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How to Act Young

Practical advice on staying young. Or faking it. Continue reading

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Internal and External Successes

This an addendum to this series, I want to say a few more words about success in life. If you cannot quite achieve it, what do you do? Cheat like crazy! Continue reading

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Key to Marital Bliss

Here is a short story about how a cowboy found the key to marital bliss. Continue reading

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Replace Halogen with LED

On how I decided to go green. And why I needed antibiotics. And what the Hindi word nasook means. Continue reading

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Retirement — a Wife’s View

Work and life, retirement and eulogy — through allegories. Continue reading

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Deferred Satisfaction

In a world gone hedonistic on us, is it wise to defer your satisfaction? What is the difference between pleasure and happiness? Continue reading

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Languages

Strange facts about the languages we speak. Continue reading

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Am I Pretentious?

Why wouldn’t anybody want to read this blog? Continue reading

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Quiet Me

On why I like to be quiet and keep listening to a world that can’t stop talking. It is prelude to an upcoming review of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Continue reading

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Ridiculous, Annoying and Embarrassing

When our kids turn 13, we turn ridiculous. How do we handle it? Continue reading

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Belle Piece

What do you do when you find yourself a sort of captive audience next to your big boss for a couple of minutes? Be careful about the comments you make as smalltalk!

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English as the Official Language of Europe

Another gem from my email archives…

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A Crazy Language

Here is a piece about the weirdness of the English language that I found on the web some twenty years ago. Continue reading

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Ioanna’s Aisles

Here is a story about the quirkiness of this eccentric language.

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A Chess Game

About a couple of chess games, and about why somebody’s loss can be as satisfying as your win.

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An Office Survival Guide

Pointers in surviving the corporate jungle. Newspaper column in Today on 14 June 2008.

[...] In the unforgiving, dog-eat-dog corporate jungle, you need to be sure of the welcome. More importantly, you need to prove yourself worthy of it. Fear not, I am here to help you through it. And I will gladly accept all credit for your survival, if you care to make it public. But I regret that we (this newspaper, me, our family members, dogs, lawyers and so on) cannot be held responsible for any untoward consequence of applying my suggestions. Come on, you should know better than to base your career on a newspaper column! [...] Continue reading

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Sophistication

How to market sophistication, a la francaise! Newspaper column in Today on 5 Jan 2008.

Sophistication is a French invention. The French are masters when it comes to nurturing, and more importantly, selling sophistication. Think of some expensive (and therefore classy) brands. Chances are that more than half of the ones that spring to mind would be French. And the other half would be distinctly French sounding wannabes. [...] Continue reading

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Office Email Wars

Newspaper column in Today on 1 Sept, 2007.

[...] A normally aggressive soul, on the other hand, may become an obnoxious sender of what are known as stinkers. Stinkers are emails that are meant to inflict humiliation. [...] Continue reading

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Money — Love it or Hate it

This concluding part of the philosophy of money (to appear as a column in the May issue of the Wilmott Magazine) shares my private disappointment that whatever I wrote up may not have been as original as I expected it to be. But the concept of money has been around for a long time now, so I should not dwell on it too much. Continue reading

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Money — Why do We Crave it?

Having looked at the how of money in the last post, here is the why of money in this third post in the my mini-series. Why do we want it so bad? Continue reading

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