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.
The anti intellectual’s new treatise on risk and uncertainty. Taleb is the thinker of the generation after Black Swan, Fooled By Randomness and Anti Fragile. People often quip that Gulf life puts one in a comfort zone lifestyle wise as far as learning is concerned as books are pricey and unavailable. I beg to differ … More Taleb is Back.
Create your own space It’s too crowded to ask for an inch There are always interstices But that’s survival Not flourishing Initiative and Energy Is the key But the hunger is what matters Smash Walls Crash Doors Gate crash clubs Invitations won’t come Demand an invite Mark your territory.
Digital is being weaved in to everyday life as a fibre which is indistinguishable. Digital as this fibre is predisposed as ‘advanced’ and the pre digital as not up to the mark. Smart cities are the planning manifestation of the digital, where sensors harvesting data is considered more needed than more fundamental infrastructure. It is … More Did Digital and Data make Life Better?
Bata CEO Alexis Nasard to Christine Tan, Managing Asia at CNBC Asia on replying to the question; ‘What would you like to achieve as a CEO?’ Transform Business in to an Institution, (which is) Build to Last. The best business interview in a while. Learning can happen with the right intent on the content. The … More The Bata CEO on Leadership