Karthik S

Civic sense by public-shaming, courtesy Virat Kohli

Civic sense by public-shaming, courtesy Virat Kohli

A recap, before I begin. Virat Kohli posted—on Twitter and Instagram—a brief video of his wife, Anushka Sharma, telling someone off for throwing garbage from the car window, on the road (car windows rolled down, with Virat’s phone video pointed first at her, and then at the person in the back seat of the adjacent car) looking at a stranger… Read more →

Elon Musk, Neil Gaiman and the burden of unintended consequences of a large follower base on Twitter

Elon Musk, Neil Gaiman and the burden of unintended consequences of a large follower base on Twitter

So Elon Musk and Neil Gaiman had a twete-a-twete earlier today. Specifically, Elon was trying to make his point on a damaging article by a journalist who has been anti-Musk and has been deleting tweets where she was abrasive anti-Musk (leaving only those where she was sensibly anti-Musk). During the time when he was trying to defend himself and actively… Read more →

India through the eyes of the British, almost a century ago, in a bungalow built by the British!

India through the eyes of the British, almost a century ago, in a bungalow built by the British!

I loved the stay at Valparai’s Sinna Dorai Bungalow. We have been planning a trip to Valparai since 2013, but it finally materialized only now. It is a heritage bungalow, almost a century old and every piece of furniture and carefully collected item placed inside it tells a story! While the trek in the emerald green tea estate was an… Read more →

Food for thought on Freshmenu's magazine, Food For Thought

Food for thought on Freshmenu’s magazine, Food For Thought

I tried FreshMenu’s Dragon Noodles with Veggie Dumplings 2 weeks ago, while in office, and loved it. I immediately made a note to order it once at home since my wife and son would love it too. So, last Sunday, we ordered lunch from FreshMenu and yes, everyone loved the dragon noodles. While delivering the order, the delivery person also… Read more →

The power of words, as a cycle - literally, notionally and literally

The power of words, as a cycle – literally, notionally and literally

I read Max Barry’s novel Lexicon 2-3 years ago. It was a fascinating read about an exclusive, secretive school where students are taught to harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind. Literally, they learn phrases, which, when uttered, makes people do things! They manipulate people using words, very very literally (unlike politicians who do it figuratively). All… Read more →

The Mann Ki Baat marvel

The Mann Ki Baat marvel

Without getting into the good, bad, right or wrong of the Narendra Modi Government, one thing I’m massively impressed with is his communication strategy. I wrote about one facet of it, in 2014 (Is the Narendra Modi Government’s use of social media really transformational?), but let me mention about another facet, in context – Mann Ki Baat. What started as… Read more →

Stars - from TV to movies to OTT?

Stars – from TV to movies to OTT?

We still fondly recall that Shah Rukh Khan started with television (Fauji) and then became a superstar in films. Then, for the longest time, moving from TV to films was the norm. Even today, we talk of Sushant Singh Rajput moving successfully from TV to films and Karan Johar is planning to launch some TV star in one of his… Read more →