Common ways people fool themselves

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

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Why We Celebrate Women’s Day In The Workplace

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.

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Philanthropists Have No Humanity?

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

Let Us Eat In Peace!

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

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 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

Judging a book by its cover

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.

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42!

This is my 42nd post and I thought of dedicating it to one of my favourite authors, Douglas Adams. What is so cool about 42, you wonder? It is not a prime number, not a multiple of ten, there is nothing special associated with it, so why am I even interested in this number? Well, those of us who love the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy are obsessed with this number. Continue reading

What I learnt from the Chennai Floods

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.

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Typical conversations about a bookaholic’s weekend

I like to spend my weekends reading. For me, weekends are meant for doing the things that we love but don’t get much time to do during the weekdays. There are few things I love as much as reading books. If there was a job that required me to read whatever book I wanted to and paid me enough to sustain myself, I would kill for that job.

On Fridays, when all the people around me chalk up plans to go out, I daydream about the book I’m going to pick up. Most people think this is odd. This post is about their reactions. If you are a fellow book lover, you will most likely relate to this.
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