In 1948, one year after India had won its independence from the British after years of relentless struggle by freedom fighters, one of the most prominent figure of them all, known world over as Mahatma Gandhi, shared a thought on society which has since appeared in countless books read by millions worldwide. And a million is a reserved figure. In India, in all the school books by government, it’s a standard addition before the preface. The talisman goes like this,
“Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the…
On a Monday morning, I had just sat down at my desk already caught up on emails through the transit, when my then manager walked over to me and said,
“Hey Shagun, I’m working on a new client request.
I have the theory ready, but just wanted to understand more on, if the approach actually translates well in the practical field? Is it easily implementable?
Can you advise me?”
The person had been a consultant manager since I was still in school. The problem he brought to me was not an unstructured problem. Certainly not a new expertise area for…
When you enter a meeting with a business consultant, you are almost always unsure of how they might surprise you.
Not by any arbitrary hypothesis which came in their mind last night, but a well researched, case tested, data-discussion based insight.
In the shoes of a consultant, there’s a constant pressure of convincing people in the room to realise something they hadn’t done until now, take up their follow up questions, deduce results not calculated until that point, but somehow tie the current results to the diverging hypothesis to build together a cohesive, progressive, “conclusive” discussion.
Many times, this involves…
In the past few weeks, the Israel-Palestine war has come at its worst again.
What started as a “routine” provocation by the Israeli police during the holy month of Ramadan, quickly escalated into large scale protests from the Palestinians and subsequent (unsaid) ceasefire violations by Hamas.
The radical forces of Palestine, the Hamas, elsewhere treated as terrorists but as jihadi fighters in their homeland, are not new to this conflict and have already fought 3 wars and several small scale battles with Israel. …
Yesterday, after deliberate discussions through diplomatic and political channels, US president Joe Biden finally agreed to back the joint proposal of India and South Africa at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to waive intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines, given the supply-demand constraints it currently creates and the high opportunity for vaccine tech specialised markets like India to leverage their expertise to create large scale vaccines for the world.
This proposal is already backed by over 100 other nations including France, Canada, New Zealand, with the French president Emmanuel Macron going on to say he is “absolutely in favour”.
I was doing just fine in my close-to 5-year relationship. It was a normal relationship, like every other, with its fair share of fights and eventual bonding.
At least that’s what I thought of “fair share” at the time.
One fine summer day, the topic of money comes up. While I am non-conservative in matters of money, my girlfriend lies on the other end of the spectrum.
I rarely hold back from gratifying my latest tech frenzies. She, on the other hand, is a frugal, calculative and always ready-for-a-bargaining-fight kinda girl.
I don’t dislike it, but boy does it lead…
For all those who aren’t aware yet.
India is amidst a tsunami of Covid cases lined up against an acute shortage of medical oxygen, leading to people dying with each passing hour. Ambulances are lined up outside hospitals as the health care centres have run out of beds to admit patients. In some places, people are simply dying because of oxygen supply maxed out, even as oxygen tankers are being airlifted from production centres to hospitals.
It’s not just another wave for India. It’s a nightmare.
I’m an Indian. I’m writing from one of the least affected states of India…
While her past budgets were a mixed bag of sorts, with critics claiming “intent not matching the need”, Nirmala Sitharaman (Finance minister of India) seems to get better with every passing year in her work, closely watched by nations across the globe.
Let’s be honest. This particular year was the toughest for her role.
While the government was being looked forward to increasing their expenditure, to revive the economy, they were also battling with reduced GDP (money earned) due to COVID. …
High cholesterol came as the most surprising bummer for me in 2018.
A 22-year-old guy, with no known familial history, a slim profile, and a sufficiently good past record of physical activity.
Yet somehow, I had it.
In high numbers.
I was in the last category of “very, very high”.
After 1.5 years of denial, I finally started listening to doctors. Yet, I wasn’t ready for medication.
This is when this secret superfood, as oddly simple as one can think of it, mysteriously appeared in front of me.
I’m not sure of how I came across it. Were it hundreds…
I just sat down at my home work station.
But I have hovered over the station twice already.
No, it was not a deliberate effort to check emails first thing in the morning.
My work station is just 5–6 feet away from my sleeping bed. Therefore, my ‘hovering’ was simply me booting up, checking my half-cooked emails from late yesterday, with a big lukewarm glass of water in hand.
No urgent emails to respond to, no client calls scheduled. Okay, cool.
I changed laptops to move to my personal laptop. To write this blog.
Had it been the ‘normal’ (let’s…