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Life After MBA – A look at non traditional career choices

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For those interested in pursuing a career in management, as well as those already studying at B Schools, this is generally an extremely stressful period. For prospective students, it’s the various entrance exams followed by rounds of personal interviews, essays and group discussions till the coveted admission letter is received. For students, this is the…

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The Antikythera Mechanism – Forgetting Knowledge

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As someone fascinated by technology, reading about the oldest computer in the world was a revelation. It was more than 120 years ago, in 1900, that a shipwreck was discovered off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera by sponge divers. It was identified as a Roman cargo ship and over the next year, a…

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Changing Perceptions – How Yesterday’s Sins are Becoming Today’s Virtues

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The origin of most religions can be traced to the need for order and discipline in society through definition of what constitutes acceptable behaviour and what does not. Consequently, those actions that were deemed harmful were called sins, that would be punishable, either in this life, in the afterlife or in the next life, depending…

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Data Visualization as a tool for MSME’s

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A picture is worth a thousand words. The truth of this age old idiom is once again proved in the business context through Data Visualization. Computerization has helped businesses in automating transactions and generating reports of these transactions for managerial use, and almost all small and medium businesses today have adopted computerization in one way…

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Government in firefighting mode

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The central and state governments are caught in an unenviable position where they need to combat the effects of slowdown on incomes and jobs and simultaneously increase revenue collection to keep the economy running. The current slowdown in the Indian as well as global economies can be linked to a multitude of factors that are…

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Science Fiction to Fact – The Future is Now

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Growing up in Bhubaneswar in the Seventies and Eighties, one of the most eagerly awaited events in life was the release of a new James Bond movie. Literally cut off from the mainstream of life in a small town, these movies gave us a vicarious glimpse into a world with fast cars, glamorous ladies and…

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Rising Inequality – Sign of the times to come

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If anything, the economic fallout of Covid 19 pandemic can be seen as a precursor of the times to come. It has shown how those equipped with the right resources and privileges will thrive, whereas those without will suffer the consequences, sometimes for generations. Since the beginning of time, change has been a way of…

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Treating India – Using Technology to Augment Healthcare

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One of the happiest memories of my younger days was watching M*A*S*H on TV. The show was based on the experiences of the doctors and nurses of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the American military involvement in Korea. While it was mainly a humorous show focussed on a rebellious young doctor who hated the…

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New Learnings from Old Classics

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As every bookworm knows, the pleasure of a good book is something that transcends the ordinary pleasures of life. And when the book is made into a movie that faithfully captures everything that was good about it, it gives the reader an opportunity to enjoy it all over again. One such book that I had…

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The Trumpification of USA

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Everything that we do, and sometimes, even some things we don’t do, have the potential to change our future. Let’s consider the current state of affairs in what is considered one of the best countries to live in – the USA. The country today is deeply polarized in a way it never has been since…

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