"Teachers=Leaders"... Teach for India diaries #5
Day 5 Today was a continuation of self-understanding and identifying our deep strengths and weaknesses to be able to use them properly for our success. We started the day with a session on “Transformational Teaching”. But first the Mumbai fellows were welcomed with Mumbai songs with vada pav and local trains at the heart. Our theme this time is the popular six sigma certified Mumbai...
"values and reflections..."... Teach for India...
Day 4 So the day started with a session about something called as “Values”. Yeah, it might sound boring, but we were introduced to it in an extremely creative way. They put small labels around the room with various values like “Integrity”,”Resourcefulness”,”Love”, etc. and we were supposed to go and stand next to the value you expect our loved ones...
"The Blind Bhangar Wala"... Teach for India...
Day 3 Have you ever worked for 15 hours in a day and still feel so exhilarated that you can conquer the world?I feel exactly that right now. I’m not sure whether it is the effect of the non-stop supply of energy in every direction from the co-fellows or the staff, or whether it is the passion for one mission, or it is just the amount of amazing non-stop fun that we have. Today started as...
"An amazing Inauguration day"... Teach for India...
Day 2 Such a wonderful day. I got up at 6 am and decided to go for a run alone. The institute has a nice ring road that runs beautifully around the entire campus and has amazing sights of the mountains and forests in all directions. Sunrise isn’t usually something I get to see often but today I did. Got back to my room and a quick shower and dressing later we headed for breakfast. I was...
"People, people, everywhere..." Teach for India...
Day 1: For some reason I was very nervous while coming here today. Was it because it was the first time in my life I was gonna live at a hostel? Or was it the fear of the unknown…I do not know. But it all vanished the moment I entered the FLAME campus. The place is beautiful. So first we needed to go through registrations, which was a 6 layered process. We got color coded ID cards acc. to...
Hello "Teach for India", goodbye Corporate
“India needs her most promising youth to lead the country out of an educational crisis. Are you ready for a challenge?” That’s what I read in the newspaper, and I said “Hell yeah!” 2 months, and an awesome selection process later I got the mail saying that I have been accepted into the 2013 Teach for India fellowship program So essentially Teach For India is a...
when it comes to the matter of heart, i am still an insecure little human being as everyone else. I am afraid of losing who I have, and who i can have, and who I nearly got but perhaps lost. so, often in fits of higher-headedness I tell myself I don’t need others to make me happy. i can do what I want, learn things I want, discard what I don’t…then why do I go out of my way...
The "Bhaiyya" Revolution
So remember the place i have been volunteering at for the past ten days? On 23rd we went on an ‘educational trip’ to a little few places around Mumbai. Now the beautiful thing about kids is, they are crazily surprising. They tend to do/like/feel things in a way you cannot predict. Anyway, so early that morning(I mean seriously-7:30AM EARLY!) I came to know that I will be the only...
I went to a Gospel Concert
So today I went to see a gospel concert. How did that happen? You see, I and a few friends are organizing a sort of summer camp for local kids at AMAR Media Center,Wadala. It is a convent school and the Sister invited us to the concert and we just couldn’t say no. So I was a gospel virgin till today.(ignoring the popular “hallelujah” and “blessed be your name” ) And...
A bad Friday.
So what’s so big about Friday? Yeah I know the whole “let’s burn our week’s earnings” and crap. But why is it so essential to do something earth-shatteringly wonderful on this day? Ah well, most of my Friday nights are spent in bed cruising through some TV series. Anyway, my today wasn’t very on the nice side. I got to office very late and so my...
to Krishna... with love
Dear Krishna, I sit here below this kadamba tree, where we used to meet. I remember your smile, you lovely eyes, and your lovelier love. I breathe the same air, and the blood inside me, has the same warmth it did, then. I feel you in the wind, the water and air. I think of you in my hollows, and in my sadness. Where did you go my love? Why did you leave me? The...
from IIM to the (future) Pianist ?
What would you think an IIM-A grad+ VP at a major company’s biggest regret would be? or do you find it strange to even think they would have any? One of the nicest families I know, was over last night. I call them didi-dada as when I was growing up, the didi( Indian term for elder sister) taught me to dance-sing-ride a cycle and much more. The didi now is a popular teacher and the dada is a...
diary of a "Suresh"
one of the many perks of working in a flithy rich company is, they provide you car service to get back home if you get late working. So, tonight I got into the car at 9:15pm. Tired and just generally bored. Plugged in my headphone for some usual round of music, but soon gave up due to momentary lack of interest in fluctuating sounds in my ears. I started fishing around for something...
This one is dedicated to the special someone who I...
How I got Butt Blisters...
Having slept 4 hours last night, I was skeptical about doing anything that requires attention. That’s when some friends presented with the idea of going cycling through Mumbai, and I said “Why not?” So there we were, a gang of 5, wading our way through the busy streets of Mumbai. We started at around 4pm from grant road. I coincidentally got the 23 number blue cycle. My...
some Corporate Jargons.... #Corporate diaries #7
In the past 6 months of working, I have learned some very and some not very new jargons. I present to you a list of all the Corporate Jargons I can remember. Special thanks to AS for writing this with me. going forward- I have written an entire blog post on this one. gentle reminder- This is when you have asked someone to do something for you and they haven’t yet replied. You send another...
God, Religion, and Society...
On-board the life-express, at certain point we choose our belief system. Faith, religious or otherwise, and everything that we ascertain with the term “God”. Being close to my mother growing up, I was taught to believe in God. Not shoved down the throat, but just gently reminded to thank God whenever something good happened, and pray and hope in troubled times. And I did. The thing...
today's kids...and technology..
My ranting today starts on 14th night, when I’m chilling at a kid’s birthday party. My phone is on charging and a 8th grader walks up to me and asks whats my unlock pattern. Now, this question a couple of years back might have caused a spur of “huh?”s and “whats?”s in your head. And I’m pretty sure the only time someone would ask this question would...
the "Restart" button... Corporate diaries #6
Haven’t you ever wished you had a “Restart” button? Wishing and wanting to be able to do a do-over very badly??? And how about those times when you badly did NOT want that button to be pressed, and before you know it- you are re-doing something you never wanted to. Today is the day I figured this one out. Truth of the “Restart” button, we are forgetting a...
I'm moving ...Corporate diaries #5
So, I am moving. Nope not from the city. Not even my company actually, but to a different building. And of course, a new team. Growing up, while my father stared at a screen with colorful numbers which often flickered and vanished and then trickled into the edge of the screen, I pledged that I was never going to dwell into Financial markets and such involvements. I never really liked the stock...
Memories are tricky. You don’t know till how long you are supposed to hang on to them-reflect on it, and when to let go-start creating new ones. I’m one of those people that love reflecting. Talking about old times, and be stuck in that-one-amazing-day with someone. For very long I have been the person who’d rather live in the past than actually do things in the present. But not...
The Christmas Photo up
Below is Our Christmas 2012. Tree-Check. Awesome people-Check. Yummy Food-Check. Enjoy! The Tree and Stockings: The awesome(happy) people: The Food: Mashed potato infused with Basil. Layered Veg Casserole Garlic Bread Butter Mint Rice Lemon-Orange Chicken with glazed Honey Simple sponge cake with Mixed Fruit Syrup Most of the above recipes are out of my bare head, all...
“dark Side” Cover. For Someone Far...
Performance of "FROZEN"
I am posting this ‘cus I am ethically liable to myself to do so. So I finished the “Intermediate” level in Modern Contemporary, and this is the big show that we did at St. Andrew’s. It was quite awesome to be there on the stage there having seen plays and other events on it. Woohooo. Comment if you like it.
...today has been okay.
I listen to deviant music while running. Its usually complicated multi-layered songs which engross me in demystifying the lyrics so badly, that I forget that my legs are yelling at me for overdoing it. In one of such unforeseen pain filled moments today, I stopped running. The part between calf and foot was nearly bursting with the excessive blood pressure, that’s till the time the headphone...
making Talk ...Corporate diaries #5
5Nothings the same when you start to work. For starters, you get to choose if you wanna buy lunch for 10 bucks in the company cafeteria, or go out to the nearest 3 star for a buffet. Especially when you are working in the upscale locality of powai, you know food is something that’ll drill a hole in your pocket. OR you can make friends with sweet nice people and go to their birthday treat at...
superficiality of LOVE...
I’ve been fighting with myself for a really long time to not write about this mind-numbingly cliched topic, but in the end of a week of contemplation..I can’t help but splurge. Been listening to stories of friends, and their friends and countless tryst with love and relationships. Understanding and figuring out a pattern has been nearly impossible, so I’ll try to summarise my...
my Beginners class presentation
Howdy ! So today was the small-scale performance of my Beginners batch at Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts(x-Expressions dance academy), at mahim studio. The reason why I call it small scale is ‘cus is the audience was a little too much. Probably atleast a hundred people crammed in a usually-not-so-tiny-but-today-too-much room. Now, I am in the farthest spot from where the video is taken....
my Halloween Curse/in Medical Limbo
So there are times in your life you are healthy, and then there are times you are exactly not. Halloween is supposed to be scary beyond anything else, and my week has been pretty not-non-scary. The past few days have been confusing more than anything else. You know you have cold when you start sneezing. You know you have vitamin C deficiency when you have mouth ulcer. You know you are tired or...
timelapse, and Bulleh Shah
Timelapse. Thats what I am going to talk about today. Now I have made up the particular connotation of this word and it has NO connection to anything anyone has made up, living or dead. So today while we did somewhat poetic stretches in my dance academy (Yep, I joined one and am nearly done with the beginners class in the whole time I was on hiatus from my blog. Oh, I still do work in case you...
“How to Save A Life” Cover.
corporate LOO talks...; Corporate diaries #4
Its strange how what you are, is so dependent on your surroundings. The major difference I notice is- what people talk off-record. Its no longer college, around the cafe table men are talking about how their kid came first in class, or how they needed to get their car fixed, or how someone wants to get married under a year. Of course, I don’t have friends yet and this is totally extracted...
when the Lift locks you out.; Corporate diaries #3
so can you have fun in office? Ofcourse you can. So one day, we figured our boss is out of town, and our pseudo-boss will come to work at 2. So we decide to roam around powai till then. We take the lift to podium and boom, its raining like mad. We chill in the shades of the podium for a while talking and wondering how we are technically working in our 3rd week already, pros and cons of being in...