Open UP: #10

“I am collecting money for an old age home. I have to collect at least Rs. 1000 ($20) a day to get my salary.” “How many people do you speak to in a day?” “About 100. Very few people stop their vehicles. But there are good people and I almost always reach my target.” #OpenUP

Open UP: # 09

“How many coffees you make in a day?” “I prepare around 700 coffees easily in my shift. I am working here since 18 months. So I would have easily served over 250,000 coffees!” “Isn’t that a record?” “Don’t know. I am just doing my job!” #OpenUP

Open UP: # 07

“We work in eight hour shifts. This is our break time.” “Do you like the work?” “Our supervisor is good. We save most of what we earn and send to our families back home.” #OpenUP

Open Up: # 05

“What are you proud of?” “I bought this new auto and am working hard sincerely. I have no bad habits.” “What are you having for lunch today?” “My chikkamma (Mom’s sister) packed me some curd rice.” “Where do you want to be in five years?” “I love cooking and feeding people. I want to start a bakery soon….

Open Up # 04

“Do you remember the happiest moment in your life?” “When I met my wife for the first time.” “Can you share what happened?” ” As it was an arranged marriage, I hadn’t met her before and I was set to meet her for the first time. She walked into the room dressed up in a white…

Revise Diet with Atraeyee Niharchandra

“Can we meet today?”“Yes. How about 9 pm?”“Sounds good. Where?”“IIM Bangalore?”“Okay! See you there.” She comes at 9.30 pm packed in a helmet, scarf, jacket, handbag, with a smile that disarms my restlessness of waiting for 30 mins. As we walk out of the beautiful campus at 2 am, I tell her that she is…

Ahmed – the Comedian Shariff

The humdrum of modern machinery doesn’t let you to question the status quo. Nor do you have a chance to look out of your daily life, step away from the conveyor belt of birth-school-college-job-retire-death. You might think life is boring and there is no getting out of this routine but once in a while you would…

Restaurant Review: Tiffinbox etc.

I love food. I will admit that. I especially love quality food at a good restaurant. Very rarely you would find fine dining with good service and the food tasting finger licking good. When Tiffin Box was selected as a destination to meet up few friends, I had my expectations high and the team at…

Tiger and Vineetha Mokkil – A Happy Place and other stories

Her new book is called A Happy Place and other Stories and is published by Harper Collins. With closer to life characters who respond naturally, more lively and realistic, Vineetha Mokkil is a charm to read. This is what happened when Vineetha talked to Tiger as a part of our author interviews where we catch up with famous…

Tiger and Anumeha Fatehpuria of The Arts in Education

In a world dominated by technological advances where your only source of entertainment is being hooked to your laptop, tablet and TV and when you end up having more meaningful conversations with your spouse, partner, children and parents is on the phone – This little lady in a white top and a floral printed skirt and free…

Shalini and Coffee Mug Ideas

What are your plans for this evening? Where do we go? And then the argument, dilemma, confusion begins. You have multiple solutions for the same problem but most of them want you to login to individual sites which is a tedious process.  Shalini Nautiyal and her Coffee Mug Ideas want to out an end to it by smoothing the…

Tiger and the one who stood against Shiva

I have known Siddhesh Kabe for the last 3 years and have known him as the man in the hat. His blog: Sid-o-scope introduces him as an agent of chaos. Siddhesh is the brain behind the comic series – The Holy Cow. With his first book – The one who stood against Shiva and other…