We need shared stories to make sense of the crises brought about by the pandemic, and to kickstart our collective imagination as we navigate our way out.
Sometimes advice is not about helping solve a dilemma but enabling better sharpening of the way we are framing the problem.
I pick social commentary, business books, quirky books on popularity, a business novel and poetry. Most are not on popular lists. Which is why this list is worth a read.
If their impact is to be real then art and culture need to get out of buildings, and give up their reliance on containment of experience through curation and of access through control.
When I was 15, I was trying to understand the present. Now when I am not 15, the quest continues.
This article is the thirteenth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on April the 3rd, 2017. The excessive media focus on techies as startup founders often makes non-techies doubt their ability to found and build a startup and create value. Many non-tech persons I meet believe that they won’t get … Continue reading How to be a valuable non-tech co-founder
Millennials, often described in media as hapless, poor and unfocused, reportedly dropped a cool $25 Billion on diamond jewellery in 2015. This indicator of current and future demand for sparklers notwithstanding, we are nearing the peak of natural diamond mining. It raises the question as to why synthetic diamonds have not taken off. After all, … Continue reading Of diamonds and responsible eternities
Change is afoot in the luxury industry. Fewer than 5 weeks into 2017 and several luxury firms' CEOs have left or are leaving. It is just days since we heard that Chloe Creative Director Clare Wright Keller in Richemont was to quit and while I was writing this piece, Riccardo Tisci's departure from Givenchy was … Continue reading Helmsmanship of a modern luxury organisation
(A version of this article appeared in LiveMint on November the 17th, 2016.) British Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to India and trade talks with her Indian counterpart take me back to the midsummer’s day in 2016. We in Britain woke up to find that the Leave campaign, colloquially called Brexit, had won the referendum. The pound plummeted … Continue reading Brexit and the luxury brands of Britain
A version of this essay appeared on Hudson Walker International's Opinion section published on November the 4th, 2016. The Luxury sector is facing headwinds. Single digit growth seems here to stay. The behaviour and the expectations of the elusive but coveted millennial consumer remain somewhat a mystery with conflicting trends emerging. For instance, millennials seem … Continue reading Luxury’s talent conundrum