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….

July 18, 2013

Drop a pin, someone?

Abhishek had once told me that a mark of an effective and productive team was that it made noise. Not the maddening, disturb-everyone-around kind of pandemonium – but the good kind of chaos.  He also told me, you never want to be in a place where all you can hear is the keyboards being clicked away at, furiously.  I usually have earpods plugged in ALL the time at work, and I have previously written about the sounds of silence in my current office. But today I experimented and experienced this unnatural prolonged one hour of silence (yes, I was timing it), where there was not even one sound in the…

June 6, 2013

Day 6# Communications 101

Public Relations. Definitely not the career I dreamed of when I was little – on May 03 this year, I completed four years of being in this profession. What is it I do? I manage reputations for brands. As a Public Relations professional, my job entails maintaining a favorable public image of an organisation, a person or brands or all of these together. I was very lucky to be recruited by the now reining czars in the PR world – an independently owned firm by the name of Edelman. For almost three years, I had the prized opportunity to be a part of exclusive events and represent the best of…

August 9, 2012

Reverse Countdown

I never thought I would be looking forward to staying in Gurgaon. But as the date draws near, I find myself unconsciously counting backwards. Like now, I am one of three people in office and this is what I see in front of me. It might sound strange but I find the sight calming and happiness inducing. In my first two years of being here, there were numerous number of late nights that we spent at office. Music was played aloud, multi-cuisine food was ordered, illicit jokes were cracked (God bless that we had no CCTV surveillance) as we furiously typed away at presentations and plans. Those were the good days. These days…

April 13, 2012

An Education

In the midst of all the corporate meetings, incessant jargon-fleeced rambling, the vicious circle of unending reports and plans, I miss the part when I actually enjoyed what I did because almost everyday I learnt something new. Talking about learning I often reminisce, thinking about some of the brilliant lectures and talks we were exposed to – while in college. There were those when I just put my head down on the table and slept through the entire one and a half hours. And then there were those where I sat myself in the first row, listened intently and tried to write down everything that came out of the professor’s mouth….

July 4, 2011

Time of My Life

It never rains when you want it to. Life is unpredictable, as are the people who form it. That seems to my biggest problem with it. Why cannot we stay still for a while, why cannot things that have taken months and years to perfect, not rest a little for a moment – just so that one can admire the effort put into creating them. The older and the wiser tell me that this is the way of the world, that this is what is meant to be, this is what is necessary for the circle of the life to go on. My profound thoughts deeply triggered by the number…

June 9, 2011

Summer Tales

Although I cannot stop complaining about the way my life is increasingly edging towards mundane, looking back at my photo albums, there seems to have been a lot of movement. There seems to be a lot happening and I haven’t been able to keep account of the activities, so in no particular order, here goes: # Ridhima got married. Swetha, Bhardwaj and I splurged on an air-conditioned cab to get there and be a part of her big day in Jaipur. It was my first trip to Rajasthan and while I was awestruck by all its Rajputana majesty and grandeur; I would never recommend that anyone visit during peak summers….

February 8, 2011

Cumulonimbus!

It amazes me how changes in weather patterns affect my state of mind, and overwhelmingly, to say so! At the end of a day wherein my mood was a dripping graph, almost about to dive into the downbeat quadrants, there was sudden lightning, and there came the rains! We’re in that time of the year where one cannot really trust the meteorological department and nearly everyone around you is fending to a leaky nose; In other words, Mother Nature (Yes, am a feminist :p) is temperamental and hasn’t really made up her mind as to whether the winters have actually ended, or the fog and chilly winds still had some…

January 7, 2011

Cynical Me

It is often heard that no matter how old you get, you have never actually seen enough. The world always has something new to offer which can shock you to the core and people will never disappoint with the new antics they can come up with to surprise you – pleasantly or otherwise. My experiences have been parallel to the thought. And I have never been disappointed. The moment I begin to gather up the courage to call someone a friend, they would do something so disastrous to my trust that it shatters me completely and I have to silently weigh the whole relationship again, and silently place it in…

October 27, 2010

Almost half a year in black and white

A lot has happened over the months. It is almost the end of October and I am overwhelmed by the fact that I have spent the past 6 months being employed and so far, been doing okay. The cliched ‘corporate’ was meant to be this big, bad world which was to remind you, visually, of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. So far, there have been bad days, days when I have wanted to throw myself off a cliff, days when I have wanted to throw others off a really high cliff (tied to a cannonball, of course); but overall, it feels good to reiterate, I’ve been okay. Today, I heard the most…