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Ajit

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2010-12-15

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Father, husband, couch potato...

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Have you always felt like a Misfit? Looking into the world from outside... Wondering why you are the only one thinking differently. The one who doesn't fit. This is a.. blog of such a misfit - the topics are varied but are about life...

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  • On Polemics, Political Correctness and Progress
    on Mar 31, 2013
    My last post was about some of my silly preferences that seem to play such an important role in my life (tragically!)- Elvis or Beatles, English or American, Ketchup or Ketchup etc. I was happy to see so many people write/message me either agreeing o...
  • Two sides...
    on Mar 27, 2013
    The other day I was sitting on a flight (it seems to be quite a common theme to some of my recent blogs - however this post has nothing to do with flights - well almost nothing) trying to make a futile attempt to sleep.  I was woken up by the vo...
  • Of Birthdays and Stalinism...
    on Mar 9, 2013
    Now what on earth could birthdays have to do with Stalin (other than the obvious fact that Stalin must have had one birthday each year). Well as is my wont the title and first paragraph of my blogpost usually has very little to do with the actual pos...
  • Of Flying, Falling and Rising...
    on Feb 1, 2013
    Couple of weeks ago I was on yet another work trip (luckily within India so the flight was short). The idea of flying - one which used to cause me great excitement when I was a kid - is a cause of increasing irritation now. Often the flights tend to...
  • The Year of Living Dangerously...
    on Jan 5, 2013
    With every apology to Peter Weir for lifting the title of his brilliant movie, I can't think of title that appropriately reflects how the past year has been and perhaps how 2013 will be (though I hope it isn't). The past year has been a tumultuous on...
  • Uncle J in the Summertime...
    on Dec 27, 2012
    The title reflects my Uncle J to me. He was the one who first introduced me to PG Wodehouse novels when I was in school and I always ended up meeting him during our holidays in summer (so the title is a poor copy of the PG Wodehouse classic "Uncle Fr...
  • What Lies Beneath...
    on Dec 22, 2012
    Dec 29th The numbness that I have felt for the past days continues. The slender hope that the girl would recover has also gone. The only way one can even begin to pay respects to her memory would be to commit oneself as a society to eradicating viole...
  • On Optimism
    on Oct 14, 2012
    I guess all parents are proud of pretty much anything their kids do. I am in a perpetual state of pride around my daughter as she grows up. Well my parents are still proud of anything I do - including the drivel I dish out in my blogs. Well part of t...
  • The End of Innocence?
    on Oct 4, 2012
    Earlier this week I was watching the World T20 cricket match. It was the final set of group games - Australia v Pakistan and India v South Africa. Depending on some very complicated set of calculations, India would either make or not make the semi-fi...
  • Celebration Time and Economics
    on Sep 30, 2012
    The past two weeks have witnessed celebrations around the birthday of one of India (and specifically Mumbai's) most loved Gods - Ganesha. There is the usual sound, colour and festivities which have whetted the appetite of Indians for what will now be...
  • Eleven Years On...Memories of an Awesome City
    on Sep 12, 2012
    Sept 11, 2001 - Eleven years ago. Eleven - two one's - the shape of the two buildings that no more grace the Manhattan skyline. I will never forget that day - just as the days of horror that Mumbai (and other cities in India), London and others have...
  • Of Courtesy, Noblesse Oblige and Respect
    on Sep 9, 2012
    Noblesse Oblige - I first read that phrase in a PG Wodehouse book. Of course the literal translation is "whoever claims to be noble must conduct themselves with nobility" but to me this was not a classist thing. A gentleman (or woman) is not one by b...
  • The Greatest Show on Earth
    on Aug 14, 2012
    Not sure when the Olympics began to be billed "The Greatest Show on Earth". The true-blue Londoners have been billing this as "The Greatest Show on Earth" in "The Greatest City on Earth".  Anything that has the billing of "The Greatest Show on E...
  • The Relevance of TV News
    on Aug 2, 2012
    The other day a friend of mind was describing TV news and said, "What appears in the media and in public debate has nothing to do with genuine public discourse on issues of importance. It is only the fickle demands of 24x7 news that requires garbage...
  • Oh East is East and West and West...
    on Jul 26, 2012
    For all Kipling fans, they are about to be sorely disappointed as this is not a tribute  I've been observing (through TV and print) with some interest and amusement, the reactions of many of our journalists, celebrities and other assorted folks...
  • Girl, Molested
    on Jul 13, 2012
    “If it keeps on raining levee’s going to break. If it keeps on raining levee’s going to break. When the levee breaks have no place to stay” Led Zeppelin… For me it's like some kind of an age-old chronic ache that keeps resurfacing. The a...
  • Our Brave New World
    on Mar 10, 2012
    I’ve adapted this post based on a talk I gave to MBA students in a college in Mumbai a few days ago. The topic was the “Emergence of Emerging Economies” with specific focus on India. I’ve always found this topic profoundly interesting on va...
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