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A Dalmatian Sojourn

This year, the start of the Easter break saw me, my wife and my daughter board EasyJet’s non-stop flight from Geneva to Split, Croatia. When the idea of visiting Croatia was first proposed, I was unsure. After all, as a student, I had travelled to former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe was not priority. My family, … Continue reading A Dalmatian Sojourn

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

In Feb 2001, my sister from Vancouver called informing that my father, who happened to be visiting her, had fallen critically ill and was in hospital. For a man who had never taken seriously ill, and had never been admitted to a hospital, it was surprising that the pneumonia got the better of him and … Continue reading A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

When गूँज (Goonj) Came Home

This took place in late Jan 2018. I was attending the inaugural cohort of the India Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS) program at Sonipat and our program organisers got our entire cohort to pay a field visit to the headquarters of Goonj at New Delhi. Before we left Sonipat I had a token understanding of … Continue reading When गूँज (Goonj) Came Home

If it’s Saturday it Must be Khanderi

Mumbai-Khandheri, December 29th-30th 2018 Saturday 29th December Today is the day of the sailing cruise to Kanhoji Angre Island a.k.a. Khanderi, not to be mistaken with the uber-Mumbai suburb of Andheri. On the Saturday of Christmas week, three sailing clubs of Mumbai come together to host this annual event.  A thirty-some bunch of sailors assemble … Continue reading If it’s Saturday it Must be Khanderi

To Be Or Not To Be Secular

In the history of human kind religion has ironically played the lead divisive role. More people have been killed in the name of religion than any other force. From the Crusades in the 11th Century to the Arab-Israeli conflict in the 20th century and the blood filled partition of India, religion has played the demonic role.

Experiencing Education

The notion of education conjures up images of class rooms, text books, tutorials and high-stress examinations in my mind but little did I realise that education can equally be a process of observation, discovery, self-learning, also associated with outdoors and a fun-filled experience. A few weeks ago, I was invited by Creya Learning, a Hyderabad … Continue reading Experiencing Education

Conquering Cancer: From Chaos to Control

#EveryIndianVolunteering   “That’s the most interesting thing of all. The balance depends on the mans frame of mind! Understand? Which means that if he’s cheerful and firm in spirit, there will be more sodium in the barrier, and no sickness none whatever, will bring him to his death. But as soon as he loses heart, … Continue reading Conquering Cancer: From Chaos to Control

Of Education, Ethics and Enlightenment

“Education should not be a preparation for life; it should be life” Anthony de Mello in The Prayer of the Frog Thomas Alva Edison the most prolific inventor since the first industrial revolution refused to go to school after the age of seven. In today’s parlance he was uneducated and yet he was more educated … Continue reading Of Education, Ethics and Enlightenment

Rhyme & Rhythm in Morocco

Total read time of 10 minutes with videos. In a few days from today, it will be one year since I set foot on Moroccan soil to join 14 other IBM colleagues, from across the globe, to participate in what was the tenth edition of IBM’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC) mission in Morocco. Fondly known … Continue reading Rhyme & Rhythm in Morocco

The Evolution of Sail Boat Technology

The piece below was submitted as a paper during the class on 'Management of Technology', whilst pursuing my MBA degree at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University in the Fall of 1982. A post-script has been added to bring the topic up to date.   FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES Some of Mankind’s greatest accomplishments … Continue reading The Evolution of Sail Boat Technology