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The Human Resources Princess
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The Human Resources Princess

In my first year in college, one of my classmates laughed loudly and said, “I am only here to do two years of time pass before getting married. I don’t want to get so serious and all.” She was pretty, girly and fluttery. She was also the topper from a…

P is for Printer
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P is for Printer

Now here’s a story based on a little something that happened in real life. I once worked at an office where the printer was named for the employee who was seated closest to it. It created some mirthful situations. This however, is fiction. For today’s A to Z Challenge, I…

#AndheriGirl: Noontime Meeting
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#AndheriGirl: Noontime Meeting

Who needs a sauna when you’ve got a noonday meeting in Andheri? #AndheriGirl

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Things I Learnt In 2007 (That Are Still True)

Things that are just never ‘right’ Office chairs Filing systems Tea made in most canteens, restaurants, dispensers Bras Things that shouldn’t but do enough work well enough Men (the desi type not the ultra-smooth yurrrgh type) who sell women’s lingerie but don’t know how to pronounce the names Hard mattresses…

E & E Squared: Matt Beaumont – There’s Never A Dull Byte In The Inbox
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E & E Squared: Matt Beaumont – There’s Never A Dull Byte In The Inbox

A good friend gifted me ‘E Squared‘, a novel about a cutting-edge/crazy-ass advertising agency, entirely told in the form of electronic communication (blogposts, emails, chats and SMSes). I loved that book so much that I couldn’t wait to read the original that sparked off the idea. E, even better (aren’t…

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The Mind Of A Writer

* Last year, I began a new job, an unusual one that brought together all that I’d learnt in my twenties in the corporate world and since then about social media & writing. I moved out at the end of January 2013 and wrote my goodbye email to the people…

I Style!: Big Bang Srini
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I Style!: Big Bang Srini

A crazy work day is made tolerable by a Vulcan salute from a Sheldon Cooper fan. This is Srinivas Kulkarni (better known as Srini and the inspiration for such Sriniisms as “A Srini in time saves mine” by SWLers). For his poker-face acceptance of my announcement that he was being…

Apna Apna Andaz

I had a crazy first week back at work. And then on Wednesday, for respite, I found this in my mailbox: Friday Night movie! Please vote for the following options! This followed by (in BIG, BOLD font) “Guys… There’s a VOTE option at the end of the movies… So please…

Don’t rain on the office parade

Don’t rain on the office parade

My first week isn’t out and the high drama has already begun! Started with a marathon meeting that went on past lunch, topped by the first cold I’ve started this monsoon (aren’t they the worst?). Monday was better, punctuated as it was by an awkward-funny round of introductions with everyone…

Back In Office

After a three year hiatus, I’m going back to work. On the 1st of September, I enter the office space again as an employee. The last time I was a corporate employee, I was an anonymous blogger. A few colleagues were friends but not one of them knew about my…

E Squared: Edgy, Entertaining & Epistolary!
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E Squared: Edgy, Entertaining & Epistolary!

E Vestigio dropped in a fortnight ago to keep me company, to gup a bit and to cheer me up. She brought with her two books, my belated birthday gifts. Book recommendations from E are always interesting, given her diverse reading habits. Her gifts were ‘The Interpretation Of Murder‘ by…

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The Past In 55 Words

Some 55-word-stories, related and un-related. ~O~O~O~O~O~O~ The past is a tricky creature. It never quite stays in its place, does it? It defines the path we take. It makes us who we are. And perhaps it says something about who we will be. Can we ever truly detach ourselves from…

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Why Do Women Go To The Loo In Groups?

Like every good Mumbaiker, I would spend about an hour and half commuting to work each morning. Once I got in, I’d perch on my chair, waiting for my colleague to arrive. She’d walk in about 10 minutes later, switch on her computer, rearrange her desk and give me a…

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Alumni Meet

If I had to write a book on ‘Things that they never told me about in b-school”, it would run into volumes that no one would read. I suspect that a lot of these things that ‘they never tell us about’ are not meant to be known to us at…

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If Work Is God, Who Are Your Colleagues?

Doing some online housekeeping, I came across some of my old writing. I noticed one of the lesser read blogs and it took me down memory lane, why I used to write it and even why I didn’t try very hard to build its readership. Office Capers was about work…

The Language Of The Geeks

An old post retreived from the long-dead Office Capers. It’s still funny, I think. ~o~o~o~o~o~o~ Today I put my techno-greek foot back in my mouth (again! again! again!) Someone from the next cubicle (SNC): Do you know the iRiver? Me: The what river? SNC: Okay, you don’t know it. Me:…

Director Of Office Relocation

Director Of Office Relocation

I’m moving offices and have been put in charge of the move. It’s a professional responsibility. It is also a personal upheaval.

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Three-Quarterly Review

While everyone in the accounts departments sits heavy on numbers and does a stock-taking quarter-by-quarter of the year that was, it occurs to me to do the same with my life. Except this is a three-quarterly review. Of my 29th year. I’ll be 30 this July and it’s an odd…

Office Space: A Different Home
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Office Space: A Different Home

I spend most of my waking day at work. It is my home and the holder of my identity. How can the space not be important?

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Time To Stand Or Stare

What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand or stare? – W.H.Davies There’s no point in having a window with a view if you never look out of it. – IdeaSmith Yesterday was such a beautiful day – not rainy, not sunny…just perfect! It…