Having been through a coronary bypass graft surgery myself in July 2010, I try in a small way to help others be aware of the risks of cardiovascular disorders. In this context, a news item in the DNA newspaper of March 26 startled me. It said that these were some of the findings of a survey done by SaffolaLife covering over 60,000 respondents across different cities in India :-
Would you agree that life is an endless balancing act? We are forever balancing something or the other as we struggle to meet our goals. For some it is balancing between the demands at work and the responsibilities at home, for others it could be balancing between the need to travel and the need to spend time with family. There could be many other conflicting priorities which we face in our day-to-day lives.
Followers of this blog will know that my debut novel, “It Can’t Be You” a psychological thriller was published in November 2010. As a debut author, naturally one of the FAQs I have now got used to facing is ” How’s your book doing? When I was part of the corporate world, figures for sales and revenues were fairly easily available for which ever organization I worked. In the publishing business, however, I realize that I can’t authoritatively reel off statistics about sales and the like since that is squarely in the realm of the publisher. I can however comment on the coverage in the media and the reviews it has received. I am very honoured that currently it ranks No. 33 out of 17310 titles in the “Suspense” category in Flipkart, a very popular online business. Continue reading
All of us fantasize about what a perfect boss should be like. But you and I know that the “perfect boss” does not exist! Often the image we have in our minds is really the composite of many people. The grace and consideration of A, the professionalism of B, the ability to get the best out of us of C and so on. But what are the generic things that make for effective bosses? The tech giant, Google often highly rated as a wonderful place to be in recently did a huge exercise to Continue reading
Smoking, goofing off at work or over eating are common habits that people frequently admit they wish to give up. They go on to say that they realize these habits are harmful. Smoking can give you cancer and kill you just as over eating can ruin your health. Goofing off for too long at the job could get you fired. They know these affect them adversely over time. Yet if you ask them why they don’t do something about it, you are likely to get a wide range of excuses varying from “Not now. I am a bit tied up. I want to start in right earnest next week Monday” to “Let me see how far I can last out without having to change”.
My friend, Rashmi Kumar invited me to a Workshop on Emotional Health Management being held in Delhi on March 12, 2011. This is being organised by Sumaitri, a crisis intervention centre which helps the suicidal and the depressed. The feeling of acute helplessness, loneliness and being misunderstood often drives some people, especially amongst the young to contemplate suicide as a quick solution to all their problems.