I’m going to miss it

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From notebooks and workbooks in primary school to machines and chemicals in engineering. From a kid who fumbled with his underwear in kindergarten to an executive who is trying a perfect tie for his formals. From the time you prided yourself on writing a book report to the time when you were skeptical about that project report. From the days…

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The request seat

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aka the Fourth Seat Benches in [tag]Mumbai[/tag]’s [tag]suburban[/tag] [tag]local train[/tag]s have a fundamental flaw. They accommodate 3¼ persons each. Usually the trains are crowded and the entering commuters are on a mission to grab a place to sit. It takes monumental effort to snatch the first 3 places on the bench. But the mission doesn’t stop there. There is an…

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Planner at work

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I work as an [tag]Engineering[/tag] [tag]project[/tag] [tag]Planner[/tag]. I plan, schedule and coordinate activities for a task force of 60-80 engineers. Primary responsibility of my work is to monitor the [tag]schedule[/tag], resolve the bottlenecks and make sure the tasks are executed on time. Here is a typical conversation between a lead engineer from Mechanical Engineering (LE) and me. Snapshot from ‘[tag]Primavera[/tag]…

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Lets go shopping tonight

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My idea of [tag]shopping[/tag] is simple – avoid it. Avoid it until the situation becomes alarming. Even when I have to, I can buy a pair of trousers or a shirt in ten minutes flat. All ready-made [tag]clothes[/tag] fit appropriately on me and I don’t have to wear a trial piece before buying. There is nothing called ‘that particular dress’.…

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Not my work

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When I was a little boy, my mother once asked me to wash the dishes. “It’s not my work”, I complained. “Fine.”, she said. “It’s not my work either! Should we let the dirty dishes remain as they are?” That was when I got my first lesson of collective [tag]responsibility[/tag]. My parents brought me up in a way that made…

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Umrao Jaan

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This [tag]movie[/tag] [tag]Umrao Jaan[/tag] (उमराव जान / امراؤ جان ) is based on the novel ‘Umrao Jaan Ada’ by Mirza Muhammad Hadi Ruswa, and is a remake of the 1981 blockbuster [tag]Hindi movie[/tag] starring [tag]Rekha[/tag]. This is a story of Ameeran, a girl from Faisabad who is sold to a madam in Lucknow and who grows up to be Umrao…

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The perfume seller

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There is excessive [tag]economic disparity[/tag] in Mumbai. It is a known phenomenon but never did the reality hit me so hard than the other day. I was traveling in the second class compartment in a crowded [tag]local train[/tag]. Every now and then, a [tag]salesman[/tag] would board the compartment and advertise his wares. These salesmen have innovative strategies to attract the…

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