Today, February 14, 2020, is a very special day. It marks the 30th anniversary of the “Pale Blue Dot” image. This is a picture of Earth taken by NASA’s Voyager-1 after passing Neptune on its way out of the solar system. In this image, Earth appears as a speck of pale blue light. You could even say it looks like a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
I just got sunburnt in the middle of winter after taking a painstaking level of precautions because I went out for a team lunch and was dumb enough to sit facing a window. I had meticulously reapplied my sunscreen throughout the day, treated all exposed skin with a soothing moisturizer as soon as I reached the office (before I even felt the burn), drank ample water and even took an anti-inflammatory tablet just to be safe. Also, the windows were at least 15 feet away from me. Continue reading
Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ve recently come to terms with the degradation of my language style, be it in the way I write or the way I speak. Gone are the days when I used to confidently deliver impromptu speeches and get applauded. These days, I sometimes even fumble when stating my daily standup updates.
As for writing, every time I pen something, I end up editing it multiple times because Continue reading
We all lie to ourselves. We all fool ourselves. In lieu of April fool’s day, let me summarize some ways in which people fool themselves and how to get out of that. I’m not going to talk about psychology or rational theories on how cognitive biases work. This is just a layman’s view based on day to day life. Here goes:
- Harbouring self-sabotaging thoughts
No one is perfectly capable of assessing their ability and self-worth. While some people overestimate their competence, others constantly Continue reading
When I was a child, like everyone else, I was also constantly changing my answer to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Self-help books often claim that we are only limited by our imagination and dreams. They say that we can achieve anything we dream if we put in the required effort. The thing is, while we are limited by our dreams, our dreams are often limited by our exposure. This is the reason why career fairs are often conducted in schools to help the students choose their career path and thereby choose their college degree wisely. Continue reading
Like most workplaces, my office also celebrates women’s day. As part of the women’s action network, I have been actively involved in the celebrations. Over the years, we have been conducting games and events such as sessions and discussions specifically targeted at women. While the games served as a networking opportunity for women, the sessions inspired them and gave them a platform to voice their opinions and concerns. We also had one or two events that included all employees. This way we celebrated with all employees and did not leave space for some of the men to knock at our cubes that they felt left out.
A few years back, we added one extra element to the celebration and that seems to have bothered a few men. Continue reading
In Oscar Wilde’s famous book, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the cynical character Harry says, “Philanthropic people lose all sense of humanity. It is their distinguishing characteristic.” At first, I dismissed it as a dialogue by a hedonist, amoral character. Then, I wondered if there is any truth to the statement. As I pondered about it, it somehow made sense. In fact, the statement seemed to extend to all sorts of people working for a noble cause. Continue reading
It was one of those days at work when the whole day is swamped with meetings. I hadn’t had a proper lunch and was starving by evening. I waltzed into the pantry to quickly grab some bread and cheese in the hopes of not being late to my next meeting. I always go with wheat bread and double cheese. Here is a thing about me, I eat what I like and what I like mostly happens to be nutritious. Of course, no one gets that. Continue reading
We spend our life pretending that we will live forever. Death is something that we assume is always years away. We know we are all going to die eventually, but we always ignore this fact. When a loved one dies, it hits us hard and we regret the many things that we wanted to do with them or for them. We regret not having spent quality time with them and not having been in touch with them frequently because we were “busy”. We remember the fight we had eons ago and wished we had apologized or didn’t make a big deal out of the conflict. We regret not expressing our love. Continue reading
Take a moment to go through the two descriptions below and think about what you read:
She carried herself well in a sleeveless, animal printed, cropped top paired with denim shorts. Her striking makeup looked great on her. The red streaks in her hair complimented her top. Her accessories were matched to be in fashion. As she walked in, she had an air of confidence. Her long strides were perfection. She could totally pull off being a model.
Across the hall, there was a woman dressed in a simple classy ball gown. Her elegant outfit was matched with beautiful pearl accessories. Her subtle makeup looked natural and enhanced her beauty. Her hairdo was in line with the overall graceful look. When she greeted her guests, her warm smile, and soft voice made her look like the perfect host.
What did you think of the two women described above? Continue reading
It is said that actions speak louder than words. In an ideal world, people’s actions would be in sync with what they speak. In an ideal world, people would act based on their intentions and conscience. Alas, we don’t live in an ideal world! Here, people speak what their audience wants to hear and act in a way that makes them appear good. There is often a disconnect between what they want to do and what they do, where their interests lie and where their actions take them, and how they wish to lead life and how they end up living. Continue reading
We all know someone who isn’t exactly fond of us. This person would have no valid reason to harm us and we would have done nothing wrong to them. Yet, they make their prime agenda to make things hard for us.
Great people help everyone, even the ones that hurt them. It is an extremely hard thing to be kind to your enemies, Continue reading
Struggles are tools that can make you stronger when wielded properly. Whether you are in a difficult situation or tolerating a difficult person, every challenge you face has the potential to transform you into a better version of yourself.
I don’t mean that you shall learn to fight back when you are exposed to problems. I’m not talking about becoming fierce and Continue reading
Writing is a character building activity. I used to think it was merely to express oneself. I reasoned that unlike reading, writing cannot teach me anything. To my surprise, I learnt a lot after I started blogging and that did not just pertain to the topics I was writing about, grammar, punctuation, writing style and blogging etiquette. Here’s how writing will make you a better person: Continue reading
Who doesn’t have a competitor? Whether you’re a student, a 9-5 job worker, an entrepreneur or an artist, there is always at least one person whose skill is just about your level, who you want to beat.
If you don’t find such a person in any aspect of your life that you want to improve on, you probably need to shift to another place. Continue reading