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Covid Times – And the inevitable happened !

Since the pandemic set in march 2020, I have tried off and on to chronicle through my COVID Times blog series on how everyone has been gearing up in their own unique way to help friends and family cope with the situation. Be it community support during strict lock downs, to exercises or family meetContinue reading “Covid Times – And the inevitable happened !”

Travel Blog – Amritsar and Dharamshala- A near-miss and a thrilling adventure!!

Before covid, our last vacation was in Jan 2020 to Hampi. Post covid we have been lucky to have been able to take short trips to places around Mumbai Lonavala, Pune, Mahabaleshwar. So this time when at a short notice, we got a free slot at Club Mahindra Dharamshala we were quite thrilled and wereContinue reading “Travel Blog – Amritsar and Dharamshala- A near-miss and a thrilling adventure!!”

Building Tribes can take you from Good to Great

Recently, I picked up Seth Godin’s book – Tribes: We need you to lead us. It is an interesting book on how Tribes fulfil the need of human beings to belong; as well as how Leaders differ from Managers. For e.g Managers focus on optimising output from the given resources while maintaining a status quo; andContinue reading “Building Tribes can take you from Good to Great”

New investment options for H-E-N-R-Y’s

You must have heard of Baby Boomers, Gen X , Gen Y or the Millennials, Gen Z et al. (click here to know more). Recently the socio-economic acronym H-E-N-R-Y has been added to this list. It refers to High Earning, Not Rich Yet. HENRYs are largely Gen X, millennials who generally are well educated andContinue reading “New investment options for H-E-N-R-Y’s”

Embedded Finance- Brands Becoming the Face of Banking

Historically, consumer durable goods as well as automotive brands have been either floating finance companies or leaning onto Banks or NBFCs to provide finance to facilitate customers buy their products. This led to the birth of companies like GE Money, Tata Finance, Maruti Finance or partnerships/ alliances of banks for dealer financing or consumer durableContinue reading “Embedded Finance- Brands Becoming the Face of Banking”

The Big Fat Indian Wedding – Will COVID re-define it forever?

With globalisation, family members are getting dispersed all over the world. On my wife’s side, one of her cousins has settled in the Philippines and on my side of the family, almost one cousin from every branch of the family tree has settled overseas. Net result, over the last two years, I have had theContinue reading “The Big Fat Indian Wedding – Will COVID re-define it forever?”

Unwinding in the garden city

Recently I got an opportunity to visit Bengaluru. This was the first time since the pandemic that I was visiting a city outside of Maharashtra. Besides being popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is also known as the garden city. So far  every time I visited the city, it would invariably beContinue reading “Unwinding in the garden city”

Sachet revolution for cross border payments can explode business opportunities for service-preneurs

Cash formed the dominant mode of payment till demonetisation (de-mon) in 2016 when Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes were withdrawn. These formed around 86% of the value in circulation. This gave a fillip to digital payment like UPI, card, online – NEFT and IMPS modes of payment.  Fortunes of wallet companies like Paytm,Continue reading “Sachet revolution for cross border payments can explode business opportunities for service-preneurs”

The Tom and Jerry reality show !

As kids, we gen Xers thrived on comics of the likes of Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, Ritchie Rich, Asterix & Obelix, Archie and the excitement of cute cartoons such as the Tom & Jerry show. However, only recently after my tryst with Jerry did I realise that in reality Jerry is anything but cute. Here’sContinue reading “The Tom and Jerry reality show !”

Learning to celebrate the idiosyncrasies – the key to wellness

Just like every other family, our family too  has its own idiosyncrasies which once in a while end up becoming a topic for a good laugh during our get togethers. My parents are true foodies; they love to experiment with different cuisines not only when they step out but even when at home. My mom,Continue reading “Learning to celebrate the idiosyncrasies – the key to wellness”