It took two hours of staring into the laptop and reading all the fantastic author’s About Me Stories even to get started with this one. When I got to know about this publication, I was so excited! Oh, I get to share something about me with the world!
After getting accepted as a writer and opening a draft in my Medium Editor? Crickets…
I am a 23-year-old (about to be 24) woman living with her husband in Bangalore, India. My family (mother, father, and younger sister) live 200 meters away from my house — too far, I know! …
We have all gorged on articles or guides about how to secure our dream job. But have we ever wondered if that’s what we crave in reality?
Multiple studies have shown that dream jobs don’t exist. It’s what comes from the job that we aim for — an ideal dream life.
A job in Google would mean good pay, networking with people of solid IQ, solving challenging problems, and gaining a personal brand, among other things. At least, this is the stereotype. But would we still go for it if we get the same advantages in some other job?
I got married in January 2019.
Even though it was the best decision of my life, it came at a point where I had to dive headfirst into work since it had only been six months after graduation. I was still coming into terms with corporate life then and was so conscious of not missing out on any opportunity only because I got married early.
Lack of leaves and not wanting to ruin my “reputation” with colleagues also played a significant role in deciding the break I took post-tying the knot. …
I had my whole life planned out from 6th grade.
I had to finish school and do computer science engineering. Work for 2 to 3 years, then get married at 24 or 25. Shift jobs, have a kid at 27 or 28, and steadily progress in my career in the corporate sector.
I had everything sorted out, and this seemed like the ideal life for me. It was suited for my beliefs and mentality.
But after engineering, nothing happened the way I had imagined things to be. I got married at 21, started writing at 23, and am now struggling…
My father drilled the importance of time onto my head for as long as I can remember.
I can still hear him saying, “Shruthi, time is the only thing you would never get back. Use it wisely”. So much so that I had gotten highly conscious of the way I spend my day. Or at least guilty if the day hadn’t been productive.
But what if it was an illusion? What if time didn’t exist? What if all of us were living in a space without the concept of clocks?
Would the way I treat my goals change? Would there…
My earliest memories with books and cartoons are with Famous Five and Noddy. It has always felt like I have a personal connection with them.
So, it came as a rude shock when one of my favorite childhood authors, Enid Blyton and Rudyard Kipling, was flagged as ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ by English Heritage. This charity manages historical places in the UK.
English Heritage has criticized Blyton’s work for “racism, xenophobia and lack of literary merit,” referring to works like The Little Black Doll (1966), where the rain washes the doll’s “ugly black face clean.” …
You were always there with me, my friend.
You were always a part of me, my surroundings, and my locality.
Accompanying me before going to college, in my exam revisions, and being my partner listening to all my college gossip…
You were always there.
I still remember the first time I noticed you. Noticed our invisible bond.
It was during spring when your flower fell on my shoulder.
I recall looking up immediately, smiling at your kind face, and proceeding on with my life.
I noticed you every day from that moment.
You gave me an unexplainable strength and comfort…
If “Xerox” is for Photocopiers, “Colgate” is for Toothpaste, then “Maggi” is for Noodles. — Economic Times, 2003
My earliest memories of Maggi are fighting over it with my sister.
We could only have it once a week (it was a rule), and we had a system where, if one of us prepared it, the other had to divide it into two and a half portions—one for each of us, and the other half for our mother. We took alternate turns (to separate and cook) and always fought about who needed to do it next.
We got so particular about…
I started my corporate career two and a half years ago.
While it’s not been that long compared to many others in the industry, it did teach me a couple of valuable lessons. But, of course, the lessons learned below have been through trial and error, and it’s my sincere hope that you don’t fall into the same tricky situations as me.
Sustaining in the corporate industry is not easy.
It’s a competitive world that forces you to keep up your game always. Coming from college, I struggled to keep my reins in hand and have almost left it a…
The past week has been hectic — filled with office work, COVID vaccination appointments, writing, and tons of rain in Bengaluru (India). The week saw me zooming through the tasks, with everything becoming blurred around me. Seriously, I don’t even remember what I had for breakfast yesterday:)
But at times, when the world slowed down, I got time to click some beautiful pictures. Photos that I’m immensely proud of.