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
I am planning to redesign this website and change the focus from musings based on books to a broader theme. So far, this site contained my reflections on books and personal experiences. I also posted musings on day-to-day stuff and rants on things that bothered me. All the readers and commenters were nice and kind to my posts and I’m very grateful for it. It was great to get positive comments and constructive feedback from strangers. If you are one of my 285 followers, thank you so much for your support! Even if you do not follow me, I’m glad you peeked at this page 🙂 Continue reading
Hello reader! Hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Day celebration. Wishing you a very happy, healthy and successful year ahead! The WordPress Dashboard showed that I had written merely 2 posts last year. I felt like I owe an explanation to my subscribers and friends who have been checking up on me to see if I’m still alive. So this post will be about some highlights of 2018, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and my resolutions for this year accordingly.
- Filing Patents
2018 was a wonderful year for me in terms of innovation. I filed 2 patent applications. Continue reading
It is said that everyone has a story in them. NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month aims to help people in creating novels. It is a challenge to write 50000 words of a novel’s draft in the 30 days of November. I was one of the many people who were dubious about it and assumed it emphasizes on quantity over quality. This year I decided to give it a try. I did have a few story ideas in mind for years but never managed to write them, so I figured I’d take part and see how it goes. In this post, I will share my experience with my first NaNoWriMo and give you reasons to try it out yourself. Continue reading
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 because most of them are misleading and at least half of them are useless. Where I come from, sun protection is a fairly new concept. Sunscreen ads in India do a very poor job of informing the people what they are meant for and even perpetuate a lot of misconceptions about sunscreens.
As someone who suffers from photosensitivity and has to wear sunscreen every day whenever I head out in the sun, let me debunk the common misconceptions about sunscreens. I will also help you identify the right sunscreen and find out whether you need one in the first place. Continue reading
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
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.
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
Procrastination is the bane of most inexperienced writers, and some experienced ones as well. Look up writing tips and there is sure to be something on the lines of “stop procrastinating and just start writing”.
I’m not even talking about the infamous writer’s block. We, new writers, don’t even jot down our ideas promptly. We seem to complain that we don’t have time to write, but when we do have time, we while it away and wonder how all the time passed. Continue reading
It is necessary to understand the importance of why we do things and what impact each of our tasks creates. 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.
I’m not the New Year Resolution type and I roll my eyes when someone says their resolution is to lose weight. However, this year, I am taking a new year resolution and it might have a side-effect of weight loss. Continue reading
As an introvert, I’m happy to have a whole week of holidays, where I can stay home, far from the maddening crowd, and read books. The problem is that my well-meaning friends try to ‘cure’ me out of my introversion by insisting that I hang out with them.
A cyclone formation and water logging of some areas are common during Chennai monsoons. This year, however, we had torrential rains that took many lives, ruined houses and made the lives of innumerable people miserable all over Tamil Nadu. Compared to these victims, I had a smooth ride. This post summarizes my experience and learning.
A Toastmaster’s speaking experience begins with their Competent Communication 1 (CC1) speech, also known as The Ice Breaker Speech. In this post, I want to share the speech I prepared for my CC1. Continue reading
Today was the second time I attended a Toastmasters Club meeting. For some reason, after attending a single meeting, I thought I should give a speech in the next one. Note that I’m not a speaker. I have horrible stage fear. So, I embraced my inner warrior and decided to face my fear. Continue reading