Now you can be paid for doing (wait for it)…nothing!

Last week, a news article caught my eye and I couldn't help chuckling after reading it. Apparently, at least in the land of the rising sun, it's possible to be paid for doing (get this), nothing! Enter Exhibit A -- Mr Shoji Morimoto A new kind of work? Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com Mr. … Continue reading Now you can be paid for doing (wait for it)…nothing!

How one friend’s “telescope” life journey differs from my “microscope” one

I recently had a brief life journey conversation with an old friend in the way most modern folks do today - via a messaging platform. It was unavoidable, not because of the pandemic, but because she lived clear across the world from me. The conversation started because I saw on her social media profile she'd … Continue reading How one friend’s “telescope” life journey differs from my “microscope” one

To slow down time and memory loss? Try ichigo ichie!

By now, these are all-too-familiar scenes in my daily life. I could be walking out from one room in my house en route to another. Or washing my cup right after breakfast. Or I'm whisking from one opened computer window to another on my laptop. Whilst walking, washing or whisking, an idea, memory, random thought, … Continue reading To slow down time and memory loss? Try ichigo ichie!

‘Worth in the Hearth’ — A New Masculine Identity?

On Father’s Day 2021, my musings on the losses and gains of being a stay home dad {A version of this post first appeared here in a local news publication Todayonline. Also, check out a reader's beautifully written and resonating response to my piece here.}When it comes to parenting, one truth remains today: Fathers are, … Continue reading ‘Worth in the Hearth’ — A New Masculine Identity?

Is it “Life AFTER Work” or “Life WITHOUT Work?”

One day, two weeks ago, I was driving my wife to her workplace when I saw an ad on a huge billboard beside the expressway. [Our country's not big on billboards so when there's one, it's really hard to miss] It nearly made me veer off into the highway railings! Somehow, this one looked exceptionally … Continue reading Is it “Life AFTER Work” or “Life WITHOUT Work?”

“Fortitude for Fuel” – musing over First anniversary of my Full-time joblessness

Exactly a year ago today, I said goodbye to my last full-time work, and hello to my second jobless status in 17 years. That morning, I completed the requisite paperwork for my departure, said goodbye to the one and only person in the company who was there to "send me off" (the admin manager), and … Continue reading “Fortitude for Fuel” – musing over First anniversary of my Full-time joblessness

Covid-19 – May humanity not be BAU when it’s over

I woke up this morning to a brilliantly-written news article by the editor and managing director of The Statesman, Mr Ravindra Kumar, that was reproduced in our local papers today. He makes a strong case for people all over the world to learn from our current collective experience of Covid-19, and to do things differently … Continue reading Covid-19 – May humanity not be BAU when it’s over

The day I was floored by the word “unprofessionalism”

What will always go down as one of the lowest moments of my life was when I had to quit my last job. To make matters worse, I hadn't even been at it for more than 15 months! Failure isn't something people want to talk about. Success, yes. Achievements, yes. Accolades, oh bring them on! … Continue reading The day I was floored by the word “unprofessionalism”