Just as asking a government employee to do something before or after lunch, morning tea, or afternoon tea can get you in trouble, there are other things you should never do either: 1. Never protest when others think you are drunk, insane, stupid, or angry. You will only confirm suspicions. 2. Never admit that your … Continue reading Quick lessons on what not to do in life
“Hi, can I speak to an Arabian?” “Excuse me?” “Hi, I’m trying to reach an Arabian.” “Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I am an Indian.” “No, I mean is this the phone of Mr. An-arabian er… I’m not even going to try to pronounce your last name.” “Ah, if you’re looking for Anirban, … Continue reading How to pronounce Hindu Bengali names
Well, are Indians Asians? You're thinking what kind of idiot poses this silly question. You look at a map or globe and point out India smack in the middle of a humongous landmass marked Asia. Indians are Asians and that is all there is to it. Or is there more? You’re mileage may vary, Dear … Continue reading Are Indians Asians?
Are you currently interested in marketing products? Then this primer is for you. You may enjoy marketing products that customers are already interested in. You may have done your homework and identified the need for a product. Marketing a product in which there customer interest is fine, but where is the challenge? The real challenge … Continue reading A marketing primer for Indians
Do you use any of the terms below? I know I use many of them, but I thought it would be fun to poke fun at the way we talk and write in a professional environment. Business casual: Explain this to me please. A collared shirt is "casual". Now, add a man with a stick … Continue reading A desi take on corporate English
Abstract: The "evil-eye" better known as nazar is a severely detrimental energy field that impacts the well-being of individuals in South Asia. Previously, others have demonstrated the effectiveness of the evil-eye deterring pendant known as Nazar Suraksha Kawach which works by interfering the dangerous frequencies of the evil-eye. However, this is inadequate since the protective … Continue reading Facile technology for warding off the evil-eye: inexpensive “nazar suraksha”
Pappu Patligali was seated with his friends at at a table in the A.C. section of New Aroma Restaurant located just off of National Highway 6. He was visiting India during semester break and he had a few days to enjoy with friends and family before heading back to the US to finish up his … Continue reading How to tip desi-style – a guide to the “baksheesh”