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!
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!
I was travelling on staff tickets with my extended family to Amritsar from Delhi after attending a wedding. These tickets are unconfirmed and subject to load. We usually have to hustle for these. Last minute anxiety causing struggles. Weather was bad that day. Flights were rerouting the Toronto, Newark and London passengers who were unable … Continue reading Staff Travel Misgivings!
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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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?
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