An Obituary – My Car

End of a Journey

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

Startup goldrush in 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?

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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

Intolerance

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

The cup of ordeal

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

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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

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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, […]