Writings on The Wall #14: Autumn Festivities

The Covid pandemic has cast such a long shadow over most of 2020, that as we near the end of the year I can't help but think of ways in which we can celebrate despite the virus. November seems to be the month for festivities of some kind in most parts of the world, from… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #14: Autumn Festivities

Owl Wisdom Podcast: The Post-Trump Global Economy

The recently concluded US elections have huge implications for the rest of the world. Not just because America is still the world's largest economy, but because it wields its economic and military power on the international stage, like no other country does. In that respect, it has enjoyed huge influence. In the past four years,… Continue reading Owl Wisdom Podcast: The Post-Trump Global Economy

Owl About Words: The Snobbery of ‘Sn’s

In a world of growing inequalities, there is no dearth of snobs. We are surrounded by them, as if we were back in the days of aristocracy and feudalism. But who would have ever thought that the word snob itself meant quite the opposite, in its early days. That's not all. Ivor Brown, in his… Continue reading Owl About Words: The Snobbery of ‘Sn’s

The Great Media Hijack

Over a month ago, we received two copies of the Times of India at our flat in Goa. Naturally we thought the vendor had mistakenly dropped off two copies of the same newspaper. To my amusement and horror – of which I couldn’t tell which was greater – I discovered that they were different editions… Continue reading The Great Media Hijack

Of Open Cities in the Time of Lockdowns

Deserted city streets. Empty or shuttered shops and restaurants. Air travel pretty much grounded. And a raging pandemic in our midst. Seems to be a strange time to be reading a book that is about just the opposite. About a life we once knew, which makes the act of reading it now, a study in… Continue reading Of Open Cities in the Time of Lockdowns

Of Writing and Flight

Hello, friends. I am delighted to tell you that my blog has just completed two years and I would like to thank you owl on this occasion. I have tried to bring you my nuanced and balanced reflections from the worlds of economics, business, politics and culture since October 2018. During the past year I… Continue reading Of Writing and Flight

The Problem with Pre-Covid Levels: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Hello friends. This edition of The Owl Wisdom Podcast is prompted by the constant refrain that we all hear about returning to pre-Covid levels. Whether it is our day-to-day lives or the wider economy, the comparison is always with life before Covid. Here - as in a previous edition titled The Big Reset - I… Continue reading The Problem with Pre-Covid Levels: Owl Wisdom Podcast

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

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?

Brands and Customer Engagement

Recently, I have been sharing some of my thoughts and ideas on how brands can find ways to engage with their customers through the pandemic. And while many industries have been adversely impacted by the virus, some like the wines and spirits industry have been particularly hard-hit. They have been hit on several fronts: low… Continue reading Brands and Customer Engagement