(This column was first published on yowoto.)Question: Does a kid ever stop misbehaving?Answer: Even adults don’t.Kids don’t stop misbehaving; they don’t stop doing the things that embarrass their parents. Of course, they don’t keep doing the same things through their growing years. They simply stop one thing that is bugging you and start doing something… Continue reading When to Stop Being Embarrassed of Your Child!
(This column was first published on Yowoto.) I'm sure you’ve heard of the good cop-bad cop routine. You need to watch a few crime movies if you haven’t. This is an integral part of parenting that you're going to fail at if you don’t know how to correctly use this routine with your children. The… Continue reading The Good Cop – Bad Cop Routine
Recent psychology studies have suggested that nostalgia boosts optimism. They're now saying that most nostalgic events are social events, which remind us about people, instances and things that we care about. In effect, this means that being nostalgic is good for you. However, that’s not how I've looked at nostalgia. The dictionary definition of ‘nostalgia’… Continue reading Nostalgia – Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Recently, I read somewhere that the Indian film industry lost a bundle of millions in the last couple of years because of piracy. A few thousand jobs are said to have been lost because of filmi pirates (not the kind who appear on-screen) as well. The article that disclosed these figures failed to mention how… Continue reading No Wonder Film Piracy is Rampant
Title: Sycamore Row Author: John Grisham Publisher: Hachette India ISBN: 978-1-444-77955-4 Genre: Thriller Pages: 550 Source: Personal Copy Rating: 3.5/5 One of the reasons why I look forward to Diwali every year is because it is around this time of the year that a John Grisham novel usually comes out. Apart from the Theodore Boone… Continue reading Book Review – ‘Sycamore Row’ by John Grisham
For someone who hails from a creative field, and is an atheist, this book is my Geeta, Quran and Bible, all rolled into one. The book I refer to is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I am sure The Fountainhead needs no introduction, but for those who have come in late in life, here’s a… Continue reading The Book that Inspires Me Every Day
(This was first published on The TBBE Blog.) “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet says this in William Shakespeare’s legendary play, Romeo & Juliet. By virtue of the message behind it, this quote speaks a million truths. A rose will smell just as… Continue reading Navratri Lessons in the Value of a Brand Name
Whatever Works (2009) will probably not make it to anyone’s list of the finest Woody Allen movies, but it gives out a subtle, yet very relevant message. The gist of this message is the title of the movie, ‘whatever works’. Elaborated, it would be – ‘the purpose of life is to be happy, and you… Continue reading Whatever Works
My son is nearly 3 years old, and I am already under the pressure to ensure that he grows up to be ‘successful’. Life is one big competition and for this kid, it’s already started. Of course, he doesn’t know it yet, but his parents are acutely made aware about it through almost every waking… Continue reading The Problem with Seeking Success
(This article was first published on The TBBE Blog.) ‘Idea’. Often, also called ‘concept’. While I like the word ‘idea’ a lot more (primarily because it’s more basic, and at the same time, encompasses a lot more), both words define what great advertising is all about. I say ‘great advertising’ because all advertising isn’t about… Continue reading Idea + Execution = Great Advertising