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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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Why India Will Rediscover Its Mojo – The Political Moment

India had the distinction of being the world’s largest economy in the beginning of the Christian era, as it accounted for about 32.9% share of world GDP and about 17% of the world’s trade. The goods produced in India had long been exported to far off destinations across the world. Even as lately as 1700 India’s share of world income was 22.6%, almost equal to Europe’s share of 23.3% at that time. Read more »

Meritocracy: A Bitter-Sweet Choice

In 1984 after completing my Post Graduation, I had rejected a rare campus offer those days, from Mettur Beardsell (current Madura Garments) Ltd. and opted for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., a PSU. My uncle who had retired from Bharat Petroleum, a PSU but had joined this company when it was Burma Shell Ltd., a multi-national Private company lambasted me for opting out of what he called a meritocracy and opting for the mediocrity, driven by the need for job security. Having seen both the worlds, I reckon he was convinced that the job-security to reward trade off should be made in favour of rewards.

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From Queen’s English to Commoner’s Language

The term “Queen’s English” refers to the time of Queen Elizabeth but doesn’t mean it to be the prerogative of royalty. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as: “the English language as written and spoken correctly by educated people in Britain.”. English as we all know has been a living and changing language that has absorbed words from many languages across the world.  This too has been one of the reasons for its popularity though it owes its dominance also due to its colonial ruling. Whatever may be the reason, it seems to have established itself as the language of the world. Read more »

The Parenting Dilemma – Experiences and Learnings

It is all a part of a grand design. Or so I think, given the limited faculty I have to discern all aspects of how life operates. It seems only yesterday… when a post-school lunch session at home would be reminiscent of a war zone littered with toys, cushions, utensils etc. and my mother, like a determined soldier, struggling it out to win a battle with me trying to entertain and feed me at the same time. The daily dose of advice from my father still reverberates in unaided recall. Always willing and always by your side, how could I forget those endless prayers to endless list of gods and goddesses to seek divine blessings ensuring my prosperity and protection. Read more »

The Rating Hangover: The Rationalisation Trap – Part 2

It appears that Part 1 of the blog has touched a chord in many. The comments and the emails I have received confirms to me that the debate on this theme has begun in the right earnest. I am determined not to let it die and hence this sequel. In pursuit of this objective I have challenged a few views that have emerged from the debate with no disrespect to my readers and contributors. Read more »

The Rating Hangover: Putting Performance Rating into Perspective

God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom always to know the difference.

Serenity Prayer
Reinhold Niebuhr

During the last 20 years, after Indian corporates have stumbled upon what they proudly call meritocracy, the months of April and May have become months of mourning and prolonged hangover for the majority of their employees. These months have also ended up being business value destroying months for the corporates. The recipients of performance ratings go through and display a range of emotions from rage to depression. Read more »

Honesty: Not such a Natural Orientation

The current debate about Dhoni and our expectation that he should have told what he knew to the Hon Justice Mudgal Committee made me think. There is almost unanimity that any one of us would have told the truth, if we were put in a similar situation. One of the celebrated TV anchors was certain that she would have, had she been in a similar situation. Read more »

10X10X10 Mantra for Infrastructure Development

The Neighbour’s Exemplary Performance
Presently, with an economic growth rate of 8.2 per cent, China is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Though accounting for one fifth of the world’s population, the country has been growing consistently due to the government’s key focus on infrastructure development. Clear focus and positive initiatives by the government have attracted both domestic as well as foreign investors into the sector. The country’s sustained growth rate can be entirely attributed to the emergence of state-of-the-art infrastructure. Read more »

Why We won’t have a Steve Jobs from India

Two copies of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs have been on my bookshelf for close to two years now, but the size of the book deterred me from starting to read it. I didn’t think I was ready to read 570 pages about the enfant terrible, particularly after I heard that the book had several instances of his petulant and downright bad behavior. So, I must thank my colleague and friend Sourav Mukherji for giving me the impetus to start reading it. And, I was not disappointed. In fact, I spent two whole days immersed in the book, literally gobbling every word in print (yes, I still read books the old-fashioned way!). Read more »

The Feminist Divide: Need for Expanding the Scope with a Broader Perspective

Society rules. And Society divides. There are cultural divides, language barriers, gender conflicts, racism, economic differences, myths of status and hierarchy, religious differences; the list is endless. And to add to this never ending list of biases and discriminations is the Feminist divide. This has popped up roughly around the last two decades which is essentially nothing but female chauvinism. Read more »

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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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