Eight things you need to know about the next 50 years into Future

“…In the race to become consumers, producers, innovators , we often disregard where most of our resources are coming from” Continue reading Eight things you need to know about the next 50 years into Future

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Speed and Agility

“Next time, I’ll come and spend a week teaching them ( PG mgt students) how to use Agile for business innovation.” was a suggestion to the Board. It wasn’t the first time I was attending a board meeting, but it was the first time I was in attendance for a business school. I wondered what the concept was, an oft repeated statement. Is it often that IT philosophy is used in other disciplines? I remember Prof. Karl Ulrich at Wharton had a background in Mechanical engineering and also borrowed some concepts from operations management to create rather interesting and simplified … Continue reading Speed and Agility

This is the post that got me over one million likes……

Some people become coal miners. Others are born aristocrats with a silver spoon dangling so from their mouth, if it falls, is replaceable. Look at the world. We have divided ourselves into nation states. Nation states whose boundaries are formed by the blood of other men, whose territories were annexed or our own which we fight to defend. Others, still are in the midst of fighting, fuelled by the generous doses of capitalist dreams. And finally some …… some still seeking their historic identities. Do we really like to fight? What do we defend? Humanity it appears, is on the … Continue reading This is the post that got me over one million likes……

Baby steps to Branding a city

When these pictures were taken, the elections were in full swing in West Bengal, one of the eastern state of India. I gauge that the predominant Blue and white paint which is adorning each pavement, divider and most buildings, has been done in the recent past. And if you are traveling at night, be greeted by blue and white led lights twined around what would have been once, charming lampposts. Said to be reflective of the colors of the present ruling political party, it seems a bit overdone. Other hilarious such instances which can be recalled in other states is … Continue reading Baby steps to Branding a city

Colour (s) of the Year 2016.

Every year, colour company Pantone releases a shade what it calls the “Colour of the year” which is then popularized by its use in products and fashion. Last year it was Marsala, a reddish brown hue. When Pantone announced not one, but two colours of the year for 2016, it was somewhat surprising deviating from its tradition of a single main colour. If one thinks deeply, can there really be only one colour for a year? In the landscape above, the morning sky seemed to have “followed” Pantone’s colour direction for the year. In its vastness it enveloped not just … Continue reading Colour (s) of the Year 2016.

Smarty Pants

If you were ask in India what is the current buzzword, supported by marketing efforts of course, you would get Make in India, Digital India, Smart Cities among some more floating on the social net. All of a sudden we are considering being “Smart”. Silently we whisper to each other “What is meant by Smart”? Is what is meant “Smart” by them the “Smart” we understand? (Do we really?) We then look up to the architects of the word and ask , “What is Smart?”. The self appointed architects reply with a mock shock, “You don’t know?… “See.” They point … Continue reading Smarty Pants

Marsala: Colour of the year 2015

Every year Pantone, international authority for colour promotes one colour. For this year they have chosen Marsala. The name Marsala comes from the Italian wine produced in the city of Marsala in Sicily. In the Indian context, its more like a watered down and sun faded version of Gheru (brick red) minus the yellows. Here are its vital statistics: Pantone: 18-1438 Hex:  #955251 RGB: 149.82.81 Pics courtesy: Pantone website. Continue reading Marsala: Colour of the year 2015