Pet Care

The word ‘pet’ just brings up so much. They are called pets because they do not belong to our biological species. We don’t give birth to pets. And yet, they become so much more valuable than a human child. Only someone who has experienced a dog knows that no human can match the unconditional love … Continue reading Pet Care


Preparing for the End

I often talk about this subject in my financial literacy sessions. What does one need to do from a financial angle to prepare for the ultimate truth – your exit from the world? I give below a few pointers and questions. Study the succession laws in your country in detail. Write a will. It can … Continue reading Preparing for the End

Social Media

I don't think I could have built an online profile and identity without the use of social media. I'm not an addict, and do not spend hours on social media. However, I'm able to interact more on this blog and on Quora than social media sites. LinkedIn used to be a great site for posting … Continue reading Social Media


I've never heard of RSV. In the last two years, vested interests have spread a scare about the next wave of Covid impacting kids more than adults. I guess vaccine manufacturers and hoarders have a lot to do with these rumors. An investor on the Shark Tank India show was candid, "If you can create … Continue reading RSV

Inflation in India

The points made by Jim Adams in his informative piece on inflation are well appreciated. He says that lack of competition spurs companies to increase prices. Needless to say, it makes life difficult for the average citizen in any country. The US economy is under global watch, as it has a cascading impact on other … Continue reading Inflation in India

More than a Black Friday

I am a late entrant to the field of budgeting, but wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. I have given in to impulse, all the more when I was transfixed by an item in shop windows. Gifting assumes more serious proportions. I happen to be in an environment, where relationships, affection and devotion are measured … Continue reading More than a Black Friday

Common Sense

We may assume that common sense is acting to achieve a goal, keeping the larger good in mind. The law, religion and etiquette all teach us not to ride roughshod over others in our own interest. Most of us are shocked when we see this basic principle being flouted. Over a period of time, we … Continue reading Common Sense


Your post makes me think about how we define and create our own reality, sticking to the safe and familiar. Knowing too much would create discomfort. A cousin who recently retired said he has taken to reading books on world history, and finds that large sections of mankind have always been racial and cruel. I’d … Continue reading Food

Releasing the dead

The Hindus in India believe that properly performed religious rituals release the soul from ties established in a lifetime. A fortnight in September is designated "Shradha Paksh", when people perform a small religious ritual and feed the monks or poor, to pay respect to the departed souls. Crows are treated as representatives of ancestors for … Continue reading Releasing the dead