Insights from a Columbia Professor

I am a regular Listener of Econtalk, where an Economics scholar (Russell Roberts) talks with luminaries of the field about various aspects of political economy. This week I listened with interest to Prof Amar Bhide of Columbia business school talk about outsourcing and venturesome economy. I was hooked early on when he talked about the…

Journey So Far

Wow..Someone said.. I am going to IIM Bangalore. Isnt that a dream come true. To me it is.. But its easy to dream. To make it a reality is a hericulan task. I dreamt of doing my MBA from IIM 12 years back. Long time huh.. But the attractions of staying outside India, enjoying with…

Digital war on poverty

For a free marketeer like me, the ghastly poverty of the world is a nightmarish challenge. If the world were a free market, the only poor people would be the lazy or the incompetent. Sadly, that’s not the case. Poverty is a rut, hard to get out of, and a challenge to the best of…

Whither Jobs?

Fan though I am, this is not about the eerie absence of Steve Jobs from the helm of Apple. With or without him, I don’t foresee an 80’s style collapse of Apple. There is, however, another threat to Apple, and to me. The Economy. First, the disclaimer. I am not an economist, you know. Although…

Corporatese

As I enter the corporate world, I wonder whether I’ll learn something, or will there be value addition going forward. In other words, will I resort to Corporate Speak? I am a fan of Lucy Kellaway for some time now, and her recent Twaddle Awards were particularly hilarious. She is a columnist for FT and…

Wild Cats in Bangalore Campus

I came across this story in Times of India (via Indiatime). All headings from “Only in India” to “Education in Wilderness” just write themselves. There is a leopard in Bangalore University campus. And yes, there IS. Not caught yet, and presumably s/he doesn’t want to be caught. The best remark was, ‘campus is very vast…

Falling asleep, waiting for the dream

I’m going to IIM. Never thought I’d ever utter these words. Except to meet someone, of course. Come to think of it, I don’t even have a friend who has gone to an IIM. All m friends are busy administering harmful substances and making carving marks on sick people. I am a surgeon, still. For…