Trade-offs and scenarios

Trilemma A trilemma is a choice among three favourable options of which only two are possible at the same time. Simply put, if you choose two of them, you have to sacrifice the third. In IT projects, the trilemma is that the output can be any two of these three – cheap, good or fast. … Continue reading Trade-offs and scenarios

Chinese checked?

The backlash? It took Boris Johnson to test positive for COVID-19 for Britain to get its act together in tackling the contagion. There’s lockdown, there’s increased testing, retired NHS workers are being called back to work and fines are being levied for anyone breaching the Coronavirus Act. But here’s the real deal. Britain has declared … Continue reading Chinese checked?

About and Around

Things happen The lockdown is a giant social experiment. A huge amount of information on people’s choices and behaviour will be available with private players that can be mined for insights in future. But there’s enough anecdotal evidence to have some pertinent observations or hypotheses during this time. Off we go. Hoarding: Nobody is on … Continue reading About and Around

Tomorrow isn’t another day

What If A view that’s not uncommon among research analysts and fund managers these days is about the ‘V-shaped/ recovery the economy will make when all of this is over. There are two reasons offered for this. One, what’s changed for a consumer between Feb 1 (pre Covid-19) and now in terms of underlying demand? … Continue reading Tomorrow isn’t another day

The State of India

The malevolent state Yesterday I sat through a 2-hour session on the Indian state. The speaker meticulously laid out the history of its failures, its pervasive interest in encroaching upon our freedoms and the whimsical way it designs public policy. The nub of the argument wasn’t new to me but there was a refreshing candour … Continue reading The State of India

Golmaal Hai, Bhai, Sab Golmaal Hai

Seedhe raste ki yeh tedhi chaal hai Like we discussed yesterday, Trump signed (no, he didn’t use his angutha) the US $2.2 trillion emergency relief bill to support the U.S. economy crippled by the Covid-19 pandemic. Barring a Republican representative (self-avowed libertarian), Thomas Massie of Kentucky, no one in the House of Representatives had any … Continue reading Golmaal Hai, Bhai, Sab Golmaal Hai

Bada Package and A Conradian Heart of Darkness

When $2 trillion isn’t enough A $ 2 trillion emergency relief package was passed by the U.S. senate yesterday. That’s almost 10% of the size of the economy! What’s more, almost everyone believes there will be more coming. The whole package came about in less than a week with detailed bipartisan discussions in the senate … Continue reading Bada Package and A Conradian Heart of Darkness

Chotta Package and Live Free or Die

Badi kathin hai dagar panghat ki Listen, policymaking is tough in normal times. Huge tomes have been written (and not read) yet we get policies wrong. So, anyone working on policy during these times has all my sympathies. To think through possible solutions with so many unknowns while the clock is ticking is really tough. … Continue reading Chotta Package and Live Free or Die

Vacuum, China and a Whatsapp Forward

A world without a leader Being a sincere kid who needed extra-curricular validation, I used to attend essay writing competitions at school. A whole bunch of losers like me would sit down and write on a given topic. ‘Unity in Diversity’ was a favourite. ‘We live in a global village’ was another. This one made … Continue reading Vacuum, China and a Whatsapp Forward