Malayali Owner, Bangladeshi staff, cook from Kolkata. Mixed clientele from the truck driver, the daily wager to the office worker. Businesses navigate the everyday. #karakchaitales
Youth means dreams are audacious Adulting means bills increase Aspirations contract As the current account In the last days of the month Dreams, are energy Colonial thinking is’nt merely Geography, but in imagination as well Reality shrinks our dreams Shrinks hope In self Prophecy, our potential In income As everyday, materiality Hence, the audacity of … More Energy.
The Middle Aged Filipino Lady Jostling for space as she buys Samak For her curry The Bengali from Chittagong Selling farm fruits In a wet market In the heart of a Gulf Capital These days, Informal spaces as far from available These days every inch is urban planned The geotagged cartography And food quality control … More The Wet Market in Oman; B&W Photo Essay/Poem
The history of the Indian Diaspora is not one of software engineers in USA, UK and Canada, and sometimes an occasional entrepreneur or businessman….. but of a subaltern history in Africa and the Caribbean: Ram Guha in the NIF conversation with Amrita Shah
With Moinul, who has worked on a farm in Suwaiq, Al Batinah North for eleven years. From Dhaka, he has worked in the farm sector only in Oman, and is far more fluent in Hindi rather than Bangla. He was kind enough to take me and my colleagues on a detailed tour of the farm. … More Field Notes from a Farm
We take the everyday in the Gulf with a pinch of salt, as something mundane and insignificant. When i announced the #KarakChaiTales series, I was met with the quintessential snigger, as something so minor that it is not valid enough to document, to write to bring it out in to the public discourse on ideas. … More Writing Ourselves: Karak Chai Tales Episode One
IPL is the prime time summer theatre of ‘New India’ created by a certain Modi. Gripping, Delusional and Rootless, exemplifies the consumerism in the country. The franchises are companies with no local base and as a seasonal commodity, at times it seems that foreign players are playing against each other aimlessly. IPL destabilises the notion … More The Summer Slam: IPL Tamasha
I am starting this series called #karakchaitales where so much happens over a 100 bz chai in the Gulf. Melting pots of banter, these are places to socialise in the region where affordable places to hang out are mostly in shopping malls where the beverage is 15x more pricey. So what has been your Karak … More Karak Tales Over Chai
Data is the new oil. The biggest myth that got busted big time today as our data becomes a product. The digital sector is not naive. They think that we are naive and stupid, and those valley alpha males who code are smart and they can demolish institutions and norms. The political class at Capitol … More Zuck gets grilled at the Hill
Writing a book for the last 18 months has taught me much about the digital sphere but more about me as a person. The topic is a moving target with a dynamic role of the digital in society, but I have learnt that how one thinks and articulated ideas in a way which the stakeholders … More Keep walking.