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Who I Am Most Grateful To & Why

Who are you most grateful to?  You may have a long or short gratitude list. But there will be someone who tops the list – who you are eternally and infinitely grateful to.   For me, it is Dr. Rustom P Soonawala. Initially it felt like God sent him to help me and my wife Gargi.…

My Wealth Managers Save Lives too

How do you choose a doctor if you don’t already have one? I go online and check both the ratings and reviews. Two years ago, I looked up Practo for an internal medicine doctor. My wife’s grandmother was living with us, and her blood sugar levels had shot up. I found Dr. Rajiva Gupta, who…

When I Quit the Stage & Never Got Back

Ever forgotten your lines on stage in front of a large audience? Have you been embarrassed not being able to recollect even after racking your brain unsuccessfully? When you wished it were a bad dream hoping you will wake up thanking your stars that it did not happen. But you lived the nightmare. And you…

The Early Morning Call That Shook Me

Ever received an early morning call that shook you? I recollect two. One was when my mother called to say Dad had stopped breathing. I received the other from the father of a dear friend two decades ago. He began with an apology because he called at half past six. I assured him it was…

When Mom Heard That Her Son is Accident-Prone

Ever dealt with astrologers? Do you believe they can foresee your future? I never thought much about it till I had a personal experience. Many years ago, my mother consulted astrologers to check if all was well with her family.  A couple of them mentioned that her son (that’s me) is accident-prone and is likely…

Make Time When You’ve It

How would you react if an astrologer predicted you have less time left to live?  30 years ago, on September 2, 1992, my cousin Funny drowned while immersing Lord Ganesha’s idol in a lake. He was 16 years young. Two of his closest friends drowned too in a bid to save each other. None of…

Why You Need your Dil Chahta Hai (DCH) Story

Have you lost your most prized possession during a journey?  21 years ago, my friend Sidharth Patnaik and I left my sister Babita’s house after a delightful dinner cooked by her to catch a cab to Victoria Terminus (now renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus). We were on course to board the Konkan Express train from Mumbai…

Do You Laugh When You Are the Butt of a Joke?

Ever written something you enjoyed that was never published? Many years ago, my friend Subrata Ghosh and I collaborated on an article for our school magazine. We imagined an idea that was fun but risky. Over the years, many articles have praised the school and its teachers. Every year, the magazine would publish one such…

How Your Memory Can Be Memorable For Others?

How good is your memory? If I could make one wish that would turn true, I would wish for good health. If I was granted an extra wish as a bonus, I’d seek a good memory.  I have an average memory. But I’ve memorable experiences with those who forget nothing. Make that almost nothing. Just…

Why You Shouldn’t Live In the Past?

Do you find yourself stuck in the past? You feel your best years and achievements have passed you by. You rewind and replay some of those golden moments frequently. And you keep talking about the past much more than the present.  Nothing wrong with reliving some of the best moments in one’s life, once in…

Time to Bust The Myth That Women Can’t…

Ever wondered why we have Superman but not Superwoman?  We’ve grown up hearing, reading, and watching stories about Superman, Batman, Spiderman, etc. There are other equivalents too in different languages. But all/most are male.  Why? The answer is simple. They are fictitious. The real heroes are women. They don’t wear capes. They don’t scale skyscrapers.…

Be On Time: A Lesson I Learnt Early by Being Late

Are you someone who just can’t help being late? I received a hollering of a lifetime, a month into my first job. I have never been screamed at in the same manner at any other time in my professional career. It taught me an invaluable lesson that has helped me ever since – SHOW UP…

Why be Judgemental over Trivia During an Interview?

Have you been rejected in an interview because you didn’t shake hands firmly, sat cross-legged, or didn’t speak confidently?  If yes, thank your stars. Any organisation that decides on the basis of these parameters doesn’t deserve you.  Too much importance is ascribed to such factors which don’t merit much.  Body language may matter in jobs…

Love, Loss & Life After: How Chaitali Picked Up the Pieces

A week ago, I received a message on LinkedIn from a reader. She was inspired by my post on how Mrs. Praveen Sharma had defied all odds when adversity struck her. She mentioned how she relived every incident when she read the piece. She had experienced loss deeply. She knew how much it hurt.  I…

Where Do You Stand If You’re 40+ & Looking For A Job?

You are stuck. You’re on the wrong side of 40, struggling to find a job. Circumstances had forced you to quit your previous job. And now every employer you’ve sent your resume to doesn’t want to touch you with a barge pole.  If you find yourself in this position, you are not alone. More and…

Does School & College Education (As We Know It) Really Matter?

How much did your school and college education impact and influence you? How useful has your learning in school and college been later in your life? Not really. That’s the short answer in my case. When I hear others crediting their alma mater for how they have turned out, it feels good to know. I‘d…

Dismal to Delight in 3 Months, How Things Turn Around?

Do you feel your time’s up in your current workplace? Does it appear you’ve hit a dead-end and there’s nothing you can do to salvage the crisis? And the best recourse is to look out for an opportunity elsewhere.   I felt the same many years ago. My story may help if you are there now. Or…

Why You Should Write Now if You Aren’t Already?

Hey, do you write: a blog, article, or even journal regularly? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s a fulfilling experience at best. At the least, it can be relaxing. I know because I am living it. In a short time, it has had a profound impact on my state of mind and…

One KK to Another, the Magic Lives Forever

The finest die young. God seeks their company as much as we do. One such soul left us on 31st May, 2022. He was born as Krishnakumar Kunnath and immortalised as KK. A rare talent who scintillated the audience with his songs. And chose to stay away from the limelight off stage. He did what…

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