Life without a phone call
an officer’s brush with reality
Jagmohan Singh Raju
happens in India without a phone call. Even for mundane affairs of life
like issuing of a ration card or a driving licence or correction of an
erratic electricity bill, one requires intervention from above or ‘appeasement’
at the lower level". This is an oft-heard grouse of the common man.
I, like my many other colleagues, had adamantly refused to give
credence to these outbursts of public criticism, for we as
privileged members of the government and society never
experience any such discomfiture.
the next Valentine’s Day
you have had no one to whisk you away for a Valentine’s break, take heart. A
comprehensive survey of three colleagues conducted at lunchtime revealed that
these romantic escapes are more likely to end in black looks over the luggage
carousel than tango dancing in the rain along the banks of the Seine.
MAKING A MARK
swears by two ingredients that allow you to experience the sweet taste
of success. "If you have commitment and focus, everything falls
into place. Though, of course, destiny too is an important
factor," remarks jewellery designer Roopa Vohra, who has revived thewa
— the Mughal art of fusing 23-carat gold on molten glass to
produce exotic designs in jewellery and artefacts.
are the worst sufferers of the day-to-day stress. Stress has a direct
and indirect influence on the quality of life and close relationships.
Find out whether you are showing the
signs of stress. For each statement below write a T if that statement
holds true for you and F if it does not.