November 21, 2013

Overexposed

It’s such a big world out there. But as different as we are, there are some things that remain the same no matter what we look like, or what language we speak. When Maroon 5 asked their fans to send in videos that they would create a montage from, for their new son – they called it the ‘Daylight Project’ . They asked them to share what was important to them – just anything. What do you love? What do you dislike? What are you afraid of? What gives your strength? What changed you? What change can you bring?  And much more. Answer these in your head and then watch what…

November 13, 2013

Do Kindness!

Yesterday was ‘World Kindness Day’ – something that I have frankly never heard of before. Have you? So when Rebecca, my colleague sent me a ‘Thank You’ email for several things including my ‘general niceness’, I couldn’t help but ponder about why we don’t do this more often. I think kindness is a very under-estimated and rather ignored virtue. I don’t hear people teaching their children to be kindhearted, neither is it ever mentioned as one of the top-ranking aspirational values. If you ask anyone about what is a trait that they’re really proud of – I think you will be surprised to hear that kindness will hardly make the…

November 5, 2013

Treasure

Small joys don’t get better than mid-week holidays. To be able to sleep in on a weekday  To take a leisurely bath and let my hair dry in the Sun, and not with the angry blow dryer To spend the afternoon not chained to the cubicle I forgot to turn off the alarm last night, and I was woken up at 7 am as usual. In the midst of squinting at the sunshine that flows into my room and realising that my phone had switched off, I got thinking.  About things that had happened in the past two weeks, and what lay ahead.  Won’t you agree that life brings us…

September 3, 2013

Already?

One year ago, today I stepped into the minaret shaped door of my current firm, having returned to the city I grew up in. I thought it would be tougher. More trying. I’ve been surprised. But despite the odds, the last year has been a good one, I have to say. I’ve not been the most satisfied on the career front. That remains the only sore point. I spent quality time with family. The positive outcome shows on all three of us. I saved a lot of money. Travelled to my heart’s content. I made a couple of friends at work. Not the kind that I left behind in India….

October 3, 2012

Month-old

Seems like just the other day that I was packing bags and cartons to send via Gati to Kolkata. Only last week that I walked into the cabin at Edelman India to say goodbye. Just the last weekend that I had such a gloriously drunken time with the girls at home. And just like that I look at the calendar and it’s been a month at Zeenah today. It’s a funny feeling. I don’t know whether to be surprised at the fact that four weeks have rushed by. Or whether to wonder why I keep regular tabs on Edelman and what happens there. I haven’t written much about my work…

August 28, 2012

Time Of Our Lives

To think of it, seems like only yesterday that I walked into the office of a rather unknown firm – a R & PM Edelman. I had never heard of them, not before I had begun organising internships for my public relations batch at college. By the end of the college year, in a whirl, I had interviewed with them, got selected and chose Gurgaon as a desired geography. Although most of the ‘why’ behind Delhi NCR is now blurry, I do clearly remember day one at Edelman. A neatly tucked office, with not more than 20 people. The six of us who had been recruited from SIMC were seated on…