Suchi Govindarajan


Suchi Govindarajan works as a technical writer. In her spare time, she does freelance writing and editing, and also volunteers with the Spastics Society of Karnataka. You can follow her on twitter: @suchiswriting

Double trouble

Lady, are you looking for my shop? Because I think I am looking for you,” said the man outside the sweet shop in Istanbul as he snipped off a piece of Turkish Delight and offered it to me. For the uninitiated, Turkish Delight is like a more user-friendly and colourful version of our halwa. Like many Turkish sweets, it is filled with nuts, and this nicely breaks up what scientists term the ooey-gooey texture.

Soothing jingle of Tiranga bangles

A number of important innovations have been reported recently, setting the tone for a resplendent 2013. To start with, two students from Surathkal have come up with the idea of manufacturing student notebooks that carry ads. That’s right. Because there isn’t enough advertising in this country.

There’s something about techies

Many years ago, I worked in a charming little software company. Like every other software company in India, we had American clients, good salaries, and an appalling sense of fashion. We also seemed to have a lot of trouble understanding the concept of time.

A lament for old-style airports

Beautiful buildings, sheltered walkways and toilets so clean you could eat your meals off the floor (as my grandmother would say). This is no foreign country, but, in fact, namma Bengaluru airport.

Watch out. Elders’ lifestyle a-changing

Pre-Diwali spring cleaning was in full swing at home when my dad handed me a stack of spotless cotton dhotis. “For donation,” he said, “Nowadays, I am preferring to wear these 3/4th pants at home. Very practical.

The singing and sundal scam

A few months ago, the husband and I got to travel to Australia’s beautiful but remote Kimberley region. We were huddled around a campfire with Australia’s finest (which is to say, retirees with lots of time and money), exchanging some lively banter, when my husband leaned across to me and whispered, “This is a miracle.

Faulty towers: Our right to be offended

Not a day goes by without someone being offended by something that was said or done. What exactly is going on? Is the number of offensive people on the rise? I put the blame squarely on our education system. For years, parents and teachers have taught kids to be honest and upright — and look where that has got us. Even our moral science stories are misguided.

Confessions of an Indian patient

I got a rude shock the other day. I went to see a doctor and she did several appalling things that you would never expect a self-respecting doctor to do. First, she saw me on time. Then, she explained clearly what was wrong and actually wrote out a simple, human-readable prescription. I was so flustered that I had to come home and lie down for a bit.

The great Indian wedding

Is there anything we Indians love more than a wedding? We are always ready to go to one, conduct one or, even better, hound unsuspecting young adults into one. Everyone is happy at a wedding, especially the two stars of the day: the photographer and the priest.

The great Indian road trick

Do you feel stressed, worn out and defeated by the traffic? Are you looking for a new route to enlightenment? The Art of Driving (AOD) philosophy can unlock secret pathways in your brain and help you absorb positive emissions from other vehicles when you are on the road. In just a few days, you will be wiping the smudges off the windscreen of your life and revelling in the beauty that is Indian traffic.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

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