Where do we start in trying to understand our communities? This is particularly relevant when we have multiple identities and affiliations, being an insider to many communities and at the same time, an outsider to many more. To a personal reflection by a fellow blogger on how the sense of community is different in India … Continue reading On romanticising "communities"
Satyamev Jayate is the latest celebrity show on television. KBC created millionnaires, Khatron ke Khiladi looked for daredevils, Big Boss created a bunch of public nuisances - this one wants to 'change our hearts' and while at it, hit us hard. So Aamir the superstar with his carefully cultivated public image hosts the series, the first … Continue reading Quick views on Satyamev Jayate
Harish Hande, the founder of SELCO, won the Magsasay award for 2011. In an interview with Mint, he says - "...I think it would be how do you motivate people from any type of university to actually say that there are 600 million at the other end of our country. If you take my own … Continue reading Its simple
I wrote this post just after I got here***Today, I complete three weeks in Ghana - everything has been smooth and pleasant so far. In many ways, settling in has been easy and I am starting to believe that approaching a change of location as emotionless-ly as possible works! Neutralise expectations from people you are likely … Continue reading Moving on from Ghana…
Both my savings and loan repayment schemes with my neighbourhood fruit-seller hit a snag after two rounds of repayment, a few months back. She had repaid 20 out of my 50 cedis over a couple of months. Then one day, she offered to give me mangoes for free, saying that she would never be able to … Continue reading I am not a MFI, just a moneylender
Today, I prayed aloud, for the first time ever. It was at the end of a public workshop on the education sector in Ghana. I was asked to lead the closing prayer. Those who know me probably have an idea how traumatic it must have been for me. And those who are familiar with this … Continue reading Oh my god!
Schumpeter has fallen in love with the Tata group...But in the emerging world—and particularly the emerging India where Tata Steel and the Taj Palace were created a century ago—the first job of a company is to create order amid chaos. In their different ways, the steelworks and the luxury hotel are fortresses against the surrounding madness....contrasting the … Continue reading Order amidst chaos