Author Archives: Basab Pradhan

Self-driving Cars in India

The World Economic Forum recently released the results of a global survey about attitudes towards self-driving cars. It turns out that India is the country most open to self-driving cars. Apparently, 85 % of Indian respondents said Likely or Very … Continue reading

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Perverse Incentives

Wells Fargo was fined $185 million for fraudulently opening customer accounts [link]. Why? Because bank employees had incentive targets for number of accounts opened. As many as 5300 employees were involved. So this was widespread and systemic. Management must have known…but … Continue reading

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Fair vs Balanced

Paul Krugman is unhappy about the state of journalism in the US. (link) So I would urge journalists to ask whether they are reporting facts or simply engaging in innuendo, and urge the public to read with a critical eye. … Continue reading

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Friends, Roman For Your Mother Tongue

The other day, I started reading Parineeta, by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, in Hindi. I found the translation to be horrible. I could have downloaded an English translation, that might have been better, I suppose. But really, what I would have … Continue reading

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Are There No Good Companies?

Nityanand Jayraman has a piece in Scroll.in which is a damning indictment of Hindustan Unilever’s role in contaminating a thermometer factory site in Kodaikanal with mercury. The sordid story carries the usual villainy of an evil corporation that puts its commercial interests … Continue reading

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IT Services: Which Margin is the Best Margin

How do you assess the profitability of an IT Services business? Some of the performance parameters are the same as any other business in a different industry – Gross Margin, Operating Margin, Net Margin, EBITDA margin or EBIT margin. But these … Continue reading

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mm-dd-yy

Of all the global standards that America studiously ignores, I find its date formats the most galling. I have learnt to deal with pounds, miles and fahrenheit. I came to this country as an adult with an education that relied … Continue reading

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