Flipkart, Please copy Amazon!

In an interview to ET, Flipkart’s advertising head said that Amazon copied Flipkart’s innovations. From Big Billion Days to exchange offers. In his own words,” They copy everything, or they wait for someone from somewhere to tell them what to do. Just by pouring money into the market you cannot get anywhere.” I am not…

Generalisations, Social Debates and Shit Like That

Everyone generalizes. I do, for sure. We are a country surviving on generalizations and name calling. For a Delhiwaala, all the blue collared uncouth workers are Biharis, for a Bihari all of Dilliwallahs are ‘Chutiyas’. For a Mumbaikar, everybody from outside a radius of 150 kmsĀ (which includes Pune, Lonavla and Khandala) are from ‘Bahargaaon’. For…

You can choose to read this!

Last week, a strange turn of events and an overboard introspection rendered me jobless. I was out again, exploring. People have always been kind enough and were ready to hire me. But all of this, landed me with choices. And there’s this thing with me and choices, I don’t like ’em much. It’s not that…

My Experiments With Startups

This is funny. Me, sharing a funny meme – not surprising at all. What’s surprising is, a lot many people getting the meme and laughing about it. Start-ups have suddenly become the ‘cool’ thing to do. If I would have to draw the caricature of the coooooolest guy out there right now, it would be…

Road rage, Murder, Communalism, Immigrants or Plain Lawlessness?

The killing of Pankaj Narang in Delhi has shook many people at the same time. For some, the concern has been an upper caste Hindu killed by Muslims. For some, it is bothering because the killers are allegedly Bangladeshi immigrants. For me it is quite different and to understand why it is different, you need…

Jobs, Break-Ups and Both

Not long ago, I left a company I loved. Officially, I am out of there, but I still can’t get it out of my mind. To be honest, I miss it. Interestingly enough I realized, it feels an awful lot similar to a break-up. Extrapolating it to the break-ups, pink-slips and resignations in my short…

1.2 Billion People Killed V. Rohit

For all who have been living in a well or so busy in the rat-race, to care, this is the full transcript of the last letter written by V. Rohit, a Ph.D. scholar who killed himself on 18th January. Funny, it took me 3/4th of an article to figure out what his name was! All…

How to Royally Screw-up Your Team (In Just 5 Steps)

Through my short and eventful career, I have been fortunate and unfortunate enough to work and observe different teams within an organization. I have witnessed people leading from the front, standing up for their guys and building up amazing teams. And then I have seen few royally screwing up. Since you can find innumerable literature…

How The 50 Year Olds Are Adopting Technology

Yesterday, I booked a Uber cab. I used to be an Ola customer but switched because of the same reason I switched to Amazon from Flipkart – service. Anyways, this is not about either of them; this is about how the tech is conquering the world one person at a time. So, my Uber driver…

Laloo and Nitish In Bihar Elections: The Two-Face and The Joker Unite

It was the evening of Saptami pooja of Dussehra in 2004. Dussehra is one of the most enthusiastically celebrated festivals in Bihar. That day isn’t etched in my memory because of the celebrations but a horror that I cannot erase. Few gundas or rangdars, as they are called in my homeland, entered one of the…