Three changes we need to protect people's choice

Three changes we need to protect people's choice

Political defections are not new. They have been there for decades. At one time, I remember a whole cabinet changed their colours...

Posted on Jul 31, 2019

Pay the price if you break these rules of everyday living

1. Bend towards the washbasin while brushing your teeth especially when you are bushing with eyes closed. The toothpaste foam has an affinity for your clothes.
2. Don’t trust your...

Posted on Jul 5, 2019

How to give money to dependents?

Often we have to give money to our dependents such as spouse, children, parents, siblings, friends etc. How should we give it?
Whether we acknowledge it or not, money is...

Posted on Jul 4, 2019

People I know Shilpa Johar - Art unboxed

Art is not easy to define. Dance, music, painting or any other form can be experienced but not explained. Some people we know in our life are like that. They...

Posted on May 13, 2019

Should parents discuss the negative aspects of their children with others?

Recently, while sitting in a cafe sipping coffee, could not help overhear four mothers discussing their children. Three of the mothers were sharing deeply about what is not good about...

Posted on May 7, 2019

Harmony in relationships - Relationships and scorecards

“I have given you four gifts on all your last four birthdays, but I got on only two of my birthdays”
“I am the one always calling you. You never...

Posted on May 4, 2019

Harmony in Relationships - "I love you but don't want to live with you"

“You keep saying you love us”
“Of course mom, I love you. I love dad. I will do anything for you people”
“Then why is it that you don’t want...

Posted on May 3, 2019

People I know - Mountain Climbers, Vanitha Jayaram and Julie Andrew

Vanitha Jayram
Vanitha went on to do her B Pharma after her 12th Grade. She enrolled in the course offered by Bangalore University. As she came to the last year,...

Posted on Mar 22, 2019

Harmony in relationships - Protecting people we love all the time or teaching them to protect themselves?

“I don’t want to take cash, can you transfer the money online to my account?” I asked a friend recently.
“I will ask my dad to do it,” she replied....

Posted on Dec 23, 2018

Should decisions in family be democratic or should everyone getting their chance?

Eight of the members of my family had gathered together. People across three generations. We needed to decide where to go for dinner and what kind of cuisine we were...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

The might to remain silent

Recently when one of my friends was being exhorted by his wife what not to tell some visitors expected home, remarked, “Saraswati has given me the gift of keeping my...

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

Do you suffer an anxiety when returning something to the shop?

My friend had recently bought a small pressure cooker and he did not notice a small, insignificant (insignificant is my judgment, not his) dent at the bottom. His wife, observant...

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

Does the place matter?

When we look at a picturesque setting, we begin to think that it would be great to live life in such a place. So much peace and serenity would be...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

The on going tug-of-war between two sisters

Should she rather stay in than bail out of the situation?

When one of them met me, I asked her if she could give a break to the relationship for...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Are we suckers for punishment?

That set me thinking. Why do we go again and again to read the negative message? Why not delete it after reading it maybe two/three times? I can understand going...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

What's the nature of your job?

When someone mentions their uncommon job/profession, the first question that follows is: What is the job about? The second question is: Do you enjoy the job? That's exactly what happens...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Choice architecture - Changing behaviour without your ‘mental’ involvement 

The term choice architecture was made popular by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Richard Thaler in his book Nudge in 2008. Psychologists and Behavioural economists have always struggled to understand how...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

The Apostrophe Connections in our life (In India)

Recently I ran into my friend who had come down from the USA where he stayed with his wife and two kids. Catching up with him over a cup of...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Hindsight is perfect

All mushrooms are fungi, but not all fungi are mushrooms. According to ethnomycologist most of the mushrooms are edible, but some are considered to be very toxic. Mushroom toxicity can...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Daily arguments over fans/lights switched on in empty rooms

Disproportionate responses to people’s behaviour around us cause a lot of unpleasantness. When we are on the other side don’t we feel for the ‘crime’ we committed the ‘punishment’ is...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018