• 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…

  • 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…

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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…

  • 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,  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

    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

    An Open Letter to the Advertising Masterminds

    Dear Advertising Masterminds,          Good morning. You probably are too busy now, brainstorming the next catch-phrase that would take the nation by storm and make its way into common man’s vocabulary. I understand. And I promise I won’t take much of your time. But before I begin let me introduce myself. My name is Rajrupa and I am someone you would call a target demographic or perhaps simply a consumer! I love the commercials you make, so much so that I never let my husband change the TV channel during a commercial break. I also religiously spend…

  • Opinion,  Social

    I am only eligible to be locked up – I am an H4 visa holder

    Today I will tell you a story: a story of a woman, one of those many, who came to the US with her husband. She can have any name, but for the sake of the story let’s call her Bama. Her status in the US is that of a dependent of a legal non-immigrant worker, she holds an h4 visa. Image Courtesy: Redbus2USA.com Every morning her husband, Vijay takes the car to work. Since public transportation is sparse to non-existent, Bama is forced to stay at home all day. She tried to get a driver’s licence but since she is…

  • Social,  Women

    The Bangle Tangle!!

    It’s been the longest that I have really written anything. Sometimes I don’t know what to write, and when I do, I am too busy. As I hope to slowly slip back into my old self, what could be better to break the break than to introduce another busy blogger whom I adore? Not only we have similar lives, we share common ideologies and beliefs too. I adore her as a blogger and admire her for being extraordinarily vocal about different issues we women face each day in our country. Even though we have been fortunate to have a shielded…