Like a disease it comes,The virus of self-doubt.Confined to one's own mindIt's more widespread than thought.It can have many shades.It will catch you off guard.Will incubate inside you,Leave you in a shroud of cloud.First step is to recognize it,That itself takes a lot.Seeing it is half the cure,The rot is on it's way out.Do not … Continue reading The Virus of Self-Doubt
The motivation to write this entire series came when last month I witnessed a conflict arise between two professionals which quickly turned into bullying and labelling. A typical patriarchal reaction when faced with a challenge. (He later even claimed to be a "feminist.") It was a moment of déjà vu from my own experience earlier … Continue reading How To Deal With Bullies? Part-IV FEARLESS FORESIGHT.
Pilots all over the world are at crossroads in their lives. An effort made through this piece to bring to notice their competences and help them pivot their roles. Happy landings to all.
I have spent my entire professional career in the field of Aviation in various capacities. I have received a tremendous amount of attention, respect and even adulation along the way. Only recently, I was made to realize that all the responsibility, skill, experience and qualifications amount to almost nothing on paper in the outside world. Surprised? So, was I. Allow me to give you a little backstory on my life as a Captain. I would like to introduce you to those faceless captains in whomyou put your trust every time you buy a plane ticket.
I was an early bloomer. Right after my twelfth standard board exams, I was on track to getting my wings. After getting my licence in record time, I, started working as a flight instructor in a flying school. While still in my teens, I was imparting flying lessons to other teens. (Yes! It…
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I have been a sucker for coming of age films for as far back as I can remember. I could not get enough of the depiction of the protagonist's realization of their own worth and pursuit of their desires. Generally, in the movies, the central character is a young adult trying to find their way … Continue reading Have You Ever Been Bullied? Part-III Coming of Age!
Revisiting the older posts to give them some air. Tell me what you think!
I wish it was something as funky as Slim Shady!😎 Pardon the reference as I grew up in the emerging era of Eminem. My nickname was close, though. I was mostly called Khaddy by one and all during my youthful years in school. Boarding school tradition of surname calling still stands. Usually, the story attached to the derived name is a funny one. Mine emerged as a consequence of everyone inventing their own pronunciation of the rather unusual surname.
Personally, I preferred being called Khaddy than a distorted version of my already hard to pronounce surname. The more shortened and distorted, the funkier it sounded, like Khadz!. Mine stuck. Many, who had no reference of the connection to my surname, even called me Caddy, as in the golf caddy!! Imagine that!😆
My school principal had a peculiar way of saying my full name while addressing the whole school during…
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RedBull gives you wiiings! My entry into adulthood was nothing short of a grand stage entrance high on RedBull!. I was charged-up, driven and determined. I had set out to do something that no one in my family had ever done before. I was going to learn to fly and become a pilot with absolutely … Continue reading Have You Ever Been Bullied? Part II-Adulthood
Funny that this topics pops up in my head. Maybe it has something to do with the confrontation I witnessed the other day between two professionals and my part in that interaction. It brought up many feelings for me. Up until a few years ago, even as an adult, I was unable to recognize that … Continue reading Have You Ever Been Bullied? Part I- Childhood.
I want to show myselfAnd yet here I hide.I don't rely on myselfWho else is there to find.I want to show myselfBut I am scared inside.How will anybody else seeThings I miss in plain sight.I want to show myselfNot the shell outside.It is a good decoySometimes, I like it more than I.I want to show … Continue reading Show Yourself!
Take a leap of faith! This is a random thought materializing out of nowhere, literally. Almost like this blog. When I first started writing, I had no idea what I wanted to say. So, that is exactly what I said. (Push to Start!) It was a leap of faith, indeed. After my first post, Word … Continue reading Mission Impossible! Story of A First Time Blogger.
Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations. Alfred Adler, Austrian psychotherapist, 1870-1937 Alfred Adler was a courageous man who dared to take a path tangential to that of Sigmund Freud. He said that we are what we choose to make of our situation, here and now! … Continue reading How To Experience Sadness?