Zuri – Marvelous Mystery Mutt and a dog well travelled!


Zuri came to us when she was just about 9 months old. We adopted her from the Humane Society in Champaign, Illinois. When Zuri became part of our family, she had no idea that her life would be so adventurous – frankly neither did we!


Through the years, friends, strangers, and veterinarians told us something about Zuri. Maybe she’s Border Collie, maybe German Shepherd, maybe Irish Setter. To us, she was always just Zuri – a marvelous mystery mutt who always loved us!


Just a few days after Zuri came to live with us we realized that Pizza was definitely her favourite thing in the world, this continued to be the case despite her travels and other fine meals!




We also realized that the blue octopus (Called Octopy!), belonging to her best friend Tashi was certainly her nemesis!



When she was three, Zuri moved from the snow-covered fields in the prairies of Illinois to the heat of Texas.


She adapted like a champ! As in her younger days, her love for Tashi, pizza, and making new friends continued. She made many a friend in the new cities we travelled to – both canine and human!


Many years later Zuri got to take a long plane trip to India! We landed exhausted and relieved in Chennai and drove to Hyderabad.

In Hyderabad, Zuri quickly became the dada of the neighbourhood since she was twice as big as the other dogs there – she was quite thrilled with this newfound leadership. Her most favourite thing in Hyderabad was the auto rides we took to Hussain Sagar Lake park! We were quite happy that she loved the auto some of our auto drivers weren’t quite as happy.


Now, Zuri is back in Austin, Texas, United States. She loves long walks and usually leads me on new adventures under the Live Oak trees that line the Austin trails.


Through our travels together, the one thing I’ve known is that I will always have love, licks, and hugs to come home to! This is one friend who will always stand by my side and I hope she knows that of me.

Trace Zuri’s journey on the map! Here are the many places she’s been too!

  • Champaign, Illinois, United States
  • Lafayette, Indiana, United States
  • Kickapoo, Illinois, United States
  • Texarkana, Arkansas, United States
  • Houston, Texas, United States
  • Galveston, Texas, United States
  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Hyderabad, Telangana, India
  • Austin, Texas







The August Fest: Startup Chai

The purpose of Startup Chai was to create a forum where everyone could converse with each other – the entire space is the stage and all the participants are the experts & speakers!


Saturday, August 30th was filled with lively conversations – both scheduled and unscheduled. 

We requested folks to suggest their own sessions. We received almost 20 proposals and many votes. After counting & collating, we picked the three most voted for sessions and here they are!!



Sunday, August 31

10:00 am: Idea to entrepreneur

11:30am: Design + Startup

2pm: Python Love (The programming language, maybe snakes too)

4pm: Feminist Geekdom (Yes, men are welcome too)

5:30pm: Internet of Things

Join us at theaugufest.com


Dog Biscuits – Tried & Tested!


  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. 2 grated carrots
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 cup chicken liver (250 grams)
  6. 1 tablespoon honey


  • Preheat over to 350°F or 175°C
  • Clean and blend the chicken livers (Quite yucky. Vegetarians…. brace yourself!)
  • Add all dry ingredients and mix well (ingredients 1 – 3 above)
  • Now add the liquids and mix well (ingredients 4 – 6 above)
  • Spread to about 3/4 cm thick on a cookie sheet or plate (I have to use two)
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Remove from the over & slice into squares or rectangles. Separate them
  • Back for another 10 minutes (depending on your oven you may need to bake a little longer)
  • Since this is the first time baking this batch, I’ve refrigerated most and kept a few out to see how long they hold up. 

Voila.. now your canine loves you just a little more (if that was even possible)!

Here are three happy customers.

On Giving Kudos

Last night I received a little note:

Wow! Nice job kid. 🙂

That one line went such a long way. I was willing to work harder and felt happy while doing so.

So for all you managers and non-managers out there, don’t be so tight fisted with your praise.

Let your friends, colleagues, and employees know when they’ve done a good job.. be ecstatic, use adjectives you wouldn’t normally use, show your love!

Feel free to plagiarize from the phrases below 🙂

  • Thank you! (We never say this often enough, and use exclamations!!)
  • Amazing work
  • You’re the best
  • You’re a rockstar
  • Awesome!
  • WOW!

Give it a try and see if it works.

The Best Product Manager: Hustler, Designer, Hacker

I was invited to be a guest blogger for  Juice Analytics. Michel Guillet, Product Manager at Juice wrote up a nice introduction to my article:

Much of what makes a great product manager is empathy and a desire to serve others. Tulsi demonstrates these qualities better than most I’ve come across.  As you will see below, her passion for design as part of product management is only surpassed by that for her customers, products and causes.  Oh, and there is usually much laughter involved. Enjoy and feel free to reach out to her at http://about.me/tulsid.

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