Ad Agency layoffs

In Spring 2008, when I referred to layoffs at marketing companies and ad agencies, some smart alecks scoffed at my words, merrily mocking me and my writing. Numerous people holding jobs then dropped pearls of wisdom... "Network, get yet another degree (since my MBA does not seem to cut it), or better still, change your … Continue reading Ad Agency layoffs

Recent quotes, pleas… from leaders in banking!

Hear this: "Don't give up on us... give us a chance to execute.": Vikram Pandit, Citigroup. "We're Americans first and bankers second.": John Stumpf, Wells Fargo  & Co. "I feel more like corporal of the universe, not captain of the universe at this moment.": Ken Lewis, Bank of America. "As an industry, we clearly made … Continue reading Recent quotes, pleas… from leaders in banking!

Resilience: is it a virtue?

Mumbaikars are proud of their resilience... serial bomb blasts terrorize the city but they are up and about the following day, going about their business; annually, rains flood their beloved city, making commutes tedious and dangerous for the common man while the local municipality does little to fix the root cause of this problem... but … Continue reading Resilience: is it a virtue?

They Hate Us — and India Is Us

In the New York Times, Patrick French, opines thus...

Terrorists tutored and trained by retired Pak Army officials in coordination with ISI!

Names of all the 9 terrorists have been revealed by Ajmal Amir Kasav, the terrorist in captivity. In the age-group 20-28, all 10 recruits received training at Lashkar camps, after their initial congregation in Karachi in September 2007. To incite the trainees and to provide 'motivation', their tutors - retired Pakistani Army officials - used … Continue reading Terrorists tutored and trained by retired Pak Army officials in coordination with ISI!

Infamous Chief Minister of Kerala hurls insults on slain commando’s family!

"Had NSG commando, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan not been slain and turned martyr, not even a dog would have visited Sandeep's family home!" Uttered in Malayali, to translate thus, this unfelicitous, tasteless remark was an insult over injury! Apparently, prior to his 'condolence' visit to the slain Indian commando's home, by way of security measures the … Continue reading Infamous Chief Minister of Kerala hurls insults on slain commando’s family!

Corporate America… now will you be on Indian shores in droves?

Or have the events of the past three months numbed your gray cells? Or then again, surely 10 young men slinking on to Indian shores in the past week are not going to drive you away from those Western shores of Mumbai; nor displace you from India's Silicon Valley on the Deccan Plateau! Is it … Continue reading Corporate America… now will you be on Indian shores in droves?

You think her woes would end with the long-awaited divorce… not here!

Nicholas D. Kristof brought to light the torture that women are subjected to (please note, not the men), in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cambodia, and in several countries lying between these nations. Where 'divorce' proclaimed by the husband's utterance of a single word, just three times... 'talaq, talaq, talaq'... does not mean "end of violence'! … Continue reading You think her woes would end with the long-awaited divorce… not here!

Update: Fresh round of explosions heard from The Taj Mahal Hotel two hours ago!

With the death of 143 people and hundreds injured during the past two day, the worst is not over. Explosions and firing continue at The Taj Mahal hotel with a solitary terrorist still in hiding inside - of the 2 or 3 seen earlier. With five hostages dead in a Jewish Center housed in Nariman … Continue reading Update: Fresh round of explosions heard from The Taj Mahal Hotel two hours ago!

Today, speculation is not on Dalal St., but around Mumbai’s Main Streets.

Why, who, to what end... questions that arise regarding terrorists attacking Mumbai. What next. Well, here are links to a few news items currently afloat cyberspace, and across mainstream media: Scores killed in India; standoffs continue Video Links Photos 'Dark forces attacked Mumbai: Mayor, New York Terrorists did recee, set up control rooms in luxury … Continue reading Today, speculation is not on Dalal St., but around Mumbai’s Main Streets.