Leadership Lessons

Leadership is not something that can be taught in school. There is no special formula. And I wish I could say, “Just follow these 10 steps to be a successful Leader.” Nope! the bad news is Leadership cannot be taught, but the good news is Leadership can be learnt.   A few weeks back as part…

Coffee with Friends

A cup of coffee with friends. A warm handshake and a tight embrace. Laughter and gossip as the day ends. A day that seems to have gone apace. As this strange cataclysm impends, staying afar appears to be the only solace. In our talks we never did apprehend, being together would turn into an indulgence. …

To Change Or Not To Change

I was an introvert growing up, a gauche teenager among a sea of extrovert party lovers in school and college. It took me a tumble into life’s aching realities, a web of wrinkles and a paint of grey, to convert myself into the ambivert I am today. As an adroit ambivert, I have quite successfully…

The Alter Ego

It’s outright crazy that a person for whom the world revolves only around himself, the Egoist and the person who only talks of himself, the Egotist differentiate by an extra t. When we meet people who are mainly concerned about themselves, that extra t rarely crosses our mind. Frankly, whether they look only for their own interests or brag…

Reading People (Not My Cup Of Tea)

I am too naive, too trusting. This is what I am often told. I am not proud of it. In fact, I am easily offended by these unintended harsh judgement of my character, though it is true. I do trust people easily. I take people for their words, the actions they portray and never try…

I Don’t Hate You

A lot has been said and lot has been unsaid on the flames of violence and hatred that engulfs my country. Issues pertaining to politics, spiritual beliefs and beliefs that we have held onto for generations are being dissected and the innards are being strewn all across the country. With social media as the most…

A New Journey

This whole year I had been on a journey. Not to some exotic location or on an enchanting escape to a serene island but on a crazy journey of self-improvement, better understanding and awareness of the people around me. I have learnt some hard hitting lessons and gone through tough times. I have realized that…

Sail Away

As a kid playtime for me was always the make believe world. I had plenty of toys and video games of the generation, yet I was extremely fond of the pretend game. Pretend to be a princess slaying monsters, pretend that my brother was a sister and convince him to dress up as a girl….

Wo(men)

Let me take you 40 years back, when two shy high school girls walked to school and were harassed and taunted by neighbors for going to school. Now let’s get back to the present, where two high school girls where they are preparing themselves for further education in Medical and Engineering. That is a huge…

A New You

The fear of public speaking is Glossophobia. Quite a fancy name for fear… isn’t it. It is believed that Glossophobia affects 75% of the world population. That means a majority of people across the world would rather die than come up on stage and speak to a room full of people.  The characterstics of glossophobia…

Superstitions

A question for the ladies and for some image conscious gentlemen? How long do u spend in front of the mirror? Did you know that the mirror can take away your soul if u stand too long looking at it? If I am to believe this superstition, then I am probably a zombie, because I…

Six Signs You Are Boring

I have been a Toastmaster for almost 5 years now. I have delivered a fair amount of speeches and have also competed in Speech contests. But even to this day, I get jittery about giving a speech.  As I walk up the stage, there are a number of dreaded possibilities, a number of “What ifs”…

Let’s Talk About Hate

Everyone talks about love but I would like to reflect on one of the most fundamental human emotion – Hate. That doesn’t seem right? You might be thinking, “Oh! we have already got so much hate surrounding us.” True! but no one talks about it. May be if we did talk about it and understood…

Being A Child… Again

Remember the time when we laughed at our own silly jokes, believed that we had super powers, screamed,”Me,Me,Me, in class whenever we were asked to volunteer for something, ate jam straight from the jar, jumped into puddles. That used to be fun right? So, what happened? When did all that energy and excitement fizzle out?…

Simple Life

“Life used to be simple.” I remember my Grandma would often say this when I talked about the latest technologies and trends. At that time, I would retaliate, “But, Grandma, the reason for these technologies is to make our life simpler.” She would simply shrug and give her signature smile.  My Grandma is no more,…

Just A Housewife

On the curved balcony of her beautiful home, Shikah sat in her rattan lounge chair staring at the bustling city pass by. With her loving husband now put to rest, after a long painful fight with cancer and her grown up children busy leading their life, she felt she had nothing to do. She had…

Belong

I belong to a chaotic world, filled with love and care I belong to beautiful people, with whom I struggle and weep I belong to broken dreams, I am still hopeful to realize I belong to a home, I have slogged for I belong to all that I have and all that matters is I…