This morning as Delhi crossed the borders, I was in a taxi driven by an elderly Chacha from Lahore, a good man was giving me tips to navigate the city’s taxi system and the ERP system here called Salik. He was talking about Rahmat, Halal and beautiful things. Do migrants afford nationalisms?
Everyday dreams die As the past stings back Catharsis is half baked As the past, lives on The present is a vague design The trace paper of the past Has left a mould A scaffold An imprint is not adequate The mould of the past Fills up the present
Joy of listening to cheap romantic Bollywood music in a South Asian Salon on Friday Midnight in Dubai. The choicest of tracks are played which are as syrupy as ever. Atif and Arijit dominant the sonic landscapes of this salon. The energy levels are phenomenal even at this late hour. Most barber shops are run … More Salon Nights
Sustainability is a popular major in college now a days with prominent universities launching academic programs such as SMU in Singapore with DBS Bank supporting it. It’s excellent to hear business majors reading about social finance and circular economy. Sustainability has always been a complex art and science, with the society at its core and … More Sustainability: The Tri Sector Athletic Approach to solving problems
The world of gulf migrants revolve around visas, medical tests, salaries, remittances, rents, salary cuts and delays, termites on the bed and calls back home. Life is lived between flights or plans of flights back home. Generations have worked in this region from South Asia and the story continues. This is particularly true of tier … More Jobs and Migrants
Sometimes we let others fulfil our dreams Only to forget ours To consume the present well
We live the image of the imaginations Only to wonder the pale shadow of doubt Was the dream An inheritance or a path to moksha?
Couple of cool cab conversations today, with an Ethiopian who speaks Hindi fluently, from the border of Somalia who is here for two decades, recommended Al Habshi restaurants for traditional Ethiopian fare. We spoke about the new president whom he clearly likes. He is clearly at ease in the multicultural milieu that he is in. … More Conversation with Cabbies: Dubai Edition
Attended an impromptu Book Launch at Kinokuniya, Dubai Mall of an Egyptian American Civil Engineer turned Cook Book Author Hanan Sayed, where a bunch of well heeled cool book enthusiasts were present including other restaurant owners (The Bearded Bakers from Sydney were a hawt favourite of the fashionable crowd). There was a MBC crew as … More A Book Launch in Dubai Mall: A Photo Essay
More than big data, there is an acute need of proper primary data where it is not available on public databases and proxy indicator driven data is incomplete at best. Rather than depicting the right baseline, we are often more concerned with the analysis. We need start ups who would collect basic data first and … More Get Real Data First