I was 21 when I wanted to become a product manager.
I was a software engineer in Chennai, India, working for a company that manufactured HVAC systems. As a fresh college graduate, I wanted to understand how what I was working on was making a difference to the world!
One year into my job, my team hired a product manager. He used to talk to building operators and site managers who were actually using my software, and pass on real, human feedback from them back to my team. …
I discovered Shel Silverstein at the ripe age of 28.
I was at Moe’s bookstore in Berkeley and came across Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein. I read a few poems. They were deceptively simple, and grabbed me by the heart. I brought the book home.
I was at a point in my life where I’d just achieved a major life goal — graduating with a masters degree from my dream university. Surprisingly, graduating didn’t make me feel happy or calm. I felt oddly deflated.
That’s when I read The Search.
I went to find the pot of gold
That’s waiting where the rainbow ends.
I searched and searched and searched and…
I am chopping mushrooms for dinner. Asian style noodles in coconut milk. The groceries were delivered just a few hours ago, by a man in a mask.
It’s 2020, and the virus is at large in San Francisco.
My kitchen is sterile. Spotless.
Chop, chop, chop. Dice, dice, dice. One perfectly smooth mushroom after another pops out of a shrink wrapped plastic container.
It has been three months since I left my neighborhood.
Yet, I have miraculously stayed well fed.
It’s expensive. I just paid $103 dollars for fruit and vegetables.
Perhaps I should grow food.
I looked up “potting soil” on Amazon the other day, and learnt there are several kinds. …