Who is kiddish—we or our kids?

Every evening, I do try and make it a point to have a conversation with my daughter about how the day at school had been to her; it is not always possible with late night office calls and my daughter’s need to complete her homework and studies. But we try and make it happen; the…

On the cross road at 69!!!

As we celebrate Indian Independence Day on August 15, one question comes to my mind: How do we interpret what does Independence Day mean? Is it important to create a sense of hatred towards another country to sustain what Independence Day means? It is interesting to see how political establishments and/or political thinkers of a…

When the sky opens, Bangalore shudders!

We all have heard about man-made disaster at some point or the other–but how many of us have experienced it to appreciate the extent of destruction that man (and women!) have caused? At a macro level, there is global warming that is causing sea levels to raise, maybe changes to the climatic pattern, and so…

Sustainability lessons from a swimming pool

My daughter has joined weekend swimming classes. And I had agreed to be her chauffeur. At 6.00 AM in the morning, I virtually had to drag myself out of my bed: It was a Saturday (an off day for me); it was still dark outside; it had rained (rather drizzled) most of the night and…

My sandwich: Sum of parts is not same as the whole

Union Cabinet approves merger of five associate State Banks with State Bank of India (SBI), read the headline. The five associate banks are State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Hyderabad. The merger will create INR 37-lakh crore banking behemoth,…