Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

In a world that strongly believes specialization and starting early are the routes to achieve success, David Epstein’s book Range is a refreshing departure from prescriptive decisions and clichéd stories. His argument that having a variety of skills and interests—taking the time to sample a variety of things — is better than choosing a specialization […]Read More

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

In a world that strongly believes specialization and starting early are the routes to achieve success, David Epstein’s book Range is a refreshing departure from prescriptive decisions and clichéd stories. His argument that having a variety of skills and interests—taking the time to sample a variety of things — is better than choosing a specialization […]Read More

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent

Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents published in 2020 is a fascinating read. It was by chance that I happened to see her interview with President Barack Obama on an Instagram post. The book is insightful, full of empathy, and mind awakening. With real-life stories, it analytically explores the issue of caste, […]Read More

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent

Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents published in 2020 is a fascinating read. It was by chance that I happened to see her interview with President Barack Obama on an Instagram post. The book is insightful, full of empathy, and mind awakening. With real-life stories, it analytically explores the issue of caste, […]Read More

Special Independent Emergency Committee advising Yang di-Pertuan Agong

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 — The government finally announced yesterday the members of the Special Independent Emergency Committee 2021 (SIEC) that will advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong when it would be feasible to lift the Emergency ahead of its scheduled end on August 1. The members are an eclectic group spanning aspects of Malaysian life such […]Read More

Meeting the Congressman

I had the honour of being invited to speak at two international conferences in Chicago and Baltimore in June 2019. Long haul flights to the US are always tiring and the one-stop is always helpful to rest your legs. I stopped over in Tokyo, Japan to break the monotonous journey. It has been a long […]Read More

Ayyappanum Koshiyum – an Indian Malayalam movie

This was a crazy busy week. To relax, I moved away from my usual entertainment menu: Hollywood (English) and Indian (Tamil and Hindi movies) to a 2020 Indian Malayalam-language action-drama thriller film written and directed by Sachy. A carefully written script with an interesting characterisation of two individuals with huge egos makes the film realistic. […]Read More

Teachers as Agents for Social Change

My research assistant has been nudging me to write as I had not written anything for the last two months. The goal to write at least one post every fortnight was becoming increasingly difficult given how challenging the economic front has been: in particular, the time has been in short supply. For me, the trigger […]Read More

Chin Ning Chu-Thick Face Black Heart

I have always wondered about the disproportionate amount of publications from the West given the rich Asian cultures. So, I do make it a point to read at least some of the Asian authors and one author that I have found to be incredibly insightful and relevant is Chin – Ning Chu. Thick Face Black […]Read More

The Hungry Spirit- Charles Handy

Entrepreneurship (Management) Charles Handy, a respected business thinker writes in a very simple and practical way. His ideas resonate with you. He challenges us to question our reliance on traditional definitions of ‘success’ and inspires us to find meaning and fulfillment in our personal lives. While we enjoy the material benefits and comforts of capitalism […]Read More