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That Feeling That You Need To Be Somewhere Else – Is That What Being Adrift Feels Like?

I finished watching a Netflix film titled, ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ meaning – Where did we get lost? It seemed apt, as I have recently found myself wondering that, too. Well, I take that back – it has been a recurring theme in my life that surfaces its head now and then. What am I …

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Whose Side Are You On – Right, Wrong or Indifferent?

Some context for what will come next: In Indian culture, the women (Daughters and Daughters-in-law) are expected to cook and take care of the house even if they are working. This has started to change a bit, but many older generations would frown if the women didn’t do that. And another aspect of the culture …

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Do You Know What’s Cooking Next Door? Smells Delicious…

So, I am back home in India – in body, soul and spirit, I am complete. There is no other way to describe it – I am not a foreigner in India. Nothing is ‘foreign’ to me – I am not trying to figure out if this is the right dress, weather or food; I …

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How To Move To The Next Level In Life?

I have been practising Vipassana meditation for more than a decade. And in some ways, it is like playing a video game – once you conquer one level, you move to the next. When I first started, I would fall asleep all the time, and once I beat that level, it was about focusing on …

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Want To Know Why I Love Challenges?

I don’t remember how old I was when I decided I wanted the corner office. It was one of those passing thoughts that one does not spend another second on, but it burrows deep in your psyche, becoming a driving force without you being aware. I love challenges – there, I have said it. I …

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Time To Write A Love Letter To Myself As A Thanksgiving Gift

I decided to give myself the gift of a five-day weekend instead of a four-day one, as I just needed it. I am pretty good at dropping everything when it comes to self-care and, at the same time, aware that it takes conscious effort to drop from a running train to a sudden halt on …

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How Long Are We Going To Let Others Make Decisions On Our Behalf?

Somebody at work was talking about rules, etc – and my response to that was – ‘I follow the rules if I like them.’ Everybody laughed, but I was serious. I do things if they make sense to me – now, don’t get me wrong. I have lived in the real world long enough to …

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My Way Or The Highway? Is It Such A Bad Thing?

As some of you know, I am in a new role. Fortunately or unfortunately, four managers have left in the last five years – while that is a problem in itself. An impact of that is that my team was left rudderless to fend for themselves in the corporate jungle. They did the best they …

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How to ride the ups and downs of life like a pro?

Your Joy Is Your Sorrow Unmasked. The deeper the sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. These are a couple of lines from Khalil Gibran’s poem that refuse to leave me. The beauty of that poem and the above lines is that it can take you deeper into the rabbit hole …

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Humanity could do with a little bit of trust these days, right?

As promised last week, here is a snippet of our trip to Costa Rica. We went to a small strip of land surrounded by ocean, canals and forest called Tortuguero. It is named after Turtles which use the black sandy beaches of Tortuguero for the nesting/hatching session. I chose this place because it seemed contained …

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