Republic Day… A beautiful sight or a beautiful thought

My Republic Day The 21-gun salute, the mighty display of weapon power, the army, air force, navy, the air-shows, the dare-devil motorcycle riding, the marches.. that’s Republic Day right. Yes. But it’s incomplete without the individual state parades. Everything is different about the parade of each state… the vibrant mascots, the clothes, the music, the […]

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My letter to Santa – Been Naughty or Nice.


Dear Santa, I used to believe in you Santa. All the tales, the big white beard and the most cuddly belly, your flying over the rooftops, the chimney (even though I’ve never had one in my house ever), the gifts. Everything. I used to try my best to be a nice boy all year round […]

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Top 5 Diwali Rituals revisited

Diwali Rituals

I don’t want to get into Diwali rituals related to the returning of Rama to Ayodhya and how and where it started, as I am not qualified for the same. I am simply revisiting what it meant to the majority of middle-class folks of my generation. The best I thought would be to revisit my […]

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Hindi Poetry: Poem1


I find poetry as another creative form of emotions that are captured inside. I remember writing my first poem when I left India for the first time for higher studies quite some time back. Over the period of time I wrote everytime I wanted to express something and needed an outlet. This poem was one […]

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Harry and Sejal are an Old MISMATCH


Every time there is a movie that comes out with the cultural difference of a Punjabi and Gujarati, it takes me back in time. When Harry met Sejal had the pull to take me back in time but not to a theater. This blog isn’t about movie bashing (already enough being done all over). The […]

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Celebrating 3 Years – Throwback


CELEBRATING THE START A small cramped up office space in an uninhabited old building. One employee just out of MBA school and in his first sales job. That’s where and with what I started as a fresh new entrepreneur on the block with my venture Living Local Magazine. This June of 2017 we are celebrating […]

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Tolerance – What’s Wrong with the World Mama


What is Tolerance? “The ability or willingness to tolerate or accept the existence of opinions or behavior that one dislikes or disagrees with”. That’s how the dictionary defines the word Tolerance. The important part being “that one dislikes or disagrees with”.  Are we humans Tolerant? Are we as humans tolerant by nature? Deep down the […]

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Your Selfish Nature – Embrace it!

Human Nature We as humans are known to be selfish by nature. There is a tendency to question most of the things with respect to what comes in return. “What’s in it for me?” It’s a question that often pops up in our head while we meet new people, gauge new proposals, network and basically […]

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The Calling, The Opportunity and The Twist


“Lucky are those who have a calling in life.” I remember one of college buddies in the USA mentioned this to me 5 years after we both had graduated. He happily took the opportunity to be a Software Engineer and I had just quit my Software Engineering job at IBM to pursue my childhood dream […]

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The Local Chachi

Neighborhood Gossip Back in the days (so I have been told), there would be a neighborhood local Chachi who would be the one processing all neighborhood news and sharing with the ones who cared (or didn’t). I always imagined her sitting on a jute woven charpai (a four-legged cot for gen-Y) sipping chai, surrounded by […]

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