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Empty Nest

Summer threatens to continue forever, baseball season is on, and the NFL pre-season games are just wrapping up. Planeloads of vacationing families are returning Stateside, Labor Day barbecue grills are sizzling, and guess what? It’s that bitter-sweet time again: back-to-school for thousands of kids. Just last week, I commiserated with a couple of friends who were seeing off their recently graduated High school teenagers to university.

Crane of the Month - Shirin Rizvi Hasan

Shirin Rizvi Hasan heads up Global Clinical Affairs at Covidien (now Medtronic) and lives in the Bay Area, CA. She loves reading, cooking, writing, shopping and working out and is a frequent contributor to Talking Cranes. We love her optimism, her humor and her strong sense of community.

Shirin in her own words......


i do not remember her name but i remember her story.

at a village on the outskirts of jaisalmer, a woman sat washing utensils at a community tap. along with her were many other women, all washing utensils and clothes. with her thick kajal, long red tikka and heavy silver jewellery she had me paying attention. i was drawn in and stopped to talk. “where did you get that payal from?” and then the usual questions followed. was she married? how many kids?

TC talks to Professor  Anne Trefethen, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford versity

Professor Anne Trefethen talks to TC about Women & Leadership

Professor Anne Trefethen, CIO & Pro Vice Chancellor of Oxford University talks to TC about why she chose to become a computer scientist and how women can become collaborative leaders and team builders in the workplace.

TC interview Esther Gokhale - Founder, Gokhale Method

Esther Gokhale on Primal Posture and the end of back pain

'Esther Gokhale founded her Palo Alto, California-based center 20 years ago and has helped thousands of people get free of pain through her application of the Gokhale Method – a systematic process of restoring pain-free posture'

She talks to TC about why and how she sought a solution to severe back problems, and, turning conventional wisdom on its head, developed a methodology based on on the characteristics exhibited in the 'natural' gait of infants or people who live closer to 'the earth'. 

more at: http://gokhalemethod.com

Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi

I happened to pass through Gulbai Tekra in Amdabad (Ahemdabad), during my recent trip to India, and realized Ganesh Chaturthi was around the corner. I remembered always seeing these beautiful Ganesh idols being crafted every year, in this large slum area, starting about 2 months before the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. I told my daughter that this slum is known as Hollywood, not knowing why. My daughter curiously googled this area and to our amusement found that Google maps also lists it as “Hollywood basti”!

My Sister's Wedding

I've always wondered when looking at my parents’ wedding album, why my grandmother was in tears at her own daughter’s nuptials. I didn’t cry at my wedding, but I saw my mom wiping her eyes when she thought no one was looking. The night before my wedding, my heart skipped a beat when my dad told my fiancé ‘I am giving you my heart, take care of her’.  My dad’s eyes were a little moist.

Don't Get Even, Get Grateful

Recently I had a row with someone.

You know how it is, you don’t mean to, but tempers fray and a falling out happens.

It’s human.

The next day I got an email. A very strongly worded and emotional email. It was upsetting.

And for a moment I wanted to hitback, to shout and rage and scream, because of course what they said just wasn’t fair. I wanted to justify myself and point out where it was wrong and to generally shout down this email.

Jugaad (quick fix or innovative solution)

JUGAAD - A new word made a great impact on me when I moved to Delhi a decade ago from my laid back hometown. I was impressed by the way the denizens of the national capital managed things. They rarely said they could not (do something), for there were always ways to make things happen. Later on I realized that this was what Jugaad was all about - anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner.

Good Touch - Bad Touch

The news that a 6-year old at a top Bangalore school became the most recent victim of rape triggered protests and the following response.

Many of us are horrified by the VIBGYOR student RAPE.