While in some cultures a tip is expected or even demanded, in India, it is left entirely up to our not-so-generous hearts! Of late, some restaurants add a “service charge” of 5 to 10% to the invoice, which is supposed to go to the server. I think this is a good practice, except of course, when the server takes it for granted and gives you lousy service in return! Which brings me to the eternal dilemma (at least for most) - whether to tip or not, in those cases where a “service charge” is not included by default.
Christmas is everybody’s favourite time of the year these days, even those who do not understand the true meaning of Christmas, thanks to the commercialization of the ‘Holiday season’ as it’s come to be known!
More often than not, we are caught up in all the material aspects of this festival – new clothes, gifts, expensive food and drink, Christmas trees & Santa Claus – that we forget that above all, Christmas is a season of Love! Jesus (whose teachings are the foundation of Christianity) taught that Love is the only way!
Today was the first time I heard about Jean Kilbourne, and the amazing work she is doing to bring about awareness on how the objectification of women in media and ads is contributing to so many social evils like violence against women, low self esteem, eating disorders, etc. Let's join her in her fight to change the image of women in advertising! Watch this documentary and be amazed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy8yLaoWybk
As I sit on my favourite park bench and soak in the tranquility around me – the greenery, the sunlight filtering through the trees like drops of golden honey, the soft whisper of a light breeze rustling the leaves, children’s laughter in the distance, the amiable chatter of morning walkers, the sweet chirping of mynas – I feel at peace. It may not be a ‘walk in the clouds’, but it’s as close to heaven as you’ll get in a bustling city!
In her perfect world, Annabel Bayer would be a ballerina, writer, painter, musician, philosopher, explorer, chef, wine-taster, all in one! "New experiences get me high, and if I had my way, every day would be an adventure," she says!
Annabel has a natural affinity for the arts, books, music, films, theatre and philosophy, and is something of an epicure when it comes to food and drink; she enjoys trying out new cuisines. "What I look for in every experience, even life, is a deeper meaning - something that appeals to more than just the physical senses."
For now Annabel works as a Procurement Process Engineer at Hewlett-Packard but is happy to be realizing one of those dreams as a writer!