Things to remember in academia

Advertisements If you are in academia, you know what this hashtag means – # academictwitter. Often, I am jittery reading all the feeds but a few points I remember as useful lessons are listed below (the post will be updated periodically): ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE

When does furlough end ?

Advertisements This was one of the top 5 “when” queries in Google search in 2020. Understandably, furlough has been a big topic for discussion here in Northern Ireland as well. Ever since I landed here, I have made countless friends and met complete strangers out of my journalistic curiosity a number of who I found… Continue reading When does furlough end ?

Can Atlas Cycles make a comeback?

Advertisements I wrote this for @moneycontrolcom and the inspiration came from my brother. More than a decade after he left high school, he invested in a bicycle. This reminded me of our favourite wheels as children — Atlas cycles. COVID-19 and the restrictions it imposed had clearly tested the patience of thousands like him who… Continue reading Can Atlas Cycles make a comeback?

Bookmark these reads on culture

Advertisements It’s fascinating to look at multidisciplinary studies in understanding culture. To this purpose, Jared Rubin’s posts on the Broadstreet blog are amazingly well-articulated and engage with the critical questions in research on culture not excluding other writers who write for the blog. I came across the work of John Mohr who is no more… Continue reading Bookmark these reads on culture

Writing like a nerd

Lol, that’s my slang for academic writing. It’s rigorous, theory and evidence based and critical in its pursuit of facts. In a newsroom, my challenge was to simplify and explain the news and offer a news peg; in academia, the challenge is to encapsulate complex ideas without repetition or obfuscation, never forgetting that critiquing is equally important to any good academic work. Here is my list …

Market for Economists 2021

Advertisements Here is an interesting paper on what the academic job market looks like for new PhD economists in 2021. The findings reveal that while the supply of PhD economists is likely to be stable, the share of employers with at least one position open is likely to go down with a drop in demand.… Continue reading Market for Economists 2021

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David Graeber

Advertisements David Graeber passed away earlier this month. Around the same time, I tested positive for Covid, hence the late post. I kept reading the condolences and remembrances pouring on the internet, as tweets, articles and newspaper obituaries, starting with his partner Nika Dubrovsky tweeting about his demise: She later also shared Graeber’s plans… Continue reading David Graeber

Why my heart gently weeps

I am not the life of a party but street conversations with strangers is my strong suit. They say introverts excel at one on one conversations. Never ever in my life have I survived an Uber ride without conversing with the driver, for instance. It’s true that common, working class people set off something in me.

What has happened to Shinzo Abe?

Advertisements Photo credit: Wikimedia commons Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has resigned on account of poor health. Speculations to this effect were rife after he was seen emerging out of a hospital earlier this week. Abe has been Japan’s longest serving prime minister, quite a remarkable feat for a country obsessed with consistently high performance,… Continue reading What has happened to Shinzo Abe?

The Ambani-Adani alliance in Indian business

Advertisements Chances are, you have read this already. If you haven’t, I would urge you to read this sharp piece by Andy Mukherjee. It’s an alarming tale, cautioning us of the monopoly India is poised to be heading towards. If privatisation has done any good, it has mostly done it for the capitalists, more recently… Continue reading The Ambani-Adani alliance in Indian business

Insurgent Empire

Advertisements Neat review of Priyamvada Gopal’s book Insurgent Empire in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies by Dinyar Patel [citation below] Gopal frames this period as just a prelude to truly sustained and productive co-operation between colonial subjects and British anti-imperialists in the inter-war period, but such alliances had already blossomed in significant ways.… Continue reading Insurgent Empire

TikTok, China and Swadeshi

Advertisements India is facing an uphill task battling the Covid-19. New Delhi, its national capital, is flooded with cases and subsequent stories of misery and deaths due to the pandemic. Its financial capital Mumbai is buried neck deep in the crisis. The infectious disease has reached its southern state with a vengeance – there have… Continue reading TikTok, China and Swadeshi

Millennials are gutted but some companies are trying to uplift them

Advertisements Millennails are truly gutted. I remember I had barely started my career as a journalist when the 2008 financial crisis plunged the global economy and it seems, my generation has not recovered from it yet. Blame it on economic crises after crises, and this year, we are staring into a recession even as we… Continue reading Millennials are gutted but some companies are trying to uplift them


Advertisements India online pharmacy scene is hotting up. RIL has bought majority stake in Netmeds within days of Amazon making its foray into the Indian e-pharmacy market in Bengaluru. Walmart-owned Flipkart is also looking to foray in the space, which has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic. This windfall for the online pharma space in India… Continue reading Netmeds

Bubonic Plague replay 2020

Advertisements If you thought this is done with and buried by our ancestors in history, you are terribly wrong. A California resident has now tested positive for the plague, becoming the first case in five years since the disease has been detected in the state. The plague originated in Asia over 2,000 years ago and… Continue reading Bubonic Plague replay 2020

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Stephen Marglin

Advertisements Everyone this week has been raving about this interview and it’s not for no reason. Harvard economist Stephen Marglin talks about his India connection in this interview with Maya Adereth, Shani Cohen and Jack Gross on Phenomenal World. Interesting conversation, richly framed. Don’t miss it.

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dear beautiful minds, don’t be perfect

Advertisements If life doesn’t give you what you truly deserve, what must you do? When you can not be perfect, but you won’t settle for any less, what do you do? I won’t answer because these questions have no answers. Different people have answered it differently over the years. It’s the difference in their responses… Continue reading dear beautiful minds, don’t be perfect

Mumbai floods

Advertisements Floods in Mumbai are an annual affair. I know this may hurt some people but the day I visited Mumbai for the first time, it was raining cats and dogs, and exactly 21 days later, a major flooding of the financial capital took place. Financial Times reported this last year – the headline points… Continue reading Mumbai floods

Emmanuel Farhi: Too young to say goodbye

Advertisements I didn’t know Emmanuel Farhi except as someone invested in economics and the scholarship of economists. But his death has left me with several pressing thoughts. In an earlier post on this blog written immediately after his death, I had laid out the condolences and conspiracy theories around his death. Today, I am writing… Continue reading Emmanuel Farhi: Too young to say goodbye

Google All the Way and Oral History Interviews

Advertisements This is a terrific and eye-opener of a report I read this past week on how Google search tricks us and cleverly keeps us on Google. Read on here to be surprised, really. Sums it up rather brilliantly: Here is a very interesting oral history interview where historian Reed Chervin interviews his doctor cousin,… Continue reading Google All the Way and Oral History Interviews

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Emergent Ventures winners

Advertisements I have always followed with keen interest the Emergent Ventures awards for their brilliant choice in choosing winners. Here is the list they announced last week, which I am bookmarking to follow.

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