• Motherhood Emotions

    Emotions of Motherhood!

    I do not consider myself an overly emotional person. I don’t remember ever crying in a movie. And I remember being once able to examine emotional events, by taking a step back, with a cool level head without losing my calm. I used to be all about self-preservation – pretty efficient at warding off negative emotions. That was before I became a mother. Now, a year into motherhood, I feel as though I am somehow being subjected to a psychological experiment on how-many-emotions-can-a-human-feel-in-a-day. On a typical day, these are some of the emotions I routinely feel these days: boredom, anxiety,…

  • Being John Malkovich

    Examining Our Mob Mentality

    We all are guided by mob mentality in varying degrees. When last year my husband finally announced his long time ambition to go for an MBA, it raised quite a few eyebrows. “But, you just had a baby!” A few said. “There must be marital discord”, said a few others. Because once you are thirty, you stop being ambitious, because most of life’s adventures are already done and dusted and now it is time to commit yourself to a routine of work, home, kids and holidays. Because once you are thirty, you are practically middle aged and not exciting at…

  • Lifestyle,  Musing,  Social,  Women

    A Year of Mommyhood

    I haven’t written anything for so long that I fear I never will again. Even though I miss my not-writing terribly, I just can’t get myself into the act of actually writing. What a weird malady to suffer from! And who has time for weirdness when your life is so full of exciting surprises and strangeness already? As such, I am in two minds about this post. On one hand, I just can’t ignore the nagging inside my head that I must sit to write down about the biggest year of my life so far, just for my own sake,…

  • Travels

    Travelogue: Weekend in Miami

    It had started with a fight.  I didn’t want to go because I feared everything at work will fall apart in my absence but A said that I might if I didn’t take a break. I said it was winter but he said we’d go somewhere warmer, to Miami, one of my favorite places. I said, we’d already spent all our travel budget for the year during the summer but he said he’d make this vacation low cost, yet perfect. We’d fought vigorously but he’d won, of course. In the end I was glad that he did. While checking the…

  • Musing,  Social

    Why Getting a Haircut Made me a Rebel!

    So I got a haircut. And heads turned. In the office cafeteria, people looked at me and couldn’t look away. Some jaws dropped open at the staircase while passing by me while others tried to look nonchalant but failed miserably. If you are thinking that this was because I looked fabulous, that my haircut is uniquely beautiful, you can’t be more wrong. I just went from having shoulder length hair to a pixie. No woman who wishes to look beautiful cuts their hair as short as I did. And everyone knows that the length of one’s hair is directly proportional…

  • Opinion

    The Importance of Customer Data in Product Innovation for Insurance

    This particular press release on Indi One caught my eye, because I too work in an Insurance Company. Albeit, in a different geography and demographic. But the problems described here are still very real in any insurance industry. The press release rightly talks about how lack of customer data is hindering the innovation of products. As a Techno Functional Consultant a lot of my efforts are spent daily on mining customer data, to identify and make sense of patterns. Past factual data is extremely important while predicting the future behavior of a customer. Let me give you a simple easy…

  • Lifestyle,  Social

    Go Learn Cooking! Today!

    After I re-read this old post by Suresh about his cooking woes (enough to scare away anyone starting to dabble in the science of cooking) I was inspired. I had to write about my own experiences. Though my post isn’t going to be half as humorous as his is, my experiences with cooking during the early days of my adulthood are so comically tragic and sometimes horrible that I am hoping they will play themselves out without me trying to be funny. If you have ever felt like that guy in the picture above, read on. When you have read…

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    Lifestyle,  Musing,  Social

    Advice to New Adults – From a Fellow Adult (Who Was a Spoiled Child)!

    I was as rotten as a tomato as a child. No, my parents weren’t super rich, they were as middle class as could be. Still I was the precious first child of two guilt ridden first generation working parents who were overwhelmed by the lack of time they had for me after their jobs. And those judging articles newspapers and magazines were publishing during that time condemning the women pursuing a career outside of homely responsibilities were not helping. Even though I was proud of my parents having important jobs (for as long as I can remember), they seemed to…

  • Social

    Favoritism in the Work Place – A Toxic Vice

    While I was writing this article about a day in an IT Consultant’s life, another aspect of work life sprang to life in my mind. Corporate Favoritism. And although it is a real problem, not much is usually spoken about it. It is exactly what it sounds like. Favoritism is favoring one person over another on merits other than professional. If you have been out there for some time, as a part of the office going workforce, chances are that you have been on one end or the other of favoritism. Perhaps you are the one who is always assigned important projects…

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    Being an IT Consultant

    Last weekend a friend had asked me, “What work do you do in office apart from reading emails and attending meetings?” I’d given him a scandalous look and proceeded with explaining my duties in complex industry specific jargon which left him looking baffled. Surely reading email and going to meetings weren’t all I did! But when I tried to think about a day in office these were the only two things that jumped out at me. Incredulous, when I went back to office on Monday, I started to pay close attention to my day: 8:15: I log in. And there!…