Reflections from an Indian Perspective

What Indian Kings and Leaders have in common – “Keep’m Poor!”

As I saw Sengar walking out of the court with a despicable smirk on his ugly face, his expression said “I might have committed the most heinous crime but this is a minor blip and I will soon be back – because in India “Sab Chalta Hai”. How I wish and pray someone had done a Hyderabad on him. And that smirk has pretty much defined the character of this… Read More »What Indian Kings and Leaders have in common – “Keep’m Poor!”

Hopelessness in ‘God’s Own Country’

Being attacked by a arms wielding mob of 150 and running for cover just to stay alive, isn’t something one imagines in ones wildest dreams, least of all see in reality. But the events of 23rdNov 17, have shaken me and my belief on the future of this nation. The company that I work for is known to build and operate some of the finest wellness retreats in the country.… Read More »Hopelessness in ‘God’s Own Country’

Recipe of being a First World Country! Fix these, Fix India!

1. In the silicon valley of the east – Bangalore, I have been to Manipal Hospital atleast 5 times in September to visit my close friends or their family members suffering from dengue. It is surprising and rather interesting that everyone I know between Delhi and Bangalore, knows atleast 2 other people down with dengue. I didn’t know whether to feel amused or sorry when parents of my cousin, suffering from… Read More »Recipe of being a First World Country! Fix these, Fix India!

The only one thing that matters in a Blissful Life

Lets start with a few numbers first to understand the significance of our existence on this planet. If life has been in existence for about 4 billion years, every 80 years there is a complete refresh of entire ‘human’ population and during these 80 years we are one among 7 billion, so by a simple calculation the significance of our existence in relation to life and humanity is about 1.142*10^(-17).… Read More »The only one thing that matters in a Blissful Life

The imminent crash of the Indian housing market and why buying a house is a stupidity

Two incidents moved me recently… Firstly: Just as I was about to tee off at the Milpitas Golf course this September I heard a ‘fore’ and was fascinated to see a fellow golfer tee off from the backyard of his home. I thought what a life/luxury. I realized that this 7200 yarder golf course is inhabited by a mere 50 families and Zillow(the app that correctly dispenses info on real… Read More »The imminent crash of the Indian housing market and why buying a house is a stupidity

Goodbye Dr. Raghuram Rajan

Once upon a time there was a great manager in a great organisation who did wonderfully well. He was there on the basis of his competence and past track record. He had many great predictions to his credit and was a person respected for his knowledge and competence in his subject. His boss though was a typical type A personality, rags to riches, rose to the top of the corporation,… Read More »Goodbye Dr. Raghuram Rajan

Sureshot failure of Ecommerce and its underpinnings in the Indian mindset

A few days back I was oppressively put off by a mountain of garbage on my way to work and this area is Koramangala – The fulcrum of ecommerce revolution in India, with highest per capita in the country,  home to dozens of startups, stone’s throw from the offices of flipkart and Accel partners (the posterboys of ecommerce and PE funds). While my belief in Modi’s Swachh Bharat and Acchhe… Read More »Sureshot failure of Ecommerce and its underpinnings in the Indian mindset

The Futile Rant About Stress and Work-life Balance

Every Sunday newspaper supplement invariably carries an interview of some CEO or a leader with an opinion on work-life balance and how the same has become so vital in today’s busy industrious metro ‘something’ lifestyles.  Advice is freely available that ranges from ideas such as ‘Ways of switching off from work’, ‘The power of saying no’, ‘Taking regular holiday breaks’ to ‘Finding specific time out for hobbies’ and ‘stress management’.  The… Read More »The Futile Rant About Stress and Work-life Balance

Martians, Modi and A Challenge for The PM

For the fear of being left behind I thought it imperative to opine on my Prime Minister for whom I voted and also wanted to write a non economic, easily comprehensible, data-free article that anyone can understand especially my international audience. I haven’t been as amused lately as I am now, looking at the various marketing machineries for Modi who has been creating an aura of invincibility and humbling the… Read More »Martians, Modi and A Challenge for The PM

Negligible marginal utility of Governments

Circa May 2004. I was holidaying in Binagudi (a remote village in West Bengal) when the India Shining Campaign of the incumbent BJP government was almost set to get them back to power and they lost. Congress put up a good show and Sonia Gandhi / Manmohan Singh was set to become the PM. I had intermittent access to television but saw AB Bardhan (Of Communist party that was to… Read More »Negligible marginal utility of Governments