Women Leaders – Series 1

It’s been on my mind to write about enterprising gals who want to make it on their own. NaMo supporting the Make in India drive, I couldn’t help noticing the budding or blossomed bouquet of ladies who are creating a niche for themselves.

This series is gonna be my experiences with fascinating ladies who took a break from their main stream career or who decided to just BE Themselves. Some gals I admire.

Madhura has a natural inclination towards arts. She has choreographed dances for kids and ladies alike. Every dance choreographed by her has more depth than what meets the eye.

From making kids Patriotic in one year and making a recap of Bahubali the other, the creative director in her definitely screams out.

One year it was the ladies coming together for #MileSurMeraTumhara and this year about #womenempowerment and recognising the #streeshakti and divine powers within every lady. It was a group effort and it was a visual treat.

Madhura’s latest venture is #SilverStories . This took of as a very simple jewellery group , it is now being re-branded as #designyourjewellery #refurbishyouroldjewellery #createamakeover at #affordable #rates.

Last week I was confused what to wear with my latest saree, lo she created 3 options. The advantage of being the next door I had an option to wear what suited my frame of mind in the morning.

I proudly present Madhura Magdum to my friends. You can WhatsApp her for your jewellery needs. It’s a gifting season specially for the women in your life…

Trust me she can create interesting stuff, to top you design it in your mind and she will create it for you!

Wishing Madhura the best in her new venture. As we venture out this week celebrating the Women around ,let me wish this lady abundance good fortune her way !

#MakeinIndia #Silverstories #womenenterpreneurs #emergingwomen


Cast Finally Away

This blog is a rather long dreary unplanned one just like the Cast which was cast over me.

A lovely wintry weekend morning, the usual urge to remain fit pushed me out for a morning walk. However that morning  I was far too excited to try my jogging as the overly publicised SCMM was few weeks away. I  desperately needed to make it to the “Dream Run” ! Little did I know that the Dream Run was a Nightmare round the corner!

For a 40+ , the ideal way was  to take the elevator , however the overtly enthusiast A+ personality decided to tide against time and use the stairs and top it by racing her teen son. Three floors down,I was leading and then the thump and the twist, thankfully I did not topple down. The ‘ouch’ made sonny worried!” Its ok mamma “lifted the spirited mom and continued limping down and in no time walking and then a few jog to push the young chap to run further. After a few hours of usual weekend chores and drive, I realised the pain needed the doctors attention.

The OT room sounds deadly but that was where I was (it being a casualty room) the Doctor categorically said “Madam, yes you will have to be on this ‘cast’ for atleast a month”! These words hit me and I was in for the shocker shock of this year! I asked him in many words if this is really a fracture, as what had happened was  a twist in my routine, pun intended!

This episode was really getting serious, month end, my bosses and my family out there who were totally unawares , worried me. All said and done, I was wrapped up in my first and I called my angel bro to get me picked up, another pun. Two sweet assistants stretched me till the car and lo my hulk bro lifted and dumped me in. Knowing the selfie freak , he clicked me with my first cast as soon as I stepped out!

Within few days, I was out to work with my walker. The feeling was similar to having a new toy, from excitement and then to embarrassment! I  remembered my Doctors words, use this walker  for yourself and not to shield LKK  syndrome ( log kya kehenge) just ignore and walk with confidence.


I am indeed blessed to be surrounded with wonderful people, my boss, my colleagues who walked up to me for anything. I did not have to throw my weight (pun again) around over the last month. For this  I also heard a comment that I will have to start walking soon to shed those extra pounds 😉

This experience has humbled me, from the chauffeur who would open the door, to the security guard who would support me to climb the only step I encountered, the lift man and the assistant who was a call away also! Needless to mention all those lovely folks who smiled and gave me get well soon messages.

In the midst of the excitement I was very sad that my first cast was incomplete, as not many wrote. Well as the saying goes, the once who was meant to write the first special note, did come my creative bro, who in fraction of a minute drew the episode which was endearing, followed with loving comments by others and my son’s GWS Mom and a signature from another one. Not many had written, either out of lack of knowledge or for not giving me the pleasure for filling my first cast 😉 It was as emotional ‘cos my first cast was adhura..mera pehla cast adhura hi reh gaya (kkhh)

God had better plans for me and I got a new trendy cast and I was happy again. But the shy me never went asking for autographs and the fearless once expressed their love anyways. The second cast had some exciting messages!! The millenials are indeed trendy – love them! My creative niece scribbled it up and made up for all the blank part!

Mid November I made certain comments that December is a busy month with many social evenings, and I would have to cancel certain plans, destiny darling made sure he made my wish come true , that no such plans happened. The episode was not too traumatic nor dramatic to be shared with many close friends, so the news was shared almost as soon as I recovered.

All those reading this will have some thoughts coming up their mind, the Nautanki at her worst again , but then that’s me 😉

This long dreary post is for all those who would have loved to scribble for me, but I wanted to save you the trouble of writing, for such cute friends, key in your comments!

My Secret Santa sent me this stick in advance to walk through the worries away to the new welcoming year. I pray that your Secret Santa showers you with wonderful presents along the way.

As the last week of this wonderful year comes with many of my firsts of 2016, here I cast my first cast away.



Make your Acronym work for you



There is more to it than what meets the eye or the words that you hear. Read on to unravel how KK fought the mighty war of Procrastination and some more truths along..

Acronym, as we know is an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a Word. Acronyms were always used to memorize difficult words. VIBGYOR and BODMAS have been  effective acronyms in our early days . Many of us still use it to crack a problem without gadgets or google around us.

In an age of  fast cars, racing bikes , fast food and constant distractions it becomes difficult to catch up attention of fellow mates and get things done.   Leadership styles are  changing.   Age or experience is no longer a criteria for gaining respect from team mates.  In the start up era where the CEO and co-workers   work  hand  in hand , the formal  mode of communication and processes take a short cut.

Apart from the commonly used words like GBTW ( Get back to Work ) , I coined catchy Acronyms to grab the attention and get things done

When the team is new or if you are managing the millennials of today, you cannot drag them from the coffee machine or  chai ki tapri to the work station. Conventional  motivational methods does help. However, without  getting into a battle of words, I developed my mechanism to build up a rapport of friendship and trust.

One of my favorite acronym which I coined with my team mates  is    KK  (Khatam Kar – (Hindi translation – Finish it) I would say lets KK (Lets get it done with!)  Now here I could convey the message and express the urgency. When we are in the rush of setting up things, we really do not have the luxury of not deciding, so KK was my answer to procrastination.

Some common local lingual to fall out of  the trap of societal or peer pressure was to rise above  LKK mode (Log Kya Kehenge- hindi translation what will people say?).

Having work related acronyms –

  1. Is one of the best ice breakers
  2. Acts as unwritten code of conduct within team.
  3. It improves bonding among  team mates as it becomes a private slang or private code.
  4. It breaks the barrier of communication and lightens the atmosphere.

I am sure this little piece will give you a subtle way of conveying messages assertively  build up an informal culture of camaraderie .

On my personal front, KK helped me and my son to complete lot of milestones and  projects on time 🙂

So what’s the Acronym you just coined in your mind ? Do share 🙂

Make everything as simple as possible , not simpler – Albert Einstein

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Reverse Mentoring

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We always long for something which we never had, once you get it our heart wants more of it. Mentoring has been a favorite topic very close to my heart , this could be because I never had a mentor who could guide me during my initial career days.

A mentor is defined as “a person who gives a younger or less experienced person help and advice over a period of time, especially at work or school.”

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