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The Indian Rupee Woes

For a travel bug like me, it hits hard when you realise that vacations have become more expensive :( .
Thinking of an Asian vacation - Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia are in the reckoning now...But, after checking the hotel rates and the bank balances, I am likely to tell myself that India is the best Asian country and Kerala is God's Own Country.
At the end of it, I might end up just lazing around in Kovalam beach !

Monday Mornings

1. You may look forward to them, in anticipation of a great week ahead, or wake up grudgingly thinking about all the things that can go wrong...Invariably, the week will have a mix of both - happiness and disappointments...

2. When you have this deep urge to write, but just cannot put down your thoughts into a cohesive post, then it may not always be a case of writer's block. It could be any of these as well: "What would the reader think?", "Is it in violation of my company's social media policy?" or "Is this thought worth capturing for posterity?"

3. The longer you stand at the edge of the cliff, wondering whether your parachute will in fact open up, the higher are your chances of dying from a heart attack.

4. Some use a branded product to belong to a group, others use it to show that they have arrived, yet others use it to show their allegience to a certain way of life...but the most amazing brands are the ones which are chosen because the prod…

Life's Like That

Every weekend, I have a tough time convincing my child about how he should cut his nails and how it would not hurt...It is finally achieved after one hour of cajoling, negotiation, tears and threats from both sides ! Today at school the teacher calls me aside and recounts this incident:

"I was telling the class about how they should cut nails regularly, and Siddhu suddenly stood up and announced: 'My mom does not have time for cutting nails. She is always busy reading books.' "

I gave a silly smile to the teacher and thought "Oops, thank God he didn't mention my other weekend activities !!!"

Living Life...

I have always been fascinated by the idea of taking a one year break and doing some bit of soul searching...Unfortunately, professional India is still not very open to the idea, and frown upon even a well deserving maternity break ! In the recent past though, I have been increasingly toying with this idea of a break...

I keep going back and forth in my mind and my biggest fears about doing it, are not so much about whether I will be able to return to a great career (I believe, I have reached a stage in my career, where a one year break can be easily justified, in case I want to return to the exciting rat race!). I am worried about how society will perceive it - not in terms of measuring my self worth, which they anyway do, but rather in terms of respecting my time and freedom... I can almost hear people tell me "Oh, now that you are not having a job, you can come for this wedding!" - and I would hate it! ! !

The other more pressing worry is whether my wish for a break is a…

Random Thoughts

1. No amount of management knowledge or self help books can prepare you for the deep depths of self pity that accompanies a backstab....I almost recovered from one around December and was promptly subjected to another one around February. Repeating "You cannot control other people's actions, you can only control your reactions" is not helping either. When it comes from someone for whom you have gone out of the way for, you even look down at your own poor judgement of character....resulting in an already present migraine becoming worse...Positive thinking cannot take away the bitter after-taste that lingers after you have bitten into a chocolate coated pill....
2. I can condone absence of results, I can even condone an absence of effort (barely) , but I just cannot bring myself to condone the pretext of effort...
3. These days I wonder what God actually thinks....
4. I also wonder whether I will finally garner enough will power to start exercising regularly. This has bee…

Letter to My Son

As my son starts formal schooling on Wednesday, I am feeling the same excitement as I did several years back when I went to school first. So, here is something I wrote for his school magazine and which I hope I can inculcate in him as the days turn into years...
My Dearest Son,
You have just started to peek into the amazing world of knowledge – learning to recognize letters and trying hard to recreate them yourselves. Like every parent, I too have dreams about you – after all, if there is just one thing I can do perfectly, I would choose that I become a perfect parent. However, human beings are not designed to be perfect, and that is the first lesson that I would want you to learn. While we are on the topic of life lessons, my dear, here are some more for you:
• No one is perfect, but the best journey in life is the journey towards perfection.
• Life is a great teacher – learn from every experience.
• No age is too young to learn, no age is too old to learn either.
• There is always …