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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 22 October 2021
In a changing world, exits from personal and commercial relationships need to be pleasant. Or, as pleasant as can be, in the given circumstances. Fifty years ago, there were not as many exits as they are now. Also, the possibility of the two parties crossing paths with each other were remote....

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 14 October 2021
While in corporate banking, my Boss was the assistant manager, whom I shall refer to as AM.   Initially, I was distinctly annoyed with the AM’s style of functioning. Gopal, from whom I was taking over, was clearly delighted to escape from AM’s clutches. He encouraged me to learn the...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 08 October 2021
We have talked earlier about how times have changed over the last 50 years. Our parents joined a commercial enterprise and generally retired there itself. Others joined a government service or the Railways or the Post and Telegraph or the Armed Forces and also retired there. But this is not...

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As Delhi University (DU) released the first cut-off list on Friday for students seeking admission in undergraduate (UG) courses, several colleges such as Ramjas College and the Sri Ram College of Commerce set cut-off marks of 100 per cent in three and two UG courses,...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 01 October 2021
Why would a dour, taciturn and, apparently, emotionless Scotsman grow red in the face when handing over a shiny cup to the owner of the winning horse in a prestigious race?   And why would he stomp away from the dais immediately afterwards?   And why was the owner of the horse...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 September 2021
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday pulled up the Union government, National Board of Examinations (NBE) and National Medical Commission (NMC) for making the last-minute change in the examination pattern of post-graduate National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Super Specialty (NEET-SS)...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 17 September 2021
At long last, Diego Alphonso Dias, known in our bank as DAD, bought our case for a third man in the dealing room, based on the logic that two dealers were needed to do forex trading, one at the Reuters monitor to track the rates and the other at the telex doing the deals. Two months of the...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 09 September 2021
In the days gone by, companies died slowly. It took a long time. It also took a long time to establish companies, especially those that would create a global impact. Thus, you have companies that have been around for a hundred years. There is a company in Japan, which is a thousand years...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 03 September 2021
Diego Alphonso Dias, known in the bank as DAD, was truly paternal.    He was a veteran in the bank and the head of finance, having risen from the lowly rank of OBC (office slang meaning ‘ordinary bloody clerk’ – no offense intended to anyone) to this elevated position by dint of sheer...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 20 August 2021
My partner and I had been manning our forex dealing room for a few months with little success when a game-changer arrived – the Reuters screen.    Hitherto, we had no way of knowing what the international exchange rates were, except by contacting an overseas dealing room through the...

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The Ministry of Education has offered a fresh opportunity to all those students who could not register themselves for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main till now. All such students can now register themselves for the exam on Wednesday. Earlier, the registration process had been...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 11 August 2021
It was the first day of work for me as a medical representative (MR) and I began with the first doctor on the list given to me. For me, it was a tense interview—my first. When I was going to my second, I met another MR on the road.    He said hello. He introduced himself as Joe and...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 06 August 2021
Michael Isitt, the manager of the Bombay branch (sorry, ancient past – ‘Mumbai’ had not arrived yet), posed a problem for the customers of my bank.    “Is it I-sit or Is-it?” They would ask. Actually it was “Eye-zit.”   I was a junior officer in charge of remittances at...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 04 August 2021
In the years gone by, we just greeted our neighbours and others we met on the road with a ‘Good morning’ or a ‘Good evening’ as may be appropriate for the time of day. Everyone said this and moved on.    Over a period, this greeting often transformed to ‘How are you doing?’ One is...

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Many of us in the corporate world would have been taught, through reading and through lectures that jealousy and envy, kill those who feel jealous – rather than those who are the target of the jealousy. Therefore, most mature individuals, who believe in spirituality and in humanity, will try...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 23 July 2021
The British Raj had ended nearly three decades ago, but Douglas Kenneth Archibald White had kept the Imperial torch burning. He was the manager of our Delhi branch, where profit was not of much importance, but “pucca”ness was.     The previous year the branch had indeed reported a...

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There are times in life, when it pays to pretend ignorance. When you pretend to know not – but you do know!  Especially when it comes to managing your boss – whether in the world of commerce or in politics.   Here are nine basic rules which have always helped people to survive and to...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 09 July 2021
This (final) narrative about T is not one I have witnessed at first hand, unlike all the preceding ones. Nevertheless, I have every reason to believe that it is true.   T got an offer that he just could not refuse, that of the chief executive (CEO) of a major bank in a neighbouring...

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One of the articles that created a great impact on me in my early management years was ‘The judgement of Hermes’ – written by a person I admired greatly from a distance, although I never met him. It was Gaby Mendoza, former chairman of the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, and to my...

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it favours in-person Chartered Accountant (CA) exams and refrained from passing any direction to postpone the schedule commencing on July 5.   A bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said students with Covid should get opt-out option. The bench...

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