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In Pursuit of Excellence

I remember many years back, my first front page by-line story in the country’s leading business daily was an anchor piece. The last news article below the fold flashing across the page was about a bunch of aviators flying across … Continue reading

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Of Chili Chicken, Airplane Flights and the chase for Budget Papers

My personal connect with India’s annual Union Budget started when Manmohan Singh was the Finance Minister who was tasked to try and “kick-start the economy.” That was the headline in 52 point bold that ran across the financial daily I … Continue reading

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Hello World- Welcome to Data-ism

If there was one definitive book I read in 2018, which I want to refer to in 2019, it was Yuval Harari‘s ‘Homo Deus‘. And as I read this page-turner, a few thoughts stayed with me. Q: Why do we … Continue reading

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Samvat Great- Somewhat Good!

The year 1994! I had just joined the largest circulating pink paper. But, in the previous pink paper I worked for, I was on the markets beat. And my first, and last news byline story ( news pieces were called … Continue reading

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Not the Usual Yada Yada- an Open Letter to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and all digital platforms

All social networks and search engines need to start seriously working on a common code of conduct, which keeps people safe online. And it starts with people understanding what they can share, and what they can’t when they sign-in, whether they can read English, or any other language or none at all. Continue reading

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10 Questions for CSR Game Changers

I was at a meeting with Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General and CEO of IICA. Dr. Chatterjee is known for the Chatterjee Model for CSR reporting in India’s public sector undertakings. This model, after much change, debate and deliberation passed into … Continue reading

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Free Basics vs. Net Neutrality:What Ashok Jain may have said

when there are two sides, always look for the third eye view- my POV on Net Neutrality vs. Free Basics
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7 seconds or less: Attention span versus first impressions on social media

“In the future everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame”, thus spake psychedelic guru, Andy Warhol. That was 1968! And the flower power hippie movement was the backdrop, as was network TV in the US. Cut to 2015, and … Continue reading

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CSR: What you didn’t know about Section 135 and didn’t bother to find out!

There is a need to dispel the myths and mythology that surrounds knowledge and understanding of Section 135, of the Companies Act, 2013, which makes 2 percent contribution for CSR easy to criticize. Continue reading

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Road to a Digital Nation starts with building toilets

The three themes in Prime Minister Modi’s Independence Day address were Clean India, Skilled India and Digital India as a vision for Made in India. Here’s my personal take on how they link together. Continue reading

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