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Contrary to popular Indian belief, the roads in Cannes are barely litter-free. All thanks to generously spewed cigarette butts.
One thing we Indians love to hate about ourselves, especially when we're overseas, is the way people back home litter the streets. Well, not that we're wrong about hating this collective habit, but here's some breaking news: we're not the only ones. For all its natural beauty and doll-like houses, the streets of Cannes are infested with cigarette butts! Who would've known, right?
There's a sea of knowledge to tap into at the International Festival of Creativity. Consider, for instance, McCann Melbourne's Dumb Ways to Die viral film.
The many faces of Cannes.
It's partly the 'bigness' of the festival that makes it so magical. Sometimes, size does matter.
Catches win Matches: Life presents opportunities to all of us all the time. It's upon us whether we 'catch' them and make the most out of them, or dismiss them indifferently.
The retirement of Manchester United's legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has left a humongous void not just in British football, but in world sport as such.
The prospect of not having the fiery Scotsman, barking directives from the touchline, is a scary one for most Red Devil fans. Few can even contemplate how the club will cope with his absence. Such has been his colossal influence as an inspiring leader and peerless motivator.
And what, no doubt you're asking, is my good self's view on all the excitement of the scam ads at Goafest(er)?!
This is the most anticipated event of American football for all professional football lovers across the world. For lesser mortals like me who would never trade his Cricket religion for any game in the world, this event indeed is special for not football but for advertising.
I argue that if we have Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management, then why not Indian Institutes of Entrepreneurship? Isn't Entrepreneurship a deep, important and complex subject that needs studying?
And so another Financial Year has come to pass, bringing with it the stirring notes of the bugle sounded by the Tax Collector as he cries 'Tally Ho!' and rolls down upon us for new sessions of "squeezing and squashing the honest taxpayer into the mud".
Often, I run into a spat with the MBA gang about my views on why an MBA is just the worst thing you can do to yourself if you are trying to become an entrepreneur.
I love Italy, the Italians and everything 'Italiano'. I eat my pasta 'al-dente', dream of living in Florence and (sometimes) pretend to be Shylock and Don Corleone.
Stereotypes are societal shorthand.
Having a bad day? Wanna tie up your boss, put a 'rope ball' gag in his mouth, and then drive him up the Lonavala ghats and then toss him down the valley?
Not long ago, I was asking a jewelry store owner about the changes reshaping his business: changing tastes, increasing preference for diamonds, young ladies turning away from yellow gold and so on. He told me something I was unaware of: that apart from greater competition, discounting was rampant, and that the most effective promotional offer was 'Making charges waived'.
So, I was invited to the Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) conference to be held on March 23rd.
So, Andrew Mason - the CEO of groupon.com was FIRED yesterday.
Like a good startup entrepreneur, I dressed appropriately for Chidambaram's Oscar Party (a la Budget Presentation). I wore my best dress shirt over my jeans (obviously not tucked in) and even combed my hair back. I mean, if I was representing the entrepreneur gang and won an 'award' where I was called on stage, I had to look...errr... like a 'startup guy'.
February is the month of love! At least that is what astute marketers, and rampant messaging on social media would have us believe. But in this time for romance, it is interesting to note, where the deepest and the most passionate relationships are being forged-especially amongst the younger lot.