In lieu of a solution, India just waits for headlines to ebb

As summer draws in on major parts across the world, headlines are slowly moving their focus from Coronavirus to climate change : fires, heat waves and receding access to water. In 2019, pre-pandemic, India won the spotlight with delayed or deficient monsoons, droughts, farmer suicides and an un-official declaration of ‘water crisis’.

Varuna : The Hindu God Of Water (Source)

To address the matter of delayed monsoons, Hindu communities across India (with the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka leading the way), turned to the ritual of Varuna Yajna. Varuna is the Hindu God of oceans, clouds, rain and everything water. The ritual is elaborate and sometimes…

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. …

The dichotomy of being celebrated as a Goddess and being oppressed, abused or worse, charred to death

Goddess Durga Annihilating Demons (Source)

Every year, in the month of October, 80% of Indian population, the Hindus, celebrate the festival of Sharada Navaratri in the honor of female goddess Durga. The festival isn’t trifling by any means — observed for a duration of nine nights (and ten days), the entire country rejoices in feasts, dances, prolonged fasting and numerous other religious ceremonies. Every day a different avatar of Goddess Durga is worshipped with same devotion as the day before.

While there is no age-limit to the idols the country adores, India’s patriarchy begins to surface the moment divinity is translated to humanity. Young girls…

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).

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 :

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…

And the only huMan to Unite All Land There Is

Star Trek, a science fiction show first aired in the 1960’s, was set in a future where all lives on all planets peacefully co-exist. The show’s writers often addressed moral and social issues in their narrative, tackling subjects like slavery, warfare and discrimination. In the words of the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry:

“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms.”

No matter how technologically outdated and misplaced the show may…

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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…

…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…

Preeti Syal

I innovate ’cause I’m lazy.

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