life in general

A honk could mean anything

Over the past few days, I have been having major arguments with a friend (based in the US) on the telephone. Invariably, I am in my car when he calls, and irrespective of what the conversation is at that point in time, it veers to the topic of the Great Indian Honk!! Now, anyone who has driven on Indian roads would vouch for the fact that there is this pleasant background noise caused by constant…

strategy & communications 2.5

billions of entrepreneurs…

When I first heard my friend Tarun Khanna talk about his new book “Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping Their Futures and Yours” my first reaction was- Oh! No…not another one on this subject that has been done to death by anyone who considers himself (or herself) even marginally qualified. But since curiosity got better of me, I read the book- and I am glad I did. For the book was refreshingly…

life in general

surviving the facile life…

This weekend raised a lot of questions in my head and made me extremely conscious of something we take for granted- that life is really an uncompromising journey, where the human mind seeks out and revels in adversity. The reason for this soul searching was the two hours (or a little more!) I spent watching “Into the Wild”- a movie where there is plenty of sorrow, and unbelievable joy- all at the same time. It…

travel

two hours in zurich

One equates Switzerland with precision, efficiency and beauty. When I landed in Zurich, that was what I was welcomed with. But what I wasn’t prepared for was the juxtaposed medieval past right in the heart of the financial capital. It was drizzling mildly when I came out of the airport, and was told by my Swiss friend who received me, that it has been pouring the night before with winds at speeds that could blow…

travel

of skiing and Klosters…

One of the learnings I had during my recent visit to Davos is that if people have plans to visit Davos during the World Economic Forum, they need to be of one of these two kinds- be on the Forum’s special invitee list, or be a master organizer, of the kind who plans months in advance- in order to ensure that they get a decent place to stay which is within commuting distance from the…

strategy & communications 2.5

Climate change in Davos- literally and figuratively!

I spent a good part of the week of 21st in the cool climes of Switzerland. Chilled-to-the-bone might be a more appropriate phrase, but the overheated interiors prevent me from using it!! I was attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos. One of the first things that people (read the richest, most powerful, most learned and best placed human beings on the planet!) ask you when they meet you in Davos is “is…