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What Independence Means?

What Independence Means?

As we are ushering into the 71st year of Independence, I want to take time for us all to explore the meaning of independence in a bit more detail. Have you ever wondered what independence really is? This blog is specifically to explore the meaning of independence as it does for a country. The next blog will explore it from an individual perspective. India gained her independence on 15th August, 1947. So, what did it really get? Wikipedia says: Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-gov... Read More

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Tough Economic Lesson For Country’s Engineering Academicians

Tough Economic Lesson For Country’s Engineering Academicians

Engineering is the practice of making things better, more efficient and getting more out of the resources. With the opening up of the economy nearly 2 decades back and the global workforce movement, India saw plethora of opportunities open up. The easiest thing to do was to open up a new engineering college, and hence we have more engineering colleges than McDonald’s, Dominos, PizzaHut and a few more fast food chains put together. Over the last 2-3 years, as the industry has tightened and Indian IT industry is seeing perhaps its first slump in 2 decades, most smart colleges have double... Read More

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Mindfuck? What The Fuck Is That?

Mindfuck? What The Fuck Is That?

Let me first put this in context. The crisis that you see most people go through every so often, the stress and the unhappiness that most people have in their life and in things around them is called mindfuck. Whether its existential crisis or issues in relationships or some other seemingly missing aspect in most people’s life, the underlying theme is called mindfuck. So, what is the classic definition of mindfuck? Wikipedia describes Mindfuck as Psychological manipulation, a principle of discordianism. These words are definitely going to put someone in mindfuck if they already weren... Read More

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What’s In A Process?

What’s In A Process?

A process is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. By definition a process should make working easier, replicable and take out potential misadventures or deviations. While this continues to be the objective, a prime need for the process is not to become a barrier. A process is prima facie meant to make the work more streamlined. In my experience, most processes fail on their rigidity. They fail when people start using them as an excuse to get out of work or as an excuse to not take responsibility. To be true to the process, never say ‘I won’t bec... Read More

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GST – Where It All Goes Wrong!

GST – Where It All Goes Wrong!

Goods and Services Tax – The biggest tax reform in India since independence! Conceptually, the best thing that could happen in a country laden with incredibly complicated tax structure. For a very long time I have been a strong proponent, till I saw chinks in the chain. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great philosophy. It’s the right thing to do but for the implementation structure and the actual execution. It’s a classic case of the Indian politico ruining something good, just so they don’t lose votes. So, what’s wrong with GST: GST should have reduced the amount of Tax peop... Read More

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Twitter Trends [India] – What do they really mean?

Twitter Trends [India] – What do they really mean?

On this World Social Media Day, let us look at what is considered as one of the most important metrics in the current social media world. Twitter Trends. What Twitter wants it to mean – A top 10 list of most important topics being discussed or talked about on Twitter related to India and in India at any given point of time. What it actually means – A top 10 list of keywords and hashtags where social media agencies, political parties and PR companies have begged, borrowed, stolen or outrightly manipulated data and tweets to make their campaign on the top 10. How customers look at t... Read More

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Digital India: Decoding the Myths

Digital India: Decoding the Myths

This month, I had a distinct pleasure to speak at Bareilly, “New India: Opportunities and Challenges”, an event organized by Jagran Group and Future College. I was asked to talk about Digital India and Make In India. Perhaps the 2 initiatives that have governed the development of India over the last 2 years. Key focus of both these initiatives being to make it easy to begin, sustain and grow businesses in India. While preparing and thinking about how to put it across to a Tier2 audience which may not otherwise be that savvy or care about development at the top level, here is a simplisti... Read More

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The (in)Famous Indian Standard Time

The (in)Famous Indian Standard Time

“We all know it, we all hate it and yet, we all do it!” Well, I am talking about the (in)famous Indian Standard Time! Have you ever wondered the genesis of Indian Standard time? Why are we always beginning meetings and things late? Let’s start from the beginning! We do take the usual 9 months to come out. We usually start our pre-school at 3 and our regular schooling at 5. It is not like we have a higher life expectancy than other countries. Yet, somewhere in-between, we have the Indian Standard Time. In our country, schools start on time. Kids are never late in getting to... Read More

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Keyboard is Mightier Than the Pen is Mightier Than the Sword – Cyber Terrorism

Keyboard is Mightier Than the Pen is Mightier Than the Sword – Cyber Terrorism

"These are the best of times, these are the worst of times.” The above lines best describe the changing nature of media and news. From a simplistic world where there were 8-10 news outlets that regulated everything, where there was a clear distinction of Alpha male in news (the news generators) and the Beta male in news (the news consumers), we have come to the social media world of everybody being an Alpha male. These news outlets had credibility and more importantly accountability. They came from different ideologies and philosophies, which meant they will broadcast different POV’... Read More

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