The OWL Despatch

15 and counting

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The 15th edition of OWL focusses on behavioural economics

Do you recall the conversation we had when I first talked to you about the newsletter? Do you recall whether you were given choice to opt yourself in to receive this? Or was the question posed in such a way that you had been co-opted to receive it and you had to opt-out to keep Read more

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#MeToo Futures

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MeToo movements how will we cope

The rate at which some skeletons have been tumbling out of the #MeToo cupboards have caused me to wonder how strong the cupboards have been. The intensity of the outpouring, a friend told me, is only a fraction of what festers beneath the surface. She was emphatic and I effortlessly nodded away in agreement. We Read more

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Questions from my daughter

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Mahatma Gandhi Facebook and AI

It was daughter-daddy day out yesterday. I had optimistic notions of being able to send out this newsletter after spending some time with her introducing Gandhi to her, on his birthday. It didn’t quite pan out the way I had thought it would.   We went to Mani Bhavan. A house that Mahatma Gandhi frequented during Read more

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Love Story

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Humanity rising to the kerala floods in 2018

I write this just after getting off the phone speaking to a dear friend. He is helping with the relief effort in Kerala. The magnitude of the calamity does not lend itself to easy estimation of the time or cost of rescue and recovery.  Right now, conjecture with a bunch of assumptions prevail. The only certainties are Read more

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My dad’s jail term

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Leveraging technology to understand human emotions especially if they are dealing with diseases like Parkinson's

My dad died of Parkinson’s disease. It is a cruel disease where all your mental faculties are alive but you can’t move a single muscle. Hands, legs, hips, tongue, eyes..! There were spasms of time, when medicines would unfreeze his muscles for a brief while. The learned man that he was, used one such momentary Read more

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Slack time is good time

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Slack time leads to productivity and innovation

I write this a few hours into landing in India. The only saving grace to my stubborn jet lag is the ton of notes and memories from the dozens of conversations across the USA.  That I am enjoying the dead of the night with a steady Mumbai rain for company tells me I have missed home! (So if you find this edition below par, Read more

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Can plenty be a problem?

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I have a problem. A problem of a different kind. A problem of plenty. Allow me to explain. For the last couple of weeks, I have been absorbing the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of America. From the bustle of the Bay Area to the sweltering heat of Texas and of course the urban landscapes Read more