Posted by Kiran

Back in 1991, on my 9th grade school trip, we had an incentive to look forward to. We were all going to be allowed access to some money to buy stuff of our choice from the shops during one of our breaks. For a 14 year old who did not normally get access to cash, this was a big deal. That opportunity - to handle cash, bargain with shopkeepers and buy stuff of our choice - was something that each one of the about 100 students in my batch looked forward to.

As it so happened, some of the boys in our group decided to step out of line and as a method of disciplining them, the teachers accompanying us decided to withhold that shopping privilege from them. Not to be out-done, they soon got in touch with their friends with requests to buy stuff on their behalf. I too got one such request from one such defaulter. Hoping to be of some help to my friend, I agreed.

Posted by Kiran

It is no secret that what happens on the Indian roads is best described as controlled chaos. Expecting orderly traffic while driving in India is probably not the best idea. I have driven in India since 1994; even then, each time I go abroad and return, it takes me a while to get used to the kind of driving witnessed in India.

I read somewhere that driving in India is basically pointing your vehicle in the general direction you want to go and stepping on the accelerator — and hoping to god that you don't get hit by something. That description quite summarizes what drivers in India go through every day.

Here are a few points about Indian driving and Indians that everyone who wishes to visit India and possibly drive here should know.

Posted by Kiran

I have never been good with Kids. If I am to be honest, I have always viewed them as a nuisance that had to be tolerated. To a certain extent, babies and young kids intimidate me. Their behavior and emotions are a puzzle to me - things I just couldn't get my head around. I never could understand why young children insisted on bawling at the top of their lungs in a crowded bus or plane, in the dead of the night, making life hell not only for themselves and their parents, but also for everybody else around.

Kids, for me, have always been people to be kept at one arms length if not more.

Posted by Kiran

I am a great fan of doing things online. It is fast, convenient and easy. An online bank transaction can save you all the time and energy that would otherwise be required to go to the bank, wait in queues, deal with often unfriendly bank staff to get your job done.

Over the past few years, I have been consciously moving all my dealings online wherever possible. While online, I can purchase goods, make investments, track my investment portfolio, pay my Insurance premiums, check my bank balance, pay my telephone bills; I can pretty much do it all. I recently renewed my Indian car insurance sitting here in London - all online without having to travel back to India, provide a cheque or physically meet an insurance agent. My Dad, who is kind enough to take care of such stuff for me, did not have to be bothered with this one either.

The Healthy Choice

27 Jun 2009
Posted by Kiran

In the year 2003 I had been deputed to work from Mangalore for a while. During this stint at Mangalore, I was pulled into participating in a collage competition. The theme was based around Health and Healthy living.

We came up with quite a novel concept affirming "Health is a Choice". The basic message we tried conveying was that it was up to each individual to choose a healthy lifestyle.

I used to be a lot fitter back in 2003; I still remember I could simply run up the stairs and reach the top flight without having to pant like a dog. I took pride at my fitness level. I have also been one of the thin and tall, lanky fellows who never would have to worry about weight. At least, that is what I thought at the time.

Posted by Kiran

When was the last time you truly opened your heart out to someone? Chances are that it was quite a long time ago. I feel that we are now in a time when all of us strive more than ever to be "politically correct".

Be in interaction with your colleagues, friends, relatives or even family, we see to it that what we say will be construed as the right thing. Whether we actually mean it or not takes second place as far as importance is concerned.

Oh Brother!

31 Jan 2007
Posted by Kiran

If you routinely scan the channels on the Tele you will see a kaleidescope of programming, each with its own flavor and catering to its own audience.

There will be others that are utterly tasteless as well.

Big Brother is one such program. It explores the depths to which a human being can descend to in his/her pursuit of materialistic gains. If you believe that there is limit to which any person can stoop to, you should certainly watch this program once or twice. It will shatter your beliefs about human nature; it will show you that humans are animals after all - some of the worst there ever can be.

This program is quite a hit in Britain. So much so that there is an Indian version now showing here on our screens - Big Boss.

Posted by Kiran

I would imagine that most of us in today's corporates have had pasts filled with fun, frolic, extra curricular activities, competitions and the like. Why then is it that we need someone to actually drag us out of our chairs to go and participate in a fun event being organized by our company HR?

Why is it that life has become all about work? Why is it that we cannot see anything beyond the commitments we have towards our professions? Where have we lost that creative streak that propelled us into competitions in our colleges?

There is no tomorrow

17 Dec 2006
Posted by Kiran

How many times have you said to yourself "I will do it tomorrow"? I surely can't answer for you but I have been guilty of saying that to myself almost everyday!!

I have been, and still am, a chronic procrastinator. I guess "I will do it tomorrow" is a way to assure myself that I am not being lazy and will take it up the next day.