October bliss ☔️

Puja holidays have started in Bangalore, schools are closed for the next 10 days and people are mulling travel 😀. The intermittent rains and the cloudy days give a kind of holiday feel to Bangalore. Bliss !! The gardeners had cropped the rain lilies in September; but now they have grown back and are beginning…

Jasmine tree ❀❀

Life got busy and days began to run with the same routine. And then after a gap of maybe a week or more, it rained yesterday evening in Bangalore. After the rain, it felt so cool and nice; it was an open invitation to step out of the house. It resulted in an impromptu evening…

September, so far…🗓

The month is almost half done and this Monday, we are recovering from the lethargy of a long weekend. Friday was a festival holiday, Ganesh Chaturthi, followed by the weekend. This weekend we ventured to a new restaurant housed inside the 1MG Mall; more on that in a separate post. September was the due date…

Onam nostalgia 🏵

It’s that time of the year again, closer that I thought; Thiruvonam is on 21 August, Saturday. All are in a festive spirit with the schools closed on Friday, a holiday on account of Muharram and Sunday is Raksha Bandhan. The Onam sadya (feast) has more than 20 items (vegetarian) served on a banana leaf…

19 August: World Photography Day 📸

World Photography Day sounds so apt for the times. It is difficult to choose one photo to mark the occasion; but I finally zeroed in on this one. It was a rainy evening in Hong Kong and we were walking back to our hotel after visiting the museum 👉 A Slice of Kowloon 2018. The…

A week in pics 🎋

What’s news !? Rains ☔️ The weather in Bangalore is dreamy. The lockdown here has been lifted and under the erstwhile normal we should be stepping out to explore the city esp. during the weekends; but not so much now. Surprisingly, we are still content to remain at home ! The home deliveries have been…

Jasmine ❀❀

The June flower for me is Jasmine. In our apartment complex we have two small Jasmine shrubs growing in a quiet corner thanks to the efforts of our hired gardners. They would normally go unnoticed as the flowers currently are blooming in single digits only. For me, just one white Jasmine flower amidst the dark…

Lillies of the (football) field ❀

Look what the rains have brought ✨✨ White rain lilies are what they are called I think. They are so pretty 😘. The white is glowing and in the background of the green, growing in bunches they are a spectacular sight !! It’s not just a pretty flower, it is a happy flower, welcoming the…

Sunday musings 😂

This tweet is on the cover page of today’s ToI. She has summed up the situation perfectly. It’s sooo….apt !!😂

Gulmohar ♥️🌿

The trees in bloom in Bangalore are harbingers of the changing seasons. It’s just a month ago that the Garden City was swathed in delicate pink and yellow from the tabebuia rosea and aurum trees 👉Tabebuia bloom in Bangalore 🌸🌸 heralding spring. And in May the city’s canopy has changed to red – the bright…

18 April: World Heritage Day 🌎 – Forts of South India

Celebrated on 18 April, it started off as “International Day for Monuments and Sites” and after approval from UNESCO in 1983, it was made popular as World Heritage Day. 2021 World Heritage Day theme is “Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures” This would be the apt title for our Indian heritage – it’s complex! The history text…

The Diversity Trap – A Double Whammy🧑‍💼👩‍💼 (guest post)

In today’s corporate world Diversity and Inclusion are the trending buzz words at the higher echelons of Senior and Top Management. There are many studies done on the advantages of bringing in Diversity but today, I would like to call out the shortcuts used by companies to achieve Diversity and the inevitable Diversity Trap that…

Switching the exam mode 📝

The academic year 2020-21 has been unique experience for the teachers, students and parents, with the online mode of learning. The kid is in Grade 11 and had changed school after his 10th. He went to his new school to write their entrance exam for admission and since then hasn’t set foot in the campus….

BSE Sensex @ 45k ✨

While we are celebrating the new high, its good to heart this quote by Charlie Munger. From here will it move further up or down is anybody’s guess !! Till next post, take care !!

Words for Change 🎁

1st day of every month has a pleasant surprise waiting. I get to read 3 Medium posts for free. Medium is an online publishing forum. Most of the posts are on self-improvement, the titles of the articles are so enticing that you can’t resist the urge to click and see what nugget of wisdom follows….

Choose your words➰🦋

I always remember Zig Ziglar’s quote “People often say motivation does not last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” I also recall reading an article that said it is not motivation that you need everyday, but a fool proof system to get the job done. The article simply calls for taking…

Women must learn to earn…an additional income🦹‍♀️

“A woman’s best protection is a little money of her own.” – Clare Boothe Luce (first American woman appointed as an ambassador) “My husband gives me Rs. 500/- to fill petrol in the car; I fill petrol for Rs. 300/- and keep Rs. 200/- for myself.” My friend is an MBA grad; she and her…

Travails of a train traveller 🚂 (guest post)

I was recently traveling by train to the hometown, in the Hyderabad-Kollam and Kollam-Punalur routes. The Hyderabad train arrived at the Kollam station behind schedule at 1744 hrs, and the onward train to Punalur was about to leave from the adjacent platform at 1745. With a minute to go, it was impossible for me to…

India Shining on the latest GDP growth projections

It is a standard question in all finance classes. The teacher asks “What is GDP?” The students answer in chorus ” Gross Domestic Product.“ And the teacher goes ” That’s the full form, but what does it mean?” No one knows. Finally we learn what GDP really means. GDP is the market value of all…