• Being John Malkovich
    Opinion

    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…

  • 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…

  • Opinion

    A Rant Against Trolling!

     For most of us, life without Internet is unimaginable. We live and breathe Internet. We express most of our opinions online. We practice Freedom of Speech online. So what if it is twisted and bent to the point of breaking? Because that is the Internet’s biggest advantage. I may not dare speaking on your face but I can sure wield the Internet as my shield and as my weapon. To viciously attack you, mostly when you are least expecting and derive a sick sadistic pleasure out of it. It doesn’t sound so unusual, does it? Weird and absurd and sick…

  • Opinion

    The Guilt of Success

        Last night I watched the movie “Dil Dhadakne Do”. It’s an okay – ish movie about a dysfunctional  family with an over the top Bollywood style climax. But this post is not about the movie. This post is about one of the things the movie talks about. The guilt of success.        Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra), the daughter of the family, is a successful business woman. Forbes lists her as one of the ten entrepreneurs to watch out for. Yet at home, she is a docile daughter and a demure daughter-in-law who tolerates her mother-in-laws’ subtle taunting silently, feels bad…

  • Musing,  Opinion

    Home Sweet Home

    Home in my earliest memory is but a half built structure. Of jutting out bricks resembling a giant’s uneven teeth, of grey paste of sand and cement, mixed expertly with a grub hoe. Of something ugly, yet spoken of with pride. To me then, the rented house we lived in presented a much better case for a place to live. Smooth walls, cool floor and clean. But it was not home.  A year later, indeed those ugly bricks gave way to the most beautiful house. White with blue windows, and pink climbing bougainvillea. It was home. I loved it as…

  • Opinion,  Social

    The Perils of Social Media And My Plight

    I have been a blogger for some time now, but you probably don’t know my name. I have written a book, but I am not sure how many of you have read it. Apart from that I work my days in an office, which is full of people who have either gone to an engineering college or a B-school. What I am trying to say is, I am just another person with a not at all unusual hobby and surrounded by people who are generally classified as common, if slightly privileged, middle class. I live my life unremarkably, mind my…

  • Opinion,  Social

    Mother Tongue – A Language That My Mother Speaks!

    Image Courtesy: http://canadianimmigrant.ca/ Recently, in Facebook everyone was discussing their favorite books and tagging others to do the same. After the ice bucket challenge, probably, this was the most viral post my Facebook timeline has seen. While it delighted me that most of my FB friends, who posted about their list of top 10 favorite books and even tagged me, were exceptionally well-read (Why, some even quoted Samuel Richardson or James Joyce), it saddened me to no end that none of them could think of any book written in their mother tongue.             Now, most…

  • Opinion,  Social

    Shopping, Anyone?

    Shopping – oh, what joy it produces! An orgasmic pleasure almost, I must say. Strolling through rows upon rows of clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories – can any other compare with the happiness this brings? Retail therapy is very real. It’s the best. Anyone who disagrees is only fooling herself. I am a shopaholic. There I admitted it! I will admit one more thing. Even though I consider myself a veteran of online shopping (trust me, I contribute to almost 10% of Amazon’s total profit, single-handed), it never really comes close to the store hopping in the physical world. It’s…

  • Opinion

    A Rant about PDA

    Lately, there’s been a surge of PDA around me.  Now if PDA still means those weird looking handheld devices suave secretaries in old Hindi movies used to flaunt, to you, then you may consider finding yourself a place in the Rare and Exotic Species section of a museum. These days everyone’s got a personal digital assistant, called smartphone. They are handheld, look sleek and they can speak too! Anyway, before I get carried away and start speaking about how smartphones are the most essential part of one’s existence, let me just take a deep breath and bring my attention back…

  • Opinion,  Social

    I Didn’t Change My Name After Marriage

    Long back as an upright teenager, I had made a decision to never change my name after I got married. I simply liked it too much. When A and I were getting married, we never discussed about it because we both knew how important my name was to me! I was known to the world by my name! It was my identity. It simply didn’t make sense to change my identity just because I was getting married. However the first of the numerous questions that came my way because of this, was from the marriage registrar who looked positively scandalous…