Say ‘NO’ to Celebrities

I am very fortunate to have served on cultural organizations here. Considering I’ve been away from India for vastly more years, there is definitely a noticeable disconnect in my mannerisms. Simple courtesies that I was taught especially for celebrities seemed to have vanished. I mention celebrities in terms of those that are associated with actingContinue reading “Say ‘NO’ to Celebrities”

“I”

I can never forget the day I stood by the Hudson River. By that time I had scored a ‘C’ in a Finance class, my graduate assistantship and Resident Assistantship were in danger because of my GPA dropping below the mandatory 3.0 for graduate studies, which would lead to financial implications including losing housing andContinue reading ““I””

A Light

Creeps in disguised as loveTakes over the mindDistrust settles in like moldAnd heart disconnectsTears can’t be stoppedSmiles slowly fade awayLife gets confused as hellWondering who could helpBattles become silent Celebrations are tiring Feelings are less genuinePain become more realNothing worth living forWanting to end it allFading away seems easy Than the burden to live onWonderingContinue reading “A Light”

Selfish Secret

It was not mine to give awayEven though I wanted it to stayThis selfish secret of my heartShouldn’t have been from the start There were worlds in betweenAnd I pretended it was sereneNothing would bring us togetherNot there was any happily ever But I was stingy in holding onto you Thinking we can create aContinue reading “Selfish Secret”

EWF Podcast

Yup, that’s me. Thanks to Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy for the opportunity to feature in the NextExecPodcast, “A Day in the Life.” In this episode, Katie Margraf, Vice President of Information Security at Citi, hosted me for a candid conversation about my aspirations to be a journalist, my careerContinue reading “EWF Podcast”

Until (जब तक / అంతవరకు)

We say things we don’t meanpromises we don’t keepuntil one of us is gone Then we wallowin sadness and memoriesthat we should’ve madeuntil it’s just too late Our love is selfishsometimes there is nonewe take for granted until it hits us hard For the momentswhen we are neededexcuses are madeuntil time feels incomplete Life canContinue reading “Until (जब तक / అంతవరకు)”

1 MILLION!!

When I started creating content for social media, publication or speaking events, I never thought anyone would be interested in reading my posts, my blog or hearing my voice. I was worried that I might not have anything new to say and was tensed about being just another.. But never through this journey I thoughtContinue reading “1 MILLION!!”

Imperfect Leadership

I am not a perfect leader or manager. Neither do I aim to achieve any sort of perfection. What I aim is to go through my work day with common sense, some logical balancing act between empathy and urgency, expressing in a straight forward manner when deadlines are about to be missed, when SLA’s areContinue reading “Imperfect Leadership”

Independence

From being called a tomboy to a call-girl even when I didn’t know their urban meaning, to being called the worst human and a racist recently, I think I pretty much covered it all. A rare privilege indeed. No matter how much I tried, I couldn’t find anything nice of being referred that way Name-callingContinue reading “Independence”

I am

At 10, I looked like someone who missed childhood and teenage years to go straight into being an adult. I remember vividly, that I used to hear a lot of whispers and feedback that I was “Not a good girl.” At that time when someone is branded as not bring a ‘good girl’ it meantContinue reading “I am”