Category Archives: General

Be an observer of your life; not a participant in it

Few years ago, when I had purchased the car that came with built-in SiriusXM, I got a call from their salesperson. As she concluded the corporate sales pitch script very diligently, I asked, ‘… but why so serious?’ It dawned on her that I was playing with words when I chuckled and said, ‘Batman… Joker…… Read More »

Our enemy’s best friend

Decades ago, when I wrote an article with the same title for a (now defunct) e-zine, my focus was the immaturity and gullibility of Indian society; especially the youth. Growing up, I would see mobs of youth going on rampage at slightest provocation by religion, politics, social causes they believed in or to protest against… Read More »

The R-Quadrant

The discussion started around one of the important traits of a good and effective leader – the say-do ratio. I have used this as an important parameter to evaluate others and my own leadership, whenever I was in such a role. Soon the discussion diverted to old friends and acquaintances, but a thought lingered in… Read More »

Soft-skills, the hidden differentiator

My most recent book provides a primer on essential soft-skills for managing your career. During my own career of 30+ years, I focused on sharpening my soft-skills along with the hard-skills required to do my job. A lot of times I was told that it’s only the hard-skills that create a differentiator and learning about… Read More »

Chingari : She

In one of my earlier posts, Yearning, I mentioned that sometimes it’s not the  words that claw at your heart but a picture that seizes your gaze. It then sprouts words that come together to form a prose or a poem. When my nephew, Siddharth, posted this picture on Facebook I felt this compulsion to… Read More »

Is that he?

More than the letter mentioned in the FB post, I found this picture (credit: unknown) very captivating. Sometimes it’s not the  words that claw at your heart but a picture that seizes your gaze. It then sprouts words that come together to form a prose or a poem. Then, there are times when a picture… Read More »

The baggage you carry

Watched the movie ‘Pink’. Risking the wrath of armchair activists at home, I dare say that the movie was below average, but it did make me think. The social norms, prejudices, perceptions and character judgments shaped by media and society, influence each of us on a daily basis. It is said that a lie repeated… Read More »