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2022 Ghupshup from here and there

2022 has been a roller coaster year not only for me but also for everyone else as well, especially with COVID surging , hopefully for one last time before tapering off. As COVID tapered, floodgates opened on travel, the wait time for international VISA to EU increased, for USA it extended to beyond 1000 days.AsContinue reading “2022 Ghupshup from here and there”

COVID Tales – Road to recovery –  A Few Learnings in handling long recovery ailments

As we all know, given the urgency due to the outbreak of the pandemic, approvals for Covid vaccinations were fast tracked. This did not give pharma companies enough time to complete clinical trials and prepare everyone for protocols to handle adverse reactions. While this was done for the larger good, it has meant quite aContinue reading COVID Tales – Road to recovery –  A Few Learnings in handling long recovery ailments

Musings of an Undercover Economist – Visit to a barber

Everyone has his/ her favourite hangout place; be it the corner Irani restaurant or tea stall or the garden bench to catch up on neighbourhood gossip. For me, it’s my monthly visit to my barber. His shop was started by his father and then he was introduced to the business. He has been around forContinue reading “Musings of an Undercover Economist – Visit to a barber”

Travel Blog- The Taj Mahal- story of the perfect shot and more..

In 2020, my son had planned to visit us in Mumbai from the USA around April/ May before plunging into his internship. But then the pandemic broke in April 2020 and all travel plans got cancelled and the wait became longer. Now finally after two and a half years as his Feb-end 2022 travel dateContinue reading “Travel Blog- The Taj Mahal- story of the perfect shot and more..”

Building Tribes can take you from Good to Great

Recently, I picked up Seth Godin’s book – Tribes: We need you to lead us. It is an interesting book on how Tribes fulfil the need of human beings to belong; as well as how Leaders differ from Managers. For e.g Managers focus on optimising output from the given resources while maintaining a status quo; andContinue reading “Building Tribes can take you from Good to Great”

The Tom and Jerry reality show !

As kids, we gen Xers thrived on comics of the likes of Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, Ritchie Rich, Asterix & Obelix, Archie and the excitement of cute cartoons such as the Tom & Jerry show. However, only recently after my tryst with Jerry did I realise that in reality Jerry is anything but cute. Here’sContinue reading “The Tom and Jerry reality show !”

Learning to celebrate the idiosyncrasies – the key to wellness

Just like every other family, our family too  has its own idiosyncrasies which once in a while end up becoming a topic for a good laugh during our get togethers. My parents are true foodies; they love to experiment with different cuisines not only when they step out but even when at home. My mom,Continue reading “Learning to celebrate the idiosyncrasies – the key to wellness”

Living with Millennials!

During the recent lockdown, our daughter was back home and I got to experience up close what living with a millennial actually means. To begin with, millennials being digitally native, their lingo/slang is all about short messaging starting with the popular ones such as gr8 (great) , Lol (laugh out loud), tmi (too much information),Continue reading “Living with Millennials!”

Story of two grandmothers – Choosing to live life on their own terms!

This is a story of a mother and a mother-in-law approaching their 80s. Both born in  middle class Maharashtrian families and brought up in the interiors – one in Maharashtra and the other in a border town along Karnataka and Maharashtra. Both love to watch TV, cook and pamper their grandchildren. Both have a steelyContinue reading “Story of two grandmothers – Choosing to live life on their own terms!”

Startup Learnings – User Stories hold the key to customer success

Recently, one of my ex-colleagues decided to go on his own and launched his own startup. He is presently in a stealth mode putting together his core team, laying out the core philosophy and other building blocks. It was fascinating to interact with him as he bounced around some of his ideas on what heContinue reading “Startup Learnings – User Stories hold the key to customer success”