Going Solo

A friend describes it as “manic confidence”. But most people use unsure euphemisms such as “brave”. A few months ago, I ‘renounced’ a fairly well-paid UN gig in Geneva. There were several reasons, but none more powerful than the need to take complete control of my time and my life. I was unabashed in my…

Sports and Money Laundering

The legal and fiscal status of FIFA might come under the scanner once again (Read French version here.) Priti Patnaik, Geneva Bilan, June 5, 2014 The clean-up at FIFA has begun, fuelled by forces far away from the city of Zurich where it is hosted. The resignation of President Sepp Blatter is a sign of things…

A full circle?

Its been about a year or more, since I began working in public health. This post is to consolidate what I have gathered during this period. To continue in the direction of my master’s research project on which I have blogged before, I was hoping to do more work in the area of natural resource…

Gray, black, MONEY

Cannot believe that I have not posted since over a year. It also goes to show how exciting life has been in some ways during this period, in addition to my undisciplined blogging! Let me pick up from where I left. Or at least try to. It is almost as if I have to write…

Publications in French

BILAN Self-regulation against money laundering in art in Switzerland. Art and money laundering in Switzerland More regulation better than banning food speculation FIFA’s legal and fiscal status in Switzerland

Indian Economy & Politics

FOR THE ECONOMIC TIMES People’s movements and democratic processes: The Economic Times, July 2009 Right of way – Fighting for cab drivers in NYC: Profile – Biju Mathew. NYU Assignment, March 2009 Cityscapes: modern ruin & devastation: The Economic Times. June 2008 What will increased investments in the news business lead to? Published byThe Economic Times, March 2008…

Intuition and isolation in writing

I spent a better part of this year reporting, doing research and writing a paper on mining in Eastern India. The process of research is alienating and tiring, but at the same time exhilarating. At first it felt like I was in a vast desert. After much walking and thinking, getting lost, I eventually found myself…

Banking & Insurance

BANKING & MONETARY POLICY Effect of the eurozone crisis on commodity trade finance: Bilan, Switzerland, February 1, 2012 Swiss banks could levy charges on deposits: Financial Express, August 2011 Demystifying Swiss Banking: Financial Express, June 2011 Small lenders beat big crisis: Financial Express, July 2009 Will RBI take Fed & ECB route on road to inflation salvation? The…

Research on mining

Happy to report that I have  finished with classes in school. I would be lying if I said, I will not miss sitting in a class and engaging in it. Even reading a book can be political, someone said.  Being in a class, is not far behind. But all good things come to an end,…

Risk Theory

Risk: a seemingly common word that pervades our lives. I spent all summer researching on risk theories, risk cultures and risk perceptions in India and China. During my internship with International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) I wrote up a paper on how Indians and Chinese perceive risk. What factors contribute to risk perception among people?…

Health diplomacy

I am back again, after a long hiatus. Well, the months flew fast and I stopped gasping on how quickly half a year went by. Lots to say, but in this post, I will just record one of my more serious engagements in the past few months. I happened to take a course on global…

MY PRIOR WORK

My previous reporting work can be found in the links below organized based on the issues I wrote on. BANKING & INSURANCE INDIAN ECONOMY & POLITICS These were primarily for The Economic Times and Business Standard in New Delhi. THE DEVELOPMENT DEBATE IN INDIA  Stories on the development debate in India were reported for The…