“Fall like a rose petal”, what a catchy title! I really wanted to like this book. As an entrepreneur myself who in the years after the recession of 2008-09, had gone through a few years of handling bank debts, the story of an entrepreneur who was battling on business debt attracted me. When we read in the media about the huge start up successes, we never get to see the hundreds of failures and closures for each success. We glamorize running a business, but nothing can be harder than to run a small business in India (I have written a…

[The picture seen above shows the Professors, Lecturers and the Lab staff who taught us during my Engineering under-graduation. Picture was taken in the year 2019] For each of us, next to our parents, the people who influence us most…

எங்கள் வீட்டில் வருடா வருடம் (2019, 2018), விமர்சையாக, இரண்டு அல்லது மூன்று கொலு அடுக்குகளில், பல படிகளாகக் கொலு வைப்போம். கொரோனா சூழ்நிலையால், என் அம்மாவும் அனுமதித்த காரணத்தால், இந்த ஆண்டு எளிதாக வைத்திருக்கிறோம். ஒரு வட்ட சாப்பிடும் மேசையில், மூன்று மரப் படிகளை வைத்து மிகச் சிறிய அளவிலான கொலு. நண்பர்களை, உற்றார்,…

I know I am not their target customer. I am already an ecommerce addict. Even then, I find the “Big Billion Days Sale” or the “Great Indian Festival” to have gotten uninteresting to say it kindly. Having window-shopped on Amazon India & Flipkart I hardly found anything worth saving (by buying). If I am going to spend Rs.50,000 on a laptop, why am I going to be attracted by a Rs.500 discount? Or an Amazon Echo Show at Rs.5000 (MRP 8999), when no one will want one even for free. The market analysts might point this to be a healthy…

Force Majeure (2014) is a Swedish comedy-drama, about the dynamics of a married couple with two kids while vacationing. A simple story filmed in breath-taking locations of the French alps, just for the cinematography, this film is a good watch.…

Red Carpet aka Tapete Vermelho (2005) is a Brazilian Comedy Drama by Director Luís Alberto Pereira. It is made available for free online viewing here (valid till 16th Oct 2020) by Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation with the help of Embassy of Brazil. Quinzinho is a hard-working farmer with a small plot of land in the country side in Brazil. He leads a happy life with his wife Zulmira, a devout Christian & a local healer; and his young boy Neco. Quinzinho promises to take his boy to see a movie by Brazil’s famous comedian of a bygone era Mazzaropi (1912-1981)…

It was 1992, I had written my senior secondary school (12th Standard) exams and was interested to do Engineering for my under-graduation. I was an average student, so the IITs and Government colleges were out of reach for me. Anyways,…

Serious Men (2020) is an engaging film that is about a father’s love for his son presented in the background of the caste imbalances that persist even in the corridors of science in India. It is based on the award-winning…

What a difference a decade makes! In 2010, when the film “The Social Networking” came, Facebook was the darling of the world, it was seen as a spreader of joy, of breaking the hold of the big media and empowering the masses. The youngsters seen in the story were smart and determined to change the world. Change they did, and it didn’t turn out to be all good, the world has recently seen the harms that are influenced (weaponised as they are now called) due to the social media platforms. Last week, we saw the USA’s House Committee release a…