Patronizing the Glass Ceiling

We talk a lot about diversity, inclusion, remaining unbiased at work. There are companies that have started a lot of career programs for women who want to get back to work after a break in careers.

There are also colleges and institutions that offer courses to ready these women who want to take up from where they left off.

The whole spotlight is on that person who has been away, and the world has passed by and it is constantly drummed into her that things have changed.

Well, if that person comes unarmed with professional knowledge and or hands-on work skills, she will never have a chance at getting back in the first place.

But the very fact that she can take it upon herself to get back to the grind knowing the full implications, it should be respected that she has weighed the pros and cons of being back in the place she knew about and has an idea of how the scenario is going to pan out.

But making statements like “We hope you will be able to do this, or It is not the same now as it was when you were working”, is just a way to get away with the fact that often the person who is making a comeback does not need to be trained to get back into the working space, but the working space and the current employees need equal training in accepting them too.

There have been instances where the offices where these women are hired are not ready to take on a person with more experience, but has been on a break

Often the experience the person had before their sabbatical is discounted and they are treated as complete novices. And given that level of work too.

It is also presumed that because she took a break for the family or children, they will always be her priority and work will suffer. This leads to her being given projects that are easy or ‘manageable’.

Besides dealing with the increase influx of office politics and dealing with know it all juniors she must also deal with the insecurities of bosses who would be her peers or juniors had she not strayed from her career path.

And when she decides she wants what she deserves she is given the excuse that she may have to work her way back up.

All said and done she prepared hard for her come back interview, she dug into her previous experiences and she now tries doubly hard to prove her worthiness to people who she in her right mind would not have given the time of the day less alone hired.

But how did the firm prepare itself for welcoming without bias, without being stereotypical, without being patronizing and presumptive in their role that she was on a break and so she is not serious about work.

It is a lot like telling our women to break all shackles and gain freedom but not teaching our men to accept independent free willed women.

And as long as this continues the pressure will always be on the women, independent or not, working or not.


Time to change?

The Swiss watch industry which has had a rough time since last couple of years with the younger generation opting out on buying other luxury goods other than a luxury watch has to probably do without its annual Basel World Watch Fair the coming year.

The downward trend in the industry began in 2015 and every year there are fewer people visiting Baselworld,  Mecca for watch business and admirers alike.

With the launch of Apple’s Smartwatch and other phone companies following suit, the luxury watch industry has been lagging in customer interest.

Watchmakers have started to try limiting their production and marketing their timepieces as the works of craftsmen, hiring young celebrities as brand ambassadors, developing smartwatches to combat the waning market  in bid to revive the interest

The possibility of Baselworld being held in 2019 now looks like a slim chance with  Swatch Group, the fair’s biggest client, with 17 brands deciding not to participate.


Baselworld 2018 was already much smaller than previous years

Following the news of the Swatch groups pullout from the fair comes the resignation of René Kamm CEO for nearly 20 years at the company MCH Group, operator of the Baselworld watch fair.

“The time has come for a change” say René Kamm.

“We don’t need a trade fair. We might do something more creative with other partners that are out there” says Nick Hayek, Swatch Group CEO who is looking for more dynamic ways to connect with partners.

With the upheaval that the Swiss watch industry is facing this comes and a shock to the entire world.

We are hoping though to see the revival in probably a new avatar in another space.

Flowers in her hair

Try these for a nice flowery hairdo.

You can use fresh flowers or artificial one depending on availability.



VENTURA Collection by Hamilton Watches

Elvis Presley first wore the Hamilton Ventura in the 1961 film Blue Hawaii.



Hamilton then decided to make a watch as a faithful tribute to King of Rock and Roll, which made watch-making history as the world’s first electrical, battery-powered watch.

The Hamilton Ventura, with its asymmetric triangular case broke the mould.


The Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Auto breaks challenging new technical and design ground with its steeply sloped crystal and curved dial, contemporary case architecture and intricate attachment fixture.



Stunning contemporary case architecture, intricate design detail and an asymmetric attachment fixture are teamed with a Swiss quartz movement to make a clearly modern statement.

Attached by a black leather band , the watch sits comfortably on the wrist. Just as Elvis’s fusion of country music and rhythm and blues was way ahead of its time, this unisex watch has its eye firmly fixed on the future.

More Watches from the Ventura Collection. You can choose between black rubber, black leather, or a cleverly integrated bracelet that features unusually shaped articulation points to ensure the case flows seamlessly into the bracelet.



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