In the mountains, out of breath,
Equipped and acclimatized to avert death,
Far and wide, only one thing in sight,
The majestic mountains displaying all their might Continue reading
Well at this rate, I think in a few years we’re going to have more promo codes than human beings.
There’s going to be a new type of disease called the ‘Promocophobia’. A fear of promo codes. Which will be defined as “a condition when a user buying a product or service online freaks the shit out of himself at the sight of a question generally framed as ‘Have a promo code?’” (If you’re considering adding this to Wikipedia, do give me a shout-out) Continue reading
The dictionary defines progress as ‘development towards an improved or more advanced condition.’ We are said to be making progress as long as there is an onward movement towards a destination.
But can we really measure progress unless we first determine where are we coming from and where are we headed to? Continue reading
I vividly remember my glorious childhood days when I would run in the ‘big field’ (we called it that because we had two fields in our school — big field and a small field. Big field was big but small field was only relatively small.) When I ran I would think of myself no less than Usain Bolt. The wind blowing on my face like a hairdryer when I sprinted towards the football along with four others coming from different directions. Hair ruffled. Tie flying back. With predator instinct, my eyes chasing the ball. Their eyes chasing me. When I parted with the ball, I would stand there, hands on my knees, panting like a dog.
I felt heroic. Continue reading
Masaan (2015) is arguably one of the finest Bollywood films. Belonging to the cadre of The Lunchbox (2013) and Ship of Theseus (2012), the film bestows upon its viewers the varied joys that meaningful cinema has to offer. I was completely overwhelmed and flabbergasted by the bold story line that ventures into unexplored social stigma and couldn’t quiet get over the natural, original, thought-provoking dialogues and the sheer innocence of the characters. Continue reading
On a dull night drenched in the rainfall,
Cool breeze lingered around,
An innocuous dog curled up in a ball,
Complaining in a whimpering sound
Surrounded by an air of pensive sadness,
His thoughts melted in despair,
Fading into the alluring madness,
Going back and forth on an old rocking chair, Continue reading
No, fasting unto death 🙁
In January last year, I published a post on how 5 features, which if incorporated in WhatsApp, can enhance our user experience to a great extent.
I then invited the attention of people who can act on these suggestions. I wrote to Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp’s official account urging them to give it a thought. Continue reading
Let’s look at success, struggle and sufferings as three layers.
There are three kinds of people living in these layers.
The first kind: The folks who make it to the layer of success, fighting their way through the layers of struggle and sufferings. They’re the ones who’ve seen it all. Been through rough times. Struggled their way to the top. Earned their spot there. These are the people whose stories we often cite in our motivational pep talks. People in this category might just be a few, for all we know, but their lives are exemplified as examples for all of us to live by. Continue reading
The Theseus paradox questions the idea of authenticity and identity. If all original parts of an object are replaced with similar parts, does the object retain its identity or does it attain a new identity?
All cells of a human body regenerate entirely in 7 years. Statistics suggest that globally over 1,00,000 organs are transplanted every year. Our ideologies, principles, beliefs, all change with time and our current level of maturity. Extending the Theseus paradox, which is originally based on a ship to human beings, can we then say we are the same person after all the replacements? Continue reading
He stood there observing as the violent waves crashed onto the shore. Rising, crashing, retreating, returning. The waves represent life so aptly, he thought. Life ebbs and flows like the waves. The rising waves symbolic of the highs in life – exuberance, success, love, passion. The crashing and retreating waves epitomizing failure, separation, sorrow, loneliness. Continue reading
GST in India was born on the midnight of June 30-July 1, 2017 after more than a decade of efforts. The reform is being touted as the single biggest tax reform since independence. We waited long enough for this reform and finally its time has arrived.
There is an air of optimism all around but a palpable sense of nervousness too. Continue reading
(#NoFilter is more than just Instagram and Snapchat filters. It’s an attitude. It’s about speaking one’s mind, quite literally, without filtering the thoughts. Boldly. Fearlessly.)
His eye caught something striking as he browsed the shelves in the library. A beautiful girl, on the other side of the shelf. He picked up the Leo Tolstoy classic War and Peace and Continue reading
“You’re so good with the pen” she said, admiring his writing skills. She kept smiling seductively as they danced to the romantic melody in the grand ballroom. Matching each step to the tune, flawlessly. Gracefully. Sensually. Passionately. It was a special evening. They were high without getting stoned. Continue reading
March 2016, Apple did the unconventional, yet again. It launched the iPhone SE, which for beginners is a 4-inch iPhone with the latest OS. In other words it was the iPhone 5S relaunched with the latest software and a few other improvement at a much higher price point.
Ever since its initial release in 2010, WhatsApp has come a long way from a being an ultra-simple messaging app to being the most popular messenger globally. Continue reading
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In November 2015, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) had decided to convene the Winter Session of Parliament from November 26, 2015 to December 23, 2015. Continue reading
Being a quiet person is not easy. Ask the one who first comes to your mind when we talk about quiet people and he/she will probably tell you why. Continue reading
Well, today its been a month since Microsoft officially rolled out the Windows 10 upgrade. Here’s a look at the top 10 of the many good reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 if you haven’t done it already.
The highlight feature of new Windows 10 is Continue reading
You were a dream even then, you are a dream even now.
The only difference is that then I believed that dreams can be seen only with closed eyes, so I held my lids tight, shutting the door to reality because I did not want you to escape. I did not want to let go of you. Continue reading
Seize my existence. Conquer my soul.
Take shield in me. Lose control.
Pure indulgence in love and lust be. Continue reading
[Background: The Government of Maharashtra recently imposed a ban on beef (the flesh of a cow, bull, or ox, used as food) joining most other states. Mumbai being home to the famous folks, this move of the Government attracted fair amount of criticism and has been the topic for debates and discussions.] Continue reading
Here’s the scene:
I am in Passport Seva Kendra at C Counter when the official slides my Birth Certificate towards me and asks me to read out my parents names. Continue reading
(This is the last part of the three-part series called Interview with Bharat Mata)
Q. It’s been a meaningful conversation so far. An eye-opener. You spoke of various issues that plague our nation. Going further, we would like to know your take on the grave issues of widespread poverty, low literacy levels, population upsurge and the hunger disease that we suffer from today? Continue reading
(This is part 2 of the three-part series of Interview with Bharat Mata)
Q. You spoke of conflicts; Internal and External conflicts. What do you refer to when you say external conflicts?
When I say External conflicts, I am basically referring to our extremely unstable neighbourhood. I am surrounded on all the sides with conflicts, threats and rebellion. Continue reading
(This is Part 1 of a three part series called Interview With Bharat Mata)
Q. Why is it that I see you only as a reflection? Please unfold this mystery for us.
(Please read the first appearance title, ‘How I met Bharat Mata’ to live the mystery)
It’s rather ironic. I’ll put it this way. Life is like a game of reflections. Everything that shows up is a reflection of something that is happening within us. We are merely holding a mirror to our thoughts, and these thoughts are Continue reading