From Gateway to China to Getaway Island?

The recent wave of protests in Hong Kong are making news headlines for a variety of reasons. From the draconian nature of the extradition bill proposed by Mainland China, to the intensity and massive turnout of the protesters, to the violent reaction by the Hong Kong police, everything was captured by television news channels. The…

Lockdown Valley

All my life I have wanted to visit Kashmir, but have been unable to go there. These are my thoughts as Kashmir continues to be in a state of lockdown after the Indian government's decision to revoke Article 370 which had guaranteed Kashmir its special status all these years. It is a travesty of the…

The Relevance of Hannah Arendt

If you happen to own Arendt’s books and read them a long time ago, it’s time to dust them off your bookshelves and read her all over again. I regret I did not read her earlier, but I am glad I have discovered her wonderfully sharp intellect and detailed expositions of totalitarian regimes now. Why…

Meet Ms WhistleWise, who flew in recently from Dortmund, Germany. Created by my cousin, her mum and her twin boys with leaves, twigs, berries and cornflowers, all found in owl territory, against a beautiful summer watercolour wash background, Ms WhistleWise, is evocative of my blog’s newsletter, The Whistle, of course! Nothing worth noting escapes Ms…

Sharing an article that I just wrote for LinkedIn on brand purpose, since there is so much discussion around it these days. I came across a 1970 article by Milton Friedman in The New York Times that spurred me to put my thoughts down on the subject and refute some of his theories or arguments.…

Goa in the Monsoon: An Ovidian Landscape

The South-west monsoon in this part of the world is unlike anything you would have experienced anywhere in the world.  It is unlike anything you experience anywhere else in India, for that matter. It arrives with fair warning, mostly a week after it has made landfall in Kerala. And yet, it is a phenomenon for…