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Posted by: on June 16, 2020

Pandemics within a Pandemic

My homecoming has been beleaguered with grief, anger, heartbreak, angst, exhaustion, and hope. Ten weeks ago, as in-person classes suspended, borders shut down, and toilet paper ran out, I scurried out of Oxford and sought my mother’s warm embrace in Queens, New York. Little did I know then that I was stepping into one of […]

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Posted by: on May 22, 2020

A tale of two viruses

It started when I was in the queue at immigration. This was at Brussels Airport. The elegant lady looked at me, almost apologetically, then whispered to her partner. He turned and looked, decidedly less friendly, pulled her towards him and they moved forward. They didn’t have to tell me what they were thinking. I was […]

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Posted by: on April 26, 2020

Will we have the courage?

A few weeks back, I wrote a blog post about the start of my GOTO (Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford) experience. I ended that post stating I was keen on improving my systems thinking skills for approaching wicked problems. Today, we are living a wicked problem in real time. It took me a long time […]

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Posted by: on April 22, 2020

Gratitude during Covid-19

It is without a doubt an incredibly challenging, unprecendented and unimaginable period that humanity is facing today. With all the hardship and difficulty that we are all facing, I wanted to take a moment to practice some gratitude and share with you all various things I am most grateful for. Breathing in the fresh and […]

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Posted by: on April 21, 2020

A time to reflect

It’s a week before my third term at Oxford starts. I’m still struggling to come up with clear thoughts on writing this blog post, summarizing my time over the last three months. Hilary term, the second term at Oxford, is named after the feast day of St Hilary falling on 14th January. Like many other […]

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Posted by: on April 9, 2020

Hilary term: the Oxford MBA so far

Like any great adventure, time does truly fly. It seems like yesterday my family and I were packing our “life” in a few bags to move to Oxford. It has now been almost 8 months since our big move; Michaelmas and Hilary term have come to an end, which means we are more than halfway […]

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Posted by: on April 2, 2020

What just happened?

I packed my bags overnight and came home to India, in the middle of my MBA. I don’t know if I will ever sit in the lecture room or go for serene walks near the river stream behind my apartment, or if I will ever attend MBA get-togethers with my people. It’s like I have […]

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Posted by: on March 31, 2020

MBA students are built for disruption and change

When you ask an Oxford MBA student the reasons why they decided to come to Oxford, many of them will tell you that they made up their mind largely due to the unique learning experience in this centuries-old prestigious university. Sitting in the Harvard style lecture room and having discussions with both professors and peers […]

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Posted by: on March 30, 2020

The MBA so far

With COVID19 in the air, we’ve moved to digital classes. That means our MBA is now completely online and we have to rely on our devices to keep us connected. Classmates have moved back to be with their loved ones, and we’ve had to come up with new ways to communicate, plan events, and learn […]

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Posted by: on March 9, 2020

A year of two extremes

What a difference 12 months makes. Then The Director of Exploration for a mining client told me that my exploration drilling project would see me spend February 2019 in Ponton, Manitoba. The fact that this location had a name would signal – for most countries in the world – the presence of some sort of […]

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