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

Businesses Brace for Brexit Doldrums

It’s around three and a half years since Britons voted in a referendum to leave the European Union by a narrow margin of 52 to 48. That alone should have told UK’s lawmakers how divided opinion is on the issue of whether to leave the 40-year old union with the European Union. After all these… Continue reading Businesses Brace for Brexit Doldrums

If Gandhi Were Alive Today

If MK Gandhi were alive today, he might have a difficult time recognizing the country he helped win freedom for, 72 years ago. For not only have his ideals been forgotten, India has chosen to go in quite the opposite direction, especially in this millennium. Still, the country is commemorating his 150th birth anniversary and… Continue reading If Gandhi Were Alive Today

Leadership in Today’s World

When we look at the state of the global economy, the US-China trade war, the Brexit drama as it unfolds in parliament which has been prorogued, the immigration debate or indeed, the economic slowdown in India, it becomes quite apparent that what we are witnessing is not greater turbulence, but less leadership. And less of… Continue reading Leadership in Today’s World

Just Who Is a Trade War “Good” For?

In March 2018, President Trump said that “Trade wars are good and easy to win.” As economies and markets roil in the throes of the year-and-a-half long US-China trade war, it is perhaps time to ask who is a trade war good for and what impact it is having on business and ordinary people. By… Continue reading Just Who Is a Trade War “Good” For?

Brand Communications: Art or Science?

How many times during my career in advertising and brand communications, spanning several decades, must have I heard the debate over whether creating brand communications is an art or a science. It never ceases to amuse me, and yet, many a time, I have found it exasperating to explain even to fellow colleagues sometimes, that… Continue reading Brand Communications: Art or Science?

Stuck in the Slow Lane

It has been several months and quarters of agony for the Indian automobile industry, what with vehicle sales falling. The rapid growth rate registered in the 2004 to 2013 period seems to have sputtered to a slow growth, if that. Newspapers and magazines are suddenly full of news about falling vehicle sales and job losses;… Continue reading Stuck in the Slow Lane