Spicy Rasam

Not a cooking or food blog! I just share what's cooking in my mind.

The crux is flayed…

It’s losing face…

The way things are…

It is not in my hold…

My crux is cold…

It is wrenching my soul..

Like a big, ugly ghoul…


It will pass…

I will clear…

‘Cause time runs…

‘Cause time runs…

And you forget…

Everyone forgets…

Potholes, uneven roads, and puddle roads are a common sight during monsoons in India. I’ve always wondered if maybe the authorities did it right, if maybe there was no corruption (I like to day dream), if maybe they get the asphalt formula from other countries (damn! they have great roads), we’ll all be safe from these potential death traps.

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who needs water parks when there is water in the road? Wheeeeeeeeeee

For the past few months, I saw that the road transportation corporation was frantically repairing the roads to prepare them for the monsoons. They re-roaded, revamped and built roads from scratch. I honestly thought this time it would be different (yup! I am naïve). I was wrong.

rainy four wheelers

Keep right you guys!!! Keep right!…. DO NOT Go LEFT… Repeat… DO NOT GO LEFT

Then, I noticed something. The roads do not break and wither because of over use. After they had repaired the roads, all was fine; the roads did not degenerate. After 2 days of rains, the roads started to disintegrate. The gravel was out and the road was breaking. Why?

Seems the roads in India consists of 3 layers: asphalt, gravel and sand mixture, and more asphalt. So, why is asphalt breaking? Because of rain water. Indian rains are harsh. The intensity and the sheer quantity is more. Hence we have a season named after these rains, Monsoons. The key is in the drainage of this copious amount of water (of course we can store it to solve the water problem that seems to be a never-ending struggle in every part of India; let us not discuss that now).

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We don’t just make roads… We change lives…..

The water drainage is the one that is causing the well-laid out roads to wither. The water from the flyovers are draining out of small drainage holes onto the roads below (it is like a waterfall people! But in the middle of the road). The drains in the side of the main highways are not enough. The roads are still water-logged. Apart form this, there is water that drains from the hills and collects on the roads. So, the solution to Indian bad roads is rain water drainage. Seems simple right? It is actually is.

If the government corrects the drains and makes provision to divert rain water to these drains, the roads don’t wither.

I hope the authorities work together and build proper drainage systems and water collection wells, instead of re-repairing the damaged roads. Because repair is a temporary solution. The problem will come back to bite you. Addressing the root of this problem will also be tax-payer money well spent.

A good road is the foundation for hassle-free, free-flowing traffic. It also reduces the commuting time. And we literally save lives (phew! that’s a lot of preaching. Ahhh… I sound like my civics teacher form 6th standard).

And hating rains is not healthy. Because without clean water, there is no tomorrow. I hope by next monsoons, there are provisions to drain water from roads and collect it in mud-walled wells (this solves the problem of decrease in ground water).

I have been working full time for the past 10 years. I’ve been an editor, a writer, technical writer, content strategist, and a research analyst. I’ve tried full-time working and freelancing. And I am going to talk about whether working form home is the best option for women with lots of responsibilities.


Sisters!!!! yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Women do a lot of work. (don’t we?) I do not mean just physical work. We do a lot of management work. We plan, plan, plan, and plan more. We make people execute the plan. We execute them ourselves. We do it all. The mental involvement in any space of family life is more when it comes to a woman. It’s a fact.

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According to my calculations, if I make potato and cauliflower, I can use the same dish for dinner too.

We carry over the same mentality to our work. We plan, remember stuff, work, rework, and pay a hell lot of attention to details. I accept that all women do not function the same and their capabilities differ. And the least that anyone can do to help out is give women a choice of whether to work from home or come to office.

I am talking about a choice because it has to be a choice. Not all women can get work done at home. Some prefer to come to office. And many women work best from home. Like me! My company gives me work form home option once a day in a week. And this has helped me sort my things wonderfully. I work, I mentally manage the home (I literally remember where they key, bat, hand sanitizer, ID card, shaving brush, football, cello tape and glasses are; sometimes I wonder if I should download my conscious into a machine and be these guys’ Alexa).

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I am Alexa and I Connect you and the Government. Ok, no, the Google. Ok, I can’t tell you.

It helps me be in two places at once. A good friend once told me that multi-tasking is bad and we should consciously try not to do it. But my mom told me when I was 13, “Girl! Multi-task. We never have time. So, the only way is to multi-task the hell out of time.” (I am still conflicted. But! Yeah… I do multi-task like hell! Can’t help it. I cook, read, clean and prepare veggies for dinner at the same time. Sigh…).

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Well! tell that to your daughter Arya Mr. Stark.

But, my friend said that on a purely professional perspective. “Do not make egg-plant curry and take a work call woman!”, these were his words. But working from home and mentally managing my home does not feel like multi-tasking. It feels like productivity 100%. At home, I can work without the interference of my phone that I use to manage my home. I have observed that when I work from home, I work more hours (no travel time, not planning the exit, no chit-chats, no banter).

What do you think? Should all companies give the choice to work form home for women? should the choice be given to all? Men and women?

Let me know in the comments.

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