Till recently a lot of us were convinced that the origin of the COVID-19 virus was the wild life market in Wuhan, China. There is much more uncertainty now regarding the origins of the virus. Recently articles in popular media and in some scientific journals have stated that the virus is the result of lab-leak. Read here for some enlightenment.
Young Scholars Initiative, South Asia, ran a very engaging Webinar series on Women's Work in South Asia. It was an honour to be invited to speak at this forum on Female Informal Workforce amid COVID-19 on May 18, 2021.
I am an Economist and I teach in a Management School. I have many colleagues in the discipline of marketing and a number of our students are placed in companies with roles in marketing. So I am well aware of the term Brand. In simple terms a 'Brand' is a type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name. A relatively new term, popular in the past decade, is 'Brand Ambassador'. A Brand Ambassador is defined as 'a person, especially a celebrity, who is paid to endorse or promote a particular company's products or services'. The key words are celebrity and paid. We normally think of popular movie stars like Shah Rukh Khan, brand ambassador for Byjus learning app, or Aishwarya Rai for beauty products. And they are paid in millions I believe. A new career is that of being an 'Influencer', person with more than 10,000 followers on social media! Influencers also become Brand Ambassadors. Being neither a celebrity nor an Influencer, imagine my shock when I received an offer from a pet store to be their Brand Ambassador!
Discussion on containment choices beyond binaries, including medical preparedness, physical distancing, accelerated vaccinations, scaled-up testing, closure of indoor spaces, contact tracing & isolation, and beyond. We will also discuss why real-time, reliable, credible data is essential for a comprehensive strategy to defeat the pandemic.
Soon after we discovered the Alien Black Fungus Monster, Spaceship 502 was hit by a severe storm Cyclone Tauktae arising from the Arabian Sea! As though dealing with the virus (dear corona) and fungus (dear Black Monster) were not enough we had this new attack, Tauktae.
On Spaceship 502 we have a new enemy to fight, the Black Fungus Monster! The invasion of an Alien Specimen!
Centre for Social Justice’s discusses the legal recourse and non-legal interventions undertaken to mitigate the plight of the informal workers and migrants during the lockdown in April-May 2020 and after in India.
On Spaceship 502 there is great excitement. Have we miraculously discovered a planet that will save Mankind? Have we stumbled on what may be a great scientific discovery?
Stuck in our 'living room' for an entire year since March 24, 2020 when India imposed its first lockdown. Morning after watching film Passengers, I took these random shots of our living room. It struck me that this was really my spaceship! Spaceship 502. Enclosed in this space I take classes, attend meetings and webinars, all in the virtual mode. Spaceship 502 is my home, office, entertainment center and all else for the entire year and through this journey. Fortunately I have a partner, a co-passenger, for company on this long journey.
We are currently in the midst of the second wave of #COVID19 in India. People and the government are struggling with the public and private health system caving in. The question before us for the second time in a year is to save lives and/or save livelihoods?