Father’s Day letter to my daughter: Stay curious

I recently read Walter Isaacson’s biography of Leonardo da Vinci. Other than being a genius – artist, scientist, anatomy buff, engineer, and self-taught at that – Leonardo was precious in another way: he was very human. He would alternate between glacial laziness and frenzied output; he procrastinated endlessly, driving his patrons up the wall; he … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: Stay curious

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Why U2 still matters

Sometime in 1976, a 14-year-old posted a call for musicians on his Dublin school’s notice board. Six people responded to Larry Mullen Jr’s quest for a band fronted by him. Initially set up in his kitchen, Mullen was the drummer, with Paul Hewson on vocals, David Evans and his older brother Dik on guitars, Adam … Continue reading Why U2 still matters

Cause, effect and the opportunity in it for you

This blog was originally written for the School of Communication and Reputation (SCoRe), India. My students often ask me what specialisations a career in public relations (PR) can offer. Since PR agencies have now firmly moved away from a media-relations-only model to an integrated one, there is a range of choices: employer branding, public affairs, … Continue reading Cause, effect and the opportunity in it for you

Father’s Day letter to my daughter: How do you write a book? One word at a time

Fulfilment lies on the road that forks away from the fear of failure. As you navigate your way through teenage, you’ll often find yourself frustrated, unhappy with something you can’t even put a finger on. It’s not that what you have isn’t good; you simply want more. You’ll feel this at various stages of your … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: How do you write a book? One word at a time

I was most connected with myself when I was at the bottom: Andre Agassi

What makes Andre Agassi a champion? And what can we learn from his life? He spoke eloquently about his highs and lows during his visit to Mumbai on January 18, 2017 The conversation between Harsha Bhogle (left) and Andre Agassi was fascinating. Picture: Ashraf Engineer The leanness is gone, there’s a distinct paunch and he … Continue reading I was most connected with myself when I was at the bottom: Andre Agassi

Father’s Day letter to my daughter: Ek, do… you’re a teen!

Congratulations, you are now officially a teenager! I guess that explains your obsession with boy bands and ripped young movie stars. I willed the months leading up to your 13th birthday to pass in slow motion. I wanted to hang on to every moment as you left childhood behind. Stirred into my pride in watching … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: Ek, do… you’re a teen!