Category Archives: PUBLISHED ARTICLES

STOP BLAMING SO-REAL-MAR(Ke)Tin(g) for current situation in Indian advertising Industry ?

June 27 1987 is the day advertising started its metamorphosis. Or so people would like you to believe. That day, Martin Sorrell with a confidence that only he understood made the successful hostile takeover of J Water Thompson (JWT). Most likely, he was unsure of the destination or the choices he will have to make… Read More »

Has Women Empowerment endangered working men?

Rajesh sits in the corridor outside the boardroom, still unsure why he’s being branded a sexual predator and an exploiter of women. Why was his behaviour and past being probed? He has always been warm-hearted, easy-going. Nothing has changed and yet everything in his life could fall apart. It seems that the new junior in… Read More »

Can INDIAs 10 MOST DANGEROUS CELEBRITIES list be surrogate for popularity?

The seemingly hot looking women could lead to disastrous results. This learning was reinforced last week. I discovered ‘THE MOST DANGEROUS CELEBRITY’ list. Curious, I opened it to be better educated. It is interesting how things get interpreted. McAfee, yeah those computer safety guys officially release ‘ MOST DANEGROUS CELEBRITY LIST’ every year. These are… Read More »

SMALL OR BIG – REPEAT OFFENDERS- NOT AFRAID OF ASCI

I am not sure. What should be the reaction? Should one be happy, seeing 10-plus pages of more than 12,000 words in repetitive boring style listing details of the upheld complaints, keeping it transparent and open? Should one be sad, that after so many initiative, tie-ups, education, there are repeat offender category, brands and companies… Read More »

The GOOD, The BAD And The UGLY

GOOD, BAD AND UGLY is contextual and relative terms, they have a lot of subjectivity built in. Here I share some Good, bad and Ugly examples from advertising, communication, marketing and society in near past. THE GOOD The best if in recent times been the interview of Army Chief Bipin Rawat. It is direct from… Read More »

DO YOU HAVE A MAP FOR BRAND-i

Explorers don’t need a map. They are adventurous. They love taking risk. However, most of us are navigators. For us, life is a journey. And most of us don’t have a map for it. We work with vague sense of direction. We keep defining the destination and the road that will lead us there. We… Read More »

Return of the STEREOTYPED MOM!

Nothing has changed. Women empowerment and all. The situation is much different than what the advertising fraternity will want us to believe. In some Hindi film, there was a dialogue, ‘Yeh saala itna kameena hai ki apni maa ko baych kayega’. No, we are not that bad, but we still  overtly trigger desired  sentiments and… Read More »

7 Brand Creative you can’t ignore

This week I am taking a detour to share some of the work, which I believe must be appreciated. Story-telling is a key pivot for the communication business. And if one can make the static medium like Print come alive with a story that involves and engages the reader, the job is done. Unfortunately, such examples… Read More »