don’t wake me up!

Sweet morning chirpings woke me up before the alarm

What a wonderful day I forgot my dreams

I stretch my hand to shut the alarm and there the bad dream comes to life

The city still burns

9th Sept 2019

What is it like when you seek something that you know you will never get?

What is it like when you know you are not giving what is desired?

Anger, despair, hatred, destruction… Hong Kong.

Morning visual breaks my heart… let wisdom prevail and peace return.

😦

Shanghai, over the weekend

The most striking memory I have about Shanghai is when one of the Indian politician desired to make Mumbai like Shanghai!

But sure if it was a joke or sarcasm! But after having visited Shanghai… I can safely say that nothing can compare Shanghai. It is a borderless megacity…

At the same time it is posh, clean. I believe it is a China’s statement to the world with the fastest rail track, tallest building, winding flyovers and a planet size airport.

But in one minuscule of a garden, they also have caged birds living in the smallest cages! Held captive for the chirping sounds.

That sums it up…

Ode to the People who refuse to be adopted

The people of Hong Kong never fail to surprise me! The more I try to understand the more I am left amazed.

From my 5 years of observations as an outsider, they are mixed bag … a bag worth in gold.

When I arrived here, I saw them engrossed in their mobile screens trying to catch the Pokemon creatures in Victoria park. I thought they were wasted.

I also saw them making streets their homes in the yellow umbrella movement. They stood for each other and stood with each other. I thought they are under influence.

I have seen them faint on a hot summer hike. I thought they are too delicate.

I have seen them in Disneyland holding hands and buying soft toys. I thought they were immature.

I cringed when they take pictures of the food before they eat. I thought they are too digital.

And I have also seen them in Ocean Park on Halloween days, wearing scary makeup. I thought they were too childish.

But I have never the protesting force as shown on 12th June 2019.

And I have never seen greater resilience on 13th June 2019, cleaning the road caused from the riots in spite of the violence shown at them.

Dear people of Hong Kong, you are much more than you are because you have shown the way.

May the force be with you! God Bless.

Tall Buildings and deeper souls. PC SCMP
Crowd making way for an ambulance

These pictures are not mine, but were important to depict the spirit of Hong Kong people.

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Take a bow, my dear card!

https://www.apple.com/apple-card/

simply wow!

I have worked with a bank that aspired to be a technology company… and now Apple.. a hardware/software company becomes a bank!

And look at the audacious copy …

Whenever I see something like this, Lightning McQueen comes to my mind – I eat losers for breakfast! And that is the spirit needed for any mindset that wants to look into the eye of the competition.

Not that the banks have not tried…their interfaces too have maps, points, instant redemption etc… but not transparency and customer experience.

hmm… and with virtual banks playing host to this party… expect some fireworks if not bloodbath!

But nevertheless a triumphant moment for the customers and their experience!

United we stand and siloed we fail!

Kindergarten gospel we learnt, industrialisation debunked it and now it is time to brush up again!

Most of the MNCs may be out peer pressure or genuine views have changed their approaches to solve business problems.

Design thinking, Agile journeys, Experience teams, Innovation labs etc they have it all. This is all good and it is reaping benefits, even if not to the maximum.

But with silos running deep in the culture it is futile to expect impactful outcomes from these efforts. The department may be equipped but at the crossroads where it touches it all falls apart and there are no takers for the fallout as it is in no mans land!

With innovation department which is another silo there are renewed efforts to bring new views to the table. But this structure is complementing the silo thinking and not breaking it. 

Yes it is good in a way the dinosaur companies can speed up with the startups. 

But what is needed actually is restart culture. Unless the core is shaken and stirred the silo thinking cannot be dissolved.

That would be true transformation, rest all is wardrobe fad. 

Yosemite

This place surely has some enigmatic aura and it is complex to decipher the pull it has on the mind.

…may be geographically the landscapes have their own identity which is very unique to this terrain.

Or may be it is the experience of the journey that leads to Yosemite… after the seemingly long and never ending curvy roads … you start to get the glimpse of the granite treasures.

Or may be on a more poetic note…the mountains and cliffs stand out as the ancestors of the past wanting to tell their story. A story of the turmoiled, rebelling and unsettled soul.. looking into our eyes and asking for our attention and respect.

Reasons could be infinite but there can be only one motive … to cherish the memories and experiences of this pristine place. I hope it gets more beautiful by the day and more resilient to averse global warning changes.

God Bless You Yosemite… You are precious!