Aggie was a trainee once too!

“When I was a junior copy writer in Lintas, I lived in mortal fear that you were going to sack me.” My jaw dropped even as I turned to look at Aggie. Eyes agape, I said, “What? You have to be kidding. The thought never even crossed my mind. Not once.”

Joseph George and his Close Encounter of the Third Kind

According to J. Allen Hynek’s, a close encounter of the first kind is the sighting of an unidentified flying object*. A close encounter of the second kind is a discovery of a phenomena after a UFO has been spotted. This could be anything ranging from a crop circle to electronic interference. A close encounter of… Continue reading Joseph George and his Close Encounter of the Third Kind

What’s life without expression?

The baby decides to test her vocal chords by tentatively singing the ‘a..a…ah’ note. The mother’s head turns on hearing the sound. She lifts her hands to her cheeks even as her eyes widen in delight. Rushing to her singing baby, she echoes the ‘a..a..ah…aah’ melody. The baby gurgles and beams in delight. On another… Continue reading What’s life without expression?

Powering Jet Airways with a Yellow Rose

Powering Jet Airways with a Yellow Rose is the story of how the flower came to be chosen as the symbol for the airline. The story has been extracted (with a few modifications) from the book A Dance with the Corporate Ton: Reflections of a Worker Ant.

Shh, walls have ears. Phones do too!

“Shh, walls have ears. Let’s take this elsewhere.” Ever been pulled away to a corridor or outdoors after hearing that admonishment? Ever thought, “This is silly. Who could be listening?” Ever wondered where the saying came from? Well, according to Dictionary.com, the old saying ‘ Walls have ears’ may have originated from a story about Dionysius of… Continue reading Shh, walls have ears. Phones do too!

The Bread Earner: A Cautionary HR Tale

Her 10-year old was bent over his school books, halfheartedly completing his homework. The light from the iPad screen illuminated his younger brother’s face, spotlighting his mirth as he watched his favourite YouTube video. He had been granted screen time to prevent him from disturbing his older sibling. Keeping a watchful eye on both her children, she… Continue reading The Bread Earner: A Cautionary HR Tale

Storm the Norm

Much of a book’s success lies in a title or headline, which intrigues while clearly indicating the content of the pages inside. If the book title has the potential to become a catch phrase, so much the better. Anisha Motwani’s Storm the Norm scores on both these aspects. I know it did with me because I… Continue reading Storm the Norm