On Sunday, while returning from a very wet trek, I was sharing my flight schedule with my kids for the coming week and planning theirs. Learning on the job is parenting! Flights have been so few and far between that they have got used to me being around a lot. I like to prepare everything … Continue reading Clarity!
Photo by Ave Calvar Martinez on Pexels.com Yesterday, there was an extraordinary amount of traffic on the road in Mumbai. Classic evening office rush only worsened by classic Mumbai rains. I had left two hours before the flight in the doomed direction of the flowing traffic. I was scheduled to travel as a passenger to … Continue reading Calmness Under Chaos!
How the World sees me! I live in Bombay, now Mumbai. But I am not a Bombayite because I wasn't born here. I was born in Assam, the tea garden state. But I am not Assamese because I don't have roots there. I have roots in Rajasthan, the golden state. But I have no marwari … Continue reading The Root Clause!
Many years ago, I was still in my twenties, a young spirited, skilled professional, gregarious, independent and outspoken girl. (I would like to believe I am still all those things, except not in my twenties! :)) I was on a Kolkata night stop and had gone on an afternoon picnic with my older sister's and … Continue reading Respect Boundaries!
It's a sea of starsI stare above blankly.As is expected of meI flow along calmly.Am I here by designOr by Destiny?I watch myself do my thingFrom outside my body.Some part of me is mine.I don't like to share it.I am a part of this world thoughI have learnt to brave it.I look for a familiar … Continue reading Dichotomy
I work for the "Maharaja of the skies", as Air India is so lovingly known by its affable mascot, the ever graceful Maharaja. I recently completed 20 years of service with the airline. It is quite a milestone, especially in the fast paced start-up age we now live in. Wishes and affection poured in through … Continue reading Loyalty For Royalty!
Disappointment is a killer. For all of us who have felt it know that it is a real tough emotion to deal with. Comes with tons of other heavy ones like anger, dejection, frustration, remorse, withdrawal, hopelessness, and more. Heartbreaking stuff and yet it is all around us. Sometimes several times a day, in small … Continue reading How to Get Over Disappointment?
This is one of the most popular articles on my blog. I guess it is true that I am more inclined towards the human side of flying. That is what makes us human inside. The machine teaches us discipline, we add emotions to it.
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Recently, I was asked to speak on a worldwide forum featuring women in various roles. During my introductory meeting with them, Gratitude and Re-Focus turned out to be the focal points. Hence, it was decided as our topic for the interview. We felt it was worth sharing this perspective, especially in these COVID times. The interaction received an overwhelming response.
In the post interview de-brief with the team, I was asked about my previous experience as a presenter/public speaker. What is the best advice I have received and how do I connect with an audience? I have conducted a few workshops and presentations but the one thing that came to mind was my announcements in the aircraft. I told them that my tools of humor, honesty and timing were all cultivated by that experience. I had not realized until now, how much impact those Passenger Addresses had on me. It…
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It is the appropriately chaotic finale to the most amazingly chaotic year. Like most of the year, I didn't plan for the year to end this way either. It has been an action packed week. Crazy doesn't cut it. For everything to come together all at once was both overwhelming and exciting at the same … Continue reading Kickass Year Ending!!
Dare to be different! This is not a clickbait title. It really is a confirmed ticket. Although, this might be a slightly different 1% in comparison to the headline grabbing richest 1% we read about all the time. Those don't interest me at all. On offer here are riches of a different kind. You will … Continue reading How to Be the TOP 1% in the World and Stand Out?