AVOID STUPIDITY… at all costs!

This is what I noted to myself after what happened few hours ago. My wife, my toddler son and I drove back home after having dinner at a nearby Chinese restaurant and we parked our car in our apartments’ parking lot. The routine is generally I get my son out of the car seat and…

The Science of Persuasion

I am a coffee enthusiast and my old Italian espresso machine at home have had few mechanical issues in the past couple of weeks.  Over the weekend, we were at a nearby mall and I was strolling with my 18 months old son in the hallways of the mall. A big sign outside Williams-Sonoma (kitchen ware…

I See Muda, Mura and Muri Everywhere

I learnt about an interesting concept in an unusual situation. Over the weekend, I was waiting in the check-out line in Costco (a local wholesale warehouse / store) with only couple of items bought to ring through the cash registers. Being a wholesale store, people buy stuff in large quantities and given the weekend, the lines were really…

Nash Equilibrium in Everyday Life

The brilliance of ‘A Beautiful Mind’ was recognized again last week when John Nash the famous mathematician won the coveted Abel prize in Mathematics. John Nash is one of the very few mathematicians known in popular culture not only as a celebrity popularized by the movie ‘A Beautiful Mind’, but also for the ground breaking work…

Opportunities Created by the Long Tails

Digital world is overtaking the physical world in every aspect of human life. Twitter and Facebook have digitized social relationships; Netflix has replaced family movie outing; XBOX, Nintendo and Sony have replaced indoor family time and to some extent even outdoor games / activities. This month Revenue from online streaming of music (such as Pandora, XBOX,…

Gold Mined from the Mind

The paradox of Gold glittered this week and made me a bit wiser. Apple launched what it called a ‘uniquely luxurious’ Gold Edition Watch priced at $17,000 and allured its customers to the sheen of the yellow metal. Also this week Gold prices witnessed its worst losing streak in more than 40 years with nine…

The Power of Weak over the Strong – AAP Victory

The power of grassroots democracy was on showcase in the recently concluded elections in Delhi. Small won over the large; household agenda triumphed national agenda; micro trends stumped macro trends; new party wiped out old party and the story of David and Goliath repeated again in the plain sight of a billion people. Aam Aadmi…

Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Goat

As the world’s largest human race celebrates its New Year, let us reflect on some of their contributions to the world. China gave us paper, silk, printing technology, porcelain, tea, fireworks and above all the writings of Master Kong or Confucius. Below are three of my favorite Confucius sayings about learning – “By three methods…