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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
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
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
As autumn falls and our thoughts turn to the festive season ahead of us, travel is bound to be on our minds too. In the days of Covid-19, that might be only a distant possibility, since countries are reimposing stricter travel and quarantine conditions all the time. There is something to be said, however, for… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #13: Travel With Locals
The best news from Goa, India, this year is that we’ve had a good and plentiful monsoon. As I have always said, it is the best time ever to be in Goa. The skies are laden with dark and heavy clouds, and if you’re a sky-gazer like me, you’ll notice the subtle changes with every… Continue reading Of Wildflowers and Their Ways
This month, we're going to talk about a word that has travelled to so many lands, acquiring new meanings in each place, that you wonder if that's why it's become linguistic luggage now. In fact, the word in its original sense is hardly used these days. The word is haverel and the Scots use it… Continue reading Owl About Words: Sowing One’s Oats?
Recently, I have been sharing some of my thoughts and ideas on how brands can find ways to engage with their customers through the pandemic. And while many industries have been adversely impacted by the virus, some like the wines and spirits industry have been particularly hard-hit. They have been hit on several fronts: low… Continue reading Brands and Customer Engagement
This being the 12th of my Writings on The Wall posts means it completes a year. I raise a glass - actually a cup of coffee - to that. I just recently wrote on what wines and spirits brands can do to stay engaged with consumers and sell their drinks during a pandemic, in which… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #12: Beating The Lockdown Blues