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VijayAnand Raju

Disrupting Identities and Status Quo

Vijay leads a community of young changemakers in South Asia for a leading international organization. Vijay is an Advisor on Innovation and Leadership having launched several startups and having advised senior executives of large corporations. He is passionate about disrupting the status quo and identities to foster creative and critical thinking in individuals and organizations. Vijay lives with his wife and 2 kids in Geneva, Switzerland.

‘Visaranai': A Gut-Wrenching Exploration Of A Brutal, Corrupt System

'<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.
09/03/2016 2:24 PM IST
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Why True Freedom Is Being Able To Walk To School

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...
10/02/2016 8:21 AM IST
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We Are All Ambassadors For Our Country: Impressions From Barcelona

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...
07/01/2016 8:21 AM IST

Chennai's Flood Fight Makes A Strong Case For Self-Governance

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.
13/12/2015 5:08 AM IST
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Three Drives, Three Stories And One Bleak Reality

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).
12/12/2015 9:14 AM IST
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‘Kaaka Muttai' Sets A New Benchmark For Indian Films

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.
11/07/2015 8:36 AM IST

6 Lessons I Learned From The WEF Leadership Program

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.
04/07/2015 8:30 AM IST
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3 Changes That Companies Must Make To Ride The Entrepreneurial Wave

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.
26/06/2015 8:18 AM IST

5 Life Lessons From 5 Countries

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.
07/03/2015 8:03 AM IST

Build Your Own Path, Break Down Frameworks

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.
11/02/2015 8:04 AM IST