Even as the worldwide economic crisis continues unabated, the potential trauma of losing everything you once owned is causing many to reassess their lives. Others are doing it for entirely different reasons.
“Teaching is my passion. Initially, I wanted to teach at a college. Then I said to myself, even a tutorial class is ok. Later, a school job is ok. Now, I say any job is ok! I feel so demeaned in lowering my ambitions, but I have to survive. I need a job, any job.”
From aspiration to desperation, this is the trajectory of Seema Pushkar, a young middle class girl from the commercial capital of India, Mumbai. She has a Masters degree with distinction in science and two years of unemployment behind her.
As a recent migrant to the Bay area in California, I have new eyes and a steep learning curve.
Being a parent of an 8th Grader who will transit to the all-important High School next year, I have got sucked, unwittingly, into the existential situation of the Bay area High School Asian parent. Having recently moved my son from a community public secondary school in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside, the brouhaha about college admissions here has taken me by surprise.
I have been following the debate (or lack of it) on the proposed legislation to introduce quotas for women on corporate boards in EU. Since women constitute half of the population, they also must constitute an equal half on the company boards goes the argument.
Board participation is an interestingly selective metric to choose for a cause as universal and axiomatic as the principle of Equality. It almost sounds partisan at a time when unemployment amongst both men and women is at demoralizing highs in UK and all over Europe.
Neelambika Kasad is a journalist, philosopher and poet with over a decade of experience in journalism, business communication and academics. She is passionate about her many interests including philosophy, personal finance, media, holistic therapies, quantum healing and writing occasional poetry.....and of course, her family, friends and the community.
Neelambika has worked as Features-Editor at The Financial Express (Mumbai) and taught Philosophy to graduate students at the KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce in Mumbai. She also taught Business Journalism at the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune. She holds a Post Graduate degree in Philosophy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism, both from the University of Bombay. She is a qualified Pranic and Reiki healer. Neelambika recently moved from Reading, United Kingdom to Cupertino, California, where she lives with her son and husband.
Neelambika Kasad, works internationally as a Personal Life Coach to empower people to achieve personal and professional breakthroughs to help them enjoy their lives to the fullest!