Rapping a revolution

The recent teasers and songs of Gully Boy have got me thinking about rap, not just as an art form but also as a way of fighting back, as a tool of protest and mutiny. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, indulge me a little. Rap as you and I know it arose from … Continue reading Rapping a revolution

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

Let’s Talk About Sex–And The Differently-Abled–Baby

Shonali Bose's tour de force, Margarita With A Straw, should be an interesting starting point for a debate on the sexual rights of the differently-abled. Interesting because the protagonist--played by Kalki Koechlin--shakes off social barriers by actually doing something about her desires. Not every person with disabilities is able to break through; social pressure to be asexual generally … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Sex–And The Differently-Abled–Baby

India needs to pull off a ‘class’ act for its girls

Education levels offer one of the starkest examples of gender discrimination in India - effective literacy rates (age 7 and above) in 2011 were 82.14% for men and 65.46% for women. Women’s empowerment cannot be achieved without commitment to the education of the girl child. UNICEF points out that even basic education can empower greatly, … Continue reading India needs to pull off a ‘class’ act for its girls

It’s Christmas, it’s Bandra, there’s a merry nip in the air

Since 1979, I've juggled lives as a quintessential South Mumbai brat and a Bandra boy. On weekdays, we'd live in South Mumbai because that's where school was. But we spent our weekends and vacations at our Bandra apartment. (Yes, we bought it as a weekend home. Imagine!) In the '80s, Bandra was a charming suburb steeped in an almost Goan … Continue reading It’s Christmas, it’s Bandra, there’s a merry nip in the air