Essays

Sustainable cities

This article explains what a sustainable city is and shares an example of a company working in this space. “I want to move to a city” With an ever-growing urban population, India is seeing a tectonic shift in patterns of residence and livelihood. UN says that by 2050, India will have more urban residents than rural residents. … Continue reading Sustainable cities

5 trends that help us predict India’s next decade

Subscribe to my newsletter to get essays on new business opportunities every Friday. Over the past decade, India has seen an explosion in data usage, with almost 300 million rural internet users coming online. Google is dedicating an entire program, called The Next Billion, to an audience who is coming to the Internet for the … Continue reading 5 trends that help us predict India’s next decade

Effective transit planning requires high density

Subscribe to my newsletter to get essays on new business opportunities every Friday. Spread out cities don’t work well for effective transit planning. High density is a necessity for effective transit planning in a growing city. It is, in fact, one of the biggest reasons why big cities like New York, London, Singapore, and Tokyo … Continue reading Effective transit planning requires high density

Why write about taxi drivers?

“What do you want to be in life?” Almost all of us have been hammered with this question growing up. My answer, for the initial 5-6 years of life, used to be “Vikram Tempo Driver.” For those who are unfamiliar with them, Vikram Tempos used to be a common public transport system in the nineties … Continue reading Why write about taxi drivers?

Education is free! You pay for credentials.

Before we get started with the post, I have a request to make. If you like reading this essay, please share it with your friends. Now, let’s jump into our topic for the day! Online education While online classes in the form of MOOCs and university-provided degree certificates are well-known, there is a new trend that is emerging - … Continue reading Education is free! You pay for credentials.

Privacy Concerns around WhatsApp

“WhatsApp is the root cause of all this fake news!” “WhatsApp is the reason why we’re seeing all this happen!” “People spend entire days just messaging on WhatsApp!” I’m sure all of you have heard these from time to time. With the severe impact WhatsApp has on our lives, it is obvious that it would … Continue reading Privacy Concerns around WhatsApp

The growth of WhatsApp in India

In recent times, WhatsApp is gaining a lot of negative publicity because of the fake news that is spread through it. The overall narrative from government agencies is trying to vilify WhatsApp and Facebook to take action against the perpetrators of fake news. They are complaining that the company is not doing enough to curb … Continue reading The growth of WhatsApp in India