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Best defence is good offence

As we put in the effort to experience God's love, we invoke God's grace. It all begins, with realising life's purpose and taking steps each day to sit in meditation and experience God's love. Everything else is in God's hands.

7 Aug 2022 11:26 pm
Messi's 5th symphony, a waltz in the park

A good footballer would have swivelled, turned and let loose a shot at the Clermont box that would have been goalkeeper Mory Diaw's to save or not. Messi did not attempt this. Instead, after chesting the ball, he simply dropped it to his left foot and pivoted his body in the air to kick it overhead into the unready Clermont net.

7 Aug 2022 11:04 pm
PMI Output Index slows in July as sales growth loses momentum

Despite decelerating, input prices remained elevated and firms could pass some of the additional costs to customers. Corporate results for the first quarter suggest pressure on earnings after four consecutive quarters of expansion. A broad majority of firms in both manufacturing and services expect payroll numbers to be static with a poor outlook on hiring amid uncertainty in the business outlook.

7 Aug 2022 10:46 pm
Pelosis Taipei visit has hastened the pace of US-China decoupling bad news for the world

The stakes are mindboggling for manufacturing & financial sectors in US and China, and thousands of companies in other countries, including India, who feed on their business.

7 Aug 2022 10:38 pm
What could be the path of future rate hikes? These two factors will decide

Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) members voted unanimously last week to increase the policy repo rate by 50 bps to 5.4%, taking it significantly higher than the pre-pandemic level of 5.15%. Now that a frontloaded policy tightening has been implemented, what might the path of future rate hikes look like? Two, somewhat opposing, factors are likely to shape this path.

7 Aug 2022 10:37 pm
India should take advantage of China-US decoupling

India must not miss this moment to build its own response to Beijing, strengthen its relationship with Taiwan and deepen partnerships in the Indo-Pacific. In issues such as climate change, and security where alternative engagement is possible, India must be actively involved. Focused on ensuring an open and rules-based Indo-Pacific, New Delhi should become the destination of choice for companies looking beyond China.

7 Aug 2022 10:34 pm
Joy Ma Calamari: A 2022 Kalkatta diary

Generations of young Bengali men and women continue to leave the city. The portrait in their heads gets imagined in Bengaluru or Noida or Surrey or Houston or Sydney.... While Kolkata is frozen for them, the real here-and-now city flows for those that will fill the gaps in their departure and their empty houses.

6 Aug 2022 9:31 pm
View: Disguise and impersonation are at the heart of spy thrillers

What is the enduring allure of spy fiction? Why do so many of us enjoy the genre so much, enjoy it enough for all the three above authors to be propelled to the upper echelons of bestseller lists on publication, admire it enough for all of them to have been prize-winning critical successes?

30 Jul 2022 9:13 pm
When you wish upon a star, makes a lot of difference if it's Ashok Kumar

And it followed that the first stars were singularly good-looking, or played interesting characters like Charlie Chaplin's Tramp, or had striking personal qualities, like Buster Keaton's deadpan athleticism, or Lillian Gish's ability to make everyone feel protective. This wasn't restricted to fiction films either. The Inuit man in Robert J Flaherty's classic 1922 documentary Nanook of the North, gazing out at us with a frank smile, is a natural movie star too.

23 Jul 2022 9:36 pm
Whats presidential qualities got to do with becoming POROI?

It would be cynical, but not incorrect to say that with the right boxes ticked, a letterbox could well be POROI, and then provided the right trappings to make him or her worthy of being POROI. The value of the job gives the job-holder his or her value, not the other way around.

22 Jun 2022 9:43 pm
When aal izz naught well

Recognising that a company faces a crisis is the first thing leaders must do. It is a difficult step, especially during the onset of crises that do not arrive suddenly but grow out of familiar circumstances that mask their nature, for instance, the Sars outbreak of 2002-03. Seeing a slow-developing crisis for what it might become requires leaders to overcome the normalcy bias, which can cause them to underestimate both the possibility of a crisis and its impact.

7 Jun 2022 11:54 pm
The world of progress

In the spiritual life, we are always trying to transcend and go beyond. If today I do 20 things wrong, then tomorrow I will try to do only 19 things wrong. I will constantly try to improve myself and, in this way, I will get a tremendous sense of satisfaction. Iam not competing with anybody other than myself. This is how I can feel that I am arriving at perfection.

7 Jun 2022 11:44 pm
Resolve GST disputes quickly and smartly

The GST Council has the power to make recommendations on tax rates and a wide range of GST-related subjects. The council's decisions are based on a three-fourth majority of the members present and voting, where GoI's vote counts as one-third, while the states' votes have a weightage of two-thirds of the votes cast. Reassuringly, over the last five years, all differences have been resolved by consensus, except one that the council decided by vote. The Constitution also empowers the council to dev

7 Jun 2022 11:41 pm
A strong case for Indian equities

The number of demat accounts in the country has doubled since the onset of the pandemic, as have assets under control of depositories. A new generation of technology-assisted investors fed savings into a bull market that more than offset what foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) pulled out last year. This, of course, makes Indian stocks relatively expensive in a global market downturn. But the Sensex is trading at a trailing price/earnings multiple lower than the five-year average. Value-buying co

7 Jun 2022 11:41 pm
Won't allow fringe to derail India story

Elements out of sync - indeed, in contravention - with GoI's developmental and wealth-creating mission for India must be weeded out. This the BJP has attested on Sunday effectively.

6 Jun 2022 11:43 pm
More flexibility for insurers & products

Non-life insurers must have proper underwriting discipline and base their pricing on the assessment of risks. 'Utmost good faith' is the foundation of insurance contracts.

6 Jun 2022 11:36 pm
E=MC2: Coal, power cuts & Schrodinger's Cat

While the report noted the correspondence between heat waves - Islamabad-engineered or not - and inverse energy, it did not arrive at a unanimous verdict as to whether there was a causal link between the two, or whether it was a result of Jungian synchronicity that explores and explicates paranormal phenomena such as the Bermuda Triangle and the druidical significance of Stonehenge.

14 May 2022 8:30 pm