chawal, Subzi.

If you were not aware already, I document evidence of my kitchen experiments here. Yesterday SLK left a comment that had me smiling. And thinking! If you haven't hopped over to see the actual comment, the gist of it is that most South Indians specially after moving away from home tend to pick up global … Continue reading Of Dhal, Chawal, Subzi.

Planet Earth. Invaded by plastic.

I received this as a forward from a friend this morning. Flipping through I was about to delete it when I realized even if it makes one person think about adding to the plastic burden on earth, it would have been worth it. So, here it is. I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the … Continue reading Planet Earth. Invaded by plastic.

A surprising evening!

Returning from a Veda class K is part of every Thursday when I am away learning business, he casually mentioned a Satyanarayan Puja at one of his classmate's place. Weary of pujas and trying to express my new found skepticism for anything to do with religion and faith I paused before I asked if he … Continue reading A surprising evening!

Is this what they call a cultural difference?

Scratching my head with the back of a pencil I was stumped. I had no idea what was causing my test case to fail. Taking a deep breath I decided to start over. Even before I executed code, I went over the code visually. There had to be something I was missing. The blinking IM … Continue reading Is this what they call a cultural difference?

Writing prompts

Each day as I sip Kaapi, shower or drive to work, my mind is looking for bloggable topics. Incidents that embed themselves into my brain. Some days I get lucky like Tuesday when I got stuck in the snow. Some other days, there is nothing eventful happening. Then one day I get lucky. Browsing randomly … Continue reading Writing prompts

Story of India – The Golden Age

Settling in comfortably on our well used recliner with a warm throw K and I tuned in to watch the next two episodes of The Story of India on PBS. The third episode showed the period of the Kushan rule and Emperor Kanishka. Colorful images of Mathura and Ayodhya were a visual assault on the … Continue reading Story of India – The Golden Age

Leaving the past behind

I woke up this morning with a curious mixture of anticipation and sadness. New Year's Eve is a day for introspection. A day to leaf through the months past, to keep the good memories and throw away the bad ones. Learn from the past and apply it to the future. This year for me will be … Continue reading Leaving the past behind

Ganga Snanam Aacha?

With all the excitement surrounding one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India I couldn't help but reminisce on the Deepavali's past in my life. And yes I refuse to call it Diwali. I grew up celebrating Deepavali and I will continue to address it that way 🙂 Much like Chennai and Madras I … Continue reading Ganga Snanam Aacha?

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

Being Brown. Being Connected.

Madhuram and Shy both had linked back to the murder-suicide in LA by an Indian American man. I resisted writing about it because I was still processing it in my mind. On the afternoon of Oct 6th, Sepia Mutiny wrote about this tragedy. For someone who reads most of the posts on there, I skipped … Continue reading Being Brown. Being Connected.

Calling in life and other things

In one of my regular conversations with my friend, we went down a rather thought provoking discussion on how does one discover their calling in life. What if I went all through my life not knowing I was destined for something different. It could be as trivial as a change in career or something that … Continue reading Calling in life and other things

Do I look professional?

I must have badgered K before we left to work. I tried different shirts on before I found one that I felt comfortable in and one that could pass off as business casuals. One of the downsides of working for a company that advocates casual dressing for its employees is that I have no clue … Continue reading Do I look professional?

May they rot in hell!!!

I logged in to chat with my mom early this morning like I sometimes do and she said "Bangalore rocked by bomb blasts." My first reaction was to blank out. The IISc blasts are still fresh in memory considering K is an IISc alumnus and it affected him deeply. Channeling my energies into finding out … Continue reading May they rot in hell!!!

Bear hug and friendship for me!

Madhuram of Eggless Cooking has passed me hugs and a promise of friendship. I was thrilled of course!! I had to flaunt it. So here it is 🙂 Thank you Madhuram!! It sure has made my day!!! I would like to pass it in turn to all my friends here in the blogosphere and commenters … Continue reading Bear hug and friendship for me!

Goodbyes are hard!

Back at my desk after the regular status meeting our team has each week, my eyes fell on an innocuous looking email titled "Monday". I opened it to find my friend saying that Monday would be his last day with our team. I was shocked in some sense because it was too sudden. There was … Continue reading Goodbyes are hard!

You speak Tamil too?

I reached home yesterday to hear my answering machine beeping. It is rare these days to have voice messages waiting when I get home. The only ones I do usually get are appointment reminders and such. Refreshed and phone in hand I listened. It was from some one I have not met but was told … Continue reading You speak Tamil too?

Dealing with cards you have been dealt

Early yesterday morning I heard from my friend of two years that she had been let go. It took me more than a minute to understand what she was saying. The first question that crossed my mind was "Why?" Why indeed? For years, we have heard of people we know go through it. Yesterday was … Continue reading Dealing with cards you have been dealt

Don’t you look beautiful today?

Don't you look beautiful today? She asked and nodded appreciatively as she passed me on the aisle at work. I was on my way to fill my water bottle and start my day. Since the days are warmer and I feel the lightness of Spring in my step, I usually tend to wear clothes that … Continue reading Don’t you look beautiful today?