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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Featuring in - March 31st 2015 - One of the youngest Citibank executives to be interviewed

Got a chance to share my views on marketing and consumer behavior at large and some key lessons to be plugged in via India's leading corporate job portal .

Full interview link -

Thanks you for your best wishes and blessings. 

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Decorating - The art of installing

Decorations – The name itself has that ‘good vibe’ you feel yourself immersed into the arena.  I had the privilege of being part of a friends function in a faraway place called – Ranikhet. If you thought the surrounding was the ice pick, for me personally it was the decorations that was done in a painstakingly manner .  And when I say decoration it’s not flowers being arranged or put up on tables like we typically would have thought. It’s much more than that.

The entrance was done in a plain yet mesmerizing way by creating temporary waterfalls with an orange background with small lamps all around.  As soon as you entered you were handed over a flower ( random pick from a host of flower stems ) .The décor was done in white with a hint of purple and an off and on tinge of pink . Different to see since it may sound a little unusual. The place was overlooking the mountain range and the by the start of the evening the stars had also started coming creating the twinkle in the otherwise black sky .

Everyone was dressed traditionally and it felt a splash of colors all around . The food and the drinks revolved around the central theme of being ‘ saatvik ‘ and hence full of colors and nutrients .

Flower decorations were done in such a manner that you couldn’t help but notice the beauty that radiated from them. It looked so pristine that at one point of time I thought I would do better standing than sitting. 

Functions like these are not only about the décor and the things which enhance it, but also about the people who grace the occasion.  This means that wearing good attire does not necessary mean that one is happy . The good vibe should come from within and should spread out .  

In between all these conversations I stumbled upon an old long lost friend whom I thought I had deleted from my memory base and yet , there the person was standing , looking at me with a thousand questions and yet not wanting any answers .  This is for another day though since memories and flashbacks bring with them a lot of not so wanted items .

Next time you step out for a function or host one take time to breathe in the effort that you are putting or someone else has put in and see what is it that you can do other than just gracing the occasion. 

I got  a chance to attend the recently concluded NDMC palate mini fest and saw two awesome installations by equally talented ladies.  

Puja Bahri’s :


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Attractive Cosmic Colors

As I was sipping my black coffee by the pool side and the sun setting in , suddenly I saw this server wearing a bright red color attire approaching me . There was a matching scarf to it and the entire walk towards me seemed nothing short of a Bollywood flick.   

She kept the starters on the table and went by.

I was still thinking about – red . Have you ever wondered why we get attracted to colors.  Not only this we have preferences also and we are at times skeptical which one to team up with and which one to avoid on certain occasions.  My pals from the school of occult sciences and color therapy would love to chip in with all sorts of reasons on the why part  -  cosmic vibrations , aura , therapies , karmas and the likes  . 

While I do appreciate the science behind all this but at time I fail to understand why I always pick up an apple when I have the choice of having a banana of a kiwi fruit.  Is it because the red scores over the yellow and green or is it purely due to the medicinal properties that each of these have or is it simple that I prefer red.  I am intrigued by eating an apple than all of these cosmic world logic's.

Not only this . We wear stones of all sorts and sizes and we also believe in charging them since they run out of charge . I am not going to comment on this  . We also buy cars , gadgets and even our clothes on choices than preferences . Yet , when someone comes to us and says that the white looks better than the blue you go back into a thinking mode and the entire reasoning goes for a toss .

I have always believed that there are certain things that suit you and there are many that don’t .  You cannot and should not make the mistake by picking up something just because you like and not necessarily it works for you. It’s not always about the choices or preferences that we make or do but more so about what suits us.

At the end you should like what is given to you and enjoy whatever you have . Believe me, not everyone can carry red well  . As for the server, we are waiting for the desserts and not just red velvet.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Sunday Specials

It was a rainy Sunday and besides having a liking for rains I also appreciate having an off on Sunday . And when I say off means complete freedom to do what I want to do.

A call from a friend sitting seven seas apart made me put on my thinking hat and do some thought matches .  This friend of mine was just back after doing a community service for a full day .Community service as in helping or doing things for the needy that matter. They do this regularly. If you ask the exact reason why they may not give you an appropriate correct answer .

This made me think two things – Spoiling a Sunday for this service and what is it in for a person.

I was thinking like a corporate and hence the line of thought. First thought is invalid since majority of us on Sunday’s do anything but relaxing .  Second one is the key here.

If you have ever been to a blind school you would realize the gravity of a situation and the magnitude of difference that YOU can create.  These people may be different or as I call , special . They may have a problem or as I see an opportunity.

You may not feel all this at once but over a period of time you will come to think that next time when you see your kid cribbing over a chocolate ice-cream or your wife insisting to buy the new designer clutch or you thinking why in the world you only work so hard or why is God partial to you and gives you so much of pain think and sit back and reflect these people and the way they battle or as I say live it out.

All of these are extremely talented people in some way or the other. They have accepted the way life is and are not in any battle of sorts. They have also thought through what exactly life would be like and are at complete peace with its way of working.  Its not what we want from life but what we are willing to give it back.
Everyone comes here and moves on. It’s the time you spend creating a difference in someone’s life that changes the game.

Whenever I visit a place like this or come across anyone like them , I just thank God for being kind to me and I imbibe the positive these people have . At least some rub off effect will occur.

Try to plug into your fast moving digital life this connect. It has the power to change you as a person , professional and as a human being.  

Happy Holi

PS - Have a great weekend and a happy holi . Stay safe & special. 

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Crazy world of - Social Networking -

Recently got a call from a leading business magazine to write up articles for MBA and the power of social networking (SN) linked with MBA's .

Then, an email from one of my good old friends who happens to be working for a major social networking web portal to write something for the portal.

The two situations , if linked well , have a common "pathway".

They want you to be heard. Agreed.
They also want you to use your skills..whatever they may be....Agreed....
and more over ......... enough....kuch bhi ......:P

Thoughts , views and likes are one and the same thing.
I am already doing this through my blog.

The concept of social networking....its a tricky word to say not new.And most my learned readers are familiar with it.

And what makes me say that - My cousin's cute little son ( 8 years ) was pissed off with me .

Why ?

I called him up to wish him "happy wala birthday" rather than dropping into his facebook "wall".

I don't know if he knows what "SN" is all about but he certainly knows how to use the various applications on FB.

I still remember , in fact, I don't , when Payal introduced me to Hi5.Ages back.....rewind........

It was a great hit that time and everyone was a part of it. Including me.

It was such an addiction that my precious "one" life was actually going away after putting in so much hours of Hi5 work.

Now,I don't know about others but at least I don't even remember my user name and password for Hi5.


It's all gone.

Then came in orkut.....and what happened is history.
Now FB is the way. Till date.......

huh !!

I have seen my friends go on and on and on. Its the best use of viral marketing that one can think of. You meet old friends , whom you lost base with long back , you make new ones , if lucky ,you find "that" ones as well.....

And whats more when you have games like "Mafia wars" and "crazy taxi" there's lot more to want for.

Sending flowers , gifts , "tagging" people , changing status messages and letting everyone know that YOU EXIST . Rather you're a part of all this.

I get bored with things very easily. Things need to be changed / make changing , for me to stick on.

I don't know how much of these "SN" have affected me or my life....but certainly I have put in a lot more hours in these .

When me and Pooja were working on our foundation project , a small girl asked me- " she was referring too) mein kya kya hota hai.isse aap "sab kuch" kar sakte ho kya.

And that's when I realised no matter which ever SN site you join you can't find this little friend . She needs in "my man hours" more than those SN out there.

Its good to be in touch with the latest around you . But at the same time its best to use your life to bring a smile to others.I know its easy to say and hard to do...but that's it.

I myself have found so many of my lost buddies that I thank "SN" like these . However, I don't know if at all , the cell phones , the cards , the letters would go away and everything would be online.

There is so much to do and time always keeps ticking. We choose what we feel like. Its an individual decision.

btw- need to update my status on all SN sites .New Blog Post posted after all......

uff.....some people I tell you...... :P

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