misplaced nodifier

A WhatsApp conversation. U: "What is the English translation of போர்க்கால அடிப்படை?" S: "War footing" U: "Thanks, S. Is this a noun?" S: "Welcome" U: "Adjective?" S: "Yes" "On a war footing" "Adverb" "Action taken on a war footing" U: "Great" M: "Sorry to differ, S. War footing is a noun. The fact that an article … Continue reading misplaced nodifier


A Valentine’s Day and an Antecedent Accident

Feb 14, 2008. To say it was a Valentine's day is being redundant. It was when many of my colleagues and I were in our early and mid-20s, which made that V-day all the more special. We worked for an organization that believed fun in workplace. So someone proposed the idea of celebrating Valentine's day. I was … Continue reading A Valentine’s Day and an Antecedent Accident


I sent out an official e-mail this morning to a manager. I'm connected to him through dotted lines. My reporting manager thought that the tone of the e-mail should have been different, to which I agreed. I recalled the e-mail. However, a senior manager who was in CC column had read the e-mail as soon … Continue reading Catch-22

Lessons learnt

I recently came across a video and a letter to a forum, both explaining how to control anger and deal with a fuzzy child. I learnt that anger arises out of our helplessness and our inability to keep the situation under control. The letter advised that the children should be made to understand the problem … Continue reading Lessons learnt

amusing abbreviations

I came across the abbreviation MEXT, which stands for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. You expect the abbreviation to be MECSST. Someone was ingenious, thought MECSST was boring, and suggested MEXT - the way MECSST will be pronounced as a word. That is something cool. And someone is inspired by the … Continue reading amusing abbreviations