And what it taught me

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” — A.A. Milne

Last year, I shared my story about my serendipitous journey into tech. The catalyst that sparked my personal and professional growth and shaped its arcs and pivots? Disruption.

Sometimes, I unconsciously sought disruption. On other occasions, I relentlessly chased after it. Sometimes, disruption showed up unannounced and unwanted, leaving me no choice but to deal with it. Disruption has borne me many gifts, even if I didn’t appreciate it always.

Disruption allowed me to develop resilience and to appreciate diversity, and powered…


Our trip to Plumas County was primarily to visit the Lassen Volcanic National Park. Though Lassen gets a fraction of the visitors that Yosemite gets, it is equally stunning. This makes Lassen all the more appealing in the social distancing era we live in now.

From ice sheets in July, beautiful alpine lakes and alpine wildflowers to belching mudpots, simmering sulfate rivers and geothermal vents, Lassen has it all. We had only recently become aware that California had a Volcanic park. Lassen is quite different from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which we visited several years ago. Both parks are…


A Calvin and Hobbes book next to a coffee cup
A Calvin and Hobbes book next to a coffee cup

Summer days should be about ‘big fat nothings’.

‘Nothing’ is more restorative to the mind, body and spirit.

Amidst the COVID-19 hullaballoo, this is exactly what we experienced when we explored less frequented parts of Northern California.

First stop Greenville, CA.

We stayed at the Meyer ranch. Its vast expanse, 500 acres of land, framed by mountain ranges is jaw droppingly beautiful. A tapestry of spectacular sights and sounds made for a memorable getaway.

Glorious Sounds!

The contented moos of cattle. The distant rumble of a freight train traversing the plains, almost apologetically breaking the stillness of the countryside.

Birdsong. The gentle…


How I almost didn’t make it and why this story matters

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Two young fish swimming in a river encounter an older fish. The older fish greets them, “Morning, boys, isn’t the water great today?” The two young fish continue onward in silence, when suddenly one of them looks at the other and says, “What the hell is water?”

I started my tech career in the late ’90s, first as a developer for Citibank in India, then as an engineering manager in Singapore and, later, Wall Street. I wrapped up a part-time MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business while on maternity leave, then pivoted to product management on the…

Sajida Kaliyadan

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