Machines Like Us. Do They?

The days of the pandemic, when technology is playing an even bigger role in people’s lives and many are singing its praises, is a good time to turn to science fiction. To imagine what AI can do to our lives and our work. More importantly, to our relationships with each other. These days, I read… Continue reading Machines Like Us. Do They?

Writings on The Wall #14: Autumn Festivities

The Covid pandemic has cast such a long shadow over most of 2020, that as we near the end of the year I can't help but think of ways in which we can celebrate despite the virus. November seems to be the month for festivities of some kind in most parts of the world, from… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #14: Autumn Festivities

Owl About Words: The Snobbery of ‘Sn’s

In a world of growing inequalities, there is no dearth of snobs. We are surrounded by them, as if we were back in the days of aristocracy and feudalism. But who would have ever thought that the word snob itself meant quite the opposite, in its early days. That's not all. Ivor Brown, in his… Continue reading Owl About Words: The Snobbery of ‘Sn’s

The Great Media Hijack

Over a month ago, we received two copies of the Times of India at our flat in Goa. Naturally we thought the vendor had mistakenly dropped off two copies of the same newspaper. To my amusement and horror – of which I couldn’t tell which was greater – I discovered that they were different editions… Continue reading The Great Media Hijack

The Road Ahead for Tata Motors

The past two years have been anything but benign for the Indian automobile industry. As I had written in a blog post more than a year ago, many factors are to blame for the state of the business. However, I don’t think any automobile company in India has suffered as much as Tata Motors has.… Continue reading The Road Ahead for Tata Motors

Of Open Cities in the Time of Lockdowns

Deserted city streets. Empty or shuttered shops and restaurants. Air travel pretty much grounded. And a raging pandemic in our midst. Seems to be a strange time to be reading a book that is about just the opposite. About a life we once knew, which makes the act of reading it now, a study in… Continue reading Of Open Cities in the Time of Lockdowns

Of Writing and Flight

Hello, friends. I am delighted to tell you that my blog has just completed two years and I would like to thank you owl on this occasion. I have tried to bring you my nuanced and balanced reflections from the worlds of economics, business, politics and culture since October 2018. During the past year I… Continue reading Of Writing and Flight

The Problem with Pre-Covid Levels: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Hello friends. This edition of The Owl Wisdom Podcast is prompted by the constant refrain that we all hear about returning to pre-Covid levels. Whether it is our day-to-day lives or the wider economy, the comparison is always with life before Covid. Here - as in a previous edition titled The Big Reset - I… Continue reading The Problem with Pre-Covid Levels: Owl Wisdom Podcast