This was an experience to understand, enjoy and ponder fine food, but good food is beyond its core culinary ingredients. Olive Bar and Kitchen, a by reservation only eatery by AD Singh- food entrepreneur who redefined the hospitality experience in post liberalisation India, is a Mediterranean place next to the Qutub, sharing space on 1 … More The Narrative of Fine Dining in India’s Power Capital
The issue with digital vis-à-vis any other new technology diffusion curve is a problem of scale and velocity. Algorithms as mathematical black boxes are secret rules and surveillance is omnipresent. Anything free is dangerous. Most social and civic technologies are free and give away the privacy rights without any second thought. Privacy is a social … More Digital has a price?
The tragedy of translation when Game of Thrones is translated in to Bhojpuri. Mode of Cultural Production is a site where fantasy and aspirations meets expectations and reality. At times like this, they just comically collide.
The Digital is an ideology of power, masked as benevolent enabler, ephemeral as the time goes by. Similar to environmentalism in the 1990’s. We need a Captain Planet type animated propaganda now. Or is the mainstream discourse enough?
The Shiv Sena, retained its vote share. The local municipal polls are fought on extremely micro issues, and a lot of ex NCP chaps moved to BJP all over Maharashtra, and the NCP+Congress crumbled. There has been a transfer of votes from NCP+Congress to the BJP. This is not a vote for DeMo, as DeMo … More The BMC Polls and DeMo : A short note
With the massive layoffs in the Indian Web 2.0 Technology Aggregator Space, as most of the VC fuelled paranoia fades away, example Snapdeal as cash is burned to capture market space, and the innovation edge is lost, finally the cash flow blues are hitting home. We need less alpha male adventurism and more bottom line … More Innovation.Disruption.Digital.
Fund Raising is the common concern of start ups and nonprofits. I guess Innovation should be another core strand in that aesthetic. Any venture which is innovative, is not in alignment with the existing structures of commerce and social constructs. Aggregators have clicked because of the convenience it renders to the consumer. They are connectors, … More Non Profits as Innovation Incubators
The so called digital economy crumbles, when transportation technology aggregator business models are not cost efficient, raise and burn cash to gain market share and finally when the crunch comes, the incentives are slashed, the ‘achche din’ for the cabbies are gone, most of them made almost two lakh every month, took on hefty bank … More Collective Action in the Digital
The social media jubilation over the ISRO launch only reveals the paucity of centres (read oasis) of excellence in India’s public sector. Only if we had moonshots as far as feeding the hungry, a second green revolution and housing the urban homeless. A country of a billion and a quarter, has too few present day … More Need more icons
If you pound the pavement, immerse oneself in a community, solidarity and stories flow, the digital pen suddenly takes up a form of authenticity. The entire mad rush for stories, to ‘build a portfolio’ mindset is the main reason for shallow writing. If there is a listicle site, you have a Caravan too. Written text … More Writing about Written Art