Adopted Father

The mutual fund industry in India reminds us of a strict disciplinarian father and his brood in a very Victorian family. Given that the regulator came into being long after the mutual fund industry had started, it is a case more of an adopted father who came onto the scene a bit late in life….

Oldest goes out and the largest is kept out – B

History is replete with examples of how a few leaders have been able to exploit the hurt sentiments of a population under duress by providing them a living embodiment of the reasons for their sufferings. These leaders had a hand on the pulse of the population, knew the pain points and were enchanting speakers. In…

Oldest goes out and the largest is kept out – A

“Two is company, three is politics.” Two contrasting developments dominated the narrative across the world on 24th June, although they were in the works for years. Half the world was shaken out of its slumber and the other half which was awake, watched a nightmare come true, the oldest democracy and the biggest votary of…

Drugs on War

The naïveté of the film makers was the only humor that I found in the two and half hours that I wasted watching Udta Punjab. The solution to the problem, as one of the protagonists, suggested was so simplistic that is was not even laughable. Long time back, the first film I had seen on…

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram – a time to pray

Life was not it’s usual self on the Monday morning, as staff members read and re-read the erudite good bye note from their boss, when the delivery boy walked to the heavily guarded main gate on Mint Street. It was an unusual delivery, from a certain Cook, a basket of green apples, for Boss. The…

Love breeds Love, so does Hate breeds…

Development has always been our main agenda, for poverty is the biggest killer in our country. A fact realised by our leaders right since independence. We have a very broad pyramid and there is pain at the big bottom. This pain is accentuated not just by poverty but a denial of basic civic amenities. As…

Flying Punjab, Flying Judiciary

As the dust slowly settles down on one of the most hyped episode in our march to assure ourselves Freedom of Expression, the contours of the picture that emerge is not what we had exactly hoped for, nor does it mark any new beginning as most experts have taken pains to point out. It has…

Mystery Man Modi – II

The other aspect of NaMo is his personal background that has shaped him. Coming from a non-privileged upbringing unlike some others with public school backgrounds, he has worked hard in the highly business oriented Gujarat environment. He is very proud of his humble upbringing and wears it on his sleeve, proudly displaying it at all…

Mystery Man – Modi

He is a fantastic orator, no body, absolutely nobody can match the way he engages the audience. The other person who comes close is Atal, for he used pauses so effectively that the baritone was amplified and silences sounded melodious. Our hon PM Narendra Modi (NaMo) has addressed hundreds of rallies and cumulatively probably every…

the ultimate disruptor

It is not a recent, probably the first time it popped up was during the dot com boom, but it has gained momentum in recent times thanks to all the fin tech innovation. So on one hand we have the thread of rapid advances made on technology side in financial services field, and on the…

Thai Currey

let us go shopping in a boat, buy some fish, some spices and soak in the feel

Disinvestment Dilemma

When I recently read the OM issued by the DIPAM (that is Department of Investment & Public Asset Management) regarding Capital Restructuring of CPSEs, it brought back some very old faint memories of a lecture in Strategic Finance, on a rainy day, when the raindrops competed with the professor for my attention. However the Professor…