Saturday, 23 January 2016


There's a secret mystery box from Colgate that's on the out limited  exclusively to just 300 privileged participants (Oh and I happen to be just one of them...I made it just in time!) which goes by the name of "Gold Mornings" and my Sherlockian skills are on the overdrive to decipher the contents before they arrive at my doorsteps. 

It is likely that I might be receiving the hamper in a day or two because time is of the essence and the deadline is nigh. 

Thus before everyone arrives at the same conclusion on their idea of a "Gold Morning", I have to work round the clock to arrive at my findings! Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock!

Thus, the big question here is - What makes a Gold morning?

Wednesday, 6 January 2016


Greek philosopher, Socrates once said, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new".

It is so easy for us sitting on our couch in front of the television or reading the local daily and pass judgment or criticize people on what should be done without ourselves partaking in the process that could actually change things on the ground and make a difference. 

I believe change is happening around us,in our own lives and yet we act oblivious to our surroundings. Take for example, the people who work in our homes and around are instruments of change in their own little way. 

My household help,Vijay hails from Uttarakhand but chooses to work in my city on a two job shift is inching towards a new chapter of change and victory in his life. He is making a sacrifice of staying away from his family to make a dignified living in order to provide the best education to his sons and daughters so that the next generation of his family could secure a job in a skilled profession. Once on a casual conversation with him,I inquired about his daughter to whom I had sent some of my study books that were lying in my store room,he was beaming with joy when he told me that his daughter had recently secured 70 per cent marks in her matriculation and had even got a scholarship for her higher studies in college as well. And not just that,she wanted to become a doctor in the future! It is the seed that Vijay sowed when he consciously decided to move out from his village to afford a good living and education for his children that his daughter today could aspire to become a doctor!

Likewise is the story of the local junk dealer in my neighborhood who braves the cold in winters,the harsh sun in summers and the heavy downpours in monsoon as he keeps pedaling his way on his old bicycle when he goes about buying scrap, newspaper and metals from different households only to provide a decent living to his family and educate his son to realize his potential of becoming an engineer. 

These are some of the choices both men and women make as they take that leap of faith when they embark on a journey towards change.