Manual scavenging is a dehumanising practice and is an instance where the law prohibiting it is becoming more stringent, but the will to implement it remains weak. Continue reading Down in the Dumps
The ‘living will’ is an idea whose time has come. Perhaps out of love for our family, we ought to frame one so that those in whose care we may find ourselves do not find themselves tossed by emotional storms, caught between duty, compassion, constraints and love. Continue reading Is a Living Will the Answer?
The missing flight MH370 is now a fading memory. Will the search ever be resumed? I hope so. But not in my name or for my sake – that is, as a family member of a passenger on that flight. I say this to all who get in touch with the MH families with information connected to the search: let the families be, or at … Continue reading Searching for MH370: Not in My Name
After many months of no travel, I just completed a short trip to Bengaluru. I travelled by air on the return journey. Much has been done by the government and airlines to bring back flyers. But my advice would be to undertake air travel only if unavoidable. Pre-boarding Take Bengaluru airport: From the point of entry, till lining up at the departure gates, it has … Continue reading Flying Just Doesn’t Feel the Same
(This is fiction. Ah well, fiction is just a cover, you might say, a reality in disguise, sometimes dressed up to make your heart soar and sometimes too stripped and stark as to scare and leave you with that sinking feeling) Stricken with grief, it feels like the world has deserted me, no matter how much I am surrounded by people. All sweet promises and … Continue reading A Loss to Bear and Grow From
I lost my cousin, my brother, to the Big C on Saturday. He was just 56. More than family, he was a dear friend. We grew up together. We remained close through all these years. Now he has left. I guess he will be at the Gates while I wait my turn to knock and enter. Continue reading Gone Too Soon
Caregiving is hard to get right. While a patient’s plight is there for all to see and be with, the caregiver often stays in the shadows, and is not acknowledged, appreciated or supported. Lest we forget, the patient’s recovery and well being depends greatly on the caregiver. Continue reading The Patient is Not THE Problem, But One Who HAS a Problem: On Caregiving
Loyalty is seen as a problem, particularly in modern organizations. Those labelled loyal are considered the old guard, votaries of the status quo, resistant to change and prone to nepotism. This broad brush treatment needs re-examination. Continue reading In Defence of Loyalty
A new CEO presses on with two seemingly irreconcilable behaviours – being a badass and being likeable. In effect, the person is seldom likeable and often leaves people anxious, and in some instances, fearful. Why does this happen? This person comes on board with a brief to improve parameters viewed as critical – growth, profitability, professionalisation, diversification, and any number of similar themes. The initial … Continue reading What if the New CEO is a Jerk?
Learning a language appears deceptively easy. It can be an exhilarating experience and also a humbling one. One surprisingly learns about self too along the way. Continue reading Learning a Language: Blocks and Blues