Archive for September, 2010

Time travel

time travel

Have you ever tried tacos at a taco stand? They’re unbelievably delicious — unlike anything you’d eat at a “proper” restaurant (or at a Taco Bell!). That’s where I am. Eating the most spicy salsa ever and the crispiest chips, while the two soft tacos wait their turn. As I look around I see…
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What does being ethical mean?

Dictionary definition of ethics

I’ve always had a hard time explaining ethics. Let me give you an example: why do I think lying is wrong? Because my parents told me so and because my teachers reinforced that idea in elementary and middle school. It was drilled into my being that it’s unethical (at an age when I didn’t…
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In step or not?

early man woman walking

I see a lot of couples walking in the mornings and evenings in my neighborhood. Mostly older folks — visiting parents I assume — from India. Women wearing saris with cardigans or shawls and sporting sneakers, men dressed in kurta-pajamas with a woolen vest and, sometimes, monkey caps. A small fraction of the women…
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The magic touch


Your fingers pressing into my skin soft but relentless goading exploring touching feeling tirelessly working on those muscles that have tied themselves up tightly into knots from hours and hours of sitting on the computer typing straining my neck arched my shoulders tense not knowing relaxation for days on end and then your fingers…
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September 11, 2010: let the healing begin

sep 11

1815 IST, September 11, 2001. 6:30 to 7 p.m. was break time. I had been preparing for the Test of English as a Foreign Language and the Graduate Record Examination for three weeks now. The exams were later next month and the pressure to do well intense. If I failed to get a good…
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The zero value of Google’s mind-numbing time-saving strategies


Since my earlier post today was more a book promotion than anything else, here’s the — ahem -real blog post. Many a days I feel like there’s not enough hours in a day to get everything done. I don’t have kids — and don’t know how people who do, get it done (they probably…
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9 steps: work less and do more

open door

Stever Robin’s book, Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More, is scheduled to be released September 14 but it’s already been downloaded seven million times on iTunes (with an average 80,000 downloads per week). What makes his book such a popular read? It’s simple, resonates with everyone — from musicians and businessmen…
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A diverse line up


I’ve written about friends and my process of selecting them. While I don’t have many friends, the ones I do have are quite a mixed bunch. I have friends who are gay (and I don’t just mean happy). I have friends who don’t want to have anything to do with homosexuals. I have friends…
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Just a series of blahs


I am feeling uninspired limp in the brain exhausted and overworked creativity’s bid adieu probably headed to some more exotic locale I am feeling bromidic worn out devoid of any good ideas or insights no introspection or extrospection I am feeling lethargic while my body is active my mind just wants to rest lull…
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Photoblogger for September


Congratulations to Sarthak Singhal for being selected Photoblogger of the Month! Another engineer whose passion for photography makes me wonder why he’s behind the computer screen coding instead of spending all his time behind the lens. Based in Bangaluru — India’s Silicon Valley — Singhal steals time from his engineering duties to photograph birds,…
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