Blog

My Harvard Kennedy School learning journey

“Only connect,” EM Forster wrote in 1910. “Live in fragments no longer.” Those of you who have been following my blog regularly will know that my life is nothing but a quest for knowledge and connection and the way that both of these are being pursued in today’s world are through hybrid mash-ups of the […]

Posted on: 17-12-2015
Read more

Coming out – at work and at home

Last month, at a packed event at our Culture Lab, my dear friend Radhika Piramal spoke to an enraptured audience about her journey of coming out of the closet. It was a moment of great pride for me and I wiped away tears from my eyes while listening to Radhika’s narrative of coming out, first […]

Posted on: 14-11-2015
Read more

Breaking Stereotypes

“Kiss ko pyaar karoon, kaise pyaar karoon, tub hi hai, yeh bhi hai, woh bhi hai….hai!” A gold sequined Shammi Kapoor lookalike burst on the stage with a bang and thus began Tape – India’s first drag king show. Funny, poignant, cool and above all celebratory, this was fierce and unapologetic theatre, written and directed […]

Posted on: 17-10-2015
Read more

Wandering Women

There have been many citizen responses since the ‘Nirbhaya’ Delhi gang rape of 2012 — and they have included protests, plays, safety apps that can be downloaded on cell phones and more. And actually, these responses keep on coming. Recently, I was invited to a conference by young Mumbaikar Trisha Shetty, at which she had […]

Posted on: 16-09-2015
In: Columns
Read more

If it doesn’t spread, it’s dead

It was my honour to bring my guru Professor Henry Jenkins to India last month as a visiting Professor for our Godrej LOUD campus tour.  Henry is the founder of the MIT Comparative Media Studies programme, from which I graduated some years ago, and is now the Provost Professor at the University of Southern California in […]

Posted on: 16-08-2015
In: Columns
Read more

The Cape of Good Hope

I got goosebumps sitting in a tiny room in a cell block on Robben Island, listening to Ahmed Kathrada or Uncle Kathy, as he is lovingly called by all, tell me and my fellow World Economic Forum (WEF) delegates about the 26 years he had spent as a prisoner alongside his close friend Nelson Mandela, […]

Posted on: 20-07-2015
In: Columns
Read more