Musings

How unbreakable are you?

How ‘unbreakable’ are you? I’ve been watching this sitcom on Netflix – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  For those who haven’t watched it, UKS is about a girl who goes about her life after being rescued from a doomsday cult.  Although she pretty much received a raw deal for a larger part of her life, Kimmy refuses …

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Winning isn’t everything…

One year on, the feeling lingers… Winning is not everything, it is how one conducts oneself in defeat that matters.  The biggest scientists, the leader of over 1 billion people – are humans after all. And sometimes, it is more important to feel human, than to keep it all inside and cry.  A leader is …

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The tech bubble…

So when is the tech bubble going to burst? This year has been the one of the worst on record, with GDPs across the board plunging, not dipping.  Yet the tech mania seems to continue – the latest entrant being Ant Financial.  For those who lived through the Dotcom boom of 1999, and it’s subsequent …

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On passwords…

How often do you change your passwords? Do you change them at all? Was eating breakfast this morning, and got a notification from the bank that AED 100 had been deducted for an OSN payment.  I don’t have OSN…and so called the bank now, disputed the transaction, and blocked my card. In the meantime, logged …

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On banking…

How difficult is banking nowadays? With all the fintech floating around, I would assume it should have gotten better by now.  Instead, we still have the countless paper forms to fill, endless days to wait (a month for an account!), hardly any business banking facilities for 3 years, and excessive charges.  Where is that promise …

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The new normal:|

What are your pain points? Let’s touch base and leverage synergies on this topic… Sounds familiar? While I did have such ‘pain points’ before, they seem to have magnified in the COVID era of prolonged voice calls.  Maybe I’m just noticing them more, since I don’t have a good cup of coffee to compensate:) Why …

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Be Picky!

A journey of a thousand miles…starts with a single line of code… 17th September 2019. Thats the day I first interacted with Ivanka Tancheva.  “I want to set up a specialised food delivery app” she said. Sounded interesting, but I was skeptical initially. The business model was too niche, I thought.  We had a couple of …

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Onam Ashamsakal!

Neil Armstrong wasn’t the first person to land on the moon… KuttiChettan was. While this joke has been done to death, it does one thing – show the enterprising spirit of the Malayali. And for us in the Gulf, this is more than evident, given the range of businesses that are run by Malayali entrepreneurs.  …

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C U Soon!

C U Soon… Have you seen this Malayalam movie yet? It’s on Amazon Prime with subtitles.   Shot during the lockdown, using phones and mostly on computer screens, C U Soon is a taut thriller, starring Fahadh Faasil, one of India’s most talented actors.  They experimented, used minimal resources, and came up with an excellent product.  …

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PUBG

PUBG has now been banned in India…. But is it justified? If you haven’t heard about PUBG yet, chances are that you are living under a rock.  The game took the world by storm, and that storm has not subsided yet. My view is not on the politics of it…but on the violence associated with …

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