Repeated surveys have shown that India is among the world's top vacation-deprived countries. Kanika Datta reflects on our work-life balance — the lack thereof that is. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Work-life balance -- or the lack thereof -- is the Next Big Thing in corporate culture, right up there with gender equality. Achieving it is, apparently, such a complex business these days that it demands the services of professionally trained specialists called Life Coaches, with ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'It will be a fine day when we can claim to have institutions in civil society as influential and as popular as ACLU, which is a strong body only because millions of Americans support its values.''When Indians take offence at how other Indians are treated, when we take injustice to others personally, we will begin to make India great,' says Aakar Patel.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Many Americans felt offended by an order of their new president banning immigrants from seven nations.Rediff.com, 1 month ago
StanChart India CEO Zarin Daruwala is building a culture of 'celebrating liabilities,' the tough negotiator tells Niraj Bhatt and Anup Roy over lunch.Illustration: Dominic XavierRediff.com Zarin Daruwala, who took over as Standard Chartered Bank’s India head in April 2016, has had an eventful nine months. The first thing she did after taking charge was to work with a consulting firm on the bank's future strategy. The strategy includes firing up the retail engine, starting off technology ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'I can tell you the case that hurts me the most is the one in which the little boy is forced to sign the Kohinoor over.''You take a mother away from a child, you surround him with grown ups speaking a different language, you tell him he must sign this over or else...' The Kohinoor has raised more controversy in history than any other gem.William Dalrymple and Anita Anand, authors of Kohinoor: The Story of the World's Most Infamous Diamond, tell Rediff.com's Vaihayasi Pande Daniel about the ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'If Amazon's officials had secured their visas through proper paperwork, under what rule or law was Swaraj threatening to cancel them?''If she felt a crime had been committed, as a law abiding citizen she should have registered a first information report or a complaint.'Instead she fired off a twitter fatwa, acting like a despot,' says Aakar Patel.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com India's foreign minister has apparently recovered national pride after making the world's largest online ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Worn down by the prospect of filling up a month-long holiday season with forced cheer and parties, Ashish Sharma stumbled upon a self-harm site. There he found community and comfort. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com It's December, I am on holiday, and I can now state, with some authority, that this is the time of the year when loners and losers camp out most on self-harm websites -- chiefly because they are on holiday too. "Sorry you're here," says the welcome message of a site where ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'As I suspected, I had way, way too much clothing, which you would never know from what I actually wear,' says Mitali Saran.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com The end of the year always triggers my de-cluttering instincts, which are rare, but ruthless. If a baby gets thrown out with the bathwater, that's fine -- the place will be quiet, and I'll get to eat all the Cerelac. So I spent a good portion of last week weeding out my closet. About 95 per cent of it is rubbish, and of that, I ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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