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How to make India more tolerant

Poor Narendra Modi seems to have lost his mojo of exploiting the PR machinery to his advantage. His appeal looks dented with the Bihar elections results. He seems to have promised too much too soon by underestimating the depth to which India has been screwed by Congress politics of appeasement. And now the jobless congress […]

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The cup of ordeal

Quitting that cup of Tea

I am having my first cup of tea after 30 days. It feels like nostalgia as the tongue is wallowing in the familiar concoction of tea/ ginger/ pudina/ lemongrass. In these 30 days I have come to realise how deeply that cup of tea was entrenched in my life – it had been the 10 minute pause from […]


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 […]


The final solution to India Vs Pakistan conflict

The assumption here is that we want a final solution which ends the increasingly absurd conflict between India and Pakistan. The solution needs to be such that both India and Pakistan start focusing their energies and resources on things that matter to the well being of their desperately poor citizens– health, education, safety, employment etc, […]

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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 […]

4b Sunrise

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 […]

The chosen few get to visit Vrindavan

Vrindavan – A Journey to your Heart

They say that it takes thousands of births to be able to come here. You need the permission of Radha Rani to visit Vrindavan, this is her realm. Her name is plastered all over the walls, the rickshaw puller shout Radhe Radhe instead of honking, she is the path to Krishna. The world wants Krishna, and Krishna Pines for […]

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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 […]

Vijay Mallya on KF airline website

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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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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