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Jogging in boxer shorts!

On Saturday mornings, I drop my daughter to her dance class and then walk in a park nearby. I love that place. It has a jogging track, nice benches to … Continue reading

October 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

It is OK not to be a Hero!

The best movie I watched this year was “Dangal” – a story of a father obsessed with a dream of making his daughters into award-winning professional wrestlers. But this blog … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

If you are rich, you sound nice too!

I am a big fan of Farhan Akhtar. In 2001, he came out with a movie called “Dil Chahta Hai” and redefined Indian cinema. He is extremely talented and proved … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Wallowing in the Trough of Sorrow

All of us experience the trough of sorrows. There is no way around it. Some of us are lucky and swim out of it. But there are many like Arjun, who get sucked in and never return. #failureaintbad

April 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Daddy Strongest!!!

What is more important to us? Our name on a wall for recognition of our work or the impact of our work on someone’s life.

June 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

A tale of two speeches

Last week, two speeches caught my attention on my social media circles. One was a ceremonial speech delivered by Mr. Narayana Murthy at IISc on July 16th and the other was by Mr. Shashi Tharoor at The Oxford Union Debate on May 28th. As a researcher and teacher of persuasive communication and speech writing, I followed both speeches very closely on the social media. It was fascinating to see that the speeches had very different outcomes. Mr. Murthy’s speech drew ire and anger from the audiences and Mr. Tharoor’s speech was revered and applauded. Why did this happen? What can we learn from these examples? Read more…

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lesson from a welder who used to collect women’s sanitary napkins

Imagine you are a young girl studying in a Medical College in a very conservative town nestled in a very conservative state in South India. Now imagine that a man comes to you and offers a new sanitary pad for women that he has made himself. I am pretty sure you will be surprised and might even recoil away from this man. And imagine, if this man says that he will come next week and collected the used pad. This crazy fantastic man is Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham

May 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Speech-writing: a profession whose time has come in India

I think there is a misunderstanding that the speech-writer writes the speech all by himself, gives it to the leader who stands up and reads it out. It doesn’t happen like this at all. In reality, the speech-writer’s job is to collaborate and co-create a speech with the leader. They are in this together.

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

A treat to myself

…a strange impulse came over me and I said to myself “I am going to treat myself today”. I walked up to one of my favorite coffee shops which happened to be nearby and plonked myself in a corner table. Read more on how I gave a treat to myself.

March 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

3 practical tips to success from ISRO’s Dr. K. Radhakrishnan

I asked him a simple question “what advice would you give to the generation today”. Here is a summary of what he said.

January 19, 2015 · 4 Comments
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