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My Christmas Miracle

24th December 2015

We’d been procrastinating a bit about buying decorations for our tree. On Monday, we finally got around to it, and as we were heading home this vehicle pulled up in front of us:   At the exact moment, Geeth’s iPhone playlist decided to start playing Dream Theater’s The Spirit Carries On:     Merry Christmas, Papa.…

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Emily McDowell’s Empathy Cards

7th May 2015

A Cancer Survivor Designs the Cards She Wishes She’d Received From Friends and Family [Slate]    I just finished reading this article about Los Angeles–based designer Emily McDowell, and her non-traditional Empathy Cards. McDowell herself was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 24, but went into remission after nine months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  Going through the cards, I realised that they were reflective of so many things I wanted to say to first my own father, as well other people…

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Thank you, Bangalore Baptist Hospital

7th June 2014

There are really only a handful of places that I really saw my father “feel at home” in  apart from our own house. One was my grandmother’s house in Germany, another was Goa, and a fourth — and the reason why I am writing this post — was Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH). It sounds strange, but towards the last days of his life, my father decided he wanted to be in the hospital instead of at home. More specifically, he…

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One Year

3rd June 2014

“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day…

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20 Tips For Your First Job + 3

1st June 2014

On June 1, 2011 my father tweeted a series of tips for people who were starting their first jobs. Six months later, he compiled them in a blog post that’s still up on his website: 20 Tips For Your First Job. Not many people know that I started working on June 1, 2011. This was his way of prepping me for the world I was about to enter. He had so much to say, so much valuable advice to give me,…

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You vs you

2nd February 2014

When your life is turned upside down, there’s always a before and an after. Books, movies and songs tell you about the before part — but it’s the after that’s really unsettling. Not scary, because you’ve grappled through the darkest moments and you know how to grip tightly to each foothold, before you make the leap to find the next one. There’s no fear anymore because you’re done being paralysed by “what if” and “is it time?” In the after,…

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Almost Christmas

18th December 2013

I stand in front of an empty spot “Put up the tree” You’d yell as your footsteps fell legs first, belly second Humming down the stairs As a child, I went wild with the trinkets and the bells colour colour colour every branch looked swell I grew; then just red and blue “Not done”, you’d say But I did it my way. Now the tree is still boxed the house is bare X marks the spot when we last stood…

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Sky-high customer satisfaction

12th November 2013

I love flights. From the time I leave for the airport till the moment I exit the airport of my destination, I pretty much have a big silly grin plastered on my face. However, I’m well aware of the reasons why many regular air travellers loathe the thought of getting on another airplane, and a conversation with someone who had recently made a trip to Bangalore from the US made me think about the opportunities for improving the in-flight experience.  For…

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