We’ve all heard it before: Technology companies are under immense scrutiny to exercise ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ (D&I) as they pledge their allegiance to equitable workplaces. Why? Because increasing number of employees expect a fair, equitable workplace and believe D&I will get them there. In a series of studies conducted by Deloitte, D&I has repeatedly emerged as a topic of global importance (with emerging economies rating it higher than their established counterparts).

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Percentage of respondents rating D&I as either ‘important’ or ‘very important’

Despite the expectations, organizations’ response can at best be described as underwhelming. Solutions often include creation of a new department called ‘Diversity & Inclusion’, typically headed by a Chief…


Approximately 17.5 million Americans fall in the same category as Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba and the likes — the category conventionally tagged as ‘developing’ or ‘third world’

Before you start reading this post, I ask that you note down whatever comes to your mind as an example for each of the two terms : ‘Developed Region’ and ‘Developing Region’. Now, match your picks against World Bank’s Income Inequality Map, assuming that your definition of Developed is represented by High Income and Developing is represented by rest of the pool (Upper Middle, Lower Middle and Low Income) of countries :

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Based on those assumptions, chances are your choices are spot-on! We all know that United States is developed and Guatemala isn’t. The only problem? This ‘knowledge’ is factually…


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Just when I feel I have turned a corner, left my angst, frailty, inquietude and vulnerabilities behind; they collectively reappear.

Of course I also have a habit of putting myself in uncomfortable, intense situations to test just how deep-rooted my self is. But the fact that I lose to my self in the end is frankly disappointing. I could easily blame it on a situation or the person I am interacting with. However, if I am honestly reflecting then I know I let the situation in — shallow tranquility run over.

Reflection is important, almost as important as endurance is…


The positivity-focused chants and talks disgust me

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Towards the final few minutes of a tech-talk at a conference supporting women entrepreneurs, the speaker told everyone in the room to get up and repeat after her “I’m amazing, I’m strong, I’m resilient”. My knees gave up at the sound of that. My worst nightmares of deciding to go to a ‘Women-Focused’ event were coming true. I closed my eyes, slowly sank in my chair and prayed that the universe swallowed me whole. This was the second talk of a 2-day conference — A humiliating chant to set the course of a very long nightmare.

At my lunch table…


Living in fear, poverty and loneliness, India’s seniors are being kept from the benefits of the booming economy

If you’ve ever read any microeconomics, or simply observed the workings of rural-urban migration, you know that the economy of any country revolves around one key factor: labor market. Typically, labor drives a country’s economy up or down; most policies are either labor-centric or pro-preparation of a future workforce. Economics doesn’t have room for seniors who have exited the labor market. While industrialization helped western societies eventually realize the importance of their elderly, economies that are leapfrogging on the wings of technology are yet to get there. …


…a two-part narrative on where workplaces are today and where they could be

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Part 1

2019, Current time-space continuum, 7 AM

You just woke up and crawled out of bed hoping that the day passes with as ease as your morning dump. While brushing your teeth with crude vigor, you’re sad that the weekend is over and that you need to face the nightmare of your boss. If you can afford the time, you sip that heavenly coffee/tea while you perform your morning ritual of a LinkedIn search for that dream company/job. As you get dressed you tell yourself how fortunate you are, to be able to pay your bills & plan that next vacation…


..And that’s exactly why America’s democracy is broken

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I came to the United States in 2010, for my Masters degree. I graduated the next year, got married, got a job, worked for 5 years, bought a house, got another Masters but every single time I cross the border to travel anywhere, I have to answer the question : “Why Do You Want To Go To The United States?”. I’m a legal, tax paying, law-abiding ‘alien’ in this country but the ‘us and them’ hasn’t stopped even after all these years.

Most days I don’t care — I earn enough, I own a pretty good house in California and…


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I couldn’t write or speak in English until I was 13 years old. Sure, my school was ‘English medium’ (which simply means all educational material was in English except the languages — Hindi, Punjabi and Sanskrit). Despite that, I couldn’t put together words to form sentences that made sense. I would memorize all material and write it as is during exams. And I was pretty good at it — 97+ % all the time (equivalent to a 4.0+ GPA). The fact that Indian education system then, allowed it to happen, was a sad reality we chose to ignore.

One day…


It isn’t easy but you can learn to manage it better…

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In August 2015 my father was hospitalized for paralysis caused by cerebral venous thrombosis. My family and I could barely wrap our heads around the term or the situation. We were emotionally drained, unable to ease my father’s pain or help him get better. Not to forget, in my case, the distance of 9000 miles made it all the more impossible. When I finally reached home, my father had returned home from hospital. He had bruises all over his face from the fall after the paralytic attack. He could barely walk straight, talk or remember. I had prepared myself during…

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I innovate ’cause I’m lazy.

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