From the category archives:

Life

A Special Day

January 29, 2013

Tweet For our parents – Drs Roshan and Homi Dastur: Happy 50th, Dearest Mum and Dad! Thank you for always opening up possibilities. For giving us wings and teaching us to fly. For letting us find our paths. For keeping us real and grounded. For moulding our minds and our hearts. For looking out for [...]

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All the World’s a Stage – even if our (social media) Audiences are often Invisible

May 2, 2012

Tweet Came across this blog post – Klout, Big Data and Opting Out  by Fred McClimans via @gautamghosh and liked this quote, among other things: “There’s nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.” Rod Serling.  I tweeted it, and @rajeshlalwani responds: Rajesh’s quote immediately made me think of Shakespeare and [...]

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Hacking Life – the India Way

February 7, 2012

Tweet Hacking Life – the India Way is a presentation I made at Microsoft SCS 2012 in NYC in January.  Here’s an introduction by Stuart: In this presentation Dina makes a nice case viewing “hacking” as a generative construct for thinking, and an organizing principle for life … hacking life and living … rather than it being [...]

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Gems from my maid – she keeps me real

September 24, 2011

Tweet 3 random gems from my wise maid this morning.: Gem 1: We were discussing an imminent death in one of the TV soaps. She says:  “People die only when they get a better role & more money. Wish that happened in real life”!  Karma redefined? Gem 2: [[Warning: this is a graphic one engaging all your senses!]]. She [...]

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Convo goes live

June 24, 2011

Tweet And finally, after months of derailment, and a ton of good longitudinal projects, we’re live!  A little history here

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Me? Free. You? Not!!

August 14, 2010

Tweet And still, it’s Independence Day in India tomorrow. (Today is Pakistan’s Independence Day – reaching out to all those devastated by the Pakistan floods.). Our media is full of the obligatory ‘cliched’ thoughts on freedom – corruption, poor governance, terrorism, naxalism, separatism, communalism, overpopulation, poverty etc et etc – ably supported by commercialization of the weekend, with [...]

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Restructuring time and space – thought for the day

January 3, 2010

Tweet Image from: Wikipedia. Kairos as portrayed in a 16th century fresco by Francesco Salviati “Chronos is clocks, deadlines, watches, calendars, agendas, planners, schedules, beepers.  Chronos is time at her worst. Chronos keeps track. …Chronos is the world’s time. Kairos is transcendence, infinity, reverence, joy, passion, love, the Sacred. Kairos is intimacy with the Real. [...]

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26/11 – the more we change, the more we remain the same

November 26, 2009

Tweet I couldn’t help taking these pictures off television today. And turned off TV entirely. Which I should have done a week ago, with all the rehashing of events on 26/11 last year. Just because you have so much footage during the terror attacks, does it mean it is revamped and repackaged into more and [...]

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Through the lens – a six-year old’s view of the world!

November 11, 2009

Tweet Young minds through the lens of young eyes. The day after coming back from TEDIndia I was catapulted back into work – preparing for a big presentation-workshop today, which was good. This was in Gurgaon, and I spent the evening in Delhi with my sister and her young 6 year old Zai, who is [...]

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My Lazy TEDIndia Post

November 8, 2009

Tweet Actually, my super lazy blogpost post TEDIndia. It was an absolutely fantastic experience and the best part was meeting such a great group of people. I feel incredibly fortunate, and humbled to have been a TEDIndia Fellow. I’ll be blogging more thoughts and pictures in the next few days, but for now, here’s a [...]

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Will it kill us?

September 5, 2009

Tweet Leon Benjamin argues that command and control organisation is actually killing people, in a post titled “How public companies are killing their own employees”. “I was working in Bangalore with Tesco a few years ago. I remember having conversations with successful upwardly mobile young Indian technologists about new houses, cars, holidays.  I pointed out [...]

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The old, the not-so-old, and many facets of the new

August 31, 2009

Tweet I took this picture of Dhanaji Dongre, the farmer we visited during our Nokia Life Tools immersions, on my test N97 (which has a pretty cool camera but a lousy touch-screen esp. when compared to the iPhone). He is taking a picture of the crew on his own little camera phone, who in turn, [...]

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Towards new constructs of success?

March 11, 2009

Tweet Rob Paterson asks “What is the Great Disruption” in response to Thomas Friedman’s editorial. Let’s today step out of the normal boundaries of analysis of our economic crisis and ask a radical question: What if the crisis of 2008 represents something much more fundamental than a deep recession? What if it’s telling us that [...]

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Imagination, intuition … and small steps?

March 7, 2009

Tweet Interesting thought from Euan and all the folks who’ve left comments at his post. Quoting, almost in full: One of the challenges for those of us who believe that we are at the beginning of a very significant period of change in how we see ourselves, our societies and our businesses is how to [...]

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