How not to lose your marbles while freelancing in India ?

When I searched for the origin of the world hustle on Dictionary.com, it showed me that it can be traced back to 17th century Dutch-root. How it’s still going strong in 21st century’s Indian freelancing scenario is totes amazeballs. Well, hustle is the one action I have been lectured on a lot (and rightfully so),…

‘Banjax’ everything and read Tana French

Except few (Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot then; Cormoran Strike now; the classic bengali detectives forever), I don’t really dig into having my favorite fictional, literary sleuth getting repeated. I would rather prefer standalone detective novels that have its police-person/private investigator- diving straight into the heart of the murder, having flashbacks of his/her own tormented life…

A Tale of Two Creepy/Horror Books

When I was a starry-eyed business management student (how the Indian economy made me cynical to MBAs, sigh.), our Business Communication Prof. used to chide us in class- “Read books, you air-heads, for Warren Buffet built his empire by reading books only.” In Quora, it has become sort of Quora-myth that Elon Musk learned how…

My “networking” battle: Lesson learnt, finger burnt

This is a pure ranting post (and bit too personal for my liking). But as the song goes off- a woman gotta do what a woman gotta do. Recently, I came across a Quora post by a Korean tycoon who advised everybody to network, network and network- in order to grow business, to move corporate…

Binging @ Bonolakshmi

The faux nature resorts, the stilted folk-singers sticking to only handful of tunes, heaps of garbage in Kopai river bank and decaying ecology apart, Shantiniketan has little to offer these days.  Or it has, but they only appear in flashes. A dilapidated book-shop called ‘Subarnorekha’ that sells vintage books, the unpretentious tea and sandwich at…

The curious case of neighborhood trolls

In India, hapless politicians make up the primary target group for trolls to assault. Other than them, A-listed Bollywood stars with ‘questionable’ patriotism, cricketer who posts picture with beautiful wife in ‘so-called’ western dress, youth-driven pages with whiffs of feminism- are most loved hunting grounds for trolls. In any case, today, I am not keen…

Eat out@Byloom Cafe

It was a cold, crispy afternoon that was screaming loud for a hot cuppa along with a plate of fries. And what was best to do it in style other than hitting the newly revamped Byloom café? If you are new to Kolkata then remember that Byloom is one of the prominent spots in this…

In love with effeminate men & why they are impossible to resist.

The more I collect grey hair, the less I like hyper-masculinity. Ripped torso, puffed-up muscle don’t bring that pit-in-the-stomach feeling that they used to do. Now I prefer my man (or men, irrespective of their roles in my life) to cook, share household chores or buy tampons (if needed) without labeling them as ‘ladies work’….