Do we need a dress code at work?

So UBS has finally revamped its much-criticized dress code.  The WSJ reports that the new version is a much more  sober version than the hilarious original dress code. “Men will be required to wear a dark-colored suit, a white shirt and a red tie, and women a female equivalent of this,” Mr. Kern said. The…

Desis targeting US-based desis in scam calls?

The other day I received a call from a man with a strong desi accent who identified himself as “Joseph from the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC”. I have my strong suspicions that FCC officials don’t randomly call people soliciting Do Not Call registry sign-ups, but he had a desi accent, so I decided to…

Toilet humor in the New York Times

Dear New York Times Contributor, The next time you plan to renovate the only bathroom you have in your apartment, consider these options: 1. Please stay in a hotel; 2. Stay with friends/ neighbors/relatives; 3. Take a vacation and travel somewhere; 4. Did I mention – stay in a hotel? Whatever you decide to do,…

Soundbyte thinking

I laughed at her too at first, and everything she says would be funny – if she were a five year old.  She makes me nervous.  She is not Sarah Palin or Miss Teen South Carolina, which, perhaps, is what makes it worse. If you watch the video, you can see she thinks in terms…

Making sense of abstract art

I never took any art appreciation courses in school, and perhaps that’s why I can never understand the finer points of modern abstract art.  No one would need a course to appreciate the Mona Lisa or Monet’s Water Lilies.  Even Fauvism and Expressionism are intelligible to me.  But what exactly are these abstract artists painting? …

Why some Swedes sleep on nail mats

In the land which gave us the Tempurpedic mattress, some people now like to sleep on beds of nails. Here we are in the US, going from Plush to Pillowtop to Europillowtop, sinking deeper and deeper into our mattresses, trying on Memory foams and the ultimate Swedish Tempurpedic mattresses, and the Swedes seem to be…

Barkha Dutt journalism, CNN version

Journalists, it seems to me, sometimes tend to get so caught up in what they are reporting that they don’t realize what they are doing.  One example is of course the reporting during the Mumbai 26/11 terrorist attacks, we ‘ve all heard how some of the things the reporters were saying could have possibly even…