Hayek vs Keynes in a Pandemic Struck World

Here we are then, nine months into a pandemic and we seem to have gotten used to seeing the number of cases and the deaths roll up, like on a gas-filling machine. Over 31 million covid cases worldwide and just under a million deaths seem to have made us impervious to the dangers of the… Continue reading Hayek vs Keynes in a Pandemic Struck World

Festive Season Without the Spirit That Cheers?

The Covid pandemic continues to infect thousands of people every day around the world and take thousands of lives too. And even if lockdowns have been relaxed, in many places they are being re-imposed. At any rate, most people are now preferring to stay home for fear of contracting the virus. There’s one product category… Continue reading Festive Season Without the Spirit That Cheers?

The Rise of China: Owl Wisdom Podcast

While the world is focused on fighting the coronavirus, it is also important to take note of another war taking place on the global stage. An anti-China war, started by the US under the current administration right from 2017 onward when Trump began a trade war with the Middle Kingdom. The trade war has since… Continue reading The Rise of China: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Work, Leisure and the Covid Economy: Owl Wisdom Podcast

As the world slowly gets back to work, and as many continue to work from home, I thought I'd share my thoughts on work, leisure and the Covid economy. It was prompted in part by my reading Thorstein Veblen's Theory of The Leisure Class in which he talks of how the leisure class came into… Continue reading Work, Leisure and the Covid Economy: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Health of India Inc During Covid-19

After one of the longest and the most severe Covid-related lockdowns, how is the reopening of the Indian economy faring so far? And what is the news from India Inc so far telling us about its health and that of the economy? Well, if the lockdown was nationwide, the reopening has been not just phased,… Continue reading Health of India Inc During Covid-19

Writings on the Wall #10: Civic Sense

As cities reopen around the world, many seem to be locking down almost as soon as they reopened. Thanks to local governments not imposing stricter regulations, and others where people have a devil-may-care attitude. Here are my thoughts on why we should care, as sensible and responsible citizens. Why we need to relearn the rules… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #10: Civic Sense

Till Brexit Do Them Part

Like most countries around the world, Britain too has been caught in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic for the past many months. However, now that the country has reopened on the 4th of July, it will have to finally tackle the other challenge facing it: Brexit. And while nobody knows how long Covid-19 will… Continue reading Till Brexit Do Them Part

Preventing Global Economic Doomsday: Owl Wisdom Podcast

In five months of the Covid-19 global pandemic, we have seen the world lurch from one worldview and set of decisions to another, as countries try to contain the crisis. However, the crisis is both a public health one and an economic one and the biggest decisions governments will have to make is how to… Continue reading Preventing Global Economic Doomsday: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Stakeholder Capitalism, What’s at Stake and Why: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Hello and welcome to the third of my Owl Wisdom Podcasts. This March 2020 edition focuses on the concept of stakeholder capitalism that is gaining ground around the world. Most importantly in the US, the hotbed of laissez faire capitalism, and also in parts of Western Europe. In this edition I look at the origins… Continue reading Stakeholder Capitalism, What’s at Stake and Why: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Of Bluster, Braggadocio and Burnt Embers

"Howdy Modi" was returned with "Namasté Trump" in equal pomp and splendor. No stone was left unturned in welcoming Trump to India: he got to inaugurate the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, in Modi’s home state, and the city got a new wall (one that would make Trump proud) to keep the slums and… Continue reading Of Bluster, Braggadocio and Burnt Embers