Writings on the Wall #13: Travel With Locals

As autumn falls and our thoughts turn to the festive season ahead of us, travel is bound to be on our minds too. In the days of Covid-19, that might be only a distant possibility, since countries are reimposing stricter travel and quarantine conditions all the time. There is something to be said, however, for… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #13: Travel With Locals

Of Wildflowers and Their Ways

The best news from Goa, India, this year is that we’ve had a good and plentiful monsoon. As I have always said, it is the best time ever to be in Goa. The skies are laden with dark and heavy clouds, and if you’re a sky-gazer like me, you’ll notice the subtle changes with every… Continue reading Of Wildflowers and Their Ways

Owl About Words: Sowing One’s Oats?

This month, we're going to talk about a word that has travelled to so many lands, acquiring new meanings in each place, that you wonder if that's why it's become linguistic luggage now. In fact, the word in its original sense is hardly used these days. The word is haverel and the Scots use it… Continue reading Owl About Words: Sowing One’s Oats?

Protected: Reading in the Time of Reckoning

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Writings on The Wall #12: Beating The Lockdown Blues

This being the 12th of my Writings on The Wall posts means it completes a year. I raise a glass - actually a cup of coffee - to that. I just recently wrote on what wines and spirits brands can do to stay engaged with consumers and sell their drinks during a pandemic, in which… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #12: Beating The Lockdown Blues

Owl About Words: Dictionary Neighbours

Most words that are neighbours in the English dictionary are only so in a manner of speaking. They might sit next to each other or even a few words apart, but other than that they might actually be worlds apart. Why, don't we know of so many English words that have several meanings and depending… Continue reading Owl About Words: Dictionary Neighbours

Writings on The Wall #11: Summer Holidays

As I write this, I realise that I haven't had a holiday or travelled in years. Or perhaps, I have had an extended one lasting well over a decade at my parents' place in Goa, for no particular reason. Well, August is the time for holidays and many around the world will be spending this… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #11: Summer Holidays

Owl About Words: Wit or Wily?

The conversation these days is all about restarting the economy. Whether in India, or elsewhere in the world everyone is preoccupied with ways of getting the economy restarted. And one word that invariably comes up in such discussions is "engine" as in engines of growth. How did the word engine come to mean something that… Continue reading Owl About Words: Wit or Wily?

Ripples of Reflection

Hello, readers! In addition to my blog post of today on brandthink and imagination, I have a new video to share with you all. With so much happening around us from the raging Covid-19 pandemic to the economic crises and rising tensions between the world's superpowers, we are inundated with information and news round the… Continue reading Ripples of Reflection