I’ve been cleaning up. Read more
It’s appraisals season and I’ve been thinking about careers. Not mine specifically. Just careers in general. Because I’ve been sitting with the people who report to me (who are mostly very young), asking them what they want from their professional lives, and it made me wonder. What would I have said if anyone had ever asked me that question? Read more
A few weeks ago, I read a review of a book by a psychiatrist in which he said that the life you live in your head is just as much a part of your personality as the life you really live. Read more
The last couple of months I’ve been watching a lot more TV than I ever have in my whole life. This is not TV that’s airing on TV here. It’s TV acquired from dubious sources and it makes me incredibly happy. Almost as happy as good books do. Read more
I don’t like the first of January. I’ve never liked the first of January. In fact, it’s always filled me with horror. Read more
[I wrote this in 2004, when I was working in Delhi. It seems as relevant now as it did then. So here it is. Oh, and by the way, some hotels' plans for a ladies' only floor have become reality since I wrote this piece.] Read more
I feel a bit Shakespearean today.
I don’t want to sit at the office and look at ridiculous stories about ridiculous celebrities. Read more
Yesterday, a friend of mine posted a status message on Facebook about her desk. It had been usurped by her husband, but she finally had it back and found it most inspiring. Read more
Every day, I wake up at 5.30 am (it’s supposed to be 6 am, that’s the time my alarm is set for, but I always wake up at 5.30 am and can’t go back to sleep), so I can spend the morning reading the book I fell asleep over the night before, drink my tea, read the papers, do the puzzles, eat breakfast, bathe and be ready to leave for the office by 9 am without having to rush. Read more
I read four books last week that I absolutely adored.
The first was The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall, the latest in the series featuring Vish Puri, India’s most private detective. Read more