Actions speak louder than words !!

The three most discussed news in the media today are – President Obama’s visit, Delhi elections and Mr. Jaishankar being made the Foreign Secretary. President Obama by accepting the invitation to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade clearly indicated America’s heightened interest in India. No amount of tweeting and blogs and newspaper … Read more

Leadership 24/7

While everyone is going rah rah over President Obama’s visit and the close friendship, Mr. Modi and President Obama share, everyone also noticed the “Narendra Damodardas Modi” embroidered suit. It may have been a fashion statement, but it smacked of “megalomania” and it reminded everyone of a dictator “Hosni Mubarak”. Completely avoidable. Especially, this coming … Read more

Security – against what ?

Oh the eternal quest for security in an essentially insecure life !!! It was fascinating to watch the security arrangements for President Obama and the First Lady’s visit to India. It’s also sad that to safeguard one man’s life you need seven layers of security, a no-fly zone, 40 sniffer dogs, and an indestructible car. … Read more

Book review – India’s biggest cover-up

It’s coincidental that I finished reading one of the best books written about Netaji just a day before his 118th birthday. The author, Anuj Dhar has to be complimented for his research into the mystery of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s life. The twists and turns are fascinating. It seems amply clear that Netaji didn’t die … Read more

The three wise monkeys of Gandhiji – dead

Growing up, my dad had this clay figurine of a set of three monkeys which later I realised symbolised Gandhiji’s teaching of – “don’t see evil, don’t speak evil, don’t hear evil”. Unfortunately, like with many of his teachings we neither updated them for the new world nor used those that are still relevant except … Read more

Sexual Harassment – the many who escape !

A week or so back, Krishnan and I were watching the program called “Neeya Naana” on Star Vijay. It’s a program where social issues are debated and many times the topics are really interesting. This one was on working women and the challenges they face. There were some workplace practices that showed how much we … Read more