Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ice-bucket challenge

Dedicated to ALS and the ice-bucket challenge. You don't have to dunk yourself in ice cold water to enjoy these.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

You know you love books if...

#1. You experience contradictory feelings during and after reading a good book.

#2. You can tell whether you're talking to a fellow book-lover. Or not.

#3. You'd much rather read a book than do anything else.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Heads up for tails!

I love dogs and have quite a few friends who are dog lovers too. Here's a comic that expresses my feelings about dogs:

This comic is dedicated to all the dog lovers I know, as well as to Heads Up For Tails who invited me to their launch event last week. Here's a snapshot featuring the cute cupcakes and quotes from their store launch:

Happy petting, folks!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Think before you vote. I'm voting against corruption, and what about you?

Supporting AAP not just because they're anti-corruption (hey, so is every other party, if you go by the claims) but also because I believe in the candidates representing the party. But most importantly, here's a party withdrawing any candidates that have tainted records. Huge respect for having taken this on and good luck in making the change happen!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

To Eat and Drink good is Travel made Brilliant

Being a food enthusiast, I have been lucky enough to try out delicacies from some of the most far-flung corners of the world. More than the taste though, it is how the food is presented that we remember or at least that is how
our Instagram feed remembers it. So, when Marriott Hotels  asked me what makes Travel Brilliant, my mind was fixed to one basic thing that none of the hotels seem to be taking care of. And that is truly marrying traveling and food. 

Elbert Hubbard rightly quoted, “No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one”. This statement is probably truer, if you have had plenty of good stuff to eat and drink while you were on a vacation. It is probably the only time when we bother about nitpicking what we eat given how busy life generally has become. Therefore, one of the lasting impression of your vacation is what you ate and more importantly how. 

We are all powered by different fuels. Some of us love water, for the rest of us a cold bottle of Soda suffices. Some of us like something healthy like a milk product to accompany us, while for others, something refreshing like coconut water does the trick. The bottom line is we have diverse choices when it comes to what we want to carry when we travel. 

Wouldn't it be cool if the hotel already knew what rocks our boat and they could give us a well-designed goodie-bag which would contain all the necessary things that we need when traveling in the particular season in that city. Nobody knows better than the hotel staff what sort of things we might need. For example, a sunscreen in summer or a cold cream in winters could be included. Pack in a few wallet gums to keep the mouth fresh, a pack of snacks like Protein Bars, some wipes and other things that you might need, and it could well be the perfect thing to carry around as you explore new places. You simply need to unzip the bag to find the perfect things to refresh you and fill that hungry tummy while your eyes simply admire the city.
Marriott  Hotels would love to hear your opinions too on how you can make Travel Brilliant. 
Whatever your idea may be, when it comes to traveling brilliantly, go ahead and write to Marriott Hotels here. 
Who knows, yours might be the idea they like and choose to incorporate in this new journey. You could also win free nights stays.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Dear Yahoo, Work is what you do, not where you go.

For a considerably long period of time (over 5 years now), I've been a full-time, remote-worker who works from home, a cafe, an airport, a co-working space or wherever else I may roam - in any city or country where I choose to be.

I love my job and what I currently do makes for a large part of who I am. The fact that I have the freedom and flexibility to do it from anywhere makes me love it even more. I get to work with multiple geographically scattered teams and audiences, across various time-zones.

Over time, I've come to enjoy the remote-working mode. It helps me achieve a balance between working alone with maximal productivity at some times and collaborating with people and teams using various collaboration tools at other times. Of course, I make occasional visits to our company offices as none of these are located in the city where I currently (choose to) live. These visits are helpful because I get to spend time meeting and talking in person, with the colleagues and teams who I work with and this helps us bond better before I get back into remote-working mode.

This method of working has made me a firm believer in the fact that people work best when they're given the freedom and flexibility to choose how they want to work. I'm thankful to Zoho, for giving me this freedom and flexibility and for their faith in me as a remote-employee.

Not all companies are as futuristic about their policies and culture. In fact, a couple of months ago, when Yahoo! made it mandatory for all employees (even those who were originally hired to work remotely) to work from Yahoo! office, it came as quite a shock to many of us who've chosen this working style and believe in it. I meant to share my opinion about Yahoo!'s move and I finally got around to doing it this week, thanks to a discussion about it with a friend yesterday. Here's my first Hitler video around this theme: