Roundup | March 2020

This has been an extra-ordinary month. The world, as we know it, has changed. COVID-19 has forced us to change the way we live. I try to see the silver lining in this dark cloud; and what better way to recognize and celebrate small achievements. This is a recap of March 2020. Posts published: 111…

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Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w13

More of COVID-19 More Panic Struggling to WFH And national lockdown These are the keywords that define 20w12, and beyond. WFh had tired me enough, so I have taken  a day off, to clear my head. There is a mess up here as million different thoughts and worried crowd my mind and cloud my judgement….

COVID-19 Diaries| Stepping Out After 4.5 Days

The curfew ended on Sunday. I didn’t go out. I like staying home. But yesterday was different. I had only 20 rupees in my wallet, and no vegetables, and other supplies had diminished in past 4 days. So, I had to leave the self-quarantine mode. The roads were deserted and the shops were shut. The…

COVID-19 Diaries| The Dreaded Curfew

I am generally a chill person. The severity of social conditions does not hit me until very late. I am bogged down by my personal demons, you see. So, even though I heard people talking about stocking groceries and buying medicines etc in bulk, I did not pay any heed to them. Until Friday. Most…

COVID-19 Diaries| How To Get Rid Of Corona

By creating noise pollution! At 5 o’clock sharp, people starting banging vessels, howling like dogs, ringing the ghanta at mandir – apparantly to make Corona go away. Later, someone told me that it is to thank the people who work for the society. Really? That’s how you thank them? By giving them headache? India can…

COVID-19 | Indians Are Back to Basics

The internet and especially WhatsApp is flooded with various tips and tricks for to protect yourself against the virus. The top one is: Wash you hands That’s pretty basic, right? I mean, why wouldn’t you wash hands? I am not saying that you willy nilly get up randomly and wash hands. At least, when there’s…

Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w12

COVID-19 Panic WFH Curfew These are the keywords that defined 20w12. It isn’t easy working from home, especially in summer. Allah, bless humanity in these tough times and bless us with strength to survive. Two of the most popular dramas – Alif and Ehd-e-Wafa ended over the weekend. I have posted my review and other…

COVID-19 Diaries| Pune IT Employees WFH

I had to work from home today and just finished my 8 hours shift. It is so annoying. I don’t like working on laptop – coding on a laptop is difficult and testing is near impossible. The laptop resolution, the slow speed of remote connection, the irritating scrolling; it is quite a task. Many COVID-19…

COVID-19 Diaries| A/B Testing

Yep, it is happening. Finally! My sister’s office carried out this exercise two weeks ago, so it is safe to say that my company is quite reluctant to give WFH. A/B testing is an analytical term. I am using it losely here. The employee headcount will be divided in two groups – A and B….

COVID-19 Diaries| WFH Readiness

Many members of my team are in self-quarantine more for past few days. People are more scared that I thought they were. The demand for WFH has increased, enough for the higher management to take notice. We filled an online survey today. Do you have a company provided laptop? Do you have personal laptop? Do…

COVID-19 Diaries| DESERTED STREETS

This is one of the busiest roads in Pune, at 8:33 am. I clicked this photo just as my office took a sharp right turn. Not too shabby for a passing shot, huh? The CM has declared that schools and colleges remain close until March 31, 2020. I did not know this will result in…

COVID-19 Diaries| WORK FROM HOME In High Demand

The virus is spreading, the tolls are rising and the panick mode is on an all-time high. The managers have asked us to verify if we are enabled for working from home. Most of my team members have already responded positively, because they WFH at least once every week. How would I, if I have…

COVID-19 Diaries | The Novel Virus Forces Us To Be Considerate

Our HR department has shared a list of pre-cautionary measures to keep our workplace safe. Please keep safe distance from each other (3 feet) in the buses I am a bit eccentric and that’s putting it mildly. People regard me with various names but more on that later. For me, anything and anybody in close vicinity…

Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w11

Headache. That one word defines this week. The reasons are varied. Primarily, I attribute the splitting headache to fluctuating temperature and freaquntly annoying colleagues. I want to scream at some people. For instance, yesterday, I pointed out at the blunder in Performace Report. The performance guy rectified the issue and attributed the finding to someone…

World Sleep Day 2020 | I Wish Me Some Sleep

Ah, the irony. I have not slept much and this morning my Calendar surprises me with this. They come up with a different slogan for every year. Are you wondering what is this year’s slogan? Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet Yeah, tell me something I don’t know. I should be sleeping, because this day…

Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w10

Another week comes to an end and I have made zero progress for my novel. i have plans to publish it this month. I don’t see that dream becoming a reality. Time flies when it doen’t have to. And when we want to pass quickly (like at an airport, waiting for the flight0, the clock…

Shut The Beep Up | Why Did I Change My Attire?

This is the second article in “Philosophy Of Life” Series. Sometimes I like being philosophical or just want to ramble everything that comes to mind. I would try to keep such posts to a minimum – once in a month. If people like it, they can request me for more 🙂

Roundup | February 2020

February (of a leap year, to be noted) was off to a poor start. My AdSense account stopped showing ads and earned nothing for a few days. The blog stats also reduced to half and I could not post as frequently as I had hoped. Kindle Unlimited royalty is also decreasing by the day. Has…

Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w09

This is the busiest week of 2020, work wise. Office was crazy. I don’t get time to get up from my desk, let alone going for a walk. I am also missing on my blog schedule a bit. I don’t wike it. But, I promise to finish everything over the weekend. You will see some…

Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w08

This week was super-chill. I am becoming calmer by the day. This may be a short-lived feeling, but boy, it feels great. I have read several rom-coms and have scheduled the reviews for Thursday, official day for English Book Reviews. How was your week? Shabana Mukhtar