The Narrative of Muthulakshmi Reddy by V R Devika

It was K S Narendran who spoke about the book first and i thank him for not just pointing to this gem but also lending it to me to read across a short trip to Ahmedabad. There are times, when one is offered beautiful gifts and Naren, this was a real gem Introduction It is […]

Turn The Bus – A Gig, A Holarchy, or a Holacracy?

This blog explores alternative organization designs such as holarchies and holacracies that promise new types of organizations – that are perhaps more aligned to their contexts, innovative to the boot, and that create value for their stakeholders. My experience with Turn The Bus has offered visceral encounters that enrich my understanding of the theory and […]

Escaping Death

10th November 1989, TIET, Patiala The last few months have been triggering many a memory that have otherwise been dormant or repressed – many such memories are ‘eerie’ survivor stories that were laid to rest, seldom shared with close friends and family. Perhaps there were taints of guilt and perhaps there were a sensing of […]

The Arena and its Shadowy Warriors: Exploring Self and System dynamics through Macbeth

Introduction By now, many of you may have seen “The Tragedy of Macbeth” by Joel Coen, starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand – a brilliant film that does immense justice to one of the best Shakespearian plays ever. This film is aesthetically rendered in black and white noire, situated in haunting and surreal sets (designed […]

What may crawl beneath the façade of growth and aspirational purpose?

Introduction The movie, Nightcrawler, was released in 2014, and terrified US and other audiences across the world, revealing how sensational and bigoted journalism thrives on its equally bigoted, racist, classist, and terrified middle class audiences – in many ways the two feed on each other. Nightcrawler pays homage to the middle class audiences, who consume […]

Inaari.org, social entrepreneurism, and the hegemony of capitalism

A few weeks ago, I had a breakfast meeting with Rashmi Putcha, who has been a dear friend for several years since we first met at an INSEAD program. Rashmi has recently founded a new enterprise known as Inaari – and listening to her was extremely fascinating and deeply insightful, as she spoke of how […]