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Do You Answer Every Call on Your Cell, All the Time

It’s a loaded question. To make things simpler, I will answer first. I don’t pick up every call and definitely not all the time. Firstly, I don’t pick up unknown numbers. I have an address book of around 2500 numbers and if the number doesn’t match, it’s probably not worth the effort and I let […]

Different Strokes, Similar People

Two feedback emails last week. Coincidentally both from the same institution, that too a medical one. One, a teacher, the other a student. Two different perspectives, both very interesting. Nithya, the teacher. A couple of days back, my husband and I decided to catch the last (night) show of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Jaideep, my […]

The Unraveling

Most days, life runs smoothly! Work is interesting. The kids are doing well. The wife is smiling. The parents are in reasonably good health. There are friends around. A couple of times a month, we are able to catch a film or two and eat out. Some weekends we are able to chill completely, sometimes […]

Aspirational Jargon

Today is one of those days! Last weekend, a senior colleague remarked, “Why is it that people now call Toilets, Washrooms?” I didn’t have an answer, but it got me thinking. It’s not just Toilets that have become Washrooms or Restrooms. People, places, things…nothing and no one has been spared the aspirational upscaling of the […]

Comfortably Numb

I was out on the road on Wednesday evening sleeping in the car when my daughter called my wife informing her about the bomb blasts, telling her that she and her brother were safe at home and wanting to know where and how we were. We were driving in from the Eastern suburbs. It was […]

The Times, They Are-A Changing…&@*#

In 1994, I went to see “Pulp Fiction” in a small town in the US, called Rochester, in the state of Minnesota. Those of you who have seen this film will remember how Mr. Quentin Tarantino made his actors use the “f***” word at least thrice in every sentence if not more, throughout the film. […]

The Narcissism of the “Third Thing”

One set of responses I received to last week’s piece on “The Third Thing” was quite interesting. Anand emailed, “Frankly, it makes me realize that doing these things is ‘absolutely human and normal’. Thanks my friend once again.” Mehul on FB said, “Good to know there are a lot many more people out there…I thought […]

What is Your “Third Thing?”

I was catching up with Girish, an old friend who now lives in the US, over coffee. He mentioned that apart from his consulting work and time with family, he does karate as well as dirty Israeli defense. I gave him a knowing look and mentioned to him that almost every colleague or friend I […]

Giving Up

Last week, as we were having dinner in the restaurant of our hotel in Gangtok, three mothers with their little children, probably from Bangalore, came in and occupied some tables near us. The children were all over the place, pretty much out of control. However, the waiters were quite nice, probably used to scenes like […]

A True Story – Shock, Twist and Happy Ending after some “Pull”

Sometimes, it’s just nice to tell a story. The Shock: In November last year, I woke up and started going through some bills early in the morning. One of them was from a cellphone company “A” that specializes in giving international SIM cards when you travel abroad. I had been to the US of A […]