I don’t know how many of us realize that we have already lived through a fifth of this century, mired in crises of one type or another. It all began with 9/11 in America which led to a series of ill-conceived wars in Asia. Then, we had the Great Recession from 2007-8 onwards from which,… Continue reading Will the World Ever Rediscover Its Innovative Spirit?
The Covid-19 pandemic is perhaps the perfect time to rediscover the joys of nature in the countryside. Many people in the US and elsewhere are said to have left the big city, its crowds and congestion behind and made their homes out in the country, if only for a while. In my post on the… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #17: The Countryside
The Indian Union Budget presented on February 1, 2021, by the Indian finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman was unusual in many ways. For one thing, it was much shorter, as many commentators noted, and one of the reasons was that allocations for each Central Government scheme was not spelled out, as on previous occasions. Yet, on… Continue reading India Budget 2021: Spending Our Way Out of the Pandemic Economy
The second of my Ovid in the Time of Covid pieces, this one is called Staying Away and is inspired by the story of Actaeon in The Metamorphoses that some of you might be familiar with. Actaeon, while on a hunting trip with his friends, takes a break and goes to a stream near a… Continue reading Ovid in the Time of Covid: Staying Away
With a new administration in place in the US, what should the world expect in terms of a future growth trajectory, both in economic as well as geo-political terms? As it is, the world is still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic and that ought to be the first priority for every country, the US included.… Continue reading New Direction for Global Realignment
The few of us fortunate enough to have seen 2020 through can hopefully look forward to a better 2021. As always, this is the time for new year resolutions, and perhaps most people will long to be out once again, meeting their friends, relations and colleagues. Many will also be hoping to travel freely once… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #16: New Year Wishes
Boris Johnson has “got Brexit done” and it was hard to miss the photograph of him cheerfully grinning with a thumbs-up sign in newspapers even in India. Phew! What a relief, is what most Britons must be thinking. Surely, they are not feeling terribly ecstatic over Brexit. Especially not when the country is also grappling… Continue reading What next for Britain and Europe after Brexit?
That seems to be the state of the luxury industry, that has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. When certain sectors of economies have been hit particularly hard by Covid-19, it is to be expected that the luxury industry too will be adversely impacted. That’s because the consumption of luxury goods is closely connected… Continue reading All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go
2020 has flown. But then, we say that every year, don’t we? Perhaps. But there’s no denying that this year has been different in many ways. Swept up in all its changes, it is possible that we scarcely noticed how fast it’s gone by. Take the pandemic lockdowns, for instance. I think many of us… Continue reading Our Sense of Time During a Pandemic