The tak-tak-tak-tak rhythmic sewing machine pedal sounds, the hum and whirr of the pedal and motor in the second bedroom of my parents’ Andheri apartment is a familiar ‘come-home’ sound. The room is in the far end of the flat, west-facing, light and airy.  Cross-ventilated with two windows, and in my parents’ classic generous style, it is my grandparent’s bedroom. The room is fitted with two Godrej cupboards, a ‘mandir’,…

May 8, 2014

Sheela Chitnis and Multiple Sclerosis

Sheela Chitnis is a sparkling jewel in my collection. A bundle of raw energy with silver hair, a stentorian voice, twinkling eyes, she is a woman with a cause. Her cause is Multiple Sclerosis, or MS as she calls it. Until I met her, I only knew two MS’ – MS Subbalaxmi, my Milind Soman, and our Milind Soman.  Vice Chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI), Sheela…

May 30, 2012

The 5 myths Dr. Patankar broke that have helped me lead a happier life

Dr. Nitin Patankar is a health & fitness myth-breaker. He brings fresh perspective on “right” health, for nothing according to him is either good or bad. Practical and realistic, this doctor brings a magical alchemy of logic, science, reason and ultimate good sense. I am a believer and owe 10 years of “right” health to knowing him. Not preachy, never holier-than-thou, his is a method of both, positive & preventive, sustainable good…

March 15, 2012

How Chonquing province in China applies consumer connect with a mandated 10 days living and working with citizen families

P&G initiated the consumer connect culture with its ‘living it, working it’ program where employees need to spend a month living with consumers and working alongside trade. Companies have since seen the value of building consumer centricity. We help train and enabling companies with observing, listening and dialoging with consumers and structure and run their programs. Governments have used tools of marketing research to understand their people better. The English were masters…

June 25, 2011

November Musings

Pondicherry is repose for the spirit. It is a pit-stop in the journey, offering a salve of calm, sitting easily besides the clamour of noisy small town traffic and accumulated garbage. The French Quarters on the Eastern side and the Tamil Quarters on the Western side are separated by a double carriage-way. A distinctive promenade along the Bay of Bengal is an interesting walk. Rocks and small benches make inviting…

November 1, 2007

January Musings

Have a wonderful 2007. New Year is a time for fresh beginnings and nothing fosters a sense of freshness, more than a great holiday. It’s good to be back after a whole 9 days of being on leave. The holiday was refreshing with quality family time. We enjoyed KL and Singapore. I’d like to share a few lessons that Singapore taught me. A significant take away is the ‘Merlion’ the…

September 18, 2007

The Call of Varanasi

Varanasi is a powerful sense imprint. It mesmerizes, overwhelms, and in some sense, unhinges once from the moorings of time and space. A curlous medley of ever-changing with the ancient, the city is a mall of all experiences.   The call of Varanasi has been strident at times, and a low persistent one at others. This piece will do no justice and the incomplete, unfinished sense will prevail. The sense…

May 1, 2007


‘Beware the Ides of March’ – A Wikipedia reference will yield this – In the Roman calendar, the Ides of March was a term used to denote 15 March. The term is still used in a colloquial sense for centuries afterwards to denote the middle of the month. In modern times, the term is best known because of Julius Caesar assassination on the Ides of March in 44 BC. The…

April 2, 2007

February Musings

Lumière is a virtual organization that we founded 10 years ago, primarily as a work opportunity for women professionals who weren’t strictly willing or able to work in a conventional workplace. Does this sound like a social cause? We believe it’s a business cause and a human cause. There are lots of bright professionals out there who might want to get into a work environment that respects them for their…

February 16, 2007

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

“Mind is the Master power that molds and makes, And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills, Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills; He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass; Environment is but his looking-glass.” CONTENTS Foreword 1. Thought and Character 2. Effect of Thought on Circumstances 3. Effect of Thought on Health and the Body 4….

June 19, 2006