Millennials: If the schooling and university systems were able to provide the millennials with the confidence to take the step of re-negotiating the contract, we are in a safe place in the future of work. But, unfortunately this is not the story for the majority of the millennials. The harassed seventeen year old student might not make it to this envious position of ‘quiet quitting’.
Elippathayam: The urban rat-trap
Urban foxes: are they ‘fantastic’ or a growing menace?
This article reminded me of my blogpost on animals and humans encroaching each others urban spaces. Amusing story on animals invading their natural habitat, the urban spaces.
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Moonlighting: The true academic way
Recently a lot of angst expressed with regard to moonlighting by the corporate giants and the IT sector. Taking a cue from the top academic institutions, that have rules re working for others, corporates could reframe their rules to move with the times.
Experiencing Music and Moving On
If you ask me what sort of music I like? I really don’t know. I just seem to follow the tastes of the people closest to me at that point in time. In my school-going days I listened to the radio, mainly Vividh Bharati Service of All India Radio, as my father listed to the news and old Hindi film songs. I reflect on my experience with listening to music and moving on with the changing ways!
Aashiyana-आशियाना- Uprooting and Settling Again
Baking and sewing in our new Aashiyana means we are back in business, the business of enjoying ourselves! We picked up on entertaining close friends within a week of arrival at our Aashiyana, that's fast you would think!
Birth of a New Life
During Work from Home (WFH) time, approximately a year and a half, I made friends with cats, dogs and peacocks on the campus (see here) where I lived and worked. Back in the office in the University I never thought I would see winged friends at such close quarters again. Or that I would make friends and empathise with them.
Verghese Kurien: An Ode to Father of the White Revolution, India
An Ode to Dr. Verghese Kurien, The Milkman on India, on his 100th Birth Anniversary. Reposting.
Verghese Kurien (1921-2012) is considered the Father of the White Revolution in India. He is also known as the ‘Milkman of India’. He was responsible for moving India from a milk powder importing country to becoming self-sufficient in milk and milk products. He is credited with creating a series of institutions in Anand, a small town in the Western state of Gujarat, the AMUL Brand of milk products and its cooperative milk federation (GCMMF), the National Dairy Development Board to name a few. The Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) was one of the last institutions he built.
I joined IRMA in 2009 as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Chair Professor in Economics and became the Director of IRMA in 2011 for a full term till 2016. I met Dr. Verghese Kurien a couple of times during…
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Skeletons and Careers in the ‘Cupboard’!
Skeletons and Careers in the 'Cupboard'! Recently when my husband was clearing his desktop of old files he came across a few files of our daughter's Eleventh Grade school Science project. It was literally like finding skeletons in the cupboard! Skeletons in her career cupboard?
Dress and clothes as Markers
I reflect on one of the markers of race, ethnicity, country of origin, culture and much else that became obvious in the 2000s and after, Dress or Clothes. Did it ever strike you that the clothes you wear could convey something?
What Makes Women Entrepreneurs?
In anticipation of the publication of our book ‘Women Entrepreneurs in the Indian Middle Class: Interdisciplicary Perspectives’ @OrientBlackSwan, I reblog a talk on innovation and entrepreneurship. According to Schumpeter, only innovation entrepreneurs are real entrepreneurs as they create a disequilibrium force. We argue in our book that there could be other reasons for entrepreneurship, especially among women. The economist’s definition of an entrepreneur as risk-taking, innovators looking for an opportunity, or that of the psychologist as high achievers may not suit most of these entrepreneurs. A key take away from the book was that “entrepreneurship can result from necessity as well as opportunity and women entrepreneurs pursue goals beyond economic gains”. Women’s decision to become an entrepreneur can be precipitated by both push and pull factors. It is not just ‘profit’ and attaining ‘scale’ that motivates a woman entrepreneur.
India currently faces a massive challenge of slowdown in growth and high levels of unemployment among youth, especially among the educated urban population. The formal labour market in India is saturated, unable to absorb the ever-increasing number of the labour force. Therefore, the role of small-medium enterprises in creating employment opportunities is vital for economic prosperity and social stability. Entrepreneurship is a crucial mode for utilizing youth power and generating employment that will in turn contribute to the economy’s growth and development, especially for those who aspire to be owners and employers rather than employees. Understanding the motivation and constraints faced by entrepreneurs is critical for designing and formulating appropriate policy initiatives. Encouragement of the ‘enterprise spirit’ or ‘animal spirit’ among young people is a precondition for success in employment, growth, competitiveness and innovation.
I base this brief talk on our book…
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Jumping the Loops: Internet of Things
The world has moved from ‘using one’s head’ to the ‘internet of thing’ (IOT). Children today wonder what their parents did without all these devices. Well, you ‘used your head’!