• Lifestyle,  Lounge,  Rostrum,  Yoga

    How did I get consistent with my Yoga practice?

    The Pandemic and the Lockdown Because of the pandemic lockdown last year and being cooped up inside our houses for weeks, it soon became apparent to me that I need to burn my energy & sweat it out by exercising. I restarted taking my walking seriously. As a result, from April last year, I became regular and consistent (7000-9000 feet every day) in my walking on the terrace of my house. The Problem But, I was missing my Yoga routine (for over an hour) which earlier was happening twice or thrice every week for the last two+ decades. I decided to do something about that too. That was surprising to…

  • Flashback,  Lifestyle

    DALDA, once the poor man’s ghee

    The other day, my mom showed me this old plastic container with the familiar yellow colour and the words “DALDA” made on Aug/1982, which she had preserved for decades as her emergency piggybank. For decades whenever we brought to the house any product made outside, she will take a bite and say this tastes like DALDA, it is not good for health, so eat little. Looking back, I think she used the term as a bogeyman to keep our eating in check – as kids we didn’t know to tell the difference between products cooked in Desi Ghee or DALDA and we believed her. In the early 20th century, when…

  • Chennai,  Lifestyle,  Rostrum

    Got my first dose of COVID-19 vaccination

    Yesterday morning I got vaccinated with the first dose of COVAXIN which has been developed and made in India. After a few hours, I got an SMS from Co-Win App, going there I downloaded the vaccinated certificate with a QR code seamlessly. I felt overwhelmed with a lot of emotions: It is unbelievable to think that mankind was able to make a vaccine(s) for a brand-new virus and get it in the arms of people around the world in less than a year. Kudos to all the scientists, healthcare workers and world leaders in making it possible. I am feeling relieved to see the light at the end of the…

  • Lifestyle,  Lounge

    House repair done and I am back

    Glad to return to my house after nearly a month. I had commissioned repair works that included the following for the last four weeks: Water tank repairs (water-proofing), Replace the distribution water pipes and install a new pressure pump, Remodelling my work desk from L shape to straight, changed the direction to have natural light to fall on my face, installed two new tube lights above my monitor and on the sides for even light on my face and chin, Installation of wooden panel on the wall for my stamp collections display, New CAT-6 data cabling and CAT-5 voice cabling throughout the house for Gigabit wired ethernet and Patch Panels,…

  • Lifestyle

    Has Indian eCommerce lost its sparkles?

    I know I am not their target customer. I am already an ecommerce addict. Even then, I find the “Big Billion Days Sale” or the “Great Indian Festival” to have gotten uninteresting to say it kindly. Having window-shopped on Amazon India & Flipkart I hardly found anything worth saving (by buying). If I am going to spend Rs.50,000 on a laptop, why am I going to be attracted by a Rs.500 discount? Or an Amazon Echo Show at Rs.5000 (MRP 8999), when no one will want one even for free. The market analysts might point this to be a healthy sign of ecommerce firms maturing and stopping their deep discounting!…