I am an extinguished journalist. I am the slowest runner on earth. I am also the Founder & CEO of IRIS Business Services Limited (www.irisbusiness.com) a firm I founded with Deepta Rangarajan and K Balachandran. I became the CEO not because I am the most deserving. Just because. I am   Read More ...

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It will be a miracle if the BJP combine wins in Bihar. but if they do, the message will be loud and clear that the Modi sheen is not fading and if anything, it is even getting stronger, much stronger. But I am not sure if even the BJP expects   Read More ...

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When Ahmad Javed,  the new Police Commissioner of Mumbai, used to be the Police Commissioner of Navi Mumbai which was not very long ago, he did something very simple which changed the face of policing in Navi Mumbai for as long as he was there. He asked for notice boards   Read More ...

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As the world celebrates the advent of the month of Ramzan, my mind goes back to a day last month when I visited the Cheraman mosque in Kerala. I am reminded of a plaque on the wall announcing that the mosque was set up in 629 AD, which, in case   Read More ...

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In just 9 months in 1971, the Pakistani army killed 3 million people in what was then known as East Pakistan and is now known as Bangladesh. Contrast this with Hitler’s atrocities when 6 million Jews were killed between 1941 and 1945. For the sheer intensity of the atrocities, for   Read More ...

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“You Can Get a Pilot License in India After Just 35 Minutes in Air,” screamed the headline in the Bloomberg yesterday. “Indian Trainee Pilots Passed After Just 35 Minutes Flight Time, Report Says,” Time magazine said, quoting the Bloomberg report. Just when things seem to be looking up for the   Read More ...

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On a day when we should be celebrating the great success of our scientists, on a day when I should be shouting from the roof tops about how great this country of mine is and can be, when it wants to be, I am livid. I am angry reading the   Read More ...

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The Economist story on Reliance is a load of balderdash as is the lead editorial about the company. I don’t hold a brief for RIL, not by a long shot. But I can tell you that this story is short on facts and long on innuendos and even longer on   Read More ...

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Much has been said about the need for a purge in the Congress and how the first family should have been banished to the boondocks. But I wonder why nothing has been said about the need for a purge in the Aam admi Party. They have cut such a sorry   Read More ...

Categories: Aap ki sarkar

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Not since I was in Class 8 way back in 1974 when my Hindi teacher, the late Avanishpati Tripathi, sent me out of his class have I stood for so long in one place. But that was punishment and I had no choice, whereas my experience at SCMM 2014 standing   Read More ...

Categories: Running

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Today my friend Hudson Hollister turns 32. No big deal about turning 32, you say. Sure, I agree. Hudson too would agree. But it is for us, all of us in the world who are counting on his leadership to make this world a better place. 7 billion of us   Read More ...

Categories: Swami & Friends

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I am not a member of the Aam Aadmi party and I don’t plan to become a member either. But I support them. So when I read what Chetan Bhagat has written in his blog in Times of India, I felt like offering some gratuitous advice in much the way   Read More ...

Categories: Aap ki sarkar, Politics

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Every time I have gone to run a race, I have tried to do a review of my preparedness a week ahead of the run. Here it is, for whatever it is worth. 1. Garmin: I have one Garmin in working condition, (I own 2 other garmins which don’t work   Read More ...

Categories: Running

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The next time some one asks me if I went to IIT, IIM, I can truthfully say answer in the affirmative. I was at IIT KGP in 2012. And in December 2013, Deepta took me along to an alumni reunion at IIM Ahmedabad. It was largely uneventful for me, but   Read More ...

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Suggestion # 1. Every minister must put up his daily appointment calendar for the public to view. the same must be insisted of the senior bureaucrats at the level of Secretary and above to the Delhi government. Suggestion # 2: The annual IT returns for the last 2 years (and   Read More ...

Categories: Aap ki sarkar, Politics

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Until a little while ago, I had not bothered to read the manifesto of the Aam Aadmi Party. I am not a resident of Delhi and I had figured that it would make no difference whether I read it or not. But something changed last evening. All these days I   Read More ...

Categories: Aap ki sarkar, Politics

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Over the last week, the CBI has been reeling under the embarrassment of goof-ups over incorrect information. In the Purulia arms drop case, the warrant had expired. In the case of the two wanted men who are actually in India even as the list given to Pakistan says that they   Read More ...

Categories: XBRL

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In 1999, five accountants, working independently, tried to figure out if the Enron lie could not have been caught before it blew up. The basic question before the five accountants was: where did Enron hide its muck. They asked if there were lessons to be learnt from the Enron saga   Read More ...

Categories: XBRL

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“With XBRL you cant hide”, this was something I stated in my previous article. Here, I stand vindicated. The myiris.com study has thrown up some startling findings. The study has shown that more than 200 listed Indian companies have discrepancies in their annual audited financial results. The discrepancies are such   Read More ...

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One way to understand what something is, to first understand what it is not. Allow me to list ten things that XBRL is not, hopefully making it self-evident as to what XBRL is. 1. XBRL is not a piece of software Though XBRL is not software, you will need software   Read More ...

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I have 18 days to continue to gloat. Until January 15, 2012, I will be one up on most of my fellow runners in NMR and elsewhere. Coz, most of them have never run a marathon in their lives, while I have. And I finished. Whereas the likes of Srivatsan,   Read More ...

Categories: Running

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So you have trained well, you are looking at a PB, your race strategy has been designed to get you a PB, you think you have a perfect strategy for a PB, BUT DO YOU HAVE A STRATEGY FOR THE PEE? I hope that my experience will help you draw   Read More ...

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In the euphoria after a successful completion of a HM on Sunday in Mumbai, this is the question that must be on the minds of many of you. I just thought I must share with you my experience for whatever it is worth as you proceed to make up your   Read More ...

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I wrote this piece in 2010 after a visit to a place called Bhojpur near Ujjain. +++++++++++++++++++ On Sunday, I witnessed the birth of God. In a matter of a few minutes, the God disappeared, leaving behind the offerings of mortals. It was a moment of confrontation with truth. In   Read More ...

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(Posted on my Facebook page on April 10, 2012) I have seen many runners. Being the slowest runner on earth, I have seen most of the others go past, causing me to check if I have really been moving at all. I have seen many fully loaded runners. They can   Read More ...

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(posted on my Facebook page on August 29, 2013) I was on the phone with a very senior politician last night and what he told me left me dazed. I don’t think this will happen, but i can tell you that stranger things have been known to happen. Between the   Read More ...

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The poor have no stake in the stock market, right? Wrong. On the contrary, the poor have a greater stake in the stock market than rich investors do. Prakash Karat and his ilk who have appropriated for themselves the position of spokespersons of the poor need to understand this. There   Read More ...

Categories: Economy & Markets

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More than two months ago, I wrote that Pranab Mukherjee will be India’s next President. I continue to stand by that statement. What I will do is to try and provide a perspective on what is happening and why. Pranab babu wants to be President of India. Unless he can   Read More ...

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I am fond of Mamata Banerjee. I feel that she is misunderstood. If one were to see her actions, there is one thread that runs through it all, a pathological hatred for the Communist parties and everything communist. If you understand this, you understand everything else about her, you begin   Read More ...

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The marathon was the most challenging run I have had to do in my 49 years on earth. I should think that it would rank right up there with my first steps or even my first crawl but since those are moments I cannot recall this must rank right up   Read More ...

Categories: Running

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Independence Day 2012 could have been my tryst with destiny. But for the unsympathetic volunteers at the BNP run, it just could have been my day. To many of you, brilliant runners, it may seem that I am seeking just a cheap thrill. But for me it would have been   Read More ...

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When I called Siddharth last night, it was dinner time. So, what are you having, I asked. Palak soup, a green salad, rice, alu gobi subzi, small onion sambar, coriander chutney, pudina paratha with carrot juice to flush it all down. “Did everything come from your garden,” I asked him.   Read More ...

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I remember that day vividly, a tsunami had just struck the southern coast of India. Phone lines to Chennai were jammed by callers touching base with their near and dear ones. Millions were those that must have been watching the pictures of destruction being replayed on tv. “I have to   Read More ...

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This is the story of Dnyaneshwar Tidke, a friend I made in the course of running. It is very appropriate to talk about him today with the Olympics just over, especially the marathon. We call him Don. He is 37 years old. He holds a day time job in a   Read More ...

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