Sunscreens are not cosmetics!

It is officially summer in Chennai, the place said to have perpetual summer. Dozens of sunscreen advertisements pop up wherever I go. I roll my eyes at them because I know that at least half of them are useless, while the rest are missing the point. As someone who suffers from photosensitivity and has to wear sunscreen year round whenever I head out in the sun, let me debunk the misconceptions about sunscreens. I will also help you in identifying the right sunscreen and finding out whether you need one in the first place. Continue reading

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Let It GO! – A Toastmasters Speech

I had a short stint as a Toastmasters Club Secretary. Though I loved the meetings, I soon realized that the secretary’s role took too much of my time and I dropped off Toastmasters after a single term, which is 6 months. Every now and then, I missed speaking in front of the lovely crowd and listening to people’s inspiring speeches.

Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to a mesmerizing speech by my friend. Continue reading

Chennai Cyclone Experience

Last December, I had written a post on surviving the Chennai floods. This year, it is about the Cyclone. For those of you not in the know, there was a super cyclone that made landfall near Chennai on December 12th, 2016, disrupting life in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

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I’m Back!

No, I’m not referring to any of the multiple songs titled “I’m back”. Nor am I delivering Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous dialogue(s). This post is about me being back to blogging. Before you conclude that this is an apology post, let me assure you that there is more to it than meets the eye. Fret not, because some morals are embedded as well. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day: Another excuse to overcharge SMS/Calls

Yesterday, I got a message from Tata Docomo as follows:

On 14-Feb-16, all outgoing calls will be charged at 1.7p/s & SMS at base tariff rates. SMS/call pack benefits will not apply.

Many other mobile network operators send similar notification that the SMS packs and call rate cutter packs will not apply on Valentine’s Day. I thought long and hard, but could not fathom the logic behind this move.

Think about it. It makes some sense to charge us on festivals like Diwali, Continue reading

What impact do you want to make in life?

It is necessary to understand the importance of why we do things and what impact each of our tasks create. This is a lesson I learnt from a sprint demo. Pardon me for the jargon I use in this post. I hope the message comes across in spite of it.

If you read my older article on retrospection, you’ll know that our team uses Agile Continue reading