From Strength to Strength

Leadership coaching and mentoring is one of the many passions Deepa and Milind share. The sheer joy in helping people ‘be more’ drives us. There is a thrill in watching people fly effortlessly. Deepa discovered Neuroleadership through David Rock’s body of work through the Leadership Coaching course she attended at IIM Bangalore in early 2016. ‘Your Brain At Work’, ‘Quiet Leadership’ were powerful when we started studying and applying this…

October 9, 2017

Lumiere turned 17 on September 15th 2013. Charted the strategic journey for the next 4 years.

Lumière turned seventeen today, a magic number! ‘The Sound of Music’ had ‘you are 17 going on 18…older and wiser… and I’ll depend on you…’ Seventeen is about being responsible and getting ready to take bigger challenges. A year short of becoming an adult, ‘moving out’… It’s about exploring the world, charting new paths, taking new challenges, our values as strong anchor. We push onward with some nervous excitement… Milind…

September 15, 2013

Mommy Coach

Beena has gone back to work and she is lucky to have her mother and mother-in-law both help with baby-sitting her baby. Diya lives with her in laws and delivered twin boys. Her older son is three. She will eventually get back to work. Aparajita is expecting her second baby and will take a maternity break of 4 months and will get back to work. Life for these women is…

October 10, 2012

Planning a butterfly-themed 16th birthday for Lumiere.

A friend tells me, ‘where I live is just so much concrete, and our days so harried, we has time for birds and butterflies? We do! And we must! And what does Lumiere have to do with butterflies? Why plan a butterfly-themed 16th birthday? Short-lived, flitting from flower to flower, busy, frisky, with short attention spans. The secret life of a butterfly may also involve basking, mimicking and disguises, mating and…

September 15, 2012

Kids can cook

Yan Can Cook’ was one of the first cookery shows that the networks brought to India. Mothers and kids watched Sanjeev Kapur’s ‘Khana Khazana’. TV Cookery shows are the new reality TV. Kids watch cookery shows with mom and grand mom. They watched them excitedly try out new dishes. The new MasterChef Kids season 1 is different. It has kids as experts, catapulting interest in cooking in utterly new ways….

June 4, 2012

Thanda Matlab AC

Cool Home: Paresh Rana of Chembur, Mumbai fit his one bedroom with a 1 ton split air conditioner on 5th April, his wife’s birthday, replacing their window air conditioner. Kinjal their 12 year old spends most of her time in the bedroom on her computer, her study table squeezed in the corner. Though the new air conditioner is wife Saguna’s birthday gift, Kinjal is the “AC master”. She wields the…

June 20, 2010

A May 2010 trends piece inspired by a fridge audit of urban Indian working women in Mumbai.

Growing fridge: A word repeated makes a game, like ‘teacher teacher’, ‘doctor doctor’ and ‘ghar ghar’. A game of real make believe, or in the case of the fridge, the fridge then, now and the future. The secrets of the kitchen “hearth” ironically rest within the cold place. What the fridge shows up are the immediate past, present and the future of what the family will eat. Kelvinator (the coolest one)…

June 5, 2010

Bangladesh Musings

Getting Started We conducted a research for a youth beverage brand in Bangladesh in late May this year. We had failed at trying to wriggle out of work with a feeble refrain, ‘we don’t know Bangladesh’ and other dastardly options like reminding the client of our competitors well established in Bangladesh. The client persisted with simply, kindly and firmly saying, he was well aware, and can we please complete fieldwork…

June 16, 2008

Good Health Musings

In a fast-paced, ever-changing world, we are constantly on the move. Home, family, kids, work and social commitments dominate, as does the proverbial race from home to work and back on weekdays. Late nights at work, long hours of commute, outings on the weekends, friends and family commitments and catching up on chores and rest has become a way of life for many people. Sadly, with such a busy lifestyle…

May 10, 2008

A plausible conversation between the Lumiere HR Desk and a new joined (Lumiere Lite) on why its mandatory to be at office each Monday.

A conversation between a Lumière fresher (Lumière Lite) and the Lumière HR Desk (HRD); Lumière Lite is wondering: why do I need to come to office (Nerul) every Monday? I can use my time so much better working from home. Such a waste of time and energy traveling all the way…   HRD: Welcome aboard, Lumière Lite… you will be set alight to bring about your multiplier…   Lumière Lite:…

March 23, 2008