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Beware Arrogance…

The biggest worry in being a ‘do gooder’ is not the risk of stopping the doing of good. It’s getting arrogant about it. Ooh, arrogance, that most insidious of faults! That creeps up on you till you really do believe you’re better than others. And in believing that, you prove that you’re not. Yeah, there’s […]

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Delhi Belly in Pune…

So I guess the Delhi belly phenomenon took a while to hit me, because I didn’t get it till the second last day of this whirlwind tour, here in Pune. Delhi belly is basically vomiting and diarrhea. The runs, you name it. Started with a general feeling of queasiness yesterday morning, and by the time […]

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Bookaroo in Pune…

It’s such a treat to see some of the same faces I got acquainted with at Bookaroo in Delhi! And the wonderful thing is we’ve kind of gotten past that initial euphoria stage, if you know what I mean. One of the things I try very hard NOT to do is to hog a conversation. […]

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Today was supposed to be an in and out trip. Came into Amritsar at about 10 am, did three major presentations and two journalist interviews, and I was supposed to be out on the 8:45 pm flight. Only it got cancelled, so I’m stuck here, and my flight leaves at 3 am, back to Delhi […]

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I think it’s a few minutes past 9 pm and I’m beat. Just thinking of the schedule ahead is making me seriously reconsider my sanity in saying yes. Bangalore was amazing. Or I should say the people were amazing because I actually didn’t get to ‘see’ that much of the place. Oh, I spoke to […]

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Bangalore…

is as hot and steamy as Delhi was cool and dry! It’s been a whirlwind to say the least! Got in yesterday morning, met with the people picking me up without incident, yay!!! And took a bumpy ride into the city. People had told me that Bangalore airport is about 2 hours outside the city, […]

What an experience!

It’s never a good idea to criticize yourself. Especially if people are raving about your presentation. Don’t criticize yourself publicly, don’t diminish their exuberance or their compliments by putting yourself down, but in the privacy of your own room…yes, think of what you did wrong. Analyze, assess, and fix it for next time so it’s […]

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So last night there was a sort of cocktail party/dinner to launch the Bookaroo experience. Members of the press were there, including one of the sponsors of Bookaroo, and it was held on a rooftop veranda/restaurant with the cool night air and occasional fireworks in the area–such a contrast from the night before! All sorts […]

Oh Wow!

India is quite different from Pakistan! Mind you the Pakistan I’m thinking of is twenty years ago. I’m still getting used to being here. Delhi is beautiful! Didn’t imagine it would be so green with huge trees running down the middle of the street and flowers and hedges everywhere, and gardeners dressed in shabby clothes […]

That look in a young boy’s face…

Today I did one of my favourite sets of kids. Not sure why I’m so drawn to inner city kids, but I am. Did my primary presentation for the primary kids and that often tuckers me out! Oh, they can be so squirmy! Of course Big Red Lollipop settled them down. It was so cute […]

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