Made-in-India Slowdown Made to Benefit the Haves

I am sure nobody was surprised when news of India’s Q2 GDP trickled in a few days ago. It was anticipated that the slowdown will be worse than the previous quarter. In fact, I was surprised to hear business news channels breathing a sigh of relief that GDP growth rate hadn’t come in at 4%… Continue reading Made-in-India Slowdown Made to Benefit the Haves

India’s Farthest Frontiers Frozen in Time

On August 5, 2019, all clocks stopped in Jammu and Kashmir. Or so, it seemed. Time hasn’t moved since for millions in the state with the lockdown in the Valley well into its fourth month. Thanks to the abrupt and sudden abrogation of Article 370, life as the Kashmiris knew it, has come to a… Continue reading India’s Farthest Frontiers Frozen in Time

The Magical Surrealism of Italo Calvino

Having finished reading two of Italo Calvino’s books in quick succession, I have to say that I have been transported to a magical land. Invisible Cities and If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller are studies in surrealism that leave you suspended in space and time. Calvino is known to be a master story-teller, but… Continue reading The Magical Surrealism of Italo Calvino

Writings on the Wall #2: Venice

I didn't intend this to be the next of my posts in the Writings on the Wall series, but with Venice flooded and the government there declaring a state of emergency in the city, I thought it might be appropriate to pay my homage to the magnificent city and send the people there my best… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #2: Venice

Why the Sky Is Not the Limit in the Intangible Economy

You would think that the new digitally powered economy – some of it, internet based – would be more productive, since they depend so heavily on computers and information technology. Not true. Several studies, including those by David Autor and others, show drop in productivity in the US, and especially since the late 1990s. Many… Continue reading Why the Sky Is Not the Limit in the Intangible Economy

Writings On the Wall #1

The first of a set of my thoughts on travel, on cities, on why we visit and how they shape our world views, which I intend to share for the next few months. I thought I would begin this on the fateful day when, 30 years ago, the Berlin Wall came down and so did… Continue reading Writings On the Wall #1

An Invitation for Quiet Reflection

Hello, from a newly refreshed Peripatetic Perch! In keeping with the recent changes I have made to the blog site, I thought it's time for me to also try and capture the spirit of the blog in a refreshed way. The video that I am sharing here takes the idea of "owl wisdom" that I… Continue reading An Invitation for Quiet Reflection