Writings on The Wall #17: The Countryside

The Covid-19 pandemic is perhaps the perfect time to rediscover the joys of nature in the countryside. Many people in the US and elsewhere are said to have left the big city, its crowds and congestion behind and made their homes out in the country, if only for a while. In my post on the… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #17: The Countryside

India Budget 2021: Spending Our Way Out of the Pandemic Economy

The Indian Union Budget presented on February 1, 2021, by the Indian finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman was unusual in many ways. For one thing, it was much shorter, as many commentators noted, and one of the reasons was that allocations for each Central Government scheme was not spelled out, as on previous occasions. Yet, on… Continue reading India Budget 2021: Spending Our Way Out of the Pandemic Economy

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 #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

Till Brexit Do Them Part

Like most countries around the world, Britain too has been caught in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic for the past many months. However, now that the country has reopened on the 4th of July, it will have to finally tackle the other challenge facing it: Brexit. And while nobody knows how long Covid-19 will… Continue reading Till Brexit Do Them Part

Preventing Global Economic Doomsday: Owl Wisdom Podcast

In five months of the Covid-19 global pandemic, we have seen the world lurch from one worldview and set of decisions to another, as countries try to contain the crisis. However, the crisis is both a public health one and an economic one and the biggest decisions governments will have to make is how to… Continue reading Preventing Global Economic Doomsday: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Writings On The Wall #8: Staying Human

It is human connections with each other that make us who we are. And an integral part of that is personal, face-to-face interactions, which technology only allows so much of. But at least we have that; people who suffered the Black Death or the Spanish Flu didn't know what was happening to their family members… Continue reading Writings On The Wall #8: Staying Human

All Not Equal Before Covid-19: Owl Wisdom Podcast

As countries start relaxing their Covid lockdowns, we are also aware that Covid has still not left us. It will be many months, say scientists and medical researchers, before Covid-19 is vanquished. Not until a vaccine is discovered, that is. In my previous podcast edition on Covid-19, I had looked at the enduring effects of… Continue reading All Not Equal Before Covid-19: Owl Wisdom Podcast