• A children's book with 51 illustrated stories that celebrate extraordinary women
    Book Review,  Kids

    A children’s book that celebrate extraordinary women

    A few weeks ago, a cousin in the USA, got this book from Amazon India through me for her little girl kids. The book is titled “The Dot that went for a walk” containing 51 short stories written by Sarada Akkineni, Reema Gupta and Lakshmi Nambiar and published by Caterpillar Wing. On opening the book, I realised it was a special book – every story was about extraordinary women from India including artists, scientists, politicians, and many more. It even had activity charts! At Rs.649, the book is not cheap, but it is a hardbound coffee table style book that is worth every penny spent. A must-read by every kid, get…

  • Movie Review

    First Man (2018)

    In the last fifty years, if there were to be one real-world hero who all the science-loving kids looked up to, it would be undoubtedly Neil Armstrong. His first words after landing on the moon have become a legend. So I was curious to watch First Man (2018), a film by Damien Chazelle. There has been numerous documentaries and works of fiction that were made around the Apollo moon missions undertaken by the USA under President Kennedy. One of the memorable ones has been Tom Hank‘s Apollo 13, which was about the triumph of human ingenuity faced against odds and the engineering prowess of NASA.  Apollo 11, the mission was…

  • Book Review,  Lounge

    Disrupt and Conquer by T T Jagannathan

    TTK Group along with TVS Group are symbolic of business houses in South India – both were founded nearly a century ago by industry stalwarts, are family owned, both stumbling their way in post-independent India, to reinventing themselves with a vigour after the economic liberalisations of this century. Unlike TATA, the largest and the oldest Indian conglomerate who expanded to Software Services (through TCS) and benefited immensely during the IT boom decades, both TTK and TVS have largely remained as manufacturing giants. Studying the journey of these companies are a must for every budding entrepreneur as it is the journey of India, its unholy veneration to both the economic left…

  • Movie Review

    Parmanu (2018)

    Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran starring John Abraham could’ve been a far better film considering it is based on the events leading to the nuclear tests in 1998 that made India as a nation stand up and occupy its rightful place in the new world order. Worldwide many geopolitical experts will side with Indian establishment, that this event prevented any chances of a full-scale war between India and Pakistan – it is a tragic irony, but having hundreds of Nuclear bombs by both the countries is preventing them from bloodshed. Luckily, the film doesn’t trouble us with any of these technicalities, it is about the events on the ground in…

  • Faith,  Movie Review

    Vedanta Desika (2018)

    Swami Sri Vedanta Desikar is one of the most renowned Acharya (Guru) in the Vaishnavism tradition, during his lifespan of 101 years (1268-1369) Swami Desikar has authored over 120 works, though they were mostly about the supreme being he also wrote on other subjects. Sri Vedanta Desika is considered to be the incarnation of the Ghanta (Divine Bell) of Lord Sri Venkatesa of Tirumala. Born in a Vaishnavaite family, I have heard from the elders in the family the slokas and stories of Swami Desikar, especially the one where Lord Hayagreeva (our family deity and the avatar of Lord Vishnu in which he restores the Vedas to Lord Brahma) appeared…