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Yesterday Once More

The other day I received an email from one of my colleagues at BusinessWorld magazine. Well she was more than a colleague, is a cherished friend now. It was her resignation letter, detailed and emotional with a special mention of each team member. I am tempted to copy her words here: Indira, it has been a while since you left BW but it honestly doesn’t seem so.  Working with you has always been a breeze and the most important thing I learnt from you is maintaining a work-life balance. We all miss your stories, and I can confidently say that you are one of the most interesting people I have met. Observing you work has helped me inculcate a news sense and you even made scanning the wires accurately for updates appear seamless. We had the most fun scrolling through Pratibha Patil’s pictures in PTI archives (now that’s what you call alliteration), I think! I know you are just a click away most of the time, something that almost makes the distance between us illusionary. Hope to see you s

Tanishq Ad Is A Clincher

Someone once said the raw material of advertisement is life, but that is true of all creative arts I think. I do not watch much of television but being on Facebook makes me connected to all news Indian through friends. So when I saw the ad on Tanishq attached to friends’ status, I ‘shared’, something I normally refrain from because I do believe over publicity is nauseous nor do I like attaching myself to brands. The new Tanishq ad created by Lowe Lintas India with filmmaker Gauri Shinde has a dusky widowed woman getting married again. As she does the ‘pheras’, a ritual where the bride and bridegroom go around the fire saying their vows, her little daughter asks if she could join the ceremony. The scene is poignant as the new father takes her in his arms and together all three of them complete the ritual. Two things stand out in the ad – the portrayal of a dusky skinned bride in a country where being ‘fair and lovely’ is the benchmark of beauty, and the idea of second marriage i

Meet Melbourne’s Most Honest Cabbie

Lakhwinder Singh Dhillon has been driving a taxi on the roads of Melbourne for the past 11 years. One Wednesday night, when Dhillon reached home, he told his eldest daughter Shabneet, that he had a test that night, one where he passed. Soon after, the days that followed saw Dhillon become the darling of the media well known as Melbourne’s ‘most honest cabbie’. That night Dhillon picked up a group of nine passengers from Little Burke St and dropped them at Crown Casino. Immediately another bunch of 11 people got up to be dropped at another point in the city. When he had finished dropping the two sets of customers he was driving home when he suddenly noticed a bag next to his seat. Confused as to which group the bag belonged to, he opened to check if there were any visiting cards or any clues but instead he was stumped by what he saw – 100,000 worth of cash and casino chips worth 510,000 dollars . Dhillon’s first reaction was panic. “I had never seen such huge bundles of cash