Archive for August, 2010

Redefining the business of marriage: putting mind over matter

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beauty is skin deep

A friend found the “love of his life” on a matrimonial website. After seeing hundreds of photographs and commenting on each and every one’s height, complexion, nose-shape, assumed weight, and dress sense, he finally found one that was closest to his ideal image of an Indian bride. He has not even met her, but…
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Peepli [Live] — our apathy exposed

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Peepli tackles many big issues in a span of 106 short-minutes the only way it could be done – with a generous dash of humor. I was struck by how we depend on levity to get us through reality. There were a lot of laughs interspersed with moments of deathly silence in the…
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8 tips to conduct effective meetings

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bored man

Everyone hates meetings. I know I do. They’re usually time sinks and for the most part aren’t effective in resolving anything. Most of us walk out of a meeting saying, “Now to get some real work done.” Something’s wrong with this picture, right? I get it that sometimes you just need to have face-to-face…
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Disturbingly profound

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wool hat

It’s time to remove my thinking cap and put on my writing hat. I’m not really a hat person, though — I’ve skeptically tried on hats at various Gap and Target stores usually on excursions with mom (when she visits) or friends. They shop and I wait around, glancing at my iPhone every 45…
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A culture of obligations

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bangles

I’ve become increasingly impatient with, and resentful of, anything that has a whiff of an obligation to it. Culturally, we’re trained to grin and bear it when auntyjis come unannounced to gossip about the neighbors and ask uncomfortable questions about one’s personal life. We don’t like it, but we still attend birthday parties of…
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The truth

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reality and truth

Is your truth better or more correct than my truth? Is your truth wiser and more real than my truth? Isn’t your truth the same as my truth in not being universal? Isn’t your truth an amalgamation of experiences in life through your perspective? Isn’t my truththe same in that it is different from…
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Resignation letters 101

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resignation photo

Resigning from a job is never a pleasant time — regardless of whether or not it was a tough decision. Some jobs you just can’t wait to get out of. Others you think long and hard about before calling it quits. Whether it’s a breeze to arrive at that decision or it’s a torture,…
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The perfect modern-day marriage

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1843-date-night

. . . You wake up to the alarm Check your e-mails Scan the headlines And go about your business In the bathroom. Get dressed Eat breakfast While surveying The weather and Traffic report for The day. Give each other a peck And drive away To your respective Offices. Eight hours of separation With…
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This “disturbedness” cannot stop

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Mushrooms

So, Duane Scott featured my Pleasantly Disturbed Thursday post from last week on his blog today. What an honor to be told by the master of disturbed writing that my piece was a gem. But what does that mean for my blog today? I worry about what to write each of the other days…
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Time

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time

Time is slipping away from me Today Like the sand in my hand The water from a broken dam Tears of grief I can’t hold on to it No matter how hard I try It’s slipping like an ice cube An oiled burglar A slurpy noodle A skier gone astray A foot on a…
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