Now serving: A healthy, infectious dose of sincerity

By Sandhya D’Mello

An office canteen and the people who serve in them are usually outsourced, unless there is an in-house facility that serves breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. People like myself and many others who have made the office their second home dwell here and most of the time bank on the canteen to faithfully serve us good food; I can for sure cite some examples of the people who served us and left many memories.

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My worldly losses will be found in the afterlife… perhaps

By Anjana Sankar

I have a penchant for losing things. Things appear to disappear from my handbag, from my drawer or my trouser pockets. Earrings, pins, hairbands are usual culprits that are insignificant in their loss. Their departure from my life has not made me blink an eye. Ever. A twitch on my nerves at times. But I swear, I still have tried to be organised and put things meticulously back on designated spots only to later forget where those spots were.

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Can you reply to me with more than just thumbs? Please?

By Keith Pereña

Sending a message across the Internet is one of the privileges we rarely take for granted. Back in ‘my day’ (read: The 1990s) Yahoo’s Messenger was a revelation because my siblings and I were able to speak to our parents who were based in Sharjah — in real-time. They could read our messages as soon as we sent them. There was no need to wait for postcards or worry about what hour of day they would call.

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The grand return of the holiday package deal

By David Light

Similar to Discmans (shouldn’t that be ‘Discmen’?), disposable cameras and Jason Donovan’s TV career, the package holiday looked dead set on being confined to the annals of history. With the introduction of low-cost airlines’ predilection for Web bookings and ‘click here for the best deal’ online hotel portals, come the millennium — millions of you became your own travel agent  tapping away at the computer as fervently as the person in the high street office used to, minus the invariably red blazer and polka-dot tie or scarf. The trend has only increased over the last couple of decades with services such as Airbnb and Skyscanner further enabling travellers to tailor bespoke elements of their trips and phone apps only making the process easier.

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Remembering a genius who made music his soulmate

By Tirtho Banerjee

While on the way to school and back, my young intriguing mind would be invariably drawn to an ‘adult’ poster of The Deep at a cinema hall on Rajpur Road in Dehradun. There was also another poster of the Hindi movie Gharaonda (1977), which appeared staid to a seven-year-old’s eyes. However, one of its songs, Tumhe Ho Na Ho Mujhko To, was so full of zing that I often used to hum it (and still do). Sung by Runa Laila, the track holds a timeless appeal. But few know the man who scored the iconic music for it. Jaidev Verma might have won three National Awards in his career that spanned almost four decades, yet he never got his due and his name has slipped into obscurity.

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