Road to Economic Recovery and Obstacles Ahead

It’s a year and a half since Covid-19 made its appearance in China and went on to ravage the world with amazing speed and virulence. China managed to control it effectively since they locked down Wuhan completely and prevented the spread of the virus while the infected were being treated. Other countries managed to control… Continue reading Road to Economic Recovery and Obstacles Ahead

Ways a British Retail Institution Can Remake Itself

The idea of working on this retail brand struck me when I was reading The Economist online recently. Not a place where you’d expect to see an advert for M&S, but there it was. A typical catalogue-style advert of women’s apparel, staring at me on my computer screen. I couldn’t help but think what is… Continue reading Ways a British Retail Institution Can Remake Itself

Writings on the Wall #21: Reopening

We are already past the middle of 2021, and what a year it has been. What a terrible couple of years the 2020s decade has chosen to begin with. So much suffering, loss of life and scars that are likely to remain for much longer. We even have some of the makings of the roaring… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #21: Reopening

Ovid in the Time of Covid: Careless Consumption

June 5, 2021, was World Environment Day and since the Covid pandemic is in many ways connected with the environment, I thought I’d base this month’s Ovid in the Time of Covid on the story of Phaeton from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Just last month, India was struck by two cyclones in the Arabian Sea as well… Continue reading Ovid in the Time of Covid: Careless Consumption

Indian Economy and Covid Recovery All Slow Down

The much-awaited GDP figures for India’s economy in the last quarter of the last financial year and for the full year are finally here. And while the immediate reaction seems to be one of relief, there is plenty to read between the lines. For the last quarter of FY21, the Indian economy seems to have… Continue reading Indian Economy and Covid Recovery All Slow Down

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