Made-in-India Slowdown Made to Benefit the Haves

I am sure nobody was surprised when news of India’s Q2 GDP trickled in a few days ago. It was anticipated that the slowdown will be worse than the previous quarter. In fact, I was surprised to hear business news channels breathing a sigh of relief that GDP growth rate hadn’t come in at 4%… Continue reading Made-in-India Slowdown Made to Benefit the Haves

India’s Farthest Frontiers Frozen in Time

On August 5, 2019, all clocks stopped in Jammu and Kashmir. Or so, it seemed. Time hasn’t moved since for millions in the state with the lockdown in the Valley well into its fourth month. Thanks to the abrupt and sudden abrogation of Article 370, life as the Kashmiris knew it, has come to a… Continue reading India’s Farthest Frontiers Frozen in Time

Whistle Your Thoughts Blog Survey is Here!

Hello, and thank you for visiting and reading my blog. Since Peripatetic Perch has just completed a year, I thought it's a good time to get readers' feedback about the blog. If it isn't too much trouble, could you please spare a couple of minutes to answer a 7-question survey about my blog? It would… Continue reading Whistle Your Thoughts Blog Survey is Here!

Why the Sky Is Not the Limit in the Intangible Economy

You would think that the new digitally powered economy – some of it, internet based – would be more productive, since they depend so heavily on computers and information technology. Not true. Several studies, including those by David Autor and others, show drop in productivity in the US, and especially since the late 1990s. Many… Continue reading Why the Sky Is Not the Limit in the Intangible Economy

Writings On the Wall #1

The first of a set of my thoughts on travel, on cities, on why we visit and how they shape our world views, which I intend to share for the next few months. I thought I would begin this on the fateful day when, 30 years ago, the Berlin Wall came down and so did… Continue reading Writings On the Wall #1

Costs of the West’s Misadventures in the Middle East

President Trump’s recent set of policy gaffs in the Middle East have led to the start of a new conflict in the region. That between Turkey and the Kurds of Northern Syria, of which Trump remarked “it is between the two of them… it has nothing to do with us”. As if he could wash… Continue reading Costs of the West’s Misadventures in the Middle East

Capitalism Waiting for a Future

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” - Winston Churchill Just as there is a lot of talk about brand purpose these days, there is also a lot of discussion about capitalism and more importantly, what kind. Ever since the… Continue reading Capitalism Waiting for a Future

Jazzing Up Consumer Spending to Beat Slowdown Blues

While it has been several quarters (even years) of an economic slowdown in India, what is worrying corporate India now is that consumer spending is weakening. Seeing how a few companies are responding to the slowdown, I thought I must pen my thoughts on what companies can do to revive private consumption in this article… Continue reading Jazzing Up Consumer Spending to Beat Slowdown Blues

One Year and Time for a Refresh

I can't believe that in another week or so, my blog will be completing a year! It seems like just the other day, that I was familiarising myself with the nitty-gritty of starting a blog. Everything, from the subject matter of my blog and how the content should be written and organised, down to the… Continue reading One Year and Time for a Refresh

Life and Death in an Instant

Recently, I finished reading Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida, and I was overcome with a feeling of despondency. The book, which is all about the photograph, challenged many of my long-held assumptions and views about the visual image. Like Susan Sontag’s On Photography, it expresses strong views about the photograph, its message, the act of photographing,… Continue reading Life and Death in an Instant