Cricket showcases life-changing lessons for Accessibility (A11y).

When the chips are down, you push harder. Here’s what we can learn from India’s historic cricket series win! Who would have thought I would write an article about cricket! I have never been a big fan of the game. The only time I have been a fan is when India played Pakistan. That’s when all work stopped, everyone was glued to their tv screens and we all behaved in ways we cannot really explain. Just pure joy and exhilaration for a few hours! In Continue Reading

We must make time to stand and stare.

We must make time to stand and stare. However, this wisdom came to me after a harrowing experience. It was 4 pm on a Friday afternoon. A particularly busy day with back-to-back meetings in buildings all over the vast office campus. I clutched onto my laptop and sprinted across the courtyard to get to the next meeting. That’s when it happened. I felt it drop. There was no mistaking it. I was 6 months pregnant and I felt the baby drop. I panicked and called Continue Reading

To truly empower young girls we need to get out of their way. Here’s why.

To truly empower young girls we have to start at home. A few days before Thanksgiving, she declared she wanted to do something for families that were impacted by the pandemic. She wanted to do something for the children who wouldn’t be able to get a Thanksgiving meal this year. She didn’t just want to raise money (as she had done with #blacklivesmatter) but wanted to get involved and spring into action. She reached out to a few local non-profits asking them what they needed Continue Reading

What the Gita has taught me about work.

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन । मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भुर्मा ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ॥ Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana, Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani. You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty. –Bhagavad Gita, Chapter II, Verse 47 I don’t consider myself to be a religious person anymore but I was raised in Continue Reading

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Theresa

December was a busy month for all of us. Work, travel, family occupied most of our time. As I was cruising through my endless to do list, my ‘just-turned 12’ year old daughter tapped on my shoulder to declare that she has finally decided what she wanted for Christmas. I was thrilled and eager to find out. What followed was a big surprise and a masterclass in the true spirit of giving. Below is a letter she wrote, Dear ____________, Please consider using my hair Continue Reading

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Passionate, Driven, Ambitious, Most Likely to be CEO are words I heard often when I was in my 20s. It seemed quite achievable to me because I was smart, hardworking and enjoyed the process of learning and mastering anything you threw at me. What has been interesting to observe is the transition I went through as I got older, got married, had kids. That 20-something unstoppable woman turned into a cautious, measured and compromising 40-year-old woman. I don’t regret any of my choices in life. Continue Reading

Do we believe “the promotion gap and the “only”​ experience combine to form a grim picture of women’s progress at work?”​

I have a confession to make. I had a hard time reading ‘Lean In’. I couldn’t finish the book. I wanted to understand that book so badly. It was missing something but I couldn’t quite put a finger on it at that time.  I recently read this article on CNN. – https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/23/success/only-woman-workplace-promotions/index.html “We see the representation of women at the lower manager level getting stuck at around 38% year after year,” she said. “That’s not normal. We know if promotions and hiring were fair overall, Continue Reading

Never give up on your big ideas..here’s why!

The first time I pitched my white space idea to a few colleagues, it was shot down. “This is not a product idea, it’s a blog post,” one guy said. I stood there stunned and a little upset with the reaction. I spent most of my day feeling frustrated. Then it dawned on me that what happened was actually a sign of future success. I tried to recall all the moments in my life when someone told me I couldn’t do something. You are not Continue Reading

Do what you love. Love what you do.

About ten years ago, my husband and I bought a 50 year old Eichler home on a quiet street in Palo Alto. In the ten years we have lived in this home, we have been through eight remodeling projects and three landscaping projects. When people visit, they tell us how much they love our home. Many are inspired by our story and the transformation of this old and original Eichler into this place we call home ! In my eyes, our home has many imperfections. I see Continue Reading