Women in Crisis: Covid and Beyond

It turns out that the Covid-19 pandemic is a good time as any to discuss gender bias and discrimination against women. Not because more women are at risk from Covid-19; on the contrary, the virus seems to attack more men than women. Not because more women are employed in the healthcare sector that is at… Continue reading Women in Crisis: Covid and Beyond

Writings on the Wall #7: Architecture

Even as the world finds itself in the grip of a coronavirus pandemic, and travel has all but come to a standstill, I thought I'd share my thoughts on what makes cities unique, in their own distinctive way. Architecture. It's one of the dimensions of a city that we admire as visitors. Not just the… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #7: Architecture

Covid-19 and The Big Reset: Owl Wisdom Podcast

As we cope with the world's worst pandemic, I would like you to join me in looking forward to a post-Covid world. In this Covid-19 special edition of Owl Wisdom Podcast, I try to anticipate our future after Covid and examine critical issues that the world must confront together to fight for healthier lives. It… Continue reading Covid-19 and The Big Reset: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Building Brands in the Digital Age

As an advertising and brand communications professional from the days of adverts in column centimetres and VHS tapes and DVDs, I have to admit I am a little overwhelmed in the age of digital and social media communications. For starters, nothing communicates “excess” more to me. The age of the internet is supposed to have… Continue reading Building Brands in the Digital Age

The Anarchy: A Cautionary Tale of Capitalism

I have never understood the recent trend (a decade or more) of subtitling book titles, and I suspect it’s the publishers’ tactic of trying to boost book sales. But in the case of William Dalrymple’s recent tome, The Anarchy, the subtitle actually does more justice to the subject: The East India Company, Corporate Violence and… Continue reading The Anarchy: A Cautionary Tale of Capitalism

Writings On the Wall #6: Solidarity

With the threat of Covid-19 spreading to many more countries and cities, it is only to be expected that many places are under lockdown and people are being quarantined. Travel will be severely restricted. I had written in my post on Covid-19 that while the world takes precautionary measures and imposes restrictions, it is better… Continue reading Writings On the Wall #6: Solidarity

Stakeholder Capitalism, What’s at Stake and Why: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Hello and welcome to the third of my Owl Wisdom Podcasts. This March 2020 edition focuses on the concept of stakeholder capitalism that is gaining ground around the world. Most importantly in the US, the hotbed of laissez faire capitalism, and also in parts of Western Europe. In this edition I look at the origins… Continue reading Stakeholder Capitalism, What’s at Stake and Why: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Of Bluster, Braggadocio and Burnt Embers

"Howdy Modi" was returned with "Namasté Trump" in equal pomp and splendor. No stone was left unturned in welcoming Trump to India: he got to inaugurate the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, in Modi’s home state, and the city got a new wall (one that would make Trump proud) to keep the slums and… Continue reading Of Bluster, Braggadocio and Burnt Embers

Are We Ready to Fight COVID-19 and Climate Change?

As the news flows in day after day of the number of people infected by the Coronavirus and those who have died from it, I can’t help but think that we are rather helpless in dealing with it. News media seems to be able to do no more than simply report on the swelling numbers… Continue reading Are We Ready to Fight COVID-19 and Climate Change?

How Illiberal Politics is Impacting Business and Economies

For the past several centuries the world has made much of its progress on the back of the relationship between citizens, governments and businesses. From the time of the Magna Carta, when aristocratic barons seized privileges and rights from the monarchy, businesses have had the upper hand in the relationship. As agents of innovation and… Continue reading How Illiberal Politics is Impacting Business and Economies