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 – apparently 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 your 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…

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 panic 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…

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 🙂

To All the Dresses I Have Loved Before

To All the Dresses I have Loved Before Dear dresses, I have loved you immensely. I have been obsessed with you and have taken care of you above and beyond everything else. Now that you’re hidden underneath my unflattering black abaya, don’t feel shy; don’t be disheartened; don’t fear negligence. You will still be just…

Shut The Beep Up | Being a Minority

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 🙂

TOMU is off hiatus

Yep, that’s right, not that anybody was missing me. I am back to India and even though I have plenty of things to post about, I had decided to take it slow before I go in full TOMU mode. But something came up. What’s that you wonder? Traffic, what else? When I was gone, there…

Shut The Beep Up | How to Not Lead By Example

Note: This series is about all those incidents that make me want to scream “Shut The Beep Up”. Alas, I cannot do that aloud, because I am scared of people around me, people who cannot handle honesty and truth. This is my way of venting out. You could, in turn, ask me to STBU 🙂…

Teritree: A new eatery in Magarpatta

It is that time of the year. The year is drawing to an end and we have to party. Yes, it is a mandate because we get yearly budget for team activities and we haven’t had one all year. Oh, wait. We had one. So, this time, we decided to go to a new eatery…

10 Most Used Apps On My Phone

I realize now that I had started on a wrong foot as I listed the 5 apps I hated first. But, hey, that’s how I got the idea. Better late than never, here are list of 10 apps that I use the most. Not just because I need them, I love them, too. Some of…

Do You Question That God Does Not Love You (Urdu)

This is the first articla 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 🙂

When KDP Report Surprises You

So, I was checking my KDP Reports. I do that about a hundred times a day, but this time it surprised me. Note: Gif is from giphy.com. Totally love Jeff Goldblum, by the way. Someone is reading all my books, one after the other. All 7 from the ‘Happily Ever After” series are read. Isn’t…