Marketing (oneself)

The (late) mystic, Osho had an interesting observation about humans’ exaggerated display of humility.  He related an incident of a politician attending a rally where one speaker after another came up to the podium and obsequiously extolled the virtues of the chief guest.  Then, the illustrious man himself rose to speak and spent a long …

Expectations

A few of my friends and I met for lunch recently.  Some are now retired and enjoy what they smilingly refer to as a “stress-free life.”  Retirement must work for people!  Most retired folks appear to reverse their aging process, looking younger and more fit!  These informed sources also advise us that they feel liberated, …

Beginnings anew

One year draws to a close.  Another year begins. As children, we were not allowed to stay up late to “ring in the New Year.”  Forbidden activities serve to entice and we tried all sorts of gimmicks to be permitted to hang around later than usual.  For instance, a kids’ sleepover party on December 31 …

Cheers!

In 1974, I was in third year of my engineering course in Delhi.  The last of our semester examinations had just ended and we decided to celebrate.  Money was tight so we bought 3 bottles of Kalyani beer (650 ml each with around 8% alcohol) to be shared between 5 persons.  A “topper” nerd G, …