A May 2010 trends piece inspired by a fridge audit of urban Indian working women in Mumbai.

Growing fridge: A word repeated makes a game, like ‘teacher teacher’, ‘doctor doctor’ and ‘ghar ghar’. A game of real make believe, or in the case of the fridge, the fridge then, now and the future. The secrets of the kitchen “hearth” ironically rest within the cold place. What the fridge shows up are the immediate past, present and the future of what the family will eat. Kelvinator (the coolest one)…

June 5, 2010
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Bangladesh Musings

Getting Started We conducted a research for a youth beverage brand in Bangladesh in late May this year. We had failed at trying to wriggle out of work with a feeble refrain, ‘we don’t know Bangladesh’ and other dastardly options like reminding the client of our competitors well established in Bangladesh. The client persisted with simply, kindly and firmly saying, he was well aware, and can we please complete fieldwork…

June 16, 2008
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Good Health Musings

In a fast-paced, ever-changing world, we are constantly on the move. Home, family, kids, work and social commitments dominate, as does the proverbial race from home to work and back on weekdays. Late nights at work, long hours of commute, outings on the weekends, friends and family commitments and catching up on chores and rest has become a way of life for many people. Sadly, with such a busy lifestyle…

May 10, 2008
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A plausible conversation between the Lumiere HR Desk and a new joined (Lumiere Lite) on why its mandatory to be at office each Monday.

A conversation between a Lumière fresher (Lumière Lite) and the Lumière HR Desk (HRD); Lumière Lite is wondering: why do I need to come to office (Nerul) every Monday? I can use my time so much better working from home. Such a waste of time and energy traveling all the way…   HRD: Welcome aboard, Lumière Lite… you will be set alight to bring about your multiplier…   Lumière Lite:…

March 23, 2008
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Women’s Day Musings – March ‘08

There is a special woman in each of our lives, some one we want to think of and celebrate. While the list of women celebrities grows by the day, there are millions of invisible ones. Whether in our homes, our work places, on railway trains, in small huts that one drives past, there’s something in every woman that calls for a standing ovation. Be it courage, resilience, tolerance for physical…

March 8, 2008
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JANUARY ’08 MUSINGS

December to January marks the time for ‘discover’ or ‘re-discover India’. Its not difficult to cherry-pick wide eyed newbies at airports, ashrams, management school campuses, malls, temples and streets. Each one of us here has played host at some time or another. We take our cultural prescript “athithi devo bhava” seriously. It makes playing host pleasurable and rewarding, especially if the guest is curious, happy to explore, open and receptive….

February 3, 2008
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A short look at Dharavi before Slumdog made it famous.

70 Dutch students from Erasmus University wanted to find out what drives innovation and enterprise in different settings. One view was to get exposed to families who live on no more than $2 a day – their concerns, aspirations, dreams and stress points – their world view and what makes them hopeful of the future. We facilitated their 2 day visit in January 2008. December to January marks the time…

February 3, 2008
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The Lumiere Playground

Our profession presents continuous opportunities to work with new, never before domains and challenges. It’s a profession where learning is a way of life and a critical survival tool. Peter Senge’s landmark book, ‘The FifthDiscipline’ is an enlightened, inspiring and insightful book. It teaches how organization learning can give organizations their edge and can serve as an effective blueprint relevant for learning needs of all organizations. Senge writes, ‘as the world becomes more interconnected and…

July 8, 2007
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Lumiere,the application of the ‘Fifth Discipline’ framework to the way the organization learns, saves and shares learning.

Monsoon Musings – A Learning Organization Our profession presents continuous opportunities to work with new, never before domains and challenges. It’s a profession where learning is a way of life and a critical survival tool. Peter Senge’s landmark book, ‘The Fifth Discipline’ is an enlightened, inspiring and insightful book. It teaches how organization learning can give organizations their edge and can serve as an effective blueprint relevant for learning needs of all organizations. Senge writes, ‘as…

July 8, 2007
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The raging of emotions and irrational public behaviour in the light of success and failure in sport. We raise them to the skies and we want to kill them. Can reason previal in sport?

‘Beware the Ides of March’ – A Wikipedia reference will yield this – In the Roman calendar, the Ides of March was a term used to denote 15 March. The term is still used in a colloquialsense for centuries afterwards to denote the middle of the month. In modern times, the term is best known because of Julius Caesar assassination on the Ides of March in 44 BC. The termhas come to be used as a metaphor for impending…

April 2, 2007
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