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'<em>Visaranai'</em> means 'interrogation' in Tamil. Four Tamil migrant workers go through brutal assaults and torture in the name of interrogation by the local police, who want to force them into confessing their culpability in a high-profile robbery. After getting released from this torturous incarceration, they get caught in a helpless situation through the same person who helped them out of their first ordeal. What happens to them is told through a masterful screenplay by Vetrimaran.
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When I grew up, I used to roam around freely with my friends in the entire neighbourhood. On holidays, we used to play cricket from dawn to dusk far away from our houses. I compare this with the life my kids had in Bangalore. We lived in a premium apartment complex and it had all the amenities. But they could never be sent alone to the grocery shop nearby, they could never go out of the gated community, they could not mingle with other kids from different backgrounds...
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Jallikattu is more than a sport or an event. It is part of Tamil cultural identity. When we debate an issue, it needs to be framed holistically. Here are some reasons why I believe that this sport needs to be protected and preserved, while also ensuring that the animals are treated properly.
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I have started to question why only soldiers have to take care of their country. Can we civilians not defend our country and what it stands for too, starting with the virtual battlefield? Here are three suggestions.
We went to Barcelona in mid-December and spent three days there. The first SMS that I received when I landed in the city was "Beware of mobile phone thieves in Spain". Needless to say, this did not give a good impression of Spain. Most of the friends I had spoken to also didn't speak highly of the safety in the country. With this perception in my mind, I went about my trip with my family...
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What I found most beautiful to witness was the "wisdom of crowds" - how people self-organised effectively, learning, adjusting and solving problems. The bottom-up approach to tackling the disaster -- creatively and with compassion -- simply eliminated the need for a top-down intervention. In contrast, the government machinery was totally ineffective.
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I visited Mumbai after almost two years last week. In spite of what others say about the city, I love the energy, the cosmopolitan culture and the wonderful local delicacies. I got into three illuminating conversations during my two days there, and they all had two things in common: (1) they were with taxi drivers who took me around to different parts of Mumbai; and (2) All three were from the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).
Packed with nuance and equal parts uplifting and thought-provoking <em>Kaaka Muttai</em> (The Crow's Egg) is a game-changer for Indian cinema. Released in June this year, the Tamil film tells the story of two slum children and their quest to eat a slice of pizza. It is a tale of globalisation, poverty and resilience told with the utmost purity and soulfulness.
While I was trying to understand what leadership <em>is</em>, a former colleague Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo gave a beautiful farewell speech in 2013 in which he highlighted what leadership is <em>not</em>. Until that time, I used to think in terms of leadership and followership. What he said was very powerful - "The opposite of leadership is cynicism and not followership." It was a paradigm shift in my thinking.
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Attracting top-class talent to work for large organisations will increasingly become a challenge. Enabled by technology and by increased access to capital, any young, talented individual can set up shop anywhere in the world. In fact, not only are large corporations losing top talent, they also run the risk of getting disrupted by the start-ups launched by this talent.
My son asked me the most complex question ever. What came first? The chicken or the egg? Rather than trying to answer, I decided to let him explore possible solutions. So, I asked, "What do you think?" The chicken, he said.
From a rural and orthodox community in South India to sophisticated Switzerland, I have found myself living in different countries and experiencing whole new worlds over the past several years. These experiences have shaped me and given me lasting perspectives on life. Through this post, I want to share the main life lessons I got from living in Japan, USA, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and India.
As an MBA student, I was taught various frameworks, ranging from the 4Ps to the Balanced Scorecard to 5 Forces. This continued when I was a consultant and used Disruptive Innovation, BCG Matrix or whatever the framework du jour was. I loved frameworks at that time because they helped to quickly size up a situation and come up with a model that helped everyone to understand my approach to framing and solving a problem. Yet, I started to get a sense that perhaps frameworks weren't so perfect after all.