Coming Soon: The Revolt of the 90%

As we come to the end of the second pandemic year, we are being forced to confront the same old ugly reality: rising inequality. Come to think of it, we have had to live with this for the past couple of decades and more. And despite two massive crises of a global nature – the… Continue reading Coming Soon: The Revolt of the 90%

Geopolitical Tensions, a Red Herring

The last thing the world needs, as it struggles to control the pandemic and revive economies, is another war or attack on another country’s sovereignty. Yet, for the past couple of months all one has been reading and hearing in the media – particularly international media – is about geopolitical tensions coming to a boil.… Continue reading Geopolitical Tensions, a Red Herring

A Prague Symphony: Remembering Mozart

It’s 21 years since my visit to the city of Prague, and I wrote this 15 years ago in Delhi when it was Mozart’s 250th birth anniversary year. But I never sent it anywhere. Now that I realise that December 2021 (5th December, to be precise) is WA Mozart’s 230th death anniversary month, I decided… Continue reading A Prague Symphony: Remembering Mozart

Why COP26 Is a Missed Opportunity

Going by the past record of UN Climate Conferences, the latest one that concluded in Glasgow a few days ago was no different. It was a repeat of the same old discussions, the same sticking points, the same contentious issues, and finally the usual watered-down statement that is palatable to all. That is because it’s… Continue reading Why COP26 Is a Missed Opportunity

Whereabouts, Context and Depth?

The second book that my parents gifted me for my birthday this year, besides Amartya Sen’s memoir is Jhumpa Lahiri’s Whereabouts. I had already read about her attempt to write this book in Italian and then translate it back into English herself and one marvels at the author’s courage. Around three years ago I think… Continue reading Whereabouts, Context and Depth?

The Global Economy In a SWOT, Wot?

As countries report their September 2021 quarter GDP growth rates, the world will be eagerly watching to read and parse the news and data. So far, China has reported a much lower than expected GDP growth at 4.9% over the previous year. I am not sure how much of that is due to the government’s… Continue reading The Global Economy In a SWOT, Wot?

Between Equity and Valuations, What Brands Represent

We all talk of brand equity, especially in the advertising and brand communications industry. The Economic Times in India even has an advertising and marketing supplement called Brand Equity. What exactly do we mean, when we speak of brand equity? The term has come to encompass many aspects of a brand’s growth, from brand awareness… Continue reading Between Equity and Valuations, What Brands Represent

Europe’s Economic Recovery Could Be Hit by Own Goal

The last time I wrote about Europe’s economy, it was in the context of global economic recovery, jobs and employment and how many people who had been furloughed were back to full-time work. Now that we know that the European economy has grown healthily in the second quarter of 2021, we must remember that it… Continue reading Europe’s Economic Recovery Could Be Hit by Own Goal

Ideas to Help Jaguar Leap into the Future

In an increasingly polluted world of congested cities and long commutes to work, do luxury cars have a future? And as much of the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and returns to work, will preference for private transport drive the growth of luxury cars, as well as all the others? We have seen the… Continue reading Ideas to Help Jaguar Leap into the Future