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!

Am I living a “low-desire life”? ABSOLUTELY!

Each time I go for a swim these past few years, I would complete just 20 laps. Usually finished in under 45 minutes, about two to three times a week. Some would say a leisurely life. Why 20 laps only? No rhyme or reason; I could probably do at least ten more if I felt … Continue reading Am I living a “low-desire life”? ABSOLUTELY!

‘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”

Life-Work, not Work-Life Harmony

Dear Citizen’s Panel for Work-Life Harmony Thank you for informing me that I’ve not been picked to join your panel discussions. Having seen it, as well as news of the kickoff session last Saturday, I do feel a tinge of disappointment that I wasn’t selected. This despite the fact that participating would have meant giving up full … Continue reading Life-Work, not Work-Life Harmony