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2022 Ghupshup from here and there

2022 has been a roller coaster year not only for me but also for everyone else as well, especially with COVID surging , hopefully for one last time before tapering off. As COVID tapered, floodgates opened on travel, the wait time for international VISA to EU increased, for USA it extended to beyond 1000 days.AsContinue reading “2022 Ghupshup from here and there”

COVID Tales – Road to recovery –  A Few Learnings in handling long recovery ailments

As we all know, given the urgency due to the outbreak of the pandemic, approvals for Covid vaccinations were fast tracked. This did not give pharma companies enough time to complete clinical trials and prepare everyone for protocols to handle adverse reactions. While this was done for the larger good, it has meant quite aContinue reading COVID Tales – Road to recovery –  A Few Learnings in handling long recovery ailments

Off The Beaten Track – Travel blog – Rameshwar – Chettinad – Madurai- Part 2

The Bangala – excitement of a surprise guestAs we moved in to enjoy our stay at The Bangala we could sense  the pristine glory of this  nice and spacious 90+ year old property. It has a pool with a lot of greenery and open space which gives it a colonial club type feel. When weContinue reading “Off The Beaten Track – Travel blog – Rameshwar – Chettinad – Madurai- Part 2”

Off The Beaten Track – Travel blog – Rameshwar – Chettinad – Madurai

Recently my parents joined a package tour covering Rameshwar-Chettinad- Madurai. They were all praise for the Rameshwaram temple, chettiar mansions at Chettinad and of course the Meenakshi Amman temple at Madurai.  We too  decided to explore this route on our own to be able to do it at our own pace. Rameshwar and Madurai areContinue reading Off The Beaten Track – Travel blog – Rameshwar – Chettinad – Madurai

Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav- Statue of Unity Travel log

Celebrating the 75th independence day, I had quite a few exciting moments. On 15th Aug, one of my friends shared a reprint of the 15th Aug 1947 edition of Free Press journal. While going through the paper, I came across this very interesting advertisement from Tata Mills on the state of India’s per capita clothContinue reading Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav- Statue of Unity Travel log

Musings of an Undercover Economist – Visit to a barber

Everyone has his/ her favourite hangout place; be it the corner Irani restaurant or tea stall or the garden bench to catch up on neighbourhood gossip. For me, it’s my monthly visit to my barber. His shop was started by his father and then he was introduced to the business. He has been around forContinue reading “Musings of an Undercover Economist – Visit to a barber”

Travel Blog- The Taj Mahal- story of the perfect shot and more..

In 2020, my son had planned to visit us in Mumbai from the USA around April/ May before plunging into his internship. But then the pandemic broke in April 2020 and all travel plans got cancelled and the wait became longer. Now finally after two and a half years as his Feb-end 2022 travel dateContinue reading “Travel Blog- The Taj Mahal- story of the perfect shot and more..”

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”

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 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 !”