The unreasonableness of Diwali

Out of a largely empty ritual that few understand in any real way, so much joy, happiness and bonding flows out, soaking everyone in its path. We float in the warm fuzziness of it, and the unreasonable happiness and celebration envelops us. It feels like a happy madness is gripping everyone and we have no […]

The Modi debate, and the rise of Indian mutants

While the actions of PM do impact our lives in some distant way, but today everything seems to be originating from Modi. The omnipresence of Modi is such that he pops up on my office lunch table discussion alongside my salad, he comes up in my WhatsApp group along with other work related messages, he […]

An Obituary – My Car

Finally, I sold my car, but reluctantly. My wife had been giving me subtle hints that I was holding onto the rusting piece for longer than I should. As the car aged and rattled, her hints also got louder and less subtle. I complained that a certain Rajnikant still drives his old car and that is seen as a symbol […]

Startup goldrush of India

The Indian digital business eco-system is in full bloom. Its exponential impact across business and social services will be felt much sooner than we expect  The Building blocks of the transformation are in place – there is money pouring in (India is now the 3rd biggest startup country, with over $9Bn being pumped into the […]

Who Killed Rohit Vemula?

Everyone wants to claim the body of Rohit Vemula. Everyone is fighting over his identity, and the irony is that he is being treated in the same way about which he was lamenting in his suicide note – The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote. […]

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 […]

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 […]