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Brexit - Britain is slipping

Seventy years earlier, Britain withdrew from most of its colonies. Now Britain has decided to withdraw from the EU.

 The British acumen was one of the most dominant in the world in the 18th and 19th centuries. The British leveraged the value of globalisation through trade and colonisation.  It had the confidence and gumption to tread into unchartered territories and exert its durable influence. It could expand and amass wealth and prestige. That was that time (and up until the middle of the 20th century), the sun did not set in the British Empire.

The world order changed post the WW-II. The relative influence of the British substantially reduced; though it did remain a major force. It retained its competitive edge and standard of living because of the wealth it has accumulated over the past couple of centuries.

However, in the last 70 years, guess the British wealth creation and gumption continued to slip - despite the pound notionally gaining in value. We now are in a situation wher…

Aja – A Celebration of Life

I was a late entrant into Aja’a life, but during the few years I knew him he left a distinct impression in my mind. The first thoughts that come to my mind, when I think of Aja- is that is he was a celebration of life. He was everything that a copy book story dreams of. A full and an eventful life.

Up until that very day that he had a fateful brain stroke on an early Monday morning, after he slipped into a state of semi-coma and in-cognition, Aja was an air of authority and in total control of his own kingdom. He wrote in his diary almost daily –recording the finances in fair detail and neatly recording the eventful happenings of the day. He had a very strong sense of what he wanted to do or didn’t want to do. More often than not he preferred to walk to the bathroom or to the dining table without any help. He was the master of his own will. Needless to say, added to his sense of security was the feeling that he was the boss of the house.
He was a contented man. Justifiably happy wit…

eState of the Devas – A Book Review

eState of the Devas – A Book Review

The book eState of the Devas, the first book of Sandip Dash, is a spiritual sci-fi thriller. Maybe we can christen it as a spi-fi. In a snapshot this book is about the path of Shriti to attain eState and reach the River Moksha, through a host of trials and tribulations that she faces in her life. I see some parallels between the journey of Sandip’s Shriti and that of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha. However they are two significantly different journeys set in two different ages and are two characters are diametrically different individuals; and the two books are two vastly different books.
This short book has good mix of intrigue, separation, sleaze, drama, hi tech medical jargons, science, elevated spirituality. It is fast paced, reads well and has a bunch of characters/situations that one can relate to. It has everything that one needs to have in a book to finish over a weekend. I will not get into the plot and intrigue, I will let the readers enjoy i…