2016 Predictions – Your Learning Zodiac

2016 Predictions - Your Learning Zodiac

You have probably started watching the appearance of predictions for 2016. You have never before known about your learning zodiac. The best part about this zodiac, if you don’t like the prediction for your zodiac, pretend you are someone else. That’s what it means to take control of your life. So read the 2016 predictions – all of them – you never know who you will become. Capricorn (Dec 22 […]

Are online friendships deeper

Are online friendships deeper

We are in the year FB 10. Yes there was life before FB. But those memories are hazy. There was friendship in pre-Facebook days and there are friends I have in 2014 then is 10 FB because this is the tenth year since our definitions of friends and friendship has changed. In terms of sheer numbers, at least in my case, the virtual friends win. I have many more “friends” […]

Weird Companions And Adapters

Weird Companions And Adapters

I always land up sitting next to someone weird when I travel. It always happens to me. This time I was seated next to someone who insisted on reading whatever I was reading. I read the newspaper by glancing at the headlines long enough for people to believe that I am literate and then settle down for the funnies or important announcements about Bollywood personalities like their breakups, public spats […]

The Most Diffcult Thing for Writers

The Most Diffcult Thing for Writers

Time and inspiration never coincide. That is the single largest reason why so many novels lie unfinished. Writers need time to write. They also need the creative juices flowing. These two have to happen at the same time. Those who write fiction face the greatest degree of difficulty. Poets have it relatively easy. In fact they are the only kind of writers who are not affected by this problem. I […]

Peekoo

Peekoo

My mother hated dogs. Dad and I wanted one. Desperately. So we settled for a compromise and brought Peekoo home. On a trial basis. Once he was home he followed my mother quite like Mary’s little lamb. That’s how manipulative and scheming Peekoo was. You would never know this. But he was.

How To Word Resolutions You Can Stick To

How To Word Resolutions You Can Stick To

That depends on how the resolution is worded. But more of that later. This is a futile annual ritual for many. I for one, spend a full year, flouting the very resolution I make at year-end party. I strongly suggest that if you do not like making NYRs (New Year Resolutions) then you need to avoid human contact. To best way to avoid succumbing to temptation, is to stay clear […]

Forever Forlorn

Forever Forlorn

Choice is a strange thing. Give someone too much choice and the person gets confused. If we have no choice we are unhappy. No one likes it, and most certainly not my friend Rupa, who happened to be the sole vegetarian among five non-vegetarian friends. The restaurant did not make it easy. They had just one option for the vegetarians – a cheese sandwich. The non vegetarians had several options […]

First Novel Second Edition

First Novel Second Edition

Harper Collins had published my second novel Married But Available which is the sequel to Mediocre But Arrogant. Most of my readers call these two books MBA-1 and MBA – 2 for short. Mediocre But Arrogant is a story of growing up in India. The protagonist Abbey belongs to a middle class Bengali family with dad, mom and kid sister Asmita. Baba believes that struggle are an integral part of […]

Bali and the Ocean of Milk

Bali and the Ocean of Milk

“A mysterious ailment afflicts Indrah, reducing the  omnipotent king of the gods to, well, not quite the man he used to be. To add to his woes, the Holy Trinity threaten to fire him for dereliction of duty. But Indrah’s troubles wilt in comparison to those of his asura counterpart, Bali, ruler of Tripura. Even as Indrah’s its fretting over his delicate health, an assassination attempt on Bali leaves the […]

Travel Companions

Travel Companions

This is the sight I dread the most when I travel. Knowing my luck, I have no difficulty finding my seat on the flight even if I do not have my boarding card. I just have to close my eyes and follow the sound till it cannot grow any louder. Then I open my eyes and yippee I am in the seat right next to someone howling his (or her) […]

Train The Trainer

Train The Trainer

Let me get the basics out of the way. This post is not about how to get certified to run some training courses. This is about how to deal with fear. Yeah, I am a big fan of overcoming your demons and motivational stuff like that. However, it is what I witnessed the other day at the neighborhood gym that is prompting me to write a few tips that will […]

The Bengali Approach to Tourism

The Bengali Approach to Tourism

Every year, like any other average Bengali family, my parents would settle down to make an important decision. To decide where we would spend our next vacation. The process would be repeated every year. I would dread the moment when a family friend would suggest that we go to some hill station? I would silently recall the many traumatic hours spent climbing long winding roads at the hill stations and […]