Life or something like it

Choose Your Mistakes

Choose your mistakes. Life has made a lot of things extremely easy to start. Even the seemingly most impossible of tasks. The knowledge and resources available to us increase our confidence multi-fold, and daunting initiatives don’t look so big anymore. So yes, starting anything is damn easy. What’s the tough part? The toughest bit of it all, is to continue. But sure you already […]



Form or Function?

Form or Function? How about Form and Function? The eternal fight between form and function. Between show and effectiveness. Between being followed by a herd with questionable loyalty, and walking with a small group with unwavering conviction in your vision. Here’s a fancy looking video by HBX, Harvard‘s online programs platform. Professor Christensen undoubtedly sounds like someone I wouldn’t miss an […]



Phone of Reference

Phone of Reference Last year, Mumbai’s traffic police enforced a ban on cellphone use while driving. It was backed by a fairly high fine. They even went a step further and banned the use of hands-free devices while driving too. The extent of enforcing however, remains limited. The main reason for this is overworked traffic cops. And the fact that […]



Sewage Popsicles

Sewage Popsicles Some Taiwanese art students recently created ice popsicles made purely out of sewage water. And the 100 varieties they showcased, reflects exactly how clean we’ve made our water bodies. With all due credit for their noble effort to send a strong message across, globally, here’s what I don’t understand. While humans stay dangerously stupid when it comes to […]



B-schools, MBA grads & Their Priorities

Many b-schools in India are tilting less toward business, management, and ethics; more toward finishing skills. With a strong (and often desperate) focus on placements, they go an extra mile to add superficiality to students. From a scary importance on cracking interviews, having a cocky attitude, and the ability to fib-on-the-fly. Unknowingly, they’re doing the students a great disservice. Students who enroll with […]



Stop Glorifying terror

The world governments need to stop glorifying terror outfits. For starters, irrespective of what those terror groups might call themselves, what if victim countries gave them shameful and cowardly names. That way, the citizens wouldn’t fear them the way they currently do. Wayward or lost youngsters would probably be averse to joining such groups if their names were funny or […]



Did You Fire the Boss?

Did You Fire the Boss? Image: source Boss stormed to my desk, shouting, “it’s the fifth time you’re late to work this week. What’s the meaning of this?” I, obviously surprised and confused, replied, “that… it’s finally Friday?!” Early in my corporate career, whenever I was to interview for a job, there was one piece of advice I was sure to get. It […]



Tata Sky

Image: source This is a heads-up for Tata Sky satellite television provider customers. Here’s something Tata Sky has been doing as standard procedure, that I find questionable. If you’re subscribed to an annual plan, and say  you cross your billing deadline by even a day, they automatically switch you to either a 6-month billing cycle, or worse, a monthly one. Like all […]



Is A Bot After Your Job?

Image: Robin Williams in the Bicentennial Man Yuval Noah Harari paints an interesting and arguably grim picture of the future, in his book Homo Deus. He runs through possible ways in which the world and we humans might evolve. To give you a glimpse, think of computer programs evolving at the blistering pace they are. From predicting our needs to seamlessly trying […]



Illusions and Delusions

Imran Khan is a decent actor. Delhi Belly was probably the best of the lot he has churned out. Then there’s Babita Kumari. A Silver medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Then a Bronze medalist at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships. And finally, a Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games!! Her remarkable story, and that of her elder sister’s, were […]



Peace, War, or Chekh-mate

In his book Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari mentions Russia’s greatest short story writers Anton Chekhov having once said that a gun appearing in the first act of a play will inevitably be fired in the third. Yuval says that since 1945, humans have learned to resist the urge to use weapons of war. Hopefully meaning we have become more mature as humans. However, we […]



Primum Non Nocere

Image: source It is believed that either Hippocrates, considered as the father of medicine, or one of his pupils wrote what is popularly known as the Hippocratic Oath, a solemn oath known to be taken by people in the medical profession, doctors in particular at least. The medical profession was long considered the noblest, with doctors often compared to gods and angels. […]



Do You Like Your News Well Done, or Rare?

Image: source A few years ago, my dad had pointed out how refreshing it was to hear All India Radio. All India Radio is India’s national, public news radio station. He said it was a welcome change to listen to just the raw news, especially after years of private news channels on TV. It made sense too. Paid media often tends […]



Let Our Work Drive Our Energy

There is so much we can learn from the views, experiences and beliefs of others; especially if our own values have strong roots in light of the learning of others. Our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, gave an inspiring speech at the town hall meeting at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. The event was the second anniversary of the […]



Why Indians Need Real Idols, not pretentious ones

The pretentiousness and shallowness of many Indians can be really overwhelming. sultan may have been a great movie, but I won’t know because I won’t be watching it. Not in theatres, or on TV subsequently, for obvious reasons. It’s not the movie I’m against, but the encouragement of wrong. But should that bother fellow Indians? What should, is the fact […]



The Clock of Life is Wound but Once

Here’s an evergreen classic that makes its rounds about once a year or so, by way of email forwards or social media posts. But unlike many others, this one never ceases to inspire. ——————————– Two Stories BOTH TRUE!! STORY NUMBER ONE Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone  wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing […]



Brick & mortar won’t be dead by 2023

Extreme comments or views are often a huge hit or miss. And Niti Aayog’s Mr. Kant’s futuristic sounding comment about how brick and mortar businesses in India will be dead by 2023 was a huge miss, in fact to the point of sounding immature. Coming from a school or college student in a metro, that would have been ok, given […]



Moral Dilemmas from the Future

Image: source I came across this extremely interesting article that not only gives us a peek into the near future, but also highlights the increasing complexity and moral high seas that businesses need to, and will have to navigate around in the years to come. Google has been able to predict regional flu trends since 2008 or earlier. And given […]



Job Quotas or Meritocratic Politics?

Image: source Developed countries continue to struggle to identify industries, areas of business, skillsets and employment opportunities that will make their workforce, abilities and manufacturing resources relevant again in a world of cheap labor and low cost manufacturing from developing countries. At such times, instead of leveraging the inherent potentials we in India have, to gain more ground in the […]



A Love Song for India

I tried thinking of a love song for India, and couldn’t find one more appropriate than this. ABBA‘s ‘Lay all your love on me’. These four lines seem to be a perfect message from our country, to us citizens. “Don’t go wasting your emotion Lay all your love on me Don’t go sharing your devotion Lay all your love on me” India | […]



The Farmer Murders

A farmer committed suicide at an AAP rally, and the hypocritical Mr. ‘Aam Aadmi’ Kejriwal didn’t let that stop his rally. Policemen on scene laughed, as an AAP volunteer tried to save the farmer. In the last year, the PM has been building foreign relations like there’s no tomorrow, while thousands of farmers back home stare blankly into what seems […]



Of Sheep and Wolves

Early on in the movie American Sniper,  a young Chris Kyle‘s father is seen telling him something very simple, yet relevant and true. [In reality, it was said to Lt. Col. Grossman by a retired Vietnam veteran]. Here’s what Mr. Kyle tells Chris – “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs,” the father says. “Some […]



Women Drivers

“You said a bad driver was only safe until she met another bad driver? Well, I met another bad driver, didn’t I?” – Jordan, in The Great Gatsby The hype around Women’s Day is finally done for this year. And speaking of women, their driving skills has often triggered many an animated debate. Driving slow, cutting dangerously, not indicating, playing with her […]



The Elusive Future

Here’s a neat quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, that captures brilliantly, human dreams and hopes against the backdrop of fleeting time. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….And […]



And Then It Hits You..

When interacting (read playing) with infants, objectives are very clear in our head. We must make them laugh, even at the cost of looking foolish. And we must, at all possible cost, avoid them from crying. Yet somehow, we manage to forget those objectives when dealing with adults. Strive to delight people. Be it family and friends, your customers, employees, […]



Attention!

Allan Massie said, “Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He’s the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war.” Last night I watched a movie called ‘Holiday‘. An action thriller about a soldier on vacation who uncovers a dangerous plot. I noticed something rather shameful with the crowd at the theatre during the last 3 odd […]



Ghost Rider

India has seen a meteoric rise in the number of vehicles on its roads, and with it, driving sense and etiquette have disappeared into oblivion. And while I’m not too great a driver myself, few things anger me more than bikers riding on the wrong side of the road. And it’s still ok if a rider only risks his own life, but many of them even dare with […]



The Superior Sex

The timing of this post, right after the so-called ‘Women’s day’ is purely coincidental. For one, I don’t even know what ‘Women’s day’ is supposed to mean. If we ‘full-of-ourselves-men’ don’t have a ‘men’s day’, then except for commercial businesses to make a killing, I really don’t quite get it. Now, back to the post. I’m going to risk my neck here by stating […]



If You’re Gonna Fly

Now that’s how one should live their life. For those of you in India, I’m sure you saw the news about the Air India flight that made an emergency landing at Jaipur airport on Sunday night. [link] For those who missed the news, here’s what happened: 173 passengers aboard a plane that has been in service for 22 years, Air India’s oldest | originally flying […]



Your Time Will Come

Three days ago, I was rushing to office after a meeting. The day somehow seemed very different. Special, in an inexplicable way. The meeting had gone well too. While waiting at a signal light, lost in the magical voice of the very beautiful Amy MacDonald singing ‘Your time will come’, when I suddenly noticed a teacher of mine from school, standing […]



Chip Off the Old Block

Renaissance artist Michelangelo claimed that his job was to free the human form trapped inside the block. His words, apparently were: “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and in action.  I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition […]



I Wonder If You Can

Think about any random man-made problem that the world faces; financial meltdowns, corruption, greed, poverty, inequalities (of various types), ethnic violence, crimes against women and children, certain ‘man-made’ natural disasters, and so on. Wouldn’t it be easy even to just grasp the magnitude of these problems perhaps if they all had just one or a few common and simple causes? Then just preventing those causes would cause […]



As High As You Can

This post is not an original. It is a really inspiring message that I received recently. And even though some of you might have read it elsewhere, I think it does come in handy every once in a while for that little push we need on our uphill journeys, before we get to where we had planned to. The Fern and the Bamboo One day I decided […]



Question the Question

Here’s a thought.. And I welcome your thoughts in return.. Back when I was in the ninth standard/grade in school, while I wasn’t too bright in studies. With the exception of Math and Physics. In those two, I was competing for between the 6th and 9th position in class. They weren’t subjects I had to study or know. It just somehow came logically. Feeling comfortably […]



Holy How?!

Does god exist? I personally do believe in faith, and in a higher power, but one without a name or face. Culture and upbringing however, do tend to influence that faith with names and appearances.  Unlike popular belief, India does not have 330 million gods. But of the few we do, festivals are celebrated in the grandest ways imaginable. The next few months marks some major religious festivals, including Janmasthami (just went […]



The Future Indian PM

Technology played a crucial role in winning Barack Obama his first, and securing his second term as US President. With that, I think it was evident that a capable leader and change maker must have the power of new age technology and media on his or her side, to connect with the constantly changing and eternally curious new-age citizen. Back home, while most political […]



Attention! Is this the Police?

Last evening I went to pick up some things for home from the department store. Visits to that store isn’t exactly something I look forward to. Considering the place is a little dusty, the staff is slow and clueless, and for some reason, they keep moving some sections around every other time. Anyway, while parking outside, I noticed two police constables standing beside a car […]



A to B to C

This one is in connection to some earlier posts on ‘Impactful brevity’ and on effective communication (So what’s your Point?). A friend recently sent me a hilarious video on WhatsApp that somehow reminded me of an incident from high school that I was surprised I remembered. Wonder how the memory had managed to survive in the junk in my head for so long. Here’s what had happened. During a […]



Two Sides of The Same…Country

Little over a decade ago, I had just learnt how to drive a car, and, sorry; I must learn to be specific. I had learnt to drive a car in India. Yes, here, it takes more effort, selfless commitment, definitely more skill, and sheer bravery to even just want to learn to drive a vehicle here, let alone actually drive. Not even attempting […]



Chain Reaction

A lot of you might have watched this video at least once in the last 2 years that it seems to have been on Youtube. In case you haven’t, hit play. I’ve been lucky to witness one such incident way back in junior college. I was in a bus heading for class, when this man got on, and suddenly realized he had left […]



We can be Heroes

Industry bigwigs, public figures, influential people, media celebrities among others, carry with their success, power and fame, certain unspoken responsibilities towards others, especially those not as fortunate. Those responsibilities include always acting in a fair and just manner, and avoiding any form of oppression, directly or by way of others. This post is for all you salman khan fans; a glimpse into the ugly, and a heavy […]



Where Men became Gods

People who were hapless witnesses to nature’s frenzy in Uttarakhand… Stood helplessly, and believed this was the end of the road for them… Where hope seemed to crumble with the relentless gushing rage… Even the God of Destruction himself stood helplessly surrounded… And then, from the skies… A marginalized and often forgotten God emerged, and rushed selflessly in… And stood […]



Death and The Maiden

 “Tonight’s happy song, kinda like a walk in the park ..the sun coming through the window in the morning on a beautiful day… and you have nothing better to do than commit Harakiri, so…is this? Alright. This is called..Estranged..” – Axl Rose, at a GnR Live Concert  Last morning I woke up to the news of young starlet Jiah Khan’s […]



Learn To Be Still

Today’s news had an article on how a Chinese mother had caged and shackled her mentally ill son in a homemade cage for 11 years. In 2001, the son, Wu, beat to death a 13-year-old boy in his village (Ruichang, Jiangxi Province), while reportedly suffering an episode of ‘psychosis’. He was released home a year later since he suffered from mental […]



Indians Plead Lunacy

Education and self-respect seem unconnected, as any educated IPL fan in India can prove to you without much effort, perhaps even without uttering a word. While some people (read farmers) are busy committing suicide due to a severe drought where they live, water that could somehow have been diverted to those areas is being used to ready grounds for IPL […]



Au-shitz.!

With all the ‘do good deeds’ and ‘do unto thy neighbour…’ that has literally been beaten into our souls while we were growing up, I often wondered why some corrupt politicians and other people in power seemed to go from crime to crime without losing any sleep over it, and they just seemed to prosper at the cost of the […]



Ironman: Heroes Aren’t Born, They’re Built

“I’ve been called many things. Nostalgic is not one of them.” -Tony Stark Many of us have been anxiously awaiting Ironman 3 [not sure if my connection was slow, or if the official movie site expected me to wait for Ironman 4 while it loaded]. Anyway, I saw the Audi commercial a few days ago. It showed the electric sports car from […]



Spread A Message

The Delhi gang rape incident is still fresh in the minds of many. An intolerable mix of anger and helplessness is how I remember the incident. A few days after that angel from the Delhi gang rape succumbed to her injuries, a friend informed me about a peace protest that was taking place here in Bombay. I was caught up […]



Like Endorsing, Endorse Liking?

We all remember the notorious financial meltdown of 2007-08 that washed away a lot of dreams. We all know why it happened. Some wise (read greedy) people built a huge structure on an extremely very weak foundation (sub-prime mortgage). And then went ahead and added floor over floor to their fantasy at the cost of the masses, till the foundation and […]



IPL-6 and its fans, Suck

On the one hand: Since 1950, the government has spent INR 3.5 lakh crore on building dams and reservoirs over major rivers. Maharashtra is the state with the highest number of dams in the country, with many in 17 of its most drought-prone districts. Most of these were built after 1972. And despite half of these areas receiving more rain […]



The Different Same

On October 31, 1984, a lady was assassinated by 2 men from the Sikh community. What ensued was over 3000 Sikhs being massacred by a crazed people, in a span of under 4 days. Think about it, under 4 days, 3000+ innocent Sikhs were killed, because 2 “other” Sikhs killed that lady. And what about justice? 49 of the rioters were sentenced to […]



I WITNESS – The good people of DELHI

I usually do not reproduce or re-post any existing content on my blog. But here is one exception. Here’s a post written by Sangeeta Das, one of thousands of brave citizens who were part of the peaceful movement in Delhi, protesting against  a brutal gang-rape (on Dec. 16) and the unsafe India that politicians have created for women. It simply […]



A Sense of Security

Scene 1: [http://ow.ly/gjkW7] manmohan singh to sushil kumar shinde: “ensure sense of security in Delhi” sushil kumar shinde: [nonchalantly] ok Life goes on as usual. Public: what about other cities, towns, and the country; genius? Scene 2: [http://ow.ly/gjkxc] manmohan singh to sushil kumar shinde: [long silence] sushil kumar shinde to public: bullshit, bullshit, bullshit You’re not scared about your daughters, they […]



Delhi Police – Grow a Brain

To the Degenerate Idiots in the Delhi Police, Politicians sisters, daughters, mothers and wives do not get raped. They are totally unaffected and could not care less about what is happening around the streets and alleys of their country. It was your lack of responsibilities that led to the gruesome incident on Dec 16, 2012. And yet, you blindly follow orders from […]



Make The Punishment Fit The Crime

In the Delhi gang rape case, let the government not consider life imprisonment for the 6 guilty bastards. We citizens do not want to feed and rear such vermin for the rest of their damned lives. Like Juhi Chawla suggested, make the punishment an ‘eye for an eye’. I say, let the punishment be such that it scars the souls […]



The Ultimate Power

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.” – Mahatma Gandhi A friend of mine recently came across an article titled ‘The Indian who admires Adolf Hitler‘. […]



Not So Strong

I have never worn a Livestrong wristband, but I could well understand the degree of inspiration, faith and belief that people felt while sporting one of those bands, anywhere around the world. It came from not just any foundation doing work towards a noble cause, but from a foundation that was inspired by a cancer survivor, and by a winner. […]



The King of Traumatic Times

How Vijay and Siddharth Mallya are handling the whole Kingfisher Airline fiasco is appalling. In a similar situation, way back, Richard Branson sold his first and extremely-close-to-his-heart business, Virgin Records at the insistence of financial institutions, so that the resulting funds could be infused into Virgin Atlantic. He supposedly cried the day the company was sold to EMI. Employees at Kingfisher (KF) Airlines […]



Real Pest-ate India

Is it Real Estate India, or Real Pest Ate India? 350 acres of land acquired for public interest by the Haryana government given to DLF for possibly a song. DLF gave Rs. 65 crore of unsecured loans to Vadra to purchase DLF properties at highly discounted prices. Share capital of Vadra’s companies went from Rs.50 lakh to over Rs.300 crore […]



To Adopt or Not to Adopt

State Home Minister R R Patil came up with a brainwave idea to curb crimes against the elderly in the city. His idea is, that every policeman must ‘adopt’ (take responsibility) of a senior citizen. What do some people have for breakfast? Policemen in our city, and across the country are underpaid, overworked, and hardly find time to even spend […]



Ferraris and Moral Sawaaris

This post is long overdue. And it is inspired by a dialog from the Hindi movie ‘Ferrari ki Sawaari‘. I had wanted to post about it soon after watching the movie when it had released several months ago. However, it’s screening on tv a few days ago reminded me to complete this post soon. Ferrari Ki Sawaari (Hindi) translates to […]



Big Bizarre

I dropped into the Big Bazaar store for a bit last night (not out of choice, if you must know). But I must say, they’ve really re-done the place, in a good way. Impressive, must say. The section as soon as I entered, was for clothes, and it  looked like a section at the more popular multi-brand stores around. If […]



Cartoons Against Cartoons

A 27-year-old Amit Katarnaware does not seem to have a problem with corrupt politicians and bureaucrats eating the nation alive, drinking the nation dry. But he does have a problem with a few cartoons that just attempt to depict the sorry state those corrupt people in power have brought this nation to. . . How convenient is that? Amit, if you […]



Who’s right, who’s not, and when?

Here’s a joke a friend had forwarded some time back. While I found it extremely hilarious at the time, and still do, I just realized a thing or two that we could learn from it, based on my dealings with some people I’ve had the (mis)fortune of interacting with in the past. You go ahead and enjoy the joke; I’ll […]



Deja-vu(ow)

Ok, I just coined a new word. It’s called Deja-vuow.! That’s Deja-vu-ow.  (a combination of Deja-vu and ‘wow’).! Different people come across the same messages or pictures at different times on Facebook, as you may have often seen. So a close friend might suddenly be fascinated by something and share it. And you have that ‘dude, I saw that 5 […]



Business – whenever, wherever

If you got to start your business, you can’t always wait for real estate prices to be right. Sometimes, you just start..Wherever.! (Saw this on some random inner road on the outskirts of Pune) For those still wondering, that is a car covered with clothes that a man is trying to sell to passers by. And while I was there […]



My oldest bud

India has managed to retain the great binding power of the concept of “family” unlike many other countries, where kids become independent and usually move out soon as they are out of school/ college. But as much as there is to be proud of such a culture, I still hate one part of it. And that’s the part where daughters, […]



Fuel Hike

It’s brilliant how a fuel hike causes such chaos the night before the hike. Kilometre-long lines of people waiting to pack in as much fuel as they possibly can before it gets dearer. And while it’s illegal to fill cans with fuel, does it actually make so much sense to burn fuel for well over half an hour for a […]



Captcha This

Know how you have to type those alphanumeric characters online to prevent spam? Now those measures seem to be getting scarier by the day. It started with a string of arbit letters, graduated to CAPTCHAs, deformed sets of characters that you’d have to really strain your eyes or make a face, to be able to read; and went on to three characters […]



See Yourself Become The Villain

In the Dark Knight, there’s a scene where Harvey Dent says “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain”. When you first hear it, it sounds like one of those brainless lines from some low-budget movie, right? Like a random dialog from the movie ‘Torque‘ (oh yeah, not low-budget, but definitely sad […]



Forward Pass

Try this. Say instead of zipping past a car on the opposite side of the road waiting to make a u-turn, slow down (of course, look back first, to make sure you don’t cause a pileup) to ’em make the turn. The driver will be pleasantly surprised. They don’t expect it. Nobody does. And that’s what makes it even more worthwhile. […]



Layers of BS

Ever realized how much time we spend each day either building a thick layer of ‘unnecessary’, and/ or scraping a thick layer of it. Rather than build quality products and services, we tend to build our own imaginary features, declare our products/ services to be the absolute best without the real stuff to prove it. Facts are covered up, hyped, or […]



Who’s the Richest?

Howdy folks.! Not sure if you missed the reading, I sure missed the writing though. And after a fabulous month-long vacation, I’m back to what I’m told is, the grind. The office complex I work at has an elderly (67 year old) watchman who also oversees the parking lot at the back of the complex. Now the outskirts of Pune, […]



Bumblebee

According to the theories of Aerodynamics, the bumblebee should be unable to fly. The size, weight, and shape of its body, in relationship to its total wing span make it technically impossible to fly. The bumblebee, however, being ignorant of those theories, goes ahead and flies anyway. I was reading an article about how some researchers are expecting another recession […]



Facebook without a Face

Yesterday, Airtel launched a USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) system based service. The service, jointly developed by Facebook and U2opia Mobile, a Singapore based company, allows users to access Facebook on their mobile phones without the need for a GPRS service. It works on the same concept as the messaging service you use to check your prepaid balance, etc. So essentially, […]



I like

I suppose the reason behind people “liking‘ all the pages and songs and tv shows and blah blah on Facebook is that they’re kinda lonely, and are, by some natural instinct, walking around with their hearts and about 50 MB of data from the deepest crevices of their brains, all on their sleeve, for the world to know. All the […]



Worth a Thousand Words

A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words. In the past few months, I have taken a few which, I’ll say, left me totally speechless. #7 Somewhere in Rajasthan, left turn’s not free, they say.. #6 This one was at the entrance to a mall in Jaipur. Firearm not allowed.! Sounded like something straight out of the good ol’ West. […]



Senti-mental

Remember ‘Compromise‘? Human mentality doesn’t cease to surprise. Astound even. We all have come to believe that the stock markets seem to move much more with tiny human sentiment, and less due to company or industry fundamentals. Lets have a look at the Sensex movement in relation to ‘sentiments’. I’ve taken the Sensex merely as a representation of the fluctuation […]



Compromise? Don’t!

Several foreign countries have been following the professional hire-n-fire policy for several years if not decades, now. We Indians on the other hand, still go strong on references and the ‘chalta hain’ (a Hindi phrase meaning ‘it’s alright, no big deal’), ‘adjust maadi’ (maadi is a Kannada word meaning ‘to do’, in this case, asking someone to adjust) and ‘ki […]



India – The state of affairs…

Just when we Indians thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse… We got an opportunity to host the Commonwealth games. And while Kalmadi and his cronies stretched their luck way beyond the Milky Way, the Prime Minister’s office magically managed to stretch a sanction to several multiples of the same. Wish someone would do that with my pay too. How Rs. […]



An uncle and a friend

I just heard a few hours back, that one of dad’s closest friends, Eshwaran, passed away this morning. That was extremely bad news. While I had probably met Eshwar uncle and his wife several times as a toddler, the first actual time I met him when I was ‘grown up’ to some extent, was nearly a decade and a half back, […]



Why…Not…Serious.??

Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! Look at what’s happened in India over the past two decades. We’ve had bomb blasts ripping through cities, over and over again.
The news channels have ‘field days’. Give it a few days, and everyone has put the incident into some low priority folder in their heads, and gone about with their routine like it never happened.
Now while resilience is a good thing, everyone’s missing the bigger point. Why can’t the security forces, the police, the intelligence agencies, and even the common man become more responsible.