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As every new generation enters the workforce, it's amazing how quickly they're mislabeled with "attributes" that are common to young people. These labels tend to stick, and they become increasingly in...
It started with a growing feeling of uncertainty about what I was doing. I was working at a startup as the head of content marketing, but my heart was no longer in the job. I had joined the company in...
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Time is not the most important measure of our days.
There is so much inspirational stuff floating around the net that I've been feeling rather left out, my writing limited to random musings on air travel and this blog gathering digital dust in some cor...
Paulo Coelho once famously said that we can learn three things from our children: to be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something. He may be spot on but there is so much else we can learn from our kids.
I have inherited a lot of my father's traits, both physically and emotionally. I have inherited his sense of guilt, fear and worthlessness; he has left me his legacy of depression. For the longest time, I couldn't imagine what my father must have gone through when he took the final step. But in a terrifying way these days, I somehow can. Earlier I judged him for taking his own life. Now I both sympathize and empathize. And that is scary. Yet, I fight…
This post is not about the Rakshabandhan of adolescent game-playing. This post is also not about the myths and legends behind the festival, and nor is it about interpretations of brotherhood such as Tagore promoting the exchange of rakhis between Muslims and Hindus. Nope! This post is about twisting the rules even more fundamentally.
Thank the people who didn't believe in you. Yes, that includes the fifth grade teacher who told your parents you wouldn't amount to much, and the ex-boyfriend who said he was the only person who could love you.
Our philosophers have often led desolate, isolated lives, sidelined by society and shuttered away from the world. Many of our philosophers haven't been able to live up to the ideals they preached about.
Dravya Dholakia, an MBA student studying in the US, did odd jobs to face harsh realities of life.
Recently, there was a theft in my younger daughter's house in rural Maharashtra; a camera, an iPod and cash were missing. The finger of suspicion fell on a student of class eight from a good local school.On questioning by police he admitted to the theft and then dropped a bombshell: most of the students in his class indulged in stealing regularly.
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We aspire to change the world and innovate like Steve Jobs did. We strive to be leaders of the century. We want to make a difference globally, like Gates, Zuckerberg and Musk. But let me ask you one simple question. When was the last time you made your bed? Or rather, when was the last time you remembered trimming your toenails… without someone having to prompt you?
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On a cold winter night in Delhi, I start to get dressed for a journey. I put on my panties, and hook my bra. Next, I put on my jeans, brush some dirt off them; after all, I don't want to come across as someone untidy. I wear my shirt and button it down. I look at myself in the mirror. Not too shabby, I think to myself... I take a brown envelope out of the drawer. Inside I find the strip of sleeping pills I had bought three nights back.
As I crawl back to corporate life, I find myself reflecting on the three years' gap I took. Prior to these three years, my life was like that of any busy working woman trying hard to strike that balance. I never questioned the long hours at works--servicing big brands and being part of pitches and launches was the agenda then. But after all these years of working, there was a strong 'inner' call to slow down.