Sunday, September 08, 2013

Culture for Startups

Culture can make or mar startups but is not adequately understood. Here is a link to an article I wrote on iamwire:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pricing in the Internet Era

Web commerce has disrupted pricing models - apps and price comparison sites ensure that how you price has become even more important. Here is a link to my article on iamwire on The Power of Pricing:

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Micro Trends in the Indian Market

The markets are changing constantly and organisations can be on top only if they start working when the trends are just beginning - the article by me on iamwire looks at the trends forming now.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Way to Go for Online Home Decor

Here is a link for my article on the strategy for online Home Decor in India - this talks about consumer behaviour characteristics and how can the companies can respond:

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The perils for ecommerce in India

The ecommerce industry is seeing a repeat of the dynamics of the brick and mortar retail in India.Here is a link to my recent article in iamwire,a premier site for e commerce in India, which talks about what the industry can learn from offline retail..

Friday, March 16, 2012

Futile to Compare India with the West

India is a $1.4 trillion economy with a per capita income of $1000 odd. We tend to forget this when we crib about the facilities that the Government provides when we (read: a thin slice of the population with exposure to the West) compare our health facilities, roads, schools and welfare systems with those of Western countries like England, Germany, France and US. They are all $25000 odd or more per capita income economies. India is still way too behind.

Similarly, we fret and fume about the abysmal state of democratic institutions and the corrupt and squabbling politicians. But we are again comparing ourselves with countries which have a history of 200 to 300 years of democratic institutions and almost 100% literacy and single languages. India is still about 67% literate, has a maddening mix of cultures and languages with caste and religion thrown on top – a nightmare for governance.

It is good to be discontented and only this discontent will lead to progress but we need to accept the truth and realities too.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Anna's Movement

My post on Facebook on Anna on 23 Aug

Hi Arabind ! Can't support the movement because I think the method and the solution are wrong.

-Using Gandhian symbolisms like fasting,going to Rajghat,call for azaadi etc. for an action that is not Gandhian is manipulative.Gandhi fasted to repent or touch the conscience not to force.

- Right or wrong,good or bad,I as an ordinary citizen,have chosen MPs to frame laws - they are accountable to us. Anna's team does not hv the right to force an act on the rest.

-Dangerous precedent - signal to many that with a cause and some noisy support, they can armtwist.Too risky for a country with diverse agendas.

-Another body(an army of inspectors -Nilekeni) with such powers in India will be a worse version of legislature/judiciary/executive - corrupt & ineffective.Does not address fundmental issues of transparency,too much power with Govt etc.Cure worse than malady.

-Need to go to top experts for curing the cancer of corruption not quacks. All sensible voices who understand law,history and society etc. are apprehensive - people like Pratap Bhanu Mehta,newspaper editors,Harish Salve,Nilekeni and many more.

- The system is terribly rotten but need the right method and right solution (decentralisation,transparency etc) for lasting change.