You can't expect anything more than a powerpuff presentation from Mohan.
Sanjay, I think the word you mean here is "powderpuff", not "powerpuff."
Literally, a "powderpuff" is a small bag filled with face powder (or a small, soft, broad brush used to apply face powder).
The term then came to be applied to women's sports, or at least those sports normally played by men when played by women. Powderpuff football, powderpuff baseball. It carried the connotation of "soft" and "inconsequential". This sexist term was prevelant until about 1980 in the United States, because women did not regularly participate in sports (or were not given the opportunity to participate).
With the growth of women's sports (following passage of Title 9), the sports usage of "powderpuff" has largely disappeared. Now, it is a derogative meaning "weak", "soft" and "inconsequential".
Your example shows its current use.
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According to Urban Dictionary (which is the only place I could find it), a "powerpuff presentation" is a powerpoint presentation that has flashy stuff and cool pictures but lacks any real substance. In other words, Mohan makes his presentation look cool. It's colorful, flashy, fun to watch perhaps, but it doesn't seem to have a point.
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Powderpuff is the correct word here. Powerpuff is the name of three crime-fighting girls in a cartoon series. If powerpuff is used to refer to things the way you use the term, it is private slang or a mispronunciation, and not in widespread use. Either way, it sounds like a perjorative and should be avoided. It is about like how people use the word "gay" these days. They use it to mean "stupid" and this use offends LGBT people.
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