Author: Mayank Rai

  • Perfect Storm

    Merriam-Webster defines a Perfect Storm as a critical or disastrous situation created by a powerful concurrence of factors. What is happening currently in the world economy is an example. Let me put it in the Indian context. We have recently seen the INR depreciating, the stock market tanking for a while and overall economic numbers […]

  • Self Development

    If you had one option, one opportunity to change the orbit you operate in, would you take it or let it go? I know of people who are happy where they are and I know of some very ambitious people, who just moved into a different orbit as they took that one shot. Why am […]

  • Green shoots!

    In the last 3 months, I have seen a sea change near my house. I have seen at least a dozen new shops, showrooms open up. After 2 years of nearly no new business activity, I find this a welcome change. These are what can be called the green shoots of a recovery. Post COVID […]

  • Why does it have to be this way?

    I have been giving some things a great lot of thought lately. Like why does it feel that I am living the same day over and over again? Why does it feel that any new thing I start doesn’t get to its natural conclusion?I then realise that my mind is not in the right place […]

  • 2022 – Year of the Tiger

    The year of the Tiger, that is what 2022 is, according to the Chinese calendar. Not that I am a follower, but hey, I am hopeful this year would be better than the previous 2. What gives me hope? Well, there are a few things. On a personal front, a few things which I had […]

  • November Rain

    One of the more famous Guns N Roses (GnR) songs, November Rain talks about love, pain and all the other emotions that come along with it. Why am I talking about love all of a sudden? Just like that. I have always believed that love as such is a fleeting emotion and has to be […]

  • Ideas or Execution?

    I have always been asked this question that if I had been given a choice between being able to create brilliant ideas or being able to execute simple ideas brilliantly, what would I choose? Ideas, some say, are dime a dozen. I would disagree. Good ideas are rare, they come at a great cost. Average […]

  • StartUP!

    This word has been used and abused many a time in the recent past. While the ideas of startup culture and startup ethos might seem like a cliche, one can actually learn a lot if one gives a bit of thought to it. Startups are supposed to be a) scrappy – With a “what do […]

  • Work-Life (in) Balance?

    One of the paradoxes in today’s time has to be the concept of a work-life balance. I have rarely seen an individual doing good in both. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Now, can you? I have yet to come across an individual who is happy both at home and in the […]

  • Burnout

    I have been reading a lot about stories in the past few months about some professional athletes quitting marquee events in order to focus on mental health. What seemed to be unthinkable of a couple of years back, is now normal. There are some detractors no doubt, but hey, at least it’s a start. Work […]