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How to write an open letter – the trolls guide

The world is a sucker for open-letters. Poor quality of writing or poor arguments haven’t dissuaded people from consuming or publishing them in ever greater numbers. Maybe there is an open-letter inside of you too. I have discovered some golden rules that will help you launch your own assault on the sensibilities of the world through […]

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Pothole flagged off - God bless our cars and limbs

India needs to abandon the ‘Jugaad’ mindset

Branch of a tree poking out of the road in Mumbai is now widely understood to be a sign that there is a pothole underneath and to be careful around it. This is Indian Jugaad at its best, making do with whatever is available. This Jugaad mindset has traditionally had a negative connotation for being […]

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Leadership lessons from Kingfisher Airline fiasco

How does one explain the mess that Vijay Mallya is in? His crown jewel, Kingfisher airline, has run up a debt of 7000 Cr, has reported losses for every year of its operation, and now stands grounded with its license suspended. There are arrest warrants against him for bounced cheques (withdrawn recently), the KF staff has not […]

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How Cartoons got me into trouble

Our marketing plan had been finalised and everything was ready to go. We were quite proud of how the creatives had turned out. It celebrated all the great icons of the Kannada film industry. A similar campaign had just finished in another part of India which featured the Bollywood stars, and had been received well, and we […]

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Lessons in management from a car service centre

I am waiting at the car workshop to handover my car for servicing. Going to get your  car serviced is an unappetising chore that almost has no bright side, so everyone who lands up here is already a bit pissed at having to go through with it. There is a constant stream of restless car […]

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Opinion

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AAP won Delhi by winning the online battle first

Aam aadmi party had been written off by all the political parties and by most media. For it to rise to power in Delhi seems almost miraculous given the lack of media coverage it got closer to the elections. How could it do so well when even the exit polls showed it to be nowhere near […]

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You are being watched

“On the internet, no one knows that you are a dog” was true for 1993 when it was published as a cartoon by the New Yorker. The world is different now. We have conceded a lot of ground about our identity to companies online and in exchange we get content and services for free. But […]

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The Roadtip to Wales

A Roadtrip from London to Wales

It is the Easter weekend when we land in London. The cheerful holiday crowds are everywhere and we become part of the global festive spirit in this cultural hot-pot. We had made the decision to go on a Road trip with friends spontaneously without much planning, but it is now the highlight of our holiday […]

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Nepal – Dawn to Dusk

We have just arrived at Nagarkot escaping the dust, heat and diesel fumes of Kathmandu. Nepal seems like a parallel universe to India – this is how India would have been, but by some stroke of luck it managed to stumble ahead economically. Indian TV channels dominate the cultural narrative here, but Nepali are protective […]

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Krishna Das – One Track Heart

Krishna Das re-defines the Kirtan, and what it is supposed to sound like. His voice and music sensibilities are of a hard-rock singer, but the heart is of a pure devotee. As he sings the traditional Indian devotional music in his accented deep voice, you find yourself going deeper into your own self. I got exposed […]

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