Response to New Technology
Dude Bro: Great idea, can this tech get actualisation through Block chain now and monetised through an early stage investment. How many early users can we get?
Artsy Dude: What is the community implication of this technology intervention in the receiving community? Is this tech even needed? How many jobs will be lost?
(Con)sultant Bro: Both responses are valid and we need to do an market entry analysis for this tech through a proprietary framework we have developed? This is our Vale based billing for the engagement.
Entrepreneur: when are we launching the product?
Environmental permitting spends are mandatory spends for business continuity, however there is hardly any effort to extract more strategic value from them by the procurement folks of industries. It can rejigged to obtain insights for resilience building, extend an ESIA into a flood risk assessment to understand your insurance premiums in a climate unequal world. Leverage environmental monitoring data as an entry point to map your ecosystem footprint, and then utilise the data analytics via models into actionable intelligence for gauging product supply chains.
The context varies, but an extra dollar worth of value can be extracted from existing spends.
Writing which connects to the soul, is the essence which remains as a residue somewhere. That writing articulates unlocked/unsaid emotions about a place or a feeling of a place. Normally exceptional writing is simple, and self organises a vocabulary which is not present in discourse, such as how do you write about a city which is in the peripheral vision of a regional imagination? Does its coffee shops and Karak chai corners anchor a non existing articulation of a place? Is the non place important enough? Or is the economic core, the engine of communicative infrastructure. Not having a palate of words, leads to erasures. Spatial discourses are fluid and the past is recorded in some vocabulary, in some archive.
Writing in to action a place is an art. Amit Chaudhuri’s writing on Bombay has an archival feel. Sadly cities of the Gulf are not written yet in that vain.
Tell your younger self
It’s ok to be slow
It’s alright to fail
And fail again
Parents,Teachers and Friends
Are not the finale
They are after all
Waiting for you to get off
Their laundry lists
Chart your own journey
No one waits for you
To tell your story
Life will be your script
Non profit and business start up founders often sabotage their vision of the organisation by turning into to mutual admiration club rather than a mission driven organisation. Having worked with a committed Mohsin Malhar Da and a few others and also a award winning tent maker who did not bother to remunerate, the activist and social good space has a bunch of interesting ideas to munch on!
Social good is like any other profession. Making it a vanity trip defeats the cause.
Ultimately it is the everyday politics with a small p that is the proof of the seewaiyaan, the grand theories of Geopolitics, Race, Faith and Class does not cut any sand if it’s translation to the institutions such as family, workplace and the retail sphere is half cooked.
Too much grand theoretical noise. The activists depend on foundations run by business people for money and academia also needs the same grants.
I am just looking back at the detritus of dreams
The scars are not seen
Gleaned by fancy restaurant selfies
The delta of unrealised dreams
However is whether to fight on
Or change course
But those are the dreams which shaped the inside of me
The fights, the joys
The meals, the laughs
Those are the screenshots
Of life itself
Today at a cooked food counter at a supermarket in Muscat, this Malayali spread reminds me of Indian Restaurants/Restoran in Singapore and Malaysia where cooked food is displayed. The cultural commonalities are obvious, southern India.
Life is strange
One leaves being Middle Class
In Kanyakumari and Komilla
To be marginal, in Karama
Positions vary, material reality dominates
Life is then expressed in exchange rates
Meaning is searched in the falling rupee
As the hurt ego, is soothed by jumping values
JNU is an elite university election in south Delhi. It’s student elections are not the central polls. The BMC Polls in Mumbai are far more significant. Having a powerful alumni base with a grip on media, does amplify the narrow outlook, but does not scale up its significance. Media should be covering more grounded issues, but Khan Market for a cuppa is nearer.
It’s a good start up incubator for emerging politicians though, and look forward to Dr Kanhaiya Kumar and Miss Rashid contest the 2019 polls.