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The Teacher Within

You may still have those times when you want to curse yourself for making the wrong decision or making a mistake, but youll find yourself more resilient and quicker to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on without the need for self-blame and recriminations. When your ego makes all the decisions, the potential for upset is far greater because your ego is so easily hurt or put on the defensive.

5 Dec 2021 11:25 pm
Accommodative stance should continue

Growth is picking up in India, but still remains vulnerable. Omicron apart, easy availability of credit is vital for sustaining economic momentum. The RBI would also need to guide banks on accommodating small companies that have repayment difficulties.

5 Dec 2021 11:16 pm
Use GST data to raise direct tax revenue

Transparency as to employee compensation leads to better taxation of employee incomes. The more complete the GST chain, the better eventual realisations of both direct and indirect taxes.

5 Dec 2021 11:11 pm
View: The nifty (& safe) art of precogging the precogs

This isnt the column that would have caused problems. So, theres no problem.

4 Dec 2021 11:11 pm
View: There are your usual desires. Then theres this unaffordable laptop

Theres the femme fatale, the siren at the bar, the Helen of Ploy, the 450-volt vamp, the mantrap. Then theres the unaffordable laptop.

4 Dec 2021 11:00 pm
Some desperate solutions that can be considered for Delhi-NCR's pollution

Approaching this daunting task in the manner of linguists who deciphered the Harappan script, the CPCB team consulted the office copy of the ABC Dictionary of Everyday Usage and searched for suitable words beginning with the letter A that sounded more severe than 'Severe'.

4 Dec 2021 10:34 pm
View: With obviously no corrupt politicians in the real world, villains are in the movies

Within two decades of Independence, however, established movie-criminals figured out that the best place to camouflage their crime was under the seat of a public office.

27 Nov 2021 10:48 pm
View: As the planet gets hotter and hotter, will we be slow-cooked or stir-fried?

The Bay of Bengal has been in a deep depression for the past two years, at least. Mumbai was pretty much dry during the monsoon, but it's raining now in November (what did Guns N' Roses know that climate scientists didn't?) and residents of peninsular India have had to buy boats instead of cars for years now.

27 Nov 2021 10:48 pm
A Little Editing Can Go a Short Way

The word 'Harijan' - coined by 15th century poet-saint Narsinh Mehta and popularised by his fellow Gujarati, 20th century politician-saint Mohandas Gandhi - has been out of favour for decades.

14 Nov 2021 10:20 pm
A new TV show about a likable Punjabi clan turns into a hard, unflinching look at the dark side of good old Indian family values

The idea of familial unity has been so diluted that you aren't sure whom to root for. In fact, the flashback itself ends with a cut to Omkar and Sargun returning from a horrific night-time drive, after a tragedy that made nonsense of another promise he had (very sincerely) made to her.

13 Nov 2021 10:52 pm
The British found a range of Indian hill stations to run away from India. Now, we have decided to maraud every hill station

The British found a range of Indian hill stations to run away from India. Now, we have decided to maraud every hill station

13 Nov 2021 10:51 pm
How plausible is a Delhi jail scene from a John Le Carr novel? Quite, actually

Senior bureaucrats, all capable and undoubtedly patriotic, were of the Indian Civil Service (ICS), and therefore, British-trained and part of the old boy network.

23 Oct 2021 9:34 pm
For zero-emission urban freight delivery

Whats needed are supportive infrastructure for EVs such as quick-charging stations, and proactive policy for production of batteries, to gainfully speed up the diffusion of EVs.

17 Sep 2021 10:55 pm
Hindi, non-Hindi bhai bhai: Chill, bro

The only way to end the obsession with English-medium education absent in Germany or Denmark, with widespread English proficiency is to greatly enhance the quality of English language teaching in Indian language schools.

17 Sep 2021 10:55 pm
Serve Others

The secret to developing a positive attitude is through service. And this is the attitude we must develop. We need to realise that we alone are not doing all that we think we are. Many forces are at play. Sometimes, we need to stop action. We need to give the other forces in the world, which are also working for us, a chance.

17 Sep 2021 10:55 pm
Liquidity Issues

This is largely due to the buy-and-hold investment strategy adopted by corporate bond investors. Insurance companies and pension funds, which are an important investor segment, typically require returns at fixed rates over the long-term to match their liabilities.

16 Sep 2021 10:40 pm
A step forward for bad loan resolution

Where does this leave existing asset reconstruction companies (ARCs), all 28 of them? NARCL is supposed to tackle 2 lakh crore worth of NPAs.

16 Sep 2021 10:40 pm
The Return Ticket

Ones karma can be changed, to some extent at least, by ones thoughts and deeds, but the return ticket can neither be refunded nor extended. Most of us dread this great unknown.

16 Sep 2021 10:40 pm
Let all states reopen their schools

Four states Delhi, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Assam reopened schools earlier this month after more than a year of disruption in learning. Eight other states had reopened schools in August, bringing the tally of states with classroom teaching to 12. Other states must follow suit.

16 Sep 2021 10:40 pm
Corporate Bonding

In their search for yield, investors turned away from safe assets in developed economies, such as Treasury bonds, in favour of high-yield corporate and sovereign bonds issued by emerging economies after the GFC.

15 Sep 2021 11:20 pm
Well done on telecom, more still possible

It is far better for State-run pension funds to invest a sliver of their corpus in high-risk but high-return subprime debt and, thus, create that market for subprime bonds than to hug the safety of gilts at low rates of return.

15 Sep 2021 11:20 pm
Financial handshake signals swift demise

If the linkage between UPI and PayNow is successful, it can be replicated in other countries, leading to network effects, greater trade and investment.

15 Sep 2021 11:20 pm
Spend, GoI, Spend, lest recovery falter

Government spending will help industry, readying for demand revival, to firm up its plans as well.

14 Sep 2021 10:35 pm
Partnerships for climate action

A flexible roadmap based on reform, economic growth and job creation must be prepared.

14 Sep 2021 10:35 pm
We don't want no regulatory capture

Whether to lift civil aviation controls after achieving normalcy or whether to lift controls to achieve normalcy is the question. Do not debate chicken or egg. Go ahead and make that omelette.

13 Sep 2021 10:50 pm
Cost after quality, or both in QCBS?

QCBS would be entirely defensible if the parameters for assigning points are worked out with granularity and transparency.

13 Sep 2021 10:50 pm
Business Of Life

The business of life is the most important task on which we should all focus. This life was given to us with a supreme purpose. We were given a capital investment of time in this human body so that we could make use of it to first recognise our true essence and to then return to our Source. We were also given all the faculties needed to excel in this business.

12 Sep 2021 10:45 pm
Democracy holds cure for terror

Americas war on terror was launched against violence justified in the name of jihad. But, today, white supremacist and anarchist terror pose a more potent threat to the US than jihad.

10 Sep 2021 11:19 pm
A Ford problem more than an India one

It is US automakers who seem quick to exit General Motors quit in 2017 what with a huge market back home and major disruptions electric mobility and ride-sharing waiting to be tackled.

10 Sep 2021 11:11 pm
Managing innovation

The gasification process is an established commercial technology that is widely used in the petroleum and petrochemical industries to convert carbon-containing feedstocks to a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, referred to as synthesis gas.

10 Sep 2021 10:55 pm
So What is Liberation?

Once you start experiencing life beyond sense perception, naturally the identification with the body and mind recedes and slowly disappears.

10 Sep 2021 10:55 pm
For an active market for corporate bonds

We do need to better leverage the easier cost of funds in the mature financial markets and get our act together for an active corporate debt market, to finance the projects in the national infrastructure investment pipeline of over Rs 100 lakh crore.

9 Sep 2021 10:53 pm
MSP increases raise farm efficiency

Price changes signalling a shift in the cropping pattern alone are not enough. With rising demand for superior foods, the country needs to rapidly raise yields and output levels in every crop.

9 Sep 2021 10:48 pm
Scientific Pioneers

An interesting study of the first segment was made by American historian of science Charles Coulston Gillispie. He prepared the list of those scientists from the 7th to the 15th centuries who contributed to the field of science and laid the foundations for a scientific revolution of the present era.

9 Sep 2021 12:02 am
The Heart And Brain

Oestrogen, higher in women, heightens the oxytocin effect, whereas testosterone, higher in men, tends to reduce its effect. This may explain why women are considered more nurture-oriented and loving, when compared to men.

9 Sep 2021 12:00 am
On telecom, think big and act bold

Telcos should pay taxes on their profits as normal companies do, apart from bearing a small levy to pay for regulation.

8 Sep 2021 11:43 pm
Bit by bit from El Salvador? Not quite

One attraction that bitcoin holds for El Salvador President Nayib Bukele is that the country receives remittances from El Salvadorans abroad to the tune of more than 16% of GDP, and the blockchain technology, on which bitcoin operates, cuts down the time and cost of cross-border transactions.

8 Sep 2021 11:40 pm
How to be a true disciple

A true disciple is concerned only with the divine nature of the Guru. The Gurus action as man is not the disciples concern. He is totally oblivious to it. To him, the Guru is Guru even if he acts unconventionally. Always remember that the nature of a saint is unfathomable. Measure not his divine nature with the inadequate yardstick of your ignorance. Criticise not your Gurus action that is done on universal vision.

7 Sep 2021 11:41 pm
Shed security state obsession

Business security as well as individual liberty both favour VPNs. Americas National Security Agency does not let VPNs hinder its work. Nor should Indias.

7 Sep 2021 11:29 pm