A Fleeting Encounter with London

Before I tell you about my time in London, I think my story about how I got to go to London is definitely worth sharing. After having not received my passport back in time from the UK consulate in New York to speak at a conference in Bangalore, I was sure that I would not like London since its consulate in the US was a very poor representation of the country. In a desperate attempt to see if I could get my passport back in time to join the rest of my team in London, I wrote an email to a random email address I found in a Yelp review expressing my frustration with the UK consulates process. I didn’t expect it to work considering many had written but never heard back from them. Yes, applying for a UK visa in the US is the worst possible experience I have ever had. But, hey! the 500 words email which I wrote as an advocate to all those in my shoes, received this reply on December 3rd. 

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Wildflower

Recently, I have been feeling the pain of betrayal. While I grew up, my dad always praised my achievements and my progress in life but always ended by saying, “Don’t forget where you came from.” I never thought about it much back then but now, I realized that its not just a reminder that home is important but also a way of warning me that when I asked questions and opened myself up to things in life, they would change me.

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Jack-o’-Lanterns started with Stingy Jack

Happy Halloween, Everyone! ๐ŸŽƒ

Every year at this time, houses in the US and globally are decorated with orange gourds with scary faces carved in them. Jack-o’-Lanterns as they are called are actually an Irish Myth which was adopted in the US. Originally the lanterns were made from turnips and potatoes. Since pumpkins are native to America, they were adopted over the years to make the lanterns.

Read on if you want to know the story of how this tradition came about ๐ŸŽƒย –

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The Catcher in the Rye

One of the books which has been on my to-read list for a very long time. After having read it now, I understand why itโ€™s a classic. Described usually as a coming of age book recommended to teenagers, I think it can mean something to everyone who reads it at any age. Itโ€™s a beautifully written book exploring the mind of a person who rejects the world for what it is.

First, let me tell you this, Holden Caulfield is not everyone’s cup of tea. Sixteen years old, Holden at different parts in the book seems like a wise soul stuck in the body of a teenager. Everybody, Holden says, accuses him of acting like a twelve year old. Read More »

So, Magic has rules?

On one of my trips to the library a few months ago, I saw The Rules of Magic in the new books section. It caught my eye because of a bright yellow cover and also because of โ€œmagicโ€ in the title. After I got home, I googled the book and read that it was a prequel to another popular book by Alice Hoffman called Practical Magic. Practical Magic was written in 1995 and was made into a movie starring Sandra Bullock Read More »

Re-evaluating Women in Tech

Recently, a friend of mine sent me a link to a Women in Tech event and asked me if I wanted to attend it. A look at the agenda and the speakers lined up got me thinking of what we consider women in tech to be . As a resident of the Silicon Valley where there’s a tech company every few blocks, I know that the perception an outsider has is that everyone who works here is “technical”. ย But for someone who works in this industry I know that isn’t the case. Read More »