Exploring Modernity & the Networked World – Inspired by ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’ by Shoshana Zuboff

This blog is inspired by Zuboff’s work on surveillance capitalism and seeks to bust two myths that the modern man or woman unconsciously subscribes to, and in this process remains blind to processes of manipulation and tyranny of systems. It exposes the tension between the world of belonging and the world of networks, offering questions and even hope on how we can self-author our individual and collective lives.

Exploring the E in EUM

Exploring the ‘E’ After, you have understood the ABCD of EUM Framework …   Introduction   This blog is meant for friends, associates, and clients that are somewhat familiar with the EUM framework and have worked with me, and several others over the last two decades. The EUM framework, and its associated tools as well […]

The Tyranny of Positive Thinking in Indian Corporations … Manipulating Optimism within, but without Faith

This blog explores and critiques the impact of positive thinking and its many derivatives on leaders and managers in India. I believe that the ideological stances and axioms behind positive thinking, positivist psychology, and its cruder interpretations by consultants, management gurus and coaches, create a set of complex defense process that not just isolate and alienate the human being, but obfuscate various ways in which corporate capitalism manipulates, and oppresses all its stakeholders.

The Case of ‘Sibling Rivalry’ versus ‘Competitiveness’

The Quintessential Indian Manager – A EUMian Perspective Bed Time Story # 11     Part 1 The Story … Ravi pushed his chair back on a hot May afternoon in western India and sighed … The antiquated AC, crookedly nestled on one top left corner in a large cabin, wheezed and grunted as it […]

Self Help & Actualization Movement (SHAM): Uneasy Speculations!

The Trigger A distant relative has recently decided to attend one of those “Self Help” seminars in New York, an event anchored and designed by a ‘self-help guru’ known as Tony Robbins, who is white, male, extremely rich, charismatic, successful, and appears to have many celebrities as parts of his clientele or so his website […]

Bricolage, Jugaad, and Indianness Part 1

This blog, in two parts, explores the process of bricolage and the identity of the Bricoleur from an Indian context. The insights from Levi-Strauss’s work are offered in part 1 to enable the reader to distinguish and value traditional knowledge systems of India from a pre-industrial perspective. Part 2 offers insights on Jugaad – an Indian lens of innovation – how creativity can be meaningfully sustained.