Who says chicken soup helps get rid of the darn flu?

By Bikram Vohra

You can be the hottest thing on the circuit. You can be lionised, feted, and actually believe you are invincible. That the sun rises to hear you crow. That the thunder in the distance is applause for you. You can travel first class and check-in on Facebook, on the Costa del Sol or skiing in Gstaad. You can have a big bash on your yacht, and open another multi-million dollar factory. You can ask your sycophants to laugh at your jokes and serve you lashings of admiration as you fling your opinions at your underlings. In one fell swoop, it can be up for grabs. Needs a microbe so small your eye cannot see it wreck your illusion of forever and a day.

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What’s your stand on hugging people you have just met?

By Nivriti Butalia

No… noo! God, no, was the reaction of a colleague when I asked what her policy on hugging was. I asked her if she would ever deliberately avoid one — duck a hug, as it were. “No… noo! God, no” (it bears repeating). You should have seen her face. Full drama. But I got my answer. She would never be so rude as to turn away from an incoming hug. But equally, she would never ‘on her own’ initiate one for people who weren’t good friends or family.

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To deliver a great speech, you don’t have to be a showman

By Kelly Clarke

The waft of food being laid out is what first hits. That usually marks the beginning of an impending farewell do in office. Goodbyes are an occasion celebrated in the editorial department. There’s no slipping out the door quietly anymore. Speeches and parting snacks are a must.

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Despite myself, I got some great deals at a mall crawl in Philly

By Deepthi Nair

I am, by no means, a shopaholic. I religiously avoid the mall on weekends, except for when I scamper to get a birthday gift at the ninth hour, or when bitten by the FOMO (fear of missing out) bug, I step out to catch the latest movie everyone’s talking about. Continue reading Despite myself, I got some great deals at a mall crawl in Philly

What do you know about staying loyal to one team?

By Alvin R. Cabral

When LeBron James left his basketball team Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, he was immediately vilified; he couldn’t win a title with them, so he decided to hook up with two all-stars on the Miami Heat. It didn’t help that Cleveland was his hometown. It was enough for fans to curse him and burn his jerseys. Continue reading What do you know about staying loyal to one team?