We are framing Covid19 too simplistically, just as we did obesity, and hoping for a silver bullet -- a cure, a vaccine. Just like obesity this may be a losing battle.
The proposed California state law requiring women on boards of public companies headquartered in the state is a big daring opening gambit in forcing the long overdue conversation on diversity and inclusion.
(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
Would you rather be a dog in peaceful times? Or a human in chaotic times? When asked this, most people of course pick "human in chaotic times". But when offered to pick one of two -- risk or uncertainty -- most pick "risk" over "uncertainty". To an extent, risk is definable, quantifiable, often tangible, possible … Continue reading Living in “interesting times”
Apparently female entrepreneurship events are "weep fests", according to this opinion piece published by a media startup. "Why can’t we, for once, stop looking at the whole gender thing whenever we have a roomful of women, stop talking about how tough it is to be women and businesswomen at the same time, and just talk … Continue reading Never “just business” for female founders
A reason behind this series was for me to keep track of my own varied reading. Everything, while appearing disjointed, really is connected. Often there is a unifying theme too. Can you see this week's? Much has been written lately about terminology. An "immigrant" has fewer rights than a "refugee" but has exercised more autonomy … Continue reading Four For Friday (23)
An earlier, admittedly ranty post documented the weirdness that is Indian traffic. Though it focused more on vehicular traffic than on pedestrians, any good traffic system design should enable peaceful co-existence of both vehicles and pedestrians. I have spent some time thinking about traffic systems since I have been able to observe traffic in several … Continue reading The design challenge called Indian traffic 
In an earlier monograph, I wrote about transformation and emergence, the kind of inspiring creativity that everyone thinks leads to beautiful products. But emergence isn't intentional. It has a magic that is hard to understand and often replicate. Intentional creativity and beauty however can come from removing things. But in any such intentional design process, … Continue reading Of subtractive creativity
This week's interesting reads leaning towards culture and the web: University of Bristol research finds that professionals do not realise their vulnerability online, that principles of professionalism apply to social networks, and that most do not understand privacy guidelines. Now there's a surprise! And on the subject of motivation and use of praise as a … Continue reading Four For Friday (18)
When EM Forster wrote A Passage To India, the Indo-British relationship was one of the ruler and the ruled, of imbalances in power. Things are different now in 2010. Britain lags behind and grapples with an economic crisis of monstrous proportions, while India's economic growth gallops along at 8.5%. Naturally, all eyes are on David … Continue reading A Passage To India (2010 ed) and the other R-word