Tips For Quarterly Business Review

Introduction

We decide to watch a movie based on the reviews, we also buy goods only after looking into the costumer reviews! These reviews helps build the trust of the buyer and also helps the manufacturer or the producer to change or develop the product according to the requirements of the buyer and increase the sales and profit in the business.

Quarterly Business Review (QBR) is a very simple meet of the Clients. QBR can be referred to as a meeting where the customers and the producers gather once every four months and review or evaluate the performance, credibility, the goals achieved and the measures that can be taken to fasten and escalate the business.

QBR helps in understanding the client’s needs and builds a firm relationship and trust between the producer and the client.

Tips For An Efficient Quarterly Business Review

QBR as said before is essential to understand the needs of the clients which in order helps in the progress and escalation of the profit of the business. QBR also gives data about the previously fulfilled goals, the profits/loss, the budget, income tax details and also the further opportunities of the company in the long run.

Here are few tips for a succesful QBR

  • Make a note of the everything : Yes, make a note of everything just like a personal journal. This helps you not to forget any points or details from the start or the first month. You can refer to these notes before you plan on having a meeting with your clients, by following this step, it makes the whole process ambiguous.
  • Right people : It is nearly impossible to have a QBR meeting with every client. It is essential to identify the right people. A group or a team of people from all the sectors of the concerned firm will be an ideal option as they can provide facts and suggestions they are expertise in.
  • Story-telling : Once you have all the data and the list of the right people you have to invite for the QBR, make sure the data, graphs or discussions includes pictorial representations. You can make it interesting by adding videos and models. During such times story telling mode can be a lot helpful. Also, try not to drag the presentation for long hours.
  • Share Data : The clients attending the QBR should have a brief idea about the topics to be discussed. It also gives time to your clients to make notes and collect additional data or have a brief study of the topics. Also, give details about the schedule of the day. This will help in saving some time during the meet.
  • The discussion : The big day or the D-day. Make sure to comfort your clients by providing all the necessary tools. Emphasis on the structural, operational, statistical and economical data. Donot ignore any aspect mentioned above, throw equal light on every sector of the company. Also, if it is not the first QBR, talk about the previous QBR, about the achieved goals and the outstanding goals. Discussion should be given more importance, by this the hidden opportunities or the problems or the solutions to the current problems can be resolved. While, the previous QBR is discussed, the present senarios should be considered to make changes and create new goals for the future.
  • Results : After the discussion, a report of the outcomes or results of the meeting should be highlighted. Content of the report should be prcise and clear.
  • Celebrate : At the end of the meet, celebrate the success of the previous QBR success or the first QBR joy. Celebrating motivates and builds the relationship between people.

Here, at Pitch.Link, the buyer controls the buying process and personalized areas where the stakeholders can have a discussion on Pitch.Link. It emphasizes on privacy of the users by asking consent on data-sharing and providing two way communication. Pitch.Link also provides a single link option where one can find all the documents, presentations and forms.

Conclusion :

After the QBR, we now have the outcomes with data and results. It is time for the business agents to prioritize and sequence the data. Once the after-work is done, it is time to implement the discussed matters into action. Be flexible and always reachable to the clients even during the implementation process. Being flexible here means being open to the further changes during the process. Stay in touch with the client regularly and seek suggestions. This will make them trust you and the goals you have committed to complete in the course of time.

Lets not forget to start making notes again for the next QBR.

Essential Tips For UI/UX Development

Imagine following a lengthy complicated procedure to perform a simple action! Stressful and quite irritating right?. 1970’s back when the computers were invented, not everyone could use the computers as we do now. Coding was essential to perform even a tiny function. Imagine if everyone had to learn coding to use the computer Java,C, C++ or Python, Ugh we would not have used it at all.

Now what if it was simplified? An interface created by developers and people accessing the web-pages and apps with just a click. Sounds interesting? Yes, that’s when the terms UI and UX was coined. UI and UX developers are the people who do the job of coding and app/web developement to provide simple interface for the users. Let was learn more about UI and UX, its difference and tips to develop. Let us also ensure you, the career as UI/UX developer is booming and will be a great career option too.

UI and UX

From looking into the phone directory to finding the products, reviews of the movie, locations, food joint menus just with a click! How simplified have our lives become. All thanks to the UI/UX developers.

UI is the “User Interface” which are the basic tools and pathway to the desired location or web page. UX is the “User Expirence” where the desired page or product selected by the user is seen. To simplify it we can understand UI and UX as ” UI is the journey or the path taken before arriving at the destination, whereas UX is the expirence or the feeling we go through on arrival at the destination”.

The success of the website or the mobile application completely depends on these user friendly interfaces developed by the UI/UX developers. Less complicated, more users! Let us learn about few essential tips for UI/UX development.

Tips For UI and UX Development

1. Knowing The Users

The sole purpose of gthe designing or developing is to reach the expectations of the users. It is essential to learn about the users and audience. Providing an easy pathway to their desired option or destion is important by knowing what the users want and need. The developer has to keep in mind the user’s goals and their problems, the troubles they face achieving the goals and how one can overcome it.

For instance, when an app is developed for senior peoples’ who have limited knowledge or acess to internet, simplifying the options to a click or a swipe should be considered. Whereas when developing a website or app for the coders or other developers, their requirement and usage shoube be considered as they fuction mostly with their keyboard hence, keyboard shortcuts should be included.

2. Think Like The User

Thinking like the user helps one to understand what the expectations of the users. How the developer can attract, retain and increase the user count for the website and application. It is pivtol to learn about the goals of the user.

For instance, interactions of the users is of two type: Direct and Indirect. Direct interactions is where the user achieves his/her goal by just clicking, swiping, dragging or droping. Idirect interation is where the user draws, types or uses commands to perform fuctions or achieve his/her goals.

3. Tyography and Designs

Using elegant and simple typography where the users does not struggle to read the content is essential o keep them engaged in the web-page. Lesser the ambiguity, greater the response of the user. Design the page accordingly based on the product or the area of the application used. Keep it elegant, not to bright or moody. Do not overdo the designs in order to make it bright.

4. Provide Information

Websites contains Ads, redirecting pages, download fuction and payment options etc. Keep the users informed about these fuctions. Highlight these fuctions, provide disclaimers, warnings and confirmations. Use icons to make it more clear trash can for delete option, arrows as indications to scroll or move to the next page, a shopping bag icon for cart and cash/card symbol for payment function. Also, provide options to correct the mistakes or errors of the users.

5. Content

To create satisfactory content make sure it provides all the information, answers queries and clears doubts of the users. Keep it simple and less ambiguos as possible. Use bold letters for hedings and sub-headings, differnt font size, quoatations and highlight the key points. Learn that quality of the content is more important than the quantity.

6. Testing and Feedback

It is very imprtant to test the designed application regularly and keep a note about its accuracy and efficiency. Testing the application to check if it is achieveing the goals set and updating it from time to time is necessary. Checking for the latest desings and updated formats and fuctions and updating it in the concerned app will draw users making them more curious.

7. Simplify Decision Making

Do not make the users scroll and scroll and scroll! Make the decision making of the users simple. Avoid adding too many pop-ups, ads, newsletter or email requests. As simple as it is defined, providing less User interface helps them make decisions quicker. Keep it simple and short.

8. Inspiration

Keep learning and stay up-to-date regarding the trends and user expectations.

9. Team Management

Remember while designing, you work as a team. Team dynamics is imporatnt as number of designers work on various fuctions on the same application. Make sure to consider the suggestions and rejections of the designers.

Now, that you have learned the basics go ahead and create some interesting designs, learrn, explore and execute! Have fun designing.

Web Application – VUE or Angular or React!

In this new era of web/app development finding new ways and updating the present functions is a tedious task. Achieving the user goals by keeping it simple yet providing every function and solving their problem is the main goal.

JavaScript is considered as the foundation of application development. It is a tiring task to choose the right framework for app development. Be it a beginner or a web developer or a freelancer it is very important to keep in mind the advantages and set backs of the frameworks used in each aspect. Size of the app, time, budget, aims of the project, user goals and available resources are the key factors to be considered.

Let’s get started here!

Vue, Angular and React are the component focused frameworks.

VUE vs Angular vs React

Firstly, we have to consider few questions to compare the three components and to conclude the best for the respective application.

  1. Which JavaScript framework provides better performance?
  2. Which JavaScript framework is more reliable?
  3. Is it easy to find developers for any of the above mentioned frameworks?
  4. Which JavaScript framework is best suitable for small or large applications?
  5. How well we know about the core concepts of the mentioned three frameworks?
  6. Analysis of performance and speed of each framework.

Let us learn briefly about the three frameworks:

Angular: The oldest and biggest among the three frameworks, Angular was developed by Google in 2010. Angular has a lot of built-in features. It is a TypeScript based JavaScript framework. It is tremendously used for building simple or single page applications. There are new versions of angular every two years once. Angular can also be considered as a platform where angular is combined with other frameworks to provide better applications.

React: React was developed by Facebook as open source front end library development in 2013. It simplifies the complicated interfaces used for web development. React is very minimalistic and it is a library to build UI. React is also used to build single page applications. React is widely used in websites resulting in high traffic.

Vue: Evan You an Ex-Google emplyoee developed Vue and has been maintaining it with community support. It has light UI libraru compared to that of Angular but is it highly reliable in the present times. There are number of high performing websites built by using Vue framework. It is the youngest among the three framework and is said to be rapidly growing globally.

The Best- Angular, React or Vue?

  1. Growth and support: As Angular is by google and React is by Facebook, there is no doubt on the growth of the two frameworks. These frameworks are updated regulary and also numerus verions are released for better web development functions. Whereas Vue is maintained by an open source community and there is no fixed pathway which might cause a problem for development of large apps.
  2. Finding Developers: As Angular is the oldest and well established community, it is easier to find developers. Vue is simple to use and many developers are opting Vue framework for development. React on the other hand is a bit complicated as it uses more of JavaScript and it is difficult for the developers to adapt to it. But as JavaScript is more disciplined than HTMl, React can e more reliable. Vue is independant and allows developers to develope the website in an ordered format.
  3. Framework or Library: Angular is also considered as a platform which acts as a foundation to the app development. React is more flexible and allows the developers to perform mixed functions and go out of the box, but React has the high chances of going wrong. Vue is the cleanest of all, it is simple, user-friendly, straight forward and flexible. Vue simplifies the process of web development.
  4. Performance: Compared to the other frameworks, all the three Angular, React and Vue are exceptionally good. It is better not to conclude based on the preformance as Angular is way ahead, React works well and Vue provides grat performance and memory.
  5. Developer-friendly: Angular and React have certain format of functioning and requires immense knowledge in order to use any of these two framework. Vue is comparitvely simple. But, Vue has issues when it has to deal with testing whereas Angular provides clear access for the developers to correct the errors.
  6. One Way Data Flow and Two Way Data Binding: One Way Data Flow is easy to understand as it is managed in one direction. Two Way Data Binding is more complex but gives a clear picture of coding efficieny. Angular uses Two Way Data Binding, React uses One Way Data Flow whereas Vue supports both.

Companines using the above mentioned framework:

  1. Angular: Google, Forbes, weather applicatons etc
  2. React: Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Netflix etc
  3. Vue: GitLab, Alibaba etc

Concluding on what is the best?

Angular framework ca be used to ceate large, complicated applications especially when advance features has to be included. Also for object oriented programing Angular is the best fit.

React framework can be used to develop simple, single paged applications. Especially for JavaScript lovers looking for flexible feaures React does a fine job.

Vue framework can be used for simple, quick app development. It is cleanest of all, easy to learn and the best option for the beginners.

Finally after learning briefly about the three frameworks and the key points to consider, we can conclude that choosing a particular framework soley depends on the kind of project the developer is working on as each framework has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Some Songs and Stories!

I am writing this listening to a few of my favourite songs and, this writeup will go according to the song mood and what I feel while listening to it.
I am a fan of old Hindi songs as my parents listen to it every day and I eventually got used to it and started loving it.

Being a love child of my parents and growing up listening and watching love stories, I do believe in fairytales. I have realised that the real world doesn’t function that way, there are heartbreaks, there is unfaithfulness, there are sorrow and grief, but I still cannot stop myself from thinking and dreaming of my fairytale ending, about the time when I post a picture on Instagram with the caption, “Happily ever after”. All this might sound stupid or crazy to many people reading this but, that is how I want my love story to be, a few adventures, few light moments, silly fights! I want people to gossip about my love life and share stories about it. I am a bit(I think so) filmi.

I love my hair a lot I always wanted to try new things like a new haircut and coloring. My parents never let my hair grow until I revolted literally revolted and said ENOUGH. I always had this veg cut, where the salon aunty would trim my hair and sometimes when I would wear pants and a shirt, people confused me for a boy! But now, I have lengthy, dark and voluminous hair! *Drusti removing*. I flip my hair often I almost sprained my neck trying to get a perfect picture of my hair flip. One day I want to flaunt a black saree with metal jewelry and, I want my hair to grab all the attention.

Everybody has crushes right, I did have one! There was this guy who, I have no clue about. We used to travel on the same bus in the mornings every day, I don’t even know why I had a crush on him. Maybe it was just that teenage hormones or, that I grew up in a girls convent and having guy friends around was not so common. So he used to take the same bus, my friends and I would just look at him every five minutes then get down at our stop and act as nothing happened. It was like khel katam, natak bandh feels. Also, I have no idea if he even knows that species like my friends and I exist.

Letters! Handwritten letters are what I would die for, the idea of expressing your feelings and emotions in words, especially in the form of handwritten letters. I consider it more special because people put efforts into writing. After all, we get conscious about the sentences if they mean as same as our thoughts, handwriting if the other person would like it or understand it. I always wanted to write letters and send it to random addresses and wait for the replies. I will do it for sure!

Filter Kaapi to Mocha Kaffe

As I was waiting at the airport, I got a call from my mom asking me to come back. I wanted to run back home but I decided not to give up. I knew everything would drastically change the very next minute I board the flight.

I never traveled alone, never in an airplane. I did not try that Mexican food I wanted at the restaurant in my city, I did not enter the café that looked so bright and noisy, I did not take those extra classes as I knew none there. I never dared to do anything out of my way.
The first time at the airport and the first flight ever, nobody I knew was there beside me to hold my hand and tell me to relax as the flight took off. I shivered and was scared as hell as I chanted Hanuman Chalisa. I did it. I reached an unknown country that I have to live in. I knew none, not the language or food or anything. The roads did not take me home, it did not lead to my favorite park, not to the restaurant I loved or anywhere I knew. It was a challenge for me. Everything isn’t our cup of coffee, but it is worth tasting! Spit it out if it’s yuck.

The initial days were hard, I wanted to give up everything and run back home. This city was beautiful yet it was not home. I called my mom every day for the first 2 weeks, I cried and cried and cried until my dad called me back and asked me to come back if I wanted to. That is when I realized what I had and what I got. I had super supportive parents and everything that I had dreamt of. I wanted to give a chance to all the efforts I had put to the past one effing year. I made some friends, a few of my dear classmates told me not to worry as I was 30 days, yes, 30 days late to my classes. The Visa process sucks in Mumbai. I enjoyed the classes, the subject was fascinating. I started going around the city, exploring it, slowly but I finally did.

Homesickness was still an issue, I never stayed away from my parents for more than a month, I broke down very often, I could not let my fears out as I trusted none. It was not easy yet it was all that I never wanted to give up on. I had never tried cooking anything except Maggi, but now I cook bassaru to badusha to make my tummy feel good. I was pissed off when I knew I could not drink filter coffee here, the first time I tasted mocha, I spat it and today I am searching for a good mocha coffee maker. I considered drinking alcohol was not good, ew not anymore! From wine to beer as it kept me away from the cold to just relax and sleep. I understood it is not bad if you do not overdo it. Many things as such, which I believed in was not all right.

One year to all the crazy things I decided to do and a few that I actually did. It was all worth it. To the scared as hell to it is all in your head, I am coming out of my fears and comfort zone. It is not easy but it is all that I want now. This place is starting to feel like home.

BENGALURU TO MYSURU (PART 2)

22 June 2015

Everything was new. Home, people, lanes, buses, environment and the city. First day of college, feelings of a girl who lost her way yet having desires in heart. Back at Bengaluru, 14 years I was into an all girl’s institution Cluny, where I didn’t come across or had to make a BOY as a friend. Boys for me were like zombies.

Straight into the gate and the building, I found my way to the Geology department after half an hour of being a maze runner. Less than an hour in the campus I was into a classroom full of zombies, I realized I would be spending the rest of the three years in a class where boys were a majority. This made me regret. I was confused, tensed, scared. I still don’t know what exactly I felt at that moment.

Classes began. Conscious in every act, while introducing myself, sitting, standing, walking and what not! I made a few friends (only grulss), after few months I made friends with the zombies of my class. Everything started to make peace. I became less conscious.

First year! New place, new subjects, teachers alla lecturers, studying daily to alternative days to once a week to only when required, internals, records, few blunders, exams and done.

Second year! Friends, bunking one class/day, canteen, movies, trips, skipping first internals, records, assignments, fights, few more blunders, exams and done.

Final year! Friends and friends, attending one class/day, movies, trips, skipping internals, projects, assignments, average kodi, records, fights, a few more blunders, exams and done. Finally done!

Three years wasn’t easy. It was like a cake walk but the cake was fresh at the beginning, later slippery, the sweetness choked and it went dry. The journey was beautiful with all the ups and downs, turns and swings. Introduction to reality and realization of self worth. No regrets for choosing Mysuru, no regrets for choosing geology, no regrets for being in a class full of zombies.

I miss Bengaluru was constant. Bengaluru was my home, Mysuru gave me another one!

BENGALURU TO MYSURU (PART 1)

17 May 2015, 11:45 pm
Heart beats faster than the local tamte beats, sleepless, scared, anxious and lot of mixed emotions of the next day board results.
18 May 2015 10:00 am
Amma was washing vessels(Indian alarm) which woke me up, I don’t know when I fell asleep. Amma, Appa, Ajji, Thata, Atte & Mava avr maklu and entire clan had one question.

Result yavaga? (At what time are the results out?)

Zoom channel was my usual choice but I changed to TV9 to know about the time of results. The news reader in terrifying tone said, “PUC makala bhavishya indu erd gantege bayalu”.
Biting nails, sessions of crying, saying no to food but had it later and finally around two, I turned on the computer and entered my register number while humming all the sholkas I knew. The results were finally out! SERVER DOWN! I tried and tried, by the time my results were displayed my eyes had tears and chrome had 15 tabs opened. And finally results were out! It was satisfactory(Gwad! Duraase was pouring in) I had scored a century in computer science(the subject I had least interest in) .
Amma, Appa, Ajji, Thatha and entire clan was happy. I was too.
Then came the next question.

Next enu? (What do you want to do next?)

Engineering and medical wasn’t my cup of tea, coffee or anything. I googled and after asking tons of suggestions from everyone elder to me led to interest in geology and finally into Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Geology and Environmental science (Thank god and Mysuru university for providing a combination without mathematics or computer science).
This time question was mine, next enu, as I had to get a nod to move from Bengaluru to Mysuru, which I knew was next to impossible as they wouldn’t let me go alone(Oble magalu You See!) .
Last few days of admissions left, Appa Amma agreed and the application was sent to Yuvaraja’s College. Few days later I had to attend counselling.
Chamundi express, fights with auto driver as he overcharged us. Scared again because I had no plan B if I was rejected a seat.
Principal’s chamber, He asked, “why CGEn?”(Chemistry, Geology and Environmental science), I replied, “I am interested in Geology ” but mentally I knew that I was more interested in studying a combination without mathematics. He warningly replied,”Your the first student to take up this combination”. I did not react.
Seat was confirmed, but my family had to agree to send me to Mysuru. Sigh*.
After sessions of yes, no, not necessary, don’t go and finally to all the best, stay safe and come back, all agreed but I didn’t go alone. Appa Amma came along.
College started the next day I came to Mysuru. Scared again. Uff.
A new journey began with hopes, dreams and responsibilities.

ಅಜ್ಜಿಯ ನೆನಪುಗಳು!

ನಾ ಅಜ್ಜಿಯನ್ನು ಅವ್ವಯಂದೆ ಕರೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಅವಳು ದಪ್ಪವಿದ್ದ ಕಾರಣ ಬೋಂಡುಸ್ (ಬೋಂಡ) ಎಂದು ರೇಗಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಭಾನುವಾರ ಬಂತೆಂದರೆ ಅದೇನೋ ಖುಷಿ, ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ನಾನು ಬೋಂಡುಸ್ ಅವ್ವ ಮನೆಗೆ ಹೋಗ್ತೀನಿ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿಕೊಂಡು ತಿರುಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ಎದ್ದ ಕೂಡಲೇ, “ಅಮ್ಮ ನಾ ಅವ್ವ ಮನೆಗ್ ಹೋಗ್ತೀನಿ” ಅಂತ ಒಂದೇ ಸಮನೆ ಜಪ ಮಾಡ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ಅವ್ವ ಮನೆಗೆ ಹೋದ ತಕ್ಷಣ ಅವಳು ಅಕ್ಕಿ ರೊಟ್ಟಿ, ಚಟ್ನಿ ಪುಡಿ, ಮೊಸರು ಬಡಿಸಿ ತಲೆ ಸವರಿ ತಿನಿಸುತ್ತಿದಳು. ಒಂದು ವಾರದ ಶಾಲೆಯ ಕಥೆಯಲ್ಲ ಕೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಳು. ನಾನು ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಟಸುಪುಸಂದ್ರು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಅರ್ಥವಾಗುವ ಹಾಗೆ ಕೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಳು. ನನಗೆ ತುಂಬ ಇಷ್ಟವಾದ ನುಚ್ಚಕ್ಕಿ ಅನ್ನ ಸಾರು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಡೊಳು. ಮಧ್ಯಾಹ್ನ ಅನ್ನ ಸಾರು, ಮೊಸರನ್ನ ಕಲಸಿ, ಕೈ ತುತ್ತು ಹಾಕಿ, ಕಥೆ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾ ಮಲಗಿಸೊಳು ಅವ್ವ. ಸಂಜೆ ಎದ್ದ ಕೂಡಲೇ ಮುಖ ತೊಳೆದು, ಕೂದಲು ಬಾಚಿ, ತಿನ್ನೋಕೆ ಮಾಡಿದ ಚಕ್ಕುಲಿ, ನಿಪ್ಪಟ್ಟು ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಮುದ್ದು ಮಾಡೋಳು. ಅಷ್ಟೊತಿಗೆ ಅವಳ ಮುಖ ಸಪ್ಪೆಯಾಗಿರುತ್ತಿತು. ನಾನು ಮತ್ತೆ ಮುಂದಿನ ಭಾನುವಾರ ಬರುವೆ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿ, ಅವಳು ಕೊಟ್ಟ ನೂರರ ನೋಟನ್ನು ಬೇಡ ಅನ್ನದೆ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ಈಗ, ಬೋಂಡುಸ್ ಮನೆಗೆ ಹೋದರು ಅವಳಿಲ್ಲಾ, ಅವಳ ಕೈ ತುತ್ತು ಮತ್ತೆ ಎಂದು ನನಗೆ ಸಿಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ, ನನ್ನ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಕಥೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಹೇಳಿದರು ಕೇಳಲು ಅವಳಿಲ್ಲಾ, ಅವಳು ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಕೊನೆಯ ನೂರರ ನೋಟು ನನ್ನ ಬಳಿ ಇಲ್ಲ, ನಾ ಕಾಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಭಾನುವಾರ ಮತ್ತೆ ಬಾರದು.

ಕಲ್ಪನೆಯ ಕಥೆ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಅವಳೆ ಕಲ್ಪನೆಯಾಗಿ ಉಳಿದಳು ನನ್ನ ಬೋಂಡುಸ್.

ಆ ದಿನಗಳು – Those Days !

Wake up it is 7:00 shouts my mom. She pushes me into the bathroom, forces me to brush and finish morning chores. She dresses me, combs my hair the way she wants and then I am in the school bus waving at her.

Back home after school, I freshen up and wear the yellow skirt and blue T-shirt my mom had put on my bed, without uttering a word I wear those and off I go to play. Calling out friends, a group of 8-10 kids join and play a number of games until our parents shout for us to get back home. If we don’t, a stare from her would work wonders.

Homework was done in time, studies done. Was allowed to watch TV (only cartoons) only after homework. After TV, I was into bed.

Sunday’s were fundays, I was taken to barber shop to get a haircut, a bowl on the head and trim on the sides and done. Oiled hair was not a problem then. Afternoon nap and lots of games in the evening and sunday was spent well.

All this was done with no complaints, no arguments or any explanations given by parents.

As a teenager, I got the freedom of choosing my clothes (but the final nod would be my mom’s), same happened with haircuts, threading was like paaap till I was 18, around 15 is when we realized what a crush was and that a kiss wouldn’t make a girl pregnant.

I still remember, during 10th class, while playing truth or dare with friends, one of the girl asked me, “Who’s your crush”, with zero idea what it was, my bestfriend and I shared clueless glances and when we finally understood what a crush was we were giving out random names just for the sake of answering.

We used cuss words such as.. Oops I still can’t tell those out ( swalpa bhaya), the f-word, b-word etc only with the bestfriends. We were introduced with those words only when we were around 16/17. If anyone around us spoke those words loudly, glances and comments were passed.


We knew no technology, we wrote notes by ourselves, we understood various laws and reactions through imaginations, we heard stories from our grandparents, on a ride we asked a hundred questions looking outside the window, we wondered if the moon was following us, we had talks with our parents, our friends and ourselves.

We understood love in its purest form, unadulterated and innocent.

Those were the days we were connected to each other by emotions rather than social media. We knew their struggles than only their fake social media happiness.

We shared stories, we shared lives.
We lived our life the way it had to be lived.

Unfulfilled Dreams and Zero Regrets!

Aerounautical engineering, printed in bold letters on the cover page of the teenager today magazine (book which was talk of the town among teens). The first time I came across an engineering stream other than computer science, Civil and Royal mech. Reading the article, my interest grew over aerospace engineering, development of aircraft and spacecraft. Unfortunately mathematics being a bane of my marksheet, became a huge drawback for my aeronautical dream’s takeoff, and the idea bhad mei gayi!

I was up to par in sketching, painting or being creative, my next jump in career option was fine arts, which I strongly believed that I wouldn’t have to deal with macabre mathematics or consume the deadly physics potion. When I revealed this sketch to my parents, they had a we-will-throw-you-out-but-wont kind of look. They wanted time to think about it, as I child who was not allowed to do adhika prasanga, agreed to give them time, a little more time and more than what is called a little time.
They straight away said NO to fine arts and gave reasons as it would be difficult in finding a job and settling down and many more #metoo kind of reasons. Uff parents!

The best thing I did later, I stopped thinking. I patiently completed my 12th with no idea of what I would do next. One needs guts to have zero ideas on what to do after 12th.
Never worry about the future was my quote of the year!

So, to tell in my local langauge I had full meetru.

PS: I am also living with a bunch of unfulfilled dreams but with no regrets.